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Giveaway - FREE Hobie Polarized Sunglasses!

Image that you've read my review, how could you not want a pair for yourself?

Lucky for you, the good folks at Hobie Polarized have made one additional pair (of your choice) of Hobie Polarized sunglasses available to the Troutrageous! community.  Pretty generous of them, huh?

All you need to do to enter is go to their website, look around, and then comment back on this post which is your favorite pair of Hobie Polarized sunglasses.

You can also get up to 5extra entries by spreading the love of this blog and the Hobie contest in various places.  Easy enough?  Here are the full details:

ONE winner will win their choice of Hobie Polarized Sunglasses and instantly become 100% cooler than they were before.

How To Enter:
First visit the Hobie Polarized Website and check out their products.  Come back to this post and leave a comment telling us which sunglass model is your favorite.
Although not required, including your email address in your comment will ensure I can contac…

Gear Review - Hobie Polarized Sunglasses

About a month ago, I was cruising a bunch of fishing websites (researching a Hobie MirageDrive Kayak) and stumbled upon the Hobie Polarized sunglass line.  I had always associated Hobie brand with surfing & the beach lifestyle, but I was surprised to learn from their website that they have an extensive Pro Staff of anglers as well.

Interest raised, I reached out to them with some product questions, which quickly evolved into a product review (& giveaway promotion - more on that tomorrow) for Troutrageous! readers...

I received a pair of Hobie Heritage Series Bayside Polarized Sunglasses in Tortoise/Copper just in time to put them through a day of extensive testing on the water during the fishing get-together on May 22nd in Jonestown, PA.

Here are the Bayside's product specs, taken from the Hobie Polarized Website: Exceeding the standards of world champion watersport athletes, the Heritage Series features our highest quality thin, lightweight and durable Borosi…

Lilly's Back On the Stage

When not toting her pink Barbie rod, Lilly is usually dancing.  Actually, sometimes she does both.  Here's a quick post of Lilly's most recent pre-ballet recital at the ACPPA in Norristown, PA.

Lilly is the one in black (on the left to start).  She did an awesome job!!!

She was also in a recent picture taken by the Norristown Times Herald.  The news article & picture was printed in the local paper, but can also be found HERE. Get-Together

Yesterday was finally the day for the long awaited "unofficial" get-together.  That's what we've been calling it since early this year anyway - "unofficial" simply because it was just to be some folks getting together to go fishing, no set agenda, activities, etc...

Member "Spurky" was our "unofficial" host, and a handful of us all met up at the Lickdale Campground in Jonestown, PA early on Saturday morning.

There was to be two parallel outings to take place - some of the group was going to float & fish a section of the Swatara Creek, while another group was going to wade some tributaries for trout.  I was in the latter group, and while the other guys were off with their canoe & kayak, member "Swattie" took me up to Trout Run, in search of some brookies.

I have to admit, fishing Trout Run was very different from any trout fishing I was used to.  In many stretches it was very confined & overgrown, and o…

Tonight Was A Bad Night

The worst night ever?  No probably not.  But still kinda sucky.

Work was fine today.  No issues there.  Was in a pretty good mood, even left a little early (for me) so I could enjoy the evening with my wife & daughter.  For some reason, when I got home, my mood just went south.

The house was a mess - every toy Lilly owned was scattered around our first floor.  I've got a borderline case of OCD, so certain types of messes tend to annoy me, especially if they linger.  Lilly & I cleaned up the mess quick enough, but then she decided to be extra difficult at dinner (for the second night in a row).  She didn't want to eat anything.  The joys of a 4 year old.  Individually, those things don't usually upset me, but tonight the combination just put me in a funk.

After putting Lilly to bed, I thought to myself, "there's an hour left of sunlight, let me head over to the pond and get some casts in to blow off some steam."  I hopped in the car proceeded to do so…

Blogroll Updates

Realized I hadn't done a "Blogroll" post in quite a while. Bad on me. I've added quite a few blogs to my Blogroll in the past few weeks, so here's a few you might consider checking out (if you haven't already):

A Year On the Fly - A daily visual treat. Joel paints a new fly in watercolors everyday and posts it to his blog; he also accepts reader suggestions for inspiration.

