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Kinnickinnic Mornings

October 12, 2013

September 23/24 –  Since it has been at least a couple of years since I’ve fished the Kinnickinnic River near River Falls, WI, I decided to take advantage of some time off from work and catch a few trout.  Of course, my initial plans were much more grandiose that what came to fruition.  Originally, I had planned on taking full days off from work to fish the Rush, the Willow, and the “Kinnie,” with some time to possibly explore new water.  However, the need to serve clients required me to be in the office for at least half the day on both days and thus the scaled back plan.  Now forced to consider time, travel distance, and of course, the likelihood of catching fishing, I determined to just focus my efforts on the Kinnie.

Monday, the 23rd, was another gorgeous fall day with clear skies, but a pesky wind.  Hitting the water above River Falls early, I chose this part of the stream primarily due to my greater familiarity with this stretch from past visits during the spring catch and release season.  The waters below River Falls hold their own beauty and abundant fish but in the end analysis I went for the easy choice.  I of course had planned on catching fish after fish but in all honesty I struggled in nearly every department. I was still in a bit of a grumpy funk from getting skunked on Fish Lake.  My casting was sloppy. Ditto for my footwork.  I fumbled with getting flies out of bushes. What to use baffled me.  It was a battle, which of course is to be expected when one hasn’t fly fished for trout in sometime.   There were plenty of missed strikes.  Nonetheless, I managed to catch and release a couple of brown trout so it wasn’t all for naught.

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Tuesday, the 24th, found me more relaxed, with more realistic expectations.  Heck, I even decided to revisit my attempts at poetry, in this case Haiku.

The River’s Edge

By the river’s edge

Ink blue words flow fast and clear

As the fog rises

So as the fog lifted I rigged up with a prince nymph and indicator, enjoyed some fall colors, caught a few trout, missed countless others and look forward to getting back more frequently.

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A Serengeti grasslands moment

A Serengeti grasslands moment

– Hats

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 13, 2013 3:04 pm

    Wow! Great post!

  2. October 16, 2013 7:32 pm

    Nice fish! I have been fly fishing and tying my own flies for several years now, do you tie your own flies?
    Tight lines, Northstar Angler

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