Author: Chris Hansen

Secret River

Secret River There are still secrets.  You’ve seen the posts by savvy Facebookers, showing awesome fish from undisclosed streams or lakes.  Do you secretly want to know where they caught the fish?  Did you look for clues in the background that might reveal the location?   This spring someone had pictures of beautiful wild steelhead from “a part of Lake Superior you won’t think of, from a river you don’t know”.  That’s the kind of shit that keeps me awake at night.  There is not a part of Lake Superior I don’t think of, and I’m pretty sure I’ve heard...

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North Shore Surprise

A family weekend for the North Shore was planned for this October. We made a one day up-and-back trip last year.  That was a lot for one day, and while we had a great time I was disappointed that the one-day trip left a lot of sights unseen, and left no chance for any angling.  Put me that close to Lake Superior without and chance to make a few casts and I might surly.     And not the refreshing,  IPA kind of surly [Surley?] either, more like the grouchy, crabby, gonna complain about everything including traffic and restaurant food kind...

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Miller Time

Miller Time “Monday.  6:00. Otsego. Millers”.  Who would know what to make of this cryptic text I sent out on Monday.  The recipient was Gunnar, he knew what it meant—Miller Time on the Mississippi.  Most of you probably still don’t know what I’m talking about.  There is a mayfly hatch that occurs all across North America, the scientific name of this bug is “Ephoron Leukon” or something similar, I’m not even going to look it up.   Around here we call these things “White Millers”, and every year in late July/early August they hatch in great enough numbers on the...

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Reports of my Death…

This story is brought to you by “Trout Fishing” –Keeping Chris Sane for Over 40 Years… Yeah, we got the hail.  I pointed out the green sky to the kids, told them whenever you see that, hail is coming.  I should have covered my truck, or at least parked it under a tree, because it got dinged up pretty good. Bunch of holes in the siding of our house too.  State Farm is covering it, but when I dropped my truck off for body work I was not expecting it to take so long.  I figured it would be the better part of week, but they’re waiting for parts, bla bla bla, and I’ll be lucky to have it back by next weekend.  And after attending a considerable number of fast pitch softball games, I needed to go fishing.  But with no truck there would be no pulling the boat, no loading up the kayaks, that leaves me with trout fishing.  AS it turns out, I like trout fishing, but for one reason or another I mostly stick to the late winter through spring for trout, and when summer rolls around my attention turns to bass and muskies and such.  Before I had a boat, I used to trout fish all summer, and maybe on a Thursday night there wouldn’t be eight cars at every bridge, so when I left...

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Harvest

Will I see you give more than I can take Well I only harvest some—Neil Young, from “Harvest”  There is something about the descent into a trout valley in Southeast Minnesota that puts me in a good mood like few other things can.  I started my journey on Saturday with the hopelessly boring drive on the highway south of the cities.  The only thing of interest is the occasional stream that is passed over; I make sure I’m in the right lane at every stream crossing so I can get the best view of the water below, helping to...

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