Casting Around - Anthony's well-written blog is about fly fishing & fly tying topics (including tenkara), but you also find some interesting original art done on his iPod Touch (Trust me, you have to see it).  Anthony also is one of the editors for the upcoming online fly fishing magazine, Rise Forms, so if you like his blog, you may want to check out that website too.

Passinthru Outdoors - A relatively new blog, the author was inspired to start it after reading his son's college paper on "Nature Deficit Disorder."  You'll find quite a few really good detailed pos…

Free Ohero Fluorocarbon Leader

Had to pass this one along...because it's free.  It was brought to my attention by a Facebook friend...and's free!

All you need to do is visit the Ohero Fishing website, sign up, and they'll send you a free 10 yard sample of their Fluorocarbon Leader in your choice of test.  Here are the details, per the website:

Avid anglers, we understand the importance of having good fluorocarbon leader and believe we have the best leader in the market right now. In performance test, it rated #1! We invite you to give our fluorocarbon leader a try, you'll be glad you did. Please fill out this request form and allow up to 10 business days to deliver. Please let us know how you like it via our feedback form or on Facebook, thanks.

Make Your Own Magnetic Fly Box

I had bought some flexible magnetic tape from the hardware store a few months ago for a project around the house.  It was a large roll, so I had a lot left over.  Tonight I put some to use on a DIY magnetic fly box:

1.  Roll of magnetic vinyl tape - I'm using the leftover 3M

2. Empty Altoids-type mint tin - I'm using L.L. Bean Fisher-Mints container.  (I'm sure if you're into dipping tobacco, an empty tin of Skoal, Copenhagen, etc...would work too)

3.  Cut size appropriate strip of tape and line the bottom of the tin.  In this case I actually had to cut a strip and a half as the tin was wider than the tape.

4.  Drop in some flies.  In this case my typical tenkara arsenal of Beadhead Prince Nymphs & CDC Elk Hair Caddis.

I've shaken it, tipped it upside down, they don't seem to fall out.  May not be great for bulky streamers or dries, but for these size #14 nymphs (& I'd imagine smaller flies), it seems to work pretty well.

Should Have Never Got Out of Bed

Ever have one of those days?  Well, for me, today was one of them.
I've been fighting off some sort of sinus infection for the past few days.  I think today it was it's worst.  Woke up with a running nose, scratchy throat, all that good stuff.  Nice visual, right?  Do you think that was going to stop me from going fishing this morning while K.C. was taking Lilly to one of her pre-school classmates' birthday party - nope.  But it should have...
When I got to the stream it was pretty crowded.  Even saw a guide out there with two customers.  Man these guys were decked out with all the latest gear.  I never saw so much stuff.  I was fishing behind folks all day, which isn't a great recipe for success.  But undeterred I pushed on, tenkara rod in hand.
I'm not sure which was worse, the sneezing, the runny nose, or the achy joints, but I was basically a zombie out there today, lacking the focus to even follow the drift of my fly.  Oh, and when a trout decided to cooperate an…

Lilly's Choice - Pink of Course

Just wanted to thank John over at Fish Creek Spinners for making Lilly's day.

He sent over a pink Nitromite spinner for our next fishing outing.  Those bluegills over at Sanatoga Park better watch themselves.

If you get a chance, check out John's site over at Fish Creek  He sells some really unique spinners; I'm particularly fond of the'll find them in many of my previous fishing reports.

A Great Tenkara Line Storage Solution

I found this video on the Backpack Fly Fishing blog today - thanks to a great link from The Jersey Angler, who has quite a few very informational tenkara posts of his own.

I've been using the Fuji hook keepers for years on my spinning rods...looks like I may need to "borrow a few" and give this line storage method a try.

Indianhead Watershed's 4th Annual Fishing Derby

Here's one for the kiddies...

The Indianhead Watershed Association is holding their 4th annual kids' fishing derby on Saturday, June 12th from 9AM to 1PM.  It's limited to the first 75 registrants between the ages of 5 to 14, so if it's something your family may have interest in, you should act quickly.  In light of some recent news regarding the Perkiomen, this is an event you definitely do not want to miss.

The Perkiomen holds many species of fish, including bass, carp, a some trout that make their way down from tributaries such as the Skippack Creek.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Lower Providence Optimist Club & the Stony Creek Anglers, so there will be plenty of experienced anglers on hand to assist.

