Showing posts from September, 2010

The Pennsylvania Camo Coalition

Stumbled across this today, suppose there was an announcement of a new initiative on Tuesday called the "Pennsylvania Camo Coalition." It was created by the Citizens For Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture) which is an affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation.

Taken from their website:
Who We AreThe Pennsylvania Camo Coalition is made up of sportsmen and sportswomen from around the state who care about preserving outdoor opportunities and who hope to pass down a legacy of clean air and water and healthy wildlife to our children and future generations. Pennsylvania's hunters, anglers and trappers have been, and continue to be, some of the state's most committed and effective conservation leaders. We need to work together to protect and defend the traditions and natural resources we appreciate and value.
Membership is free, so if seems like something that fits your M.O., it's probably worth doing a little research on prior to joining.  There are evidently Ca…

New(er) Entries to the Blogroll

Overdue as always, but figured it was time to highlight some blogs in my everchanging blogroll.  The last time I singled out some blogs was when I first joined Twitter and met a bunch of new folks.  While I participate, I still don't "get" Twitter.  Regardless, my blogroll tends to expand and contract over time - but mainly expand - simply because there's so much good content out there to read.

So without further ado...

Wind Knots & Tangled Line - A really well done blog from "Cofisher" out in Colorado.  There's some really nice fishing reports and lots of posts about vintage equipment and advertising - much taken from his Wright & McGill catalog collection.  He's also a big fan of fiberglass fly rods - which is never a bad thing.

The Sowbug - Because "fish like bacon too"...  Ok, I highlighted a video from The Sowbug about a month ago, and from the 1-Star rating (by two people), I guess it didn't go over too well with you all. …

Who Ever Said Outdoorsfolk Aren't Fashionistas?

Read an interesting article on the Wall Street Journal website yesterday.  Ok, maybe I didn't read the entire thing, but in my opinion skimming a few paragraphs and looking at the pictures qualifies something as "read" in today's age of electronic information overload.

Seems that many designers are borrowing liberally from the outdoors set for the latest in high fashion. That's a relief to me considering my new favorite fly fishing bag could basically be considered a "man purse."

So that's right everyone, ditch those skinny jeans and break out your red & black flannel shirts (aka Pennsylvania Tuxedos) and your old pair of Irish Setter boots.  Maybe even accessorize your ensemble with a fly fishing lanyard or coonskin cap - and wear them proudly.

Wear them to work, a fancy restaurant, wherever & whenever - because guess what my friends, you're now cutting edge.  That $2,000 Armani suit in your closet is so last year.  Cabela's is wh…

Another Weekend of No Fishing

Didn't get out fishing for the 3rd straight week.  Last time I was out was Labor Day weekend, seems so long ago.  Won't get out this upcoming week either, have got some things on tap that will take up my time (more on that in future posts; don't worry, it's not as mysterious as it sounds).

Even though I've got an itch that needs scratching, can't say I missed fishing this past weekend.  Spent time running errands, and of course hangin' with Lilly (& K.C.).  This time at "Limerick Community Day."  Despite the name, it has nothing to do with naughty poems, it's the town I live in.  Interestingly, I can't seem to escape those dastardly bounce houses, seems they are lurking around every corner these days...

Some photos:

In the meantime, guess I will just have to get my fishing fix living vicariously through my blog buddies. Tight lines!

Just Because...

Chuck Norris doesn't catch fish, they surrender.

With moves like this, I think we all know why.

If You Build It, He Will Come?

On a little bit of an oil spill kick this week.  Sorry if this isn't the most entertaining of topics...I'm sure there's some sort of chemical dispersant BP can sell you to make me least on the surface.

Anyhow, couldn't pass up a post on this interesting article.  Evidently Kevin Costner (yes, that Kevin Costner) wants to help save our oil-soaked oceans & coastlines.  No, not with some sort of Hollywood based fund-raising telethon, but rather pitching an emergency oil spill plan to Congress starring his army of centrifugal oil-water separator machines - ok - say those last five words 10 times fast.

