Showing posts from December, 2010

Reel Porn

Here's some reel eye candy, if you're into modern looking fishing gear.  The F-Series from Exclusive Reels.  Stumbled upon it in an ad in Ten & Two Magazine  (Thanks to Leigh at FinFollower for turning me on to the mag).

I'm thinking this reel probably wouldn't visually match up with a bamboo rod all that well.  I guess not a tenkara rod either since they don't use reels.  Actually, I'm not sure what kind of rod it would match.  That said, I kinda like the idea of fishing with a reel that also looks like it could double as some sort of weapon of impalement.

Check out the video to make her scream.  You know you want to.

By the way, there's a Trilogy Series too...but that's just a bit too far out in left field, even for me.
I have no idea if these reels actually perform well, but what does that matter? It's always more important to look the part, right?

While I hold no association with these guys, if you just have to learn more about them, you can …

The Tenkara New Product Laboratory

As you all know, I'm a big fan of tenkara.  I will forever be indebted to Tenkara USA for their introduction of this streamlined method of fishing to the US.  That said, I pretty much gobble up anything new they bring to market, but the recent introduction of a new product to their offering kinda had me scratching my head.

Ready?  *Cue the drum roll*  Introducing...Tenkara USA Tea!
Huh?  Yeah, I said tea.  Like the drink.

Now I know...tenkara is Japanese...and the Japanese have an affection for tea.  I get that in a totally non-stereotypical kind of way.  However I always took tenkara as a Four Loko kind of fishing discipline myself.

But that also got me thinking.  What other things do the Japanese enjoy that would make perfect product line extensions for Tenkara USA?  Here's a few I thought of, but I'd love to hear your ideas in the comments section (don't be scared).  Heck if you want to get imaginative, do your own bad photoshop and email it to me at troutrageous1(…

Wednesday Nibbles - Lots of Changes Goin' On

It's the last Wednesday in 2010.  *Yay!*  Which means it's also the last Wednesday Nibbles for 2010 as well. *Double Yay!*  Taking off work on Monday & Tuesday, my concept of time & the days of the week are all out of whack. Thus, I almost forgot to write these, which would have sucked.  But then again, these posts typically suck.  So I guess you lose either way.

First off...was greeted at the mailbox this afternoon by the 2011 Bass Pro Shops Master Fishing Catalog.  For the uninitiated, it's 700+ pages of goodness that will make the magazine rack next to the porcelain throne very happy.

Haven't had a chance to look at it too deeply yet, but two new "trout-specific" rods jump out for us that enjoy spinning tackle.  On page 138, the G. Loomis Trout & Panfish GLX Microline rods look sweet.  They actually should do more than look sweet, they better drip sugar for $370.  Second, I think I'm in love with the Fenwick EliteTECH River Runner trout r…

Breaking In The Pink Sled

Lilly got a pair of L.L. Bean slope slider sleds for Christmas on Saturday.  We got our first snow on Sunday.  Lilly went sledding for the first time on Monday.  Or tried to anyway...

Spreading Some Holiday Cheer

Ye olde Troutrageous! blog is going to take a holiday hiatus for a few days.  Doesn't mean I won't be taking time to troll the interwebs to see what you all are up to...I just have a feeling I'm going to find playing with Lilly's haul of new toys and stuffing my face with cookies & milk a heck of a lot more fun than sitting at the keyboard crankin' out content.

So until then Lilly the elf & I say...

Wednesday Nibbles - 'Twas Three Nights Before Christmas Edition

'Twas three nights before Christmas and all through the house, Not a blogger was, screw it, I'm not in the mood to rhyme.  Christmas music playing on local radio stations since Halloween will do that to you.  Time for the nibbles.

Has anyone been over to Deals On The Fly recently?  For those of you not familiar, it's basically Fishwest's clearance shop.  One product at a time, deep discounts, limited time offers.  Usually what you find is obscure stuff like size extra small t-shirts in yellow or pink, or felt-bottomed wading boots in men's size 5.  Didn't even know any men actually wear a size 5.  
Anyway, they actually had some stuff in real human dimensions this week and I snapped them up.  First was a Simms Derek DeYoung Permit long sleeved T-Shirt in size XL for $5.  Second was a Simms Tarpon Polo in white/XL for $1.  Yes, a polo shirt for $1.  Even after you add shipping, the polo still only came to $6.  That's a deal any way you slice it.�…

So Check This Out...

