Showing posts from May, 2014

2014 Tenkara Summit - A Done Deal

No, not new news...but the 2014 Tenkara Summit will be held in Boulder, Colorado later this year.

I've been fortunate to make it to 2 of the first 3 (Salt Lake City, Utah & Harrisonburg, Virginia) and enjoyed them enough to decide go to Colorado this year as well, even though the late September 27 & 28 dates weren't ideal with my work schedule.  That's what my (typically underused) vacation days are for.

Speaking of work, I probably wouldn't be going if it wasn't for all of the travel that my company sends me on.  I was lucky enough to have enough frequent flyer miles on US Airways to get the Denver flight for free.  Even though you can't fly anywhere "direct" out of Jacksonville, Florida, you can't knock free.

So I know it's early, but I'd love to solicit some advice on things to do / places to fish while in the Boulder area.  I've traveled to a lot of places, but never there.  I know from my Google Analytics that I have a fe…

Eat More Brook Trout: A Treasure is Trashed

I don't have much to say today, so read this instead.
Eat More Brook Trout: A Treasure is Trashed

I've never understood littering when it's so easy to just dispose of something properly.

**stepping down from my soap box**

BoardLove & BlogLove: Tidal Roots & Pocket Water

Stumbled upon a few things online that I thought were worth mentioning here...because I'm quickly becoming a fan of both.

The first is a new stand-up paddleboard (SUP) company called Tidal Roots.  What sets Tidal Roots apart from the other SUP companies I've highlighted here from time to time?  How about the fact that these boards are sustainably built in Maine out of...wood.  Gorgeous wood at that.

But these boards aren't just for looking at, they're made for fishing...inspired by the founders' quest to find a better way to chase striped bass on the local mud flats.

Did I mention they're gorgeous?

Check them on Facebook, Twitter, G+, Instagram, or of course, their website.

Next is a little bit of blog love for a blog called Pocket Water.  A site about "Fly Fishing and Tenkara trip reports, videos, photography, and art," but is really much more.

I quickly found myself drawn in by the somewhat unique layout, as well as the stunning pho…

Kickstarter - Snappycast

This is a pretty neat take on making a spincast rod & reel easier to cast.

Support Snappycast HERE.

Morels? I Don't Get It...

Help me understand.

Most of my fishing acquaintances are "outdoorsy" by default.  This time of year, like many others before it, social media lights up with post after post, picture after picture, of many of these friends taking to the woods and foraging for morels (mushrooms).  As more city than country, I have no idea what these taste like that make people chase them down so feverishly...because they certainly don't look like much.  I've heard the French create fancy-pants recipes with them, but then again, they also serve snails...

Maybe they taste like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups...that's gotta be it, right?

Scenes From The Weekend

While I didn't have the most successful weekend from a fish catching standpoint, I did manage get out for a little bit on Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon.

Saturday morning consisted of putting the kayak in at Trout Creek in Orangdale.  I didn't realize how crowded that feeder creek to the St. John's River got during the weekends.  Everybody seemed to be out in their party barges and bass boats.  Besides all of the fishing traffic, (a Ranger or Skeeter picking the weeds every 20 feet), I kind of got pushed around a bit by all of the motorboats' wakes; not too bad, but just enough to be annoying.  Probably won't go back there on a weekend with the intent of fishing.  Lesson learned.

Sunday was a trip down to Crescent Beach...actually the Matanzas inlet for about 2 hours.  This was purely a reconnaissance mission.  I did toss a fly or two, just to preserve my saltwater skunk going back to last October. That aside, I'm glad I went.

I hung out on the strip of…

Pics From A St. Augustine Paddle

Found these pics while cleaning out a SD card.  Forgot I took them as they're almost a month old at this point, but figured why not post them...

I had put in the kayak down in St. Augustine a few weeks ago, just to paddle around some new water and see what was up.  I really need to be more diligent with the tide charts in the future, as I ended up out there pretty much right at low as low tide gets...and the water got so down in places I ran aground more than a few times (as did a party barge full of college kids).  Not much fishing on this outing, more so exploring and enjoying the beautiful weather.