Interesting stuff, here's a link to a Yahoo/AFP article on Kevin pitching in Congress' cornfield.

Tongue removed from cheek, I do hope at minimum he's got some good science behind him to raise enough eyebrows so that when this happens again, all parties involved will be a bit more prepared.

Some also other oily s…

The Lake Erie Oil Spill of 2015

There's some interesting political propaganda being circulated in PA about a fictional future Lake Erie oil spill that is evidently bound to happen if Pat Toomey is elected as a Pennsylvania Senator. I guess I won't have to purchase a Lake Erie permit stamp with my 2015 fishing license...

I try to keep educated on the political scene, but I honestly don't know much about Pat Toomey (or his opponent Joe Sestak), good or bad. Don't take this post as pro or anti Toomey, I've just always found political advertising propaganda very amusing - in an extremist sort of way - so I offer this as nothing more than entertainment, albeit in a somewhat tacky form.

Fall Fishing Questions

There's a lot of talk in fishing media outlets (magazines, blogs, etc...) right now touting the excellent opportunity that fall trout fishing represents.  I love fall fishing too; there's something about a crisp, brisk morning chill that really gets my blood flowing.  It will be especially sweet this year - finally escaping the record number of 90+ degree days we suffered through this summer; heck, we might even finally get some rain.

The trout waters I prefer fishing contain self-sustaining populations of wild browns.  With the fall (& winter), that also means it is prime time for brown trout to do their version of bumping uglies.  While I try not to wade too much while trout fishing (the water is typically small and it's residents spooky), I do make it a point to be extra careful in the fall and avoid any shallow water redds (spawning areas) that I can visibly make out.  Don't want to step on that trophy brown I'm going to catch come 2014.

So I guess my ques…

Kudos to TenkaraBum

Today's short post is to simply highlight a nice online purchasing experience.  I'm one of those people who like to give compliments when they are deserved, as in this case.  
As I mentioned in a prior post, I've been experimenting with different lines for my tenkara rods.  Since I purchased my rods, I've been exclusively a furled line guy, but wanted to take the leap into level lines.  I recently purchased some level line from Chris the "TenkaraBum" and couldn't be happier with my purchase & experience.  
I ordered a small amount of level line from him, however not only did I get that spool of line, but he was also thoughtful enough to include some small zipper-close bags to store my individual lines when I cut them to length, a "tip grip" (used to help close a stuck tenkara rod), a tenkara fly, as well as a nice handwritten letter.  I'm sure those extras didn't cost him much in terms of actual dollars and cents, however even the simp…

Random Pics From The Weekend

Lilly & I went to a festival held at a local park over the weekend.  All you hardcore fisherfolk can click to the next blog now (or check out my review of 'The Lost World of Mr. Hardy' from yesterday); there's a ton of Lilly, but no fishing going on in this post.

I love that kid!

Gear Review: 'The Lost World of Mr. Hardy' DVD

I received a preview copy of 'The Lost World of Mr. Hardy' DVD yesterday; it's a movie I had read a little bit about online over the last few months.  The documentary on the rise of the Hardy Brothers' (later known as The House of Hardy & today Hardy & Greys) tackle business in the mid to late 1800s debuted in England in 2008, but is just beginning to make the rounds in the United States this year.  With the following that the Hardy brand has, there's obviously been some buzz generated.

The Lost World of Mr Hardy (trailer) from Trufflepig Films on Vimeo.

As I mentioned above,  'The Lost World of Mr. Hardy' traces the company back to its roots in the late 1800s, when the Hardy Brothers decided to take their engineering backgrounds into the fishing tackle business.  They were actually one of (if not the) first to apply engineering principles to products like fly rods & reels, and because of it were able to build quite a large business and following…

Non-Fishing Post: It's Been A Loooong Week.

