Fishing and Painting in the Minnesota Driftless

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Fishing and Painting in the Minnesota Driftless

Post by Bobwhite » Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:02 pm

My friends, Mike and John, and I planned a late spring fishing trip to Minnesota’s Driftless region. The timing was perfect; the hatches would be at their peak and the rivers low and clear.

And, it would have been perfect… if it hadn’t started to rain. As we drove south from the Twin Cities multiple thunderstorms pummeled the area with up to nine inches of rain. Tornadoes touched down to the south of us, and Decorah, Iowa was flooded for the second time in in as many weeks.

Every river we crossed was swollen beyond its banks and ran the color of a latte. Still, Mike, who’d organized the trip, remained positive, even upbeat about the fishing. The tributaries to the larger rivers, we were told are, for the most part, spring-fed and remained fishable even after the severest deluge. John and I as well as Mike’s dog, “Moose” remained guardedly skeptical.

The first day we fished a meadow stream born from two spring creeks, and while a bit off-color, it fished well. Actually, the bit of color in the water allowed us to get closer to the fish, which was helpful.
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The larger of the two spring-fed tributaries was clear and fished like a dream. We leap-frogged up the stream, trading water as good friends do and we all caught fish… surprisingly large fish, given the size of the creek.
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My intention for the trip was two-fold; spend time on the water with my friends… and get in a bit of plein air painting.

The second day dawned warm and muggy, with humidity so thick that it veiled the landscape and softened its edges. I love to paint atmospheric effects on the landscape and suggested to my friends that they carry on without me while I kept company with the Holsteins that roamed the pasture in which I set up my easel. When Mike and John returned later in the day, “Pasture Stream” was finished.
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And so, the week unwound. The weather cleared, the rivers dropped, and I enjoyed a wonderful mix of fishing and painting with friends.
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Re: Fishing and Painting in the Minnesota Driftless

Post by flashback » Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:01 pm

Beautiful! Is the one rod boo?

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Re: Fishing and Painting in the Minnesota Driftless

Post by Bobwhite » Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:32 pm

flashback wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:01 pm
Beautiful! Is the one rod boo?
Both the guys brought along bamboo, but fished a mix of graphite and bamboo.

When they fished bamboo, Mike fished a rod made by our mutual friend, Dave Norling. John fished a rod made by the brother of his friend, Jim Babb.
"Why in the fuck did I miss this place? It's like missing a raging case of the clap."

"Make it matter, fuckos." jhnnythndr

" Herre jävlar vilka fiskar!!" P-A

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Re: Fishing and Painting in the Minnesota Driftless

Post by Honyuk96 » Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:39 pm

Makng hip boots hip. Nice.

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Re: Fishing and Painting in the Minnesota Driftless

Post by chadroc » Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:01 pm

that's just beautiful. gorgeous country. i love a stream that flows through farmland, it just somehow makes sense. thank you for taking the time to put this together, well done bob.
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Re: Fishing and Painting in the Minnesota Driftless

Post by Da Ax » Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:05 pm

Question: did he make any coffee?

Great stuff, Bob.
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Re: Fishing and Painting in the Minnesota Driftless

Post by Bigguy » Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:28 pm

:cool Great reportage, Bob. I really admire your ability to purse your art while fish are rising!

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Re: Fishing and Painting in the Minnesota Driftless

Post by Ruddy Duck » Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:37 pm

I greatly appreciate the inspiration to roam more Bob.

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Re: Fishing and Painting in the Minnesota Driftless

Post by austrotard » Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:26 pm

I recognise that one guy.

I think he owes me $5.
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Re: Fishing and Painting in the Minnesota Driftless

Post by Kfoxwyo » Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:07 pm

Good clean living right there, thank you.
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Re: Fishing and Painting in the Minnesota Driftless

Post by K_P » Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:23 pm

Da Ax wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:05 pm
Question: did he make any coffee?
I thought the same thing.

Thanks Bob. Pastoral indeed.

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Re: Fishing and Painting in the Minnesota Driftless

Post by Fishwater » Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:21 pm

Bob + plein air = awesome
Thank you for this.

Question, are you priming those canvases on site?
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