Saturday, December 31, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

After several hours consulting the bride as she feverishly clicked at the keyboard, a video emerged.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Nothing by Cardenas yet, but...

I'm reading "No Shortage of Good Days,"
by this guy.
It's available via,

Minion Book Club...What are you reading???

Has anybody read anything by Jeffrey Cardenas? Please share any good reads from 2011 or any fly fishing related recommendations for 2012.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Cool App

For those fly fishers who have the Iphone of Ipad I highly recommend the Orvis Fly Fishing App and various pod casts.

Link fixed.

I don't always kayak...

but when I do, I Torqeedo.

And no, the was not under the tree.
p.s. How about that superior German engineering?

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

New Winter Sport!


Man up!

Friday Christmas Bacon!

Deck the halls with pounds of bacon...
fa la la la la!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Saturday Night in Millheim

After an afternoon spent exploring State College, no JoePa sightings, my lovely wife and I dropped by TCO to pick up the 2nd edition of Paul Weamer's "Flyfishing Guide to the Delaware River." Paul was working and was glad to autograph it. Now I have to pretend that I don't know about it Christmas morning.
After departing TCO we traveled toward Millheim on 45 to find a parking space near Elk Creek Cafe. We noticed an interesting looking gallery across the street from the previously mentioned brewpub.
The gallery had a plethora of fly fishing related art. Multiple artists were displaying oil, acrylic and water colors as well as sculpture. Stew mentioned yesterday that there is also a nice selection of fly fishing art displayed at the Old Forge Brewery in Danville.
We were also interested in the craft brews and blue grass music to be found at Elk Creek. We sampled the Copper Ale, Hairy John IPA and Double Rainbow IPA.
As usual the copper ale was very tasty. The double rainbow was quite good as well. Dinner was delicious and incredibly filling. We decided that waiting 2 hours for Cabinet, the blue grass band, to start was excessive, so we departed for home. On the way back to Lightstreet we stopped off at the Turkey Hill Brewery to pick up some tickets for their New Year's Eve celebration. Todd Cummings from the former Pete & Todd Band, popular locally, will be the musical entertainment for the evening. We picked up 4 tickets as the manager explained that this was the only way they could guarantee seating of a group together. First Minions to respond can purchase the extra 2 tickets.

Friday, December 16, 2011

2012 Exotica Swimwear Bikini Ice Fishing Team

Just when you thought it was safe to go ice fishing...
the Bikini Ice Fishing Team shows up to crowd you out of the honey hole.
I know many of you have been anxiously awaiting this post. It is one of our highest hit posts of 2011

Holiday Friday Bacon!

One of my lovely wife's Facebook friends had the following candied bacony goodness posted on their wall.
Hope you get some in your stocking!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Holiday Themed Vid...

aka. Yukon Cornelius in "Silver and Gold"

Sunday, December 4, 2011


Here is another pic of the Deer.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

1st Day of Deer Camp....

and all the deer were there.
Retrieved by canoe.

Retrieved by Ranger.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Craig, MT Black Friday Humor...


Nature Provideth...

with help from Shillelagh of course.

Brandon helped also, checking in with his first bird ever.  For a while it was an even match between Brandon and Shillelagh as to who was going to flush the most birds.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Behold the Awesomeness

Found this on Moldy Chum and had to re-post.

I want this at hunting camp this year. Who can make this happen? Coach???

Thursday, November 17, 2011

More Weekend Pics.

Some of D.D.'s phone photos from the recent steelhead safari.
Curli subduing a nice steelie.
Brought to hand.
On the road...

Early Morning

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


A nice Salmon River Chromer!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Investment Potential

Minions, if weel pool our funds I think we can make them an offer. Asking price only $175,000,000.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Shillelagh Strikes Again!

Saturday afternoon's blizzard didn't slow Shellelagh's pursuit of the birds.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

October Winter

 You can see we are all over the snow stakes!

 Sitting on the deck temporarily suspended!
 Local wildlife bewildered!
 Snowshoes absolutely required!
Nothing left to do but....

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Bacon!

Once again, after long repast, I bring you, LAME FRIDAY BACON!

THE BACON CANDLE - Further proof that everything is better with bacon, including your stinky bathroom.
Now you can turn your love of bacon into a full-blown problem with the new BACON CANDLE.  Burn it with a coffee flavored candle and a french toast flavored candle and you'll have a laser awesome schnoz breakfast.
THE BACON CANDLE is hand made in the USA (take that China!) and comes in a 6oz. glass which can be recycled for whatever you have that needs decanting.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Mainville Pheasants

Although it took Shellelagh a few mintues to get warmed up, the short jaunt through Mainville's gamelands proved productive.

Two flushes and two clouds of feathers.

