Boston: Day One

Starting the trip off right with a couple coffees (not sure who the dude is in the background) we got to Boston and bought our metro cards and got right to business with a bowl of black Alfredo pasta, walked the Freedom Trail to see where Sam Adams, Paul Revere and John Hancock are buried, Paul’ house, Mikes Pastries, Bunker Hill at dusk, and capped the night of with some lobstah and clam chowdah. Holy cow it is wicked time for bed.


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New Video: Holding on to Summer… Also, It is Carp Week

I’ve only been out to fish a few times this summer, and summer is almost gone. That being said, it has been great. Here are some shots from a few trips that never made it into videos. I hope you had a great summer and I hope you enjoy the video. 
Music: Alabama Shakes “Hold On”
Filmed with iPhone 4, GoPro

Also, in case you haven’t heard, this is Carp Week over at Tight Lined Tales of a Fly Fisherman (TLTFF). Get over there and enter into the photo contest for a chance to win some sweet prizes.

TMF and ZP sightings… Things that never happen to me.

In the time I’ve been blogging, I haven’t really ever run into other bloggers or even signs of their presence in the “real world.” That is, until last weekend. 
Get ready for the hyperlinks…..
So last weekend at the Virginia Coastal Fly Angler’s yearly picnic, Sara and I indulged in more pulled-pork sandwiches and key lime pie than any two people should ever consume, and we sat under the park shelter chatting away about work and fishing with the other club members. To our left, was a pimped out (yes, I said pimped) fishing kayak on display, for what purpose, I did not know. I did notice that there was one attendee I didn’t recognize who was instructing some fellow members on casting a fly rod with authority. 
Come to find out, this was Cory Routh of Ruthless Outdoor Adventures. Today was his day to give a talk on fly fishing from kayaks. Lucky us. 
After a very informative talk and question/answer session, I took a closer look at his boat. After ogling at all the gadgets and gizmos, I noticed his graphite paddle was decorated with a familiar sticker. All of a sudden I had my first Fiberglass Manifesto Sighting. Nice. 

Oh, but wait, there’s more. My second sighting was moments away.

I starting chatting with Cory. (He is a top notch guy, by the way. I hope I can fish with him in the future). We were talking fishing, blogging, kayaks, and then I noticed him breaking down the rod he was casting. Well, not the rod, but the fly in particular. I asked him if I could see it. He then said, “Those are the toughest poppers I’ve ever had…”

My response? “Is that a Zazzy Pop?!”

It was indeed. The one and only. We want on talking about them and how he was hoping to get them stocked in the new fishing section at Wild River Outfitters in Virginia Beach. In my mind, all I could think about was, way to go, Owl

Zazzy Pop: The Toughest Popper 

Cory Ruth Holding his Zazzy Pop,
TFM Kayak in the background.

Rest Easy, Friday Night: Vol 9. Mason Jennings

My life is like this table in front of me. Full of to-do lists, books, bills, clutter, a trout unlimited calendar…. Just have a lot on the plate right now. Is that bad? No. Not at all. It just means, I’ve had less time to interact with this blog and you all that happen to swing by from time to time. I also haven’t been able to visit your pages and read the great content you’ve been putting out these last couple weeks.

I thought the least I could do until I finish editing down the latest fish footage (finish? I have to start first) is to give you another Friday evening with some good tunes. Enter Mason Jennings. 

He has a distinctive voice and thoughtful lyrics. Born in Hawaii. Started his music career in Minneapolis. Enjoy.
Two slow songs below. I’ll warn you so you can skip them if that isn’t your thing.
“Fighter Girl”

“Confidant”

“Be Here Now” **Favorite**
“Ballad for My One True Love” ** the slow one **

“Bitter Heart” ** the slow one **

Short Video: Standing on Water, Fly Rod in Hand

Here is a quick video of the new kayak/paddle board in action. Hopefully, there is much more to come.

It was a quick outing. I wanted to take out the new toy and see she performed. The Nalu is a kayak/SUP hybrid from Ocean Kayak and I was hoping it would open up a buttload of fishing spots. I’ve felt handcuffed by the waters around me until now. No longer. 
I didn’t get any shots from a distance of me on the board-yak, so for that, I’m sorry. I also caught about the smallest fish I could have, but it doesn’t matter, I’m ready to go. 
Music: The Record Summer, “You in an Empty Room”