Florida Revenge Tour

Florida Revenge Tour

Florida Revenge Tour Southern Florida – January 19-28, 2017 I would love to return to many of the places I’ve visited but when selecting vacation destinations I tend to choose places I’ve never been before. This trip was an exception. I’d already fished in the Florida Keys and Everglades in 2011, which resulted in 22Continue Reading Florida Revenge Tour

Peruvian Amazon

Peruvian Amazon

 ____________________________________________________________________________________ This article was first published in American Currents, Publication of the North American Native Fishes Association (Volume 42, Number 2, Spring 2017). Visit nanfa.org for more information. ____________________________________________________________________________________ Lifelist Angling the Peruvian Amazon: An Expedition Report: August 4-18, 2016 ____________________________________________________________________________________ The Amazon. Home to over 5,600 species of fish, the world’s largest river systemContinue Reading Peruvian Amazon

The Clam Hatch

The Clam Hatch

The Clam Hatch Santee River – South Carolina – June, 2011 David is tinkering with his boat when I pull into the gravel parking lot at Hills Landing. But we aren’t launching here, just making a stop at the bait shop and restaurant overlooking the canal connecting lakes Marion and Moultrie. We go inside andContinue Reading The Clam Hatch

The Death March

The Death March

The Death March Mississippi River – Red Wing, MN – August, 2009 “One, two, three.” Joy and I lift the canoe from the roof of our car, flip it right-side-up and carry it down the boat launch to the edge of the water. We load it with gear—rods, tackle box, tent, sleeping bags, cooler, baitContinue Reading The Death March

My Dinosaur Swamp

My Dinosaur Swamp

My Dinosaur Swamp Pickerel Slough – Red Wing, Minnesota – July, 2003 Fluffy willow seeds drift like snow through the muggy summer air, alighting atop the chocolate-brown surface of Pickerel Slough. My once-white socks are sopping wet and an accretion of stinky black muck smothers my tennis shoes. Gnats swarm my face as I kneelContinue Reading My Dinosaur Swamp

Spring Trout Fever

Spring Trout Fever

Spring Trout Fever Hay Creek – Red Wing, Minnesota – April, 2003 The air is chilly but the sun is shining bright in a clear blue sky this early April morning. I toss on a Minnesota Twins cap, slide polarized sunglasses over my prescription glasses and wiggle into my fishing vest, which contains a multitudeContinue Reading Spring Trout Fever

Chasing Flags

Chasing Flags

Chasing Flags Frontenac Pond – Minnesota – January, 1996 From the living room futon I groggily open my eyes and see Dad in the kitchen, making strong coffee under the dim yellow glow of the oven hood light. It is early, and it is dark and cold outside, but we are going ice fishing soContinue Reading Chasing Flags

A Mixed Bag

A Mixed Bag

A Mixed Bag Cannon River – Red Wing, Minnesota – April, 1995 Warm air wafts in through an open window, laden with the year’s first fresh smells of cut grass, the chirping of birds and the cheerful voices of children playing outside. It’s a t-shirt and shorts sort of day and I am buzzing withContinue Reading A Mixed Bag