January 30, 2010

Stony Creek Videos

Thought I'd post a collection of Stony Creek videos I've assembled (for the SCA website) from various online sources.  Not all were shot by me, actually most were not, but regardless they all show the Stony & Kepner Creeks and some of the fishing that goes on there.  I hope to add more videos to this over the next year or so, so if you like what you see, check back often.

January 24, 2010

Tough Day at Stony

Was hoping to scratch my fishing itch this morning.  Haven't been out since New Year's Day and I decided I needed to go out despite the light drizzle and chilly temps.

When I got to Stony Creek noticed that the water levels were down which would eliminate some of the nice "holes" that appear when the water is about a foot higher.  Saw these guys fishing the "unofficial" fly fishing area.

Stopped and chatted for a bit, neither were having any luck...  I should have took that as advice and ditched the Tenkara fly rod and grabbed my spinning tackle, (when the going is tough, why add the degree of difficulty?) but I suppose I'm a glutton for punishment.

All along Stony, fishing was slow.  Had a few follows, but absolutely no takers.  Talked to a few more anglers during my stroll further along the trails and nobody was doing better than I.  In fact had a nice little conversation with a guy who had traveled from Jersey to fish Stony this AM.  It was his first time so I pointed him toward some of the better holes, but I felt bad for the guy...I think he left out of disappointment shortly following our conversation. (He did take interest in my telescoping Tenkara rod though, think he was having issues maneuvering his 8 foot fly rod through the brush.

Decided to hike along Kepner Creek for a bit in a stretch I'm really not all that familiar with.  Came across these nice little step down pools and decided to fish them for a bit.

Nothing in the first pool, but my first cast into the second pool saw a brookie rise from the depths and go for my Wooly Bugger!

Unfortunately (as would be my luck today), I wasn't able to get a firm hookset and he kicked my hook.  Sure, it was a barbless hook, but I still chalk this one up to user error.  I've got an ok feel for a hookset on my Tenkara Iwana rod, but I'm admittedly not a pro yet.  Tried a couple more casts, but couldn't get him or any of his buddies to commit again.  They were wise to my game.  Here's a shot of the pool that little bastard of a trout calls home.

By this time it was getting late and I told K.C. I'd get home around lunch time to help her with Lilly (and some household chores).  Although it was nice to get out, it would have been a lot more satisfying if I could have brought that brookie to hand.  Instead, he swam off and all I grabbed were some pics of the scenery.

January 20, 2010

The Video Orvis Didn't Want You To See!

Who needs $700 fly rods and fancy $300 waders?

Sonny Bono (sans pants) & Billy Mays (khaki shorts) are evidently alive and well catching trout in some unknown backwater with their bare hands.

Or perhaps this is simply a glimpse into Heaven?

January 18, 2010

One Big Kitty?

I received a forwarded email from one of my friends today.  This was a real friend, not a prince of a remote African country looking to bestow a small fortune upon me if I was to kindly forward him some advance funds by wire.  The pictures are almost as unbelievable as the story, literally.  See below:
-----Original Message-----
From: Fishy Friend
To:  Troutrageous!
Sent: Mon, Jan 18, 2010 3:42pm
Subject: FW: Just a Catfish!

For all those crazy guys who go 'noodling' for catfish and stick their arms down the fish's throat!! This would be 'all the catfish you can eat'.

Each year, a few people were drowning or disappearing mysteriously in Huadu's Furong Reservoir. It was not until recently, when the son of a government official went swimming, in the reservoir and was drowned, that the secret was revealed.

It is a 3 meter long man-eating catfish whose head alone is 1 meter wide!

After cutting up the catfish, people were surprised to find the remains of another man inside!

Swimming in the reservoir is now forbidden because it is feared another similar man-eating catfish is still lurking in the waters.


So what's the real deal with these pics?

January 16, 2010

Ahhh....the Pennsylvania Farm Show

I'll admit it, I haven't been to the Pennsylvania Farm Show since I was in 8th grade as part of a school trip - which was almost 20 years ago. Time flies when you're having fun I guess...

No, I'm not going this year either (it's ends this weekend), but something about squaredancing tractors is sort of amusing to a city boy like myself.

What am I getting at? Well besides the large population of livestock and Amish folks, the one thing I fondly recall from the PA Farm Show was the food court! We're not just talking fresh fruits & vegetables (yeah, there's a lot of that healthy stuff), but there's also obnoxiously gluttonous delights like BBQ, pies, milkshakes, apple dumplings, and gigantic sticky buns!  I think I took care of a month's worth of caloric intake that day on sweets alone.

There's also a unique concoction called Trout Chowder. While I've never had it, after looking at the recipe it looks like it could be tasty.  The only ingredient I'm skeptical on is the ketchup.  I'm half-Italian, so ketchup in/on anything but a burger & fries seems like some sort of sin.  But then again, everything is better with bacon!

Deluxe Trout Chowder
1 pound trout fillets fresh or frozen
1/4 cup chopped bacon or salt pork
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cups boiling water
1 can (1 pound) tomatoes
1 cup diced potatoes
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon thyme
chopped parsley

Remove skin and bones from fresh or thawed frozen fish. Cut fish into 1 inch pieces. Fry bacon or salt pork in a 3 quart saucepan until crisp. Add onion and cook until tender. Add water, vegetables, ketchup, and seasonings except parsley. Cover and simmer 40 to 45 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Add fish, cover and simmer about 10 minutes longer, or until fish flakes easily when tested with fork. Garnish with parsley. Serves 6

Recipe courtesy of Pennsylvania Aquaculture Association & PennLive.com

January 13, 2010

Free Coleman LED Flashlight from Pflueger

Here's a special offer from Pflueger - a company that makes some reels that are smooth as glass.  I personally own two Pflueger spinning reels, a Trion GX7 4520GX and a Supreme 8040MG, and recommend them highly.  Especially the Trion, I don't think there's a better spinning reel value out there for the money.

