Showing posts from March, 2011

All good things...

...must come to an end.  On the Disney bus headed toward the airport.  See ya soon (not so sunny) Orlando.

Donald & I...

...have similar fishing success...

Animal Kingdom Harambe Safari

...that's a funny looking horse.

Suck it Dale Jr.

...princess behind the wheel.

Disney Hall of Presidents

...for you Owl Jones.

Tea Cups


The Swarm Is Leaving

Participating in the second installment of the Tenkara-Fisher fly swap. The bugs are leaving Pennsylvania later this morning, headed toward Arizona.

On a related note, Team Troutrageous! will be headed out as well...toward (hopefully) sunny Florida tomorrow. A few days of princesses, rides, & pixie dust are in store. Lilly might have fun too.

So mobile blogging next week. Shorter posts, crappier photos, read at your own risk.

Valley Creek in TROUT Magazine

Was paging through Trout Magazine (Trout Unlimited's quarterly read) and was pleased as I flipped through the pages.  Two articles immediately grabbed my attention.

The first was a half page about one of my "home" streams, Valley Creek.  Anybody who reads this blog regularly knows I pretty much live at the place on weekends, so it was pretty neat to see a kind writeup in a national publication.

The second article was a superb multi-page spread by Chris Hunt called Wild Places.  (You may also know Chris as the author of Eat More Brook Trout).  The Best Wild Places project is a partnership of TU and Field & Stream Magazine focused on preserving these stunning outposts of natural beauty for future generations.  This particular piece briefly highlights six of these treasures.

Rather than lifting and blurring the story again, as it would be an injustice to mar such beautiful photos, I found this video on YouTube that gives you an idea of what's going on.

Enjoy. And …

My Sincerest Apologies For Your Deficiencies

Internet Explorer users, I'm sorry.

It's my understanding that when you enter my blog, you get an annoying pop-up that looks something like this.

I've tried to research how to make it go away, even played with HTML code a little and stuff I don't really understand, but yet it remains.

According to my site analytics, about 40% of my readers use Internet Explorer.  So to the two of you, I apologize.  That said, I'm just going to be honest, channel Joe Clark and give you some tough love.  Ditch IE already.

I use Google Chrome.  My wife uses Firefox.  We're not uber-cool hipsters, so we don't own a Mac, but I'd imagine Safari is pretty rad and makes you a better dancer too.  All are better options than no pop up like above.  I can't necessary quantify it, perhaps it's just my inner geek revolting against those unoriginal copycats Microsoft.  Who knows.

But if you must still use IE, at least give what the pop up says a try and download the…

Wednesday Nibbles - Helping Those In Need Edition

What's up everyone, having a good Wednesday?  I had no idea I had so many readers intensely devoted to their headwear.  Glad to know everyone is "touched" just like me.  However, Clif, I think it's time to give up.

That chemical imbalance must be why you all keep coming back, because these crappy Wednesday Nibbles certainly can't be the draw.  But since you're here already...

Wanna drop $1200 on a fly reel?  Sure why not, right?  Hardy will have you covered come April.  Yeah, this St. George Commemorative reel is a limited run of 100.  There's some sort of uber-Royal backstory with Princes, Dukes, and probably inbreeding that evidently makes this reel hot sh*t, but I really don't want to get into all that.  It's expensive, but essential equipment for every weekend warrior.  Jay, I bet this Hardy reel is the perfect match for your bargain bin fly line.

So how's everybody's bracket going?  Mine sucks.  The Big East is screwing me big time -…

A Tip of the Cap...

So I finally figured out the reason for my recent string of skunkings...

I got a lot of new hats for Christmas this year, each of which I like very much.  As such, I've been wearing them on my fishing trips since.  But no fish.  Yesterday, I went back to old faithful.  When I packed up my gear in the morning, my 5 year old Orvis hat once again made the trip.

And you know what.  Orvis hat = fish to hand.  Goodbye 2 month skunk.

I really should have known...the Orvis hat was a gift from Lilly on my first Father's Day.  Okay, she was only 3 months old at the time and I know she really didn't buy it for me, but it became my primary fishing hat from that point on.  I wore it pretty much every time out, with the rare exception of the occasions I wore my "hat cam" hat to take video, or my MGD hat to chase bass.  It's been part of my fishing uniform ever since, as evidenced by its lighter shade from being bleached in the sun and grimy inner sweatband; I should have k…

Now The Fun Starts...

Got my "A Year on the Fly" fly box today from Joel.  Holy smokes, the sticker on the top is great.  Love it!

Now the fun of filling it.

Derby Weekend

No, not this weekend, but next weekend there's a few trout derbies for those of you locals who need a pre-opening day fix.

The first one is the Great Swamp Fish & Game 6th Annual Pre-Season Trout Derby in Quakertown, PA.  They are stocking some really big fish, and tagged fish win a $100 prize.

The derby is over two days, Saturday, March 26th & Sunday, March 27th, running from 8AM to 4PM on both.  Additional information, including specific location & registration details can be found at

The next derby is the same weekend at Linvilla Orchards in Media, PA.  Linvilla's "Expert Trout Derby" runs from 9AM to 2PM with fish up to 25" and four $25 prizes for tagged rainbows.  The largest fish will net the winning angler a prize of $250 as well.

Linvilla Orchards is not just a fishing destination, there's stuff for the entire family to do if fishing isn't their thing, so this is definitely something to consider.  Also …

Wednesday Nibbles - The March Madness Edition

No "Play-In" games here. Nibbles.  Now.

Got some extra money?  Want to buy a really expensive fishing net?  Wanna help the people of Japan?  Tenkara USA has you covered.

