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I Love the Driftless

There's just something about this region of southwest Wisconsin that amazes upon each and every pilgrimage. The rolling green hills, the cold spring creeks, the voracious trout; it's wonderfully unique and intoxicating.  Now I don't consider myself a very good trout angler. Once upon a time I was on the path to perhaps becoming one, but ever since moving to Florida, I just don't get to fish for trout frequently enough to really advance my skills.That said, upon entering the Driftless, I always...
Tags: Florida, Sport, Wisconsin, Fishing, Jason, Greg, Jonathan, Matt, Michael Agneta, Viroqua Wisconsin, Len Harris Brats Jonathan


B-Side Fishing

Are you watching B-Side Fishing yet? No... give it a go. Especially if you live in the Northeast. It's a lot of Dirty Jersey...Plus, Joe & T! go way back... LOL.Here's the YouTube channel, as well as two of my favorite episodes (so far). So go grab a hoagie and binge... you're welcome. [Author: Michael Agneta]
Tags: Youtube, Sport, Fishing, Michael Agneta, Joe T


Ray Troll x Eva's Wild "Save What You Love"

I love Ray Troll's art.You occasionally see it on fly fishing websites and may not even realize it.  I first put two and two together when I visited Ketchikan, Alaska a few years ago as a stop on a summer vacation. There's an eclectic little street (Creek Street) with several touristy traps, one of which is an art gallery/gift shop featuring the works of Ray Troll. I spent more than my fair share of time in "Soho Coho" looking at vibrant images of salmon, bears, and other forms of life... from ...
Tags: Sport, Fishing, Bristol Bay, Eva, Ray, Ketchikan Alaska, Ray Troll, Michael Agneta, Creek Street, Soho Coho, Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust


The Places We Go For Brook Trout

The hike down doesn't seem so bad. Gravity helps the descent, as does lively conversation with like-minded friends. You're at the water in no time, wanting to hike in even a bit further to prolong the time spent fishing back upstream. The hike up and out on the other hand is hellish. A precipitous vertical incline. The kind where it's almost impossible to fall down. Rather, one falls forward. Switchbacks are clearly forbidden in this Appalachian holler. Probably best that way, discourages ...
Tags: Sport, Fishing, Michael Agneta, Brook Trout


The Native Fish Coalition

Have I talked about the Native Fish Coalition here? Honestly, I don't recall. The last year or so will do that to you. If I have, well... I'm going to again. And if I haven't, well... shame on me. Either way, let's make up for lost time.There are a lot of conservation groups out there, both big and small. Most all of them do great work. You probably receive weekly mailings from several of them (ahem, TU), but the one I am really excited about is the Native Fish Coalition (NFC). I'm a relativel...
Tags: Alabama, Sport, Paypal, Pennsylvania, Fishing, Nfc, New England, Bauer, WINSTON, Michael Agneta, Red Brook Tenkara, Native Fish Coalition, Native Fish Coalition NFC, Schuylkill River Cleanup, NFC NFC


A Creative Writing Call to Action

It took a week or so, but all of the stuff sold! No longer having the need to have that little garage sale as the main post, I can get back to writing again. (Hooray?) Bring on the Forced Creativity I was thinking of focusing at least one post a month (and even that feels ambitious) to doing a little creative writing. Even though this blog has been around for what, like almost fourteen years , I've never really fancied myself much of a writer. My style is more blunt. More direct. And honestly, ...
Tags: Sport, Wisconsin, Fishing, Pfizer, Pbs, Musings, Hemingway, Don, Western North Carolina, Michael Agneta


Troutrageous! Spring 2021 Yard Sale

Decided to do a little cleaning out of the rod collection I've amassed over the years. In taking stock, I realized there are a couple of rods that I just don't fish that much anymore. They're all in really good condition (due mainly to that lack of use). That's kind of a shame, so figured they might be able to find a new home.In addition to here, I also listed them on Facebook... although those transactions can always be an adventure, so I'd like nothing more than to take them down over there. I...
Tags: Sport, United States, Fishing, Suntech, Michael Agneta, Silver Ghost Reel


Some Recent Florida Hijinks

Catching up on Lost Time... Hadn't posted in a little bit, but we've been active here in Northeast Florida. Not necessarily fishing all the time, but all in the outdoors vein. A Walk in the Woods Two weekends ago I spent some time walking around the Timucuan Trail in the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. That's a quite a mouthful I know, we just call it "GTM" around here.GTM is where I'd often launch my kayak, when I did that sort of thing. That being said, I haven't i...
Tags: Florida, Sport, Fishing, Lilly, GTM, Northeast Florida, Michael Agneta, Tanuki, Tenkara USA Sato, Timucuan Trail, Tenkara Angler Anyway


Expedition: Bigfoot!

