March 31, 2016

Fashionably Different

Clicking around the L.L. Bean website last night and found myself looking at apparel. Noticed this men's mosquito-repellent shirt had thumb holes in the sleeve cuffs...

...isn't that a ladies' thing?

Eh, what do I know, I'm so confused.
Perhaps perforated wrists transcend the gender lines of fashion.

At least the very bottom of your hands will be protected from the elements.
Man, I need to go fishing...

March 30, 2016

Video: Jigawockie from Loon Outdoors

Sweet tying video showed up in my inbox yesterday from Loon Outdoors. Diggin' this Jigawockie jig nymph pattern, I'd definitely fish this fly. You in?

Jigga what?...Jigga who?

Oh, and totally random side note, only because it's on TV as I'm writing this...anybody watching this "The People v. O.J. Simpson" series on FX. Love it, love it, LOVE IT!

March 29, 2016

Fish & Chips

Ok, in my pyramid of recreational enjoyment, fishing is easily the capstone. See, I catch fish so infrequently, the adrenaline rush that the occasionally tightened line provides is absolutely boombastic, (say me fantastic).

But since one cannot be fishing at all hours, on a Monday night, around 9ish, there's probably nothing better than chips & dip & wrestling...

Well, except chips & dip & women's wrestling.

And yes, I ate the whole tub.

Don't worry, I eat salads for lunch to make up for said sour cream-based gluttony.
Gotta keep my figure to look good in those waders...

March 28, 2016

Let's Party Like It's 2010

I miss the fishing bloggers' banter.

Back in my day...when we used to type on our computers uphill through 20 feet of snow...there was a pretty good group of outdoor bloggers out there that had a community vibe going on. You'd write a post, they'd comment on it. They'd write a post, you'd be sure to visit (because it was in your Blogroll or feed reader), comment, perhaps even write a reply in a blog post of your own.

20+ Comment Posts Were Common

There was a cast of characters, RD, Owl, Func, Clif, Wolfy, DNash, and a bunch more beyond that. Some are still going, like Howard & Mark, but most have sort of found better other things to do with their time than write blog posts regularly, or have moved most of their online conversing to (gasp) Facebook.

Heck, I'm finding myself guilty of that too. Efforts on Troutrageous! have been sort of cast aside for my little Tenkara Angler magazine project over the past 6-9 months. I can't tell you the last time I wrote something that I thought was "good" over here, and even worse, I can't tell you the last time I regularly visited the blogs in my blogroll and commended their efforts. Used to do that several times a week, if not every day. It's just too easy to skim Facebook and click "Like."

Screw That.

While some of my old favorites seem to have faded away it does seem like there's still enough energy out there keeping the blogging community alive. Rad dudes like CARF, On A Fly!Eddie, & Stalking the Seam (just to name a few) are all cranking out a regular stream of posts. Heck, even some oldies but goodies (like JT) seem to have found a new swagger.

No, this isn't some sort of stupid resolution that I'm going to start writing awesome-sauce blog posts on a daily basis again, far from it. That time has passed. However, I think it's time to at least try to play the game again.

Let's party like it's 2010.

Okay, maybe not exactly like 2010...

March 25, 2016

Tenkara Angler Magazine - Spring 2016

Today I'm pleased to announce the Spring 2016 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine has hit the virtual newsstands!

I'm not going to lie, it took a little bit longer than anticipated to do all the editing, and I know I still made some mistakes (like the two page 42s listed in the table of contents - oops!), but it's done, so I'm going to let out a big exhale...

However, none of that diminishes what I think turned out to be a pretty rad issue, one that's quite a bit different from the last one.

A new logo (and interview of) Nick Cobler, tips on traveling abroad from Adam Klagsbrun, an awesome advanced casting installment by Rob Worthing, not to mention fly tying recipes from Tom Davis & Robb Chunco, essays from Paul Vertrees, Rob Lepczyk, Steven Smith, Sam Larson , and Diane Kelly-Riley...oh, and there's even art from Jim Tignor and Anthony Naples. Plus other contributions that I'll just leave as a surprise for when you open it up...

The Spring 2016 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine can be found for free online consumption via Issuu HERE, or for physical purchase via Blurb HERE.

It was a ton of fun to put together, I hope you enjoy!

March 23, 2016

New Season - New Gear

Took advantage of L.L. Bean's Spring Fishing event and hooked up a pair of their new Kennebec wading boots at 20% off (and added a few more $ off via holiday gift cards) over the weekend. 

Image from L.L. Bean Spring Fly Fishing Preview at 2015 IFTD

Loved my old pair of Gray Ghost boots, and after several years of abuse, it was finally time to upgrade. Never had a pair of BOA wading boots, but looking forward to putting them to the test once they ship later this year. (They are on backorder until May and I'm in no rush).

With that, and with warming temperatures and the new season of fishing ahead, did any of my readers pick up any new gear over the winter (or recently) that you are excited to get on the water?

Would love to hear what's new for you in 2016 in the comments below...

March 22, 2016

Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop in SGB Today

Working in general sporting goods retail for almost 20 years, it's rare to see the niche of fly fishing get some exposure in industry media, especially when the retail press as a whole tends to focus more on big dollar categories such as apparel, footwear, or fitness & team sports equipment.

Sporting Goods Business (SGB) recently interviewed Brendan Bannigan of Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop in their 'SGB Today' blog.

It's worth a quick skim if you're interested in the business side of fly fishing.

