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This blog is about my life as a fly fisherman, guide, and fly fishing instructor in and around Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

What's Up With Tiny Elvis | Hey Man That's Huge

I've taken this line from Tiny Elvis from Saturday Night Live 'Hey Man, Thats Huge'. Thus if you are wondering why I use it on Facebook, Twitter, and the comments section of blogs,  you now know man.

If you post a picture of a tiny fly, I'll say its huge.
If you post a big fish picture, I'll tell you its huge.
If you post a tiny fish picture, I'll tell you its huge.

So  now you know the origin of this random gibberish.

Tiny Elvis by shundriad

I had a picture of Tiny Elvis on my "blackboard" when I was a high school teacher. I had the kids trained to answer with 'Thats Huge Man' if I asked them what Tiny Elvis would say about the Mitochondria, the Electron Transport Chain, or the Sister  Chromatids.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Essential Gear Review | Sitka The Bandit

I'd been looking for a digital camo neck gator for a while. I have a black fleece one somewhere. I'm guessing I left it at the condo in Breckenridge back in March. I wear the Buff for the summer to keep the sun off of me. In the cold I need something else. I searched the interwebs for several days for what I was looking for and put out a request on Facebook. I didn't turn up anything promising.

What does an urban fly fishing geek need with digital camo anyway? Its not like I'm the target audience for digital camo products anyway (though Orvis thinks so as I do have their digi camo shoulder sling). Why not look for one that has graffiti on it or pigeon patterns. Heck, it should be concrete patterned right? Well I happen to like the digital camo.

A few weeks back I stopped off at Bass Pro Shops. I walked around the hunting section and didn't see any digi camo neck covers. I picked up their fall hunting catalog on the way out. I got home and flipped through the pages. 

It didn't take me long to find the Sitka Gear page. I was familiar with the company as they are an option on ProGuideDirect.- click the link, make a purchase, I get commission.  I noticed they had a digital forest camo neck gator. I stopped in Bass Pro a few days later and looked at it. I had to get it. The cost is reasonable and I plan on wearing this article of clothing a lot. Again, not the target audience but it works and I like it and I think you will too!

It has the following features:
  • A simple design that can be used for many things.  Pull it up just over the bridge of your nose as a face mask, leave it loose around your neck to keep the sun off, or pull it up high in the front and back for added warmth
  • A small slit for your mouth makes it possible to still use your calls easily while silver scent inhibiting technology keeps your scent minimized
  • Fabric Details: Polyester bi-component fabric
  • Colors: OPTIFADE™ Open Country concealment, OPTIFADE™ Forest concealment (I prefer Forest --> )
  • Sizes: One size fits most
  • Weight: 1.54 oz.
  • Price: $25.00
Today was the first day I had to try it out. It was 34 when I got out and there was frost on the ground. I met a client out on the river at 0900 and we fished until 11. I took off the gator around 5pm. It was so comfortable I kept it on long after I was off the water. I didn't feel the wind on my neck while fishing or taking dr jones to the dog park. Its super smooth and has a stretch to fit over your mug.

I'm looking forward to wearing the Bandit this winter as I fish for steelhead across the Great Lakes and carp along the Potomac. The nose slit will allow me to breathe with out fogging up my Costas.

I'll have to give a second review when the temps are super cold. Today was pleasant out. I'll put it to the grind in a few weeks off of Lake Ontario.

If you want to pick one up, please go through ProGuideDirect. Mention my name so I can receive commission.

Pro Guide Direct

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Weekend In Upstate New York

We headed up to the Hudson River Valley x Catskills last weekend. If you don't follow me on twitter or Facebook, this is new to you. My wife's co worker 'Decker' was getting hitched at her parents vast property in StoneRidge, Ny. We made the drive up 81 and across to New York and up to the mountains. As an angler, it was difficult to pass the following streams and not fish:
  • Potomac
  • Shenandoah 
  • Falling Springs
  • Big Springs 
  • Yellow Breeches
  • Susquehana
  • Upper Delaware
As we have been to Deckers parent's place before, I knew to bring my fishing gear. They have a pond dug out via backhoes in a field. The water is from springs. They have not put any fish in there but somehow there are bass and bluegill. The theory being that the eggs come in on the ducks and geese.

We dropped off our gear at the hotel in Kingston and made our way to the rehearsal dinner.

We stopped off at farmers markets on the way in.

Loads of pumpkins and great afternoon light.

 This is the view of the pond.  Its deep. There is no grade to it. It just drops off to like 14'.
 This is the Esopus. I didn't fish it. I just walked along it. It was down the street.
 As these are out of order due to Picasa uploading, this is the wife on the roof deck of the building where everyone was staying. Talk about a 'green' roof. THW was a bridesmaid.
 Mushrooms growing on the roof with moss and lichen.
 This is the wife outside the church.
 Some more fungi, if it has a cap like these, its a mushroom. I get all sorts of angry when people call morels mushrooms. They might look like a club fungi but they are not mushrooms. They are cup fungi.
 The outside of the church.
 I took some of the guys fishing. They had smokes and big goblets of wine. It was super windy as a front was blowing through.

 The wind made casting unbearable. We called it.
This is the grocery store in Kingston. They were making FRESH cider donuts with sugar. .50 each. So friggin good. This is the morning after the rehearsal dinner.
 Thats my donut. Guess who I shared it with.

 After the breky at the grocery store, I dropped off the wife at the salon to get her wig busted. Apparently Daniel Craig lives nearby and his wife goes to the same salon. I went straight to the pond to wet a line. 
Fishing was hard. Not much was going on. I was about to bail on the fishing trip when I got this nice bass on a squirmy worm after 20 min.

 I then went on a hunt for Freihofer cookies. Not available here in Virginia. I can bribe my dad with them. My parents were watching the dog and the kid. Some cookies helped.
 I went from the store to the Esopus. Saw some bluegill and a bass.
 A leaf footed bug on the wall of the B&B. Loads of stink bugs and lady bugs were all around trying to find a warm spot to stay the winter. I sat outside and ate some chili and chicken stew from the farmers market while the ladies dressed. I put on my tux after they drove to the church.
 Tallest pastor ever.
 THW outside the church.
 I had to ride on the back of a mule 4x4 to the apple cooler building. We had to move about 20 cases of booze from the cooler to the tent. Thats the horse barn behind me.


 I then took on my mission to catch fish in my tux. This bluegill was all bent.

 Back up to the wedding tent. There were corgis running all over the place.
 The front blew through and made long shadows with the light.
 I got some bass. Got a case of bass thumb. This one tore my thumb up.
 Corgis in the party. I took breaks between fishing and eating.

 The corgis then cleaned the plates.
As the front blew in so did the cold. The temps dropped fast. I had to get out of my penguin suit and into something warmer with layers. I had a cigar and we went down to fish the fading light. Note to the ladies (and men), don't plan a reception next to a bass pond. You won't see the dudes.
 This guy had never fly fished before this night. He got this nice bass in the corner of the pond on top!
 Then bluegill on the squirmy.
 The dad of the bride bought about $3k of fireworks. They blew them up. It was awesome. The stars up there were awesome too.

Early the next morning we drove back home. It was super cold. We stopped at farmers markets to get vittles. This one had an oatmeal bar. We loaded up on baked goods, fresh cider, honey, jams, and more. Wish we had more markets like this around here. There is only one working farm in all of Fairfax County!

Next road trip - Steelhead.

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