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Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Snow started falling just after sunrise with no real course or direction, other than hitting the ground and everything attached to it, including me and they were large flakes, breathless; just float falling, without the slightest breeze....

Steve Sheetz

Steve Sheetz

The sport of hunting teaches us more than we could ever learn in a typical classroom setting. The woods provide us with a lifetime of learning from which the collective experience that is hunting builds a solid foundation: not only...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

I didn't do the table seating selection. I just paid my money late last fall, walked in the door last night, looked for my name tag and sat down. I went to a trout banquet, where they didn't serve trout....

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

It was four in the morning when I strapped on my snowshoes, my partner just wanted more coffee. At 11 above zero I didn't t want anything else to drink, but I did want to get moving, we had a...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Most of the folks who come to fish with me this time of year come from far, not from near, that's the ones that actually show up anyhow. They've heard about it, read about it, friends told them or they...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Im tired, I'm hungry, and I don't want to worry about not being able to get fuel, bait and something to eat, it's not on the way to where I'm headed, but I know, without a doubt, there open. It's...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

I sit down yet again; I've tried getting the perfect seat. I just readjusted my jacket; soft cloth noises even seem loud right now. Ok I'm comfy, I'm situated just right, I got that little breeze shut out of the...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

You give me some new fresh snow and I have to go for a walk, if to do nothing more than find out who, besides me, is in the natural neighborhood. Same old Ground, now completely covered in white, on...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Once a year, every year, for the last twelve years, we've had a guy come to deer camp who has away of knowing it all, without coming off as a know it all, unlike some of us who know abit,...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

There are three dogs on the living room rug. Two earned there dinner, one is just a house pooch that eats whatever I toss in the dish. I don't own any of the dogs, I just babysit the brown fluffy...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

The first frost of this fall, came one night prior to the second frost. They came kinda sudden to my way of thinking. That second frost was one night before the archery bow season started around my home woods. So...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

For to many days in a row it had rained. So when the weather forecaster screwed up and said it was supposed to be nice after work, I begged a neighbor to take care of the dog and I just...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

My daughter gets out of the car, it's been quite some time since Ive seen her. She smiles and we slam into each other. Her hug tells me everything....

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

I got home from work yesterday afternoon and I was bushed, I mean tuckered out, worn out exhausted. One day of work kicked my backside and I had just spent a rather relaxing weekend that was completely erased from a...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

So you’ve spent some time paddling in the Superior National Forest. You have your favorite campsite, the portage that's real easy or very scenic. The spot you saw your first moose. That piece of water no matter what the weather...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Ya know how a fresh mowed lawn makes your yard smell better, it makes my grass greener, better, how salt just adds something to a steak, just a regular steak, then a few dashes of the white, and wow what...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

So he wants me to show him how to catch a nice big old fat trout. He wants a wall hanger. The kind of trout that will never go in the oven, but instead be forever immortalized on his trophy...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

If you’re young, read this, and read it well. People die. Some folks, well, you never knew them, some, you will have only heard about, others, somewhat known, and finally the few, that you have known well, and hopefully as...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

A friend of mine this spring is on a quest to find a drummer in the woods. She bought new boots, wrangled some binoculars from her hubbies hunting gear and isn't taking no or yes, for an answer. Just once,...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

The guy hikes across the same lake I occasionally panfish. I have my portable, he has a permanent. He always asks how I’m doing with all those gills and sunnies....

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

When I mentioned he should try bow hunting he kinda shrugged and said, maybe some day, but he would have to think about it for awhile. For awhile was five years. He agonized about what bow to purchase, the arrows...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

I can only assume that back in the day and I mean a day long ago, that this current stretch of gravel was one busy little route through the hinter lands. The road now, was then, a railroad road spur...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

My daughter came home for spring break from college. She told me it might be time to do some spring cleaning. Most of her class mates went to Florida. She had other plans that included a list. My name was...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

The stuff under my snow shoes is commonly referred to as snow, it's just that this time of year, it's like the frost in my freezer, white, brittle, and hard, so as I shoe over the stuff, wow, you cant...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Some of you can guess at my age and from that glean the fact that I have actively fished for better than forty years. Encased in those years for me and perhaps yourselves as well was not just the hope...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