March 21, 2016

The Marsh Mysteries of Jarvis Creek

Just finished a weekend in Hilton Head, South Carolina. No, no fishing for me, rather some family time away from Jacksonville for a few days in a location we've never been to before. However that doesn't mean I can't find an angle to intertwine fishing, at least in abstract form.

On Sunday the weather was a little gray, so we spent the afternoon at the Coastal Discovery Museum, sprawling historic grounds that back right up to the marsh at Jarvis Creek. Long boardwalks allow you to walk through the marsh grass and observe wildlife both large and small without getting swallowed by the thick, dark mud.

There was an interesting sign at the beginning of the one boardwalk that spoke to "Marsh Mysteries," one of which being the resident redfish. Guess I shouldn't have left the rod at home...

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Low Tide

Here's a map that shows exactly where we were at, should you ever be in the area, or interested to learn more...

Just look at all of those beautiful squiggly lines on the left hand side of the map!

March 20, 2016

Kickstarter - The Fishing Buckle

I'm no deep sea sport-fisherman, actually furthest from it...however, this Kickstarter is kind of interesting, it's a covertly disguised fighting belt, cleverly concealed within a non-descript belt buckle.

Why does one need this? Maybe because they don't want to strap on a plastic, phallic, flag pole anchor every time they have a nice fish on? I don't know.

What I do know is that I dig the smart design, and respect that this guy took this idea and ran with it. I might even pick one up for some of the saltwater fishermen in my family. For a Kickstarter pledge of $25, it seems reasonably priced, but since he's gotta hit $20,000 to fund the project, there's still a long way to go.

Watch the video below, or check out the website HERE to learn more.

March 19, 2016

Ross Colorado LT Fly Reel - DAMN!

If I had to guess, I'd figure you've seen this somewhere already, be it social media, or even perhaps your Inbox...but damn...  I mean, c'mon now, Ross Reels, why you got to go out and do this to me...

Freakin'. Beautiful. OMFG.

Per the Ross website:
Designed around our original Colorado’s click and pawl system, the new Colorado LT retains the same ruggedness and the signature all-metal clicker of its older brother. However, that is where the similarities end as the Colorado LT is built with a new aesthetic and modern design evident in its large arbor and highly detailed porting. Adding to its elegant simplicity, the Colorado LT boasts only 15 different parts in total, all designed, machined, and assembled in Montrose, Colorado USA.

To which I repeat...

March 12, 2016

Fishing Haturday - This Is Fly

You know This Is Fly, the tight e-mag that does an awesome job blending fly fishing & modern culture together into a thoroughly entertaining read? Well, they have a small store as well where they sell swag, including hats.

I'm really digging on the patch designs on a few of their hats, so today's featured hat is...

I think the message here is a good one, something everyone should be able to get behind. There are far too many internet assholes who seemingly make it their primary mission to troll how fellow fly-fishers fish, the size of their catches, or whatever...

I mean does it really matter how you care to fly fish? Dry flies, streamers, Czech nymphs, tenkara, indicators, whatever? Wild fish or stocked, 30 inches or 3, who cares, it's about recreation and fun. 

So if you're not one of those douchebags, I think this is a pretty rad hat.
At $20 it won't break the bank to extend the gospel of fly fishing brotherhood atop your dome.

March 10, 2016

Damn, Decade Reels Are Pretty...

Don't talk about reels all that frequently around here, but these beauties from Decade will stop you in your tracks.


Designed, made, and assembled in the USA (Oregon), I certainly wouldn't mind sliding one of these click & pawls on my trusty 3-weight.

Doesn't seem like their website is really e-commerce enabled at the moment, but in doing some research on their Instagram & Facebook pages, appears the 3/5 model can be had for around $375 later this Spring.

Here are a few more pictures lifted from their social media...




March 1, 2016

Tenkara Tuesday - Designing Change

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday...

Graphic design is just one of those things I don't do well. I can mix up a mad Photoshop with somebody else's assets, but creating something visual from scratch, eh, I'm a lightweight.

When I wanted to redesign the wordmark/logo for the Tenkara Angler magazine project, I looked briefly at Fiverr as an solution, spun my wheels on some Google searches, and then, by chance stumbled upon some pretty rad stuff on Instagram...

Yeah, I wanted those.  Or something like those.

I reached out to the artist, Nick Cobler about the redesign project, just to gauge his interest....only to learn he's from Pennsylvania and has been known to pick up a tenkara rod from time to time. Boom, game over!

From there, the process was pretty straightforward. I called him, describing what I was looking in my opinion, too much of the image of tenkara has for better or worse been portrayed as an extreme. Either very Far Eastern (naturally), or American hipster (unfortunately).

I wanted something different, something that would maintain a somewhat minimalistic feel, but be strong and bold at the same time. We're not all frail, sissy boys waving fairy wands at four-inch fish, you know?

A project brief...

...followed by some concepts ...

...and we ended up on this...

...which will visualize itself like this...and I couldn't be happier!

In the next issue of Tenkara Angler magazine, I'll spotlight Nick and his work through an interview I think you'll all enjoy. Sure, interviews with "Tenkara Masters" are plenty insightful, but as far as I'm concerned, it's more fun to talk to your peers, who like you are still finding their way with the long rod, about why they fish tenkara.

In the meantime, check out Nick's work on Instagram, Stickermule Marketplace, or his professional website, which includes a much less wordy description of the process outlined above.