We decided, rather abruptly, at breakfast the Friday of the Labor Day weekend, to go camping. Dad had the day off, as well as Monday, and we rarely get 4 days with him in a row, save for those two vacation weeks a year. We also do not spend nearly as much time as we'd like trout fishing, and part of the reason we got a trailer to hold all of our camping gear was so we could take off on a moment's notice. One hour after breakfast, we were on the road headed north, as all we needed to pack was food and clothes. Love it.
We were planning on camping on one of the streams that have public ground around them-it is free to do so, though it is primitive camping, meaning no toilet, water, or electricity, which we can easily camp without. As we were pulling up to the stream we were aiming for, one we hadn't fished before, but was close to Decorah, as we had plans to eat there at some point that weekend, we noticed a private campground across the street.
The next morning, we got up, made and ate breakfast, then headed out for a day of trout fishing. To try to keep on a budget, we did a pretty good job of carrying food with us. It is easy to sluff off and just eat out a lot, especially since we were camped so close (about 5-10 minutes) to town. We had lunch meat sandwiches and chips for lunch, as well some other snacky foods. These next few photos are at Canoe Creek.
Next we drove to Coldwater Creek, which had been stocked the day before. There were quite a few folks there, so the fishing was not as good as it may have been. Some anglers are great about giving you room so everyone has a nice chance, while others can be super rude, making noise or splashing in the same area you are trying to fish. Super annoying when trout fishing, since they spook so easily. After dealing with this for a while, I took the kids down to a shallow area to let them play in the water while Dad fished. I love trout fishing, but so long as we have kids, I tend to let him do the bulk of it, as it takes a lot of time and patience to teach the kids how to, and they get bored after awhile. Splashing in the creek (away from others trying to fish and downstream, to boot) is just so much more fun. They get awfully creative with their games they play, and are rarely ready to leave when it is time to go.