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Kype Fishing Magazine: Volume 4 / Issue 1

Issue One Highlights: 
Sight Fishing For Lake Trout
Perfecting Your Swing
New Spey Lines
Aerial King of Salmonflies
Afternoon Delight

Red Stripe Ain't Just A Beer from Jamaica

The kid got a red stripe on her karate belt yesterday for most likely for mastering the Chuck Norris superkick.  Car windshields, consider yourself warned.

Congrats Lil!

Jacksonville State of Mind

Might be a little quiet in these parts this week, we'll see...

Headed down to Jacksonville, Florida for work until Thursday night.  Not really sure what the "down time" will bring in either quantity or activity, but I do understand they have a fishing piersomewhat near where I'm staying.  Maybe I'll check that out or something after work if the weather's okay.
Luck has it that there's also a tropical storm in the Gulf right now and the forecast is calling for rain.  Lots of it.  Maybe that fishing pier will wait...

Bigger Than Anything You'll Catch This Weekend

Yeah, doesn't get much more badass than Brett Crawford.  300+ pound alligator gar.  Bowfishing gear.  Likely a tin of Skoal in t-shirt pocket.  
No forced perspective or overuse of HDR in this fish pic...

"The two men used a rope attached to Jim's Polaris to drag the fish to the house. Even together the two men could not lift the fish. Jim offered a forklift from his garage, which was just the tool they needed to hang the catch for photos and to weigh it.
But their scale's 300-pound capacity was inadequate. The fish measured 8 feet 2 inches. And it bottomed out the scale in resounding fashion."
Full news article in Corpus Christi Caller.

Alpha Tackle Tenkara Rods?

Have noticed a lot of searches for "Alpha Tackle Tenkara Rods" in the good old Google Analytics lately.  Like almost as many as "hot stripper", "you suck", and "YUUUUP"...
Don't know (and don't really care) what that's all about, but I did go and goof around the Alpha Tackle website for a good 10 or so minutes last night.  Being a Japanese website, and despite the assistance of Google Translate, I didn't find any tenkara rods, but did uncover a pretty sweet online catalog with all kinds of craziness going on inside.
If only the Bass Pro catalog had spreads like below, squid fishing (?) would probably be HUGE in the States...

Not Quite Tenkara Sasquatch

TV Angler Charlie Moore was recently caught on film running into Tenkara Sasquatch's somewhat confused cousin Spinnerbait Sasquatch.  A much shorter relative to his telescoping rod relative, Spinnerbait Sasquatches are unique in that they have a rare tolerance to obnoxious New England accents.  Either that, or they are deaf.


[ EDIT:  I removed the embedded video and it's damn annoying autoplay that I couldn't seem to remove.  Click on the image above to see the video on }

30 Second Book Review - Fishing, Ghosts, And My Mother's Gray Hair

On my recent family vacation, I had the pleasure of thumbing through a paperback copy of "Fishing, Ghosts, And My Mother's Gray Hair" by Mark Kautz.

Mark Kautz you might ask?  Yeah, you probably know him as Shoreman from Northern California Trout.

Being a follower & regular reader of Mark's blog, I ran to the front of the line when he mentioned he was taking pre-orders for his new book about two months ago.  Blog love extends beyond the digital space; it's all about supporting fellow bloggers in their various efforts - and good karma.

That said, when I actually read the book, I was surprised by a few things...(spoiler alert)

1) Although many of his posts today are about lake fishing - either spinning from shore or tooling around in the Float Tube Cumberland with fly rod - a lot of  his early fishing experience was in the salt. 2)  While Mark is retired now, he evidently didn't work much when he worked.  All he wrote about was how his sales calls were goo…

Kayaking And Fishing In Islamorada

Since I know all of you are dying to see morevacation's a few more, from day two (the one full day spent) in Islamorada.

It started with an 8:30 wake up call for some ocean kayaking.  We kayaked around some flats for about 3 hours.  We didn't see a ton of fish, but saw a lot of wildlife otherwise.  The only casualty was K.C.'s legs (which got sunburned despite sunblock), but it didn't damper the activity.

Later we did some pier fishing.  Our resort had it's own fishing pier so that was pretty convenient.  Nothing crazy to catch...but it was an easy way to kill the downtime between lunch & dinner.  Spinning rod rental was included in the resort fee, so we both used them (and shrimp) to get into some fish.  

K.C. was a pro at catching what we were calling "donkeyfish," while I was sight casting to pickerel-sized barracuda.  Some sharks and rays hung out too (although we didn't even try to catch those).  I eventually ditched the spin…

Fishing and Fatherhood

With Father's Day approaching I was asked by our friends at the Pottstown Mercury to reflect on "being a dad" in a blog post.   I suppose with the vast sea of "mommy bloggers" out there, the perspective of someone with a laptop and a Y chromosome is one that is of some value, at least at this time of year.
Now people familiar with this blog know that I write about my daughter Lilly fairly frequently.  OK, not as frequently as I do trout, or scantily clad women fishing in bikinis, but enough to give you a little view into the puppy loving, Cartoon Network watching, chicken nugget eating, Scotch tape wasting kindergarten-graduate that runs our household.
There are a lot of parallels between being a dad and fishing.  To start, before you even pick up a rod (or your wife spits out a kid) you can read a lot of how-to books and watch a lot of videos to prepare you for what you think your responsibilities are going to be. Unfortunately, you've got no idea what yo…

Sharing Some Vacation Pictures

While everyone is still chatting up "Sacred Cows"...I'm in Florida enjoying a week of vacation.  (Thanks to everyone who has commented on that post to date).  Clearly, with that post in the rear-view mirror, Troutrageous! has peaked and there's no way to stop the decline.  So rather than try, I figured I'd just put up some vacation pictures...

