Let's kick off this week's installment by mentioning the International Fly Tying Symposium this weekend in Somerset, NJ. All signs are pointing to my attendance on Saturday (no autographs, please) & I'm looking forward to checking out some folks that can really tie, and who knows...maybe take some mad scientist-like ideas (& supplies) back to my vise.
So if anyone out there is going, drop me a line. I'm always open to putting real life faces to some of my blog buddies. Especially if you're sporting a kick-ass handlebar mustache like this guy.
Non fishing subject, but did anybody notice that college basketball started sometime over the past week? Don't worry, I missed it too - but I'm glad it's here. I'm a hoop-head at heart with a mean 3 point set-shot. I would have been deadly in the early 1950s NBA.
Anyway...saw this crazy video of trick shots from pre-season All-American Kyle Singler from Duke on YouTube. I hate Duke, I hate Coach K, and Kyle certainly walks in the tradition of annoying Dookie ballers like Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley, Wojo, & J.J. Redick. That said, I can appreciate some trick shots, so check this out.
After all that Duke stuff, I think I need a bath. Yuk.
I mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to upgrade my 3-wt outfit at some point. My flavor of the week might be a Redington Classic Trout rod with a Drift series click & pawl reel. I like the idea of this rod; it's supposed to have a medium action (as opposed to fast) which is definitely appealing. Another week will probably bring another rod to mind, but anybody have any experience with Redington & their gear?
This is pretty f*cking cool. Surfing whales in New Zealand. Is everything cooler in NZ? Clearly. The pictures pretty much tell the tale...
Kinda reminds me of hitting the waves in Wildwood Crest, NJ back in the day with my foam Morey Boogie board...except the whales aren't wiping out, doing a faceplant, & getting a bathing suit full of sand. Yeah, getting sand all up in your junk was always a pleasure.
Finally, figured I'd call out two new blogs to the bloated, ginormous, and eternally growing blogroll over there ----->
First up, Gary Thompson's Silk Lines & Paper Hulls. In a sentence, it's about catching steelhead and blastin' birds. To expand a bit - it's some really good stuff. Fishing, hunting, other intermingled outdoorsy things. Just go check it out and see what I mean.
Second, Flyfishing the Southern Blue Ridge. This Owl Jones guy is so off-kilter, he makes me seem normal. Good fishing, lots of humor, but check it out quick...the blog is having an identity crisis of sorts and might be moving soon...or not...
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