August 29, 2013

Portrait of a Wood Carver

Below is a short video made about Mike Wood, one of my friends back up in Pennsylvania that recently surfaced on Vimeo.  He is a member of the Stony Creek Anglers, the trout club I remain a satellite member of, but more so an extremely talented wood carver.  It's not a fishing video, but extremely well done.  Well worth a few minutes of your time.

August 27, 2013

Tenkara Tuesday - A Kebari Keepsake

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday.

One of the projects I was just about to finish up when I had to pack everything up to move to Florida was a picture frame/display for the flies traded in February's Tenkara-Fisher fly swap.  In addition to the wonderfully crafted flies (a few to fish, a few to keep), Anthony Naples was kind enough to send an original piece of art back to each tyer of their respective fly.  As such, I wanted to create a decorative keepsake.

Almost 5 months later, here it is.


I'll be honest, I'm not the craftiest of people, so there is probably a way this could have been executed significantly better that it was, but I'm surprisingly happy with the results.  Clean & simple, just like tenkara.  Just rod craft store frame, line, & fly.  

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August 26, 2013

#FISHWORLDPROBLEMS

Talkin' smack on Florida...that was the mistake I made on Saturday night.  Clearly created some bad karma for Sunday.


An innocent comment, not so much negative about Florida, just that I missed the cool of a trout stream.  See, down here in the summertime, when you dip a toe in the water while fishing, it's warm...like bathwater, or worse.  Not so refreshing.  But I digress...

So Sunday was pretty much a debacle.  Actually, it wasn't that bad, but if you're familiar with the term & the jokes around "first world problems"...I was probably having far too many "fish world problems."

Anyway...I rolled out of bed around 7AM and headed toward the area northeast of town that's got beaches, marshes, all that jazz.  Figured I'd try to throw around some flies for a little bit...low tide had passed about two hours before I got there at 8, so I was eager to see if in another 3 or 4 hours the high tide would bring anything into the shallows.

I started at the beach, and the wind was blowing like an absolute bastard from North to South...which was basically right back in my face.  I tried punching a few casts into the wind, but this was clearly going to be an exercise in futility, so I quickly packed it in, relocating to another beachy/marshy area where I'd be able to cast with the wind at my back.  Casting into the wind is something I need to practice...I never really had to worry much about it back in PA with all of the tree cover.

Some dude blowing down the beach...
(I didn't take this picture, but let's call it an accurate representation)

Hmmm...I was probably there an hour.  Tried the beach thing for a bit without much luck (wasn't expecting much) before I retreated back down one of the creeks along the tall grass.  You could tell it was pretty fishy, or looked that way to me.  There was definitely a lot of activity with ripples and swirls in the areas of slack water.

Then I saw something moving from left to right on the far bank, unfortunately behind me, so into the wind.  I don't know what it was, as it was just below the surface but leaving a nice sized v-shaped wake up top, so I started casting to it.  Trying to get my cast to go the right distance into the wind, the first cast came up a little short and the second was never made.  It got snagged in the tall grass on the backcast, and when I brought the rod forward to sling the little weighted crab fly...


Yup, you got it.  Broke my rod tip.
Here's a re-creation of the festivities...

MS Paint y'all!

Without a backup rod in the car, I left the marsh sulking.
Especially considering it was what I'd chalk up to user error.

Oops.

See what I mean...? #FISHWORLDPROBLEMS


Side note:
On the drive home I tried Southern Boiled P-Nuts for the first time...
Owl Jones told me once they weren't authentic if they weren't spelled with the dash...


I'm sure Steve boils a mean p-nut, but I'm just not feeling it.
They taste like beans or something.
Hey southern readers, what am I missing here...?


August 20, 2013

Tenkara Tuesday - Interview with Drew Hollenback of Tenkara Rod Co.

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday.

On Monday the 12th, the little Tenkara community many of us participate in was stirred up by a Kickstarter campaign to launch a new tenkara gear supplier, the Tenkara Rod Co.  Always game for a good Kickstarter, I contributed to the campaign almost immediately after I saw its release on Facebook.


