Fliegenfischen auf Karpfen, neues Buch: “Fly Fishing for Carp” von Kirk Deeter

Fliegenfischen auf Karpfen, neues Buch: “Fly Fishing for Carp” von Kirk Deeter
In diesem Jahr ist endlich mal wieder ein Buch zu meinem Lieblingsthema “Auf Karpfen mit der Fliege” erschienen. Kirk Deeters Buch “Fly Fishing for Carp” ist, soweit ich weiß, erst das zweite Werk, das sich ausschließlich dieser Angelei widmet. 1997 erschien bereits Barry Reynolds’ genialer Klassiker “Carp on the Fly”. Reynolds’ Buch habe ich in den letzten Jahren so manches Mal mit ans Wasser geschleppt und hatte es selbst beim Waten dabei. Es strotzt nur so von praktischen Tipps und Beobachtungen, die einem am Wasser direkt weiterhelfen. Wo finde ich...
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Not So Trashy After All: Now Reviewing American Boardgames For German Publications

Not So Trashy After All: Now Reviewing American Boardgames For German Publications
Long gone are those days when American designed boardgames were nothing more than “Ameritrash;” cheaply produced games with clunky mechanics. Nowadays everyone with an interest in boardgames would agree that some of the best and most innovative games are being designed in the U.S., often funded through Kickstarter. Some of these great games don’t get a lot of coverage in Europe. But that may change now, as I recently became the “North America guy” for Reich der Spiele. Online since 2001, Reich der Spiele is one of Germany’s largest and most well established gaming...
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The Ottawa River Musky Factory: Return To The River Of Big Fish

The Ottawa River Musky Factory: Return To The River Of Big Fish
It has been two and a half years since my last visit to The Ottawa River Musky Factory, John Anderson’s guiding operation, located just east of Ottawa – so it was about time to get back to the river of big fish! Having fished the Ottawa River only in November before, to me it was particularly exciting to join John and his friends for the season’s opening weekend in mid-June. You will be able to read all about this two and a half day fishing trip in an upcoming feature in Germany’s ESOX fishing magazine. For now, check out a few images below and stay tuned for the magazine...
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Visiting A Nice Little Danish Town… While On A Californian Road Trip

Visiting A Nice Little Danish Town… While On A Californian Road Trip
Denmark is only 90 minutes away from Hamburg, so for me visiting that country has never been much of a big deal. If you are travelling the Californian coast, however, driving into a Danish village certainly gets really exciting. While in Santa Barbara, I first heard of Solvang or, in destination marketing speak: “California’s Little Denmark.” Solvang was founded in the early twentieth century by Danes with the vision of establishing a “Danish village, where the arts, crafts and customs of their homeland could be created anew.” Also, they wanted to build a Danish folk...
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Crayfish Flies For Great Lakes Carp: What I Found Online (And What I Was Looking For)

Crayfish Flies For Great Lakes Carp: What I Found Online (And What I Was Looking For)
You’d think that the shores of top carp waters such as Lake Ontario would be jam packed with fly anglers, given all the media coverage fly fishing for carp has been receiving in the past years. Yet I hardly ever run into anyone else casting their flies at carp. The only person I meet on a regular basis when wading the shallow bays of Lake Ontario near Toronto is Gildo, who, admittedly, is out there way more often than I am and who knows a thousand times more about carp behavior than I do. Gildo is also responsible for getting me my very first carp on the fly. Only an hour or so after he...
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2012 In Review: Calgary Stampede, Edge Walk, Reindeer Lake, And… King Of Tokyo?

2012 In Review: Calgary Stampede, Edge Walk, Reindeer Lake, And… King Of Tokyo?
2012 has been an interesting year for my writing business, and I am happy to report that my stories ran in more newspapers, magazines and online outlets than ever. As usual, most stories were travel features. Particularly popular were two topics: the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede and the Edge Walk at the CN Tower in Toronto. Stories about these two happenings have each been published in five major German and Swiss newspapers. (Among them, by the way, were two great new clients of mine: Mannheimer Morgen and Die Rheinpfalz.) The most challenging trip of 2012 took me to Reindeer Lake in...
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128 Pages! Online Magazine Launches Special “Carp On The Fly” Issue

128 Pages! Online Magazine Launches Special “Carp On The Fly” Issue
For the past three years I have been fly fishing for carp, and I still think it’s a super exciting way to catch fish. This is particularly true when you live close to the Great Lakes where a lot of carp grow into the 30+ pound monster category. Every now and then I’ve written about this relatively new, yet fast growing branch of the sport. The posts aren’t so much about my own fishing experiences, but about linking to others’ great content that helps us understand how carp tick. (For the European readers, here is a post in German.) Now however something new is online: CarpPro...
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Fly Fishing In Ontario: New YouTube Channel Shows Province’s Top Spots

Fly Fishing In Ontario: New YouTube Channel Shows Province’s Top Spots
Earlier this year The New Fly Fisher, one of Canada’s best fly fishing TV programs, launched a new YouTube channel designated to fishing hot spots in Ontario. In cooperation with the Go Fish In Ontario marketing initiative, Bill Spicer and other show hosts travel the province fishing for bass, trout, Atlantic salmon, pike and more. All that’s missing, for my liking, is some Southern Ontario carp fishing. However, with the growing popularity of that sport, I am sure they’ll add a show soon. For now, that leaves more carp for me! Winter is coming, and it’s the best time of the...
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From Landungsbrücken To Finkenwerder: Taking A Public Transit Trip In Hamburg!

From Landungsbrücken To Finkenwerder: Taking A Public Transit Trip In Hamburg!
To me one of the highlights of each trip home to Hamburg is the harbor cruise from bustling St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken, the tourist hub of Europe’s second largest port (after Rotterdam), to sleepy Finkenwerder, located at the south side of Elbe River. If you buy a transit day pass, the 30 minutes boat ride is free because HADAG Hafenfähren, the small ferries cruising the harbor, are part of the city’s public transit system. Annually, 22 boats (running on six routes) transport almost eight million passengers around the port. It’s the perfect way to discover the city. The ferries stop...
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Hipsters In Their Natural Habitat: The Junction Flea Market In Toronto

Hipsters In Their Natural Habitat: The Junction Flea Market In Toronto
In 2012 the Junction, a fairly hip Toronto west neighborhood, has seen the opening of a number of trendy stores and cool bars. Of course, a craft brewery will open fairly soon as well. However, one of the most interesting and, in my opinion, most successful additions to the area in 2012 has been Junction Flea, an open air flea market held each second Sunday during the summer months. The last flea market before winter break will happen on October 14, 2012. Junction Flea features a mix of select independent vendors selling antiques, handmade craft and design, food, vintage clothing, records and more....
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