The unique opportunities of fall

The unique opportunities of fall

For most of the year, a trout is worried about eating while not being eaten.  But for the next three weeks, trout split their time between food and survival, and spawning.  Sometimes interrelatedly, often in difficult to understand ways.  Almost all the trout caught...
Short Days

Short Days

Cold and rainy, a few spits of snow, a few cold thunderstorms accompanied by some punching hail: Oh, it’s October.  My family and I went camping up in Pigeon River Country.  It’s big, beautiful country.  Brought the trout rods, but did no fishing.  A little hiking, a...
Poking around

Poking around

Today my dad and I spent the late afternoon poking around the north woods on our way to the river.  You do this when there isn’t a cloud in the sky and you’re not convinced there’ll be a trout in the river, at least a trout for you.  The trees have...
Fall Color

Fall Color

Today’s float began slow and stayed slow…except for the hour between 12:30 and 1:30 pm.  We moved four good trout, landed two, including a picturesque brown that swirled up on Jordan’s streamer and was landed without the net that I forgot.  It was...