Pursuing the Rojo Coho

It’s 6:30 pm on a Friday night and my phone informs me that my buddy Drew has texted. “Dude the fishing is prime over on Lake Michigan right now. Let’s do this!” Knowing that this would be a 5+ hour drive and would take up most of my weekend, I glance across the restaurant table,... Continue Reading →

Out (fishing) on Highway 61

By this time of the year, most of us Minnesotans are already looking forward to 60 degree days, fall colors and sporting our Patagonia fleeces or Paul Bunyan flannels—but it’s the end of September and temperatures were still in the 90’s in St. Paul, Minnesota this past weekend! Way too hot. Fortunately, some friends had... Continue Reading →

100 days

As the calendar turned from 2016 to 2017, I decided to set a personal goal for how many times I would get out fly fishing in the year ahead. 2016 was the year that I got addicted to fly fishing. I got out on the water as often as I could, learned how to tie... Continue Reading →

South Dakota road trip (part 2)

The second half of our South Dakota road trip started with a quick solo outing to a stream down the road from our cabin in Hill City. I was able to land several brook trout and a few chunky rainbows in a short amount of time, before a day full of exploring Custer State Park.... Continue Reading →

South Dakota road trip (part 1)

I remember taking a family vacation to South Dakota when I was little. Although I didn't remember many of the details, I still knew it was one of my favorite family trips. Once I met Micah and realized he had never been to South Dakota--in fact, he'd never even been west of Minnesota--I knew I needed... Continue Reading →

Boat is back in business

Before I became a fly fishing addict, I was a bait-casting bass guy. Nothing could top spending an evening out on my boat throwing a LIVETARGET frog into heavy cover, waiting for an explosion. In those days, my boat got a lot of good use and helped me catch a lot of fish. Unfortunately, last summer was... Continue Reading →

Student of the carp

Carp. A fish I have known about and avoided for years. I saw them as a nuisance and "trash fish"--sure it was fun catching them as a young kid, but I was well past that. As I became more engaged in the local fly fishing community, I quickly learned that fly fishing was much more than... Continue Reading →

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