Showing posts from May, 2011

If Your Obnoxious Uncle Had Fins...

...he'd be in the header of this blog right now asking you to pull his adipose.

You might have noticed the new addition to Troutrageous!. How could you miss it, right? Anyway, that ballsy brownie is bringing what I hope to be a new level of user interaction to ye olde blog. But we can't do it without your help!

First off, he needs a name. Think you could help me out with that?  So here's a bit of a contest opportunity...suggest a name for trout TBD in the comments section of this post (or heck, if you'r so inclined on Facebook) between now and this Saturday, June 4th. The wife & I & maybe Lilly (so unicorn & puppy names will go a long way) will narrow the choices and there will be a little voting thingy up on the blog next week for you all to vote for your favorite of the finalists.  BTW, "Rodney" is off the table.

Besides gaining immorality for your creativity, the person who submitted the winning name will win something...but it's a s…

East & West Doubleheader...& A New Lucky Feather?

Yesterday morning morning started in extreme emergency mode...practically DEFCON 2...let me explain.

Remember that post I wrote about my lucky fishing hat a few months ago?  Well it's MIA.  I looked high, I looked low, and I just couldn't find it.  May need to get a hold of John Rambo to go retrieve it.  It will surely turn up (likely in the bottom of Lilly's toy box), but yesterday morning it posed quite a dilemma as I hadn't gone fishing in a month and didn't want to suffer the skunk due to improper headwear.  I mean Dumbo couldn't fly without his feather...or could he...?

So to compensate, I grabbed an old random Mossy Oak hat for the noggin, but tossed on my new Arizona Wanderings tee (from the blog of the same name) in hopes I would bring some luck.  Ben doesn't ever seem to have bad days on the water, and it had to work for least until my new Orvis Trout Bum hat & tee arrive in the mail...

The first part of the morning I decided to fish so…

Catching Up On Some Tenkara

That's today...when I finally get out fishing again after a long hiatus.

But last night, I was going through my favorite blogs and decided to stop by a Japanese blog I hadn't visited in a little while.  It's a tenkara blog, which Google Translate calls "Gorky Tenkara Fisher," and I really enjoy following along on Gorky's outings.

Sure the computer generated translation can be a little awkward at times, but after a few minutes, you get a good feel for what is going on (the pictures help immensely as well) and are immediately transported to the other side of the world.

When tenkara was first introduced into the States a year or so ago, there were allusions made to fishing ninjas with mystical powers.  Made for a nice story, but this blog debunks that myth.  Japanese tenkara anglers are just like you and I, they just chase Amago instead of Browns.

Orvis "Trout Bum"...Uhhh...No...

I've been sitting on this one for about a month...debating if it was worth writing and jeopardizing any future consideration from the fly fishing powerhouse that is Orvis. However, I'm currently mired in a writing funk and Orvis posted a video associated with this little internal conundrum of mine yesterday, so I figured why's as good a time as ever...

So has anyone seen this "Trout Bum" line of clothing yet? The clothes are actually pretty cool by Orvis standards. No tweed. No slacks with excessive embroidery. Heck, from a fashion perspecitve, I'd wear them in a heartbeat.  There's just one minor problem that I get hung up on.

Now I realize everything at Orvis typically costs a bit more than in/at other retailers.  They make really good gear, so sometimes the cost is even justified.  Believe me, I'm not opposed to dishing out the cash for quality merchandise that treats the user well.  What strikes me as odd in this scenario is the who…

The State of Outdoor (Particularly Fly Fishing) Blogging

Image this a fishing article?

Sort of.  Thought I'd write something of (limited) substance for a change.  So let's talk outdoor blogging.

So I can't help but notice that the outdoor blogging scene has exploded in the past let's say 2 years...that exact time frame may be a bit debatable, but without doubt it's grown dramatically in the past year.  In my opinion, there are a couple factors that play into this sudden rise outdoor blogging (besides vanity).

The first reason has got to be the relative ease of entry.  When I started writing this blog almost 4 years ago (June 2007, no kidding), the technology for bloggers wasn't all that great.  Yeah, Blogger & WordPress were both around back then, but believe me when I tell you they weren't as user friendly as they are today.  You had to know a certain degree of HTML code if you wanted the cool bells & whistles, and there certainly weren't all the slick looking customizable templates you see today…

Wednesday Nibbles - Macho Man Edition

This is not a fishing post. As much as I enjoy fishing, as a kid, I enjoyed wresting 100x more. Sure, all the matches were fake and we later found most the wrestlers 'roided up, but to this pre-teen, Saturday mornings might as well have been holidays...and don't even get me started on "Saturday Night's Main Event."

I vividly recall not only watching hour after hour of WWF programming on the weekends, but also wearing out the laminated membership card by renting VHS tape after tape from the video store. Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine...yeah, I had just about every copy from 1985-1992. I collected all the rubber action figures and my grandfather even crafted a "ring", complete with ropes and turnbuckles for me to play with. (Thanks Grandpop!)

So with the recent passing of one of the greats, I dedicate this Wednesday Nibbles to the incomparable "Macho Man" Randy Savage.

Yes I was/am a dork - as a little kid, Hulk Hogan may have been my firs…

So Who Won the Tie-Fast Combo Tool?

After my weekend away from home (and more or less blogging) the winner of the Tie-Fast Combo Tool giveaway was picked this morning thanks to the controlled randomness at

71 comments (entries) came in from what I can tell was 27 entrants (once I run out of fingers and toes I have a tough time counting that high).