Well after an additional dose of social seeding courtesy of Jason at Tenkara Talk, and some good virality, this "project" got crowdfunded in less than 24 hours, which is really an impressive feat.  As such, I thought it might be interesting to reach out to Drew Hollenback at Tenkara Rod Co., and find out a little more about the product, the people, and the motivation to get into the Tenkara business.

Please enjoy!


Thanks for taking the time to do this interview Drew, I'm sure it's a really exciting time for you & your friends.
T!:  Your Kickstarter campaign was fully funded in something like less than 24 hours (full disclaimer, I believe I was backer #7ish).  How does it feel to have such a positive reaction to the campaign? 
Drew:  I am blown away by the amount of support we have received in the first few days of the project.  We were hoping to raise enough to fund our first small order and weren’t sure what to expect.  Tenkara is growing quickly and we hope to be a part of it.
T!:  You seem to be the "face" behind the Kickstarter campaign, but you mention "we" a lot in the video.  Who are the people behind Tenkara Rod Co.?
D:  There are two of us that currently make up the team here at Tenkara Rod Co., myself and my business partner Shane Humphreys.
 T!:  At the time of this interview, you had already raised much more what you were originally looking for (now over $15,000) and still had over 30 days left for people to contribute…how are you going to invest that extra “startup” back in to your company? 
D:  The extra funds will be used to stock up on inventory, beef up our site, and hopefully be able to get a couple of new rod designs going.  We would love to add some rods to the “quiver.”  We also have some fun ideas that should be totally new to the tenkara market. 
T!:  Your initial offering consists of two different 12’ rods, the Teton with a 6:4 rating, and the Sawtooth with a 5:5 rating.  Why did you decide on making those rods your entry into Tenkara and what will future customers find in each rod? 
D:  We decided that the 12’ 6:4 Teton would be a great all around rod. This length can be fished in those smaller streams that are a bit cumbersome but it can also go out on larger rivers.  Casting on that size and action is pretty simple and hopefully people just learning about tenkara will be able to catch on.  The 5:5 Sawtooth on the other hand is a little softer and a little more playful.  The Sawtooth might take a little more time to figure out but after fishing some of the other 5:5 rods out there we decided we needed to start with these.

T!:  I can’t help but notice the distinctive look to your rods.  The colors are appealing to the eye and the graphics are very bold & clean.  The same can be said about your logo.  Who does the graphic design work and from where is the inspiration drawn? 
D:  All of the graphics and design were done by our team here in Idaho.  We love simplistic beauty and that is what we strived for while designing the rods.  We draw inspiration from the mountains and streams of Idaho.  For example, the Sawtooth mountain range is extremely beautiful with a huge system of streams to fish.  Needless to say, the Sawtooth fishes well there. 
T!:  It’s tough to talk about Tenkara in the United States without mentioning the imprint Daniel Galhardo & Tenkara USA have made over the past few years.  I’m personally a big fan of his product line and have had pleasure of “talking Tenkara” with him on more than one occasion.   Have you fished with any Tenkara rods from “domestic” companies like Tenkara USA?  Have you fished with any Tenkara rods from Japanese makers?  If so, what makes your rods different? 
D:  I have been able to fish a variety of rods including Tenkara USA and TFO.  I have also been able to get my hands on a couple of Japanese rods (Daiwa Enshou and a Shimano rod).  They are all great.  We are trying to use the best materials available in our rods but while still maintaining an affordable price point.

T!:  Like it or not, some people are rough with their Tenkara rods.  As such, there are different levels of warranty support out there for broken segments (especially tips).  I haven’t read any specifics on your warranty “program”…are there any you’d like to share? 
D:  We are still working on the full details of our warranty program, but we will most definitely have a lifetime warranty on damaged rods and will have the specifics on our site as soon after our Kickstarter is complete. 

