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Reviewing 2012's Resolutions

I could take you on a trip down memory lane of all that was 2012 at Troutrageous!, but I wrote a post about not writing long year end recaps so I won't.  Quite honestly, I didn't feel like it was a banner year around here anyway, so there's not a great reason to re-live it all.  I wrote one relatively viral entry about holy livestock (that I thought was just going to be a "throwaway" post) and that was pretty much it.

However, for my own self-absorbed reasons, I will look back on the five resolutions I made in the beginning of the year to see how I fared.  The original post is HERE.  Don't worry, I'll be quick...
#1.  The Year of the Brook Trout
Not quite.  I caught some native & stocked brook trout with Owl Jones in the Smokies back in May that started the year off in the right direction, but that was about it.  Not a single brookie afterwards.  Boo.
Grade: C+

#2.  Fish New (or Different) Water
The afforementionedSmoky Mountains in North Carolina, Salt …

So Who Won The T! Shirt & Other Crap?

Time to announce some winners of the contest...
As I mentioned, there were going to be 3 winners chosen at random...

...and here they are:

Size Medium T! Shirt & Crap TBD: Austin 

Size XL T! Shirt & Crap TBD: Cory

Size 2XL T! Shirt & Crap TBD: Herman

Okay you "winners"...I guess congratulations are in order.
Use the contact info found HERE to email me with your physical mailing address and I'll get these shirts out at some point...
As for the rest of you, thanks for playing along.  Sorry you didn't win this time, but don't feel too bad, the prizes weren't all that good anyway.

Giveaway - Free T! Shirt and Other Crap

Are all of you tired out from all of the pre-Christmas fishing giveaways?  Did you enter a bunch and not win squat?  Yeah, that's what I thought.  So here's your chance to win something of little to no value, a free T! Shirt, just like the attractive folks are fashionably modeling below.

Actually, I'm going to give away 3 of them.  I got one size Medium, one size XL, and one size XXL just kicking around with your (well, actually my) name on them.  Better in your house than mine at this point.

Plus, whoever wins will get some other crap thrown in for the heck of it.  Stickers, last year's TU calendar, the stupid Furby my daughter got for X-Mas, I dunno, just something random...I'm cleaning out my basement, and you're the beneficiary.

How do you play?  I'll try to make it easy....and copy the rules from Dub The Thorax because I'm too lazy to think of my own....

1.  You will get one entry in the drawing for commenting on this post - YOU SHOULD COMMENT ON TH…

Helping All You Bloggers With Your Year End Posts

This week is notoriously famous as the time when most fishing bloggers either write up their "Year End Recap" or "New Year's Resolution" posts.  Just like when the doctor tells you to turn your head and cough, it happens every year and takes over blogrolls like MRSA.  Hell, I'm guilty of it myself...and in that I mean the New Year's Resolution posts, not the viral rash.

So with that, I'm gonna do you all a favor and give you 5 tips on how to help avoid having your year end post suck more than a hooker pushing a Dyson...although, on second pass, that would be pretty damn entertaining...

1.  No lengthy videos or photo slideshows of all of the fish you caught.  
C'mon with the 10 minute YouTube opus to bluegill already, one looks just like the rest.  If you're gonna do one of those, set the egg timer on your Windows Movie Maker to no more than 3 minutes in length (2 if only pictures).  fishingpoet did his movie correctly, click here & take n…

Gear Review: 'Where The Yellowstone Goes' DVD

A week or two ago when I settled in to watch a copy of 'Where The Yellowstone Goes' I have to be honest, I had seen a Facebook post here or a blog post there noting the movie, embedding a link, or doing what people do in this social media age, but I never really gave much thought to viewing it.  I don't know why, I just didn't.

But following the viewing, I'm pretty happy I did.  And honestly, it's not really a film about fly fishing, as I thought it might be, but more on that later.
To set the stage, a brief overview...(stolen from the back cover of the DVD...why reinvent the wheel here...?) ...Experience a soul searching and inspirational 30-day drift boat journey down the longest undammed river in the contiguous United States.  Connect with colorful characters, get lost in the hypnotic cast of a fly rod, and save silhouetted moments of fireside stories on this heartfelt river adventure... And with that a quick review...
First off, if you are expecting a fly fi…

Merry Christmas 2012

I wanted to take the opportunity to write a short post and wish all of of the Troutrageous! readers out there a very Merry Christmas.

Today there will be no bad photoshops of fish wearing Santa hats, no awkward YouTube videos of elves tying flies, no off-color humor involving reindeer chum, and of course, no tenkara.

