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The Kinni

March 6, 2017

March 5, 2017

A little chilly and breezy when I hit the Kinni this morning but nonetheless another relatively mild spring day above River Falls. Upper fifties when I headed for home a little after noon..  Had the river to myself, well at least the stretch I was on.  No other cars in the parking lot. Peaceful.  The smell of thawing muck and the sound of returning geese in the air.

Caught an equal number of small browns on a red midge and a “frenchie” nymph.  Four on each pattern. Nothing huge. Bigger than last year though.   Saw some small noses breaking the surface and switched to a “Griffith’s Gnat” and caught three and missed at least that many.  Switched to nymphs again and had a really nice fish on that broke me off.  Bad knot. By far the biggest I’ve ever come across on the upper Kinni, 14″ plus.  Roll of yellow and brown, a shake of the head and the sick feeling of your line snapping.

 

On the end of the line

A child’s dream cast, piscatorial palette held fast

mouths open in wonder, we gasp.

– Hats

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