People, I have been told can act kinda weird during the full moon. The Full moon has been linked to crime, accidents, fertility, and werewolves, among other things. Some people even follow the solunar tables to try and of all...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Five miles from where were parked is this little tiny brook trout lake nested inside the Superior National Forest. There is no snowmobile trail. No short cuts unless you own a helicopter which by the way I don't. Five miles...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

When its snow storming, it's a good idea to probably just stay home. Stay off the roads and lay low. Read a new book, one on Minnesota moose or maybe bake a cake. Since I don't bake cakes and after...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Tis the season, as they say, to start lookin ahead. Get all those new years’ resolutions written up, start the diet and since I don't do any of that stuff, I’ll knock that off right there. But what I do,...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

I put a finger to the wind and called three guys, anybody up for some rabbit hunting. I got 3 solid yes's. Saturdays are good for rabbit hunting since we don't have safe ice so some of the boys who...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Well the deer hunting season at my place was just as it should be. Really not to big a deal. . I won most of the cribbage games, but was the last one to fill my tag. Some games I...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

So about a week ago I was wandering around my place just listening to the wind shush about my leafless trees when I’m pretty sure I heard one of my apple trees tell the rest of the orchard that this...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Every year I take the same ten days off from everything. It's called a vacation. I get a vacation from everything except paying my taxes. This vacation I wanted to find fall. I was looking for autumn. I was shall...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

You know anyone who shot a big buck last year? A record book beard on a long spurred turkey? How about some one who tailed a fifty inch Muskie? Netted a ten pound walleye? We have the long beard association,...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Eventually we have to go home. We don't want to of course; it's just the smartest thing to do at some point tonight. We have been at it all day. Tomorrow is another day. You can rationalize it all, but...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Not all trees end up as rotting logs in the woods, but I’m glad the one my backside is seated on did. It's a nice fall day to be sure but my dogs are barking. To quiet them hot feet...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

So last Wednesday night I was frying up some walleyes for a supper on demand. A buddy and his wife I have known for more years than needs mentioning was coming into town and they said they had a hankering...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

When I’m fishing alone the conversations can be kinda one sided and like over toasted bread, dry. I think to myself when the fish don't bite maybe I should try over there. So then I go over there. Over there,...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

When the weather is predicted at a fifty percent chance of rain I’m left wondering if that's a glass half full or a glass half empty prognostication so I just look outside and make up my own mind....

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

I lock up in mid step. Just that third of a leg movement changed the view in front of me. It wasn't like I didn't stare holes through the balsam stand in front of me before moving either. I checked...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

It's the “dog days” of summer. . It's going to be Hot, and humid. Not too many of my co-workers are thinking about the upcoming winter. There all pretty busy tossing salads, or golf clubs, sun tans and ice tea...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Pesco-vegetarianism means you eat veggies and fish, and I do that as often as possible so I’m considered one of these at times. Carnivore, if I machinate the definition just abit means I’m an animal that eats other animals (not...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

We had an above average day. A mother father daughter trio hit the tri-fecta on some fine looking sunfish. Twenty per is the limit and they kept forty two which is well shy, but plenty. Dad not only paid me,...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Dad who got that fly ball? Father answers, number eight CAUGHT that infield hit, pal. He's your fave remember, he's the shortstop. And you’re my shortstop, got it? Yeah dad, I got it. Then the rod started to bend....

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

After quite a few years I can say I have camped a time or two. We all as a group over the years show up with “our” own boats, canoes, tents, lawn chairs and cookware. Multiple coolers and minnow buckets...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Its rather amazing to think that if you have your life jackets stored in your boat holds, or snapped in place securely on your boat seat, if the boat goes down, so does your life jacket. Try jumping in very...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

If I asked you, do you fish? And you reside on planet earth... your response might be, why of course I fish. Then if I asked how its gets interesting real quick. Take the folks in the southern United States...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Along time ago, but after flight was first invented, I joined part of the US military that was very involved with flying. The first thing they did was put me on a plane and flies me to Texas. I got...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

When I started driving years ago I thought the road lanes were as narrow as the holes in the pool table I was occasionally taking a poke at. After awhile on the road black top or the velvet covered slate...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Some doors get knocked on, some doors get knocked down. Make no mistake with my hunting buddies. They slam the house doors and fling wide the porch screens when its time to be outside....