The first batch are from the in-laws' in Boca Raton.  Backyard canal fishing and goofing around with Lilly were pretty much what was in the cards.

The last batch are from our arrival in Islamorada.  No tarpon fishing (like fishingpoet), just hanging out at a resort for a few days, and the eating and drinking that goes with it.

Lots & Lots of Little Fish

Perhaps if you have kids...or have spent any amount of time over a friend or family member's house that has kids, you may have seen the "Lots & Lots of Jets and Planes" commercial.

Perhaps annoying at first, it actually becomes quite intoxicating.  I wish I had the delivery of that announcer.
Anyway, first night of the Florida family vacation visiting the in-laws, I snuck out back for about an hour to do some fishing in the backyard canal.  Nothing serious...just looking to wet a line.  There's usually panfish a plenty, and they didn't disappoint.

What struck me was their size, all on the smallish end of the spectrum.  Usually get into a few largish specimens, but no dinner plate fish here.  No big deal, because the action was relatively constant (when not picking out algae from my fly - damn you Florida summers).

I can just hear that commercial announcer now..."Lots & Lots of Little Fish"...heck, I'd buy that video.

The Pennsylvania Pigeon Shoot Controversy

There was an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer yesterday about a somewhat controversial Pennsylvania "tradition"...The Pigeon Shoot.

No, it's not a fishing thing, but it's outdoorsy, and has some parallels to an annual fishing "Rite of Spring" so I thought I might be worth posting.

It comes up in local press every few years.  Basically the deal is that rather than shooting clays or stationary targets, the Philadelphia Gun Club (and a few other clubs in the State), round up pigeons and systematically release them to let club members have at them as target practice.  It's kind of like opening day of trout season, when hundreds of stockies are thrown in a 10 by 20 foot hole to be removed one after another.  Like the trout that doesn't care for Powerbait, many pigeons get/fly away to "safety," but the ones that don't...well...don't.

Other than shooting a bunch of what some might think are nuisance birds... what's the issue might y…

Friday Filler

How do I follow up yesterday's nonsense?  Simple answer, I don't have the ambition to.
I got too much stuff to do after work today and then tomorrow as the family prepares for a week long jaunt to Florida.  Luckily, no overgrown mice this time (to Lilly's dismay), just family time with the in-laws and a very brief midweek escape HERE.  That should be fun, even though I don't anticipate chasing down any 'poon.

One of the things I might think about/plot/plan/scheme while away drinking and laying on the beach is the whole "Southeastern PA...Mid-Atlantic...East Coast...whatever...Outdoor Blogger Summit" as suggested by a few in yesterday's comments.  That might actually be doable.  Maybe not Olivia Munn doable, but you know what I mean.  
There's gotta be casinos hotels not too far away that could probably host something like that...and pizza is relatively cheap.  I don't have any clue what we'd do at said summit, but it could be fun.  With a…

Ten Sacred Cows of Fly Fishing

Yeah, I hate 'em.

Here's ten for you that revolve around fly fishing.  I have more, but a list of ten seems about enough.
Why now?  Because I feel like being opinionated for a change.

Starting with...

FASCINATION WITH PBR - Montana fly fisher guy, you're drinking the same beer attention-seeking hipsters do.  The only acceptable PBR is this PBR.

BAMBOO RODS - Whatever...can I interest you in a rotary phone for $2,300?  Wax this ferrule.

"SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FLY SHOP" - Eh, not if they give crappy service...oh, and constantly whine about how "big boxes" & e-commerce are killing them.  Adapt.  Evolve.  Move on.

CATCH MAGAZINE - It's a great picture book.  Any reason why every blogger, tweeter, & facebooker has to announce its monthly release?

GOLDEN BONES - I like carp, but enough with the glorification as the future of fly fishing crap already.  I get it.  They're big.  So is your mom and I don't write article after article abo…

The Secret Letter Is...

This is Lilly's teacher-assigned homework for her last week of school...

Do you get it?  Totally awesome.
Oh, and since we're talking letters...if anyone wants a free T! sticker I'll send 'em out to the first 15 or so people to contact me with their mailing address.  Details HERE.

Birthday Fishing Recap

Before I begin, thanks to everyone for the well wishes this weekend in regards to my birthday, even my wife, who totally busted into my blog for the second year in a row.  I had a really fun day, the weather was nice, got in a little fishing, and spent some Daddy/Daughter time with Lilly.
So for the fishing...I'm not going to bore you with too many details.  On a normal day, I wouldn't have gone fishing on a day like Saturday.  The water was high, fast, and discolored (HFD) pretty much everywhere you went from some storms the night before.  I actually wanted to go out and fish the Perkiomen Creek, but it was really high and unfishable.

Instead I went back to ol' reliable, Valley, which usually clears and drops much quicker than the other water in the area. dice.  Water was totally HFD at Valley too.  But since I was there, I figured I'd at least give it a shot.
Well, in 3 hours of fishing, I only lucked into one fish.  I actually caught it when I was walking…