Honestly? They look a little stupid.
LOL. Brighter color on natives in addition to the fins. Although after in the water long enough they are hard to tell apart. And if they live long enough both are hard to take on the same presentation twice.
In the 80's did a deployment to the North Atlantic and England was one of the port of calls. A shipmate from Alaska and I took our fly rods with us, excited as hell to be going to the birthplace of fly fishing. Can't recall the port we pulled in but Arundel Castle was close, and we were on the flight path of the Concorde's between the States and London and they would break the sound barrier near us daily. Met a girl in a pub that took us to a place to fly fish and don't recall the name, had to take a 45 min. train ride to get there. I expect they were stocked trout at the time as we could catch one on almost every cast it was actually kind of anti-climatic. Would have been different if we would have got put on wild trout I'm sure.
Wanted to pick up a Barbour coat while I was there and asked her the best place to get one. She said aw a clit coat. I replied what?! She said yeah every cunt has one. I still don't own a clit coat, not sure it would hold up in the thickets I hunt anyways but still think it would make a great town jacket.
19 here this morning and another week before the season opens again. Some of the limestone streams stay open all year in the driftless region despite getting down in the teens and twenties below zero F. April 1 of NY trout opener fished in a snowstorm more than once.
On the Mn. side I consider Lanesboro the epicenter, on the Wi. side of the Mississippi River Viroqua. Strangely enough both are small towns with a strong Arts focus and some would say somewhat quirky. I've never fished the Wi. side but I know when Gary Borger was getting his PhD at UW at Madison his wife and him fished a lot of the driftless region but now live over in Wausau Wi. Something tells me that is a good spot to trout fish....
Preston, Mn. considers itself the trout capital of the US and hosts the National Trout Center. Which doesn't mean much anyplace can do that and currently it is disappointing as a Center of anything. But they have big plans for expansion. Chatfield, Mn. is just as good. But there are streams around Lanesboro where the DNR is begging people to harvest trout in slot limits because the population is becoming stunted because the streams are at carrying capacity. In the summer the newspaper has pictures at least once a week of someone in the region that has caught a 10 lb. + brownie, and invariably it says caught on cut minnow. Not sure exactly what a cut minnow is but should try to tie the pattern sometime when I do find out.
It's astounding that the creek isn't fished out. It seems the trout are a result of kids releasing them for a classroom project. We have a similar program here. In fact, this weekend I'm heading up to a creek in Westchester for a cleanup in anticipation of a "trout in the classroom" release.
Nothing like that in NYC though you can fish for bass and bluegill in Central Park.
Same here, but each state has a different license fee and it can get very expensive for non-resident licenses. I have to buy three just to fish around me and that's before I travel west.
Each state also has different public rights rules. Some allow the high water mark, but in others landowners own the bottom of the river and you're not allowed to anchor or step out of the boat. Even if you can float it.
In all cases you have to respect private property. Especially in an armed society. But many times if you approach a landowner prior to the fishing/hunting excursion you can get permission. A bottle of whisky helps.
I'm torn. I love being able to fish so much public water in this country, but as a landowner I understand the desire to keep a little piece of paradise private. I just quintupled the land around my cabin to ensure I have as much privacy as possible. Trespassers will be met by an unhappy and potentially armed landowner. Poachers will be met by the authorities. I would happily allow a few hunters to harvest some deer in the fall as long as I'm not there and they respect the property. Again, a bottle of whisky really helps here.
Nice fish. You need a better net.
Spent the better part of Sunday walking up and down a river looking for a pair of sunglasses I dropped the day before. Found them buried in a pile of leaves. Gods were smiling as I then caught what I think may be a record for this river - 18.5" wild Brown.