Thursday, May 27, 2010

Camping with mini me

The boy got his first trout and we enjoyed two wonderful nights out in a meadow on top of a bluff in south western Wisconsin. Many small creatures were discovered and gently handled. I was made to promise that when I die my son can have all of my fishing gear.

Finally fished trout on worms. Whoda thunk you could catch them in the midday sun...

Sunday, May 9, 2010

New rig

Refinished trailer and the new Alumacraft.

Wild time on the river

The motor actually started right up.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

My boy...

officially loves fishing. We can go down to the park after dinner and we're fishing a minute after we leave the door. He got to cast a fly tonight and he would have stayed there all night if I had let him. He landed and unhooked a small bass for me. Later he caught one of his own.

The problem was he got into a rotten snail a few minutes earlier. I mean rotten. The cork on my fly rod started to smell a little. It was nasty. Got home and couldn't get the smell off the little guy. Mom wouldn't let him come near her. After a great deal of hand-washing and a shower, I just ended up putting some cologne on him. Eesh.

At bedtime we pretended to catch a muskie. We got out before sunrise, put the boat in the lake, pulled the rope to start the motor and ran across the lake. He took a cast, hooked a muskie, it jumped twice. I was too scared to net it so I held his rod while he landed it. We both had to lift it because it was so heavy. I took three pictures and got a bucket of ice for him. he put the muskie in the bucket. We got home and cleaned the fish. Oscar almost cut himself on the knife. We seasoned it with salt, pepper, garlic, broccoli and oil. Then he ate the whole thing before I even got a bite. If I never got to fish again, I'd be content to pretend to fish with my son.

Wicked big bluegill

Was fishing in the Mississippi Monday night in the rain. I caught a very large bluegill that initially I thought was a smallmouth.

Friday, May 7, 2010


Ice cream with baby girl.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Trout cleaning

Cleaned a trout real good tonight, leaving the head on. I used this method:

How to clean a Trout , fish gutting 101

This post was started from my phone. I think this means I will start posting while on the water. Sick.

Monday, May 3, 2010

The human being and the fish can coexist

This last weekend, for the first time ever, I kept trout and killed them to put food on my family. My wife is a happy, happy lady.

I cleaned five fish and didn't lose my appetite in the process. I've struggled with that in the past.

The whole family had a good time sifting through the stomach contents of our fish. We found worms, a caterpillar-looking thing, small snails still in the shell, scuds (first time I ever saw one in real life), many small insect larvae including a caddis larvae still in its pebbble casing. No spinners or jigs. I think I need to get better at nymphing.

One brown and four brookies make a great meal. We had baked potatoes as well, all cooked on the new grill.

I'll be headed down to Southwest Wisconsin for the first time later this month. I hope to grill a trout or two over a fire with my son.