May 30, 2012

Trout Time With The Cabela's C.G.R.

In the previous post I mentioned that I put the Cabela's C.G.R. 4-weight through the paces at the neighborhood pond the other night.  Well on Monday (Memorial Day), I took advantage of the relatively comfortable temperatures of the morning (okay, it was still 85 degrees in the shade) to take the rod out for some trout.

Looking upstream

Fortunately, the creek I fish keeps relatively cool temperatures year round, although the water levels were really low on this day.  I was hoping the trout would cooperate in such hot weather.

The water was half-can high in many places

I fished with the C.G.R for about 3 hours...and the rod is growing on me.  I changed the line from the prior and substituted a Rio Trout LT WF line.  While both lines were rated similarly, the Rio line casts much lighter than the "no-name" line I usually use with my L.L. Bean Broomstick Quest II.

It proved to be a good upgrade as the new line just "fit" the rod better and provided much more control.  I must say, roll casting was a far the easiest rod to roll cast accurately with of the handful I own, even the broken Redington CT (which remains my favorite rod).

Rigged & ready

As for the fishing, it was pretty slow.  Since the water was really low and clear, it made not spooking most fish extremely difficult, even with my suburban ninja skills.  One fish cooperated, and although he didn't bend the C.G.R. quite as deep as the sunfish the day before, he still fought valiantly before reaching my grubby paws.

Skunk buster

Unfortunately my day was cut a little short because it appears that most of the water I like to fish upstream was closed off.  I hadn't been to Valley in over 2 months, and the last time I was there these signs weren't posted.  I suppose it has to do with the broken sewer line further upstream, but I don't know for certain, I'll need to do some recon.

You may have seen this on Instagram

Other than that, I just goofed around with my camera a bit on the water.  I picked up a Panasonic Lumix a few weeks ago, and this was the first time I really got to really sit down and play with some of the the panorama function and the higher quality HD video.

This video is rather boring and unedited...but it does show some rising fish.  Skip to 1:45 if you want to see some "action."

That's it.  No witty ending.  I like the CGR.  A fun rod for $99.  An even better if you can find one on sale.

May 29, 2012

Doesn't Take Much To Put A Bend In A Cabela's C.G.R.

Got out this past Sunday night for the first time since the trip to Georgia/North Carolina a few weeks back. It was a relatively short outing...just wanted to get in some work with a Cabela's CGR glass rod I bought some time ago, but never used other in the backyard.

"Stop looking at geese and get to fishin'!"

Tell you what, only caught a few sunfish, but I can tell why you "glass geeks" are so enthusiastic about fiberglass rods...damn thing almost bent in half bringing in this guy, and as you can see, it's no brute.

Not sure if I'm a glass convert, but it is a fun way to fish. Sorta like tenkara in the way it makes even the small fish feel like pigs.  Luckily, I was able to bring in about a handful like this before it got dark so it made for a fun time.

Still need to do a bit of fine tuning on a line/leader combo for this 4-weight, as I was just borrowing the setup from my 3-weight L.L. Bean Quest II, which is a decidedly faster rod and needs a heavier line to help it "load."  That said, I think I'll enjoy a little more time with the CGR in upcoming weeks...

May 25, 2012

Fracking? Enter Jack Donaghy

Yeah...the big guns are being brought out against hydrofracking on Saturday, June 2nd.  Look out gas companies, here comes Jack.


What they are in store for...

If only I lived closer to Syracuse...

May 24, 2012

The #odbloglove Proposition

No, I'm not talking about the new Odblo Gloves from Glacier Glove...

Odblo Gloves???

In reading this blog, you might have recognized that I like to give out the "blog love" in my posts pretty frequently.  What's blog love you might ask?  Simply put, it's the mention/promotion of another blog for an interesting post, or even more importantly, to simply provide little bit of exposure to a new blog, helping it gain a few more readers.

I received blog love back in the day from a fellow blogger, so I only feel it's right to return the favor now, especially since Troutrageous! has gained a somewhat delusional dedicated following.

While blog-on-blog promotion is great, I noticed on Twitter yesterday that the blog love hashtag (or #bloglove) is a very underutilized term within tweets.  Do a search, I dare ya - you'll get a few results, but nothing along the lines of #FF, #RT, or even #fishchat.  I started using it for a few posts yesterday and the response from the bloggers that originally wrote those posts was great.  Yeah, they were overwhelmed by the power of the blog love.