Only The Best In Roadside Attractions... In the last post about fishing up in North Georgia I noted that while fishing was quite therapeutic on Saturday, I didn't return to the stream on Sunday.But why T!, why?Well, I'm a sucker for a roadside attractions, (see ), and I'm also mildly obsessed with Bigfoot... Sasquatch... or whatever you'd like to call the big furry fellow. A short 20 minute drive from where I was fishing on Saturday happens to be Expedition: Bigfoot! a roadside museum and rese...
Tags: Florida, Georgia, Sport, Fishing, North America, North Georgia, Michael Agneta, Ape Canyon, Sierra Sounds


Window of Opportunity

A brief window of opportunity opened last weekend that prompted me to get out and trout fish again. I was the first time I'd be fishing for trout since 2020's Labor Day weekend, so excitement was abound. The plan was to head up to north Georgia on Friday night, then get pretty much a full day of fishing in on Saturday.Being that the local delayed harvest water had just been stocked the day prior, the "crowds" decided to descend on those well-known waterways. On the other hand, I had the smaller,...
Tags: Georgia, Sport, Fishing, Newton, Michael Agneta, Tenkara Angler


That's One Hungry Trout!

 Sometime Pictures Say A Thousand Words This awesome photo is courtesy of Len Harris, a Driftless area angler (and friend of the blog) who is known to tell a good story or two. In this case, Len didn't need to do much talking, but did share the following commentary: "The silly thing hit my spinner with its mouthful already and it battled like normal. It did not seem to be hindered. I thought about taking the frog out of its mouth but I thought I might injure it because the inside of the ...
Tags: Sport, Fishing, Len, Michael Agneta, Len Harris


The Splat Rat and Other Miscellany

Weekend Plans in Limbo I was hoping to head up to North Georgia this upcoming weekend, but the weather doesn't look all that favorable. A seven hour drive for uncertain fishing conditions might be a bit too big of a leap of faith to take, but I still have a few days, so we'll see how that works out.I'm particularly excited to get fishing again because I have a new tenkara rod to play around with, the relatively new Dragontail Mutant. Brent Auger was kind enough to send over a tester so I could d...
Tags: Utah, Sport, Fishing, Tulsa Oklahoma, North Georgia, Michael Agneta, Dragontail Mutant Brent Auger, Facebookland Jason Sparks, Kai Cornelius


Flyside Chatting

You may have recently seen me highlight Flyside Chats, a new video interview series by Anthony Naples. It's been great so far, with some really thought-provoking guests. I suppose Anthony either ran out of people to talk to, or just decided to lower the bar, because he asked me if I'd be interested in chatting. Being the vain, egomaniac I am, I took him up on the offer last week. While I probably wasn't the most interesting guest, I tried to bring some energy (and a fun hat), and had an enjoyab...
Tags: Florida, Sport, Fishing, Anthony, North Georgia, Anthony Naples, Michael Agneta


Down the Greg Ovens Rabbit Hole

These Videos Are Strangely Addicting  It was rainy in the Jacksonville area over the weekend. It was the kind of weekend where you generally just stay indoors, although K.C. and I did make a little trip to the new Tractor Supply Co. and Culver's locations on Saturday just to check them out. Bought some cheeseburgers and a bird bath, I'll let you figure out which came from where.    Anyway, on Friday night I tapped into one of my saved movies on YouTube, The Mountain Men, starring Charlton H...
Tags: Sport, Fishing, Jacksonville, Greg, Tractor Supply Co, Charlton Heston, Culver, Jeremiah Johnson, Michael Agneta, Ovens Rocky Mountain Bushcraft


D-Flex Triangular Fly Rods?

Now This Is Different... I stumbled upon a few teaser videos for a triangular-shaped fly rod last night. Nope, not made of bamboo, rather graphite or some other modern material. It's going to be sold by D-Flex Fishing Rods sometime this year, with the first model being called the Hyperlite RLX.   If you're not interested in watching the videos, the construction evidently allows for a stiffer casting profile, but a softer fighting profile, all in the same rod. It also lets the ro...
Tags: Sport, Fishing, Michael Agneta


