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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Brooklyn Pics | Samantha & Jen's Wedding

The wife and I headed up to Brooklyn last weekend. We were in town for a ladies wedding. Sam(antha) and Jen. We stayed at my cousins place up near some park. My plan was to eat my way through the neighborhood with my free time. I wanted to indulge in the following:
  • pastrami
  • cornfeef (funny typo so I'm keeping it)
  • canolis
  • pizza by the slice
  • bagels
  • pizza by the slice 
  • and pizza by the slice.

Turns out with everyone's busy schedules, planning around the kids naps, and cooking out back of cousin Nate's place, there was not much time to explore and eat. 

I didn't bring my fishing gear with me. Though I found out there is an urban fishery in the park just a few blocks away. I had planned on going over there too and scoping that out. Never happened. 

Here are the mobile uploads.
Of course, these are not in order. 
We got lunch at Zitos. 
Pastrami sandwich. 

 Fried ravioli.

 Then we took a stroll along 7th ave. I stopped into a booze shop to see if they carried Xante. They didn't, but a French dude asked me if I wanted to sample some wine. French wine. I said sure. And we got warmed up for the evening.
 This is out on the patio at dinner. Marinated and rubbed skirt steak, grilled asparagus, grilled yams. Sailor Jerry & coke, red wine.
 This is the gift basket we got Nate.
 As were were eating Nate shouts 'huge cat on the power lines' its no cat, its a raccoon. Look at its eye below lit up.
 Here it is again.
 I managed to get a few slices. Good but not great. The worst NY pizza is still better than the best you can get down here.
Me being a derp in Nate's back yard
 We clean up good?
 The bride and bride. We now pronounce you wife and wife.

 As it was a wedding between two women, the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck showed up.

 The wife under the lights. BTW, a cement dance floor sucks.
 Self portrait. I had a couple of Buffalo Trace and a splash of coke. Rocking the 3 piece suit. One really should not eat and drink as much as I did when wearing a fitted suit. I had no room. I had about an anvil's weight in steak, roasted veg (Brussel sprouts, carrots, onions, peppers, squash) for dinner.
 This is the ice cream truck lady. The deal was you could order WHAT EVER you wanted and AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. I got the 'salty pimp' and then had it covered in sprinkles and salty crushed peanuts. This was after full appetizers and dinner(s)
 My version of the salty pimp.
 Smoke on the dance floor. Too bad the DJ didn't have any Ricki-Lee
 The cone varieties.
 I love old trucks. this one was parked out front.
Fall flowers
 Table seating

Some sort of plates that I never saw used
 The drink of champions of the night. You will want to click on the link and make them. I thought they were virgin drinks but the bartender assured me there was loads of hooch in them. I bring you the Il Sorpasso
 I really liked these rustic tables and chairs.
 Here is my bourbon and a splash of cola. To Bill Brasky
 The brides' shoes. No the other bride. She broke her heels crushing the wine glass.
 Cool light show from the DJ
 The apps were the best. I was that annoying guy who took a pic of all the apps.
 The apps included: 
  • mini pecan waffles with fried chicken chunk
  • mini  mac n cheese squares
  • some sort of tuna, what evs
  • tomato soup shot with herb toast point
  • fig spread and blue cheese on toast point
  • mini sliders with pickle (I ate about a pound of these)
  • some kind of shrimps on a nacho chip, what evs
The calm before the storm
 Jessie, the bride-no the other bride, and the wife
  Here is the Il Sorpasso again in a different cup.
 Each person got an entire Burrata. When I was a cheese monger, we sold each one of these for $16. I also love arugula.
 The line for the truck before the storm. Then the storm started. I have a fear of umbrellas so I stood out in the rain.
 There was this photo booth that printed some pics. This is one of me, yes I have eyebrows, doing my Elvis thing
 Check out the wife's arms. Booya
 Camera dude on Big Gay Ice Cream Truck roof
 That's it. Back to DC for fishing this weekend and some filming. Then off to the Hudson River Valley next weekend for another wedding. I'm going to go fishing in my tux. Stay tuned.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fly Fishing In The Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C.