So what I'd like to propose...the next time you're on Twitter and want to re-tweet a blog post from someone...go ahead and add the "outdoor blog love" hashtag (#odbloglove) to the end of the tweet.  Unfortunately, the much shorter #ODBL is already taken by foreigners.  

For those of you slow on the uptake I'm tossing an od to the front of bloglove to make this unique to our outdoor demographic.  Hunting, fishing, camping, it's all good...

See, any lazy bobo can just hit the RT button and send a tweet along; this actually takes a little initiative, and will make finding good blogger-recommended outdoor content even easier.  

Or don't...and suck worse than you do already.

May 23, 2012

Wednesday Nibbles - The First One Since February Edition

Hey look what's back...Wednesday Nibbles.  Yeah, the sh*t show that just won't go away is back once again, just like scabies on a hippie.  So what are we...we?...I mean what am I going to talk about today?  Probably nothing worth noting, but I missed writing these things, so here we go anyway...

So what's the deal with Michigan?  Has that damn state become the fly fishing epicenter of the universe or something?  Seems like every blog I read...and probably a few I don't...are all raving about Michigan fly fishing.  Fontinalis Rising, Pile Cast, TFM, Fishingpoet, The Freshwater Fly, just to name a few.  Steelhead, trout, carp, bass.  It's like nuts or something.

In 2013 I think a trip to Michigan in is order, because like Wisconsin, I've got Mitten Envy.  Anybody want to go with?  Buckeyes need not apply.

Speaking of Buckeyes, remember that short bus that took you to school back in the day?  Yeah, I know you do.  Well evidently fire trucks come in the same size.  Hey Small Fly Funk...what is this...a size 26?

For those of you that don't know, friend of this blog Owl Jones (okay, we have a weird bromance...we're like a trailer park version of Tom Chandler and Singlebarbed) has started a popper business called ZazzyPop.  If you're reading this, you probably already know about this venture, but I thought I'd plug (get it...plug?) two things he's got going on.  Why?  I guess because it's good karma and these one of a kind bad boys are handcrafted in the U.S.A.

First off, through the end of this month, which is May...and only a few days away...ZazzyPop is running a "Buy 3 Get 1 Free" deal.  I mean that's a pretty good offer if you ask me.  What's free these days?

Also, a good reason why you should definitely consider taking advantage of the offer is because ZazzyPop is also holding a 2012 "Big Fish" contest where all you have to do is send in a pic of a big fish caught on a ZazzyPop and you can win a free custom fly rod from Misfit Rods as well as a barrel full of ZazzyPops.  What?  Yeah, I'm not lying.  More contest info can be found HERE.  You can't win if you don't play, so get some ZazzyPops and get on the water! you like to dance?  These folks evidently do...and no, there is no truth to the rumor that this is behind the scenes footage at last year's Tenkara Summit.  Although with enough Sapporo sake bombs, I'm certain Dr. Ishigaki and Daniel-San can make this look tame.

Totally random thought...anyone else excited about the sequel to Anchorman?

Finally, time for some blog love.  Yeah...with a three month Nibbles hiatus I'm horny as a two headed rhinoceros...and need to give out all kind of virtual hugs and kisses and other unwanted advances.

First on the list is Fly Hook Chronicles a blog written by "Fish4Life" but also known as "flyfishing84" on Instagram...or Steven Carr.  It's a blog with a lot of pictures, a lot of fish, and just interesting to look at from time to time.  Check it.

Fly Hook Chronicles Ink

The second bit of blog love is actually just re-establishing the locale of a blog that's been highlighted in this space before.  What was once "Average Outdoors" is now post identity crisis and is now going by "The Eastern Fly."  This blog is currently in it's tenkara phase, which I can appreciate, but if that's not your thing, don't get lost in that.  There's a lot of other content on here that's worth checking out too.

May 22, 2012

More Proof Of The Tenkara Sasquatch

A great sketch from 2009 was unearthed of a Sasquatch dapping fishing with what is clearly reel-less tenkara methods.  A big nod to The Artsenal for breaking this story.

Gear Review - Revo Bearing Polarized Sunglasses

A while almost 3 months ago...a gentleman representing Revo offered me a pair of sunglasses to review.  Why?  Because I've got a bit of a past in doing such eyewear reviews such as THIS, THIS, and THIS...and even THIS.  However, a mix of cloudy weather and poor circumstances have largely kept these off my noggin, unable to provide the desired I'm sure he just thought I took the goodies and ran.

