Its the dead of winter. Many anglers are choosing to stay home and watch television instead of being on the water. I for one am out on the creek busy with hatching Midge and feisty Rainbows.

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  1. The footer that was spotted is still in there somewhere. I left her in there for another day because as the afternoon bore on the temperature dropped and my exposure to the element compounded. Given the migrational nature of Rainbows, and given that they are also in pre-spawn mode, I doubt that the fish in question will be there upon my return. I can nearly guarantee that the bugs will be hatching and the fish on the bugs.

    The oversized guides did assist with keeping the ice off. I was only making casts up to about 20-feet and did not notice any inhibiting effects. I also let some line out on the snow and put up about 50-feet with it just fine. I will however reserve my position on the performance of this particular rod for the end of the freeze up season.

    Egg-full Bows are interesting indeed.

    Thanks for your comment.


  2. I’ve never heard a report of any successful rainbow spawn in SE MN. This is apparently due to the harsh nature of our spring runoff. Brownie and brookie have advantage, as fall spawners. Harsh and early runoff can still thump their fry though.

  3. There is a creek in the north end of the SE MN corner that reproduces Rainbows.

    I have heard rumors and seen what I believe is evidence that a creek in Houston County reproduces Bows. Obviously, the creek in Houston County, does not do this consistently enough for our DNR scientists to prove this theory.

    Either way, my memory is not what it used to be but, I cannot remember a season where I caught Bows in Minnesota that sprayed me with eggs.

    Maybe some of my other readers will have more insight on this parable.


  4. What if I have chosen to stay home and “watch television” because fishing with #22 midges is lame and only a challenge in the summer time. I would much rather be catching Steelies that could eat the trout your landing. Why would you judge or compare me in the dead of winter? Harsh. Also save the trout eggs they’re magically delicious. Where is the middle finger symbol on this keyboard…..

  5. If you believe that catching trout is tougher in the summer then you need to spend more time with frozen guides, Arctic temperatures, and finicky fish.

    I too would rather be chasing Steele however the draw to get a regular fix of handling fish is more demanding.