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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Trout Fishing September 2010 (Part 1)

For the past two years I have been able to go on a great little trout fishing outing with my Father- in- Law George and my Brother-in-Law Gary. Both times I’ve had a ton of fun and can’t wait till next year. Sit back and read my journal of another amazing trip.
Just like last year we started out early Saturday morning the weekend after Labor Day. This time I was getting over a bad cold and the night before wasn’t even 100% sure I was going to be able to go (I actually almost stayed home).  The five and a half hour drive took much longer this time because of road construction (Minnesota’s other season) and some sort of an inline skate race in Duluth.
We finally reached stop number one the Cross River.  This was the same stop we made last year, but this time things were very wet and the river was much higher. Which in my opinion would mean better fishing right?

It was a bit foggy as you can see

 I was super pumped and ready to try out some of my newly acquired spinners. Especially the one’s I got from John at Fish Creek Spinners. The walk to the river was a breeze we all got a bit wet which didn’t bother any of us because we were out for one thing and one thing only trout.
When we finally made it down to the river I saw more eddies and pools than I could have imagined. The river was flowing much faster making the fishing a bit more tricky. Once we got the hang of it we started catching trout and we couldn’t stop. The only problem was that we were only catching Rainbow trout and you can’t keep them.  What a bummer because I think I caught at least six that were worthy of making it in the creel.

You can see the fire ant spinner in his mouth

Yet another rainbow caught with the fire ant

They are such pretty fish

Walking along the river banks was a bit difficult with the river so high and not many rocks to step on. Along the way after the trout quit biting in one of the many pools I slipped and almost took a ride through the rapids. With a lump on my knee and a bit of lost pride I kept on walking and fishing.

The year before the river wasn't nearly as wide

We made it to the point of the river where we could go no further up stream.  Because the fishing was so good and it was more difficult to navigate the banks the trip up the river took us about two hours longer than the year before.  The hike back to the truck was a little long because my stomach was rumbling like crazy and all I could think about was food.

Not an easy climb

I can’t tell you the exact fish tally but I do know Gary was netting fish left and right as always. I’m not sure how he does it, but he always seems to out fish George and I. Don’t get me wrong George bagged his fair share of fish too. George was also the only one to catch a couple of brookies. I did alright myself catching at least 15 rainbows.

Gary with one of his many rainbows
One quick note the Fire Ant spinner I received from Fish Creek Spinners work amazing I hooked more fish than I could have imagined, but half way up the river it became snagged on a rock and I ended up snapping my line forever loosing it in the Cross river.


Ben G.


troutrageous1 said...

Fish Creek Spinners strike again. John makes on heck of a spinner, glad to see they were productive for you on your trip. Those were some nice 'bows!

Bill said...

Sounds like it was a good fising trip! Nice pics to go along with it as well!

LB @ BulletsandBiscuits said...

Those rainbows are beautiful and the scenery too! I'm jealous

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