Winter (Season) is Coming

Somewhere past those hills, the trout are waiting. January one can’t come soon enough. Need to fill up the box!!


Winter season is coming

It’s been slow for me since I got out at the end of the season. I did get a new rolltop desk. Well new to me. I got it for 50 bucks off craigslist. My hope is to make it into a tying station. And if I don’t act soon the season will be upon me and my boxes will be empty.

Tonight I’m gonna try and take advantage of the new cold weather to put up a small ice sheet for my son to skate in the backyard. Maybe after that I can start organizing the time bench. Until then I just keep dreaming Big trout.

Things to explore in the river valley

Last weekend, we had an awesome time revisiting some local spots we saw last year. We headed to Brownsville, mn to look at all the migrating birds which included hundreds or maybe thousands of tundra swans. It is a great bird watching spot and lots of opportunity for bird photographers.

Next we made our way to Baristas Coffee House in Houston, mn. They have an awesome selection of tasty pastries, soups and sandwiches (paninis are superb) and of course coffee so we can keep up with the kids.

From there we headed over to the international owl center. We were able to see a great presentation sharing and showing us all about owl. They have many great birds and my son sat, jaw dropped, for them entire talk. Uhu the big Eastern European owl flew silently overhead and David got to inspect his poop on the floor 🙂

It is so fun when you can find the little spots that make a community great. This was perfect little morning trip.

Oh and on another note, a guy I know from Virginia is selling his fishing/camping mobile. Man, this thing rocks. I stared at his Instagram post for a while daydreaming about this van. The #vanlife sure can look glorious at times.

Have a great day!

New Video: Beaver Creek State Park, Minnesota

The standard Minnesota (and Wisconsin) trout season closed Sunday and I realized I hadn’t gotten out for about 6 weeks. Monday afternoon, I sometimes find a few hours to fish, so I seized the opportunity to jet over to Beaver Creek State Park. Recently, Minnesota started running a catch and release season in several Southeastern state parks (Whitewater, Forestville, and Beaver) plus a section of the South Branch Root River outside Preston, Mn.

I’d never really fished Beaver before, but I’ve heard good things. It is an obscure park that doesn’t get much traffic relatively, but also is hard to fish for several reasons. There is really only one main fishable section in the park that runs for a fair distance, but the water is absolutely crystal clear. We had rain the two previous day and you would have thought this water was born yesterday. Ah, the beauty of spring creeks.

The further downstream you go the better the holes, but the more dense the stream side brush and obstacles.

I really rushed to the downstream section and only fished up about 1/4 mile fishing pretty slowly. Temps were in the 60s and the valley and bluffs were sporting Martha Stewart’s finest fall colors.

The trip was fast, so the video is too. Enjoy!


Driftless Area Classics: Beaver Creek State Park from My Leaky Waders on Vimeo.


Seasons up.

It’s crazy. Trout season in Minnesota and Wisconsin is just about over. There is a chance I’ll get out later today but it is possible I’ll let he seasons slip away without much to speak of.

That being said, the Iowa season stays open year round and I always have musky to chase….

If I get out one last time, I’ll be sure to share some photos!!!!!

For those fishing the driftless, enjoy the last hurrah!!!

New Water and New Faces

Stu is a pretty cool guy. He is high energy and always thinking both on and off the water. Stu is the creator of TroutSpotr, a web based application mapping out the basic regulations and access points of trout water in Wisconsin and Minnesota. It is an awesome app. It makes finding new accessible trout water much easier.

We had an awesome morning in Southeast Minnesota on a well known stream that I’d never fished before. We arrived by 7am and were greeted by foggy streams and a friendly puppy. After a quick chat with another fisherman walking the opposite direction, we made our way up the stream. We fished “tandem style” in Stu’s words. Switching off every time we caught a fish. We took 6 or 7 out of the first pool and success continued most of the morning. Right when things seemed like they were cooling down and I was about to head out, we hit a slow run of rising trout.

It was a picture perfect scenario. We were sight casting 40-60 feet to picky rising trout. Eventually, we learned all we could get them on was size 18 Adams and 20 Griffiths. So fun. Great way to end a morning.


Hopper season has arrived in the Driftless

Had an awesome couple hours on the water last Monday afternoon. The cloud cover was good. Air wasn’t too warm. And a breeze made for good upper conditions. It isn’t at its peak, but hopper season has well begun here in the Wisconsin Driftless.


We saw plenty of fish. Only a few rising.

Throwing a hopper/dropper combination we caught fish on top and bottom. They aren’t quiet into their fall feeding frenzy, but it is coming.

The trout are starting to put on their fall colors.

I tried to get a shot of Hot Dish setting the hook on a rise. I got the set, but not the rise 🙂

This was an ambitious trout with big eyes for a big meal.

We did manage a few 14-15 inch fish. Gorgeous.