Tuesday, May 24, 2016

What a Saturday!

I walked into last weekend thinking it would be pretty routine. I walked out of it astounded. We packed in the good times. 

Saturday morning, I met a new friend to explore our local "urban" carp waters. I walked an old family fiberglass rod down to the Zumbro, and we spent a few hours casting at carp. I grew up in Rochester, Mn, and we always referred to this river as the "Scum-bro." I still wouldn't drink the water, but, man, it was a gorgeous morning and we saw some BIG carp. No takes, but I did manage a nice smallmouth. There are, reportedly, some great stretches of the Zumbro where you can land anything from walley, northern, smallmouth and panfish.  






After a few hours fishing, I walked home and met Sara and David for a trip to our local Transportation Fair. It was basically every type of utility and municipality vehicle you can think of, a 2-year old's dream come true. 

David was so excited that nap time went out the window. I thought I could get him to nap in the car, so I packed a bag (Thirty-one - Thanks Sara) full of diapers, clementines, peanut butter crackers and other snacks, a tenkara rod, some water and flies, and we headed down to Preston, Mn to visit the National Trout Center. 


Turns out it was "Trout Days" in Preston, their annual town festival. This meant antique cars, pigs and ponys to pet, tours at the historical society, and some yummy food. I had David in the back carrier most of the time until we walked down to a park to fish a little on the Root River and play at the park. No fish, lots of fun at the park. 







When we finally got home around 5pm, I had a phone call from my brother. He was taking his 4-year old camping for the first time at Whitewater State Park. David had a long day in the sun, so he stayed home with mommy, but I drove over to the park for burgers, evening fishing and roasted marshmallows. My nephew has a blast. We found teh perfect spot to let him practice fly fishing for the first time. 

The tenkara rod was a nice set up for him, and as the sun went down, the fish were getting bold, taking flies off the surface readily. 

Whitewater is about 30 minutes from Rochester down County 9.

Collin wet-wading to rising fish. They were taking size 20 beatis. 

Collin and Colton at the training hole.
We got Colton to fight in a couple nice fish are this hole. The swallows were abundant above our heads. You can see their holes in the sandstone along the river. 

Tenkara cast

I got home at about 1030pm and realized how big a day we all had. I had fished three rivers (Zumbro, Root and the Whitewater), spent time with my family exploring a new town (Preston) and the transportation fair.  And enjoyed time with my brother and nephew.  The joys of being back at home in the Driftless Area :)

Monday, May 16, 2016

Instagram Killed My Blog



I finally figured out one of the big reasons I blog less. Instagram. I really enjoy sharing the photos from different blog-worthy events, and the convenience and instant gratification of Instagram has wedged itself between me and this blog. Just like the remote control killed the TV dial, Instagram has taken a big bite out of my blog. That being said, minidiscs destroyed my CD collection for a mere winter and spring before I saw the light. (That is until Apple came along. But hey, I still buy CDs from time to time).
No skipping unlike your pesky, portable CD player with the 10-sec anti-sock.

They both have their rolls (blogging and Instagram). Now that I've identified the competition between the two I think I can make sure they are both getting the attention they deserve. 

To that end, here are some (blog exclusive) photos from a short trip to the cabin this weekend. 

Highlights include a hefty bass hitch David described as "very smooth." David's first Kayak ride (he liked it a lot, no tears despite the uneasy look on his face in the photo). More fishing shots with the three David's (grandpa, daddy, and little David. 

Caught off the dock, and not in season. So we threw it back. 

Three Davids

Like a Boss. 

He had fun, trust me. 

My son is the coolest. 



Saturday, May 7, 2016

Cabin season begins

These are photos from last weekend. It was chilly but phenomenal. The rhubarb is in full swing in Minnesota and David for his first fishing outing of the season. The cold windy weather kept us away from the sunnies but we stumbled upon a treasure trove of frogs. 

We got our share of cribbage in and I had a field day eradicating some buckthorn. 

The weather is awesome this weekend so get out and enjoy it!!!

















Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Dry Season

Two more months of long hours and then I might be a bit more active on here.

I've got a trip to fish the Keys coming up in late July.

We'll be bathing in 40% deet and searching for baby pontoons and cookies.

In the off chance I make it on the water before then, I'll be sure to let you all know.

Okay, back to work.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Quick Trip to Lacrosse, Wisconsin

Our future home is the Mississippi River Valley area of Lacrosse, Wisconsin. We have been making quick trips over there to check out housing options. 

On today's adventure we stopped in the Pearl Ice Cream Parlor for a sweet treat (it was amazing) and I noticed a friendly vehicle parked nearby with several trouty looking stickers. I think living in the heart of the Driftless Area is going to treat us well. 




The blog activity should pickup a little bit as well once we have more time to explore. Visitors welcome starting July 2016!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

New Sections of a Familiar Stream



My brother and I shot out to a stream we had both fished before individually but never together. Neither of us had fished the section we explored that day. The wind kept any meaningful hatches from setting off, but we brought a few fish to hand and enjoyed scoping out new water. We are thinking this will be a phenomenal stream a little later in the year. 





Sunday, March 13, 2016

A Taste Of Spring

We know this won't last. We are just thankful for the week of crazy warm weather here in the north. It is like finding a $20 in the pocket of old jeans just before tossing them in the donation box. So while the weather is here, we enjoy it fully.

We made our way to whitewater state park today. Only about 45 minutes from Rochester and essentially a straight shot down County 9. 

We spent 1.5 hours walking by the stream and managed to catch David a healthy brown. 


This week has rain in store for us with temps returning to normal soon. We knew it would come back. This last week just lets us see the light at the end of the tunnel. Spring will be here soon.