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  • We normally put in four and half miles upstream from our campsite with inner tubes fixed to float our coolers and fishing gear. Starting after the breakfast dishes are done, we're in the stream by 8:00 AM.

    When we first began our "walk-a-thon" the fishing rules were not as strict and we could seine for minnows which are a favorite of the rainbow and brown trout. Natural bait is always more effective than artificial and we would be able to catch trout all day, even during the hottest hour. However, over the years the rules have changed and this is now a trophy trout area which allows only artificial flies with single point hooks. Even without stopping to seine for minnows, it normally takes us until four PM before we finally have our camp in sight.

    Exhausted, we stumble in, get out of our wet clothes, stow our fishing gear, and begin preparations for our evening meal. While one of us stays at camp getting the cooking fire going, the other two drive back to our put in spot to retrieve the vehicle that carried us there earlier in the day.

    By the time everyone is gathered back at camp, it is toonie time, followed by a simple but good dinner. We then take our lawn chairs to the river bank to sit and watch the mist rise on the river as the sun goes down. After that we spend a few hours sitting around the campfire talking about our day on the stream or just sitting and staring at the hypnotizing fire. One by one, we retire to our comfy sleeping bags to dream of another day on the stream.

    This is pretty much what a typical week of camping and fishing with the TFB's goes.

    We have been fishing and camping together since 1979 and I really don't see any reason to ever stop.

    TFB: Trout Fishing Buddies
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