Showing posts from March, 2015

Dink Bass - Tenkara Edition

In lieu of a good post, check out this video of a little dink bass I caught yesterday.
Still trying to get a feel of where to position the GoPro when I'm wearing it...

One of these days I'll actually make a worthwhile edit. Or not.

Oh, and I guess while you're just clicking on random things, check out Fishlicker tees on Teespring... because who doesn't need a new fishing tee? I'm partial to this one, although there are a few others that are pretty sweet too...

Who Says You Can't Go Home Again?

...must have been the Valley Creek trout.

When presented with the need to be in Philadelphia for a few business meetings, I jumped at the chance to head up and get back on my "home" trout water, Valley Creek.

From 2009 to 2013, I probably fished Valley Creek at least every other weekend.  It was a 15 minute drive from my front door. It was where I caught my first trout on the fly. It was where I first fished tenkara. It was also a place that I knew like the back of my hand, and wasn't afraid to show others where to find the fish.
Ever since I moved to Florida, Valley hasn't been to kind to me during my sporadic returns. I had an underwhelming outing a year and a half ago...and this time...well, I went 0 for 2 again. 
Saturday just wasn't a good day. While it was tropical by Philadelphia standards (low 50s), it was the day after an early-Spring snowfall. The banks were a slurry of melting snow and mud, the sun refused to come out for the majority of the day, and i…

Quick Trip, Quick Ties

Headed back to Philly this weekend. Well, the suburbs of King of Prussia & Conshohocken to be exact. (Those are city names, can't make that up).
Have a meeting up there on Monday morning, so figured I'd spend the few days prior preparing by loading up on hoagies, "whiz wit" cheesesteaks, & soft pretzels. Weather looks nice on Saturday and Sunday...I'm sure folks up in the Delaware Valley will be wearing tank tops and shorts.

I'm going to try and do a little fishing while I'm up there. Hope the creeks don't get blown out from rain the night before, I'm sure they're high and dirty to begin with (just like I like my women). I suppose I'll hit Valley Creek, since many of the other waters are closed for the month for trout stocking. We'll see. 
Did work on tying up some beadhead "road kone" kebari last night to fill some holes in my fly box...I have about a half dozen more to tie before I'll be happy with my assortment…

Exploring Florida - Kennedy Space Center & Ft. Walton Beach

It's been a fast & furious past four days...

Was lucky enough to play hooky from work on Thursday & Friday to make for a long weekend, which was also the start of Lilly's spring break.

However, before the kids got off from school, they had their "big" class trip of the year to Kennedy Space Center which is about 2 hours south of Jacksonville. I volunteered to chaperone, and totally geeked out big time and turned into a 9 year old again instantly. I mean a real freakin' space shuttle!

After that we headed across the Florida panhandle as a family for a few days. I brought the fly rod, but didn't end up fishing at all. We were busy. Spent some time at the beach, then the "Gulfarium" (where the sea lion show is a can't miss), and finally watching the wife's roller derby team beat down the locals (the reason why we headed 5ish hours west in the first place)...

Man, what a weekend. Absoultely no much driving...but so much fun.…

Video - Fly Fishing for Shad on the Upper St. Johns River

Look Mom, your son's in a video!

Captain Rich Santos just uploaded a video edit of our outing in February that I highlighted last month HERE on the blog .
If you're curious what Florida's "Shad Alley" is all about, check it out! (Thanks for the video Rich!)
If you happen to be in the Jacksonville area and want to get a rod bent, a full list of Captain Rich's guide services (as well as many other resources) are available on his website

Tenkara Tuesday - Brazilian Tenkara Koi

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday.

Carlos Andre Blatt, a tenkara angler from Brazil, had a run in with a koi recently and posted this great video to the Tenkara Florida Facebook group.

What makes this even better, (and you have to pay close attention to really notice this in the video) is that he's not fishing with a short tenkara rod, his rod actually broke when initially fighting the fish, leaving him with only the top section to bring the fish to hand!
"...I thought it was ready to surrender and I pulled the rod backwards to bring it closer to grab the line. Then he suddenly swam away in a last power sprint. I wasn't able to react properly and forgot to bring rod back to its power position...."
All I can say is great catch!

