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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


Big Land: Brook Trout Fishing In The Heart Of Labrador - Now on YouTube

If you haven't viewed Big Land, a wonderful film from the folks at Tight Loops yet, now is a great time to take it in. It was some of the best fishing story telling I've ever watched. Definitely worth the 45 or so minutes. Brook trout, History, Labrador, not much more needs to be said.   But if you don't believe me... [Author: Michael Agneta]
Tags: Sport, Fishing, Brook, Michael Agneta


Recent Additions to the Fishing Library

Things haven't been particularly "fishy" for me this year.Corona lockdowns and some recent health issues have kept me very local. Haven't fished for trout once. While not the worst thing, it makes writing on Troutrageous! a little challenging.Instead, I've been fishing vicariously by reading some books about the subject, three of which are author-signed additions to the library I previously outlined about a year ago. In Praise of Little Fishes by Marcus Selden Goldman Not a fishing book, ra...
Tags: Sport, Fishing, Bob, Johnson, North Carolina, Corona, Blue Ridge Parkway, Michael Agneta, Bob Mallard, Marcus Selden Goldman, Sam R Johnson


Totally Squatchy - Jim Haggart Carvings

This has nothing to do with fishing, rather more to do with something else I dig... Bigfoot. You may better know him (or her) as Sasquatch, Yeti, or the Swamp Ape, but you better believe that it's big, real, and out there.Anyway, found these chainsaw wood carvings from artist Jim Haggart while scrolling on Instagram a month or two ago, and I think you'll probably agree, they're pretty amazing. He sells them through his eBay store, Chainsaw Carving Critters, and I think one will be making its wa...
Tags: Florida, New York, Sport, Fishing, Jim, Michael Agneta, Squatchy Jim Haggart Carvings, Sasquatch Yeti, Jim Haggart


Free Tenkara Fishing Webinars

Stealing this content from an email I got from Tanuki (Luong Tam) about some upcoming free webinars that he is hosting next week. Both Matt & Rob are extremely knowledgeable in the subjects they are covering, so I'd highly recommend dropping in on one or both if you have the time! Fundamentals of Tenkara Rod Fishing with Matt Sment 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST - Monday, April 20th Matt Sment, co-founder of Badger Tenkara Rod in Wisconsin, has experience of over five years of teaching tenkara fishi...
Tags: Sport, Wisconsin, Fishing, Robert, Matt, Michael Agneta, Matt Sment, Matt Rob, Tanuki Luong Tam, Badger Tenkara Rod, Robert Worthing


Who Knows The Dirty On Asian Carp?

I've lived on the East Coast my whole life. When I've fished it's been in trout streams, freshwater lakes, or even the ocean. I never really did the river thing, at least not like they do in the Midwest, even though I've lived near a few nice sized waterways over the years. So, I was watching this "Cal's Week In Review" short from the MeatEater crew that put a spotlight on invasive Asian carp overtaking the local waterways of Tennessee... If you're even passively into fishing, I'm sure you...
Tags: Sport, Tennessee, Fishing, East Coast, Midwest, Mississippi River, Michael Agneta


Tenkara Angler Magazine: Spring 2020

Just wanted to quickly note that the Spring 2020 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine went live this morning. I've been working on putting together this Spring issue for a couple of weeks now, and here it is, in all of it's Issuu-based page flipping glory.The Spring issue turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. It'd be pretty hard to mess up based on the excellent contributors this quarter. There were essays and articles on both tenkara and fixed-line fly fishing, as well as some pretty stell...
Tags: Sport, Fishing, Michael Agneta, Issuu, Tenkara Angler


