Author: Chris Hansen

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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What is the Worst Lure?

Enough with all the talk about lures that work.  Most of them do.  How about the Worst Lure? I get weekly emails from “Fishing Tackle Retailer”. Even though it’s been a decade since I was a retailer, I still like to keep track of trends and what not.  One feature they had recently sparked a memory, it asked the question “What is the worst lure of all time?”  Before I even got to their answer, one thing came to mind for me right away, and it turns out the author of the article had the same lure in mind. ...

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Not Even Eddie Can Break the Jinx

I mostly fish alone unless I can get one of my kids to come with, but they’re usually not too keen on the whole getting up early thing.  I don’t blame them.  So my wife was quite surprised when I told her I was going fishing with a Facebook friend I had never actually met.  “Are you sure that’s a good idea?  I mean…a lot of things could happen…”  “Yeah? Like what?  I thought you would be glad I ‘m trying to make new friends.”  “Well I don’t think it’s a good idea to go fishing with someone you’ve...

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Spring Trout Fishing Trip to SE Minnesota

A foot of snow fell in southern Minnesota this week, seemingly ruining my plans for a recon trout trip I was going to take with Savannah.  I figured the runoff would have blown out all the streams, but somehow it melted off slowly enough for the streams to be flowing clear.  A call down to Whitewater State Park confirmed that the snow was mostly gone, and the streams were in good shape.  I used to fish the Minnesota streams a bit, but never as much as the Wisconsin streams.  But since the past few outings to Wisconsin have been...

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Any day on a trout stream is great…but some days are just…greater?

    It troubles me that I am going into this trout season with a genuine lack of enthusiasm.  I’m still looking forward to walking the creeks, taking in the sights, sounds, and smells, but I just know the trout catching is going to be off.  For reasons I’m not going to get into here, my two favorite streams [the Upper Kinni and the Willow] are seriously hurting in the trout population department, and it’s going to be a few years before it improves.  So for catching, that leaves the Rush, or maybe the lower Kinni.  Not that these...

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