Here are some of my notes from my recent podcast. In addition, here are some pictures from fly fishing in the tidal basin. 

The Fly Fishing Consultant Podcast is produced by Freestone Media 

What is the Tidal Basin and where is it? 

  • 4 leaf clover shaped retaining pond
  • One way gates allow water to flow in and out
  • Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, striped bass, carp, koi, gar, needlefish, American shad, hickory shad, gizzard shad, blueback herring, alewife, crappie, white perch, yellow perch, snakehead, pumpkinseed, long ear sunfish, bluegill, channel cats, blue cats, redfish
  • Open 24hrs a day, free access. Parking is limited along West Potomac Park. Take the metro or ride a bike
  • Elevated cement sidewalk lines the basin with a cement wall as the shoreline
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Water fountains
  • Hot dog vendors, concessions (beer?)
  • It is illegal to guide for profit in the Tidal Basin
  • Paddle boats.

How To Fish
  • You need a DC license. I have been told by cops that  you need 1 per 3 anglers but don’t rely on that
  • Bait (use spam), spin/bait caster, fly
  • Walk the whole thing. I take 3 hours to do the circuit (which is the limit for parking)
  • Tidal basin is a giant nursery for fish fry. You might see a school of shad fry go by of thousands of fish
  • The water is calm, with about 1’ visibility at high tide
  • Fish along the walls
  • Fish under your feet
  • Fish the moving tide
  • Fish the high tide under the trees
  • Fish the floods
  • Spin gear can get further out into water
  • Roll cast or cast parallel to shore
  • Careful not to damage cherry trees
  • Walk the edges- there is no wading which is a FAQ, follow the concrete path that goes around it
  • No need for waders, willies are great at high tide
  • Don’t fish near the paddle boats, this is marked by signs
  • Watch the English guys with their roach poles near Kutz bridge
  • Talk to others that are fishing, talk to Harry
  • Only need three flies. Clouser minnow, bead head nymph, popping bug
  • High tide and rain will congregate on the trail
  • Find the structure – fallen trees that have gotten in, loose rocks, pipes, flotsam
  • Watch you head-low branches
  • Big largemouth will be in there in the spring to spawn. They will eat anything that looks like a white perch
  • Watch out for tourists
  • Rods – nothing under a 5wt. You don’t know what you might catch
  • Line – floating for the most part
  • Flies – Clouser or popper with bead head nymph dropper
  • Use up to 20lb tippet
  • Pack a lunch. It’s a great picnic spot
  • Spouse can hang out while you fish
  • Lots of helicopters flying overhead
  • Birding – bald eagles, cormorants, pigeons, geese, duck terns, herons, egrets, osprey
  •  Don’t lose your keys

How to deal with gapers
  • Tell them what’s in the water
  • Ask where they are from. I’ve taught Palestinians, French, French Guyanna and more to fish
  • Tell them it’s not a cess pool
  • Tell them you don’t eat the fish
  • Tell them to look down on the Ohio Drive bridge
  • Pose with them
  • There are more of them around spring break and during summer. New MLK has increased foot traffic. That also means less parking due to tour busses
  • Its Freaking crowded as a crowd can
  • One angler wears ear buds plugged into his pocket. This way gapers don't bother him.

My first clients ever at the TB
"King Of The Nibblers"
POTUS flying in


Professional soccer player meets people in blue paint for colon cancer awareness

Trolling on way back to starting point = first schoolie

Palestinian tourist wanted to learn to fish. She caught a bluegill
Her Bf

Smallest fish on a fly rod ever?
Mickey with a nice smallie. We got eaten alive by bugs that day
Dead snakehead next to a 5wt rod

stupid needlefish

Gaper bridge
My best schoolie

Cats and carp and gar and goldfish at my feet in the flood

My 1st snakehead 34"

Koi  goldfish ?

Basil  caught 5 of these in about an hour his reaction "fly fishing isn't that hard" we broke off a dozen more before we switched to 20lb tippet

4' gar at my feet

I pulled out this lone duck by my hand

Reminds me of this painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

Floral abscission looked like pink snow

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