Wednesday, March 4, 2015

California Stream Fishing: Brown Trout

Flows were low but still consistent on this wild stream deep in the Southern California mountains.

We landed several beautiful brown trout from crystal-clear pools

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Krazilla Action Camera Review

Next up in our review series on affordable action cameras and GoPro alternatives is the Krazilla Sports action camera. I was fortunate enough to take it on several fishing and outdoor trips recently and wanted to share my thoughts on this compact action camera.

(More after the jump + videos)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Top Micro Ultralite Fishing Lures Update: Lures-PN

Some of my readers may recall the very popular Top Micro Ultralite Fishing Lures post a few years back. I still eagerly collect micro hardbaits and have continued to add to my collection. 
Recently, I came across a number of Polish custom micro lure designs, including Woblerypn AKA Lures-PN. You can see some of his fascinating creations here.

Woblerypn's lures feature beautiful handpainted wood designs, ranging from insects and small baitfish. I picked up several, as you can see above.
They are also remarkable tiny-on par with the tiny Snap Beans from Yo-Zuri. I was very impressed with the details of these little lures; it's been too cold to fish with them lately but I'll hopefully have a written report from an Urban Creek, Trout Stream, or Pond in the future.
You can purchase directly from him through his website, or through eBay here

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Best Wild Rainbow Trout Fishing in SoCal

Recently, a friend and I hiked into yet another hidden stream in Southern California. The hike was arduous but definitely worth it, as the multitude of colorful rainbow trout we caught evidenced. 
I hope you enjoy the photos and the video, filmed with SJ4000 Action Camera and a few shots with GoPro Hero.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Product Review: Midland XTC 450VP Action Camera

Midland offers a wide variety of action cameras, geared towards the outdoors aficionado. In the past, I have reviewed their excellent XTC 300 and am thrilled to try out their new XTC 450 Action Camera. 


The Midland XTC 450 offers a considerable upgrade from the XTC 300, now offering 1080p recording at 16:9 aspect ratio with a rotatable, 7 element lenses. Sadly, the viewing angle is limited at 1080p (30fps) to 105 degrees. At 720p (60fps), it jumps up to 142 degrees. A 1700mAH battery, with life up to 4 hours (very reliable for me during testing) will keep users recording at length during trips. Focal length 5 inch to infinity and MP4 video at H.264 compression round out the specs on this action camera. Settings are adjustable via the back panel (video quality, WiFi, etc) or through the smartphone app, Action Connect.

(More after the jump)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Product Review: SJ4000 Action Camera Review WiFi Model

I love action cameras, especially affordable ones. While GoPro often comes to mind when action cameras are discussed, there is actually a huge number of options available for anglers on the market today. One of the most exciting and affordable action cameras today is the SJ4000. It has been extremely well-received online, with multiple reviewers praising it. So, it's only fitting I feature this intriguing GoPro-alternative in our continuing review series on affordable action cameras. 

(Read on after the jump!)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

San Gabriel Canyon: Exploring and Fishing

Took a little hike to the East Fork of the San Gabriel River. Fortunately, the water was flowing well, despite the recent drought. Unfortunately, the trash and destruction wrought by weekend crowds and careless gold prospectors still peppered the shoreline. I also could not find any trout, no wonder given the poor state of the stream. Did manage to land a tiny (or large for his usual size?) Arroyo Chub while fishing for trout. He was safely released, as seen in the following video of the trip. Tight lines!