Showing posts from July, 2012

Gettin' In A Quickie

Just thought I'd throw up a quick post to show you I still care.  Been very busy...a bit too busy to actually sit down and blog.

As you may (or may not know), I'm currently out in Utah attending the 2012 Tenkara Summit.  I've already met a ton of great people - it was an awesome time on the first day...and there's still another day on Sunday (today)!

Add to that a guided tour of Wyoming out of The River Damsel last Friday...and what I'm calling "no plans" Monday...which means you probably won't get a typical post out of me for a few more days.

That said, in the meantime, check out the Facebook page, I've been posting pictures and commenting via smartphone there.

Wyoming Album
Tenkara Summit Album
City Creek Album

Or just go read Moldy Chum.

Tenkara Tuesday - Today Is Tenkara Day

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday.

For today's installment, I'm honored to present a guest post by Mark Kautz, (aka Shoreman), a fellow blogger known in these circles primarily for his fishing website Northern California Trout.  As a trout fisherman that is just as likely to pick up a spinning rod and some Powerbait...or hop in a float tube with a fly rod and some thin mints...or more recently, tackle a small stream with a Tenkara rod, his perspective is uniquely unclouded by the silos in which many anglers place themselves.

In this installment of Tenkara Tuesday, Mark explores a "Tenkara Day" - the which includes the complete experience of a day on the water.  Please Enjoy!

Early on a summer morning you’re standing on the side of a small creek near where you live. It has trout in it, you know it does. You’ve gotten up early, stopped at your local coffee hole for a cup because you know that if you don’t, …

A Short Sunday Session

I haven't blogged in a week.  Partially due to design, partially due to apathy.  While I'm not going to bore you with that sordid tale of woe, I will bore you with some fishing pictures and a short video.

I wet a line yesterday.  
The recipe was as follows:
1 3m Sakura Kongo.   1 3m lemon yellow tapered Masterline 3 feet 7x monofiliment tippet Assorted flies - namely Copper John and Black & Red Ants
Mix ingredients under an overcast sky with 70-75 degree morning temperatures.
You get fish.  Not a ton, but enough to keep you occupied.

How Hot Is Too Hot?

With the recent temperatures being consistently in the low to mid 90s in the Philadelphia area, the little fishing I've done over the past few weeks has been that of the warmwater variety.  Sunfish, bluegill, rock bass, and the random smallie being the typical quarry.  And you know what, even with the consistent bite that panfish provide, that kind of fishing gets a little boring after a while.  At least to me.  If that sounds douchebaggy I apologize, but it's also the truth.

So with this past weekend's temps a bit lower, (in the high 80s), I thought I'd at least give Valley Creek a peek and see what the water temps were.  I have a rule that when water temps are in the high 60s, low 70s it's probably not a good idea to go for fishing for trout, especially wild ones.  I don't know if the 70 degree barrier is rooted in science, it's just what I've told or absorbed over the years as a good temperature to start leaving the trout alone.
Stream thermometer in…

Wednesday Nibbles - Searchin' For My Lost Shaker of Salt Edition

It's time for Wednesday Nibbles, your what-used-to-be-weekly dose of fishing and not so fishing crap found all over the web.

First off...did you know you could buy tenkara rods on now?  No...well neither did I until last night.  They simply appeared as a magical option in the right hand navigation while shopping the Orvis site.  Pretty slick, huh?

Is this the beginning of tenkara going mainstream?  Will Cabela's be private-labeling rods 6 months from now?  Who knows, but it's pretty big step forward for Tenkara USA and the "legitimization" of the technique/tackle in the U.S.

EDIT: A press release was sent out by Tenkara USA shortly after I wrote this post - read it HERE]

What next....???...oh, how about the freakin' crazy dude driving this car around the streets of San Francisco.  You might have seen this elsewhere this past week, I think I first saw it shared on Google+, but this is so insanely cool, I felt compelled to post it here too.  Yes, …

Tenkara Tuesday - The Summit & Rod Selection

Hey, look, Tenkara Tuesday's back.  Yeah, thought I'd go ahead and write up something today since the 2012 Tenkara Summit is in 3 weeks...  Three weeks?  Holy crap that snuck up quick.

