Showing posts from December, 2009

2010 is Upon Us

With New Year's on Friday, figured it was about time to renew my fishing license. You may want to do the same (& get it out of the way early) especially if your state offers online ordering.

Pennsylvania does, and I did tonight HERE.

There was a nice improvement to the online ordering process this year that exports your license as a PDF file, so you can save it to your computer (to reprint later) just in case you lose it.

Another Christmas in the Books

We had a very interesting Christmas this year.

Let me back up to Sunday the 20th.  Long story short, Lilly fell down some steps at a Christmas party and broke her elbow.  No trips to the ER or anything, but that meant she got an early Christmas present of a pink full-arm cast from Santa this year.  My wife K.C. does an infinitely better job explaning the whole ordeal on her blog then I ever could, so I'll simply drop a link to it HERE.

Other than all of that drama, it was a very low key Christmas.  One of the few big holidays we've done more or less as a solo family unit recently.  Other than a quick drop in by Uncle Andy & Chia and a ride over to my Mom's house, there was no real running around and no hosting of a big family dinner this year...just K.C., Lilly, & I enjoying a relatively quiet Christmas day.

Lilly got so many toys (pug Pillow Pet, three Barbie Dolls, Leap Frog Clickstart computer, among others), I can't even start to list them all.  The most popul…

This post is a bit overdue, but since I'm not fishing, figured now's as good a time as any.

From time to time I like to share some fishing related things I like on the web.  One of my favorites (& a daily stop) is  I've been a member of this fishing forum for a little over 2 years now, and I honestly don't think you'll find a more friendly group of folks in an online forum format anywhere else.  Everybody's welcome and there's no hi-jinks that are commonplace on other forums.

Most of the members of the WhereIFish community tend to live in the Quad Cities area, however you'll also see contributions from all across the country.  I was originally drawn to the website for their great contests & giveaways (products like fishing rods, lures, etc..), but I've also learned quite a bit as well - especially about catfish.  These boys haul in some bigguns!

So if you're snowed in with the winter blues and can't get out to get a lin…

Happy Holidays


Bought a New Rod

Was buying everyone else Christmas presents last week, why not treat myself?

It's a 7' March Brown Hidden Waters 4-wt Travel Rod. Got a pretty good deal on it after "Dave" contacted me after I filled out a questionnaire on their website.

It breaks down into 7 pieces so you can easily carry it on a plane, stash it in a backpack, etc... Thinking this in combination with my Tenkara rod leaves me little room for excuses when it comes to getting a line wet during future travels. Plus, I'll admit it, I'm a gear junkie. Plain & simple.

(Bill) Dancing with a Trolling Motor

This comes from YouTube via Moldy Chum. I don't usually re-post things from other blogs, but this just made me laugh. Bill wrestling his trolling motor at about 1:00 is priceless.

One Way Natural Gas Drilling is GOOD For PA Trout?

One of the hot button topics in Pennsylvania (and referenced in this blog on several occasions) is the impact of natural gas drilling now that the state government has opened up huge expanses of state park lands to extraction. The main environmental issues (beside the obvious encroachment on the forests) are that the drilling requires a large amount of locally-provided water, and the increased risk of fish kills resulting from chemical spill contamination.

I found this article today outlining a Penn State University study focusing on how the building of the drilling infrastructure is assisting the spread of invasive plant species in Pennsylvania forests. Bad, right? Maybe not 100% evil. Conversely, this limestone road building seems to also have a positive side-effect that could actually be good for fish such as trout.
A few notable excerpts are below:

Researchers learn why invasive plants are spreading rapidly in forests

University Park, Pa. -- Invasive plants are advancing into …

I Didn't Go Fishing Last Weekend

Instead, I stayed indoors and out of the cold. Sunday was a total veg-out day of watching football (& Lilly). The Eagles crushed the Falcons, which unfortunately that wasn't all that exciting, so Lilly tried her hand at balloon juggling as entertainment.

Prince Nymph

Image, not that Prince nymph.
Was looking through my flies the other day and realized I needed some more beadhead Prince Nymphs. They've been my pattern this fall/winter (and thus have lost my fair share). Well, I could tie some of my own...

...but then again, I don't "tie" and don't have a vice or any of the other needed materials. So I guess I'm off to buy some. Lucky for me Albright Fly Fishing launched flies on their website this week, so I can get a pretty good deal. Basically buy 6, get 6 free, or about 80 cents a piece. I already bought a 3/4 click & pawl reel from them earlier this week, what's a few more bucks? It's worth a shot.
And yes, this is pretty much a throw away of a blog post. I haven't gone fishing in a few weeks and am suffering from a mean case of angling writer's block!