November 30, 2009

Another "Flowing Waters" Giveaway

lWolfy at the Flowing Waters blog hosted a fly fishing giveaway last week, well this week it's a bass fishing giveaway. There's really too much stuff to list here, so you'll have to click here to visit his blog to read the laundry list of goodies and enter yourself.

(This isn't even all of it!)

November 28, 2009

Electrofishing for Brookies

Here's a video one of the members of the message board actually posted (so I can't take credit). It's taken from the NJ Star-Ledger website, and shows the process and techniques that the Division of Fish & Wildlife biologists use to survey a stream via "electrofishing."

The accompanying article can be found here:

November 24, 2009

Catch & Keep?

I don't. But I'm no evangelist for catch & release. You want to keep your limit and eat 'em, more power to you - especially on stocked waters. That's why you buy a license with trout stamp, right?

So I was on, and to be up front I really never use Bing as a search engine. I prefer tried & true Google. Or, if I want to rock it old school 1997 style, Lycos or Alta Vista. (Yes, believe it or not they do still exist). Anyway, I typed "trout" in Bing and got the standard URL, image, & news results...but interestingly enough, got this on the first page of results as well:

Actually there's an even deeper breakdown HERE.

Huh...wonder what happens if I type in "Whopper"?

November 23, 2009

Flowing Waters Fly Fishing Giveaway

Was turned on to this giveaway by two other blogs I follow (Wandering Owl Outside & The Fisherbabe). It's a great fly fishing offer from "Wolfy" over at Flowing Waters.

All you have to do is answer a few questions in the comments section of his post, and you'll be entered to win a great assortment of stuff including fly line, leader, tippet, and best of all - a fly box stocked with flies!

The drawing will be on November 28th, so get on over there soon and sign up.

Also, take some time and read some of his other posts...they're quite interesting as well - lots of good fishing talk.

50% off Select AEG DVDs

Got this nice little deal in the inbox today, thought I'd pass along.

Find the perfect holiday gift for
the fly fisherman at 50% off!

(Click On Image Above)
* Discount applied to the shopping cart during checkout.

In following the link, found you can get any one of these titles for $12.49/ea

Trout Bum Diaries: Patagonia Volume I
Trout Bum Diaries: New Zealand Volume II
Fish Bum: Mongolia Volume I

November 21, 2009

Went to the Orvis Warehouse Sale today...

...and I'll try to be kind. It was basically a waste.

This is the 3rd year in a row I've went when it hit the Philly area, and there just wasn't a lot of good merchandise to pick through this year. I'm thinking it most likely has to do with the economy. Being in retail, I know most retailers have kept inventories tight this year, unwilling to "go deep" on buys due to unpredictable consumer spending patterns. Also, a lot of the stuff at the show seems to be catalog/internet returns (ie TONS of dog beds with a dog's name already embroidered on it), so less people buying stuff in 2009 also means less returns.

There was a lot of summer clothes, especially in size medium and large. Shamrock shorts anyone? Not much in cold-weather wear - basically no fleece or outwear. I was hoping to stumble upon a wading jacket, but no luck. The fishing equipment was also slim-pickins, with most rods and line being heavy (6-wt and above). From what I could tell the only reels were gigantic saltwater Vortex reels the size of dinner plates. There were quite a bit of fishing accessories to be had, but a lot of it seemed almost like it was purchased especially for the warehouse sale - Rapala multi-tools and small Plano boxes?

After playing some seek n' find, I did find a good deal. A 4-wt Superfine trout rod for $200 (catalog list $575). Unfortunately, I didn't want or need a new rod so I passed. Probably could have played the eBay game...but not interested in sending a fishing rod through the mail.

I did end up spending money; purchasing a $10 raffle ticket from some folks from Perkiomen Valley Trout Unlimited to help support their Trout in the Classroom & stream restoration initiatives. I guess not all was lost.

November 16, 2009

Swimming Pool Fishing

This isn't a PA story, but I found it interesting nonetheless. Should I make it to 90 years of age and can't get out to my local streams or creeks, I hope somebody has the foresight to fill my swimming pool too.