Guest Post - What's To A Bag?

My buddy Spurky from central PA decided to send over a guest post the other day.  I always enjoy a guest post from Spurky because he's a top notch spin fisherman.  Posts from him change things up around here every now and then and take you from hooks and feathers to spinners and spoons.

In this post he explores the perfect fishing bag for the wading spin-fisherman...and takes a shot at his trout fishing nemesis.  Probably an inside joke, but maybe some fellow Pennsylvanians may have heard the legend of Spurky's adversary.

Please enjoy.

I go fishing a lot.  When I go I almost always go wading from ankle deep to chest deep, so I cannot carry a box for obvious reasons.  For years, decades actually, I have used a fishing bag.  Actually a Bass Pro Shops crappie management bag that I bought over 25 years ago.

This bag has been through it all, weather wise and fishing wise.  It was snowed, iced, rained, and submerged.  It was the bag I used to take my daughter fishing with for over 14 …

Hey Kids, Get off My Lawn!

I hesitantly write this post at the risk of sounding like a curmudgeon, but I'm pretty sour about this one.  Plus, I've been rather uninspired to write since the fishing in bear with this rant of less than epic proportions.

"Support your local fly shop!" 

That's what the lecturing masses say...
Me?  I say...
I sent the (only) local fly shop that shall remain unnamed a message through their social media page basically informing them that I'd like to spend just shy of $350 in their store.  You'd probably like a quick $350 if you were a retailer in a "dying" industry, right?  

I asked if they were able to pre-order a reel ($250) and also when their next round of saltwater fly fishing classes would be held ($100) since the last one posted on their website was in March.  Pretty simple questions.
Did I mention that was back on May 1st? Today is the 15th.

Did I also mention they've posted 7 times to that social medi…

Dahlonega Nights - The Ballad of Owl Jones

Yeah, that guy.

He wrote a post about last weekend's fishing outing the other day, so I figured I'd return the favor and let you know what really happened.

It all started with a bit of a mental breakdown.  As much as I try to convince myself that I like Florida, there's more than a little piece of me that misses the things I really enjoyed up North.  Trout fishing is one of them.  It was my escape.  My weekly-ish mental recharge.  With April in the rear view I was kind of getting legitimately unnerved by reading social media posts of everybody's trout seasons heading into prime time...and none to be found in the stagnant warmwater environs of Florida.  Florida fishing, while fun, doesn't quite hit the same sort of internal reset button.

So I basically imposed my presence on Owl Jones.  Sent him a Facebook message and more or less said, "I'm going crazy down here and need a trout fix. Headed to Georgia next weekend, want to go fishing?"

While I hoped …

Tenkara Tuesday - It’s The Rod Stupid…

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday.

Today's entry is a guest post from Anthony Naples.  It's a reflection on why tenkara creates success pretty much for anyone, right out of the box...or rod tube...or  know what I mean.  Please enjoy.

So about four and half years ago I started fishing tenkara. At first I used it like a western rod without a reel. I cast longish floating furled leaders with dry flies and nymphs - and then I went to nylon level lines - because they’re cheaper and float better than fluorocarbon lines. The stealth that the long tenkara rod and light lines gave me was amazing and it more than made up for a lack of reel. I fished the sulphur hatch on Spring Creek (my favorite stream and favorite hatch) with my tenkara rod and western tactics and I caught fish on dries and emerges and spinners. I was ignorant (apparently) but blissful.

Along the way somewhere I learned that I was doing it all wrong. I wasn’t supposed to let the line lay on the water. I wasn’t…

Stranded - A Fly Fisher's Journey

Drove a few hours North this past weekend to go fishing with a friend.   And, ummm...yeah, this happened...

Glad to see things haven't changed.  Happy Cinco de Mayo. More to come...