April 22, 2018

Beauty in Nature

On this Earth Day, just sharing a few photos I've taken over the years. Even Mother Nature can make a substandard photographer look good sometimes...

April 16, 2018

The 2018 Troutrageous! Garage Sale...

Time for some Spring cleaning...

This past weekend I took a look at my ever-growing fishing gear collection and realized it was time to let go of some stuff. I figure, if I haven't fished it in a year or so, it would be better off in somebody else's hands than collecting dust in my crowded "fishing room."

I have to admit, part of it is also some pangs of guilt of "consumerism" setting in. See, I recently read the quasi-business book "Let My People Go Surfing" by Yvon Chouinard. If you're not a fan of Patagonia (the brand) I wouldn't recommend reading it, but there was a lot of good stuff in there, particularly about fair business practices, being environmental stewards, and doing more with less. Check it out if you have interest. I did it on audiobook over a week or so's worth of drives to and from work.

Anyway... back to the garage sale. Last night I put a few lightly used tenkara rods up for sale in the T! Store, as well a pair of brand new wet wading/water boots that are just a smidge too small for me. Some good deals if you ask me, I hope you feel the same.

Tenkara USA Ito - SOLD 

Tenkara Customs / Winn Grip Rod - SOLD

Five Ten Water Tennies (US Size 11) - SOLD

Over the next few days/weeks, I'll be adding to the garage sale as I go through my lightly or possibly never used fishing & outdoors stuff, so make sure to check back often. Who knows what you might find... you can always see by clicking on the "T Store!" link at the top of this page.

April 10, 2018

Restless for the Driftless

Less than a month until my next trip to the Driftless. To say I'm excited is a bit of an understatement. With the way this winter is hanging on across the country, I'm guessing it's going to be cold, but that's okay, I still own jackets, wool socks, and such... I'm not that "Florida" yet.

As of tonight, all of the arrangments are made - plane, car, lodging - now it's just time to wrangle some gear and pack my bags. I plan to travel light on that front. Just a rod or two, a few small boxes of flies, some lines and tippet, and a fishing backpack to carry it all. Oh, and maybe some extra batteries for the camera, I'd like to take some video.

One of the reasons why I'm going to the Driftless is the Midwest Tenkara Fest, so I have a feeling if I forget something, I'll be able to pick up missing odds and ends locally... along with a Spotted Cow or three...

In the meantime, the countdown begins. Maybe a few nights at the vise between now and then to calm the nerves. Tie a fly or two in anticipation, definitely need to take a look at my nymph & leech inventory...

Damn, these next three weeks or so are going to go by slow...

April 2, 2018

Tenkara Angler Magazine: Spring 2018

It’s my pleasure to announce that the Spring 2018 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine is now live!

This issue was a lot of fun to put together... I really got sucked in by a few of the essays as I was editing them. Bob Long's piece on how to fixed-line fly fish for smallmouth bass was really interesting. Tom Davis also popped in with a "how-to" on fishing small, tight water. It's a must-read if you ask me.

Besides those articles, you’ll find all the phenomenal essays, destination stories, photography, humor etc… that you’re accustomed to reading in each issue. I even embedded some video to compliment some of the entries. Make sure to crank up your computer or phone's volume when you click the Creedence Clearwater Revival link that accompanies John-Paul Povilaitis' "Brookies & Beer: Volume 23."


As usual, the Spring 2018 issue of Tenkara Angler will be available as a free e-magazine over at Issuu, HERE.

And also available for sale as a physical magazine and PDF download in the Blurb bookstore, HERE.