The Rats Nest

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Got Hot Beads? Let's See You Euro Nymph This

Various photos from today's hurricane in the Town of New Hartford....

Satans Kingdom at 15,000 CFS

Farmington River Tpk, Behind Dog Pound

Black Bridge

The Pond Behind River Run Apartments

Michelangelos Parking Lot

The Island Behind Upcountry, 5 feet under water

Route 219 Bridge

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Where My Endeavors Are Headed These Days

The Switch Rod Arsenal
So if you haven't  noticed,  I've been in hiding lately.   The rumors are flying about what's going on, and some of you have so cleverly  figured it out. 

Catching-Shadows is shifting gears in 2012.   I know, hold up, 2011 isn't even over yet so what's the deal?  I have made a conscious effort to spend more time with the wife and kids, couple that with a huge household project in the ensuing weeks and I am pretty much out of commission.  Shortly my tying videos will be launched first and foremost on the Midcurrent site, two a month, and then maybe through Vimeo.  I will always welcome any requests from you my faithful followers, I can't thank you enough for all the kind support over the years, without all of you any of this just couldn't be possible.

I will continue to design, test and produce new and exciting fly patterns hopefully further pushing the envelope with new products and materials.  In fact this aspect,  aside from a few new classes will be my primary focus, with less emphasis on the guiding side of things.   I will continue to do some instruction, but it will be based mainly around some forthcoming curriculum's that I have been working on.  Some around fly tying, others around building skills on the water.  I have spent a great deal of time over the last 10 years compiling the ideas behind them, and once I release these classes they will be sure to not disappoint. 

On a more personal note, from the picture above you probably have figured out where most of my fishing efforts will be directed.  I've gotten very bored and stagnant with the single handed game, so I've decided that for the next 24-36 months any and all of my fishing will be done via the switch rod. Hey who knows, I may not ever look back.   I have really become a big fan of Skagit casting and the possibilities and on stream problems it solves, even in the trout realm.  Most notably, my friends Jerry and Fred have so graciously helped me shorten the learning curve, and I plan on kicking up my skill level with these rigs exponentially in the months to come.  With Fred and Jerry's help, I finally learned the ins and outs of dialing in my two handed rods and now have quite the growing arsenal at my disposal.  The right running lines, heads, tip systems and terminal gear is all the difference.  Stay tuned and see my progression, the blog should document this nicely.....

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Where The Heck Has Rich Been???????

Perch City
You are all probably wondering why I am off Facebook, been putting up very little if any new content on the site, and where the Agitated Angler blog came from.  At first glance it probably appears that some pretty dark S@*t is unfolding in the life of Rich, right?  Well not exactly, actually some very positive things are taking center stage, and I have just been too busy to keep up with this Internet monster that I've created. 

Reeling In Her First
I'll cut to the chase, I have been beyond busy living life, and getting back to my roots; family and friends.  Since my trip to Montana I have reassessed life so to speak and recognized that balance is something I need to find in my life.  The scales have been tipped way to far in one area, and although many of you, my faithful clients and customers have benefited, those closest to me have suffered a bit. So enough of the melodrama, and on to the post, I managed to spend some quality time with the wife and kids this weekend, something long overdue.  And wanting to never let my girls down, I finally managed to come through on a promise I made to my oldest daughter Tessa. 
"I got a big one daddy!"

You see, she's been gawking at all the great photos of all my customers holding up "fishies" as she would so cleverly put it, but she has yet to try out some fishing for herself.  So, this weekend while visiting the family cottages in ole Cape Cod, daddy pulled through, not once but twice.  Boy was I in for a surprise, Tessa not only is a natural fish catching machine, but she will hold the fish, cut the worms too (ya that's right folks, garden hackle, give her a break though I started out the same way, in a few years she'll be chucking flies, heck I already have her casting).  Like all three year olds though, she lasts about 30 minutes even when she is hammering fish, then it's off to making mud pies, throwing stuff in the drink or wandering off into some other mischievous journey.  Enjoy the pictures, we sure did....

Another Perch

Roping in another

Chilling On The Tackle Box

She's A Natural

Day 2

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