Saturday, April 12, 2014

Last of C&R 2014

The thin line that holds us
here of water and riffles and deep
green depths, together in the dark
drinking in our better self
and gazing at the stars like failures
or like kings: take your pick.

- from Fishing Friends, one poem of many in new book, The Initiation of Praise by L. Gavin

Thinking about camping with kids and then weather comes up; go anyway.  Only minor challenge was setting  up the tent so it'd stay dry; we used some innovation for that; worked pretty well.  We were the second tent pitched on this ground in the calendar year 2014.  Lots of steam coming off in this picture.  We had just come awake around 22 F.  Things warming up though.

We walked down the sideslope right into fish.  River in great shape.   We didn't fish really hard; trout came when we did look though.  This is the last photo of a fish caught by me in the C&R season in 2014.  We found a deep slot and casts of a streamer quartering up and across and stripped back drew strikes.  We clocked this fish right around 14".

This guy has caught many fish but until this day he hadn't logged any stream trout in MN.  Here he works his way up in good sun; no people in sight.  Working up the valley.

Mostly we left kids alone; to their own adventures.  But they did ask to fish.  This gal can cast a fly line; she can get the fly where it needs to be.

Most every rock is a record of past ocean life.

Gamer.  Overtops his boots within five minutes every time but does not complain.

First fish for DF.  He worked up to the head of a nice configuration and flipped a tandem nymph rig up above the drop point; where the blond streambed gave way to gray.  The fish were there unseen although we could sense their noses pointed forward.  Maybe first cast he hooked this one.  Then more.  High sticking; looking good.  Rod bowed as it was meant to be. 
Next day the main river was too turbid; some of that snow had gotten in there carrying various other constituents.  We fished a smaller trib for just a short time; it was in fine condition.  Here is first streamer fish for DF.

Deep water at river right.  Good number of fish in there. 
Including suckers.

Had a little trouble with mud; nothing too bad though.  Managed it well with special rigging of tent rugs at each door.  Nice outing; kids are tough.  No one got cold; no one felt cold in bones at night even as coyotes yipped all hours.  We listened to barred owls over beer and then even over coffee.

Red dots denote arrival and departure.  Closest continuous temp I know of is in Rochester.  Probably pretty comparable.  That second night was noticeably warmer;  these data corroborate.


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Blogger winonaflyfactory said...

Good report. Love seeing the kids out near the water. Any kid who wants to spend time on a creek is a kid I'd get along with.

Camping in less than ideal conditions can really run the risk of taking the enjoyment out of things. Glad things worked out well for you on that front. I hate being cold and wet when camping, feeling like your cold to the bones can be miserable. You got a tough crew, I dig it man.

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Blogger John Montana said...

Fun...wish I could have been there!

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Blogger Wendy Berrell said...

Wish you guys could have been there. Thanks for the notes.

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