Well, lucky for me, you don't need a lot of gear when tenkara-ing, that's the whole point, right?  So figuring out what fishing tackle I need to bring with should be pretty easy.  Rods, lines, tippet, flies.  What I don't have any clue about is the other stuff.  I hear it's hot in Utah during the day, but cold at night.  Man, and I had hoped to wear the same t-shirt and shorts all 5 days out there.  After all simplicity is what us tenkrazies seek, not heavy luggage.

I guess I'm looking at packing waders, a jacket, maybe long pants, all that stuff.  I don't know.  Anybody out in Utah got a suggestion? I know one or two of you and/or your multiple wives read this blog...

I do know sunscreen is a must because I pretty much got sun poisoning a few years back on a business tr…

A Break In The Heat...Let's Go Fishing!

As a kid, I seem to remember really enjoying the summertime.  The ridiculous heat of a Philadelphia summer was just an excuse to set up a sprinkler in the backyard to jump through, to hide in the house and play hour after hour of Mike Tyson's Punch Out, or eat thousands of "ice pops," leaving the clear plastic wrappers pretty much everywhere in our wake.

As an adult, facing almost 11 straight days in the mid to high 90s, with more than a few days topping 100...well, it just sucks.  Remarkably, Lilly gets through it much like I did as a kid...Slip & Slide in the backyard, Wipeout 2 on her Nintendo DS, and a freezer full of Fudgesicles.  But a guy who's one real hobby is fishing...going outside into the broiler is not something to look forward to.  Because when it's that hot with very little rain, even wet wading doesn't provide much relief.
Yesterday afternoon provided an too rare opportunity of not XXX-rated hot weather, so a few text messages exc…


If I had the ambition software to steal YouTube videos and edit them back together, these might make a good montage.  Perhaps someone with too much free time will take up the quest.  In the meantime, enjoy them individually.  Woo!

Guest Post - Exceptional Fishing with Oversized Dries

As you know, every now and then I don't mind indulging in a guest post from outside.  Zach Lazzari, a guide from Nomad Fly Fishing, recently contacted me about doing such a guest post.  In a bit of a work-induced writing slump myself, it made perfect sense to let him pinch hit today.

In the post below, Zach briefly discusses dry fly fishing with big ass flies out West.  Enjoy!

Exceptional Fishing with Oversized Dries
Every so often I head to the river in a rush and forget to throw a few fly boxes in my pack. This mental lapse leaves me picking flies from my drying patch and the visors in my truck. I typically have enough bugs lying around to get me through the day but they are not always the ones I want.

Recently, I found myself in this situation and settled on a size 4 salmonfly dry with a size 12 beadhead stonefly dropped off the back. I was well behind the actual salmonfly hatch on the Madison and the riv…

Happy 4th of July, 2012!

A continuation of last year's "Famous Fly Fishers of the Fourth"

*Pre-Photoshop components "liberated" from Colorado Skies Outfitters & Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Pizza, Bad Monster Movies, & Fishing

Wow, 5 days between posts.  Feels like an eternity to me.

The last week or so, I've pretty much been removed from the computer (which in all honesty is a good thing).  No blogging, a little Facebook & Twitter on the smartphone, but that's about it.  
As I mentioned on June 25th, I spent the large part of last week in Jacksonville, Florida on business.  I had hoped to steal a few hours while in JAX and at least check out the fishing pier, but Mother Nature had other plans.  Tropical storm-like rains...ummm...rained down on the city for a good two days straight creating flooded roads - and for better or worse trapping me inside the hotel on Tuesday night.
That said, the flights back and forth were not plagued by weather-related airport delays, so all in the end was good.  Jacksonville might not be my favorite place in the world, but I will miss a nice slice of Moon River Pizza.

Anyway, back up in Pennsylvania, I was fortunate to be greeted by 100+ degree days the last few; …