Showing posts from August, 2009

Doom & Gloom...Well, Sort Of

This article popped up over the weekend about how global warming will wreak havoc on various animals, both large & small - including sheep & fish - yet how cockroaches will be unaffected and are clearly poised to take over the world!

Comic courtesy of
Weird Ways Global Warming is Changing Animal Populations
by Naturally Savvy on 08.28.09

No More "Gone Fishing" Days?

Do you whittle away summer days fishing? Good luck, if climate change continues to accelerate. A new study shows warmer temperatures will kick off a chain reaction in lakes that will cause a dramatic drop in fish. Warmer temperatures, thawing of permafrost and changes in precipitation are expected to cause more colored organic matter to run off into lakes, turning the water brown. Brown water keeps the sunlight from reaching the bottom of the lake. Algae at the bottom of the lake can't survive without sunlight. The organisms that eat algae won't have enough to eat and many will die. The f…

Please Keep These in the U.K.

I must admit that one of my favorite channels to watch is The History Channel, but it's not why you'd think. The History Channel airs this show called Monster Quest - where these "scientists" go out and try to find things like the Sasquatch, Chupacabra, Swamp Monsters, Living Pterodactyls, and crazy stuff like that. A recent episode was about "big cats," where they claimed that black leopards or jaguars were running around the forests of New York state.

They tried to track them using infrared cameras and stuff, found what they thought were some tracks and claw marks, but no cats themselves. The deduction was that somebody kept the exotic cats as pets, and when they got too big ditched them in the woods.

Now with that random segue complete, here's an article I found about a South American piranha in the River Torridge (U.K.), a waterway more commonly home to brown trout and salmon.

Devon River Team's Piranha Shock
A "killer" fish native to S…

Growing Interest in Tenkara

Earlier in the spring, there was a big (okay, actually not that big) to-do made about Tenkara, and more specifically Tenkara USA.

For those of you that are not dorks like me and don't read tons of fly fishing blogs, Tenkara is essentially fly fishing without a reel. You more or less use the same motions, but like I said, there's no reeling in - so no drag to assist you in landing the fish. They call it "streamlined fly fishing;" you know Daniel-san crazy Far-East samurai type stuff.

So now I'm sorta wanting a Tenkara outfit. What's especially cool about these rods is that they are telescopic, so they pack up really small, making them easy to transport. Problem is streamlined fishing ain't cheap, with rods starting at $130.

This revelation coincides with the dropping off of my car at the dealership tonight for its 60K mile service and inspection. I think I either need new brakes or my rotors resurfaced too, so I'm probably looking at a service b…

Dam Be Gone

Here's a little article about a dam removal in Allentown that should have a positive impact on the fishery.

Jordan Creek's Waters to Flow Free
Environmental group and chemical company partner to remove dam with no purposeBy Brian CallawayOF THE MORNING CALL
August 18, 2009
They finally decided the dam on the Jordan Creek wasn't worth a ... darn.

So a chemical company and an environmental group are having the old concrete barrier obstructing the Jordan just north of Allentown demolished this week, hopefully opening up miles of creek for trout and herring to spawn.

This dam on the Jordan Creek is slated for demolition this week. The dam serves no apparent purpose and officials aren't completely sure why it was built in the first place. (Monica Cabrera/The Morning Call / August 17, 2009)
''It's very important,'' said Sara Strassman of American Rivers, which is working with GEO Specialty Chemicals to tear down the old dam near the company's South Whiteh…

Cannot Figure Out The Logo...

I was flipping through the new September issue of Field & Stream magazine tonight and toward the back there's a full page ad for G Defy (gravity defy) shoes. They're sneakers with springs in the heel that are supposed to have a laundry list full of benefits. That gimmick isn't why I'm posting this - I've seen something similar pretty much in any SkyMall magazine I've ever paged through. My question is, WHAT'S WITH THE LOGO? "Hmm...Nike Swoosh...taken....
Reebok Vector....taken.....
adidas 3 stripes....awww, that's taken too...A-HA! about some semen!"
So, you've make these super gravity defying shoes, and the best logo you can come up with is a sperm? I was hoping the video below would reveal the secret to the logo...but all I found out was that the dude at 1:35 has clearly never shot a basketball before shooting this commercial.

Kepner Creek Streambank Restoration

On Saturday, July 18th, the Stony Creek Anglers held their annual Adopt-A Stream Project near the High Arch Bridge over Kepner Creek. Under the supervision of the PA Fish & Boat Commission, we created a shot rock & log bank extension/fish habitat.

Besides tossing literally tonsof rock down the hill, I assisted in digging the trench for the left support, and it was amazing some of the stuff that was coming out of the ground. Not only old chunks of stone & asphalt, but bricks, ceramic, and iron too, as this particular bank was a site for demolished building materials from previous structures on the Norristown State grounds.

It was an fun (but tiring) project.
Some pictures are below, I think I'm resting in most of them...

Florida Vacation

Just got back from Florida yesterday. Was there for about a week visiting family. Vacation was a lot of sleeping, swimming in the pool, and other Lilly-centric activities, however I did sneak out back to do some fishing. Nothing crazy, but here's a sampling. All caught on a gold #2 Mepps Elix Spinner.

Field & Stream PA Natural Gas Drilling Article

Last month Troutrageous! posted about the Natural Gas Drilling that is going on in Pennsylvania, and the negative impact it could potentially have on our fisheries (& trout). Field & Stream has finally posted the article referenced to it's website, a bit of it is below:

Natural Gas Drilling Threatens Trout in Pennsylvania (and Other Appalachian States)

Natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale Formation of New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virgiana, and Ohio threatens coldwater fish like trout.
Article by
Anthony Licata. Uploaded on July 24, 2009

Western sportsmen have been dealing with the ramifications of natural gas extraction for years, but now Eastern sportsmen need to brace for impact. Widespread gas drilling is hitting Appalachia, and unless environmental regulations and enforcement catch up with the drilling, there could be major damage to world-class trout water, from small mountain streams to the Delaware River.

Gas and Cash The gas lies in what is called t…

I'm Not a Good Golfer

Actually, I never play golf (despite literally living between two courses), so I never give myself a chance to be good. I'll go golfing as a work function every now and then...actually played Trump National in Bedminster, NJ last month for work. Surprised they let me through the front gates. Didn't keep score though, my golf score would be one of the few numbers "The Donald" wouldn't appreciate having so many zeros at the end of it.

Anyway, point is I probably could have shaved a few strokes off my game if I had one of these Trout Putters. And for a mere $17.95, maybe I could afford to replace some of the balls I lost in the water hazard.

Hey Mickey!

The ACPPA wrapped up it's summer arts intensive session last week with an art exhibition/variety show. Lilly (and the rest of the Red Team) summoned Toni Basil straight outta 1982 and performed 'Mickey.'
Lilly is all the way to the far right.