T!:  What goals, either short term or long term does the Tenkara Rod Co. have?  It may be a bit premature, but are there plans for additional products?
D:  We just want people to get out and enjoy nature.  Hopefully catch some fish as well.  So we will see where that takes us.  Tenkara is still relatively small here in the U.S. but anyone who has fished tenkara before knows how amazing it is and we expect to grow along with it. 
T!:  In the “About Us” section of your website, it is mentioned that you first saw Tenkara in Japan when you lived there a decade ago.  What were you doing in Japan…and how did you stumble upon Tenkara? 
D:  I lived in Japan for about 6 years growing up.  My father lived there when he was younger and wanted to take the family back because he loved it so much.  He is also a big fisherman and so we would often go hiking and exploring rivers and streams.  The thing that caught my eye about Tenkara was that no one had reels and they only used one hand.  I remember asking my dad what Tenkara meant and he said “heaven sent.”   That was my introduction to it.  Disclaimer: My dad did not and still does not fish Tenkara. I am still trying to convert him but it is a process. 
T!:  What’s your fishing background?  I know you’re based out of Idaho.  Were you a fly fisherman before Tenkara?  Brag a little bit, where do you like to fish and what do you like to catch? 
D:  I grew up around fishing.  My grandpa is from Emmett, Idaho and he grew up fly fishing the Payette (probably back when there were a lot more fish).  My dad has also always fished.  But I am by no means an expert fisherman.  For me it is a fun way to get out and enjoy nature.  That is why I love Tenkara so much, it is simple and gives me the maximum amount of time actually enjoying fishing.  When I would fly fish I would spend too much time worrying about the hatch or switching out flies, and to be honest even though I am an eagle scout I am terrible with knots.  With Tenkara all I worry about is fishing.  We end up fishing the Boise river a lot because it is right here in town.  The south fork of the Boise and the Owyhee are also pretty close so we end up fishing there too and it can be great at times.  But whenever I have the chance eastern Idaho or the Sawtooths is where I would choose to fish.

T!:  Describe your personal Tenkara experience.  Do you subscribe to the “one fly” theory?  Do you favor furled lines or level lines?  Do you believe in Bigfoot?  OK, the last one has nothing to do with Tenkara, but is still important nonetheless… 
D:  I subscribe to the “one fly a day” theory.  You will rarely see me change a fly during a fishing session.  I also prefer a furled line and that is what we will be offering with the packages on our Kickstarter project.  I spent a few years living in the Pacific Northwest so I absolutely believe in Sasquatch. 
T!:  Finally, I’ll leave this last question for you as an open forum.  Is there anything else you’d like to say about your company, rods, or to any of the readers out there? 
D:  We are young fisherman trying to pour our personalities and experiences into this project and company.  I am just really happy for the support we have received so far and we hope to continue growing, learning, and sharing our experiences with our supporters.

Thanks again Drew for providing my readers a peek behind the scenes of the Tenkara Rod Co. and a successful Kickstarter campaign. I wish you & Shane only the best in your future endeavors.

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August 18, 2013

TFO Mangrove Series Fly Rod Video

Found this video on YouTube last night.  It's of the rod I picked up a few weeks ago to do my salty bidding.  After playing around for it about a month in both fresh & saltwater, I have to say that I'm really starting to like it.


My take - it's fast, but a bit soft at the tip.  Took a while to get down the casting stroke to make it go, but I've found it good for close to mid distance casting...tosses 35-40 feet of line like a champ.  Need to lighten up the fly selection (or at least I do) to push beyond those distances accurately.

The only thing I don't love is the cork handle.  Think they went a little cheap here...there's a lot of filler and where said filler happens to placed on my particular rod is just awkward and a bit uncomfortable when I grip it.  Nothing I can't fix myself, plus it's not an $800 rod so I'm not going to complain.

That said, glad I watched the video.  Learned a little more about my rod including the covert hook-keeper...who knew?

August 16, 2013

Pictures Or It Didn't Happen...

That's what one of my friends likes to say.

For better or for worse, that summed up my day yesterday.

Taking the opportunity to do a little fishing, I decided I wanted to walk some flats in the morning while K.C. & Lilly were sleeping and see what I might be able to turn up...despite the fact that the weather was considerably overcast, the tides weren't right, and it's not the optimal time of year.  Not to mention that this was a total non-guided DIY endeavor which had no chance to succeed from the beginning...  But since I have very low expectations when I go fishing, what did I have to lose?

I started the morning at Anne's Beach.  Disclaimer, I don't feel bad about disclosing the two spots where I fished, because quite honestly, they're not secrets.  I found them searching the internet in like all of two seconds.

