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5 minutes ago, Johnsfolly said:

They were nice looking trout. Several streams like those here in MD with reproducing browns. I have no issues with going after those fish. Also have a few with naturally reproducing brook trout that are in their native range.

Oh, I love the natives too. Naturally reproducing are the next best thing I think. And I won’t turn my nose up at a stocker, or much of anything really. 

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5 minutes ago, Johnsfolly said:

This was a fishing report? Who knew 😁.

Read it again please. The rest is in the imagination of you horny old men 😄

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2 minutes ago, ness said:

 

Oh, I love the natives too. Naturally reproducing are the next best thing I think. And I won’t turn my nose up at a stocker, or much of anything really. 

You know that I am willing and happy to catch anything and anywhere!

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Decorah is an awesome town! Towed the house on wheels through there last year. The walking/biking trails are great. Trout everywhere. Good food, Toppling Goliath Micro Brewery, Pikes peak on the Mississippi, Ruby’s Cafe with crab cakes eggs Benedict and the iconic 1lb “Ronnie’s” cinnamon roll. Trout hatchery with brook, brown, and rainbow. Nordic fest, plus great garden gnomes. The folks across da river from the Whippy Dip (north) have the best gnomes. On your left but not far. Ooofta!

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On 3/29/2019 at 10:04 PM, Gavin said:

Decorah is an awesome town! Towed the house on wheels through there last year. The walking/biking trails are great. Trout everywhere. Good food, Toppling Goliath Micro Brewery, Pikes peak on the Mississippi, Ruby’s Cafe with crab cakes eggs Benedict and the iconic 1lb “Ronnie’s” cinnamon roll. Trout hatchery with brook, brown, and rainbow. Nordic fest, plus great garden gnomes. The folks across da river from the Whippy Dip (north) have the best gnomes. On your left but not far. Ooofta!

Yep, Decorah’s a cool town. And we’ve found the locals to be very outgoing and fun to talk to. Good, friendly, upper Midwest people. 

We plopped down at the bar in Pulpit Rock Brewery and I asked the lady next to me how much snow they’d had. She said, ‘Too f*****g much!’ 😄 Had some good laughs talking to her. Lots of, ‘Yah, you betcha.’

The lady working the bar grabbed my wallet, opened it up and saw my Kansas license. Turned out she grew up in Atchison where I went to school. We spent several minutes doing the good old, ‘Do you know...’ and had several matches even though we’re a generation apart. 

And they think about stream access completely differently than we do here. Landowners in IA have an arrangement with the state to allow access to fishermen. They build stiles for you to climb over the fences. Here’s a picture from a previous trip. 

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Talked to two guys when we were scouting MN the first day. One told me to go ahead and fish right from his place. Said I should just keep within 50 feet of the stream.  The other guy had me follow him on his 4-wheeler to a road leading to an access spot. 

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As long as I’m yakking about our trip I’ll add this. There are two wineries we like to stop by when we’re up there. First is Winneshiek Winery near Decorah. They do a good job with hybrid grapes up in that tough climate. Their whites are really good. They also do  fruit wines that are really nice. One fruit one we liked was a rhubarb wine. Another was blackberry that they ferment cold to retain a lot of the fruit flavor. Non wine drinkers would like these.

Down in the Quad Cities area we like Tabor Home Winery in Baldwin. They also do a great job in a tough climate. Our hands-down favorite was a sparkling wine from a hydrid white grape with apple. Some nice reds and whites too. The guy takes things pretty seriously, but is fun and interesting to talk to also.  We both got a kick out of it when Kathy’s mom said, ‘This isn’t bad...for wine,’ 🤪 I suggested he get a picture of her and make that their new slogan 😄

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