March 31, 2011

All good things...

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


March 26, 2011

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.

Shhh...the recipe is a secret!

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.

March 25, 2011

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.

Copy obscured...well because...it's not mine to re-print.

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 enjoy your weekend!

March 24, 2011

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 IE...plus 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 Google Chrome Frame plug-in.  It won't bite, (or secretly track all of those hours you spend on porn sites), I promise.

So what browser do you use?  If you use IE, why?  (Laziness is a valid excuse).  Would love to find out in the comment section below.

March 23, 2011

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.
$1200 gets you this or this.

So how's everybody's bracket going?  Mine sucks.  The Big East is screwing me big time - Pitt & Syracuse can both...well, I won't say it.  Those who have hitched a ride on the Jimmer wagon are probably looking really good right now...even though this song spawned by Jimmermania is pretty lame.

But this is what you get when presumably white LDS guys with no flow try to rap.  That should be in total violation of their honor code, but at least they do toss in a token brotha.  (Warning, this video is on the long side 5+ minutes, so don't bother watching if you aren't intensely Jimmered.)


Thought I'd use this next fishy spot to drop notice that my trout club, the Stony Creek Anglers, is hosting the 25th Annual Stony Creek Cleanup this weekend on Saturday the 26th.

If you're a local reader (yeah, I know there's a few of you) and want to participate, the meetup is at the Fire Chief's Band Shell in Elmwood Park in Norristown, PA at 8AM.  Gloves & trash bags will be provided, all you need to bring is yourself, boots or waders, and proper attire as this is a "rain or shine" event.  More info can be had on the Stony Creek Anglers' website HERE.

It's a fun event and we fill a few dumpsters with litter, old tires and scrap metal each year. Who knows, maybe this year we'll remove the holy grail of a discarded toilet or mattress. You never know what you're gonna find in an urban watershed.
The SCA will also be celebrating it's 14th Anniversary in 2011!

Stupidity rules.  Especially when it involves children.  I won't say too much about this one other than stop looking at the pre-teen in the tight shorts' butt for a second (pervert) and concentrate on what's going on in the background.  Yeah, I know, I love Dance Dance Revolution too, but this is worth it.


Last but not least, time for this week's blog love (which, by the way I'm thrilled to read is going viral in places like THIS & THIS).  It goes to a blogger who received the love here once before, but I fear has truly gone off the deep end this time and needs all of our support and best wishes.

So our friend Howard...aka Cofisher...aka the Wright & McGill guy...evidently unleashed some person, object, or the way things in blogdom are going, probably his cat, on us.  I don't actually know what it is, (hopefully not one of his body parts), but he calls it "Auntie".  According to one of the voices in Howard's head, Auntie is evidently is some sort of expert on something or other and will answer all your questions if you ask nicely.  Kind of like an outdoor blog version of Miss Cleo...I think...but more likely an excuse for Howard to dress up like a woman again.
I beg you, reach out to Howard in this time of crisis and assure him
everything will be okay...and that he looks much better in the blue bikini.

March 21, 2011

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.
Welcome back to the "bin o' stuff" old friend

And you know what.  Orvis hat = fish to hand.  Goodbye 2 month skunk.
My version of a bath in tomato juice

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 known better than to stray.
Only the strong survive - condolences to the other three

Yesterday's fishing excursion was a good one.  It was a beautiful sunny morning, a bit on the cool side at about 45 degrees, but really perfect fishing conditions.  I wasn't the only one to take notice, as Valley Forge National Park was filled with joggers, mountain bikers, hikers, and of course, other anglers.

This happened to be the first trip to the park for the new Subaru Forester.  I hope it enjoys the numerous gravel roads and parking areas, it will be seeing a lot of them over the next few years.  While I did what I could not to get it filthy, I did make sure to get some dirt in the back cargo area, to kind of christen the ride as the new troutmobile.
Joel's fly box has ample room on the back for MORE STICKERS!
Also, can never escape the presence of Lilly

The fishing itself was rather ordinary (which was a good thing).  No monsters, but the biggest fish of the day, a healthy native brown, checked in at a solid 9+ inches.  In all, a few fish lost, a few fish landed, but enough action to keep one entertained for a few hours and in the right mindset for the upcoming work week.

March 19, 2011

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...love it...love it!

Yes, it was My Little Pony coloring book day at Casa de Lilly today.

Now the fun of filling it.

March 18, 2011

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 www.greatswampfishandgame.com.
NO MINNOWS ALLOWED!

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 notable is a "Family Fun Fishing Derby" that takes place the following weekend on April 2nd.  More information can be found at www.linvillaorchards.com.
That's a biggun'

March 16, 2011

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, a fiction book by George Douglas this past weekend.  Yeah, that George Douglas, Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame Inductee and Publisher of Kype Magazine.

I read the first chapter or so and it's actually a pretty interesting book - considering I'm not a huge fan of fiction...or reading books for that matter.  Allusions galore to sabertooth fish or something like that.  I'll be doing a full review of it once I finish, but something you may want to check out if you're looking for an easy read.  It's the kind of book you could pretty much finish off during a long plane ride or over a leisurely weekend.

Have I mentioned it's time for March Madness yet?  Who's in your Final Four?  K.C. went to Kansas...so there's a big Jayhawk flag flying in front of our house.  You can probably tell where our allegiance is - Rock Chalk.

