August 31, 2015

Nashville Bound

Not today, not tomorrow, but this upcoming Labor Day weekend...


The family & I have never been there, (actually a bit of a lie, I went there for work once but hardly got out of the hotel), so about two months ago, on a whim, we bought a few "Wanna Get Away" tickets on Southwest Airlines.

Other than country music, which definitely isn't my expertise, I don't know a whole lot about Nashville. We're planning on doing all of the touristy things, and even scoped out some pretty indulgent places to eat...because let's be honest, local eats are always the highlight of any trip.

What I'm curious is if there are any places (be they urban...creeks, parks, whatever) where I might be able to do a little fishing on foot? Even if it's just to sneak away for an hour or two...tenkara rods pack up too small not to bring one everywhere.

Fly South - Maybe these guys can help me out?

That said, we are staying at the Gaylord Opryland just for the spectacle, and well as Bill Heavey wrote earlier this year in Field & Stream, perhaps the fishing opportunity might be closer than I think?

Some BIG goldfish lurk in the Opryland fountains

For real, will take any recommendations - landmarks, attractions, food, fishing - in the comments below... Appreciate the help!

August 18, 2015

Tenkara Tuesday - Traveling Around The Tenkara Horn

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday...

In today's installment on Tenkara Tuesday, I'd like to use it as an opportunity to highlight a handful of blog posts from others that are really worth your time checking out. There is quite a bit of cool stuff going on these days...


Of Rock And Riffle


Last week Adam Klags concluded a three piece trip report of his recent journey to Italy. There have been many anglers highlighting recent tenkara trips to Japan, but Italy...well, that's worth checking out too! While the posts look really long, there are a ton of photos, so each is easily digestible. They can be found HERE, HERE, & HERE.


Tenkara Enso


Did I mention tenkara trips to Japan?  Christophe from Tenkara Enso recently returned from a trip of a lifetime. This little recap won't do his travels justice - meeting Yuzo Sebata, learning how to build bamboo rods, visiting Hiromichi Fuji's workshop, oh, and tons of fishing...check out all the posts to date HERE, HERE, HERE, & HERE.


Fishinghobs


I'm not going to lie, I don't know a lot about this blog, but I was fortunate enough to stumble upon a recent entry about building a tenkara rod. It's a well written & photographed piece, and features the tenkara rod building kits from "friend of the blog" Tenkara Customs. If you've never built your own tenkara rod, this post might just be the little nudge needed to give it a try. Find "Creating a Tenkara Rod" HERE.


Discover Tenkara


There are few tenkara content providers as polished as the guys over at Discover Tenkara. Interestingly, this latest post was not written by them, but rather an acquaintance named Glenn that came to them a tenkara skeptic. After reading the post, perhaps you'll find a little bit of your own experience in Glenn's account...it's definitely interesting to read his point of view HERE.


Tenkara Talk


Tenkara Talk hasn't been all that chatty as of late, but last week Jason recounted a recent trip with "Dennis Michael" to try and find some tiger trout. Let's just say they were successful, which makes me jealous...because I still need to cross a tiger trout off of my fishing bucket list. Take a journey to the land of glaciers & tigers HERE.

*All photos courtesy of respective blogs*

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ATTENTION TENKARA FISHERFOLK
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, I'd really enjoy hearing from you for an upcoming Tenkara Tuesday post or Tenkara Angler magazine! Feel free to send an email HERE, I'd love to publish your original contribution.

August 13, 2015

Tenkara USA Podcasts - "Tenkara Cast"

Last evening, Tenkara USA announced that they will be releasing tenkara-based podcasts moving forward. There are currently 3 available, either via Soundcloud or iTunes that are really worth a listen.


I listened to the first one last night, and the other two this morning during my drive into work. Of the three, the second, "Excuses - Why You May Get Skunked and How to Catch Fish" is definitely a gem.


Excuse #4 even references a poorly-kept secret in tenkara-circles. But you'll have to listen, or maybe click HERE, to learn more about that!

Well done Daniel and the Tenkara USA crew, looking forward to more great tenkara content in future Tenkara Casts!

August 12, 2015

Gear Review - Mojo Sportswear "Mr. Big" Short Sleeve Performance Fishing Shirt

Way back in the beginning of the Summer, back before the ICAST Show, I was sent a sample from Mojo Sportswear to do a gear review. They sent along a really nice fishing shirt...a Mr. Big button down performance shirt...not an "Under Armour-style" synthetic t-shirt that seems to be all the rage these days.


