September 29, 2014

Headed Home, Goodbye Colorado!

As you're reading this (if of course you're reading this on Monday), I'm probably en route to somewhere.  Breakfast.  The security line at the Denver airport.  Connecting in Charlotte.  Or my personal hope...that I'm in my car pulling out of the JAX airport parking lot headed home.

I probably need a day or two to decompress following an awesome long weekend in Colorado and and excellent Tenkara Summit.  Lots of superlatives, I know...  I'll just say I have lots of fodder for the blog, so stay tuned.  After laying dormant most of September, it may be en route to coming back to life.

I'm still in disbelief that places like this actually exist

In the meantime, I have posted some pics on Facebook & Instagram, so if you're interested, and haven't seen them already (I'd imagine most have), feel free to use the provided links to check them out.  The beauty of Colorado even makes my sub-par photography look good.

September 25, 2014

Tenkaragram

I soft launched a new blog/website yesterday called Tenkaragram.


So what's the purpose of Tenkaragram?  Really, nothing.  It's basically a blog that aggregates all of the Instagram posts that use the hashtag #tenkara.  It doesn't update instantaneously, but automatically sweeps Instagram from time to time and picks up and embeds the latest.

But T!, can't I just click on the hashtag #tenkara within Instagram and do the same thing?  Yeah, I suppose...different strokes for different folks.  Oh, I also have it set up to search Vimeo for new "tenkara" videos and embed them as well...although none have been posted since the launch.  We'll see how that goes.  I'm sure it'll blow things up.  Either way, Tenkaragram is meant to be visual in nature, so no scraping Twitter or Facebook.  Sorry.

I'm not really looking control the content.  So somebody could Instagram a photo of a money riding on a pig, tag it #tenkara, and it'd show up...which could actually be fun.

You can't handle the amount of awesome in this photo

So if you're out tenkara-ing, or at the upcoming Summit or Jam, and happen to be Instagramming too... tag your photo with #tenkara.  Odds are, it'll show up HERE.

Note:  If the Instagram user is private, it will still display the posts, you just will not be able to see their picture if they have not already granted permission for you to follow them.  Privacy is a good thing.  :)

September 22, 2014

Online Fly Fishing Video Statistics

I was curious...what are people watching online when it comes to fly fishing videos?
Now I don't mean full length feature videos, rather "shorts," "how tos," or even marketing materials from manufacturers or retailers.

Utilizing a very unscientific survey of YouTube, this is what I found.

Note:  I know a lot of the GoPro masses are now using Vimeo either in conjunction with, or totally in lieu of YouTube these days, but getting public stats from Vimeo is a bit of a dicey proposition as not all publishers make the information public...or you literally have to click through each individual video and keep a tally.  Forget that.


Catch Magazine


  • YouTube: 27 videos / 2,611,256 views = 96,713 views per video
  • Subscribers: 9,792
  • Most Watched Video (below): 1,216,531+ views




Trout Unlimited


  • YouTube: 126 videos / 145,690 views = 1,156 views per video
  • Subscribers: 585
  • Most Watched Video (below): 14,998+ views




Bumcast


  • YouTube: 50 videos / 3,488,374 views = 67,768 views per video
  • Subscribers: 9,730
  • Most Watched Video (below): 1,212,282+ views




Tenkara USA


  • YouTube: 100 videos / 1,336,964 views = 13,369 views per video
  • Subscribers: 3,116
  • Most Watched Video (below): 565,390+ views




Davie McPhail


  • YouTube: 382 videos / 11,019,807 views = 28,847 views per video
  • Subscribers: 30,179
  • Most Watched Video (below): 192,597+ views




Orvis


  • YouTube: 144 videos / 2,278,002 views = 15,819 views per video
  • Subscribers: 14,187
  • Most Watched Video (below): 215,880+ views




Tightlines Fly Fishing Company


  • YouTube: 87 videos / 3,185,988 views = 36,620 views per video
  • Subscribers: 12,473
  • Most Watched Video (below): 564,049+ views




Hank Patterson


  • YouTube: 20 videos / 695,700 views = 34,785 views per video
  • Subscribers:  4,501
  • Most Watched Video (below): 148,638+ views



Conclusions?

Seems like "How To" topics generally rank the highest in the view per video statistic.  It makes sense...whether it's casting tips or fly tying, I've found myself using YouTube regularly to answer questions like that all the time.

Hank Patterson may be our sport's comedic visionary, and as such he also posts more than respectable view per video stats.  People like to laugh.  I mean that's what most go to YouTube for - to get a smile off of a silly animal, stupid human, or whatever...  Does Hank score over 217K views per video like YouTube heavyweight Funny or Die?  Nope.  But I'd bet if Will Ferrell & Hank were face to face with a grizzly bear, only one'd get out alive...