Anyway, the flats extending out from Anne's Beach are of fair size (as if this Philly boy is some sort of expert or something), although as you move to the right (South), they come up along a larger channel and the water gets significantly deeper very quickly.  The sand is also quite firm, which provides solid footing, something not to be unappreciated while wading (note the foreshadowing).


It actually wasn't long, maybe 20 minutes, before I got into my first (& only fish) at Anne's Beach.

No, it wasn't a bonefish, permit, or tarpon...but rather some random chunky, brownish fish with some stripes and spots that was maybe a foot or a foot and a half long.  I need to see if I can look up to identify what the heck it was, (looked "kind of" like this picture of a tiger grouper?).  The fight was actually rather underwhelming on my 8 weight.  It gave a nice tug when it took the fly, took a little line, but then pretty much rolled over and let me reel it in.  Whatever.  I tried to take a picture when it got to my feet but it fell off the hook right as I was lifting the line to pick it out of the water.  I know, I know, "pictures or it didn't happen..."

I did get a picture of a jellyfish...

After that I headed a bit further south and went fishing off the beach in Long Key State Park.  Unlike Anne's Beach, the sand immediately at the waterline is like freakin' quicksand.  You sink down to your calves upon contact.  WTF kind of death trap is that?  You have to go almost 20 yards to where the flats get grassy before wading gets at least tolerable.


These flats are pretty expansive (again, like I'm some expert).  I had to have walked almost two football fields in length straight out and the water was still only knee deep.  I did a lot of flailing, but caught nothing.  Didn't see much either other than some rays gliding past my feet every now and then....well...until...

Walk on this and you won't get eaten by quicksand

Okay, this part really kills me on the inside.  A lot.  So I'm standing out in the  water maybe 120 yards from the beach...and out of absolutely nowhere, 3 or 4 large fins start barreling straight at me.  Like really...right at me.  Fast.  I'm thinking shark?  Do I need to run?  Would it matter?

However once they got no further than 6 feet from me and the bodies started breaching the water, I could clearly tell these were tarpon.  Probably four 4 or 5 foot tarpon just playing in the shallow water, rolling all on top of each other...kind of like puppies do when they play with each other...as they approached me, circled for a few short moments, and passed...

Once the feeling of panic passed...my first thought was to try and cast to them, so I started peeling off some line to make a cast, but then I opted to try and grab the camera instead...  But in the matter of seconds it took to get it out of my pack, they were a good 40 yards away and not coming back.  Again, I know, "pictures or it didn't happen..."

Here's a picture of my rod pointing at the tarpon you can no longer see.
Cheeky reels are cool to look at, but that's a bad tradeoff

So honestly, that more or less concluded my day of fishing.  About 5 hours were spent wandering around two different flats.  Hopefully some successful recon for many visits to come.  One fish (non-photographed) was caught and released, one tarpon fly-by (non-photographed) scared the crap out of me, but really nothing to show for either except some memories.  However, maybe it's better that way...at least I can embellish my memories in future story telling.

Oh, once I met back up with K.C. & Lilly, we did do some family stuff the rest of the day...

Like feed the tarpon at Robbie's...which Lilly thought was awesome, but preferred to keep her distance...


And Lilly wanted to try casting my fly rod... and by the use of two hands, looks like I need to get her spey casting ASAP...


And I know you're not going to doubt any of those events took place...because I got pictures...


August 15, 2013

Kayaks, Tarpon, & Giant Lobsters

Day two in Islamorada was a lot like day one.  Except the pool was open.

We spent the morning kayaking which was pretty fun.  It was Lilly's first ride in a kayak.  She wanted to know why I wasn't paddling faster...

Oh, hey K.C.!
Relaxing in a shady spot beneath the mangroves
She gave it a go at "paddling" too

After that we went out to lunch at the Islamorada Fish Company (aka Bass Pro Shops).  We had just missed the daily tarpon feeding (may need to take her down to Robbie's before we go to see the real deal), but she got to look at some tarpon for the first time.

Fiberglass fish  #glassisnotdead
Lilly was pretty tuckered out at this point...but like most kids, once refueled, she was good to go!


Snook & Redfish...oh my!