Remember, a red headband & bandana never go out of style...enjoy.

Perkiomen Valley Trout Unlimited Stream Bank Erosion Control Project

This Saturday, September 18th, the Perkiomen Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be holding a "workday" to complete Phase 3 of their stream bank erosion control project at the Longacre Farm property on the West Branch of the Perkiomen Creek. This is one in a series of annual workdays held by the club, local land owners, and the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.

The PVTU's first stream bank erosion control project was in 1995, building fencing & cattle crossings at Packwachen Run in Berks County.  This year's project calls for the installation of several large log deflectors & stone ballasts in an effort to fortify the stream bank from future erosion. The West Branch of the Perkiomen Creek is a wonderful stretch of water well worth preserving, serving as the home to a naturally reproducing population of wild trout.

If you are interested in joining the PVTU this weekend in their stream bank project, the meet-up time is 8:30 AM at the Longacre Farm, …

I Hope I Was Already On This List

I'll be honest, sort of mailing in today's post, it's more or less a regurgitation of some news events.  There's a lot going on at the household this week taking away from blogging (& unfortunately keeping up with my blog buddies' posts).

That said, there was an interesting development over the past few days that on one hand is unbelievable, yet on the other so believable.  Here's the short of it.

It was leaked to the press the other day that Pennsylvania Homeland Security has been collecting, tracking, and forwarding to local law agencies the names of citizens and activist groups that have been documented as opposing natural gas (Marcellus Shale) drilling in the state.  The explanation is that these groups could become violent in their protests.  Basically support the 'Gasland' movie and you're on the list.

Fear of violent protest is one thing, but what...folks that want clean drinking water and an end to the corporate abuses of natural res…

Gear Review - Streamside Leaders Tenkara Line

In tenkara fishing, the fly line used in "typical" fly fishing is most commonly replaced with either a furled line or a level line roughly the same length as the rod itself.  Tenkara rods allow for such an ultralight fishing experience, the weight associated with standard fly lines is not necessary to effectively cast your fly.

In choosing a tenkara line, both furled & level lines have their pros & cons.  Furled lines generally cast a bit softer for a more delicate presentation, but because they are braided contain a bit more stretch than a level line and can create a bird's nest when snagged.  Level lines on the other hand tend to be much stiffer, which is great for nymphing, and can be almost essential for casting in breezy conditions.  Because of these differing qualities, many tenkara fishermen carry both, but may prefer one over the other.  I tend to fall into the furled line camp; just my personal preference.

In experimenting with different brands of furled…

Looking Back, Looking Forward

My Grandparents' generation had Pearl Harbor.  My generation had the attacks of 9/11.  While we should never forget the display of heroism & devastating loss of American lives on those days, I wish my daughter's generation never has a similar point of reference of their own.

Schuylkill River Art Exhibit

This is kinda neat - if you're passing through the Pottstown area over the next few weeks.
There's a Schuylkill River Art Exhibit going on at the Montgomery County Community College campus in Pottstown now through October 22nd.  The gallery will display original artworks based on "Themes of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area."  (Click HERE for more info)
Also, in about a month - Saturday, October 9th, 11AM to 4PM - the 4th Annual Schuylkill River Festival will be held at Riverfront Park in Pottstown, PA.  There's going to be live music, food, arts & crafts, & wildlife, cultural, and conservation exhibits just to name a few things on the agenda.  The same Schuylkill River works of art mentioned above will also be on display.  Never been, so I think I might go to this one!  (Click HERE for more info on the festival)

2010 Philly Fun Fishing Fest

Looking for something fun to do this weekend with the kids? Check out the 2010 Philly Fun Fishing Fest on the Schuylkill Banks beneath the Walnut Street Bridge this Saturday, September 11 from 7 to 11AM. 

It's free to the public, no fishing licenses are required, and prizes will be awarded. Pre-registration is required, (and the deadline to register is today, sorry for the late notice), so check out the Philadelphia Office of Watersheds website for full details and online registration info.

