Thursday, March 17, 2011

trout season

The forecast said it was going to be 50+° on Wednesday and it wouldn't be long before the snow melt turned the rivers in to chocolate milk, so it was time to start fishing. Packed the gear and an hour later I was in River Falls, Wisconsin. Fishing license secured, I hit the Kinnickinnic River and hiked downstream below the dam. The water was as clear and low as I could have hoped and I immediately noticed small trout rising regularly through the tails and edges of runs. I decided to start with a small nymph double rig, fished unweighted, mid-depth, thinking that the trout were looking up and there were plenty of emerging bugs in the water. 
It wasn't more than ten minutes later and I was tight to my first fish of the season, a six-inch brook trout. It was small, sure, but I can't help to think starting the season with a brookie (in a brown trout stream) is a sign of good things to come. As I fished the next few hours, it was all browns caught mostly on a caddis larvae imitation I created and that I find to be particularly effective pretty much everywhere. My timing was right, and at the end of the day I had caught well over a dozen trout of larger than average size to start my season, an indicator of good fishing ahead? 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

freeman transport sale

Freeman Transport is having a sale. That means you get 20% off if you want to buy me a new cycling cap, or maybe some awesome USA made toe straps (brown, please).

campagnolo drillium

I have trouble believing that Campy would really do this but if they do, sign me up. Hopefully they'll drill out some chainrings while they're at it.
Not to be greedy, but how 'bout some cantilever brakes too, please.

fcuk, yeah!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

cinelli sesamo

I was surfing eBay looking for a new stem to put on a bike with a 1 inch steer tube and I came across this. It's the Cinelli Sesamo. Originally available in 1998, it was the first stem that separated so that you could install/remove your handlebar without removing the brake lever and bar tape from the bar. This was a huge step forward in design if you were a mechanic and  although it was chunky, heavy and almost immediately improved upon, I'm excited to have one and look forward to putting it on my Bianchi Pista Via Condotti.