The afternoon was spent driving around looking for a hermit crab cage...you know for Mr. Krabs.  Yeah, he is coming home...  Unlike the Jersey shore that has hermit crabs in every freaking store, we had to drive up to Key Largo to find what we were looking for.  Actually the Rain Barrel had them (home of the ginormous lobster pictured below) but they were really ghetto.  Only the best for Mr. Krabs.


When we got back to the hotel, I fished off the pier for maybe an hour while KC & Lilly rested in the hotel room.  Had some follows from some small barracuda but no takes.  Not a big deal...I was just killing time before dinner...which ended up being pizza...back in the room.  I think everyone was just too tired to go back out again.

That's pretty much it.  Nothing crazy...other than an episode with an overflowing toilet...but that's perhaps a story for another time...


August 14, 2013

Crap, Do We Really Have to Bring That Hermit Crab Home?

Yeah, we finally departed from Jacksonville, made it through that sh*t show that is Miami, and are safe & sound in Islamorada for a little end of summer vacation - right before school starts for Lilly and my work schedule just gets insane.

What's in store for the next few days?  Beats me...we really don't have much of an agenda other than taking the hotel's kayaks out for a paddle and a visit to Theater of the Sea...but this is a family vacation so even though I'm in a fisherman's paradise, there's not going to be any extended days of guided fishing for me.  Might try a little DIY (which means I'll catch nothing) on Thursday morning while K.C. & Lilly are sleeping in.  Who knows.  Maybe it's specific to the Bahamas & Bonefish, but had no idea there was a DIY debate...

Anyway, yesterday was just a day of checking into the hotel, getting a bite to eat for dinner, and then Lilly hoping to go swimming in the pool...but it was unfortunately shut down for the night...I guess some little kid made like Caddyshack, but left more than a Baby Ruth in there.  Whatever... I'm actually surprised by how many damn kids are here...but I brought mine so I have no room to complain...

Here are a few pictures if you're so inclined to look at really absolutely nothing from day 1/2 of my family vacation.  Hold on tight, really exciting stuff...

Oh hey, we're here...
The pelican is none too impressed
Lilly being mad that I want her to put down her tablet and stop playing Minecraft
I tried jigging for some fish with a tenkara rod for like 15 minutes just to say I did it...
(Don't worry, the 8-weight is along too)  I hope it was a first for this fishing pier.
K.C. wanted Greek food for dinner - the Overseas Kitchen makes a good gyro
While I demand fish the rest of the week, if the wife wants one night of Greek, I'm not going to fight it
Lilly got an "appetizer" of chicken strips.  They gave us like 5 entire chicken's worth...
Soooo much food.
Fish evidently like ice cream
Lilly does too
Oh yeah, this is Mr. Krabs
He is a refugee from the beach and is now living in the ice bucket in our hotel room
I'm sure there's a health code issue somewhere in there...


August 13, 2013

Tenkara Tuesday - Hansen Lakes YouTube Video

Being in Florida for almost two months, I'm beginning to feel somewhat removed from the "tenkara scene."  No coldwater, no trout, no mountains, none of what makes the tenkara experience special to me.  That said, every now and then I see something on the internet that pulls me back in...hard...

While he likely doesn't know I'm throwing this up here today, Paul Gibson of Arrowhead Equipment & Tenkara-Fishing.com recently posted a video (and shared in the Tenkara-Fisher forum, where I first saw it) that he made of a hammock camping/tenkara fishing outing in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho.  Fullscreen and 720p this bad boy...


I mean damn if this this part of the country isn't drop dead gorgeous...  I don't usually have the attention span to watch YouTube videos that are over 2 or 3 minutes long, but I found myself getting lost in this one...just the majesty of nature...and a dude eating chili out of a bag on a rock...

Enjoy!
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August 10, 2013

(Relatively) Inexpensive Performance Fishing Shirts

A few weeks ago on Facebook, I put out a question asking for suggestions on lightweight, long sleeved fishing shirts.   Not the kind with buttons and pockets, but more so a moisture wicking performance fabric shirt...a loose-fit "Under Armour" style shirt if you will...


Well I got a TON of suggestions (check 'em out when you get the chance, as well as TFM's post with a great overview of the product category), more than I could possibly ever purchase.  So thanks everyone who participated there, it was a huge help in getting pointed in the right direction.  That said I did buy a few different shirts, simply to sample what's out there.

