Showing posts from May, 2009

Catching Up on Lilly Posts

Last two weekends have been somewhat of a blur. Lots of family activities going on, which makes for a busy, but really fun time. Here's a little breakdown...

Sunday, May 24th
Lilly, Mommy, Daddy, & Grandmom went to the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus in Philadelphia. Lilly was really looking forward to seeing the "lion tamer" as she told me the night before. Well, today was finally the day. Despite the PETA protests at the door, the circus was fun - Lilly and all of the other little kids certainly seemed to have a good time - but not the circus you or I might remember from our youth.

Nowadays, sure there are still animals like elephants, tigers, & horses...but there's a lot of Cirque de Soleil style acrobatics too. No "men of the flying trapeze" anymore, more like women hanging and twirling from big ropes from the ceiling. I understand the change, most people love that junk (hence the 7 different shows out in Vegas), but it was a bit…


Being a primarily a fishing blog you're probably thinking "JVG?...doesn't he mean KVD?" Yes, Kevin Van Dam is probably the best bass fisherman on the planet, but that's not the direction I'm going here.

Besides fishing, I love almost all team sports. Really all the majors, except hockey (sorry Flyers fans). So after my hometown 76ers had another disappointing season, finishing around .500 and getting bounced in the first round of the playoffs, the quest for a new coach is on. Unfortunately, most of the candidates they are bringing in for interviews are retreads (as in recycled, not Corky Thatcher). Eddie Jordan, Doug Collins, Jeff Van Gundy...yes, THAT Jeff Van Gundy.

The first thing I think of (and funny enough, as does my wife K.C.) when somebody says Jeff Van Gundy is the Alonzo Mourning/Larry Johnson/Charles Oakley fight back when he was the coach of the Knicks. For those who aren't familiar with this fight, JVG basically got dragged across the …

Product Review - Bioline "Biofilament" Fishing Line

A few weeks ago, I decided to get all eco-crunchy and picked up some spools of Bioline to celebrate Earth Day. Figured if the stuff is really biodegradable as they claim, it would be much better to use this than standard mono (which pretty much will never breakdown) long as it performs okay. I used/tested the 4-lb version on 2 recent outings (a week apart from each other), and here are my findings.

First off, let me preface this review in saying that I'm typically a Berkley Trilene XL user. I've used other variations (Trilene Sensation) and other products all together (Stren Original, Bass Pro Tourney Tough, etc...) but always tend to gravitate back toward Trilene XL. Thus, most of the comparisons I make will be using Trilene XL as the reference point.

Packaging: Bioline comes on a plastic spool sealed in a resealable zipper pouch instead of a cardboard box. The manufacturer suggests that as long as you keep it sealed in the pouch, all should be good for 10-12 months.…

Never Argue With A Woman

"Mom-Mom" Lorraine clipped this little joke out of her Florida Elks newspaper and sent it to me in the mail (like U.S. Mail, with an envelope & stamp)...
One morning, a husband returns the boat to their lakeside cottage after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap. Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors, puts her feet up, and begins to read her book. The peace and solitude are magnificent.Along comes a Fish & GameWarden in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and says, “Good morning, Ma’am. What are you doing?”“Reading a book,” she replies, (thinking, “Isn’t that obvious?”).“You’re in a Restricted Fishing Area,” he informs her.“I’m sorry, officer, but I’m not fishing. I’m reading.”“Yes, but I see you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I’ll have to take you in and write you up.”“If you do that, I’ll have to charge you with sexual assault,” …

Western Ambience

I made a purchase in the Cabela's "Bargain Cave" today. I just couldn't pass it up for only $14.88. The product description says it all.
Add a Western ambience to your cabin or den with this authentic-looking Spittoon Table Lamp. The lamp base is made of durable resin with a weathered-bronze finish. Comes with a color-coordinated, matching lamp shade. The lamp stands 25-1/2" high and uses a three-way, 100-watt bulb. Per two.
Jealous yet? Get your own here:

WARNING: Smokeless tobacco has been directly linked to cancer of the mouth, pharynx (throat) and larynx (voice box). It can also cause cancer of the esophagus, gum disease and tooth loss. Smokeless tobacco is not a safe alternative to cigarettes.

Stony Creek

Went to Stony Creek in Norristown this AM. It was cloudy and cool weather-wise, with a little bit of off & on spitting drizzle. No biggie. Rolled into the Norristown Farm Park parking lot around 7AM, and there were already some folks hanging out at the dam. I call these guys the "PowerBait Brigade" because they can seemingly sit there for hours, just floating PowerBait. I have nothing against PowerBait, I could just never do that, my mind would go numb.

