December 29, 2014

Oh, I Fish (Sometimes)

This is a fishing blog...right?
Yeah, but my last "fishing report" post was in October...  Wow.  Pathetic.

It hasn't been that I haven't been fishing, it's just that the outings have all been kind of pedestrian.  No big fish (no surprise), no exotic locales, and well...not really the best blog fodder.

But I did go fishing yesterday, and here's a post really uninspiring post about it.
(Sorry if you happened to see these pictures on Instagram yesterday).

So it was something like 80 degrees here in north Florida yesterday.  Sunny, with a little breeze, I apologize in advance to those of you suffering through much colder temperatures (although from what I can tell from social media, most places in the country seem to be sort of warm themselves).

I thought I'd take the bike for a ride and hit one of the neighborhood ponds on the outskirts of our development.  I brought the tenkara rod, the 6-weight (in case I ran into big bass or carp), and my Vedavoo sling pack...because I rarely fish without it.

When I got to the pond, the first thing I saw was a big splash into the water with my peripheral vision. Not thinking much of it, I went to rigging up the Tenkara USA Sato and walk the perimeter of the pond to see if I could coax out any bass from the edges of the shoreline weeds.

About 5 minutes into fishing, I saw a log in the water.  But it wasn't a log.  It was a 4-ish foot long alligator.  Oh.  That's new.

Now I knew it wasn't going to do anything to me...and it didn' I walked around the pond it seemed to swim in the opposite direction most of the day, hence the horrible photo.

Unfortunately, that was kind of the highlight of the fishing for the day.  I picked out about a dozen bluegill while walking around the pond, but the fishing was really slow.  I do thank the fishing gods for bluegill though, because when all else fails...

I saw some bass, but they just weren't interested in my offerings.  I even strung up the 6-weight and launched some flies toward the middle of the pond (you know, 50+ feet out where tenkara doesn't travel nicely), just to see if anything basstastic was lurking in the depths...besides more alligators.  No dice...other than some bluegill bycatch.

That was really it.  Nothing much to really write about, and aside from the gator, it was pretty representative of the last month or two's fishing.  It's all good though.  2015 is right around the corner, and I've got some things in the works...

Anyone know anything good about Calgary, Alberta?

December 28, 2014

The Top 5 Troutrageous! Posts of 2014

More year end hi-jinks, coming up...

2011 was kind of a stellar year around here.  3 years ago I hacked together penned 280 blog posts within the calendar year.  I know...WTF, get a life, right?  That number's been slipping each year since...down to 172 in 2012, 154 in 2013, and a "mere" 136 so far this year (not counting today's hot mess).

Anyway, of those most recent 136, there were probably at least a few that were somewhat worthwhile...or entertaining...or had some sort of redeeming least that's what my Google stats tell me by "your" visits.

So for all of you that have been around for the ride, or are even brand new to the blog, I figured I'd close out the year with a Top 5 post. "Popularity" being judged by Google Analytics' visitor statistics. Which I do understand is clearly flawed logic since posts written in the beginning of the year have a better chance to amass more traffic, but whatever...blah, blah, blah...

(Also, to any blogger that also plans on doing a year end recap either this week or next, please note that THESE RULES STILL APPLY).

The Top 5 Troutrageous! Posts of 2014

#5.  Daft Punk Unmasked; A Crappy T! Grammys Recap

My buddy Howard over at Windknots & Tangled Lines didn't really have a banner 2014.  But he did evidently get some red carpet time in with some author I never heard of and the guy in the Arby's hat...while looking quite dapper in the process.

#4.  A Plea For Help - Save Our Wild Puffer Balls!

Yeah, I was clearly smoking crack or something when I wrote this one.  The fact that it's so long (that's what she said) is what really gets me.  I think I had the brainstorm for this opus while I was mowing the lawn in 98 degree Florida heat.  Heat stroke, yep, that's what I'll blame this on...

#3.  The Quest For The Ultimate Fly Fishing Kayak - Part 5

For whatever the reason, folks must have been really into the new Feel Free Lure fishing kayak.  I've written several "Quest For The Ulitmate Fly Fishing Kayak" posts, and this one was by far the most popular, not only of this year, but perhaps (in relative terms) of all time...

#2.  ICAST / IFTD 2014 - Reels In Review

For a blog that talks a heck of a lot about tenkara, my readers sure do like reels.  I mean who am I kidding, how can you not?  Heading to the ICAST/IFTD show in Orlando this year as "press" was a pretty cool thing.  I actually wrote a handful of posts about several different product categories from the show, but this came out tops, by a wide margin.  The Fly Reel Company's RB1 (picutred above) might have been my favorite reel at the show...

