January 30, 2013

Wednesday Nibbles - The NSFW? Artistic Fishing Photo Edition

Before I jump straight to the pictures, allow me to first give you the back story...

So we're at the bar eating and drinking after the Fly Fishing Show on Sunday, and Mike from Dub The Thorax goes, "hey, I'm gonna text you this link one of my friends sent me...it takes women in waders to the new level"...and with that smirks and makes some side comment that this will be one of the more f'd up things I'd see on that particular day.

And with that I get a link to an imgur site hosting some wacky foreigner's photos that I'm not going to link to here...because I don't want you getting in trouble at work.

Instead, I present the Cliff's Notes version...for somewhat safer consumption...

To start, a chick in the water holding some sort of ginormous fish.  Probably a catfish or something, it's huge, but the crazy meter is probably only at about a 7 out of 10.  Nice sunset...

Woman Catfish Naked Fish Porn
Eastern European Sea World?

Well...um..next she (or a friend) is in a boat with a similar fish...could be the same one.  I'm sure the photographer figured you'd get a rise by strategically putting a giant, sloppy dead fish in between her wickets or something...whatever...

Topless Woman Fishing Catfish Boob Breast
Is her face a different color than the rest of her body?

Which immediately leads to who I assume is a "friend" in a skirt who has an affection for lipless crankbaits and little else.  Although she is looking at that poor dead fish with mentally unbalanced bedroom eyes...

Topless Woman Fishing Walleye Boob Breast
This one needs to go back on a plane to Hungary

This chick hates bedroom eyes and clearly hates this fish too.  I think she's pissed she forgot her top all together.  This may actually be the same fish from the photo above...it may just look smaller due to the size of the objects on either side...

Topless Woman Fish Breast Boobs
She should really work on that grip...

Had enough?  No?  Okay...and then we shoot back to the multi-colored girl in the boat, who is now not in the boat and has freed her pelvis from megafish...but instead has now acquired some sort of sabertooth reptile fish that probably tastes good deep fried....

Topless Woman Fishing Breast Boobs Fish Teeth
Not sure where my eyes go first...

But who wants deep fried food?  Not this dirty bottom feeding bastard...who appears to have a craving for breastfeeding???  Is this why all you roughfishers do what you do...?  Damn, this is going downhill fast...

Breast Fishing Carp Woman Naked
This river is certainly wild...

And finally, this is just demented...so much so that I uncomfortably sort of have to show you anyway...

Breast Fishing Fish Teeth Bite Boobs
Admit it, you can't look away...

Thank you Dub The Thorax, you've made it far too easy for me to officially stoop to an all new low.

January 28, 2013

The 2013 Fly Fishing Show (Somerset, NJ) Recap...Sort Of....

So if I told you that you were going to go into a room with a ton of other dudes who are holding each other's rods and wiggling them, would that be an exciting proposition?

Well that was the backdrop for this year's visit to The Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, NJ...the annual "big show" on the East Coast, and an opportunity to ogle at and play with all of the new gear that the fly fishing industry brings forth for the upcoming year.

In a revival of last year's mission, I met up with Matt from The Functioning Fishaholics far too early in the morning, however this time we also joined forces with Mike from Dub The Thorax and his friend Silent Bob Fly Fishing before the trek to Jersey.

Now if you're expecting a really extensive post with tons of pictures, reviews, and all that good stuff people read blogs for, well...sorry for the letdown.  I really didn't wear my blogger hat well at the show, and I took zero pictures.  None.  I know.  Lame.  So for the purpose of this post, I'm just going to steal pictures from other places...accredited of course....

That said, our posse did run into quite a few people we knew, either from prior encounters, or virtually, through the magic of blogging.  It's still kinda weird to say "Yeah, I'm Mike from Troutrageous!" and strangers actually know what I'm talking about.  It's at least good for getting swag, although I try not to be a swag pig and pick up 100 of each and every freebie from every table or person.  I mean I've got Orvis stickers stuck to everything already, do I need more?

Example of some random show swag...taken at my house...after the show....

Some of the highlights from the blogging front were encounters in the aisles with the likes of Cameron Mortenson of THAT blog (he'll probably have a good write up of the show BTW), Matt Smythe from THIS blog, Lou DiGena from THAT blog, and Bart Lombardo from THIS blog.  I probably forgot a person or two, I'm sure I am an asshole because of it.  Sorry.

At the various booths we also encountered other interesting folks like Pat Cohen who ties THESE, Mike Schmidt who ties THESE, Gaeron Friedrichs who ties THESE, not to mention artists like Eric Hornung who does things like THIS, and Rob Yaskovic who does things like THAT.