Minions in attendance, Bear (he drives Shellelagh around), Stew and Coach.

Well done!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Minions Assemble! - Sunday, 10/23/11

On Sunday, 10-23-11, a multi-vehicle convoy will assemble at the Rte. 11 Bloomin' Bagels to take on sustenance for the greulling journey to the Bellefonte area handicapped ramp. Estimated time of departure, 9:00 am. (Arrive early to partake in the bageliciousness.) I expect to have minor additional capacity available in the Doobaru. For the convenience of those idependently arriving at the destination, bagel snadwich orders are being accepted. Arrival at destination is expected to occur 10:30 amish.

Friday, October 14, 2011

I don't even drink coffee,

but for some ungodly reason I find an almost uncontrollable urge to purchase some Sisters Coffee.

BEAUTY IN EVERY CUP Part II - Metolius Blend from Sisters Coffee Company on Vimeo.

Quest for the Troot

Drifting the Yak from B Glass on Vimeo.

Combat at Montauk

Thought some of you might enjoy this recent article from the New York Times.
 Check it out at:

Monday, October 10, 2011

Stu Remember This Shop

I Thought PETA = People Eating Tasty Animals

I dont get it PETA in WY is this some kind of joke

Any Thoughts????

Setting up an 11'6" 8wt with a Battenkill Bar Stock V. I am thinking about going with the Elixir 8/9wt. I have heard good things about this line. I am looking for additional feedback on this line or any switch/spey lines. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

PA Small Game is Fast Approaching....I Will Not Be Hunting With This Guy.

Check out this idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

2011 Fly Fishin' Film Tour

Check out the short movies at:

Nice stuffs!


None of you guys need anything, but the 9' 4 wt. and the Abel Deep Green reel would make a laser awesome outfit that I would be jealous of forever...

Sage Z-Axis Fly Rods
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Abel Super Series #4 Reel Discontinued model and available at BLOW-OUT Savings! The Super Series is our best selling Abel Reel Series and the #4 reel is the perfect 4 and 5 weight trout reel. Features a ventilated lightweight frame with a large arbor spool that greatly increases line pick-up. The meticulous design and durable performance is legendary. Super smooth cork type drag system maintains steady pressure regardless of heat, cold, wet, or dry. All parts are machined to exacting tolerances from solid aircraft aluminum or stainless steel. Exposed rim, stainless bearings and perfectly balanced spools. Available in Deep Green, Pewter or Deep Blue color. Includes a padded velcro case and lifetime warranty. Don’t miss this great prices! Please specify reel color. Limited quantities!

They've also got some nice deals on some bags and such as well.

Check it out at:

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Korkers "Slippers"

Check out the review of the newish Korkers Mocs at Angler's Tonic.
and at
Coach needs new slippers for Christmas.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


STEP-BY-STEP: MAKING BACON-INFUSED BOURBON Sounds quite interesting found it at

Some nice Wyoming Feeshes

Johno, you may recognize this river?

Monday, September 26, 2011


Dureing our recent trip to the Salmon River I rediscovered another reason I wanted to get away from felt bottomed boots...The mud. Its like walking on ice. So after observing and getting the report from Stew whom himself just purchased a pair of simms boots I decided I did not want to want to tear my groin doing a split walking on the muddy trails.

These are the Simms Rivertek boots with the BOA system. They are comfortable have good ankle support and great traction on the trail and in the river. The cleat system works well but it is a crock of shit they are not included with the boots and they charge $40 for them.

Sorry no laces let alone blue ones.

Sunday, September 25, 2011


A nice steelie caught by Bear in the DSR. The best part is that a fellow tinnocker hooked us up with free passes so we didn't have to pay the assholes a dime.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Word of 4 to 7 pounders has been passed surreptitiously.
Any Minions want to give it a shot this weekend? Rowers wanted!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

2011 Flood

Not over yet, but expected to surpass levels seen in 2006
Stuck in Lightstreet at the moment. Routes 487 and 11 closed as well as I-80 A little water in Walter's basement but it is under control.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Clark's Creek

The only picture from John and my trip to Clark's Creek. No fish caught.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Depth Perception

A short snippet of what the caddis hatch can yield in Craig, Montana's Missouri River. Kind of how I remember it...


D.D.'s Brown Trout

Although not nearly as large as the previous post, this beauty also deserves some props.
D.D. did in fact catch this one on a Black Ant, and then release it back into the PhD section of the river. It was the only fish landed by the trio of D.D. Bear and myself during a recent Sunday excursion.

Johno's Big Trout

Johno's recent fishing trip in Trenton was highly successsful. Look at the size of this brown trout! Caught on a size 18 Blue Winged Olive Parachute and released.
The results of a few to many celebratory beverages can be seen in the photo below.