Wisel Creek is a gorgeous spring creek fishery with a tragic past. On August 6, 1866, a flash flood destroyed a community, killing 16 men, women and children in Preble Township, Fillmore County, Minnesota. Today, it’s hard to imagine that this quiet creek could flood anything. On a whim, after a no-fish day on another stream, we decided to fish the evening rise on Wisel Creek, which we had never fished before. And what an evening it was! Listen now to this episode.
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5 Replies to “S3:E8 One Fine Evening on Wisel Creek”
Another relaxing listen and evidence of my favorite fishing quote. “The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable: a perpetual series of occasions for hope.” John Buchan –
I have had many “fine days” but one a relatively recent one that comes to mind was a few years back in the Adirondacks of New York. In an effort to get my grandfather his “trophy trout,” I booked with a guide on the north end of Lake George. The guide was excellent and a one time trip turned into an annual outing for several years usually taking place in late spring. We would spend the morning trolling for Lake Trout but the afternoon was for exploring. My uncle and I would sneak off into small streams which did not have easy access. Hiking down steep hills and small rock formations, we came to a gorgeous little waterfall pouring into a deep pool. Using UL spinning gear (I know this is a fly-fishing podcast but my 4.5′ rod was almost too big) and small spinners (Panther Martins and Rooster Tails) we immediately hooked into a few brook trout and started working our way down stream. I do not know how far we had walked but I knew it had taken a lot longer than we said and it was well worth it. After my uncle and I caught and released dozens of native brook and wild brown trout, we left the stream and made double time on the way back to the cabin as we were sure my father was concerned about the two maniacs. Not a single keeper except a memory filled with trophies.
I love the “came to a gorgeous little waterfall…” – now that is pure joy when you stumble onto such places.
Indeed it is. That waterfall is actually the cover photo on my website.
The book featured in this episode was published in 2016. Bob has an encyclopedic knowledge of the trout streams of SE Minnesota and did a great job of describing the fishing opportunities of the region. If you’re ever in the Twin Cities on a Wednesday evening, stop in at the Wayzata American Legion to meet Bob and the rest of the Laughing Trout group.
Thank you, Craig. I may just see him some day … my son is a college student in St. Paul!
I appreciate your post.
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