Showing posts from April, 2014

Tenkara Tuesday - Non-Conventional "Tenkara" Fly Swap

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday.

I don't often participate in fly swaps (primarily because I'm not that imaginative or original a tyer), however the fruits of everyone's labor that participated in the Arkansas Tenkara, Fly-Fishing, Kayak and Canoe Club's recent Facebook fly swap arrived in the mail last weekend.

Now I know what you're going to don't live in Arkansas...and I'd say you're right.  I don't think half the folks that participated actually do...I simply responded (as did others) to the call to hit the minimum amount of tyers to get the swap going.  As such, there was representation from Florida, Texas, Appalachia, among other locales across the country.  Best part is that about half of these probably aren't what you'd consider "classic" tenkara flies...which is fine by me, a newly minted, stillwater bass-tenkara-ing (sort of) Floridian.

Some suspect pics of the flies are below...I tried to identify who the tyer and …

Climb The Ladder

Ever curious to see how fish get up river when there are dams in the way and the fish ladders are non-operational?  +Bill McWha sent a link to two videos showing the transport of river herring up the Saugatucket River in Rhode Island...I personally find stuff like this incredibly interesting, hope you do too.

For more information on the plight of the river herring and other forage fish such as mackerel, menhaden, and shad, please visit the Herring Alliance, a group that works to protect marine wildlife and ecosystems on the Atlantic coast.

Easter Sunday Rises

Posted a couple of these pictures in some Facebook groups yesterday...but what the heck, figured I'd put them on the Mothership too.  Weekend weather has been really "iffy" to say the least the past few weeks, but I did sneak out for a few hours on Easter Sunday.  Didn't find any eggs, but did find some bass and bluegills.  They were a little sluggish in the cooler weather, but still generally happy to rise to a well placed fly.

Sadly, didn't bring the best fighting fish to hand.  Had a bass on that put a really deep bend in the Tenkara USA Sato.  It was making the pulled taut level line vibrate and sing like a violin string.  (If you've had a large fish on a level line, you probably know what I mean.)  But after a three or four minute fight it went right into some thick weeds and other pond muck getting all kinds of snagged up...until the tippet popped while I tried to horse it out.  Better broken tippet than a rod tip.  It happens.

I Love Lefty

How can you not?

The fly fishing industry's self-appointed seer of fads chimed in on Twitter yesterday...

Tenkara has officially jumped the shark.— Lefty Kreh (@Leftyfly) April 18, 2014

For Lefty's benefit, I figured I'd post the definition of "jump the shark"...

"a term to describe a moment when something that was once great has reached a point where it will now decline in quality and popularity.

Origin of this phrase comes from a Happy Days episode where the Fonz jumped a shark on waterskis. Thus was labeled the lowest point of the show."
(Definition provided by the Urban;Wikipedia has a very similar interpretation**)

Guess it's all downhill from here for tenkara...  *sigh*

Speaking of the Fonz, I wonder if Henry has ever shared the water with Lefty...

**This blog "jumped the shark" in 2012

Book Review - All Fishermen Are Liars by John Gierach

This is probably blasphemy to the highest order, but I should probably start this post by saying that I'm not a huge John Gierach fan.  I'm also not much of a book critic, so take both for what they are worth...

Actually, it's not that I'm not a fan, I just really never read any of his books before.  Trout Bum?  Never read it.  Dances With Trout?  Nope.  The only Gierach book I ever attempted to read was his last, No Shortage of Good Days, which I bought on Kindle fully intending to immerse myself during a cross-country flight, but never really got into it enough to see it through to completion.  It just didn't light my fire.

When approached to receive an advance copy for a review of All Fishermen Are Liars, I wasn't overly excited, but I figured I'd give JG another shot, especially since the book was getting some good early press.

Now the purpose of this mini-review isn't so much to tell you specifically about what's inside.  If I did that, you wou…

Put A Trout On It

Okay, before you freak out, and accuse me of being some sort of tenkara elitist or a member of the "Children of Daniel" cult (oh, it's real)...the pic above is just a joke...and only partially attributable to Yvon Chouinard.  Watch THIS and it might make more sense.

Personally, I couldn't care less if Patagonia slaps their trout on TFO tenkara rods, teaches "non-traditional" tenkara techniques, or even launches a Nano Puff-clad army assault on Boulder.  That said, Yvon and crew just better stay away from grocery stores if they know what's good for them.  Because if you think tenkara people are territorial, those "Whole Foods" people are freakin' insane...