Revo Bearing Sunglasses - Black Ink/Graphite

Fortunately, these sunglasses recently hitched a ride to the Smokies to participate in the Owl Jones/Troutrageous EPIC fishing trip and got a bit of a workout, especially on Days 2 and 3.  So being a man of my word, here's that review Mr. Revo Dude, albeit a bit overdue.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the box is that these sunglasses are pretty solidly put together.  The frames and lenses are pretty much all fancy plastic, but it isn't cheap plastic in any way.  (I'm certain to be corrected by the manufacturer that the frames are nylon and the lenses I said...plastic).  As a matter of fact, the frames are actually "eco-friendly" according to the Revo website, so you can feel good about wearing them as you scarf down your tofu and granola parfait:
Eco-Use is a nylon frame material made in part from the seed of the castor bean plant. Not only is this material sustainable and more environmentally friendly, it is also exceptionally light and flexible. It’s the perfect complement to the superior optical performance of our Revo High Contrast Polarized lenses.
Other than that, the spring loaded hinges provide light tension and smoothly move how they are supposed to, there are some softish rubber nose pads to keep the glasses in place high on your nose, and they feel nice and light on your head.  Good deal...I'm diggin' them so far...

They even make a mossy rock look dapper

I have to admit, these lenses are pretty damn good...and that's really the most important thing, right?  They might be the best of the batch from the sunglasses I've reviewed to date.  The technical mumbo jumbo to describe these polycarbonate "Serilium" lenses makes for fantastic propaganda a good read...also lifted from the Revo website:
High Contrast Polarization™: Polarization like you’ve never experienced before.
Revo High Contrast Polarized lenses provide visual acuity on surfaces like open water and snow where sunlight can be harsh and reflection can distort vision. These lenses selectively filter the color bands that we are most sensitive to allowing the natural spectrum of color to come through vividly and clearly. The result is sharp color contrast and crystal clear vision. See the world that you’ve been missing.
What does that mean?  Well put on the sunglasses and it's a unicorn barfing a box of Lucky Charms...freakin' rainbows and and four leaf clovers everywhere.  Well, not really, but they do cut glare and even help you track extremely tiny micro-fish like this one as they rise to your dry fly from over 25 feet away.  I know the day I spot my first Sasquatch, I'll be wearing these Revos.

Look at the handsome sunglass-wearing ass holding the tiny fish

You know, not really.  The glasses are light, the lenses work good, the frames are largish so they block out more than their share of light.  I also intentionally threw dropped them on rocks a few times and they didn't break.  What else do you need?  Oh, I guess they won't get you a beer if you're thirsty, but that's what trained squirrels are for.  Duh.

Just make sure not to teach them to drink the beer.

Actually, other than the sunglasses, there weren't any.  With all of the other sunglasses I've reviewed, they usually came in retail packaging with either a hard or soft sided case, a lens cloth, and some sort of leash-type thing to keep them around your neck when not on your eyes.  I was kinda surprised, as I'm not sure if it was just because I received a review sample or something, but my sunglasses came caseless, only in a plain white drawstring pouch, that I suppose doubles as a cleaning cloth.  Not a big deal...but I obviously can't review or comment on those components (should they exist when purchased at retail).

If you want a pair of sunglasses, you should at least consider these, especially if you can't find the pair that Macho Man used to wear.  I won't tell you they are a "must have" simply because they're pricey ($189 MSRP) and I know not everyone wants to drop almost 2 bills on sunglasses.  Heck, I've reviewed 4 different pair of polarized sunglasses all at different price points and I wouldn't say any were "bad."

What I will say is that unless you're an total doof and lose your Revos in the stream and let them float away, these Bearings are well built and perform well, so you should definitely get a solid return on your investment over time.  Sleep well knowing you won't be wasting your hundred and eighty nine bucks...even if buying 47 bags of Cool Ranch Doritos could be interpreted by some as a better $189 purchase...but when is that not the case?

The Revo Bearing sunglasses tested in this product review were provided to me at no cost, but hold a retail value of $189 per the manufacturer's website. I currently hold no association with Revo whatsoever, and probably would not until they get one of their squirrel henchmen to bring me a cold PBR and a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos. As with all independent gear reviews at Troutrageous!, I try my best to keep my reviews honest and unbiased. If something is good, it deserves applause; if it sucks, I'll let you know that too. It ain't in my interest to steer you wrong, so why waste the time in doing so?