Example of Rob's work...screen grab stolen from theflyshutter.com

On the gear front, there were all the usual suspects in terms of rods and reels and bags and whatchamacallits and doohickeys.  Don't get me wrong, all that stuff is super cool to look at, but nothing jumped out at me except the price tags.  I'm cheap.  I will say that Cortland had a nice booth.  Talked to a guy there for 5 or 10 minutes, they evidently have new ownership and seem to be looking to really build out their business beyond their well known fly line in the next few years.

Of course, being a Tenkara dork I stopped by to say hi to Daniel & Tj at the Tenkara USA booth.  Contrary to popular belief, Tj's head is not impaled by a giant Tenkara rod at all times.  There's some new things coming in 2013 from those guys, some noticeable, other minor.  All I know is "I'm in," and will surely see those guys again at the 2013 Tenkara Summit in May.

Tenkara Crew with an impaled Tj....image not taken by me and stolen from Facebook

Chris Stewart had an impressive TenkaraBum booth with lots of rods brought in from overseas.  Might have been the biggest tenkara rod assortment I've ever seen in one place.  I'm not going to debate if they were all actually "tenkara" rods or not, but they were damn cool and amazingly light.  I kind of have my eye on a Suntech Kurenai to play around with small brownies and bluegills.  Plus it was nice to meet Alan, who was also helping Chris out in the booth.

Suntech Kurenai...image stolen from TenkaraBum.com

Finally, got to meet up with Scott from Vedavoo packs.  He ran me through the line - from the familiar to some newer models not quite on his website yet.  I hope to have more on that in an upcoming post, particularly the hip pack geared toward Tenkara....we'll see.  Regardless, a nicer guy you won't find.

An actual picture from the show...of Scott & I...although  still stole it from the Vedavoo Instagram Feed.

And that was the show from my eyes.  Almost as soon as our motley crew arrived, it was time to go and we left and we were headed back to sanctuary in Pennsylvania.  Although I really didn't score much besides some random knickknacks and swag, it was a fun way to spend an afternoon and definitely worth the day trip if nothing more than to shake hands, kiss babies, and see Cameron's amazing facial hair in person.

image stolen from Chota Facebook Page

January 25, 2013

Flying Home Tonight

5 PM flight from Jacksonville, FL to Philadelphia.
Wish me luck...knowing the PHL airport, maybe I'll make it home in time for the Fly Fishing Show on Sunday...

January 22, 2013

Redfish Jump & A Mouth Full Of Lava

Yesterday was a total bust in terms of sourcing inspiration for a blog post.  Sorry to let you down Brian Schiele...

I've been doing a little bit of fishing recon...not that I'm going to have time to wet a line...but for future planning.  I found some cool videos on YouTube of kayak fishing in the Jacksonville area from Capt. Rich Santos.  Like this one...Redfish Jump.

Next time I'm down here...and there's certain to be a next time...I need to schedule an extra day or two to take advantage of skinny water fun like that...

And to close, just because, a....

Random Business Trip Fact:

I had sushi for dinner last night.  A Sakura roll and a Yuki roll, and they were pretty damn good.  They would have been better if I hadn't scorched the top of my mouth on the molten innards of a Krab Rangoon appetizer.  Will probably be playing with the remnants of dead skin clinging to the roof of my mouth all day today...

January 21, 2013

Troutrageous! From The Road

Work travel brings me to Jacksonville, Florida (again) this week.  A full five days...at least it's not freezing here.  Luckily, given the proper inspiration and functional hotel WiFi, blogging from the road isn't such a chore. 

Keeping with the theme of making best use of my hotel stay, I also brought my el cheapo vise and some tying materials to knock out some flies for a fly swap over at Tenkara-Fisher.  If I don't take advantage of some of the down time at night, these things will never get done before the end of the month...

Sneak peek at hotel room kebari

Oh, and should I fall flat and not do any blogging this week...giving you nothing to read...and you just feel like something in your life is missing, go check out the Iron Sheik's twitter feed.  Although I wouldn't recommend it as reading for kids.  #teamsheikie

Did you check it out?  Wow...right?

January 19, 2013

Sandy Hook, CT Fundraiser - Where The Yellowstone Goes

A few weeks ago I reviewed the DVD "Where The Yellowstone Goes."  While not entirely about fly fishing, it's a really interesting movie for folks to watch that enjoy the outdoors and all of the opportunities they provide.

As such, Leigh at Finfollower.com also did a review and is holding a contest for the same DVD, but even more exciting...he's received the go ahead from the producer of the DVD that 100% of the proceeds from any sale of the DVD that came from readers of Finfollower would go to the victims of the Sandy Hook, CT tragedy.