Kings of the Yukon

In an attempt to get outside, I've been taking a lot of long walks, either early evening or on the weekends, during this period of social distancing. It's been a great opportunity to get a little bit of exercise, fresh air, and catch up on the podcasts I typically listen to on my commute to and from work.One I streamed yesterday was from The Itinerant Angler. Host Zach Matthews' podcasts are always informative and enjoyable, plus they're on the relatively short side (about a half hour) and make ...
Tags: Sport, Alaska, Fishing, Pacific, Yukon River, Michael Agneta, Zach Matthews, Adam Weymouth, Sockeye Kokanee King Chinook Silver Coho, Pink Humpback Anyway


Trout Fishing Madeira Island

So what's been keeping you busy?I haven't blogged in a little over a week, mostly because work has kept me pretty busy during the week (I can't believe I'm going to say I can't wait to go back to the office... whenever that is). Over the weekends I've been dedicating my "computer time" to putting together the next issue of Tenkara Angler magazine... so it's kept me away from these familiar confines.I'm still putting some finishing touches on the magazine, so the next issue probably won't release...
Tags: Sport, Fishing, João, Michael Agneta, Madeira Island, Atlantic Island, Madeira Island Portugal, Joao Mota


Zoom, Flies, & Too Much Booze

It only took one week, but I think I'm ending the dedicated quarantine posts. Looks like we're going to have at least another month of it, and I just can't face doing the daily diary thing anymore. Too many days are seemingly the same (and somewhat depressing) and I've already watched Tiger King, so... Anyway, one of the good things that has come out of quarantine has been the widespread adoption of videoconferencing for things other than work . About a week ago a few of us with similar int...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, Sport, Fishing, Jack Daniel, Rona, Michael Agneta


Hey, How Much For That Baby Tiger?

The quarantine continues... and so I write... and I'm excited to say there's going to be a little bit of fishing content in today's blog post! Tuesday, March 24 Yet again, today was a blur when it came to work. Nonstop from 8 to 8. I won't even get into it because I have so many other things to recap... so we move on...K.C. decided to sneak out today and head to BJs wholesale club to try and find some food as we ate through a lot of our "two week supply" in about a week and a half. While her tri...
Tags: Florida, Nbc, Senate, Sport, Netflix, Fishing, Jones, Howard, TRC, Michael Agneta, Tenkara USA, Nick Cobler, Rolf Nylinder, Tenkara Rod Co, Sam Lungren, Pittsburgh Project Healing Waters


Immersed in Work and Hungry for Games

Wow. Today went by in a flash.Actually let me rewind a bit to last night... and review a few things that took place on Sunday night, following the last blog post.K.C. and I watched Wrestlemania 30 re-runs on ESPN and then Westworld on HBO. Westworld is so damn confusing. I don't know if I can do any more of it.I will keep watching, but I can see myself giving up at some point in the not too distant future. I just don't have the brain cells to dedicate to this nonsense. And to be honest, I miss t...
Tags: Florida, Nazis, Sport, Aberdeen, Fishing, Espn, Florida Man, Capitol, Yankee, Michael Agneta, Hbo Westworld


So How's The Quarantine Going For Everybody?

I thought I might use the blog to create a little diary of the Coronavirus quarantine. Sure... this might not be entertaining for you to read, but since everything going on right now is quite unprecedented I figured it might be interesting to look back on at some point in the future, hopefully when things are a bit more "normal." As a family, we're already a week in, so this will probably be a little bit of a longer catch-up post... with shorter installments in the future. Who knows where thi...
Tags: Facebook, Utah, Florida, Hbo, California, China, NFL, Sport, Pennsylvania, Fishing, Tom Brady, Philadelphia, Westworld, Don, Lilly, Kendall


We Caved to the Craziness

Philly trout trip... off.I'm adopting this look moving forward: Yesterday was just a crazy day.I work in sports, so I see things through a distorted lens, but I've never witnessed a chain of events quite like this...First the NBA announces games with no fans, then the NCAA pretty much squashes March Madness, then the Ivy League cancels spring sports (not to mention many schools go to virtual classes), oh yeah, then the NBA suspends the whole season when two teams are forced into quarantine, and...
Tags: US, Sport, Nba, Fishing, Ncaa, Philly, Jack Daniel, Forrest Gump, Michael Agneta, COVID