Cato lures residents to fish for trout at pool
Monday November 16, 2009

November 15, 2009


Indian Summer rules. (BTW, is that politically correct to say these days?) Today was November the 15th, and it was in the upper 60s, love it!

With the nice weather (and not as much rain as I expected yesterday), I headed back to Valley Creek armed exclusively with my tenkara rod. It was going to be a relatively short outing, as my Mom was coming up around lunchtime to spend some time Lilly and I wanted to be home to greet her. So I had a hard stop scheduled at 11AM no matter what.

Rolled up into the parking area around 7:30AM and hiked in a bit, didn't really get a line wet until 8AM. Water was clear and cool, and the flow was nice.

One of the reasons why I like tenkara is that with a fixed line and without a reel, it really simplifies fly fishing. One of the things I don't like about tenkara, is with that same fixed line, you can only cast a certain distance (in my case, about 11 feet with a full extended drift to about 20). Because of that you have to get pretty close to the fish you want to catch, which for clumsy ol' me can be an issue. Here's a video of me casting, but notice no fish caught (this will be a theme):

Well, fast forward until 10:45AM and about 5 pools and 6 or so runs later, I hadn't caught anything and to be honest was getting a little frustrated. That and I wasted about a half hour when some folks walking their dogs through the park (without leashes) had no problem letting them jump and splash around in the same pool I was fishing. I love dogs, but c'mon show a little courtesy. Plus, with my trusty spinning rod I know I would have surely brought a trout to hand by now, but with this tenkara stuff...not so much.

I was just about to pack it in and head back to the car when I made a few final casts into these riffles:

Oh...wait a second, what was that? The tip of my Iwana rod started dancing. Fish on! Mental checklist time...think I've got a good hookset...seem to have good control of this run...let's bring her in. As I start to lift my rod to bring the trout in (again in tenkara there's no reel), about 6 feet in front of me I see a splash, a flash of white belly, and my only trout of the day kicked the hook and swam off giving me the "middle fin." AAUGH!!! I felt like Charlie Brown trying to kick a field goal, except instead of Lucy an 8" brownie was holding the ball.

Being bummed about losing the fish and then checking my watch in disgust, I figured it was time to head home. However on the hike back to the car, my disappointment quickly subsided and turned into a sense of excitement and anticipation. You might have won the battle today trout, but the tenkara rod & I will be back and I've got a fly with your sore lip written all over it.

November 14, 2009

Orvis Warehouse Sale is Coming...

Got a postcard in the mail that the Orvis Warehouse Sale is coming back to the area next weekend at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.

I've been to and like the sale, but to be honest, it's a mixed bag. There are some legitimate good buys to be had, but then again there's a TON of stuff that you really can tell why they are trying to get rid of it. The big draw (besides the clothing) are some fairly good deals on previous season's fly rods. I've gone the last two years with various degrees of success.

One tip, they do take additional markdowns for the last day, so if you're not too picky or are just going to browse, go on Sunday.

November 13, 2009

Lilly's Back On Stage

Lilly's (in black) latest pre-ballet recital was tonight at the ACPPA in Norristown.
Her and the rest of the girls were cats.

November 12, 2009

Tenkara USA World Trout T-Shirt

Looky looky what showed up in my inbox today. Tenkara USA & World Trout have collaborated on a Yamame t-shirt with $5 of each sale going to to grassroots organizations devoted to preserving wild trout and their habitat.
Similar (non Tenkara verisions) of these shirts have been selling on the Patagonia website for a while now, but considering my affinity for fly fishing without a reel, I think this might be on my X-Mas list.

November 10, 2009

Adventures in Blogging

Not sure if you ever noticed, but there's a little feature on the top of this page called "Next Blog>>." If you have a blog and it's on the Blogger platform, you've likely got one too.

It's always been there, sitting innocently at the top of your page, but clicking on it was always an exercise in futility. 9 times out of 10 it would pull up a totally random blog, usually dedicated to tuner cars or anime and always in a foreign language.

Well, word on the street (actually Blogger Buzz) is that the kind folks behind the scenes at Blogger have updated this button to supposedly yield relevant results. Or at the very least, a page covering topics somewhat related to the one you're reading.

