I ditched the Mangrove. The rod gave me fits so I figured I'd try an ECHO3 Saltwater model from Echo Fly Rods. The specs were good, the price was right (thanks eBay) and heck, it's just fun to try something else...especially if you're not keen on what you've got. Hat tip to Carp on the Fly. If nothing else they seem durable (peep the video below), which was an issue with my previous 8-weights. I'll (hopefully) give it a good workout during Lilly's spring break on our mini-vacation to Clearwater Beach.
If all goes well, I might try an ECHO glass rod in a lighter weight as well. Damn that Cameron Mortenson...but I could just watch this video over and over and over. One might say it's "superfine," but let's not confuse the two rods.
Why no L.L. Bean the perceptive reader might ask? Because they have an annual fishing gear sale that corresponds to the beginning of trout season in another month or two and I needed an upgrade before then. Any purchases with the Bean will need to wait until the 20% off thing they do. I may like to buy stuff, but I try to be frugal. I'm thinking of selling one of my 3-weights to bankroll that Pocket Water Bean rod...anyway...
Holy crap. Yeah, did you see Taco Bell is going to start serving breakfast? While this concept goes against the calorie counting that I've been doing since the holidays...their main menu item is just about enough to make you say "screw it, and my cholesterol." As such, I present the Waffle Taco in all of its scrambled eggs, cheese, sausage (or bacon), and syrup wrapped in a waffle glory...
I was always partial to the old school Egg McMuffin, but nothing says "opening day of trout season" like a Taco Bell waffle taco... Side note, the Philadelphia Phillies' minor league team in Allentown updated their logo to be a strip of bacon this week. Inspiring.
Speaking of over the top, what is the deal with this trend of folks tying these obnoxiously ginormous streamers and posting them on the social interwebs? Maybe I just have dubious Facebook acquaintances, but all I see are folks lashing together parts of chickens, rabbits, heck probably even pandas (and hopefully cats) to 8 inch long hooks and applying liberal amounts of Fish Skullz and Clear Cure Goo. Articulated, of course. Perhaps it's in preparation to combat Godzilla this summer. I guess I get it, big flies catch big fish...at least I think that's the idea. I wouldn't know anything about big fish.
|A fairly tame example lifted from Nomad Anglers|
I probably shouldn't knock it because tying these monstrosities is plenty more manly on many levels than tying petite reverse hackle kebari. Heck, if the name of your fly ends in the letter i, it's kind of effeminate by default, it might as well be called Tutti Frutti...
|Yes they are...|
Did you watch the Olympics? I won't pick on Bob Costas, he's received enough grief for coming to work sick... I also won't pick on the US Hockey team for pretty much mailing in the bronze medal game. What I will say is Snowboard cross is by far my new favorite sport. Racing, crashing, racing, and even more crashing. I could watch this over and over and over again...kind of like when I'm flipping through the channels and stop in my tracks each and every time I notice that Gladiator is on. (MAXIMUS!)
To close it out, time for some blog love. My blogroll has gone through some updates recently, in with the new, out with the old and non-updating. With that, three blogs worth your time checking out are The Rogue Outdoors, The Barbless Angler, and Low Gap Creek.
The first one is a multi-interest blog, one of those interests being adventures in herping. I had no idea what herping was, but fortunately it does not involve venereal diseases.
|Herping...courtesy The Rogue Outdoors|
The second blog is about a dude who fishes and ties some really sweet flies. I get lost in the pictures, I wish I could tie like that. Oh, and I guess the last blog is the latest creation of that Owl guy. At least for this week. I mean just when you think he's finally gone...
So do yourself a favor and check 'em out! Post annoying comments in their blog posts while you're at it. It's fun. Blame me, it's all good.