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Wednesday Nibbles - It's My Thursday Edition

Hey..I got a's Wednesday...and if you were smart like me and took off this Friday to have a nice big Labor Day would really be your "Thursday" you like that....BTW...if you didn't take off on to your might  not be too late if you ask today...just sayin'....okay...enough of that...time for the Thursday Wednesday Nibbles...

Kinda sorry I missed that Tenkara Summit last week out in Montana.  100+ dudes talking about swinging their fairy wands and only using one fly...sounds awesome.  Except I'm not joking.  From some of the pics that have come out HERE and HERE I'm damn envious of those that attended.  Why do all of you out West get to have all the fun?  I mean Mr. Patagonia himself, Yvon Chouinard even made an appearance...holy balls!

Hurricane Irene came and went last weekend.  There's been a lot of jokes locally that it was a storm hyped by the media (namely news networks) for ratings.  I'm as…

Kindergarten - BRING IT!

Yesterday was Lilly's first day of Kindergarten.  She was so excited that she didn't want to eat breakfast and ran out of the house.

I love the enthusiasm for school of a 5 year old.  A whole lot of "news" to discover.

New sneakers.
New schoolbag.
New teacher.
New friends.
New freedom.

And it all started yesterday morning with a new seat on the bus.

Yep, she's a big girl now.

Merchandise Monday

I was going to write a post about dam removal for today.  See, the Stony Creek, the creek that my trout club is based is having it's dam removed this fall.  It's a little controversial because the pools above and below the dam are the main spots for recreational fishermen to hang out, but in the end, I guess it's a good thing.  Fish migration and all that stuff...

I was also going to post a video I was sent via email of a dam being removed on the Raritan River in NJ, just to show what the real removal process actually looks like (a lot less dynamite than I had hoped)...but Lou from Fly & Fin beat me to it last night.  So go to his blog HERE instead to see the video.

With barrels empty, I figured I'd use the space to peddle some merchandise.  Only in America, right?

If you follow along on Facebook or Google + (or even click the T! Party tab at the top of the page once and a while) you may have noticed that besides stickers, there's T! shirts too.  Yeah, I printe…

How Do You Take Your Reading?

Hurricane Irene is here.  Although (as I'm typing this) I'm not in imminent danger, all of the streams are going to be blown out at least until midweek, not to mention what kind of havoc the high winds might have caused, so likely not a ton of fishing in store for least until next weekend.  Holed up in the house, will have some time on my hands, which gets me thinking about reading.
As a blogger, I love to read other people's blogs.  I take at least a partial spin through my blogroll daily; there are so many talented writers and photographers out there, it's something I find really enjoyable.  
There are also a ton of online magazines such as 'Catch Magazine,' 'Ten and Two,' 'Kype Magazine,' and 'This Is Fly' that are very good reads.  That noted, it doesn't mean I don't like to do traditional reading in primarily magazine or book form as well.

Problem was, I was getting so many magazines either by my own doing or via gif…

A Fun Week With the Postal Service

There's something about getting mail in the mailbox everyday (bills aside) which is really exciting to me.  It's kind of like being a kid again on a birthday or Christmas.  You know you're getting something, but you don't know what it's going to be.  What's better than a daily surprise?  Yeah, I'm stupid like that.

As a blogger that's evidently pulled the wool over many's eyes to make them believe I'm actually prominent or influential, one of the perks is stuff...which is typically a mix of free and somewhat paid for.  This week that meant stickers from FinFollower (thanks Leigh), some t-shirts and stickers from A Year On The Fly / Hex Fishing (thanks Joel), merino wool thermal underwear (thanks Redram), and best of all a new hat and patches from Tenkara USA.

Now why is the hat so exciting?   I mean I already have a Tenkara USA hat I wear from time to time.  The old T-USA hat is nice, but just didn't fit right.  As soon as I put this Tenkara…

Guest Post - Spurky on "Numbers"

Spurky is back today with another guest post.  Today's topic is numbers.  No, he's not a mathematicianor a bad CBS drama, he's actually talking about the number of fish caught.  To some they mean everything, to others they're inconsequential. 

What is it about the fetish with numbers when talking about fishing, especially on computer chat rooms & forums?

Now I am a fair trout fisherman, and do okay on the multi-species front, so why would I care about someone who continually claims up to 100 fish a day?

I even admit zero fish days, which is death on forum boards, but if you've got zero and not triple digits in some forums you stink.  I guess ego is what some need to survive in the fishing room behind the computer screen.

I know of a few posters who always seems to claim mega amounts of fish caught in a single day, some on just a single lure - but gee no pictures, or 10 pics of the same fish at different angles.

Some of us live in populated areas with heavy fis…

An Abridged Wednesday Nibbles

I didn't write Wednesday Nibbles this week.  Sorry, no stupid YouTube videos.

I did want to take the opportunity to use this space to highlight a new venture, not a blog, called, a site that if the authordoes in fact keep up with it, could possibly replace (or compliment) Wednesday Nibbles all together.
It's basically all the "good" fish news hauled in from across the internet, presented in style which is a homage to the Drudge Report.  So check it out...and if you like it, bookmark it.  I've enjoyed clicking the links the past two days...I'm sure you will too.
Oh, and one other commercial, fans of The Riparian Corridor blog should note that it's moved to some fancy new digs.  It used to be HERE, it's now HERE.  Will (the author) has been teasing some grand plans for the ".com" as a whole over on G+, so it will be interesting to see how this develops over the upcoming months.
So hows that sound? want one stupid …

An Answer to a Reader's Question

I wrote a post the other day about fishing for bluegill.  I get a lot of comments on the blog - good, bad, and incomprehensible - but a particular comment stuck with me.  As a matter of fact, it's still stuck...and it's below, like 14 year old chewing gum under high school gymnasium bleachers.