The registration form can be downloaded HERE, or visit the Indianhead Watershed Association's website for more information:

Avoiding Bouz

After celebrating Mother's Day this morning (featuring Suzy-Jo Donuts) with K.C. & Lilly, I was able to steal a few hours this afternoon for some tenkara fishing.

I find tenkara pretty interesting because although it's new to the US, it's origins are centuries old.  It's exciting to see how some of that pent up knowledge is finally being brought to the fore by some great websites like Tenkara-Fisher.  That's where I learned (amongst many other things) that the Japanese equivalent for "skunked" is "bozu" or "bouz."  (more here)

So when this afternoon's outing started out pretty slowly, I was really feeling like I'd meet bouz for the first time in a while.  Luckily, once the I got my first about an hour and a half in, the floodgates opened.

It was also the maiden voyage for my new measure net.  It's not the prettiest for picture taking, but it gets the job done, provides a quick size estimate, and allows me to release the…

Friday Night Fishing

When I got home from work on Friday, I was informed by my wife that Lilly wanted to go fishing.  Nice!  So after a quick dinner, I dug up some worms from the garden, packed up the rods in the car, and Lilly & I, but this time Mommy (K.C.) came along too.

We headed over to Sanatoga Park again, it's very close to our house and very kid friendly.  It just makes fishing with a 4-year old easier.  After getting everyone rigged up - Lilly with her Barbie rod, K.C. with a spinning rod, and me with my tenkara fly rod - we all got our lines wet.

Well wouldn't you know it...Lilly caught the first two fish.  The first almost immediately.  Unfortunately, we haven't got the reeling in and unhooking the fish part down yet, so Daddy had to come over to help her a little bit.  The issue isn't physically being able to do it, it's not really wanting to be near the fish on the end of the line when it comes close to bank.  Hence, here's the picture of the first fish of the nig…

Beyonce in Hip Waders...Jay-Z with a 5-wt?

Just read an article that rumors are swirling that Jay-Z and Beyonce are buying a house in Eastern PA with several amenities - one of which is being set along a trout stream. I wonder what bugs Jigga will be slingin'...seems he's already got the tweed look going.

Taken from Associated Press Article:

"Beyonce and Jay-Z could do a lot worse than the unique wood-and-stone hillside contemporary at the heart of the matter. Listed at $11.9 million, it's got 16,000 square feet of living space and stunning views of Hawk Mountain, a popular birdwatching spot. The property comes with a vintage eight-bedroom Sears house, a one-bedroom guest house, a restored bank barn and frontage on the trout-stocked Little Schuylkill River."

Oh, and just one more pic of Beyonce, just because...

Cinco de Mayo!

On Cinco de Mayo let's down a cold Corona, Tecate, or Dos Equis and celebrate the diversity of Mexican Trout!

Also, in case you were wondering what happens if you mix Mariachi music with contemporary songs?  Here's two of my favorites:

Looking Through the Blackberry

Earlier this past Saturday afternoon, I had taken Lilly by the SCA trout nursery to drop some things off.  It was the first time Lilly was there and all she wanted me to do was catch a fish with my hands from the runway like I was a bear or something.  Kids are funny.

I was flipping through my Blackberry this morning and forgot that I had one of the guys take a pic of Lilly & I in front of the giant wooden trout carving out front.  Just thought I'd share.

Trout carving is by local artist Mike Wood; he was featured in a recent article found here:

Sanatoga Park - Take 2

Lilly & I decided to head out fishing again tonight.  But more important things first...Barbie Happy Meals at McDonalds.

Ok, 3 nuggets and some fries later, Lilly and I headed over to Sanatoga Park.  We tried the park the other night without much success, but I told Lilly "tonight, we'll catch some fish."
When we got there, there were lots of bugs in the air, and you could see lots of fish (I don't know what's in there) rising all over the place.  Lilly just wanted to cast her Barbie rod, so I let her at it.  She still gets it tangled up quite a bit waving it around before she casts...but when she gets a clean one off, look out!

In between untangling her line and taking pond gunk off her hook, I worked the edge of these lily pads (lower left) with my tenkara rod and a dry fly.
Unfortunately, Lilly didn't catch anything.  She refuses to let me buy her real worms because they are "yucky...blaaah," so instead she used trout magnet worms under a small…