Monthly Archives: July 2012

Over the past decade Vandalia Rodworks has seen a variety of logos. I’m still a little attached to the brook trout artwork done by a friendly Glenville State College art professor. It was a painting he did of a Big Run brookie that was donated to TU Back The Brookie. He gave me permission to scan the artwork and use it as I wished for business purposes. Since I never made a dime off of the logo itself I’d say he didn’t harm himself with that permission. Recently, I decided that if I’m ever going to make any noise with Vandalia Rodworks I may need to diversify my thinking and my products. So I plan to begin developing some logo gear pretty soon. An instagram peep of mine, Sam Stewart, designed some pretty cool logos for me.


I’m really digging the new look. The bottom left logo seems to have the most likes from those polled so far. The top logos will likely be used more subtly, such as on front of shirts.


The Brown Coal Tattoo

Don’t ask. Don’t tell.
The latest short video from Vandalia Rodworks. Enjoy!

Excuse me, Pardon me, Excuse me, Coming through

Four years seems like a sufficient amount of time to take a break from blogging don’t you think?

I supposed that it was time to take up writing a little again. Particularly since in my long absence of blogging I have left off trip reports from, ceased from kibitzing on The Drake and have pretty much sequestered myself into a niche of rod making and conservation overload. Hard to believe that when I left off blogging in ’08 I was still involved solely with Back The Brookie. Since then I have taken on a new role in Trout Unlimited and have really dedicated much of my time and effort there.

Make no mistake, there has been fishing. There will always be fishing. And believe it or not, writing. Last year I started writing a book. This has been an ambition of mine for quite a long time and honestly, I think getting back on the blog horse might be the best thing for this book project to actually take off. I’ve been pretty dissatisfied with the product and may have to chuck the whole thing and start again. I’ve done that with several of my video projects and have ultimately been glad for that decision.

Speaking of video projects, I’m sure everyone has seen my latest videos…one on native trout conservation efforts in West Virginia and also a short video on the 2012 Bucket Brigade. I have acquired an HD camera and have gathered about 6-10 hours of footage this spring that I have yet to start hacking up. In addition to numerous short videos I have put together the following:

  • Vandalia Angler (a 40 min video about fishing in WV and bamboo rodmaking)
  • Montana Orr Bust (a documentary of a trip to Montana with the Orr family)
  • Vandalia Angler 2 (a video about native trout conservation)

None of these turned out the way I wished or envisioned. I am determined to put together a film that looks as polished as one you might see at F3T, but I lack the obvious sponsorship and film team – operating on $0.00, myself as the crew, a laptop and all too often am fishing with other anglers who have no interest in my filming antics and are tricky to get to cooperate with the camera. But what I have more of than anyone else is determination (or delusion, depending on your perspective).

So my children, through a flurry of bullets I’ve returned to this blog project again. Let the party begin.