Were all you brownliners and roughfishers good little boys and girls? Santa stopped by the Roughfisher Command Post late last night and dropped off a few things. The bounty was plentiful for the Mrs. and junior roughfishers. I managed to stay on good behavior long enough this year so that Santa brought me a gorillapod.
An indispensable tool for any streamside photographer, the gorillapod allows the use of a tree branch or other fixed object to serve as an anchor point for your camera. The rubberized ring & foot grips provide extra gripping power to grapple, for a secure hold. It also functions as a traditional tripod. Santa picked out the SLR version for my Canon Powershot S3 IS, which is designed for cameras weighing up to 800 grams. Several other brownliners I know make use of their gorillapod, and are quite pleased with their results. The best part of the gift, is that the maker of the gorillapod, Joby, participates in one percent for the planet.
Mrs. roughfisher was keen enough to pick out the tool for all backyard smoker enthusiasts, a remote control meat thermometer. This badboy has a range of 100', and will alert the remote unit, equipped with a handy belt clip, when the smoked fish is ready. Nice. This will come in handy if I am busy at the vise or manning the Roughfisher Command Post, and should also reduce the amount of times needed to check on the goods, saving from releasing all the wondrous smoke each time the smoker door is opened.
Santa was good to me. Was he good to you too?