Thank you Howard.  This is a very good question, one I've often thought about myself, but rarely challenged myself to answer.
If you've been around here for a while, you'll notice I write about the same three bodies of water - Valley Creek, Stony Creek, and Sanatoga Park - pretty often...especially the first one.  Yeah, there's a couple others sprinkled in, but for the most part, those are almost exclusively my fishing trinity.
I live in Pennsylvania...home to many famous trout streams and rivers...yet why do I not fish them?  While I've only been actively fishing for about 3 or 4 years, it still would have provided plenty of time to venture outside of Southeastern Pe…

Do You Tenkara? I Want To Make You (Marginally) Famous

About a year ago to this date, I hatched an plan that I'd start a semi-regular segment on this blog called "Tenkara Talk."  In preparation, I reached out to more than a handful of tenkara anglers I had met through forums, social networks, emails, etc...and asked them if they wanted to submit THEIR tenkara stories (kinda like a guest post) as a way to help highlight tenkara as a "new-to-us" fishing technique and begin to develop the identities of a newly minted generation of American tenkara anglers.

This was the gist of my proposal: I've been extending invitations to a few folks in the various tenkara communities that I participate in to see if they had any interest in writing a guest post on my blog. Not sure what your opinion on blogs are, but was wondering if you had any interest? As a fellow tenkarist(?) I've always admired your posts over on ________ and you clearly share a great enthusiasm for tenkara.It could be as long or short as you want; a fis…

2011 Philadelphia LIVESTRONG Challenge

This morning team F#@K CANCER EAST took on the 2011 Philadelphia LIVESTRONG Challenge.  The 5K was our opponent on this particular day, however with my wife K.C. leading our team, it was doomed to suffer the same fate breast cancer did when it decided to mess with her 3 short years ago...a giant FAIL.

I'm proud to report that the team did great, and with the support of friends & family, not only finished our first LIVESTRONG 5K successfully, but are already talking about tackling next year's 10K.  Well, that is after K.C. flies down to Austin, TX in a little under two months to smack the LIVESTRONG around one more time in 2011.  
Screw you cancer.  Screw you 3.1 miles.  Like either of you stood a chance.

In all seriousness, this morning was a great experience.  Not being "runners"...or even walkers before this year, K.C. and our neighbor Karen (pictured above, who lost her mother to cancer) were a little apprehensive heading in.  Heck, I thought I'd be vomiti…

Fancy New Budget Fly Rod? Wright & McGill Generation II

Saw the news release from Wright & McGill the other day highlighting their new $99 Generation II fly rods.  The new rod boasts CNT technology, the same carbon nanotube technology that has been used in other high end sporting goods like baseball bats & bicycle components.  Simply put, this rod is supposed to "bring it" at a very reasonable price point.

From the Wright & McGill website: DENVER, COLORADO – The Wright & McGill Co., in an effort to break new barriers in performance, power, weight reduction and value within the fly-fishing industry, is extremely proud to announce the introduction of Generation II S-Curve blank technology fly rods using CNT (Carbon Nano Tube) resins at under $100 retail! Our design team has spent hundreds of hours developing what we think is an industry changing performance rod series that is priced to encourage recruitment into the sport of fly-fishing while making these rods available to fishermen and Fly Girls at every ability and …

Guest Post - Spurky on "Magic Lures"

Spurky sent me another guest post this morning, and I really like where he is going with this. I know when I pick up my fly or tackle box, my fingers subconsciously go to certain patterns first, regardless of conditions. Spurky explores this a bit, then gives his own personal example:

We all have a favorite go to lure, the one we drag out when fishing gets tough. Some of us even tend to get disheartened when even it does not produce.

 Last year found a "magic lure" so to speak. I had been having amazing success with a blue over chartreuse crank bait. I decided to search for a minnow hard bait in that color, which turned out to be almost impossible. I found something close that caught my eye at Bass Pro Shops and grabbed it. A floating Rapala in the color called Cold Steel.

I took it out on my next wading trip,and gosh have mercy on my soul, it was a killer! I mean everything from sunfish to juvenile muskies - they all just beat that poor thing up. Then I lost it on a sun…

Wednesday Nibbles - El Diablo Sighting Edition

Hey, welcome to the Wednesday Nibbles.  I almost didn't write them this week since there was a Monday Nibbles on another blog...but I figured I'd stay true to the game, because, well, that's what I do.  Well, that and give out stickers.

Looks like the International Fly Tackle Dealer (IFTD) Show is in New Orleans this week.  Check the website HERE.  Didn't get the invite?  Don't worry, me neither. (By the way is it 'me neither' or 'me either').Midcurrent & Fly Rod & Reel both usually cover it well for those that need the latest on gear asap.  I'm sure the Angling Trade will chime in too.
Earlier this year I actually had visions of going and asking anyone at any of the manufacturers that would talk to me on camera stupid questions like, "who was the hottest 'Facts of Life' chick," but alas, poor planning and the intention of going to some sort of OBN Summit kinda derailed those plans.  Oh well...we all know the answer was…

Washington D.C. Weekend In Pictures

Hey fishing friends...sorry, this post is more for the family-at-large out there.  You're absolutely welcome to look at the pictures below (I mean Lilly is always a big deal around here), but other than a shout to River Monsters and a jab a PETA, this is going to be like watching somebody else's home movies...enthralling.