I wore it around the house a little bit, I wore it outside in the Florida heat, I just never wore it to go fishing. Sadly, most of my fishing plans got thwarted by either bad weather or family time over the last month or so...not that I can really complain about the latter. As such, I've been a bad blogger reviewer, something I wanted to rectify today.

So let's get into the details...in a classic "Pros & Cons" format...

PROS:

The Mr. Big shirt is really well executed. The fabric is far from flimsy, but it isn't hot either. The back venting really helps keep you cool, and this is probably one of the features I like the best about the Mr. Big. It is not a horizontal "cape" vent that run across your back similar to what many fishing shirts use, but rather a vertical slit along each shoulder with a mesh backing. 


I prefer this because when you wear the shirt it doesn't scream "HEY YO, I'M WEARING A FISHING SHIRT!" It's nice, covert ventilation. 

Another really solid feature are the pockets. The pockets you say? Yes, the pockets.

While they are big & deep enough to hold a small fly box, tippet spools, phone, or whatever, they aren't big and billowy. I'm not a big fan of over-sized pockets, at least not on shirts like this. They are also Velcro close with nylon (?) pull tabs to gain access. No zippers or buttons to deal with, I like the pockets.


The shirt is really easy care. While it's not wrinkle-proof, it takes some serious scrunching for it to show wrinkles. A simple wash, dry, and then fold or hanger and you're good to go. I'd think that'd be good for the traveling fisherman...or just somebody who is allergic to ironing shirts like myself.

Finally, there's also a nice decorative touch that is easy on the eyes with coconut accent buttons. So yeah, you can wear it fishing, but it won't look out of place at a Jimmy Buffett concert either! I like the buttons, you may not.


I didn't even mention the fact that the MaxCool fabric wicks moisture, repels stains, and has a UPF 30 rating...but let's face it, most technical performance shirts on the market have comparable features these days. My draw to this shirt is the tailoring I mentioned above. 

CONS:

With any "pros," there are always "cons" too, and I'd be remiss if I didn't mention them, even though it could be considered nitpicking. My main con is what I'll call logo overload. While I don't mind a big logo on a t-shirt, I don't really care for excessive logos on button downs. It's a shirt, not a billboard.


This particular shirt has a nice sized Mojo "hook" logo above the front chest pocket, which isn't bad on its own, but it is then followed up with a pretty large Mojo wordmark logo on the back in between the shoulder blades. The back hit just isn't necessary in my opinion, and takes away from the aesthetics just a bit, particularly if you're not really a huge fan of the font.

CONCLUSION:

End of the day, I really like and would recommend the Mr. Big performance fishing shirt to anybody looking for a new shirt to add to their wardrobe. The features alone, some on par with the competition, others what I'd consider superior such as the tailoring, make this a really compelling option in a very crowded fishing shirt marketplace. And as an added bonus, you won't look out of place should you choose to wear it to work or out to eat either. As a nouveau-Floridian, this shirt screams Sunshine State to me!

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DISCLAIMER:
The Mojo Sportswear Mr. Big short sleeve performance fishing shirt featured in this product review was provided to me at no cost, but carries a suggested retail price of $54. I currently hold no association with Mojo Sportswear, and didn't solicit them for the product to review. It was simply offered and I accepted, I'm certain because I'm such a nice guy.

REVIEW POLICY:
As with all independent gear reviews at Troutrageous! I try my best to keep my reviews honest and unbiased. If something is good, it deserves applause; if it sucks, I'll comment on the experience, but rather than write an uncomplimentary post, inform the manufacturer my opinion of their offering directly outside of this blog. (For real, you should see some of the stuff I haven't written about...) This policy pertains to items both purchased and provided at no (or reduced) cost.

August 11, 2015

Tenkara Tuesday - Simple Flies by Morgan Lyle

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday...

Today we're going to talk flies. Or rather an excellent book that shows you how to tie them.


For those that are looking to fill their fly box, but might not be the most gifted of fly tyer, Simple Flies: 52 Easy-to-Tie Patterns that Catch Fish (by Morgan Lyle) is an absolute "must read" prior to their next tying session.

The beauty of this book is that all of the flies can be tied rather quickly with only a handful of materials, something that will likely align with the "less is more" philosophy that attracts many anglers to tenkara.

