Thursday, August 28, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014
Ok guys, it took a little longer than I wanted, but I've captioned all the photos on this post! There was some really interesting new gear at the iCAST New Product Showcase. Just let me know if you want any more information on any of the products, I plan to put up a few product specific posts of the items that really caught my attention.
Good morning Folks!
I'm in Orlando, Florida attending iCAST and IFTD as a media representative for The Suburban Angler. I've been posting pictures to Instagram as I take them, I wanted to make sure to get them on the blog as well. I'll try to come back and caption the photos later, I'm without computer down here(!!!) and blogging from my phone has its challenges! This first group is from my campsite and the New Product Showcase Media Preview last night. Enjoy!
|Site 53 at Wekiwa Springs State Park, a very nice campground that I will have to go back to.|
|Two Tom Turkeys walked through the grassy area behind my campsite as I was setting up.|
|Made it to iCAST and IFTD 2014!|
|Made it through the first door. Everyone gathered here to be welcomed before going into the New Product Showcase.|
|The Old Town Predator XL with optional integrated electric motor. Seems to take the romance out of kayaking!|
|I liked these loafers from Rugged Shark. The description promises full support for your feet!|
|The M2300 Fly Caddy from Panaro Plastics. Waterproof and dustproof to keep your tying materials dry after shooting rapids!|
|The description card for the above caddy.|
|There was a really good feel to these new pliers from Simms. U.S.A. Made = Bonus Points!|
|The Argus Fly Reel from Douglas Outdoors. Great feel, traditional styling, U.S.A. made and not shiny so it won't spook the trout!|
|SO COOL! Helter Skeletons rearticulated fish skeletons in the Gifts section.|
|The new tandem kayak from Hobie. It has the famous Mirage Drive and can be configured for solo, tandem or "social" kayaking!|
|LiT Industries LiT Cooler. Awesome idea putting LED's through the cooler. Makes finding that last beer a little easier in the dark!|
Thursday, July 17, 2014
|Adipose Boatworks had one of their beautiful driftboats on display. I'd sure like to try floating the Chattahoochee in one of these boats.|
|I thought this was one of the coolest innovations of the show. Umpqua was showing the new for 2015 Tailgater Organizer. This is a "saddle bag" design that can be adjusted to fit almost any style tote box, it will even hang on seat backs or railings!|
|This is the Mystic Fly Rods booth. You need to check out their 3-weight switch rod!|
|Reddington had some awesome products on display in their booth. I really like the looks of these Sonicdry Pants.|
|Allen Fly Fishing had a table full of their beautiful reels. Wish I had a table that looked like this!|
|I was very impressed with Galvan Fly Reels, a family owned and operated company making some really nice reels right here in the U.S.A.|
|I got to talk with the co-founders and inventors of the Tacky Fly Box, they're great guys and they've come up with a fantastic product. Look for a full review on this fly box revolution on the blog soon!|
|Sorry I don't have a better picture, but these Korkers boots are just awesome! These are the K5 Bombers, built with fishing guides in mind. They're like the Swiss Army Knife of wading boots!|
|The new Living Eyes from Fish Skull were amazing. They're a 3D, Holographic eye for flies and lures and they are very lifelike! You'd have to see them in person to get the full effect.|
|This is the Atlas fly tying vise from Wolff Indiana. I loved this full featured, full rotary vise. Made in USA and guaranteed to firmly hold from a 7/0 down to a size 32 fly hook!|
|This is how I spent my second night in camp!|
Friday, July 04, 2014
I hope you're all doing well today! I just wanted to wish all my readers a very happy Independence Day holiday! For those of you who hail from outside the U.S. I hope you all have a great weekend. Instead of talking about fishing on the blog today I wanted to share with you guys what I consider to be one of the most important documents in all of human history. The United States Declaration of Independence. If you've never read it then, please, take a few minutes on this important day to read it. If you have read it, give it another look. It absolutely amazes me the intelligence with which this letter was composed.
I wish you all a very safe, fun and happy Independence Day!
