Wednesday, April 23, 2014


The other day I hit the stream to test out the Umpqua Toketee Vest and Surveyor Pack.  I was excited to get into some fish.  Well, as luck would have it, I got skunked.  This is becoming a very familiar theme in my life.  I have yet to hook into a fish for 2014.  Sucks!  It looks like I am going to have to go after some bluegills to get the monkey off my back.

I must say though that the Umpqua stuff worked great together.  Very positive review coming soon.  I also must admit that I am in love with this Redington Butterstick.  Soooo fun to cast.  I can't wait to get a healthy smallmouth on the end of it and watch it bend!  Good stuff.   

Here are some instagram photos for your enjoyment.  You will probably see a few of these again in the Umpqua post.  I am not going to lie.  Fishing has not been a priority though for me.  I started working out and trying not to be fat anymore.  That has taken up a bulk of my time.  I have just been way long overdue on a post for this site.  Seriously....this has been the only time I have been out fishing since my last post.  The weather is warm so I suspect that the bass are going to be getting very active very soon in the local streams around me.  This is going to make fishing so much easier for me since I won't have to drive an hour or more to get into some trout...and I mean TROUT.  Not the hatchery raised idiot fish they put in the local streams to die. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

It's Good To Get Away

Sometimes it is good to get away from the business that is life.  Living out on the east coast (Philly) life seems to go a thousand miles an hour.  There are times when I need to just get away from the hustle and bustle and detox from everything.  On this occasion I found myself hiking around Tyler State Park in Bucks County, PA.  It was good to get away and something I realized that I need to make a habit of.  If it is fishing, hiking, cycling….something to get away from everything.  If we do not slow down in life we can easily miss these little moments that can inspire us.

This post was originally posted on The Silent Pursuit.....still do not know if I will keep that blog up.  I LOVE the layout of that site, but I already have an audience here.....why try and build another one when I will just post the same videos over here too?  I am still up in the air about that site.  I have a ton of gear reviews I need to get working on.  Keep a look out for reviews on the Fishpond Yampa Guide Pack and Westwater Messenger Bag, Umpqua Toketee Vest and Surveyor 1100 Backpack, as well as a book review.  Looks like I have a lot of work to do.  

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Who Needs Fishing.....

I had the chance to go fishing today.  I has all my things packed, got in the car, and drove an hour and a half to the stream.  I was just sitting in my car for a good 10 minutes watching the water go by and others try to fool a trout with their offerings.   I decided I would walk up to the stream bank and just look.  I always seem to walk up to the stream and check it out before I gear up.  This time.....I got back in my car and drove the hour and a half drive back home.  When I got there I was greeted with a huge smile and a big hug.  We played and played until she could not play no more.  My daughter won't always be a little one and a half year old bouncing off the walls and running through the apartment.  Even though today was a beautiful day outside it was well worth skipping.  Fishing can wait.

all wore out!  Love this little girl!!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Topo Designs Mountain Bag

I have been on the hunt for a bag that I can use as a work/play bag for a while.  I wanted something that screamed outdoors.  Even though what I was using it for was mainly work, I wanted something that would let people know that I love the outdoors.  All the packs by Topo Designs accomplish this.  They are very functional and stylish.  Before I received the Mountain Bag I was using an Osprey Quantum backpack as my every day carry bag.  I was looking for a new bag that I could use to haul my gear to the office, meetings, coffee shops, or just a quick trip on the trail.  I liked the Opsrey pack, but there were a few things that annoyed me about it.

When I received the Mountain Bag I was super impressed.  This bag is going to last forever.  It is made out of 1000d Cordura and made in the USA.  The bag is feature rich and offers a sweet vintage look.  I am not going to lie.  I got a ton of compliments on this bag when I started to take it to the office.  It holds a ton of stuff.....and I mean a ton!  I have taken it on video shoots where I would add a DSLR and lens to my already full load and it handled it all well with room to spare.  I will never out pack this bag because it holds more stuff than I own and it holds it all well.  The layout is awesome and is easy to remember where you put your things.

Again.  This bag is made of 1000d cordura that will last you forever.  The zippers....the freaking zippers are awesome.  They are huge YKK brand zippers that are hands down the best zippers I have ever used on anything.  As much as I love this pack....the zippers have to be my favorite feature of the pack.  They have huge zipper pulls that make it easy to just grab and open the pack.

Filming in Philly
This bag has 1200 cubic inches of space.  A ton of room for a ton of gear.  You have a pocket on the top flap that you can store you most needed items so you do not always have to get into the main compartment.  I usually keep an iPad mini, wallet, phone, chapstick, glasses, etc in this top pocket.  Once you unbuckle the top flap you have access into the main compartment which is laid out beautifully.  You have a padded laptop sleeve that fold my MacBook Pro very well.  On the outside of that pocket are your little pen/accessory pockets.  You have enough room in the main compartment for at least five books and even a Canon 7d with a Canon 24-105L lens.  I mean.....its huge.  Then you have a slash pocket on the front of the pack that I keep a hard drive in and all the charging cables for everything.  I could easily add more to that pocket, but I do not have enough stuff to put in there.  All the pockets are lined with a bright yellow fabric that makes finding all your stuff easy!  I also really like the fact that it has side compression straps for when the load is not that big and you want to slim down the profile. Little things like this make this pack awesome!

My one complaint on this bag is the water bottle pockets.  They are made out of the same fabric as the bag and make it hard to slip in my Klean Kanteen Insulated water bottle.  It holds a normal plastic bottle, but I normally carry my water in some other stainless bottle.  I wish that they were a tad bigger, or made out of a stretch material.

My other minor complaint is the black color.  If I could pick again I think I would have gone with the Coyote Brown.  The black though is sweet and has really grown on me.  The issue is that it really shows pet hair and dirt.  I just have to make sure I brush it off every time I pick it up to run out the door or pick it up off of the floor.  I am really digging the packs from Topo Designs and am hoping to get my hands on a backpack of theirs.  As much as I love the messenger bag style, I still don't know if I like it more than a backpack.

This bag makes a great grab and go day hiking bag.  I like to take this out on the trail if I just want to get away and journal or take a camera and snap pictures.  It is easy to sling it around and grab what I want without having to take my pack off.  This bag is meant to last.


again....more zipper porn

Topo Designs made in Colorado
The liner fabric