Let's Go Fishing

Look at this f'n pig of a bluegill. I had to alter the background so people wouldn't figure out where my honey hole is located. Actually, that's a joke. It cracks me up when people do that online. I get it (maybe) if you're fishing a fragile native brook trout stream where a little bit of pressure could be negative for the health of the resource... but when people do it while hoisting mutant hatchery trout out of the water, it's dumb. They probably just followed the stocking truck anyway. ...
Tags: Florida, Sport, Fishing, Peta, Pond, Cabela, Michael Agneta


Shaking off the Rust

I haven't blogged for real in a while. Not counting the Tenkara Angler infomercials posted, I think the last original entry here was in October or November or 2019. I did contribute to a crowd sourced post over at the Tenkara-Fisher blog, but that's about it. Ouch. I've had a tough 2020 so far from a fishing front, as in the fact that I haven't done any. That's kind of strange, but it's a trend that's going (and needs) to end soon. I'll definitely get out this weekend to hit one of the rete...
Tags: Georgia, Sport, Broadway, Fishing, Jacksonville, Philly, Lilly, Rocky Mountain National Park, Michael Agneta, Tenkara Fisher, ColoradoAugust Utah Oni Tenkara School


Tenkara Tuesday: Tenkara Angler Magazine Winter 2019-20

Man... I haven't fished or blogged or done anything remotely close in a while. I think this is my first post of 2020. Yikes! Well, I still don't have too much to write, but I thought I'd re-emerge from a blog slumber to announce the Winter 2019-20 issue of Tenkara Angler is finally live! I have to admit, real world work just kicked my butt in December and January, and I just didn’t have the time to crank out the issue in my spare time as planned… however… I think you’ll like what you f...
Tags: Sport, Fishing, Michael Agneta, Issuu, Tenkara Angler, Karin Miller, Tenkara Angler Magazine Winter


Best of Tenkara Angler: Kebari & Fly Tying Mashup Issue

I've been looking at my fly boxes recently and they're an absolute mess. Lots of missing slots, chewed up, messy hackled flies, no order whatsoever, just general disarray. However before I started tying and organizing, I figured I'd take a peek at some back issues of Tenkara Angler magazine for inspiration.In doing so, I thought it might be a good idea to pull all of the fly-themed articles into one Best of Tenkara Angler: Kebari & Fly Tying Mashup issue so everybody else could have the same inf...
Tags: Sport, Fishing, Michael Agneta, Issuu, Tenkara Angler, Kebari, Robb Chunco Kiwi Kuhlow Chris Zimmer, Chris Stewart Tenkara Angler


Countdown to Oni Tenkara School 2020

Okay, I've procrastinated long enough... I'm in. While recent blog posts and photographs may indicate that I'll be doing more fly fishing (with a reel) in 2020, I'm still really into learning more and taking a "next step" in my skill level when it comes to fishing with my tenkara rods. I've dedicated a lot of time to them, but I feel as if I've hit a wall in terms of how I fish them and the techniques I apply on the water. Unfortunately, opportunities to grow one's tenkara knowledge base...
Tags: Utah, Japan, Sport, United States, Fishing, Michael Agneta, Masami Sakakibara, Oni Tenkara School


The 2019 International Fly Tying Symposium: November 23rd & 24th

Received my (flier?) in the mail at the tail-end of last week for the 2019 International Fly Tying Symposium in New Jersey. When I lived in Pennsylvania, I used to make the drive and go to these annually as I always found them really interesting, especially when taking in all of the different tyers and patterns. For a guy who likes to tie relatively simple trout flies... seeing masters of their craft not only crank out flies for salmon, bass, musky, carp, and other species, but talk you throu...
Tags: Sport, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Fishing, Michael Agneta, John Shaner