I'd also say that for as known an entity as Trout Unlimited is in our little world, they are totally under-utilizing their YouTube channel as a method of "spreading the word"...especially considering that it is something they promote prominently via social chicklets on their regular tu.org content site.  I mean their YouTube header graphic isn't even updated with an image.  Really?  With over 8.4 million video views and 18,206 subscribers, Ducks Unlimited is kicking their ass.

Tough love TU, tough love.


Are there any YouTube channels that you're fond of that I didn't mention?  I'm sure there's more than one.  List 'em in the comments below, and perhaps I'll compile a part two.  And Vimeo guys...if you've got kickass numbers and want to share them in the comments, have at it!

September 8, 2014

Partridge & Flash Inspiration

Read a great post over the weekend from Alan at Small Stream Reflections...you should really go read it when you get a chance.

He tied a 'Partridge & Flash' wet fly that looked really simple to tie, yet effective as all get out.  The post itself tells a great story in and around the tying & fishing of this fly.


Thought I'd tie a few of my own yesterday, except reverse the hackle and make them tenkara style kebari.  I also added a peacock herl collar, which is a typical feature on my tenkara flies.  As you can tell, I'm not much at the vise, I can tie about 6 patterns adequately, but these turned out okay despite the poorly focused picture below.


I really need to get better quality partridge, the feathers I have came in a fly tying kit from a few years back and are all nasty and full of fluff.  That said, I can't wait to give these a try once I get back on some trout water.  Maybe Colorado at the end of the month.

Did you tie or fish any different flies this weekend?

September 5, 2014

Oops...I Was Hacked...

Going to reset my passwords today since I evidently got hacked this morning.

I guess the short list of celebrity hacks is now:

  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Kate Upton
  • Troutrageous!

If you happen to see any odder than normal posts from me of just links, don't click them until order is restored.

Thanks!

UPDATE:  Tracked it back to my Yahoo! Mail account, so if you received an email from me (hopefully it just went into your SPAM), open at your own risk.  Passwords updated.

September 2, 2014

Weekend Recap (In Pictures) That You've Probably Already Seen On Facebook Or Instagram...

Because I know you want to read all about MY Labor Day weekend too...

The wife & kid were out of town on Saturday and most of Sunday.  With no agenda other than making sure our newly "rescued" dog didn't use our carpets as a toilet, I had a little time to do some things on Saturday; such as clean up some unwashed dishes that were sitting in the kitchen sink and starting to smell, get my hair cut, and watch meaningless college football.  How about those Nittany Lions?

However, I did get a few fishing-centric activities in; the first being that I stopped by the Floodtide Festival at Blackfly Outfitter...







Afterward, I spent the rest of the evening downing a Jersey Mike's Sub and finished up my tenkara rod build.


Both were pretty fun, but the sub, hoagie tasted better.

On Sunday, I snuck out in the morning to try the tenkara rod out on some local bass...




Yes, I'm probably holding that second one "wrong" and it's jaw will never recover from being held at such an angle...  Go ahead, call BASS, or even PETA on me...

Anyway, as for the rod, it's a bit heavier in hand than what I've been fishing with lately, but far from unyielding.  It tosses a #3 level line like a champ.  The Winn grip performed well too.  It's actually more sensitive to vibration than I thought it would be, and since I tend to hold my tenkara rods with the butt end in my palm, the short length of the grip didn't pose a problem.  I'm pleased with the build, and will happily put the rod in my normal rotation.

The rest of the day I went over to a co-worker's house for some backyard food, drink, & games.  I'll spare you the pics of dudes in the swimming pool.  I left a bit before the party was over as the wife & kid were due home around 8PM.  So curtain closed on Sunday.

Monday.  Labor Day.  We all pretty much slept in...well, except Lilly who woke up early to sneak on the computer and watch Minecraft YouTube videos.  I don't know if any of you have kids who like this Stampy Cat character, but holy crap...FML...


Not going to tolerate a "video game day," we packed everything up and went to the beach after lunch...





The surf was pretty rough (although it doesn't look too bad in the pics), and kicked all of our butts...we didn't last too long, instead retreating for dinner of chicken tenders and Coke Freestyle machine...which is by far the best invention in the history of soft drink dispensing.  They really need to make a home version.  I'd buy that in a heartbeat.

Now, it's Monday night, I'm knocking out this blog post while my wife is downstairs watching the Unauthorized "Saved By The Bell" Story on TV.  I guess my efforts to block the Lifetime Channel from our cable service when we moved down here were unsuccessful. *Sigh*


And that was it.  Long weekend over.  Gone too soon...and not exactly enthusiastic for the work week ahead.  At least we've got the NFL to look forward to...which kicks off on Thursday with the Packers & Seahawks...but more importantly (once again for me) is the Eagles vs. Jags on Sunday.  Original hometown vs. current hometown.  Go Birds!

Eh...who am I kidding...I'd probably rather be fishing.