So if you're at all interested in watching this movie (& you should be), and are thinking about making the purchase, head over to Finfollower.com, read the review, then use the coupon code love when you purchase the DVD HERE (not from me, but the store in the link).

Sound good?  It does to me.

January 17, 2013

Random Product from the 2013 Cabela's Fishing Catalog

In what is becoming an annual exercise in triviality, I figured with its recent delivery, now is as good a time as ever to play the "Random Product from the Cabela's Fishing Catalog" game.

Want to play at home?  Need a refresher?  Don't give a crap and would rather look at half naked chicks holding fish?  Anyway, here are the rules...  

First you need this book...
(Don't have one, get one HERE)

2013 Cabela's Fishing Catalog
No, this isn't the fly fishing catalog, get over yourself...

My copy has 295 pages, yours may too unless you were recently in a pinch in the bathroom.  Anyway, using the magic of the internet & Random.org...go to that site and type 295 in the number picker widget and have it choose a number...in this case, my number was 214.

Turn to page 214...

Count the items on the page.  Page 214 has 8 items.  So drop 8 into Random.org...and like voodoo...there's your "Random Product from the Cabela's Fishing Catalog."  (BTW, I got #8).

So what's my product?  None other than what the catalog calls the "Fishing Blacklight"...which interestingly enough Cabela's calls something completely different on their website.  (Rechargeable LED Fishing Light, as if the two of those things sound the same...)

This compact, multipurpose light is ideal for night fishermen. Three switches allow individual control of three different light settings: 10 UV LEDs produce a wide-angle blacklight to illuminate line from bow to stern; 5 red LEDs provide task lighting for reading charts or rigging poles; 5 white LEDs for setup or clean up. The cordless design is completely portable for the utmost in convenience. Runs up to 8 hours on a single charge. Operate or charge with the 12-volt cord or charge at home with the 110-volt charger.

What Cabela's fails to mention is its alternate uses include (but are not limited to) a counterfeit bill identifier, a bodily fluid detector (the CSI's best friend), and of course the non-organic ingredient that makes the Grateful Dead dancing bears poster in your bedroom glow all trippy.

A Phish poster would substitute fine

So enjoy...and let me know what you find in your Cabela's fishing catalog...

January 16, 2013

What The Fly Fishing World Needs...

...less waxing poetic about haunting waters & cheap beer.
...and more Nell Carter-esque sass...

We should all take a cue from the worm dunkers at Sufix...Mm'Kay?

January 15, 2013

Gear Review Post Review?...One Year+ Later

One of my favorite (and most misunderstood) entries that ever graced this trainwreck of a blog was an "initial thoughts" post on a boot bag provided to me by a marketing arm of Fishpond to review.

I just so happened to be paging through my blog killing time at a remodeled Wendy's when I re-read this sucker.  The humor is undoubtedly weak (I happen to know the provider of the product was none too impressed), but the banter in the reader comments make me chuckle...still...to this day...

Like this gem...

Whatever happened to that guy...it's like he ran off to China or something...

By the way...I think of all the gear I've ever been gifted by manufacturer/marketer type of folks, this item gets the most constant use (& frankly abuse) of them all.  While I wasn't sure the need at the time, after traveling with wading boots several times last year and just generally using it to and from the local waters, I now clearly recognize the value in this item.  Even more so than when I wrote THIS follow up post a few months later.

Don't sleep on the Buckskin boot bag (even though it's no longer found on their website).  It's not just for stuffed puppies anymore.

January 14, 2013

Seeing Positives Through The Fog

Around last Tuesday or Wednesday the weatherfolks on TV started bragging that the weekend weather was going to be unseasonably warm for January.  Temperatures in the mid 50s they boasted, making one's mind immediately wander toward outdoor pursuits.

What they didn't say was that the weekend was going to also be a pea soup of misty rain, low visibility, and zero sun.  After sitting Saturday out on the bench (secretly hoping Sunday would be better), when I awoke to identical conditions, I decided at least a little fishing had to be done.

Foggy morning small stream fishing....nothing out of the ordinary...

With two Valley Creek trips already under my belt this new year, I thought I'd hit up my "not so secret water" to see how the resident native browns were doing in that locale.  I usually never catch great quantity in rain soaked conditions, but the fish I do catch are much larger than normal...I assume the smaller fish are seeking refuge from the swifter currents and not worried about feeding.

First fish of the day...picked in some slack water behind two large rocks

In about 3 hours of fishing, I ended up coaxing two "flashes," one extended follow, one long distance release, and two to hand with my copper banded kebari.  I really should have landed the one that snuck away, but as happens from time to time with small stream fishing an 11 foot tenkara rod, I got the tip of my rod caught in an overhanging branch during the fight, and in doing such created enough slack in my line to allow the trout to kick the barbless hook.  Oh well, we always tend to think about the one that got away more than the ones we landed...at least I do. 