A little while back I was asked to be one of the Pottstown Mercury's Town Square bloggers.  It's basically a hodgepodge of bloggers that write about things locally.  While the other bloggers actually contribute useful information - like current events, traffic reports, cooking tips, and ways to improve family finances - this blog just kinda floats there in the current, like a discarded bobber.

I don't really call out the affiliation much here (shame on me), but you may have noticed the little "Mercury" banner over in the right sidebar of the blog upon one of your previous visits.

Well, they asked all of the bloggers to answer a short interview questionnaire the other day, and appears the one about Troutrageous! got published today.  Here's the link if you'd like to read it.  
If they had asked, I could have probably given them a picture that was not so pixelated, like this one below of me after a day of tenkara fishing with Dr. Ishigaki and Sasquatch, but on…

Weekend of Shopping, Flies, Eagles, & Cookies

So no fishing last weekend.

Finished up some last minute Christmas shopping at the King of Prussia Mall on Saturday.  Man, that place was an absolute zoo...and I'm just talking about the parking lot!  Dodging SUVs piloted by cell-phone talking, adrenaline rushed, sale-crazed soccer moms should become an Olympic sport.

Did spend some time unwinding on Saturday night by tying up some flies while listening to the 76ers play the Orlando Magic.  Here's a pic of some of the flies, but honestly nothing really worth posting recipes for or anything.  Just killing time.

Sunday afternoon meant Eagles football.  What a f'n game.  The Eagles came back from down 21 in the 4th quarter, and to be honest simply embarrassed the Giants on their home turf.  Nice collapse G-Men.  Yet another swift kick to New York's collective crotch by Philadelphia.  Not that I'm gloating or anything.  No, I'm actually slapping Cliff Lee a high five while gloating.

Sunday evening brought family.…

Take Your Blogger Blog Mobile

So check this out.  Got a smartphone?  Is your Blogger blog a little hard to read on your smartphone's web browser?  If it's like mine, I know it is.  Luckily, Blogger in Draft announced a solution to our problem yesterday...check it out in their blog post HERE.

(Have no idea what Blogger in Draft is?  Click HERE to check out an old post where I kinda explained it.)

So instead of a gorgeously laid out blog like mine only sorta fitting on your smartphone's screen and looking something like this...

With a few clicks of your mouse, it should now look all pretty like this...

Yup, smartphone users rejoice, the Troutrageous! plan for world domination just keeps on chugging along...

Hey you! Yeah, you Mr. WordPress smartypants reading this just waiting to make a snarky comment; I know you guys (& your clearly superior blogging platform) have had this feature for a while.  Just let us simpleminded Blogger folks enjoy our little victories.  They&…

New Tenkara Rod: Iwana Series II

Tenkara USA decided to go out and improve on a really great rod series, the Iwana.  They announced on Wednesday that the new Iwana II has arrived - just in time for X-Mas!  Most of the changes are around the handle & just like before, the new Iwana comes in both 11' & 12' models.

I have an original 11' Iwana and absolutely love it; probably wouldn't trade it for anything.  While I'm not going to run out and get this new version and discard the old one, for those of you interested in making the leap, this might be just the ticket (or perhaps even try to get one of the old ones for $12 less while they last!)

Now for the specific updates, as read by a Mexican Lucha Libre cartoon, since that's what all the hip blogs are doing these days...

Pelagic Gear

No real post today. I spent most of last night (when I normally write the next day's posts) catching up on reading everyone else's blogs. My blog list is quite extensive, it takes a little time to do it right.

Here's my cop out post of the day and I suppose a last minute holiday gift suggestion courtesy of an email that found its way into my Inbox yesterday for Pelagic Gear.

See, I don't intentionally discriminate against the salt. 

I don't own a stitch of this stuff, but I couldn't help but notice it's what all the "cool kids" on the charter boats were wearing when K.C. & I were running around in the Keys earlier this year. I could see myself rockin' a pair of those dorado boardshorts while wet wading for trout...okay...maybe not...but the hats, tees, & hoodies; yeah, me likes those.

Wednesday Nibbles - Holy Cr@p Cliff Lee Edition

Wednesday means nibbles.  Sorry, but I have to get something off my chest.
I'm still in disbelief after Tuesday morning's totally non-fishing news.