The Declaration of Independence: A TranscriptionIN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
Page URL:The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:Column 1
Button Gwinnett Lyman Hall George WaltonColumn 2
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur MiddletonColumn 3
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter BraxtonColumn 4
Thomas McKeanColumn 5
Abraham ClarkColumn 6
Robert Treat Paine
U.S. National Archives & Records Administration
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College Park, MD,
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Saturday, June 07, 2014
I haven't gotten around to posting in a while, so this one's a bit pic heavy. Because of that, I'll try to keep the rambling short! I've been fishing every chance I get lately and the Little Girl and I have been checking out some of the historical places we have here in North Georgia. So, even though I'm out of school for the summer, we're still staying pretty busy.
|Antiques are another of my passions.|
The next few pictures are from a little day trip we took up toward Helen, Georgia. We spent a few hours walking around the North Georgia Zoo and Wildlife Wonders park. The Little Girl bonded with some young Pygmy Goats that were ready to adopt us. If we had a bigger backyard, I wouldn't have been opposed to bringing a couple home myself. I'm a little more partial to the chickens and miniature donkeys though. After a wonderful German lunch at Hofer's in Helen, we stopped at Nora Mills Granary to feed the trout by the dam. This stretch of river is owned by the mill, no fishing is allowed unless guided by one of the Unicoi Outfitters guides, catch and release only. I'd love to do it, but I'm in no position to pay for fishing! We ended up getting a tour of the mill, samples of the grits and had to buy a few pounds of assorted grains before we left! A great little roadside stop, you should really check it out if you're ever in the area. And, don't forget the trout above the dam, they put on a better show!
I've got some pretty good fish pictures next. I've been fishing Suwanee Creek a lot to avoid the traffic on Lake Lanier. I found a pretty good hole where the creek doglegs and it seems to hold a good many bluegills. The last time I was out there was a beaver swimming around checking things out. I think that's a good sign for the health of the creek!
Lastly are some pictures of the historic Poole's Mill covered bridge outside of Cumming, Georgia. It was a very picturesque spot and I look forward to going back with the kayak and a flyrod! I do hate to see so much graffiti on a historical landmark, some people have no respect. I am fascinated with the milling marks on the old timbers and love that it's all peg construction!
I hope you're all doing well, and that I didn't ramble too much for you! Enjoy the pictures and get out and explore the fishing holes and history in your backyard!
|I won a 3-month subscription to PostFly Box on Instagram. Each shipment includes a sticker, so I found an appropriate place for it!|
|A nice bluegill on a white popper taken kayak fishing on Lake Lanier.|
|Another nice little bluegill.|
|Just a fly-keeper shot.|
|Two week old Pygmy Goat kids nursing on the Little Girl's fingers at the North Georgia Zoo and Wildlife Wonders park.|
|A look back downstream at the Granary building.|
|A view upstream on the Chattahoochee River from Nora Mills Granary looking above the dam.|
|The hand-built log dam at Nora Mills Granary. This is the last privately owned dam on Chattahoochee River. There's been a dam on this spot for over 150 years!|
|Did you know that the phrases "a damsel in distress" and "keep your nose to the grindstone" both originated in stone ground grain mills?|
|I know I've said this before, but I have a major fascination with water-powered mills!|
|They may be tough to see, but these are the trout below the dam at Nora Mills Granary. I stopped counting at 20!|
|A good looking Suwanee Creek 'gill.|
|Another good Suwanee Creek fish, possibly the biggest yet!|
|Trying to shake the popper! Beautiful colors on this Suwanee Creek bluegill.|
|My favorite hole on Suwanee Creek. Makes casting tough.|
|The aquarium at the Macon, GA Bass Pro Shop.|
|A monster Bluegill in the Bass Pro aquarium.|
|The vintage fly display at Bass Pro Macon.|
|Beautiful bridge. The center support was added recently to shore up the sagging bridge.|
|100 year old milling marks.|
|The underside of the bridge.|
|The bridge from upstream. You know there's fish in that water!|