Ok, enough stalling...the winner is......#18.

Which means the winner is Mel from Ass Backwards Angler with this comment (take notes people, obviously flattery does get you everywhere).

So congrats Mel.  You've won a Tie-Fast Combo Tool and Retractor courtesy of the folks over at Sierra Stream & Mountain.  Please email me (my address is HERE) with mailing instructions and I'll make sure it gets out to you ASAP.

Thanks again to everyone who played.  If you like these sort of giveaways (I'm impartial), let me know and I'll line a few more up.  Because remember...

Whisky River - Charlotte, NC

Consider this my first mobile post under the influence. There's some "Real Housewife" here too with that Slade dude...for all my female readers.  Enjoy...or not...

May Be A Bit Quiet Around Here For A Few Days

I'll be out of town on business the rest of this week in search of the largest HD video screen in the world.  As referenced in a prior post, my work tends to lead me to these modern marvels of technology quite frequently.

While I'm away there may be some mobile blog posts of extremely sub-par quality, but then again maybe not.  Who knows.  I wasn't smart enough to write any posts in advance to auto-publish in my absence.  Oh well...

So in the's a reminder that there's only a few more days to enter that Tie Fast Combo Tool Giveaway I'm if you haven't entered yet, get to it.

See you on the flip side (or at the impending Armageddon, which ever happens first).

Wednesday Nibbles - Stuff Other Bloggers Are Doing Edition

This week's Wednesday Nibbles is brought to you by the varied activities of other bloggers.  Because "shout out" posts are always much more fun to write than my normal drivel. No blog discoveries here, just some current events to catch you up if you've been doing productive things other than reading blogs.  Now where to begin...

I think pretty much all of you are in the loop, but Blog Cabin Angler Mel is now Ass Backwards Angler Mel.  Plus he's moved from Blogger to WordPress.  Now don't be surprised by this development, as Mel's done this packin' up and moving thing before.  Hopefully our favorite transient has finally found a home.

Need your fill of everything Peoria has to offer?  Clif at Lunker Hunt is now on Twitter.  @lunkerhunt.  It's only a matter of time before he gets his first follow request from "interested" women with shockingly attractive body parts.  Don't pretend you don't know what I'm talking about.


Baby Duck Bastards Fishing

I can't claim this 10 minute video as my own. I wish I could, as it has a lot of things going for it - a CCR soundtrack, a particle board dormitory, urination advice, and an affection for sparkling wine, just to name a few.

This particular video is Season 2, Episode 1. Which also means we all have a whole prior season to catch up on.

Have I mentioned I haven't gone fishing in a while...?

More From The Weekend

No fishing on my part this weekend.  I actually haven't fished for real in a few weeks...kinda bums me out and makes writing a fishing blog tough.  Won't be fishing next weekend either, as I'll be away for work watching cars make repeated left turns...

Anyway, in lieu of a fishing post, here's some more pictures (& a video) I emptied from the phone from the weekend with Lilly at the beach.

Oh, at least this guy got his fish on.  Or at least his lines wet.

And how could I forget that we saw the "End of Days" dude on the highway on the ride home.  Excellent sighting.

Weekend At The Beach

Down at the beach this weekend with the family.  One of my childhood friends had an oceanfront wedding yesterday, so it made a convenient excuse to get everyone out of the house for a few days.

Sadly, the weather hasn't been cooperating, unless windy, rainy, and cold are your ideal beach conditions, but it didn't stop Lilly from dipping her toes in the water (and losing her pants in the process).

I'm Taking The Day Off...

No blog post today...well, except for this one.
How's that for irony?

Now go over to the blogroll and read something else.

Wednesday Nibbles - Professional Russian Edition

Wednesday Nibbles time again?  Man, I guess so...  Feels like only yesterday I was writing last week's slop.  I need a new bit...

First off, only 6 entries in the Tie-Fast Combo Tool giveaway?  Oh, sorry...I guess all of you that haven't entered yet must hate America or something - clippers made in the USA just aren't good enough for you.  Communists!  I know you're out there reading...lurking... That damn OBN must be spoiling you all with their armfuls of swag...

Have you voted in WFN's "Ultimate Fishing Town USA" contest.  It's spokesman is Mike, not that Mike Schmidt, this Mike Schmidt, which makes very little sense.  Anyway, the town of Roscoe, NY is in the lead after launching an aggressive Twitter campaign that scored them almost 2200 votes to date.  I just think it's funny Denver only has 5 votes. They're probably smoking too much Acapulco Gold to take notice. Check it out and vote wisely...somebody wins something...I'm…

Commentary & Giveaway: Tie-Fast Combo Tool

About a year ago I came to the realization that I needed a pair of nippers. I was one that used a small multi-tool or my teeth to cut line, and well, between all the time wasted folding & unfolding said multi-tool, as well as that little birdie in my ear chirping that my dentist wouldn't be pleased with my dental abuse, I broke down and dropped $16 on a set of nippers.

What I actually ended up buying was a bit more than a set of 99 cent fingernail clippers. I picked up the Tie-Fast Combo Tool, set of nippers with some sharp blades but also contain an eye cleaner, hook sharpener, and best of all a mini version of the Tie-Fast knot tyer. (If there's an easier way to tie a nail knot, I can't think of it.) Best of all, this widget (like all of Tie-Fast's tools) is made right here in the USA just like Hacksaw Jim Duggan. So suck it China.

With all those great selling points, I know you've now got a bad case of nipper envy. Who wouldn't?  So here's wher…