May 21, 2012

Back Behind The Wheel

It's been a few days since the last post around here...and Russell Westbrook's shirt has received far too much play.  Unfortunately, last week's slowdown in blog posting was not due to an extended fishing weekend, but rather a weekend of work (with admittedly a little play) down in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Ric Flair appearance at Walmart...and I was a few days early...crap!

This is just a post to get back in the groove a bit and set the table for a full week's worth of fishing-ish posts.  So what's in store for Troutrageous! readers leading into Memorial Day weekend?  How about a few overdue product reviews, perhaps some bad Photoshop, and yes, the return of Wednesday Nibbles.  Sound good?  Well, you know I don't really care what you think anyway.

Oh, and for those of you that don't do Instagram or Twitter and haven't been following along there, here are a few pictures of last weekend.  No rainbow trout, but lots of brightly colored cars.

May 16, 2012

The Look Of A Winner

Being born & raised in the Philadelphia area, the 76ers are my favorite basketball team.  As such, I'm rooting for them pretty avidly in this year's NBA Playoffs...but if/when they get bounced, my interests will immediately turn toward Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder, for no other reason than shirts like this in post game press conferences...

Zazzy Pop?

Want one for your summer BBQ?  Only $115 (ouch!) from the home of the alligator polo, Lacoste.  Or then again, try on an equally awesome shirt for size at a slightly lower price...

May 15, 2012

Oh, The Agony!

Yeah, time to fill out some paperwork thanks to an end of day in-stream stumble down in North Carolina.  Will this be considered abuse of warranty due to my own clumsiness?  Guess I'll find out.  At least I'm not lying by saying it just snapped hauling in a lunker mid-fight.

Say what you will about tenkara, but a least getting a replacement section only costs about $7 and can be acquired without sending in your whole rod + $$$ + a TPS report.    

Appears the CGR will be inserted into the rotation for the time being...

May 12, 2012

Guest Post - The Top 5 Fly Fishing Apps

After my 3 post Smokies outburst, I needed a break from posting, so today, I present a guest post.

This post was forwarded to me by Steve Jacobs and I think it's pretty topical considering the prevalence of smartphones among anglers.  While I can't say I've personally used or endorse the apps mentioned, I figure if you've got fish on the brain like me, they're probably worth a download at some point.  Enjoy.


Top 5 Fly Fishing Apps

As a fly fishing enthusiast I never thought the Internet would weasel its way into my love affair with the great outdoors and the thrill of the fish hitting the fly. I must say however that after years of fighting against technology and progress, I have been seduced. I confess my fly fishing obsession has been enhanced by numerous apps.

Today I am going to highlight just five of the many apps that I have found to be very helpful and enjoyable. Some tend to be geared more for technical and instructional purposes such as how to tie certain types of knots. Others tend to be focused on facilitating the observational and contemplative aspects of enjoying the sport. This is done by creating memories within journal entries and even being able to share and compare those experiences and observations with others that share the same passion.

1. The Pocket Fisherman by Magic Mobile
This App provides information about specific species of fish, information on regulations and records within the 49 Continental states and GPS mapping for the closes tackle shops and marinas. It allows you to search according to name of fish or you can identify a fish by looking at pictures. A summary of each type of fish, providing description of appearance, average length, weight and natural habitat is provided.

2. Fishing Knots by Perished-apps
This app only demonstrates 10 knots but the nice thing about it is that it is one of the easiest tutorials to understand. The descriptions and the pictures are done so well that it is quite easy to understand and duplicate. Although it would be nice to have a larger assortment of knots, the app is FREE!

3. Orvis Fly Fishing by Green Mountain Digital
Orvis is obviously a well known name in the fishing industry. The company markets a large amount of high quality fly fishing gear. It sells exotic overseas fishing safari trips and is active in promoting numerous conservation projects. Many people have been introduced to Orvis via their fly fishing apps for the iPhone. (Also available for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire)

This app has a huge number of features. It has everything from instructional videos, to podcasts, to glossaries. It really comes in handy when you need to reference a large database of information.