While those readers will probably be pleased to find a tenkara-centric section with photos of familiar faces such as Daniel Galhardo & "TenkaraBum" Chris Stewart, and flies such as the Ishigaki kebari, Takayama kebari, and Utah Killer kebari, the other forty-something patterns within (perhaps with the exception of some of the larger, weighted streamers) are also very compatible with ultralight tenkara tackle.


But believe me when I say that this is not a tenkara book, far from it. All of the fly patterns outlined within can be used with a more traditional "western" fly rod & reel, making this a great read for any discipline of fly angler. Simple Flies includes informative background stories and easy to follow "how-tos" for wets, dries, nymphs, & streamers of all shapes and sizes.

Approximately 160 pages of content, and an MSRP of $19.95, the flies may be simple, but there is more than enough to keep any angler happily busy at the vise for a very long time.

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ATTENTION TENKARA FISHERFOLK
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, I'd really enjoy hearing from you for an upcoming Tenkara Tuesday post or Tenkara Angler magazine! Feel free to send an email HERE, I'd love to publish your original contribution.

August 10, 2015

Seneca Inc.: Pennsylvania Handcrafted

Just thought I'd share a t-shirt I decided to take the plunge on last night.

It's not my typical style, but based on my Keystone State upbringing, the graphic on the back was far too appropriate to pass...


I've been following Seneca Inc. on Instagram for a little bit now. In addition to this shirt, there is also headwear that borrows from the same Jake Beaver design, as well as some other great gear that might fall right in your wheelhouse.

August 9, 2015

Woman On Mars? Ummm...Look To The Left!!!

Over the past few days there has been a lot of buzz about a photo from Mars that appears to show a ghostly woman, just kinda standing in the middle of nowhere...


Now if you're into outer space and extraterrestrials (like I am), it's kind of a no brainer. Of course it's a woman on Mars. Are we as Earthlings ignorant enough to think we are the only lifeforms in the galaxy?

The thing that is REALLY notable about this picture is if you actually find the raw image file from the NASA website and zoom out a bit...(the woman is still about center)


What, don't see it yet?

Let me zoom in for you...


BOOM! A Tenkara Sasquatch, unmistakably fishing a run on a crystal clear Martian stream.

The truth is out there people...you just need to know where to look...

August 4, 2015

Tenkara Tuesday - Tenkara Angler Magazine

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday...

This past weekend I was goofing around on the computer installing the new Windows 10 operating system (so far, so good by the way), when I stumbled across some online publishing software I downloaded for Lilly a few years ago when she wanted to write and print her own paperback book that she could keep in her personal library of children's books.

Being a tinkerer by nature, one thing led to another and over the course of Friday night and Saturday afternoon I ended up using that software to throw together some tenkara-themed articles and pictures that I've posted to the blog in the past, sprinkled in a little bit of new content, and created a magazine called Tenkara Angler.


By dating it "Fall 2015" the allusion is to Tenkara Angler being a quarterly publication, although who really knows. This could easily be the first and last issue. I suppose it can serve as a test to gauge interest, of both consumption and collaboration.

As you'll probably notice in the "Introduction" excerpt, I'm open to pretty much anything.

If you do happen to purchase a copy either via PDF download or in print, thank you so much for the support. (And thanks to the 3 of you that have so far!) Neither versions are priced to make me a profit, simply to make back a few cents to help offset the cost of printing my own personal copy. The next issue might go totally "fanzine," 100% online and free of charge. We'll see...

If nothing else, it was an entertaining creative outlet and diversion from the blog for a few days. Putting together the pagination was pretty fun, and honestly fairly easy with the Blurb software, although the result of all of the editing is far from professional quality; my fault, not theirs.

I always wanted to write my own book or magazine. Something I could read or gift and then "display" on a coffee table alongside copies of Fly Tyer, Eastern Fly Fishing, and Field & Stream. Lilly & I are alike in that regard.  :)

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ATTENTION TENKARA FISHERFOLK

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, I'd really enjoy hearing from you for an upcoming Tenkara Tuesday post or Tenkara Angler magazine! Feel free to send an email HERE, I'd love to publish your original contribution.

August 3, 2015

“Once You Start Down the Dark Path, Forever Will It Dominate Your Destiny, Consume You It Will.”

I've got trout stuck on my mind again.
I need to get back to Dagobah...er, I mean Georgia...and pay my pocket water Yoda a visit.

If not now, soon...Autumn isn't that far away.

“Always two there are, no more, no less. A master and an apprentice.”