Sunday Morning Session

Was miserable when I woke up this AM.  Allergy season is hitting me hard, despite medication, and my head felt like it was going to explode from congestion.  My remedy (as with most things) was to go fishing.
It was a beautiful morning.  Even, might I say without sounding like a wuss, a bit chilly.  When I hit Valley Creek this AM, the thermometer in my car said it was 57 degrees.  Haven't felt an autumn chill like that in a while, it felt really good.

If you read my blog regularly, there was nothing revolutionary (get it?...revolutionary...Valley Creek...Valley Forge National park...) about my morning of fishing.  I fished my standard nymphs below dries and landed more than a handful of little Valley brownies.  Here's two, they could almost be brothers.

I also thought I'd do a little exploring, so I hopped in the car and drove 5 minutes over to Little Valley Creek, which I guess is an offshoot or tributary of Valley Creek.  I had never been there, and it was some really ti…

Hour and a Half Getaway

I went to work on Friday just like any other day, but left a few hours early; in the neighborhood of 2:15ish. The office was already half empty with the long Labor Day weekend coming up, and everyone that was there...well, they were there in body, but their minds were clearly elsewhere.

When I got home, Lilly was taking a nap and K.C. asked/told me "Why don't you go fishing?"  Well, you don't have to tell me twice.  Unfortunately, my favorite trout stream is only five minutes from my office, but 20 or so minutes from my house.  While a 20 minute drive isn't far, I didn't want to go back toward work, so I decided to hit the Schuylkill River at the Limerick Area boat launch (a few minutes from my house).  Hadn't fished there since last July, and I've hardly fished warm-water species this entire year.

When I got there, the river was low.  Really low.  We haven't had good rain in quite a while, and it showed.

Unfortunately, since this was going to be …

My Hunting & Fishing Blog: Win a $35 Burton Backpack!

There's a great giveaway over at nimrod243's "My Hunting & Fishing" blog this month.  He's holding a story & photo contest where all you need to do to enter is submit a story of a hunting or fishing outing.  I figure since most of my readers are fellow bloggers, this shouldn't be that difficult to do, right?

The prize is a Burton Treble Yell backpack valued at $35.  That sounds perfect to me for this time of year...anybody got kids going back to school?

Check out his blog here for additional details on how to enter, as well as to submit your stories!

What's Your Opinion On Lead Fishing Tackle?

This issue never seems to really go away - to ban or not to ban lead in fishing tackle.

Seems there's some good arguments for:
An estimated 10 million to 20 million birds and other animals die each year from lead poisoning in the United States. This occurs when animals scavenge on carcasses shot and contaminated with lead bullet fragments, or pick up and eat spent lead-shot pellets or lost fishing weights, mistaking them for food or grit. Some animals die a painful death from lead poisoning while others suffer for years from its debilitating effects.Full Article Here:

And some good arguments against:
The petition was presented with the aim of reducing bird deaths caused by the ingestion of lead sinkers and jigheads; however, a study conducted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service found that less than 1 percent of all waterfowl and other birds such as eagles are killed by lead sinker ingestion.Full Article Here:

Me? I try …

Where I Get My Water, Part 2

Yesterday I made a brief post about a watershed conservation pamphlet I received with my water bill.  I also made a lighthearted comment about not knowing where my water comes from, or really who my water company was.
Well guess what...they contacted me to introduce themselves.
We really appreciate your posting and comments about the "Protecting Our Watersheds" insert, and like you, hope more people read the material before quickly tossing it in the trash. You might be interested to know that your drinking water comes from several sources: the Schuylkill River and three groundwater wells. For more background, I'm atttaching the link to your system's Water Quality Report from PA American Water's Web site. ( to hear that you don't know more about our company, beyond getting a monthly water bill. For example, we sponsor an annual "Protect Our Watersheds" Art Contest for fifth-graders across the state…