Some more pictures of the day.

Copper banded kebari with Grizzly Hackle.  This is quickly becoming my favorite fly.
Another healthy brown taken a bit further upstream

All in all, I guess the weatherfolk didn't totally lie.  It was in fact warmer creating a nice opportunity to get out fishing this past weekend.  Let's just hope they are lying about this upcoming Wednesday...I can do without any snow...

January 13, 2013

Assuming My Google Identity

I made a slight change in my blog last night, one that probably won't be noticed by many.

Calm down Conservatives...

I converted my Blogger profile to my Google+ profile.  Not sure why I did it...but I did.  As such, you'll notice  posts & comments are no longer authored by troutrageous1, but now assume my actual identity.  A scandalous move that will certainly torpedo my professional career at some point in the future, but whatever....maybe it'll eventually benefit me once they work the final kinks out of the Google Car...

Anyway, in addition to falling in line with Google's Master Plan, in more practical terms I can now link to people or pages that are on Google+ (yeah, that other, other, other, social network that only Apple-haters are on) with a simple click right as I'm writing a blog post.

Like this...

Which then display like this... +Owl Jones or this... +Something's Fishy ...or this +The Functioning Fishaholics.  So that's kinda cool...but also kinda silly, because each name has a stupid plus symbol in front of it, and I'm sure those guys would much rather I link to their blogs than their Google+ pages.

Oh well....

Interested in making this leap too?  Find some more info HERE and HERE.

January 11, 2013

It's Not Everyday You Get An Email From Someone At PBS...

...yeah that PBS.

While my taste in TV is generally directed more toward hillbillies, bigfeet, and the purchase of abandoned storage lockers, I guess my last post on ice fishing caught the eye of someone in the land of public television.  However, this ain't no Downton Abbey...and as such, I share what they asked me to below...

...and yes, even though I don't ice fish, I want one.

January 7, 2013

January 6, 2013

EZFlyTie.com - 15% off Coupon Code

Struck up a conversation via email yesterday with Eric from EZFlyTie.com.

What is that site exactly?...well, to quote Eric...
"I took a fly tying class last summer and was intrigued. I went home and tried to find a website that offered quality, free online video instruction and an avenue to buy all of the necessary materials. To my surprise, I couldn't find anything."
That probably rings true for a lot of us, especially beginner fly tiers or those of us that often blankly stare overwhelmed at the enormous wall of fly tying feathers, doohickeys, & whatchamacallits.

To help with this, you'll find really well done instructional videos, material kits (for sale) that match the videos, as well as a ton of individual components - vises, scissors, thread, beads, etc...

And if you're still paying attention...for the rest of this month (January), if you use the code troutrageous at checkout, you'll get 15% off your order.  Don't say I never give you anything.

January 4, 2013

Any Dummy Can Embed Video

It's Friday. I'm not writing a post.
Watch this video called Bleaching I trolled from Vimeo of intense float tube fly action instead.


January 3, 2013

Drink Like A Fish?

I was in Jacksonville, FL on business yesterday.

The hotel bar had a special on SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale.

I may have had a few last night.

I'm coming home today...may even be on the plane North as you read this.

That is my fish-inspired post for today.

January 2, 2013

First Fish of 2013

Hey...Happy New Year.  Back at work yet?  Yeah, me too....damn it sucks, right?


Yesterday, I figured I'd take my last day of freedom as an opportunity to rid myself of the New Year's skunk.  For the past few years it's been a tradition of sorts to sneak out in the morning catch a fish or two, and then head home to watch bowl games.

The first year I did it was 2010 when I caught a stocked brookie on spinning gear.  In 2011 I caught a tiny wild brown on a tenkara rod.  In 2012 I not only struck out but also felt the wrath of an unexpected downpour.  This year...well...

I was greeted by a little bit of snow left on the ground from our Christmas Eve "storm."

Geared up in the back of the SUV... brought both a tenkara rod and a Cabela's CGR fly rod.  Wasn't sure which I'd use.  The Zimmerbuilt Tenkara Guide Sling pack makes it far too easy to bring multiple rods.

I opted for tenkara.

And created a commercial for Tenkara USA

Fishing was slow...but finally got a MONSTER to take my kebari to claim the title of...


I'm sure the bigger ones were just sleeping off their New Year's Eve hangovers.  You guys all know I don't catch big fish anyway.

Well, at least the skunk is gone.

I'm sure some of you head out on New Year's and do the same...if you did, feel free to post your pics on my Facebook page.  Would love to see them!