Anyway, when you buy any Pflueger spinning or low profile reel over $99.95, you will also get a free Coleman Rechargeable LED Flashlight ($49.99 value) via mail-in coupon. Night fishing anyone?

You can download the claim form here:

January 11, 2010

Abu Garcia Rebate Anyone?

Two good Abu Garcia rebates are on the table to anglers looking for a new reel.

Buy any Abu Garcia® Revo™ reel over $159.95 and receive a *FREE pair of Wiley X sunglasses! ($126 value)

Or, if you're not looking for a Revo, receive a $10 mail-in rebate when you buy any Abu Garcia® reel between $89.95 - $139.95

The rebate forms can be downloaded here:

$10 MIR

January 9, 2010

Stren's Latest Deal

Stren's got a nice mail-in rebate offer for 2010.  It's a $6.00 rebate when you buy any two 125-yard or larger Stren spools.

You can also download the rebate form here:

January 7, 2010

Berkley Mix & Match Rebate Offer

Here's a good deal from Berkley for pretty much everyone. It's so generally wide in scope, I can't see how I won't be using it this year.

You basically buy any Berkley Tool, Fishing Line, or Bait, (sorry, no rods) and depending on how much you spend, get $$$ back via mail in rebate.
  • Buy $10 and save $3
  • Buy $20 and save $7
  • Buy $40 and save $15
If you want to download the rebate form now, it can be accessed here:

January 6, 2010

Bumper Boats: Antarctic Style

I don't consider whaling a form of fishing - I'm not sure I even see the point - but this article (especially the pictures) are too crazy not to post.  Make sure to click on the slideshow or video link at the bottom of the article as well. 

Boat Damaged in Anti-Whaling Clash in Antarctica
By ROHAN SULLIVAN, Associated Press

SYDNEY – A conservation group's boat had its bow sheared off and was taking on water Wednesday after it was struck by a Japanese whaling ship in the frigid waters of Antarctica, the group said.

The boat's six crew members were safely transferred to another of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's vessels, the newly commissioned Bob Barker. The boat is named for the American game show host who donated $5 million to buy it.

The clash was the most serious in the past several years, during which the Sea Shepherd has sent vessels into far-southern waters to try to harass the Japanese fleet into ceasing its annual whale hunt.

Clashes using hand-thrown stink bombs, ropes meant to tangle propellers and high-tech sound equipment have been common in recent years, and crashes between ships have sometimes occurred.

The society said its vessel Ady Gil — a high-tech speedboat that resembles a stealth bomber — was hit by the Japanese ship the Shonan Maru near Commonwealth Bay and had about 10 feet (three meters) of its bow knocked off.

To read the rest of the AP/Yahoo News article, click here:

To view picture slideshow and/or video:
Now a few comments & a question.

1. How cool is it that the "rescue ship" is named after Bob Barker?

2. Did you take a look at the boat that got jacked up?  Is that some sort of alien craft or something?  Better yet, where can I get one to take on smallmouth on the Schuylkill?

3. What do you think of all of this?  Are these anti-whaling boats going "over the line" in the name of conservation?

January 5, 2010

The Fly Fishing Show - Somerset, NJ

Got this flier in the mail for The Fly Fishing Show last week.  Have never been to this show, but looks like it could be a good one.  There appears to be tons of guests and seminars on all three days.  It's in Somerset, NJ on January 22, 23, & 24.

January 4, 2010

Mepps Free Book Offer

Need to restock your tackle box with lures for 2010?  Might be worth checking Mepps.com out. 

Found this offer in my inbox the other day and thought I'd pass along.  They've got an offer running right now where if you spend $65 or more, you get a free book of your choice and free shipping on your order.

January 3, 2010

Catch Magazine Issue #9

The new issue of Catch Magazine is out.
Has to be my favorite online fishing magazine, the photography is breathtaking.

January 1, 2010

First Fish of 2010

Had to get out today...it had been weeks (maybe more than a month since the last time I went fishing).  Fatigued from hours of flipping through the pages of the Bass Pro, Orvis, & Cabela's catalogs over those said weeks, I decided last week that the first day over 40 degrees (that didn't involve rain), I'd get out and get a line wet.  That just so happened to be today, New Year's Day.

Went over to the Stony Creek in Norristown about 2PM today.  Figured it would be a good time because the Flyers were playing in the NHL Winter Classic and Penn State was in the Capital One Bowl, and I'm not really a fan of either, so that might give other anglers a reason not to be out.

When I got there, there were a lot of folks already fishing.  Luckily, they seemed to all be at the dam and the bridges, and all of the water in-between was traffic free - so that's where I fished.

Took the spinning gear out first - using Wyld Edge baby bezerkers - and got into some brookies in a hurry.
Here's the first fish of 2010:

After getting my fill on the spinning gear, I switched over to my Tenkara fly rod armed with a Woolly Bugger and landed two more (& lost two more).

I decided to pack up and head home around 4:30PM, it was starting to get darker & colder, two things I have zero tolerance for.  In all, it was a good day.  Yes, all the trout were stockies (no bonus points for "wild" fish), but I can live with that.

Kype Fishing Magazine: Volume 2 / Issue 1

Issue One Highlights:

Early Season Trout Fishing
Chrome on Two Handed Rods
Summer Run Steelhead
A Close Eye on Tube Flies
Fly Fishing Festival