Showing posts from December, 2013

Tenkara Tuesday: The Final Tenkara Post...of 2013

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday.

To continue yesterday's "year end" themein which I recounted the most popular posts on the Troutrageous! blog over the past year, I thought I'd change it up and write similar post with a tenkara theme.  I mean it's no coincidence that the last day of the year is a Tenkara Tuesday, right?

Well, even though I wrote over 50 posts involving tenkara in 2013, none of them ranked statistically in the top five overall posts on this blog by Google Analytics.  Yeah, despite the buzz, tenkara is still definitely a niche pursuit.  So for today's installment of Tenkara Tuesday, I'm going to recap what I thought were the top 5 most memorable tenkara-related posts of 2013...perhaps you can call them my personal favorites.  I hope you enjoy.

The Top 5 Troutrageous! Tenkara Posts of 2013

#5.  Seeing Positives Through The Fog

While this wasn't my first fish of 2013 (that honor belongs in THIS post), this mid-January post had some really pretty …

The Top 5 Troutrageous! Posts of 2013

Everybody likes a good year end recap post.

Okay, as readers, you probably don't give a flip about reading a blogger's year end post, but since it is a scientific fact that we bloggers are narcissists, we like to write them.  Also, to any blogger that also plans on doing one this week, THESE RULES STILL APPLY.  (Click that bold type to see what I mean).

Anyway, with that I figured today I'd more or less close out the year with the 5 most popular posts from 2013.  "Popularity" being judged by Google Analytics' visitor statistics.  Which I understand is clearly flawed since posts written in the beginning of the year have a better chance to amass more traffic, but this is my blog and I make up the rules.  So without further adieu...

The Top 5 Troutrageous! Posts of 2013

#5. Introducing The Troutrageous! Fishing Blogger Pro Staff

Although the criteria for inclusion was real, this post was sort of a jab at all of the random "Pro Staffs" you see out there f…

Mythbusters? Tenkara Sasquatch Edition...

Yesterday, the stupid little brother site of Troutrageous! (aka Tenkara Sasquatch), posted an exposé of an overlooked tenkara sasquatch sighting in an April Vokey photo.  (Original post HERE).

I love the resulting comments & speculation this received over on Google+ (far more than on Facebook BTW) I embedded the post below with comments just for entertainment.  You can click on the little comic-book looking comment bubble to see them.  Evidently everyone's an amateur squatcher.  Heck, if you have thoughts, feel free to add to the growing list...

Bucket List - St. Brandon's Atoll

Received Waypoints on DVD as a Christmas present so I popped it last night.
A ton of beautiful and interesting exotic destination fishing, but man...I soooo want to go to St. Brandon's...

Untouched flats.  Eager trophy bonefish, permit, & GTs...the stuff of dreams.

As for Payara in Venezuela...more like the stuff of nightmares...


Exploring Florida - GCS & "Freebird" Park

After our first visit to Green Cove Springs in the August, we sort of decided that it was a destination worth seeing...oh, maybe once.  Small town, with a natural spring in the middle.  However, I had also heard rumors of a park...mind you not your ordinary park...that was located not too far away from the spring itself.

So with generally nice weather, and a few hours to kill, we decided to hop in the car and go exploring.  That's what my family does, we just drive.  So the plan was to stop briefly to show my Mom the spring that gives the Green Cove Springs its name, and then to go find the "special" park...but more on that in a bit.

Upon arrival in Green Cove Springs, we were pleasantly surprised by a Christmas tree display that made the little side trip worthwhile.  Each tree was decorated by a family, organization, or business and had a theme.  They were really neat to look at, the pics don't do them justice...

Following the brief stop in Green Cove Springs, we mo…

Taking the Kid & Grandmom Fishing

I had to get the kid out of the house on Christmas Eve.  It was an absolute necessity after learning from a pretty reliable source that Santa was going to bring her an Xbox complete with Disney Infinity & Minecraft games the following day.  Once those packages were unwrapped, she'd be lost to me at least until the weekend.  I hate to admit it, but my kid is a gamer.