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Most of nature is pretty pristine. Things get kinda murky in the verbiage department when what seems easy or obvious suddenly goes awry. I stop speaking clearly and use words that really don't add to the ethereal outdoor experience. Words...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

During one of my senior moments I was taking a nap and I had a fishing dream. I was thinking about a fishing trip with a new age charter service. Fishing some water that no one I knew had ever...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

If you grab your toothbrush, add some paste, most of us just start brushing our respective choppers. This previous summer I fished with a guy that acted like it was easier to move his head, and hold the toothbrush still....

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Law of Nature, number one. 1. THAT BITES: Once in nature you will be bitten by something. It will itch or become a rash at the very least, unless you’re bitten by the “king of beasts” and then it won't...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Psalm 90, verse, 12: -So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. What number would I give each day? 42, 24, 36 and a half, 7, 93, there are lots of numbers to...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

I was busy pulling a lake trout from the bottom of one cold bwca Trout Lake. Life is good. I knew it was a signature fish. The tug, weight and rod bent meant this was a wall hanger. Blue sky,...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

I called in sick today because yesterday I saw a little boys face in the school bus window. He was staring so hard at my boat and trailer in tow I thought his neck was gonna break. I had yesterday...

Ice

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Last night I stopped at the bait shop for the minnows I needed today. “So where ya headed?” I mention I’m gonna fish the new ice. I was told point blank I was a dang fool. We were out on...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

For several months I had been emailing with a woman who wanted to try ice fishing for the first time. She made mention on several occasions how she was most definably, a city girl. Was concerned about having enough warm...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

If you have ever walked up to a trout stream and the fins just zips out of sight, you could have warned the gill breather by vibrations from your heavy foot falls or maybe you were busted by “Snells window”....

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Today, back from the tannery I’m holding one fully furred red fox. It's prime as I run my fingers through the pelt, right out to the tip of its tail. I like red fox. I think from the dog family...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

So early last summer I was hiking up the headwaters of the Temperance River. I was looking for a mess of trout. Much to my surprise, and even more for some young lad who was looking for lords knows what...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

I'm under the bridge. Nobody gets to this terminal hole sooner then me on the days I fish it. It's the only spot worth fishing. So to try and crowd the short downstream run or perch in the rock wall...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

I have seen this antlered deer five times this fall. He's got a blonde tall tined rack that nobody could forget. He's not Boone and Crocket or a record head for any one but me. In my book, he is...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

When you get a little older sounds enter the ear canal just not as loud as you need them to. So you lean a bit and look harder to make the sound clearer, which is mostly nonsense. Well near as...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

On my computer, at work, is a photo of me with a very nice stringer of walleyes. In the photo I'm wearing sunglasses and a green earth tone raincoat on a walleye wind chopped lake. The scenery in the background...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

This is the first hard frost of the fall season. Its gonna be cold tonight. The full moon is white and bright as if the yard light is on. Only Kenny and I are not in a yard. Were up...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Camping alone re-energizes all my feelings of what I grew up hearing, “good Old Catholic guilt”. I can eat all the fun stuff out of my food pack first if I want to. Instead of gathering firewood from the dead...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

I set the hook, my rainbow wrenched like a rodeo bull. The snout was whipsawing in the water and mini waves are thrown airborne. My fly was easily visible in the clear water. It looked a third of the way...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Three thirty in the afternoon on your regular Tuesday. I called in to work last night and left a message that I was going to be sick tomorrow. Mental health day. A small twinge of guilt because I know their...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

The cockpit of my kayak, when properly loaded with a quantity of two hundred and four pounds of me, is a full load. By propping one fly rod in the stern and laying my spinning rod from bow to stern,...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

After shooting a mid sized black bear, I promptly dressed it and stashed it in a buddies vegetable cooler. He has this nice little family farm with nuisance black bears. After contacting a local conservation officer, and getting the bear...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

I step outside and the darkness is everything. I stand still to let my eyes adjust. Chips of starlight appear in the night sky. Underfoot is Snow and glows white, anything above ground level appears black. If I focus directly...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

I’m lying in the sunshine on a very large rock. This piece of ancient igneous is located on the North Shore of Pine Lake in northeastern Minnesota. I did not kill myself getting here. No arduous portages. Mosquitoes? Non-existent. Paddling...