There was one character there who provided some comic relief as well. All morning, he insisted on telling anybody & everybody that walked by (no matter if they wanted to hear or not) about the HUGE trout he got up to the bank, but made one last run on him and broke off his line. Seriously, he sounded like Captain Quint describing an encounter with JAWS.

Anyway, I didn't fish the dam (I never do), I went quite a bit upstream to some other runs and pools. I started out the morning using spinning gear and in…

Lilly's Dance Recital

Lilly has been taking "Pre-Ballet" classes from the ACPPA for a few months now. Tonight was her first recital. After overcoming a little stage-fright, my girl (in the black) did awesome. Couldn't be a prouder father.

Bug Slinger™ Fly Gear

Bug Slinger™ Fly Gear...Have always been looking for a Jolly Roger style shirt or hat with rods instead of swords. A guy can only own so much "Orvis" type stuff, right? Stumbled across this stuff, appears to be right up my alley.

Feed My Fish - They're Hungry

Raising big fish here at Troutrageous!
Click below to feed these guys (the gold one likes M&Ms)...


Cinco de Mayo - Ole!

Happy Cinco de Mayo...

In honor of Mexican trout everywhere:
The Mexican Golden Trout has the widest geographical range of any native Mexican trout. The species is found in three large Pacific watersheds of Chihuahua and Durango: the Rio Fuerte, Rio Sinaloa, and the Rio Culiacan. Most of the O. chrysogaster specimens in museum collections are from tributaries of the Rio Fuerte, this drainage being more easily accessed. The status and distribution of the species is poorly known, and only a handful of collections exist from the Sinaloa and Culiacan drainages. Inter-basin populations of the Mexican Golden are quite variable, and when some of the more remote arroyos and barrancas are accessed by scientists, the Mexican Golden may eventually be found to be comprised of different forms, or even different species. Like other trout of mainland Mexico, the Mexican Golden Trout prefers clear and cold headwater streams, mostly above 6000 feet in altitud…

Mepps T-Shirt Offer

Another offer from Mepps. This time it's a free T-Shirt with a $70 purchase of gear from their website. I suppose it's a nice bonus if you're gonna buy that much stuff anyway...

FREE Mepps T-shirt... Summer's on the way and most of us can use another fishing Tee. Here's your chance to get a FREE Mepps T-shirt (white only) with a $70 order. But this special doesn't stop here... Because your order totals $70, in addition to your FREE T-shirt, you'll get a 20% discount on your entire order. If your order totals $60 after all discounts) you'll also get FREE shipping.. This is in addition to your FREE Tee. Time is wasting. You should be on the water. Get started here

Once In A Blue Moon DVD Review

My copy of the 'Once In A Blue Moon DVD' arrived today. (You can pick one up for yourself at Stu's Orgasmic Fly Shop or at

From the back of the DVD box, the basic summary of the film is as follows:

"The stuff of folklore, ‘Once in a Blue Moon’ unravels the mystery of an event that occurs briefly once a decade. This strange and unreal journey takes us into some of the most remote and beautiful parts of New Zealand as we follow one anglers quest to document and unravel a childhood mystery and catch the fish of a lifetime."The "mystery of an event" described above is that the mice population swells every few years to the point that there's so many, they become targets for really big brown trout (if they fall into or attempt to swim through the water). This puts the folks making the film on a quest to see if they can not only time the rodent explosion correctly, but also land some of these trout on mice flies...yes, mice flies.

Fly Fishing…

1300 Fishermen Flock to Annual Trout Derby

Wow! I had no idea. May need to schedule a road trip next year. Looks a little crazy (& crowded), but fun.

1300 Fishermen Flock to Annual Trout Derby
Reported by: Sarah Hopkins
Saturday, May 2, 2009

The 12th annual Trout Derby is being held this weekend by the Chambersburg Noontime Lion's Club.

The club says more than 1300 people from all over the country are participating. Contestants young and old can win big prizes just by catching fish. The group says there are more than 600 money fish with payouts ranging from $25 to $2,000. A new 2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid is also among the prizes.

Doug Harmon, the chair of the Lion’s Club, said, "The largest fish is the big trout, and this year it's worth $2000, and we break that out in a 60-30-10 take for three people." The Lion’s Club has been around for more than 80 years, and helps tackle problems such as blindness, drug abuse, and diabetes.

The event ends Sunday evening.

Read the article (& …

Tight Lines Fly Fishing Co.

Found this series of short instructional videos for the beginner fly caster (like me). Have learned a few tips that have helped me already.

Build your own custom video playlist at


Anybody for cod? I can tell you where to find the best part...

Eye Candy

I love the photos in Catch Magazine. Seriously, if you're like me and not big on reading, and just like to look at pictures or watch movies...this is the place for you.