Just best holiday wishes to all, from your family here at Troutrageous!

Tenkara-pocalypse Now

Today truly is the end of the world...

Fish 'em if you got 'em...

The Instagram Fiasco of December 18, 2012

This is not necessarily a fishing post, rather it's somewhat of a social media post, as I tend to do here from time to time.  See in addition to being fisherfolk, most of my readers also partake in some form of social media, be it through bloggingFacebook, Twitter, whatever...

There was an interesting revelation regarding the updated terms of service of a popular photo sharing app/social network (that also happens to be owned by THE omnipresent social network) yesterday.  For those of you who weren't following along, here's a summary of the general reaction that took place in Instagramland...


I'm taking the weekend off from blogging to spend extra time with my 6 year old daughter...whether she likes it or not.  There are many acts in this world that are difficult to comprehend.  The one described above is not one of  them.

The Allure of the Published Word???

I don't get it.

Okay, let me take a step back and at least provide some context so you know what the hell leads me to make such a contradictory and vague statement.

Christine Warren (The Fly Fish Chick) wrote a pretty damn good multi-segment blog post the other day.  Please read it HERE, it's worth the click through...just come back after you're done, okay...

Based on the amount of comments at the end of the post (and the familiar names making them), it's pretty clear many of you read it too.  That said, for those that didn't...a brief recap.

The first half was a pretty humorous look (through an intentionally sarcastic lens) at the many struggles to get her articles accepted and ultimately "published" by those finicky editors that work at print magazines.

The second half, is an example of one of the stonewalled articles, published in all its "I don't need no editor's approval" glory.  A good blog post on it's own, albeit somewhat ove…

Rhode Island's Ongoing Fishmas Tree Controversy

For the second consecutive year, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Pricklee is refusing to call the state’s Fishmas Tree a Fishmas Tree.

Championing secularism, Pricklee is insisting on calling the tree a ‘Gill-Bearing Animal Tree’ because he believes that one type of animal shouldn’t be promoted over another in Rhode Island's only State House / Long John Silver's.

“I did what the previous governor did, called it a Gill-Bearing Animal Tree. So this goes back to the 90’s,” said Pricklee, whose position has once again, been met with outrage by Rhode Islanders who have pointed out that changing the name does not change the symbol.

Pricklee further enraged Rhode Islanders last week when he announced the state’s tree lighting ceremony a mere half hour before the actual event in order to stop protestors from attending. During last year’s ceremony, chaos broke out when protestors began singing “O' Fishmas Tree” over a children’s chorus.

However, Christmas loving Rhode Islanders have …

Sunday Tippets Guest Post

I wrote a blog post for today, but not for this blog.

I'm pulling down the property value over at "The River Damsel," so go head over there if you want some advice on how to handle awkward fishing presents.

See you over there...


No, I'm not talking about this blog over the past few weeks...although it would be appropriate description of things...

I'm referring to my mini fishing outing on Sunday afternoon.  Before even stepping foot in the water I could tell it just wasn't going to be a great just had that vibe.

I tried to compensate for this ominous feeling by heading over to my "Not So Secret Water." While it doesn't have the biggest fish in it (or even the mediumest fish), the inhabitants are typically eager to please.

Unfortunately, on this day they weren't.  Much like the dreary weather, I pretty much came up zeroes on this trip.  Heck, I didn't even see a single fish scatter from beneath my wading boots as I stumbled through their creek in my typical unstealthy Tenkara ninja fashion.

Oh well.  Some days you can't have your cake and eat it too.  Yesterday, I didn't even get cake.  But I'm not complaining, even if the stream was lifeless.  The 3 hours…

Adopt A Honey Badger For Christmas

Need a holiday gift idea.? Give a stocking full of Honey Badger.

Yeah, the reference is kinda dated at this point, almost 2 years old by the real calendar...which means like 20 years in internet time...but to anybody that has a "Crazy Nastyass" on their Christmas list who "doesn't give a sh#t"...this still works.  
Plus the money goes to the WWF, which when I was a kid meant Leaping Lanny Poffo and even worse, the Killer Bees, but today means the World Wildlife Fund, so you can feel good giving such a gift...even though I don't know what their opinion is on impaling the mouths of innocent fish with steel hooks and yanking them from the water, (aka fishing)...although one might imagine not favorable.  Whatever.  It's what dear little Baby Jesus would have wanted, I'm certain.

Note:  This post was somewhat inspired by the "Pay it Forward" sale going on at Tenkara USA right now.  11' Iwana rods are on sale for $100 (normally $157.95), with…