Ice

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

At 2:56 am, Saturday morning, I had made two pots of coffee and started a fire in the fireplace, filled the wood boiler and finished loading my blazer by three am. I’m pretty sure by 4:30 that morning i had...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Hey you want more than a cooked fish fillet try unwrapping some of this fish paper. …it is from a variety of sources. Fish, and not one type, just fish, was sacred to the Greco-Roman mythology, check this in the...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Say hello into a canyon and you get the echo. Hello, hello, hello, generally comes back to your ears. The word echo means repetition of sound .from reflection of sound waves. So by vocalizing a single word, a single time,...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

You ever catch yourself sniffing empty shotgun shells? In the heat of battle most of my spent twelve gauges hit the bottom of the duck boat. Exceptions to the rule occur, and those are the three inch mags that I...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Putting a file to the blade of an axe with slow strokes will let you develop the sharpness. If the steel to steel is done correctly you will remove the dullness. Strong measured filing will generate shavings glinting as they...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

So lets say its 1823 and you’re strolling into Oneida county, New York, and you have this brain child of an idea. You were hatching this plan while walking for days. The first blacksmith or forge you come to is...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

This is the time of year we, as outdoors people, lose some members. All the headlines, or radio broadcasts will air or print the hunting fatalities and deer hunter heart attacks, tree stand tip over casualties and drowning duck hunters...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

I have a very good canoeing buddy. I trap and he traps, we both hunt and fish but the only thing we end up doing together most years is canoeing. I might add these are not cute little paddle around...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

You know what I want for Christmas? I want a nine year old boy. Do not bother wrapping or putting in a box, I want the no batteries required, I want the no assembly required. I want a nine year...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

There's a place if you get the chance next Saturday I would really like some of you outdoors folks to spend some time. Not that there entirely disguised, but it could be called the local vets hospital, senior center, senior...

Two

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

I opened the medicine chest and took out my bottle of aspirin. For a split second, I thought about taking them all, instead of the two, as advised on the label. I think my earlobes aren't sore, but that's about...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

The cabin sits on a hilltop with a benched elevation of 1665 ft. Lake Superior, depending on what map I look at shows an ordinary high between 550 and 610 ft above sea level. We have assembled on high. From...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Last Friday Tim wanted to know if we limited out. I said we did. Could he go with? Yup. Do you think I can get my limit too he asked? Sure. What should he bring? Just make sure you get...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

My throat is layered up with a turtle neck and fleece camo muffler. Atop my noggin is a gray wool knitted cap. This configuration is scrunched into the collar of a very fine water proof hunting coat. The wind is...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

My hands are in the kitchen sink, so are a few memories, I grab a thawing pheasant. I start with real images of my pheasant pen behind my pole shed where I raise them, and then I flip through mental...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

The opening weekend of deer season we were lucky at our hunting shack. The wind blew pretty hard and I think it set the bucks sailing into our shooting lanes. So with the deer tags full and two weeks of...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

I drop the truck into four wheel drive and start to tip toe off the county road and follow an ancient logging trail. Last fall, when I was here, I don't recall the logging trail so rough. I meander about...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

It's meat eating season for me. A time of year I get to feast on beef, elk and venison. I cook better with some onions carrots and rutabagas. These vegetables grow better at the grocery store than my house so...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

I think during these colder winter days some of you could help me solve a northern Minnesota boreal forest mystery. I want to prove once and for all that (1) Bigfoot really exists. Ever notice how some very large pine...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

Today is the day after deer season. I can't sleep and I can't stay awake. Your standard issue case of deer lag. Pretty fuzzy this morning watching the sun come up. I have a cup of coffee and I’m watching...

Trout Whisperer

Trout Whisperer

When I load the over under I think to myself that the shell prices have gone sky high. Every time I pull the trigger today it's gonna be a bill, for a bill. A dollar a duck if I connect....