Showing posts from April, 2009

Uhhh...These Aren't Trout

It was beautiful out today, upwards of 85 degrees. We had a community yard sale this morning (and did quite nicely might I add - K.C. sold a bunch of scrapbooking supplies and I said goodbye to my XBox), but didn't really have anything planned for the afternoon. After putting Lilly "The Potty Training Terror" down for her nap a little after 2, I decided to try Skippack Creek again, but this time with my fly rod.

I'm a novice fly fisherman to say the least. My roll cast is more like a "stumble & fall" cast, but figured I'd give it a try. So hiked upstream quite a bit from the parking area, waded in, and started getting my cast on. Was having a really nice time getting the feel for the fly rod - until some interloper decided he needed to wade right through the pool I was fishing and set up camp right next to me. (Note: There were almost no other anglers the entire length of the creek - Gimme a break!) Anyway, enough about that DB...

Well several…

I Dub Thee "Trout King"

Thank goodness for Smalltown USA (aka Kalkaska County, Michigan)!

Celebration Runs Deep National Trout Festival swims into 73rd year in 2009
By Josh Perttunen

For those looking to catch a good time, the spirit of Kalkaska's 2009 National Trout Festival is warm, so jump right in. It may be a little town, but it features a "Big Trout," as this year's Trout Festival slogan "Little town, big trout" proclaims. Visitors to Kalkaska County and residents alike (whether of the summer home variety or the hardier year-round variety) will find wall-to-wall events and activities spanning five days deep. The event surfaces on Wednesday, April 23, with the coronation of the Trout King and Queen. This event will take place at 6 p.m. in the heart of downtown, with the Trout Memorial beaming its favor upon the newly-crowned royalty. Then the Chamber of Commerce will offer a taste of things to come, as they host an open house at their offices. A literal taste of the celebration w…

Happy Earth Day - Spendin' Green on "Green"

Happy Earth Day...go plant a tree, recycle a bottle, hug a squirrel...whatever. Earth Day, for all it's crunchy goodness, sadly appears to be going down the road of being exploited by capitalism, as I think I received about 25 emails from e-retailers this morning asking me to come shop (& of course save) on their "eco-friendly" wares. Organic clothing, sporting goods made from recycled materials, even pesticide-free food. Yum.

I understand this phenomenon, it's just another marketing angle. And although I don't disapprove, I do feel just a little dirty supporting it. Perhaps there's a soap that was not tested on animals that can cleanse me of my guilt. I mean following 9/11, I recall retailers lining up to sell memorial flags, t-shirts, and the sort, supposedly with a % of the proceeds going toward the cause. Call me a cynic, but I'd sure love to know what those %s were.

So my tangential rant aside, what does this mean? Nothing. At least for…

Skippack Creek

Fished Skippack Creek (off of Germantown Avenue) today. Only fished it once before. Didn't have much luck then, didn't have much luck today either.

Actually did a little bit of exploring today; the last time I fished Skippack I stayed pretty close to the main parking lot where the large pool is (and most of the other folks hang out). Today I took a stroll, doing some scouting for future trips. Sure I fished, but I didn't really concentrate on one spot for too long.

In chatting with other fishermen along the various banks, most weren't having much luck either. One guy using minnows said he caught 1 trout, but the folks using spinners and Powerbait...nada. So at least I don't feel too bad. I did find a nice stretch that looked ideal for fly tackle, I'll probably bring my fly rod the next time I go and give that a shot.

One minor consolation - did see quite a bit of wildlife, especially snakes and toads. Here's a shot of some toads.

Lack of Focus

I'm not sure where my mind has been lately. It could be the additional stress from could be the fact that Lilly still refuses to potty train...maybe it's just withdrawal from the fact that the best show on TV (Friday Night Lights) ended it's season last week with a doozy of a cliffhanger - Coach Taylor will no longer leading the Dillon Panthers into battle! I don't know, but my train of thought hasn't been clear. I can't stay focused -my mind keeps wandering toward party mix.

Seriously, is there a better snack in which to endulge? Pretzels, Cheeze Curls, Corn Chips, Tortilla Chips...all drenched in salty, bbq, cheesy powdery goodness?!?! I mean it's so good, it doesn't comes packaged in a wimpy cellophane bag, or a stupid tube ala Pringles; no, it comes in an industrial sized plastic barrel. Makes me actually believe that there is a God sometimes...

So this will be my plan of action for tomorrow. Afternoon snack at work...hitting the vend…

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Fishing Line Rebates - Cash Back!

