Thursday, January 24, 2013

Fly Fishing Show

Last weekend was the Fly Fishing Show in Marlborough, MA. I took Friday off so I could avoid the rush as much as possible. The show had everything a fly fishing enthusiast could want. There were endless rows of fly tying demo’s, tying equipment, rods, reels (for those that use them), hand crafted nets, fly fishing literature, and various other odds and ends. The main reason for me to go was to watch the Tenkara casting demonstration and talk to Daniel Galhardo, the founder of Tenkara USA. I’ve emailed Daniel quite a few times and he was nice enough to send me a demo rod so I could show others Tenkara fishing.

While I was there I met up with writer Tom Meade, who I showed Tenkara to earlier in the year. He found me at the Tenkara casting instruction. After the demonstration we set a time to meet back up for lunch. After lunch we met up with Daniel again in the destination theater section of the show, which is more a historical presentation. Daniel got into the origins of Tenkara and answered questions that some people had.

Throughout the day I met a lot of interested soon to be Tenkara anglers and some even have made plans with myself to fish. It was a lot of fun and I wish I had the time to go to more seminars. I look forward to fishing with those that wanted to learn Tenkara and I look forward to putting some of Daniels tips into action this year.

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Events: Fly Fishing Show

January 18th through 20th there will be a Fly Fishing show in Marlborough, MA. This is one of my favorite winter shows. There are fantastic seminars that will help any fly fisher from novice to expert. I would absolutely recommend going to see Daniel Galhardo’s Tenkara demonstrations. I listed some helpful links below.

http://flyfishingshow.com/Marlborough__MA.html

http://flyfishingshow.com/Celebrities__Authors_Mar.html

http://flyfishingshow.com/Programs___Semainars_Mar.html

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Tips: Ice Safety

In case you didn’t know it’s January, which is usually a popular month for ice fishing and ice skating. The safest ice is out west in the Berkshires and hill towns, but safe ice can be found anywhere. The general rule of thumb as far as ice safety goes is 4” on still water should be safe to walk on. Of course take it with a grain of salt, if the ice is 3” or 4” thick and slushy you may be going for a mid winter dunk. Slush ice tends to be around 50% weaker. Also if there is snow on the ice, the snow acts as an insulator keeping the temperature around 32 degrees. If it’s 20 degrees air temp the temp under the snow will still be around 32 degrees. When checking ice it’s best to check for ice thickness every 150’ as well. What happens if you fall in? I’ll get to that in a more detailed post later this week.

4” - Safe to walk on

5” - Safe for ATV

8” - 12” Car or small pickup

12” - 15” Medium truck

News: Bobcat Attacks Family

In all my time out in the woods, I’ve never seen a Bobcat. Updated article is what I linked too.

From NBCNews.com:

Three people, including a teenager, went face-to-face with an unlikely visitor to a Brookfield, Mass., home on Sunday: a wild bobcat.

Roger Mundell, 53, discovered the animal in his garage, police said. Before he had a chance to get his bearings, the bobcat lunged at him.

"It only took a split second for him to be on me," Mundell told WHDH, an NBC station in Boston. "I didn't have time to process it."

Mundell sustained a large gash on his forehead and puncture wounds on his arms during the attack.

"It hit me with it's face right here," Mundell told WHDH, pointing to the wound on his forehead. "Then it gave me a bear hug."

Mundell wrenched away from the animal and ran inside his house, slamming the door to the garage behind him. After Mundell told his wife -- whose name was not given -- what happened, she bolted out the front door to alert her 15-year-old nephew, according to Brookfield police chief Michael Blancherd.

But as soon as Mundell's wife went outside, the bobcat emerged from the garage's side door and lunged at her nephew. Mundell, who had also gone outside to warn his nephew, charged forward to rescue the teenager.

"I had to get it off my nephew," Mundell said. "I was in a t-shirt by then and that's when it ripped up my arms and stuff like that."

Mundell's next-door neighbor, Jim Mortenson, told WHDH he witnessed the attacks from his home's driveway, but the wheelchair-bound man couldn't do much to help.

"[The bobcat] just jumped on him, you know -- claws on him, was just trying to get him," Mortenson told WHDH.

Amid the frenzy, Mundell and his wife managed to pin the animal to the ground with a walking crutch. While Mundell kneeled on the bobcat, his wife darted inside to retrieve a handgun, which Mundell used to shoot and kill the animal, Blancherd said.

Mundell and his nephew were transported to a hospital to be treated for their injuries. The bobcat's carcass was taken to a veterinary hospital, where it will be tested for rabies, officer Sean Marino said.

Although bobcat sightings are not unusual in the isolated area where Mundell lives, attacks are rare.”

News: Bobcat Attacks Family

In all my time out in the woods, I’ve never seen a Bobcat. The tests on this animal came back positive for rabies.

From NBCNews.com:

Three people, including a teenager, went face-to-face with an unlikely visitor to a Brookfield, Mass., home on Sunday: a wild bobcat.

Roger Mundell, 53, discovered the animal in his garage, police said. Before he had a chance to get his bearings, the bobcat lunged at him.

"It only took a split second for him to be on me," Mundell told WHDH, an NBC station in Boston. "I didn't have time to process it."

Mundell sustained a large gash on his forehead and puncture wounds on his arms during the attack.

"It hit me with it's face right here," Mundell told WHDH, pointing to the wound on his forehead. "Then it gave me a bear hug."

Mundell wrenched away from the animal and ran inside his house, slamming the door to the garage behind him. After Mundell told his wife -- whose name was not given -- what happened, she bolted out the front door to alert her 15-year-old nephew, according to Brookfield police chief Michael Blancherd.

But as soon as Mundell's wife went outside, the bobcat emerged from the garage's side door and lunged at her nephew. Mundell, who had also gone outside to warn his nephew, charged forward to rescue the teenager.

"I had to get it off my nephew," Mundell said. "I was in a t-shirt by then and that's when it ripped up my arms and stuff like that."

Mundell's next-door neighbor, Jim Mortenson, told WHDH he witnessed the attacks from his home's driveway, but the wheelchair-bound man couldn't do much to help.

"[The bobcat] just jumped on him, you know -- claws on him, was just trying to get him," Mortenson told WHDH.

Amid the frenzy, Mundell and his wife managed to pin the animal to the ground with a walking crutch. While Mundell kneeled on the bobcat, his wife darted inside to retrieve a handgun, which Mundell used to shoot and kill the animal, Blancherd said.

Mundell and his nephew were transported to a hospital to be treated for their injuries. The bobcat's carcass was taken to a veterinary hospital, where it will be tested for rabies, officer Sean Marino said.

Although bobcat sightings are not unusual in the isolated area where Mundell lives, attacks are rare.”