With that, I took Lilly and my Mom, who is visiting for Christmas week, out for about an hour of fishing on the 24th.  I wish I could say I played hero and we caught a ton of fish, but we didn't.  We spent the majority of the day re-learning how to cast, fighting the wind, untangling lines, and baiting hooks, but even without a giant bass on the line, the end goal was definitely achieved.  The kid saw sunlight...and actually seemed like she enjoyed it.  Maybe there's still hope to make her some sort of fisherperson someday...we'll see...

Here are a few pictures.  Nothing "epic," other than her…

Merry Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas!
Hope You Are Enjoying A Safe & Happy Holiday Season

Tenkara Tuesday - The Tenkara Guides

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday.

I've noticed the term "game changer" used quite often (if not abused), especially in social media, when it comes to describing the recent goings on in tenkaradom.  The most frequent benefactors of the adjective have been the remarkable new rods from Tenkara USA, the Sato & Rhodo.

Where I haven't really seen the credit that is due for literally pushing the known boundaries and changing the game when it comes to the ever-evolving fishing style of tenkara in America are the Tenkara Guides of Utah.  I guess that'll happen to somebody that has made contribution after contribution for the past few years...they kind of get taken for granted or leave themselves open to criticism by those that have internet muscles.  So consider this post my "atta boys..."

Whether it's bringing the 2012 Tenkara Summit to Salt Lake City, adapting and pioneering methods to successfully catch fish of all shapes and sizes; from trout to carp, crea…

A Weekend In Apalachicola by Cohen Stone

Not everything here is always fly fishing.

Check out this video by Cohen Stone I scrounged off of Vimeo last night of what looks like it was a heck of a fun fishing trip.  Plus its short and makes for easy viewing.  Don't sleep on all of the sheepshead catching in the beginning, they're generally loved by women in bikinis and have a mouth full of weird hillbilly teeth.

That said, there are no women in bikinis in this video, so sorry for the tease...but there's a nice surprise catch at the end, so don't give up a minute in.  Makes me quite envious.

Probably an added bonus if you like Mumford & Sons too...

Painting Through Prosek

I've always been a fan of +David Nash's blog, My Leaky Waders.

It's one of those places where the posting isn't necessarily all that frequent, but when it is, it's usually worth looking at.  Whether it's the concise writing, the great photography, the underrated videography, or the blackmail he has on me, I always find myself clicking through whenever I notice that a new post has been added to the site.

Recently, I've really been enjoying his series of paintings which he calls "Painting Through Prosek"...which consist of small studies of variant coloration in fish, taking inspiration from the works of well-known artist James Prosek.

In any event, just like I mentioned in my lead in, they're worth following, be it on his blog, or via Instagram, where the hashtag #paintingthroughprosek is used to call out the latest installment.

Enjoy some of the examples below...

Super Bass

Nothing brings more joy than a good blog post cop out by embedding somebody else's video instead of really writing anything of substance.  Works for Moldy Chum.

That said, here are 5 reasons why you should watch this video.

1) Fishing from a kayak
2) Creedence
3) Beer**
4) Catches small fish and not ashamed of it
5) Creedence

**This blog does not endorse drinking & paddling.  Keep safe while fly fishing and leave the paddle at home...

Gear Review - 50 Best Tailwaters To Fly Fish


That was the first thing I thought to myself when I received this promotional email from Stonefly Press the other day.

Yeah, I received a copy of "50 Best Tailwaters to Fly Fish" from Stonefly Press probably over a month ago, and I still haven't reviewed it yet...but clearly this looooooong list of bloggers already have.  I'm such a slacker.

Actually, a bit of the delay was slightly when brands seed a bunch of bloggers with product to review, it's not uncommon to see a flurry of reviews all get published more or less at once.  It's kind of overkill.  I like to hang back a little bit, let that first blitz dizzy you, then come in for the knockout punch later.

So now it's my turn.

I have to start by saying that I don't read a ton of books.  Most of my reading is digital, but when I feel compelled to acquire a book, it eventually falls into one of two categories.  Shelf book or bathroom book.  "50 Best Tailwaters t…