Got a bunch of these in the 'ol inbox over the last few.
Have been saving them for a rainy day. It rained today.

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(Good Until 9/15/09)

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State's trout stock continues to fall

A very detailed article regarding the current state of PA's trout stocking program:

State's trout stock continues to fall
By Bob Frye
Sunday, April 12, 2009

Ron Bachy can't tell you what he'll be doing from year to year on the third Saturday in February, the second Tuesday in June or the fourth Monday in September. But the first Saturday after April 11?That's opening day of Pennsylvania's trout season — it falls on April 18 this year — and Bachy will be fishing, just as he has been every year for more than three decades.Most recently, that's meant being on Blacklegs Creek in Indiana County with his dad, brother and son. Before that, it was Kettle Creek, Loyalhanna Creek or Keystone Lake. "I'm 40, and we've been fishing opening day since I was 7 or 8 years old," said Bachy, of Turtle Creek and Pitcairn-Monroeville Sportsmen's Club."I think the only one we missed was when my brother got married."Hundreds of thousands of anglers s…

Nice Spare!

Lilly dominates. Video does all the talking.

Lil' Kickers

Took Lilly to Lil' Kickers at the 422 SportsPlex in Pottstown today. Would have been nothing out of the ordinary, but they moved classes from the old indoor "rink" to the big, new practice bubble!

I think Lilly's favorite part of the day was actually walking through the revolving door to get on to the new fields. Here's some movies I shot today of Lils doing her thing.
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April's Albright Fishing Deals

Albright has a new website, and are evidently finally in-stock of all of their 2009 gear. Running a few freebies with certain order values. I mean if you're gonna buy it anyway...

Happy Birthday K.C.!

Mmmm...Cookie Cake!

Guess Darby Creek Wasn't The Only Place With A Low Turnout

Lehigh Valley sees smaller turnout for opening of trout season
By Gary R. Blockus of The Morning Call
April 5, 2009

Irvin Brandon covered his head with a hood to fight off the wind on the banks of the Walnutport Canal Saturday.

Too bad the trout had nothing to fight off Brandon, who had pulled in four by mid-morning Saturday as he and two friends fished on the canal. They were among the thousands of anglers who journeyed to the creeks, rivers and ponds of the Lehigh Valley on the opening day of trout season for the Southeast Region of Pennsylvania.

While fishermen abounded throughout the Lehigh Valley, many anglers said the numbers were down from last year's opening day, which took place during frigid weather.

Perhaps Saturday's winds, with gusts of about 45 mph, or the cloudy, overcast conditions had something to do with the lower turnout. But the hearty souls who ventured into the Valley's waterways found them running relatively dark, high and fast from the rains of Thursday a…

River Monsters - This Could Be Fun

Tonight's Opening Day (Night) for the World Champion Phillies. I'll be watching them take on the Braves on ESPN, but I think I'll have the "last channel" on my TV programmed to Animal Planet. Saw this video on YouTube for a new series called 'River Monsters' with extreme angler Jeremy Wade. Not sure how different this is going to be from Larry Dahlberg's 'Hunt for Big Fish'...but looks good to me anyway.

For more info on River Monsters, there's a bunch of videos here:

103 Fever & Opening Day

Today was opening day in Southeastern PA. I've been excited about this for a few weeks. Opening day might not test your angling skills...but with the incredibly fast action it's a heck of a lot of fun.

So let me start this post by talking about last night (Friday). I got home from work and K.C. showed off a Texas Roadhouse gift certificate she received for her birthday (tomorrow), so within minutes the three of us were in the car headed toward the restaurant. During dinner, Lilly had a pretty consistent cough. K.C. said she had it all day, and thought it was the croup. Lilly had the croup before, but other than the cough didn't show any symptoms, so we didn't think it was a big deal...

Fast forward to about 11PM on Friday night. Lilly's been asleep for about 3 hours and wakes up screaming and calling for "Daddy." I go upstairs, she's burning up. I called K.C., we took her temperature, and it was 103. Not good. Lilly got to sleep with K.C. &a…

Mepps Fishing Hat Offer

This offer from Mepps popped into my inbox today. Thought I'd share. Actually, over time I've inadvertently signed up for a lot of email offer lists, so I'll probably start posting any I think are worthwhile.

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Kype Fishing Magazine: Volume 1 / Issue 2

Issue Two Highlights:

Spey Fishing Steelhead Rivers Center Pin Float Fishing Steelhead: Great Lakes vs. West Coast The Miracle Mile Fishing Flies From A Noodle