Okay Florida, Slow Your Roll

"Florida" Man clearly knows no bounds... So did everybody catch the story that a dead Arapaima was found in southwest Florida over the weekend? If not, read these two articles...Amazonian “River Monster” discovered in the Caloosahatchee RiverCitizens of Florida, Welcome Your New 'River Monster' OverlordsSo like what's the deal? Did it swim up here from South America? I'm guessing not, so that would mean it was planted? If that's the case, who the heck does that?   As an angler, it kind of m...
Tags: Florida, Sport, Fishing, South America, Arapaima, Wildlife Conservation Commission, Caloosahatchee, Michael Agneta


Making Wednesdays Great Again

The First Wednesday Nibbles Since 2016? Thought I'd bring back Wednesday Nibbles. This is the space I use to jot down some random notes. These are more for documenting fun, yet generally dissociated things that may not merit a blog post of their own. So here we go... Planning 2021 Is it me, or does it feel like we all might be able to more liberally travel by the end of the summer or early fall? Certainly seems that way, especially with the Russian-developed Sputnik vaccine recently testing well...
Tags: Utah, Japan, NFL, America, Sport, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Fishing, North Carolina, Anthony, North Georgia, Tom Davis, Michael Agneta, Tenkara USA, Tenkara Angler, Daniel Galhardo


Keepin' It Squatchy

Cryptozoology is Cool My affinity for "Bigfooting" and Sasquatch is not much of a secret. I've always been fascinated by cryptids, and in this day and age finding interesting content on the topic is not particularly difficult. Sure, a ton of the "evidence" is suspect at best, but every now and then you read or see something that really resonates and just makes you, or at least me, believe... I'm pretty psyched that the crew from Finding Bigfoot reunited to stream a new special on Discovery+. It...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, New York, Oregon, Sport, Fishing, Michigan, Sasquatch, North Georgia, Lilly, Bobo, Michael Agneta, James Bobo Fay Matt Moneymaker Cliff Barackman, Tsuchinoko, Tarin Club, Soseki Yamamoto


Meet-ing for Some Fly Tying

I'm a Sucker for the Google Ecosystem I use a Pixel phone, own a Chromebook, this blog is written on Blogger, regularly waste too much time on YouTube, and pretty much any other app they Google provides. Gmail, Drive, Photos, etc, etc... I'm sure Google knows more about me than I really care to know. They're probably shocked at how much fishing content I consume... both in English, and more recently due to my tenkara fetish, in Japanese as well, (thank you Google Translate).Anyway, I hadn't been...
Tags: Google, Youtube, NFL, Sport, Fishing, Skype, Michael Agneta, Buccaneers Chiefs Enter


Licensed to Fish (& Drive)

Can I Check Your License? Pennsylvania is one of those weird states where you buy an annual fishing license that is only valid for the calendar year. Doesn't matter when you buy it, it turns into a pumpkin at midnight on December 31st. I'm pretty sure all of the other fishing licenses I annually renew - Florida, Georgia, North Carolina - have rolling dating. Buy an annual license in March, it expires next March, you get the idea.Side note: Pennsylvania was also one of those states where you had ...
Tags: Florida, Sport, Pennsylvania, Fishing, Don, Michael Agneta, Florida Georgia North Carolina, Plymouth Sundance


Dragon Tails and Wœrms

So my attempt to rediscover fly fishing blogging started off ok... But then last Wednesday happened, and kind of knocked me off my game. You know, January 6th... yeah, that was pretty, well, you know.Anyway, I'm going to ease back in this week. The goal is to keep the lights on over here, whether I'm actually fishing or not.Last weekend was chilly by Florida standards, in the 40s, so I didn't bother getting out. The bass just aren't that frisky when there's a chill in the air... and that's okay,...
Tags: Florida, Sport, Fishing, Don, Lilly, Michael Agneta, Dragon Tails


Wandering Through the Woods

 A Walk in the Park... Sunday morning was nice and cool in Jacksonville. It was overcast, a bit misty, and in the low 60s. Just a lovely temperature to be outside. Yes, I could have gone fishing, but I didn't. Instead, stretching the legs felt appropriate, and I took a leisurely hike on the sandy trails of the Julington-Durbin Creek Preserve about ten minutes from my house.One of the nice things about living in an area that's being (perhaps too rapidly) developed is at least they've been good ab...
Tags: Sport, Fishing, Jacksonville, Michael Agneta, Julington Durbin Creek Preserve, Durbin Creek, Bartram Canoe Trail


A New Rod, Because Why Not?