4. Animated Fishing Knots By John Sherry
This app has significantly more knots than the "Fishing Knots" app I mentioned earlier. Knowing how to tie lots of specialty knots is crucial for those who are serious anglers. It covers everything from the basic Drop Shot knot to the complicated Arbor and Yucatan Knots.

Unlike "Fishing Knots" this app is not free, but it is priced right. If you are still acquiring your knowledge base of need-to-know knots, this is a great app. It is available through iTunes store.

5. Fishing Notes by Jimmy Houston
This app is being promoted by Jimmy Houston. He is a bass fishing celebrity; he had a professional fishing career and is probably known best for his television series. This particular fishing app is pretty much an all-in-one fishing log app. Users can add journal entries about their fishing trips in various locations and compare them to those had by others. It brings together a fishing community through the use of the app.

One of the nice things about it is that you don't need access to an active internet connection to make entries which is a handy feature for those deep in the wilds. It also provides real time weather forecasts for all locations.

There are so many fishing apps available today that it is difficult to evaluate all of them. Some of them become really invaluable once you begin using them. Hopefully one or two of the ones highlighted in this post will be of interest.


Author Bio: Steve Jacobs is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys everything from hunting to fishing and beyond. Over the years Steve has come to be an expert in many of the fields he loves – hunting and fishing gear, supplies, ammo etc - and works for Sportsman’s Warehouse helping others enjoy the outdoors.

May 11, 2012

Fly Fishing The Smokies With Owl Jones - The Finale On The Nantahala

Part 3 of a 3 Part Series. (Part 1 HERE, Part 2 HERE)


After a day of dawn to dusk fishing, it felt good to sleep in a little bit on Sunday morning.

Unfortunately, we wouldn't be sleeping too long, as the Nantahala and her trout were calling.  Camp broke down and packed up very quickly, and before you knew it, Milliam had everything loaded into the bed of his truck (I bet that guy is good a jigsaw puzzles) and we were ready to go.

Before we were able to escape, two representatives from the Children of Elias did stop over to thank us for the use of the lighter the prior morning.  Actually the one-sided converstation went something like this...

"Thank you a-gain for the ligh-ter...
we brought you some coo-kies...
and a pray-er card...
E-li-as loves you..."

(Okay I made up that last part about Elias).

Being a nice gesture, Owl thanked them and they walked off...only to return no more than 5 minutes later.

"If you don't like the coo-kies...
we will like these..."

And wandered off again, back to the mothership.

Not to be one to pass up free food, we teared into the napkin wrapped parcels.  After taking a first bite, Owl almost gagged on the blueberry corn muffin.  Meanwhile over in raisin cookie land, I now know what dog biscuits taste like.  Ungrateful?...yes...but cognizant of the effects of ingesting rat poison, let's just say we stopped eating then and there.  Well except Milliam, who despite acknowledging the robust sawdust flavor and consistency, ate two full cookies and brought the others for the road.  Farewell Smokemont.

Enough of, fishing...

We drove a little bit around a bunch of winding roads until we finally made it to the Nantahala, a much larger river than the small streams we had been fishing the prior two days; one which we pretty quickly found out was also recently stocked.

Full of stupid stockies

As far as the details of this outing, there weren't many.  Throw out a weighted nymph or woolly bugger, let drift, jerk on the retrieve, catch fish.  I think I caught 6 or 7 within the first 20 or so minutes.  14" rainbows and 10" brookies were the norm, with a random brown tossed in there for good measure.

This pattern followed for the next 5 or 6 hours at each of the pull-offs we stopped at.  The only thing that slowed us down was hunger (quickly remedied by Oscar Mayer) and then an imminent, although shortly lived threat of rain.

At the last pull-off of the day I had the unfortunate pleasure of slipping on a rock and going down hard to my knees.  While I wasn't hurt, my rod tip was, but quite honestly with all the catching that day, I didn't mind a bit.  Rod tips can be replaced...and if they can''s not like I own just one fishing rod.

After that, a bit of hijinks ensued.  Cover your eyes PETA.
I not so proudly present the premier of, "Smoky Mountain Bridge Fishing."

A bad backcast...luckily no tractor trailers were driving through

With that bit on nonsense over, the EPIC Smokies trip of 2012 sadly came to a close.  We headed back to Georgia, stopping only for some BBQ on the way, and listening to the M.C. Hammer channel on Pandora all the way back.  Pandora gave Naughty By Nature a lot of play time love.  I didn't complain.  Owl did.  Don't mess with his toot-toot.