I went to Division III Widener University...and well...no matter how far they expand the field they're never getting to the 'Big Dance.'  That would probably change for next year if they recruit this guy...oh, wait...that's how my alma mater ballz already.



Oh, and if you haven't seen that ESPN Film on the Fab Five that ran on Selection Sunday...you must see it.  I can't help but agree with Jalen Rose's opinion of Duke.

Finally, this week's blog love goes to a new blog to the blogroll, Dustin's Fly Box.  I've noticed that Dustin has been making the blogging rounds lately, and to be honest I'm glad he is - there's some great flies on the blog that is also written with a good sense of humor.  A recent blog milestone was 50 followers, I'm sure my readers can add a few more.
And if you don't visit his blog, his puppy will bite your face off...seriously...

March 15, 2011

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.

March 13, 2011

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).
The Pago survived an accidental crunch in the parking lot

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 is...how does one get off such a schneid? Is a Sunday Slumpbuster what I need?
I dunno.  Guess I'll give it another try and see what happens.

In any event, since I don't have any fish pictures to show, I'll do the next best thing. Here is our ca...nah, not gonna go there.

Enjoy your Sunday everyone!

March 11, 2011

SLC...

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.


March 8, 2011

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 Thursday...so 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!

March 6, 2011

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.

Striking a pose like Cinderella behind her
Cupcakes!



Edible flowers
10 Princesses
Coloring
Politically correct piñata, no wiffle ball bat needed


March 2, 2011

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!...at 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 to convince myself)...but my lack of attendance shouldn't dissuade you if you live in the Philadelphia metro area.  I know...it will be tough to go on without me.  But if you're brave enough, check out the website HERE for more information.
The show must go on...

Have you seen that the new wave of camping upon us?  Bubble tents.  Yup.  I'm ditching that Wal-Mart special I bought last year and getting one of these bad boys for the summer.  I guess sleeping in the nude isn't an option in these things...but then again, perhaps that's the whole point.  Either way, kinda reminds me of an awful Travolta movie I saw once....or the equally awfully awesome Gyllenhaal remake.

This probably will get lost in all this randomness, but the 2011 Perkiomen Watershed Clean Up will be held on Saturday, April 16th from 9 AM to 12 PM.  This is a nice event for those that are local, and is also being supported by Perkiomen Valley Trout Unlimited (my chapter, that I'm also pretty much an absentee member of).

Registration is open now by following THIS LINK.  Or you can visit the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy's website HERE for more information.

As I mentioned above, Charlie Sheen is everywhere these days.  I don't get it.  Can't a guy drink a bathtub full of Jack Daniels' for breakfast, snort coke off multiple prostitutes' body parts for lunch, and then show up on every "serious" TV news show rambling nonsense these days without losing his #1 sitcom?

I'm telling you, we live in a world information overload.  I'm sure Mr. Stratton of Silver Spoons fame had his demons...they just didn't have the internet and shows like Access Hollywood back in the early '80s to blow them up to extreme proportions.
Nice "Pennsylvania Tuxedo" Mr. Stratton

In any event, Charlie set up a Twitter account yesterday and started making indecipherable posts (with pictures) about "Winning!"  Going viral is not the word to describe how apesh*t this has become.  Go Charlie!  P.S., your porn star girlfriend(?) has a nice rack.
Winning!  is so awesome.

Finally, blog love this week will be short and sweet, especially since I gave out more than my share of hugs & kisses yesterday.  This week's suggestion to go visit all that good stuff is Fontinalis Rising.  Good writing, great pictures, a solid all around fly fishing blog.  At the time of writing this FR had 25 Google Followers, I know we can do better than that for him.  Plus you can find Jason over on OBN & Facebook, so those are two more things in his favor.  We like those places here.


March 1, 2011

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.
Sponsored by Jerky...amongst other things.

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.
SMB, the perfect compliment to any outfit

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, you all probably are aware of this contest, but for those of you not in our little blog buddy clique, basically all he wants you to do is write a post about why you are a "fishing legend in your own mind."  The prize is a reel, but my name is already on it.
My new reel, courtesy of Howard & Flyfishingcrazy.com

Owl re-launched his site on Friday amid much hoopla (in his own mind).  The most interesting aspect (in my opinion) besides the various levels - fly shop, photography, etc... - is the little chat box he added in the right sidebar.  He's contemplating scheduling regular chats, which would totally bring another dimension to this whole blogging stuff.   That said, I was never one for online chatting, I could never figure out the common acronyms...LOL, ROTFL, WTF?
Owl doesn't just take pictures of bears and girls on motorcycles.

There were also two somewhat saddening posts that are also worth checking out.  I don't usually get serious around here, but for these two, I'll make an exception.  Ivan touches on the upcoming loss of his local fly shop and the role it played in his development of a fly angler, while Swamp Thing mourns the loss, but also touchingly celebrates the life of a great friend.  Must read stuff.
Go get 'em, Roan.

Finally over here, Troutrageous! is like 1 or 2 Facebook fans away from 100.  My wife's business has like a bazilliongajillion Facebook Fans, so this is a relatively small milestone in comparison, but one excruciatingly close nonetheless.  Go tell your girlfriend or Mom to "Like" me...as if they secretly don't already...