Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bee Gees Jam

Here's one for the Johno.

His favorite, jam band, combined with Stew's favorite, the Bee Gees.  Does it get any better than this?


Turkey Hill Brewery

Visited the new micro-brewery adjacent to The Inn at Turkey Hill tonight.
Stew was so busy he couldn't return my phone call, but Crazy Craig was there.
Tried the Dubbel, Belgian Ale and Belgian Blond, and all were better than expected.
Had a burger which was quite tasty as well.

Witnessed the desert of the apocalypse, a porter ice cream on porter beer float. Didn't try, salivated instead.
Do try this at home!  Queue sounds of angels in awe of the awesomeness that is this all beer desert.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

Friday Bacon!

Woven Bacon Couture

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

SIMMS Shootout

Fly Fishing Mystery Theater from RA Beattie on Vimeo.

Simms Fishing Products hosted the 1st Annual Ice Out Shoot Out video competition.  Four groups of film makers were invited to Bozeman MT and given a deadline of 2.5 days to shoot, edit and deliver short film, (6 min max.)  The rules - Must stay in MT, everything had to be shot within the two and a half day window, and it had to include the special prop, a shot glass with the classic Simms logo.

Aside from the handholding grabassery, an amusing film worthy of wasting 6 minutes on.

Vote for the Ultimate Fishing Town

with Mike Schmidt at WFN, (World Fishing Network.)

Islamorada Salt Water Fly Fishing Legend...

Billy Pate passes on at age 80.

Pate, an Islamorada resident, held the world record for the largest tarpon caught on fly rod for nearly 20 years — a 188-pounder on 16-pound tippet in Homosassa in 1982. He also was the first angler to catch all six of the world’s billfish species on fly rod.

Pate was born Sept. 18, 1930, in Greenville, S.C.  Pate's easygoing personality charmed his fellow anglers and guides.  Pate was renowned for freely sharing his fly-fishing knowledge at seminars, fishing clubs, and on videos.

They don't make many like that!
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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Transfer to the Secondary Fermenter...

Today was the transfer of the Belgian Tripel to the secondary fermenter. No blood, no fouls. Should be ready to bottle in ~ 2 weeks.

Probably going to head over the West Branch Resort to see Paul Weamer at 3:00 pm to try and get my book signed...

 and will definetly be going to see the Fly Fishing Film Festival at 6:00 pm tonight.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"Northern Pennsylvania"

Props to the first Minion who can identify the location of this float.

Spring Float 2011 from Shane on Vimeo.


Thumpin' Jack Flash Steelhead Fly from TCO

TCO enters the Youtube / Vimeo age...

What say you?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

How to open a beer with forceps...

is a very important skill.

How to Open Your Beer With Your Forceps from Chris Eaton on Vimeo.

ANother reason not to lose your forceps.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Another Hendrickson Tying Pattern


Taming of the Brew: A Review

Upon entry to Bloomsburg's landmark Caldwell Consistory for the 10th Anniversary of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's world famous and locally renowned "Taming of the Brew," we were greeted by some festive tunnage brought forth by the squeezings of some Uilleann Pipes.
Coats were quickly hugn and our small band entered the room to great fanfare.
The foodstufs were abundant and delicious.  The raosted pig was particularly noteworthy as were the fun people serving it.

Nothing assists in the consumption / digestion of a good pork sandwich like some live music.  The String Band was quite good.  There was some discussion about hiring the quintet for the upcoming Memorial Day deck party...
There was also some nice schwag available.  I managed to pick up a very nice key shaped bottle opener from these fine chaps.
There was a substantional crowd, as usual, but the crush just didn't seem to be as oppressive as in years past.
Our crew of home brewing afficionados were in unanimous agreement that the gang from River House Brew Pub, just over the bridge from Lewisburg @ 2890 Rt. 405, Milton, PA 17847, PH# 570-523-1900,, had the best tasting micro-brews onsite.  Their delicious stout had me at nitrous and the Black IPA and Hat Trick Triple were all noteworthy.  This micro-brewery will be a very convenient waypoint on our upcoming forays along Rt. 45 while travelling to and from the Green Drake laden waters of Penns Creek.
All in all a fun and fulfilling evening.  Fun enough that I awoke to a headache, fulfilling enough that I remembered enough to compile this review.

Minion Roll-Call: Stew, Curli & Coach

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Taming of the Brew

This Saturday is the big day! The Taming of the Brew beer and food extravaganza.
Perhaps Cesar will be there to promote piflication by way of his fine canuckistanian beverages? Perhaps Barack will be there to share a beer with us?
Perhaps not?

Who's in?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

If You're Not a Brown, You're a F#*@face...



Thank you Major!

The Kel-Tec Shotgun post was the number one keyword search that found Minion Flyfishing today.
I may have been hasty in my review of what is obviously a high interest firearms product.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Coach and Curly Conquer the Letort, Sort of

As previously posted Coach and I ventured to the fable Letort to attempt to wipe the stank off our previously fishless visits. Much to our surprise we found fish rising freely to stoneflies. We were able to deftly fool some of fish to our dry fly offerings. Letort you got Minion served!

A little spring creek in Northwestern Lancaster County and another near Carlisle...

give up the goods.

Roll call: Curli, Johno & Coach.
Oompah-loompah style!
Curli removes the skunk from a particularly challenging local stream.
Just in case you couldn't see the lovely stream bred brown trout in the previous photo.

There are several more pictures of Sunday's events on a camera that is not mine...

It was a fine Sunday conclusion to the most seasonable weekend this year.  Everywhere we went we found feesh willing to play the game with us.  Of particular note were the playahs at the previously alluded to Carlisle area spring creek who were giving it up for the size 16/14 little black stoneflies.

Aside from the second rate Kunzler Bacon breakfast snadwich, it was a fine, fine day.

Coach, Johno and Curly hit Donegal Creek and then...

Coach, Johno, and I met early Sunday Morning on Donegal springs for some post opening day action. We all caught fish.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Da Golden Dorado Craze ie. (golden - golden)

Apparently this is why the affluent boys are crazed for the chasing of the freshwater dorado.

"Devil's Gold" in Search of Golden Dorado in Bolivia from Castaway Films on Vimeo.

Quit the Bacon Habit Friday!

Just spray the bacon into your mouth!
For many people, the first steps on the road to quitting meat are often the most difficult.  Even if you only eat meat socially, cutting it out completely can be a shock to the system.

While many turn to transdermal ham patches, independent tests show that people looking to conquer their meat addiction have longer-lasting results with the Bacon Inhaler. Not only will it occupy your idle devil hands, but two puffs of the baconated vapour will satisfy your body’s cravings for protein, as you wean yourself onto greens, grain and gruel.

In its new compact, sleek, portable form, the Bacon Inhaler can be used indoors or on the move, the moment your cravings strike. Simply take two deep breaths and carry on along the road to a meat-free life.