With that being noted, and very intrigued by the notion of what Blogger deems relevant, I decided to give this a spin and see what comes up. Using the ultimate template of "6 degrees of Kevin Bacon" I clicked on the link 6 consecutive times to see where I ended up.

Starting Point:


Uhhh...ok... I was feeling okay through the first few. Perspicacious Words had a nice article on Fly Fishing. Jibted642 seemed to be in some Scandinavian language, but I recognized fishing rods and a boat. Mattflyfisher, while dabbling in the paranormal, also hit some hard water for some nice slabs. Even Mike The Pickle had some great posts (& photos!) of a multi-day flyfishing trip.

But then I got to IBLS Pastime and my "Next Blog" train was derailed. I was 100% lost on the relevance to any of its predecessors. I think it's a site about scrapbooking? Lots of pink and lipstick kisses which is of course right up my alley... Next led to Knips & Nips, which while it features more beautiful photography, that's about all I can say about it.

I guess with all of the bloggers out there with such diverse interests, 4 outta 6 aint so bad. So go ahead, get Footloose and give it a try yourself. And of course, let me know where your journey takes you.

November 8, 2009

Valley Creek Outing

Hit Valley Creek this morning for a few hours. Water was extremely clear and low in spots. Fished for a few hours with my Tenkara rod with unfortunately no real results. Think I had a couple takes on a Zug Bug Nymph, but never got a solid hookset. Tenkara excels with dry flies, so learning how to manipulate the nymph on that sort of tackle has been a learning experience.

Switched over to my spinning rod & reel for about an hour and did bring two small (typical valley sized) trout to hand on a size 4 gold Panther Martin, but by that time it was getting late and needed to get home. Was also getting warm - had bundled up for a cold morning, but was in the high 60s by the time I left. Gotta love weather like that in November!

2010 Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow

Every year for the past few, I've taken Lilly to the Sportsmen's show in Valley Forge. (2008 & 2009) Unfortunately, attendance at the past year's show was so poor (even by the exhibitors), I guess the powers that be decided to kill it.

Luckily, a new Expo Center opened recently in Oaks, and next year a new outdoors show will be held in February. More or less the Valley Forge & Reading shows are getting folded into this one, so it should be BIG.

Also, after skipping the past year's Valley Forge show, the SCA will have two tables at the new show, so I'm doubly excited.

Here's the flier I recently picked up at French Creek Outfitters.

Show Website:

November 7, 2009

Big Day for Lilly

K.C., Lilly, & I were at the Limerick outlets today, and during lunch (3-year old) Lilly told us she wanted to get her ears pierced. Up until now even when offered, she's always declined saying "no, when I get bigger" in response. Well, after lunch led by an excited Lilly we headed over to Claire's and did the deed.

Lilly was amazing, even with a minor malfunction with the, I mean earring gun. As a father who's never been pierced, or even witnessed anybody get pierced, I'll admit I was a little nervous for her. But no screaming, not a tear, nothing. She handled it like a big girl, exactly what she is.

Her eyes are closed because of the sun,
not due to ear-numbing pain

November 5, 2009

It's So Easy...

...a caveman can do it.

Was served up this ad on today. Despite the fact that I'm a member of trout nursery and have been known to go fishing for stocked trout, I think this actually is pretty funny. Gotta love those pelletheads.

November 3, 2009

Check Out Updated

When I'm not fishing, I like to read about fishing (both in print & online) and one of the websites I frequent is

Historically, it's been a pretty basic message board consisting mostly of fellow Keystone State anglers. While it hasn't always been the most active message board, the folks that post know their stuff and I've learned a lot from that site over the past two years.

This week, the admin of the site upgraded the backend software. With the upgrade, in addition to an improved forum there's also a Community feature (think Facebook) which seems like it will be pretty cool to play with. Well, I'm having fun tinkering around with it for the time being, so that makes it post worthy.

Be forewarned, should you decide to visit, not all of the users and posts from the old version have been moved over yet, so it's a bit barren. Would expect that to improve over the next few. Looking forward to seeing you over there!

Here's some screen shots:

New Forum Layout

Community Feature