February 13, 2013

Watercress Discovery

It was a bright sunny day today so I wandered and did a little scouting.  I took a different way back to the car and stumbled upon a head water watercress paradise.  My Aunt eats watercress all the time and sings the praise of this miraculous weed or edible to some folks.

I looked at Wikipedia and cut and pasted some information about Watercress.

Watercress is one of the oldest known leaf vegetables consumed by humans. It is botanically related to garden cress, mustard and radish — all noteworthy for a peppery, tangy flavor.

Watercress contains significant amounts of iron, calcium, iodine, and folic acid, in addition to vitamins A and C.

Many benefits from eating watercress are claimed, such as that it acts as a stimulant, a source of phytochemicals and antioxidants, a diuretic, an expectorant, and a digestive aid. It also appears to have antiangiogenic cancer-suppressing properties; it is widely believed to help defend against lung cancer. A 2010 study conducted by the University of Southampton found that consumption of watercress may also inhibit the growth of breast cancer.

It seemed really odd to see such bright green vegetation in the stream with snow as its back drop.  This watercress stream seemed to end up against a hill so I followed it to the source.  It was a huge spring coming out of the hill subsurface.

 I am willing to bet that watercress needs spring water and a constant temperature year round.  I am really attracted to "THERMALS" because they typically attract trout.  This was the reason I checked out this stream at all.

I took a couple of photos and was ready to leave and I saw what I thought was some movement in the open lane between the watercress.  I tried to take a photo but I couldn't capture what I saw.

You will have to wait until opener of trout season for me to show you what I saw hiding in the watercress.

Kiss Those Tiger Trout Goodbye

A story I wrote for Field & Stream in 2007.


In 2007 tiger trout were not so rare in my streams of choice.

In 2007 the brook trout in the area were at their maximum.

In 2010 I did a log book check.  My tiger trout count was up to 15 that I had caught and 9 others had landed tigers with me.
Since 2010 until today I have not caught another tiger.  My daughter Anna caught one in 2010.

My logs also shows a significant drop in brook trout in the last 2 years.
I predict that in 5 years the brook trout population of the area will be decimated by Gill Lice.

I am throwing my hands up in surrender.  There is no legitimate cure for Gill Lice.

Appreciate your brook trout while they last.

American Angler Magazine On Tiger Trout

February 11, 2013

Almost Skunked On Cold Springs This Morning

Joe Chadwick and I fished tip ups on the Mississippi River this morning at Cold Springs.

It was Joe's turn to set the flag and he had his hands full.

Joe's biggest pike to date.  He is at the Taxidermists as I type.