I'm not sure when the Phillies actually woke up and decided they were going to be a big spending franchise, but as a kid who really started to fall in love with sports around 1984-85 a few years after their Mike Schmidt/Steve Carlton led run of greatness - this is a total 180 degree turnaround to me.  After all, the Phillies were the first major league baseball franchise to lose 10,000 games.  

The Phillies teams I know are supposed to have el-cheapo players like Don Carman, Floyd Youmans, Bruce Ruffin, and Wally Ritchie toeing the rubber.  Not four #1 pitchers with Cy Youngs and playoff MVPs on their resumes.  I know championships are not won in free agency...but for at least for now it feels good to say...screw you Yankees.

By the way, I know this post totally alienates probably 75% of my re…

Awkward Santa Photo

The other day I mentioned how there's going to be no photo of Lilly with Santa this year due to her phobia of all costumed adults.

Coincidentally (or maybe not), K.C. decided to put Lilly's last picture with Santa up on  It was taken two years ago at a family holiday party at my office.

While I'm sure we won't win the holiday picture contest - there are some really, really funny entries you must check out - I thought I'd share anyway.

And extreme zoom for dramatic effect...

Yeah, we're bad parents.

Rain, Rain, Go Away

...or should it?

We've had some interesting weather around here recently.  While a lot of the country has been getting its first waves of snow, the Philadelphia area hasn't gotten a flake.  Maybe a furry amidst raindrops, but certainly nothing substantial enough to accumulate on the sidewalk or collapse the roof of a domed football stadium...if you know what I mean.

NFL on FOX: Metrodome collapse
Not to say it hasn't been cold.  It's been downright chilly, with temps in the low 30s and lots of wind making it feel much colder.  It's going to be like that for a while too.  So when I looked at the weather forecast yesterday and saw a balmy 55 degrees and some rain, my immediate thought was to fishing.  Rods in tow, I headed out hoping that my usual fishing haunts wouldn't totally be blown out chocolate milk.

First hit Valley Creek with every intention to test that Fountainhead Caddis Fly Rod...

Okay, so that wasn't gonna happen.  That water you see above is usu…

Visit To Santa's Wonderland

Took the fam on a little road trip today to the Bass Pro up in Harrisburg.  I didn't really need anything, but it was something to do, plus they had their "Santa's Wonderland" set up, so I knew Lilly would have fun.  By the way, she did...

You might notice no picture with Santa...

Yeah, we're still evidently afraid of the fat man in red.  Somebody didn't want to sit on his lap (or get closer than 50 yards to him), but I have a feeling he knows who's been a good girl this year.

Fish Creek Spinners "Black Eyes" Protoype

In this week's Wednesday Nibbles, I mentioned a prototype spinner I received from John at Fish Creek Spinners. He assured me that it's not top secret, nor should it be mistaken for the catalyst of world peace, so I'm posting a pic...

John also sent me an email...guess he saw my post the other day...and had this to say about it.

Hi Michael, noticed a couple of referrals from and went by for a visit. I found the package had arrived. You can show the early ship version, although I dont know if that will become a trout model or not yet. Yours was numero Uno.I started using stick on eyes to spice up our new zonker spinnerbaits (after Ben or I paint them) and had ordered several sizes including that size along with the smaller flatter versions, all without samples. The raised prism eyes were too big so didn't have a use, but seemed very 'fishy' so I started dreaming up designs. I bought about a thousand of the flat glass beads probably 10 years ago, …

First Impressions: Fountainhead Caddis Series Tenkara Rod

The Fountainhead Caddis tenkara rod I ordered over the weekend showed up on my doorstep last night.  (BTW - Kudos on the quick shipping!)

However, please don't mistake this post as a product review.  I haven't fished this rod yet - it was about 6:30 PM, pitch black, and 25 degrees outside when I got home - these are merely some visual first impressions of this new stick.  I'll be using the Tenkara USA Iwana, the rod I've fished for the past year (& have a serious crush on) as the benchmark.

I will say this, in person, the Caddis is a very pretty rod.  Unlike the Iwana, which has a clear coat where you can see the or carbon fiber or whatever it is beneath, the Caddis has a solid glossy, almost metallic blue finish.  Yeah, it's only paint, but it's really quite striking in person, which is odd for me to say, considering my taste in rod color usually runs more towards traditional shades of olive or brown.

Laid on a table side by side, they're dimensionall…