In recent posts you may have noticed that I'm fond a of certain light blue shirt.  I actually wore it the last two weekends.  That shirt retails for $35.  It's a great shirt, fits well (even over my belly), keeps me cool, and features UPF +50 protection, that keeps the sun's nasties away.


Anyway, while that shirt has fly fishing graphics printed on it from the re-seller, it also still had the neck label attached of who made the (blank) shirt itself.  You know...you've probably received or purchased t-shirts from work, events, etc...that were printed on plain shirts made by Hanes or Gildan...same concept here.  This performance tee is made by a company called Vapor Apparel.  Vapor actually makes a bunch of different blank "performance" garments, ready to be purchased and intended for aftermarket decoration, especially sublimation


With the power of the internet, I happened to find a source of these blank shirts that sells them individually (you don't have to by 6 or 12 or 24 at a time) for under $10 each.  That's right.  A long sleeved performance tee with UPF +50 sun protection...for under 10 bucks.  Sure, shipping and handling adds another couple bucks to each tee...but to get the shirts for under $13 total, that's a bargain to me.  And being the kind of person who hates clothes shopping and when he finds something he likes, just goes and buys all the colors...I bought 3 more to add to the stockpile.

Anyway, my purpose of this post is not to dissuade you from purchasing shirts with logos on them...in most cases the graphics on these shirts are way cool and I'm so glad I have the $35 shirt.  Actually, one of the other branded shirts I picked up for $45 might even be better than these.  But you know... $13 vs. $45...  

The purpose also isn't to send you to a specific re-seller - you might also notice that I didn't mention the company I found that sells the blank shirts a la carte.  I don't want to get them in trouble if they're really not supposed to be doing so.  

I guess the point was that if you're looking for a nice performance fishing shirt for a really low price, they're out there.  You just need to do a little digging...or just email me HERE, and I'll give you the scoop.


August 5, 2013

Uh Oh, The Man Is On To Me...

I believe after yesterday, I've hit up all of the neighborhood ponds easily accessible by bicycle...either by already fishing them at least once, or by having them shut down via postings like this that popped up at some point this week...

I got a fever...and the only prescription...

Yeah, that sign wasn't there last weekend...  Fear not Fever Hammock Hunt Club, I get the message, and understand, considering I saw two wild turkeys strutting around the edge of the pine trees this morning.

In the non-posted spots, I did catch some fish again...pictures look a lot like last week's, but I'll post 'em anyway.  Started with Tenkara with the Ayu II...


...finished the day tossing some streamers.

BTW, this fishing shirt is my favorite.  Look for a post later in the week on that...

August 4, 2013

Exploring Florida - Green Cove Springs

Although it's a bit of a convoluted back story involving dinner at Steak 'n Shake and going to see a movie that didn't work out as planned, the family took a little trip on the other side of the St. John's River last night and ended up in a little city called Green Cove Springs.

A very proud Lilly showing off her new Minecraft t-shirt at Steak 'n Shake

Down by the river there's a little park called...well, what else...Spring Park, and the landmark within the park is the actual warm water spring itself, where the entire city gets it's name.

The spring source, or "boil"

It was pretty neat to walk around the spring, and the little stream of crystal clear water immediately below that makes its way down to the river.  The first thing you notice is the strong smell of sulfur, and the next thing you notice is the large in ground swimming pool built right beneath the spring source (wish I took a picture, but thanks to Google Images I was able to steal one).  The water basically flows from the ground, into the one end of the pool, out the other, and then down into maybe a 50 yard stream to the river.


A sign beside the spring evidently outlines some of the history of the spring itself...a history that is actually pretty rich, and involves such names as P.T. Barnum, J.C. Penney, & President Grover Cleveland.  Evidently, the water was prized for it's therapeutic value for many, many years.  Perhaps it's actually the real Fountain of Youth...  It's worth clicking on the picture below to read the backstory.


To tie fishing into the story, there's also a nice pier at the bottom of the park that stretches out into the St. John's River.  There were quite a few people fishing on this night, although we didn't observe anybody catch anything as we strolled the planks.

Overall, it's a pretty neat little place.  Not sure if we have a reason to go back, but it's nice to say we've been there.