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

The people have spoken...and I guess they were interested in tenkara starter kits...  Patagonia created a bit of a buzz in early 2014 when they entered the tenkara market with their "Simple Fly Fishing" concept.  Primarily packaged in a "kit," I compared their offering to the leading competitor's offering.  I really wasn't trying to pull ALL of the options into this post, as there are many worthwhile sets in the marketplace...only trying to compare comparable offerings from a pricepoint and feature/benefit standpoint.  The choice was clear to me, but I certainly can't fault you if you went in another direction.

And with that, I conclude the Top 5 Troutrageous! Posts of 2014.  Unless of course I pull one out of my backside in the few days left between now and New Year's.  I seriously doubt that will happen, but who knows...

I hope you enjoyed...or at very least, tolerated...the offerings here over the last 362 days.  I'll try to do better in 2015, because it'd be hard to do much worse...

December 27, 2014

A Look Back On 2014, Instagram Style

I was never really one to embrace Instagram.  Sure I've had an account for a few years, but seldom posted to it.  At some point this year I decided to jump in and give it a legitimate "go," both expanding my posts and seeking out great content from others...I think it was a few weeks before the Tenkara Summit.

Anyway, it's been a fun year posting there, making (and connecting with) many new friends along the way.  I even found some hacks to make it integrate better with the Mothership...and created a spin-off blog of just tenkara-based Instagram posts.

As such, I thought I'd share the 5 most popular Troutrageous! Instagram posts of the determined by number of likes (which is definitely skewed toward the back 1/3rd of the year).  It's fun to look back at the year that was, especially when it's in pictures.

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A photo posted by Michael Agneta (@troutrageous1) on

A photo posted by Michael Agneta (@troutrageous1) on

If you're not on Instagram yet, check it out.  
If you do, you can find me HERE, I'd be happy to say hello.

December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas!
Happy Holidays to all of my flshing & blog BUDDYs...

*Pre-Photoshop components "liberated" from &

A continuation of last year's "Festive Fly Fisher" post found HERE

December 24, 2014

ChrisT!mas Eve Elfing...

While I'm not much for the elaborate "Elf on the Shelf" displays, Lilly loves them (& is a believer), and is going to wake up this morning to some elfin' hi-jinks...courtesy of "Mrs. Claus."

Troutrageous! Elf On The Shelf

December 23, 2014

New T! Shirts for 2015

The T! Shirt has been redesigned for 2015!
(with some help from my friends at H&H Outfitters)

It's Tenkara...
It's a Sasquatch...
It's a Big Ass Trout...
It's Green...
It's all of the above!

After a very limited initial print run, there are some sizes L-3XL in stock now.

If you like...for more info, or to buy, check HERE.

December 19, 2014

Win Costas For Christmas...

That was what the subject line of the email said.

Is it strange that I was scared to death to open it?

Fearing that I'd find this...

Frames ideal for sight casting toward pinkeye salmon....

Okay, so I just trotted out a 10 month old sight gag...(get it, sight gag?)...but seriously...I found it funny.
I do miss all of the Sochi hi-jinks...and also truly do have a phobia of sportscasters in miniature.

Oh, and by the way, you really can win Costas (del Mar, not Bob) for Christmas, the details are HERE.

December 11, 2014

Sharks, Feathers, and Fish Planes

Thought I'd break the silence around here with a new post.  Yeah, it's been a while.
Here are some quick hitters of things I've found of interest somewhat recently...perhaps you will too...

1.  Reverse Tauntaun

I'm sure most of you have seen this on Facebook (or other social network of choice by now).  Pretty crazy right?  I mean who holds their phone vertically when they take video...what the heck?  That's like the worst...

Anyway...this guy is kinda crazy for cutting open a dead shark with a big belly.  Had he never seen the video of what happened to the guys who cut open the busting-at-the-seams whale?

2.  Tenkara Tying Videos

Those crazies at Tenkara USA are up to no good again...posting a series of instructional videos of folks that tied flies at the Tenkara Summit a few months back.  Here's the first in the series...from Mark Bolson, who I happened to watch tie in person.  Good stuff.

Oh, and and is it a coincidence these videos come out at the same time they introduce complete fly tying kits?...damn that Daniel Galhardo is one savvy businessman.

3.  I Need A Vacation

Work takes a lot out of me this time of year.  It's go, go, go 24/7...and the next 2 months (December included) sadly are what validate pretty much all of my worth as an employee.  Anyway...once March comes, I need to go on vacation badly, or at least get things lined up to make that happen.

So help me figure out where to go on a mini fishing vacation escape.  Thinking long weekend, to allow 2 full days of fishing (preferably trout).  Only criteria, travel time from Jacksonville, FL should be no more than 5 hours (driving or flying)...including connections.  You can't get many places directly from JAX International.   Don't want to waste full days on planes, trains, or automobiles.

Any and all suggestions are welcomed in the comments below...