Showing posts from February, 2016

Exploring Florida - Ravine Gardens State Park

Not gonna lie, silence has been deafening around here. I don't pretend that my readers sit with bated breath waiting for the next Troutrageous! blog post, but I've been blogging for so long, it still bugs me when I go a little while without a semi-consistent stream of content.

Mid-January to mid-February do it to me every year - as work really kicks up around a few prominent sporting events. Add in the work I've been doing on the upcoming issue of Tenkara Angler magazine, and I've been a bad blogger.

I was fortunate to be able to get out last weekend with K.C. & Lilly for some decompression. We headed to a new spot that we hadn't visited in our area yet, Ravine Gardens State Park in Palatka, Florida.

Most of Florida is relatively flat when it comes to topography which makes Ravine Gardens quite the sight to see. Ravine Gardens was carved deep into the ground by the constant flow of natural springs, creating steep walls that drop over 100 feet straight down. Bea…

Inexpensive Accessories To Enhance Your Fishing Pack

You can go in a lot of different directions when it comes to selecting fly fishing gear, particularly when it comes to fishing bags and packs. Most of the fishing-specific packs that are widely available have a ton of awesome features that help make organizing and accessing your gear on the stream a breeze. That said, it doesn't mean that even the best pack can't be tweaked or improved with a few simple (& inexpensive) accessories.

With that in mind, I thought I'd share a few of the items that I've found to increase the functionality in the use of my fishing gear; figured they might do the same for you.

Chums Zipquix Zipper Pulls

All of my fishing bags have great zippers. Bad zippers are one of my pet peeves, as there's nothing worse than buying a bag that has cheap zippers that just don't zip well. However, not all of the zippers have zipper pulls, which is a small add that you might not really notice until you add them. I started doing this when I lived in…

Florida Shad, Bream, & A Bonus Fish On The Fly

Needed to get out fishing, it had been far too long. And by fishing I mean not "spend an hour or two fishing retention ponds" fishing, but real, "go somewhere cool and fish all day" fishing.
Recalling that this was about the same time of year that I headed out to chase the annual Florida shad run with Captain Rich Santos in 2015, I popped him last minute note to see if he was booked solid yet... Lucky for me, he had an opening this on Saturday, which I jumped on, cold & rainy weather forecast be damned.

I'm not going to lie and tell you the catching part of the fishing experience was stellar. Cold temps, lack of sun, and an abundance of wind seemed to put the fish down, but damn it didn't matter. When your nerves are frazzled from working non-stop at 1,000 miles per hour since Thanksgiving, you'll revel in the peacefulness that moving water, abundant nature, no cell service, and the occasional tight line provides.

However, it wasn't like the cat…