There's an eBay auction of a rare tenkara net (or tamo) going on now in which 100% of the money will go toward Japanese relief efforts.  The current bids are up to $430, but the auction runs for another 3 days so hopefully they will continue to escalate.  This blog pokes somewhat distasteful fun at a ton of different subjects, but the tragedy going on in Japan will not be one of them.

On a lighter, and definitely distasteful note, did you see this!?!  I caught it on the Fail Blog last week...and although it must of hurt a bit, I still think it's pretty funny...once you get past how scary this prostitu....I mean working professional is.  Good work Kaa, this might even earn you a spot on Abnormal Outdoors.  Didn't know snakes had a taste for silicone.

I received a promo copy of River of Monsters, …

Fresh Blog Stuff

That SXSW thing is going on right now...which made for the perfect opportunity for Google/Blogger to tease us with some things to come in 2011.  Enjoy this quick video fellow Blogspotters, seems like we're in store for some changes this year.

Speaking of changes, have also been fiddling around with some canned templates over on Basstastic! (you know the crappy blog that I test stuff out on).  I sort of like elements of this new look, but not sure if I'll bring the entire thing over here to the Mother Ship.  Maybe a few things though...let me know what you think, good or bad. 
Oh, and disregard the ghetto text alignment & some of the video-gamer content.  That was pre-loaded to the template and I haven't changed it yet.  I'm far from a gamer...I've had problems with video games since controllers evolved past two buttons.

Did I Steal Jobu's Rum Or Something?

I went fishing yesterday for the first time in over a month.

Here are some pics:

Some quick notes about the trip. Water levels were high, fast, and dirty from a ton of rain this week.

Tried out the Flying Fisherman Pago sunglasses for the first time. (Want to try out at least one more time before writing that full review).

Also, those flies I got from Owl Jones got their maiden voyage. I'll tell you what...OJ ties one heck of an Elk Hair Caddis (at least that's what I assume it is). It was super buoyant...I couldn't sink the thing if I tried!

Other than that, there's not a lot to write about because I'm in a little bit of a slump right now.  I haven't caught a fish since New Year's Day, a streak that unfortunately is still intact.

What did I do wrong?  It wasn't that little shot of rum I drank before the Rose Bowl, was it?

Pedro Cerrano: Is very bad to steal Jobu's rum. Is very bad.

I guess the question does one get off such a schne…


Hello Salt Lake City.  Another stop on the cross-country tour.  Couldn't get out of Oregon soon enough.  Beautiful country, but have never woken up to tsunami evacuation warnings on the local TV news.  Holy crap.Thoughts are with all in Japan, Hawaii, and the west coast of the U.S.

Traveling Out West...

...can be fun.  They don't have magazines like this in the Philly airport.Goodbye Portland; Salt Lake City here I come.

Hotel Monaco - Portland, OR

My hosts put me up in the right room...

Got Some Catchin' Up To Do

Haven't been a good blogger lately.  One post in about a week.  A lot of work-related traveling going on this week - so haven't been reading many blogs either (unless they are optimized for smartphones - which by the way if you haven't done yet just go into your Blogger or Wordpress options, check the box, and throw this guy a bone!)

That said, mobile blogging like this is cool in the fact that I can snap a picture and BANG!  It's in the post.  (Although probably not where I want it to appear...damn you Blogger app!)

Anyway, should be back home tonight...before making another cross-country flight on I'll check in on everyone this evening.  (Sorry, most likely no Nibbles tomorrow).

One thing is decided...after all this running around thru airports is over, this upcoming weekend will involve fishing.  And hopefully lots of it!

Lilly's Princess Party

Lilly turned 5 on Friday.  Man, where has the time gone?

While we had a little celebration as a family on Friday night, Saturday was the "Princess Party" for all her friends from school.  The community room at the local library served as the "Royal Palace" for fairy tales, a lot of coloring, cake, and of course a piñata.

Wednesday Nibbles - Selbbin is Nibbles Backwards

Just for kicks I Googled "Selbbin" and found a YouTube page by a user of the same name.  This also presented the following very disturbing bunny video...and is now this post's newly adopted theme song.  I didn't know Bigerrfish was sucking helium & singing songs...

Ugh...awful right?  Just when you didn't think there was anything more awkward than Charlie Sheen on the Today Show...but more on that in a bit...

The Fly Fishing Show's in town this weekend...holla! the Valley Forge Convention Center like 15 minutes from my house.  Will I be there?  Probably not.  Lilly's 5th birthday party is on Saturday, so I will be knee deep in pink & princesses.  Actually, that's not a bad place to be.  I swing a mean Wiffle ball bat and we've got a piñata on tap.  Sunday?  Nope, have to hit the airport in the afternoon for a business trip.

Oh well, I don't need to look at all that shiny new gear anyway (or at least that's what I'm trying…

A Prelude to the Nibbles

The Wednesday Nibbles are the forum I usually use to toss randomness your way.  A few things have presented themselves in the world of blogdom that should make for a nice jumbled post today, so check these a day early...and then some more for the Nibbles tomorrow.

First off, if you're reading this on March 1st, head over to Ben G. Outdoors for the start of his online blogger scavenger hunt.  There are a ton of great prizes up for grabs, and this multi-blog format should make for some real fun in sleuthing.  It's kinda like online geocaching...but not as ridiculously dorky.

Clif at Lunker Hunt outdid himself with this Oscar Weigh-In post.  This is awesome...really Clif, I'm quite impressed.  The pictures say it all, so I'm not going to write a ton, but I had no idea Natalie Portman had such massive man hands.

Howard's holding a contest over on his blog, Sexy Lady Flyfishing..err..I mean Wind Knots & Tangled Lines.  Based on the amount of comments on his post, yo…