Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fishing Minnesota Fail

I got suspended from's forums for suggesting to other members that they use email to communicate with each other.

One member suggested that we all pay the yearly fee in order to have Private Messages. I responded with "You can always use e-mails."

Now, when I pulled up the site tonight, I got this:

PLEASE READ-You will only get these directions once.

You are only on temporary hold. To remove the hold please-
1. READ: Forum Policy
2. RESPOND: according to directions given in forum policy.
This is a permanent ban. If the Administrator has specified a reason for this ban, you will find it below.

You can always us e-mails.

A screen shot can be seen here:

This is very disappointing. I think now may be a good time to move over to

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Speckled Jewels

I really went on a brook trout binge this fall.

Last year I caught my first brookie. I was fishing a stream I knew to have a population of brook trout and trying my darndest to catch my first one. Let's have a look at that fine specimen:

At the time I had no idea it was a brookie. It was July of 2008. I honestly thought it was a young brown; that perhaps they just looked that way when they were very young. Later that winter I was going through google images and saw a trout that looked just like my little fingerling. I caught my first brookie but didn't find out 'til several months later.

Soon after catching my first monster brookie we had a baby and the rest of my fishing season got all screwed up. I'd forgotten how babies are selfish little creatures who have no regard for their father's needs.

You can see how displeased I am in this photo.

So, I never got to see a fall brookie. All winter and all of the 2009 season I was drooling at the thought of going out and catching a colorful fall brookie.

At one point on the FM forums Len Harris asked for everyone's favorite trout picture. Someone named "jpz" posted this pic of a fall brookie and I couldn't believe it. What an amazing creature. The red belly, white-lined fins and glowing blue and purple dots along the sides seemed unreal.

Well, I finally got out this last fall a few times and caught some beautiful brookies. I feel very lucky.

From my secret spot

This one flipped out of my hands just as my friend was snapping the photo

One night, after a particularly frustrating night of attempting to fly fish a narrow creek, I caught a tiger trout. I remember making strange sounds when the fish got ten feet away and I saw what it was.

Now the stream trout season is over and I am finally sitting down to write about the last few trout I caught this year.

I feel very grateful that I had the privilege to catch these fish. Can't wait to get my daughter into a couple of them.