Showing posts from November, 2011

For The Next Few Days...

I'll be here...

...yeah, it's a work-related trip, but things could be worse.

Off to pack...

Laser Beams - Not Just For Frickin' Shark Heads

Lasers are pretty damn cool.  Whenever I think of them, Han Solo's gun immediately comes to mind, which is probably the ultimate in cool, but I had no idea how cool they could be until the folks at Make It Urz dropped this on me about a month ago....

Yes, that is a crappy picture of an awesome laser-engraved T! water bottle.  Pretty bad ass if I say so myself.

Now I didn't ask for this rockstar of a gift, nor was it prearranged to be provided in return for a blog post, or any of that nonsense.  It was simply the unsolicited byproduct of a reader "playing around with stuff tonight on the laser engraver."   
But that doesn't mean I can't pimp Make It Urz's my blog and I can do what I want.
So are you reading this on an iPad?  Yeah, they laser engrave those....
What about a smartphone?  Yup.
Kindle Fire?  That one too.
Okay, not a techie?  What about a fly rod or fly box?  Check & check.
Heck, even boxcutterswrenches, and tortillas are fair game....e…

Mishmosh Monday to Get Caught Up

Since this post is going to be totally random, I know it should really be an installment of the Nibbles, but that's a Wednesday thing...

So I haven't really written anything in a while.  Yeah, I suck.  If I can't bring it, I'm not gonna bring it.  That's the deal.  While I'm not gonna be a Mr. Whiney-Pants about it, I do have my reasons for going AWOL like JCVD in Lionheart.

1.  Work has been kicking my ass.  I work in internet retail...which can be as brutal this time of year as normal brick & mortar retail.  I mean the doors never close and company-provided smartphones provide no escape!  Plus we moved offices last week, and with such a move, nothing in terms of technology seemed to work right.  My laptop is still not hooked up to our "network," but I digress...
2.  An extended bouz.Bouz?  Yeah, that's what the Japanese refer to as "being skunked."  I had gone a few weeks without catching any fish...even using my magical tenkara rod.…

Who Was Your First?

Poking around the innards of my blog last night I noticed I've accumulated 4,011 comments over the years.  I don't know (or really care) if that's good or bad or anything like that...because honestly, numbers are numbers and can be interpreted however you want.
What I did decide to do was take a look back to see who the first comment was from.  Any guesses?
Believe it or not, John from Fish Creek Spinners was responsible for that comment on 12/20/2007 on a post written about twisting up some inline spinners.  He's 100% to blame for providing that first bit of positive reinforcement to yours truly that a new blogger often looks for.

In working backwards...I also figured out I "met" both Mel & Shoreman on 8/29/09.  Interestingly enough, Clif first spoke up the day prior.  Wolfy...aka pre-OBN Joe...came a few months later on 11/23/09.  Some other golden oldies from that time also included Len Harris, Fisherbabe, Fishin Fool, Wandering Owl, TackleBoxTalk, Bil…

The 21st Annual International Fly Tying Symposium

Image's this weekend.

I've recruited a small army of fellow Pennsylvanians like this guy and this guy to invade Somerset like feather ogling dorks the Vikings at Noirmountier.

Okay, maybe we'll leave our Thor hammers at home, but at minimum there will be some parking lot battles taking place, as the lot at the Doubletree fills up quick.

Last year was fun, so would expect nothing less this year, especially since I've gone from 0 to 60 in terms of tying my own flies since then.  Heck, I might actually understand what I'm looking at this time.

Anybody else plan on being at the show on Saturday?  If so, lemme know in the comments.

Went Fishing Yesterday...

...but caught nothing.  Don't even think I mustered a nibble.

First time I've received the double middle-finger salute from VC trout since I took Func out fishing, but not catching, at the end of July.

Did get really good at hook setting leaves though.
Looking back at last year's post from almost the same day, I can't help but notice virtually the identical pattern...well, except for the fact that I lucked into one that day.  The second weekend of November 2012, I'm sleeping in.
From a conditions standpoint, yesterday was pretty nice...water levels were a bit low, but other than that it was sunny with a few clouds...temps in the mid to upper 50s.  Just warm enough that the spandex-clad female runners scampering along the creekside trails didn't need to cover up in too many layers.  Not that I ever take my eyes off of my line in the water.

Yeah, it was a "surrounded by beautiful fall colors (albeit fishless) kind of day."  Glass half empty or half ful…

Sacré Bleu!

I *heart* this French tenkara video.  Can't beat its Sega Genesis soundtrack.  Thank goodness the author (or is it director?) left 2 minutes and 15 seconds of total darkness at the end that really allows you to soak in those block rockin' beats.  Tasty.

Oh, and the first two minutes of actual fishing footage ain't bad either.  I think they even catch a fish...but not as big as HERE or HERE.

There's a blog too*...but I need the folks from Le Mouching to decipher it for me.  When I had the chance to pick a language to study in middle school, the Spanish teacher was hotter than the French teacher.

*Actually, the blog is quite interesting.  Lots of tenkarary goodness thanks to Google Translate.  Added it to the blogroll over there.  Hope no offense is taken by my French frère.  It's all good Yvon.

Tenkara Tuesday - Tenkara Rod Rack On The Cheap

I own 3 tenkara rods.  Not a massive collection, but obviously more than one.  While all are short by tenkara rod standards, each has its role.  The Tenkara USA Iwana is my "everyday" rod.  The Sakura Kongo is the compact pack rod (it's also stiff, so is a good "wind" rod).  Finally the Fountainhead Caddis is the "loaner" rod.  The rod I'll happily let someone else use if they want to give tenkara a try.

Sadly, these 3 rods had been spending their "off-days" hiding in rod tubes or socks, which is a shame because they're all kinda pretty.  At least as far as fishing rods go.  I had wanted to purchase a rack to store/display them, but they don't really fit in "normal" fishing rod racks.  By nature, when collapsed, tenkara rods are kinda short.
I had sketched a simple rod rack I thought I'd make from a piece of wood.  Just drill some largish holes in the top and slide the rods in upside down.  Sure, I'd need the ro…

The Lamest Fishing Report Poem You'll Read Today

Got up at 6:30 am yesterday.  28 degrees.
Fished for three or so hours.

Red Ram longjohns are good. 
One trout caught.  Lost three flies. 

No pictures.  No regrets.
True story.

Intergalactic Fishing Gangstas

Any lazybones can just set up their blog posts to autopublish to Facebook or Twitter and call it a day.  First dibs on stupidness such as this that don't usually make the blog is all the more reason to "Like" or "Follow" in your social media channel of choice.

You follow me?  Ha!  Get what I did there?

Check Out My Life On The Fly

Last weekend I wrote a guest post for Gaeron over at the "My Life on the Fly" blog.  He published it last night.  I may have been a bit under the influence while writing, and as such rambled incoherently about tenkara haters, but go check it out anyway.  Even if you are one.  Hater... :)

Even if you're not interested in my post, Gaeron's blog is thoroughly entertaining and informative on its own, so it's worth the click on well as a follow.

Tenkara Tuesd...Screw It, Yesterday Was Halloween!

Yeah, we love us some Halloween in these parts.  Here's the day in pictures...