Once back at Owl's house in Gainesville, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Mrs. Owl, who I thank for the extreme hospitality and clean shower and towels.  (I hope I didn't make too much of a mess of the bathroom.)  I think that was first time I'd ever gone 3 days without a shower, and ripe was not the word.

The next morning would bring some light Atlanta traffic, the airport, and a flight home.  Thank you Owl & Milliam for a great time and patience you had with this too often errantly casting Yankee.  If you're ever interested in heading North, Pennsylvania & I will be happy to host a future outing...we've got plenty of trout well as hotels...

May 10, 2012

Fly Fishing The Smokies With Owl Jones - The Meat Grinder, 28 Step, & A Really Long Blog Post

Part 2 of a 3 Part Series.  (Part 1 HERE)


Most alarm clocks either play music or buzz.  On day two of the trip, our alarm was neither.

Oh, sor-ry, you are not with our group.
Do you happen to have mat-ches or A ligh-ter?"

Yeah, our alarm was one of the friendly cult members knocking on the tent flap looking for fire.  I suppose in all their fun the night before they were ill-prepared for the morning's brainwashing breakfast.  And they really spoke funny, putting awkward pauses where they didn't belong in the syllables of words...

It was probably okay that they woke us up anyway, we had a full day of fishing in front of us.  Two stops were on the agenda - both in search of wild brook trout.  First "The Meat Grinder," second "28 Step," which are code names for not-so-secret streams, but as a guest, I'm not one to reveal their identities.

After a little ride, we arrived at the Meat Grinder and was greeted by this...

A sign to turn away?  Beats me, but regardless we headed down the trail to the stream.

No more than 5 minutes after reaching our starting point, what do you think happened?  A Guy on a Buffalo sighting?  Nope, we wouldn't dream of being so lucky.  Rather the sky opened up and it flat out started pouring!

Milliam taking cover

The rain eventually cooperated a bit allowing us to fish some dry flies, but much like the prior day we didn't have much luck.

Cookie break

After a few hours of fishing every little bit of available slack & pocket water, the score was Milliam 2, Owl 0, Me 0.  The fishing was actually so slow this giant ball of foam stopped us in our

Nice hat Owl

Upon giving up on the Meat Grinder we hiked out (in a very, very, very roundabout way) and decided to head back to the car and get some lunch and pick up some local trinkets in nearby Cherokee, NC for me to bring home to Lilly.  She scored a sweet (albeit) cheezy and politically-incorrect Indian headdress.  I could actually write an entire post, if not a whole entire other blog, about the amazingness of Cherokee, NC, but I'll leave it there...for now.

A #5 served with a side of color coordination

After the brief stop in town, we were off to the upper reaches of the Smokies to fish "28 Step," a smallish stream that Owl guaranteed to have a ton of feisty Appalachian brook trout in it.  I kind of found the spot intriguing because it was relatively open and not choked by rhododendron like the previous two streams we fished.


"The water's so low...where's the water?"....was the first thing I heard when we arrived at our starting point. Undeterred, the three of us moved ahead, with Owl and Milliam allowing me to lead the way and drop my dry fly into the tiny little pools first.  For the first 45 minutes, fishing was slow...damn in no fish...but eventually, even a blind worm finds a bird...or something like that...

I was told this is "average" sized.  It's not the first time I've been lied to.

Heck, I even managed to catch another one when Owl suggested "tenkara-ing" a fly beneath a small foot bridge...the fly didn't stand a chance.

I believe we all ended up catching a few, but Milliam was the big winner pulling this trophy wild brookie out of a hole toward the end of our outing.

NICE fish!

After that, the day was pretty much over.  Milliam & Owl insisted on driving around for about an hour to re-live some sort of fishing adventure in which they got lost and pretty much had to spend the night outside and had nothing to eat but raisins (which Owl threw out).  I think he wrote a post about it once HERE.

Retiring to camp again for the night, we settled back in by the fire again, telling stories about ridiculous fishing headwear, blog posts that never made it to "publish," and yellow roller skates, RATT bandanas & gold sequin shirts.  Diagram below.

What might have been...

Oh, and of course, we were again serenaded to sleep by our friends from the cult of Smokemont...who it was now clear had gathered to wait for the mothership's arrival via the trans-galactic vortex created by the SUPER MOON!

Up next...the Nantahala...