Treat yo' self... While I'm not the worst tenkara rod collector out there, I've still got more than my fair share... and honestly more than I can ever use on a frequent basis. However, when this rod popped up in the "Tenkara Trading Post" a little before Christmas at a killer price, well, I couldn't pass it up. And thanks to the USPS, it arrived yesterday! Red like a Sith Lord's lightsaber, sexy like an Italian sportscar, and packs down small like a... um... I don't know, whatever else p...
Tags: Sport, Usps, Fishing, North Carolina, Tom, North Georgia, Tom Davis, Michael Agneta, Matt Sment


Getting Rid of 2021's Skunk

Oh yes my friends, oh yes... No skunk in 2021. Moonlit Lunar fiberglass & Pflueger Medalist... plus Microbluegill™ ... equals kickass start to the year!!! (Summoning New Year's Day 2014 vibes with this pose).Plus, when I got back to the car and turned on the radio, Sirius was playing CCR / Susie Q. A killer song from one of my top 5 favorite bands of all time. Can I get a hell yeah? We're only one day in and it's already better than last year!  Miscellaneous Ramble  In closing, I'd like to te...
Tags: Florida, Sport, Fishing, Sirius, Michael Agneta


Happy New Year 2021

Hey, Happy New Year to everyone out there reading this!2020 is dead, long live 2021... (I think, because what's that saying? Sometimes the devil you know is better than the one you don't.)I figured today would be a good opportunity to get back on the Troutrageous! horse... and just start getting that fishy mojo going again. 2021 isn't going to make itself better without a little effort. Resolutions, yeah, I got a few. Reviving this blog being one of them. The landscape of blogging has changed s...
Tags: Sport, Fishing, Michael Agneta


Slingin' in the Rain!

 I like fishing in the rain.Maybe I'm weird... well, I know I'm weird... but for whatever the reason I really enjoy fishing in the rain. Now, I'm not talking about an all out downpour, or anything involving lightning, however if it's slightly overcast, a bit drizzly, count me in. Especially living in Florida where any respite from the heat is appreciated.Yesterday provided an excellent opportunity to get wet.With some time to kill on Sunday afternoon, I decided to head over to one of the neighbo...
Tags: Florida, Sport, Fishing, Michael Agneta, Booglebug


August Update - Finally With Fishing Too!!!

I posted some of this over the weekend on Facebook. So if we're friends there, you've already seen it. I won't be offended if you leave now. That being said...I didn't do a follow up post from our mini family getaway to north Georgia the other week. By 2020 standards, it was amazing. For the most part we just continued to social distance, simply in a new location. The biggest change, besides the potential for an evening bear visit to our trash can, was much cooler temperatures. 80s during the da...
Tags: Facebook, NFL, Georgia, Sport, Netflix, Fishing, Lilly, Michael Agneta, Patrick Mahomes, Florida Lilly


A General Update, As It's Been More Than A Month...

As you can probably tell by the silence here, I haven't done much fishing to really report on over the past few weeks... so it's been tough to come up with much inspiration for posts without regurgitating other people's content. Unlike most other Floridians, (at least where I live), we've actually been abiding by the whole "shelter in place" guidelines since March. Sure, I go for walks around the neighborhood each night and we pickup takeout food once a week or so, but what I wouldn't give to ...
Tags: Florida, Sport, Fishing, Jason, Matt, Lilly, Michael Agneta, Tenkara Angler, Haw River North Carolina


Wild Brook Trout in Connecticut Zoom - June 22nd

Now, I'm not sure if the intent of the Nutmeg Chapter (Connecticut) of Trout Unlimited's recent Facebook post about an upcoming Zoom discussion was to get some idiot from Florida to sign up... but I did. And I guess if you want to, and have nothing better going on at 7PM ET on June 22, you can sign up HERE too! So, what's it all about?  Unfortunately, not the best of news. "Join the CT Council of Trout Unlimited, TU staff as we talk with Mike Beauchene and Brian Eltz of the CT DEEP on ...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, Sport, Connecticut, Fishing, Michael Agneta, Brook Trout, John Gierach, Wild Brook Trout, CT Council of Trout Unlimited, Mike Beauchene, Brian Eltz


North American Native Fishes Association (NANFA)

Mentioned the other day in a post my new membership to the North American Native Fishes Association (NANFA). Image: NANFA So what exactly is NANFA?  Well, their mission is "dedication to the appreciation, study, and conservation of the continent's native fishes."  They're basically a non-profit organization that hits the following points with their activities: Increase and disseminate knowledge about native North American fishesPromote practical programs for their conservation...
Tags: Sport, Fishing, Michael Agneta, North American Native Fishes Association NANFA, North American Native Fishes Association, NANFA, Backcountry Hunters Anglers NANFA, Christopher Scharpf, Tim Aldridge, Seagreen, Seagreen Darter