Catching Up With… Jason Tucker
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by Michael Agneta
1d ago
Jason Tucker and his Fontinalis Rising blog was an absolute must read back in the day. Jason was based out of Michigan and was living the fly fishing lifestyle, writing about his outings and observations often. It was not uncommon for the posts to be interestingly stylistic, frequently mixing in poetry or creative writing. One of the highlights of Fontinalis Rising were the installments of “Monday Morning Coffee,” which were posts that recapped a bit of Jason’s weekend, current events, or whatever struck his fancy, but always nudged you to take on the week ahead. While I was/am never a fan of ..read more
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Sea-Doo Fishin!
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by Michael Agneta
1d ago
Every now and then something pops into your social media feed and you’re just like, “why the f*ck didn’t I think of that?” Brad Leone is one of my favorite weirdos on YouTube, I’ve been watching his cooking videos since the pandemic back when he was affiliated with Bon Appetit, and he’s since branched out into doing his own thing. Some of it is cooking, while some of it is visiting interesting people where they do their… um… interesting things. In this episode of “Local Legends“, Brad visits with Emmanuel Williams, an angler that fishes offshore on a Sea-Doo and catches some major league pelag ..read more
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Wanna Buy A Salmon River?
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by Michael Agneta
1d ago
Ok, I’ll be the first one to admit that I daydream far too much about buying my own little parcel of land near a trout stream. What that usually involves is going on to Zillow (or similar) and searching for rundown, virtually abandoned single wides in the middle of nowhere that go for around $50K or less. My wife affectionately refers to them as “murder cabins”, and I guess that’s probably why I never pull the trigger on any of these dream homes, even though I really want to… remember, it’s all about location, location, location! Well, yesterday… Gray’s Sporting Journal dropped this in my inbo ..read more
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Catching Up With… Steven Smith
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by Michael Agneta
1d ago
Steven Smith… he was one of those fishing bloggers that was always tinkering behind the scenes. Be it with the appearance of his blog, or even something as bold as the blog’s name. He stood up blogs called The Eastern Fly, The Silent Pursuit, The Fly Fishing Bowhunter, and probably another two or three I don’t recall. You never quite knew what identity he’d pop up as next. But what you did know was that he was all about – family, friends, and fishing – with maybe a little coffee mixed in for good measure. Speaking of friends, Steven was also living in Southeastern Pennsylvania, so we got to f ..read more
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Live Free or Die
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by Michael Agneta
4d ago
I went up to New Hampshire last weekend to meet some new (and familiar) friends at the White Mountains Tenkara Campout. It was my first trip to the Granite State in almost 40 years, and I was a little nervous about packing the right camping gear and whatnot. Fortunately, the event was very well organized and attended (75ish people), so I felt at home almost immediately. But let’s be honest, I was really there for the fishing… and let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint! Here’s a meandering overview of my time in the White Mountains… I meandered in this rental Subaru Forester Wednesday After arri ..read more
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Catching Up With… Emily Blankenship
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by Michael Agneta
4d ago
As you may have noticed in prior installments of “Catching up with…” a lot of interviewees wanted to know what Emily Blankenship, or as people know her, “The River Damsel” (from her blog of the same name), is up to these days. Back in the the blogging days of yore, Emily was relatively new to fly fishing and wrote a lot about her workweek escapes to the water. Reading her blog each day opened our eyes to “adventure in every riffle”… Emily doesn’t post as frequently on her blog as she used to, probably because she’s out crushing big trout left and right. You’ll see some of the monste ..read more
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Catching Up With… Joe Wolf
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by Michael Agneta
1w ago
Joe Wolf, (or “Wolfy” as most knew him), was a pretty influential guy back in the olden days of outdoor blogging. He had a personal Blogspot blog named Flowing Waters where he wrote a bit about fishing, hunting and the outdoors. It’s still out there if you’d like to talk a look at it today. He also tagged teamed with Rebecca Garlock to form the Outdoor Blogger Network (OBN), which was a website that hosted a blogger directory and community while highlighting interesting blogs, creating writing prompts, and hosting gear giveaways for review purposes. (Joe works in the outdoor industry so he wa ..read more
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Catching Up With… Bjorn Stromsness
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by Michael Agneta
2w ago
Bjorn Stromsness, was/is probably best known in online fishing circles from his blog, Bonefish on the Brain. BFOTB circa 2012 His blog was one I came across as I started casting my net wider than trout, and into the larger world of fly fishing. It’s a great mix of trip reports, personal reflections, family updates, fishing news, and conservation information… all with a lean toward the salt, and the “gray ghosts” that are bonefish. Rewinding the clock, I’m pretty sure I learned more about bonefish (and tarpon) and the need for conservation of their habitat from Bjorn’s website than anywhere els ..read more
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Catching Up With… Kirk Werner
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by Michael Agneta
2w ago
One of my favorite fly fishing bloggers of the early 2010s was Kirk Werner, the author of the blog “Unaccomplished Angler“. While Kirk doesn’t post as frequently as he once did, you’ll find at least a few newer posts that are keeping the lights on for a journal that started all the way back in 2009. I always appreciated that Kirk’s fishing (and adjacent) posts were mostly longer form, and he wasn’t one to simply link to an external video or post a few photos and dip. Instead, his entries had depth, creativity, and were often laced with sharp, self-deprecating wit. Reading the tales of th ..read more
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Old Man Readers
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by Michael Agneta
2w ago
I don’t recall exactly when it was. Maybe 2 or 3 years ago? Like many people over 40, my eyes suddenly stopped working. It felt instantaneous. Out of the blue, I couldn’t read stuff like menus in restaurants, or even my phone, and damn if I could thread 6x tippet through the eye of a size 16 fly. The latter scenario kind of freaked me out a bit the first time I took note of it on the stream, as I spent the better part of 10 minutes fumbling around trying to replace a lost beadhead nymph. It’s a task that normally would have taken no more than 30 seconds. First my waistline, then my knees, now ..read more
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