Showing posts from November, 2008

Lambada - Gratuitous Cheese

This has nothing to do with Fishing, Lilly, or even sports. This just has to do with about an hour of my life that K.C. & I will never get back. So we were flipping through the TV channels this afternoon and on one of the random channels in the 100s that we never watch, stumbled upon a gem of a 90's film called "Lambada." Here's the intense trailer.

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So for all of you who don't remember the Lambada, it was some cheezy (supposed to be forbiddenly sexy) dance back in the day. What that has to do with some math teacher teaching inner-city high school kids geometry, I have no idea.

The main character was a Math teacher by day/Lambada dancer by night moron named Mr. Laird. However in the lambada circles was known as "Blade." Shabba Doo (can I possibly make that name up?) put in a top notch performance as Ramon - the stereotypical kid from the wrong side of the tracks who turns his life around. Believe it or not,…

Stony Creek - 11/29/08

So, word on the street was that the Stony Creek Anglers were doing some trout stocking of Stony & Kepner Creeks on Black Friday. Word was true, but unfortunately I was working on Black Friday (oh, the perils of internet retail), so I didn't get a chance to check it out. Plus Lilly has developed a case of the croup, so needed to get home as soon after work as possible to help hold down the fort.

That being said, I did decide to give it a go this (Saturday) morning. Lilly was up all night coughing, so I didn't get much good sleep on Friday night getting up to comfort her and put her back down. I can't really complain though because she's been so miserable with the constant coughing...what a trooper. Anyway, because of that I didn't get as early a start as I wanted to and by the time I got to Stony Creek, most of the good holes were already manned.

I did manage a little fishing, but came up zeros on this brisk 30-degree morning. I don't feel that bad abo…

Spinnin' Spinners

Time to talk spinners. And no, I ain't talkin bout dubs here yo.
With the really cold weather hitting this week in Eastern PA, think I'm going to start making some more inline spinners with my trusty Boggs Tacklemaker. That thing has been great so far. (You can click HERE to see one of my previous posts on this little widget). Will probably make more of my "Michelin Man" spinners, as they worked well for me this past season on both trout and bass. So in the spirit of giving, here is the "recipe" for the Michelin Man.

Ingredients:(1) 3" .026 Diameter Stainless Steel Wire Shaft(1) Size 10 VMC 9617 Tiny Treble Hook(1) Size 2 Brass French Blade
(1) Size 1 Polished Brass Easy Spin Clevis(1) Polished Brass 0.03oz Conical Lure Body(2) Size 1 Polished Brass Beads
(2) Size 2 Polished Brass Beads
(2) Size 3 Polished Brass Beads(1) Boggs Tacklemaker (BTM)
Form and twist off a closed loop on one end of the shaft with the BTM
Begin sliding the rest of the co…

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

Oh, today was finally the big day!!! After months of anticipation (we bought the tickets in May), Playhouse Disney Live! presents Mickey Mouse Clubhouse finally made it to Philadelphia. And guess what lucky girl got to, not Grandmom (although she went too)...Lilly, of course!

For anybody that has ever been to one of these before - God Bless You! Seriously though, it wasn't too bad. There were only about 3 or 4,000 people there, and most of the kids were really well behaved. Didn't see that one coming! Besides the over-the-top, lip synched performances out of Mickey, Pooh Bear, Handy Manny & Friends, the thing I found the most humorous was the stadium "beer guys" walking around with trays of Sippy Cups instead of cold Coors Light. Pretty funny stuff. I tried to snap a photo, but the indoor lighting did not make it easy.

I guess what was most important was that Lilly had a great time. She followed along and sang all of the songs, including the timeless…

Albright Tackle Clearance

The folks at Albright Tackle are NUTZ! Look, I don't know if this gear is junk or what, but at these prices...WHO CARES? You can't go to Wally World and buy stuff this cheap.

They are evidently making like a car dealership and having their end of season clearance - everything must go to make room for the '09s - and I couldn't help myself.

I picked up a Bugatti reel (list $69) for $20, and even better, a 8' GP rod (list $125) for $37.50.

The rod came with a nice tube to boot, so I ended up with an outfit (less the fly line) for basically $60 plus shipping. Like I said before, it's not Scottish, so it's probably CRAP, but whatever, I'm no "name brand" gear snob anyway. If it works, it works for me.

"If It's Not Scottish, It's CRAAAAAP!"

Orvis Warehouse Sale

Today I thought I'd go check out the Orvis "Warehouse Sale" at the King of Prussia Convention Center. They were advertising up to 70% off deals, so what does it hurt to look?

Unfortunately, it was being held side-by-side with a Lilly Pulitzer Warehouse Sale that was mobbed by throngs of crazy women. No joke. There was a staging area before you could go into the LP sale with one of those snake lines that looked like the line to get on at roller coaster at Great Adventure in the middle of July. Had to be at least 500 women waiting in line - all with an unsettling, crazed look in their eyes. It's was as if Oprah was behind the curtain waiting to bestow some of her "favorite things" upon the masses. Anyway, there was no line to enter the Orvis half of the floor, so no worries there.

So once inside, there were some good deals, and some not so good deals to be had. If you like their clothes, I didn't think the deals were all that good. Most clothing was…

I Landed A Net Today

I've been wanting to get a landing net for a while now. Usually I don't use one - for the most part I practice catch & release and handling the fish with my wet hands suffices. That being said, last season there were a few feisty fish that I probably could have corralled and got back into the water quicker with a landing net. After shopping around for an affordable net handmade in the U.S.A., I found Stevens Nets. Bingo!

Upon my net's arrival this afternoon, couldn't be more pleased with my purchase. Here's a few shots of the net, and my (lack of) photography skills do not do it justice. The wood is beautifully finished, I'd say even furniture quality, and the rubber catch & release bag is ideal for my needs (click on the image to enlarge).

New Design - Troutrageous Ink

I was toying around with a new t-shirt design on Friday night, and I decided I wanted to do something along the lines of tattoo art. I really like the retro sailor tattoos, (I'm not talking about Popeye anchors, more like pinups, skull & crossbones, etc...) Hence, my newest scribble which I'm calling for now "Troutrageous Ink"
This design is now available on all sorts of t-shirts and accessories in the store.


Here's a quick video of Lilly's Halloween.

The Philly Angler

Found this blog on Field & Stream from a few days ago...