(This guest post was originally published on Casting Around in April, 2014, at a time when Patagonia's entry into the tenkara market created quite a stir...)

Video - Bluefin On The Line

I'm a sucker for fishing videos...even if they are not fly fishing.

Check out the trailer for Bluefin on the Line; it's not all about hauling fish on the boat, there's a conservation angle too.  I'm pretty sure you'll dig it.

Full DVD available from Costa's website.

The Quest For The Ultimate Fly Fishing Kayak - Part 7

The local outdoors store in Jacksonville (Black Creek Outfitters) made note on Facebook the other day that they were going to begin carrying LIVE Watersports Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs) shortly.

While SUPs are not technically fishing kayaks, LIVE does make a fishing SUP, called the L2Fish.

What makes these boards pretty unique is the catamaran style hulls.  With such a wide base, this becomes a seriously stable platform that should be ideal for fly fishing.  The MSRP of $1999 may put the L2Fish out of some people's budget, but we can all dream, right?

I do see this being a very fun boat to take out on ponds, creeks, and saltwater flats.  And as you can see from this pic lifted from the LIVE Facebook page, you can accessorize these for fishing to no end.

Specs from the LIVE Website:

Dimensions: 12'6" x 34" x 9"Volume: 300+ LitersProudly made in the USALarge straight-cut tunnel port for smooth pass-through ensuring unrivaled stability and speedWide spread catama…

So You Want To Buy A Tenkara Starter Kit? Patagonia vs. Tenkara USA

Patagonia made some pretty big waves in the tenkara-verse last week with the introduction of the "Simple Fly Fishing" tenkara product line.  Aimed at introducing people to a less cluttered version of fly fishing, the products can be bought a la carte, or bundled in a kit which I'm sure will be very attractive to many people, especially those getting into tenkara (or even fly fishing) from the ground floor.

With that, this is what is included in the Patagonia "Simple Fly Fishing" 10'6" Kit...
(They actually offer 3 different kits, each with a different length rod, I chose the 10'6" middle sized rod for example purposes)


10’ 6” tenkara rod telescopes down to 20.5”; includes spare tip and second section; rod sock has built-in line holder to organize line when not in useLevel-floating .027” tenkara line made from small diameter hard mono core with supple PVC coatingPre-looped 7.5’ 3x tapered leaderBox of one dozen soft-hackle flies hand tie…

Introducing Eddie Bauer Sport Shop Fishing

Got the email introducing the Eddie Bauer Sport Shop Fishing line to its customers today.  It wasn't a surprise, as there's been quite a bit of press about it in recent weeks, as well as a lot of serious fisherfolk pulled into the fold to insure its authenticity.

While I've always been an L.L. Bean guy, I absolutely love EB's wrinkle-free dress shirts for work and Travex camp shirts for play.  I think I wear one or the other to work pretty much every it'll be nice to maybe be able look at some fishing apparel in the same shopping trip in the future.

Yeah, people are going to poo-poo it (because that's what us fly fishermen do to pretty much everything new because it's either too "poser," too expensive, or whatever...), but I think it's at least worth checking out...

Kype Fishing Magazine: Volume 5 / Issue 1

I've been supporting Kype Magazine here at Troutrageous! for a few years.  To be honest, when my blog was in its infancy, they were really the first "entity" to show any interest in it.  I was one of the first 2 or 3 blogs they mentioned on their website, and even though they've added a quite a few since, I only send good karma their way.

There's been a recent change in the management of Kype Magazine.  It's been mentioned in places like Midcurrent, HATCH, Facebook, etc...but if you're not in the know, George Douglas has stepped aside and Aileen Lane (whom you may recognize from MKFlies and other fly fishing related things) has assumed the reigns.  Not sure what that means, but I have a feeling it will be good to have a fresh energy around the publication.  I just hope she doesn't wise up and give me the boot from page 40!

Anyway, in holding to tradition, here's the embed of the latest issue.  Enjoy.

Bandit >:(

Lilly drew this in school as part of her vocabulary studies...

...I hate fishing bandits too.  >:(

Video - Coldstream Bass - Sunday Stuff

Crikey, ever caught an Australian bass?

No, it's not an April Fool's joke.  Check some here courtesy of Stu Murphy...