Are you a tenkara angler? Do you have a story, pictures, video, fly recipe, or simply a fishing report from one of your recent tenkara adventures? If so, …

Birthday Browns Part II

Had a bit of time to burn last night.
I'm in Houston on business until Tuesday-ish and the weather has sucked. Rainy...messy, bleh.
So rather than just sitting in the hotel bar all night drinking way more than I should on a Sunday night, I caught up on some fly fishing videos. Specifically this one from WildFlyProductions, which was pretty entertaining.

Lots of trouty goodness, a few drone aerial shots, and possibly a good soundtrack (if you're into that sort of music). If we can't be on a trout stream, we might as well live vicariously through these guys...

From the Vimeo description:  Another birthday well spent and what better place than the Davidson river. Birthday Browns part II was not planned but it just so happened that about a month after Shane's birthday was Scottie's and our destination was the Davidson river. Scottie also pulled in 2 nice browns on this day thus living up to the name "Birthday Browns." We got to meet up with Conor Howard and Ja…

Anybody Read Japanese?

Ok, I'm pretty sure that I've finally gone too far with this tenkara thing.

I recently ordered what one might call a "tenkara magazine" from Japan that I can't read.
Let me repeat that, 162 English.
I was curious to see how different it might be from an American fishing magazine (language aside).
It came in the mail yesterday...

Try explaining that concept to your wife when she asks you what you ordered via registered mail...that she also had to go pick up at the post office...because the USPS wouldn't leave it at our door while I was at work.

At least the pictures are nice.

And there are some interesting gear diagrams that I can somewhat make out.

In some ways, it's kind of like getting a Playboy magazine.
Pages and pages of words that go totally unread.

No centerfold though.

Where's my rod and reel?

Happy Birthday Lilly!

Holy smokes, today is Lilly's 9th birthday!

It's a little crazy...if you use the age of 18 to represent "adulthood," (although that's certainly debatable these days), she's halfway there. A scary thought for a Dad of a one and only child, a daughter at that.

Lilly's growing up to be quite the awesome kid. Although I don't share quite as much about her on the blog anymore due to her expanding independence (and my subsequent concern over internet "creepers"), my wife and I couldn't be any prouder of the little person she's become over the past nine years. Great grades in school, a passion for reading, a creative mind, plus she's on her way to becoming a black belt in karate, so umm...teenage boys...don't mess with her in a few years! (Now if we could only get her to take a shower in less than 45 minutes...)

So I wanted to take the opportunity to acknowledge her birthday here. She still loves to see her picture on the computer s…

Tenkara Tuesday - 2015 Midwest Tenkara Fest

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday.
I've wanted to fish the Driftless for a while...and now I finally have an excuse.

Hosted by the guys at Badger Tenkara, the Midwest Tenkara Fest looks like it's going to be a good time. Pending logistics...because it's not easy to fly anywhere from Jacksonville, FL...especially Coon Valley, Wisconsin, I'm planning on being there in the beginning of May.  The 2nd & 3rd to be exact.
Having been to a few tenkara get-togethers over the past few years both on the East coast and more toward the West, I'm looking forward to meeting some new folks and putting even more faces to names, perhaps over a few cold beverages. That's always the fun part of these events (meeting folks that is)...well, along with fishing some great trout water.
Details are still coming together, but it seems like the Facebook event located HERE is the place to get in the know. It also looks like there's a website under construction, but let's not put the c…

Gear Review - The Original Ferris Sporting Bolo

Yeah, I know what you're thinking, what the F*** is a Ferris Sporting bolo?

It's only the the most fashionable fly fishing accessory on the water...or at Jack Rabbit Slim's... 

Ok, let me reset this really quick...a bolo (at least as it relates to fishing) is what many of you might call a fly fishing know, that "necklace" that allows you to hang your tippet, nippers, hemos, and other random widgets around your neck while fishing. I've always been a fishing bag sort of guy, so this set up never really appealed to me.

Enter Ferris Sporting, a fly fishing company that I honestly had never heard of, but makes a really solid product. After an innocent tweet of a video they posted to YouTube, a sample arrived at my door to give a test drive.
Before I tell you what I think of it, here are the specs and a little marketing sizzle, taken from their website. "The Ferris fly fishing lanyards keep things simple. There are plenty of options to keep close …