Friday, February 10, 2012

Trout for Breakfast


Butter, salt, pepper.  Bam.  I kept a small steelhead yesterday- It was time to eat a fish.  In a world that at times seems obsessed with catch and release, it was refreshing to take something home, filet it and partake of the rivers goodness.  I hear a lot of people say the river is their church, if so, then this is communion.  Fish is good food.  Fresh caught and properly cared for it is superior food.   I do this in honor of my grandfather as well, the man who taught me to fly  fish.  He was a fish cook par excellence who could whip up a shore lunch of breaded fish and southern fried potatoes and onions anywhere.  I'm not advocating catch and kill here, only that for me a meal of fish now and then completes the circle, nourishment derived from nature (and the largesse of the DNR stocking program). Served with sweet potato fries it becomes rocket fuel for a busy day.

I think I'll broil that other filet for dinner.

yeah, this one's coming home

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  1. I hear a lot of people say the river is their church, if so, then this is communion.

    Amen, brother.

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    1. I think Mike sort of took the words out of my mouth.

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  2. A fine communion indeed...cheers!

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  3. Sort of like a partial tax refund when you enjoy the fruits of the state stocking program. Looks good!

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    1. Tax refund indeed. The banks got TARP, I got a fish.

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  4. I really enjoy a real trout meal also once in a while. There is nothing as tasty as a nice trout meal.

    Have fun enjoying the fruits of your fly fishing,
    M.O.

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    1. It is the spice of life. Rip some lips I say.

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  5. Your keeping your stream healthy. Not sure where or why it started but its old school.Selective harvest is important.Enjoy your meal, I'm sure you give back to the stream . My Sons and I look forward to a stream side meal every year!

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    1. That is truly the best- sharing what you treasure with those whom you love. I wish you the best.

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  6. I'm up for a fresh caught fish now and again. You're right, it completes the circle.

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  7. Yup, a fresh caught fish is a fine treat now and then.

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  8. Good for you! I keep the one steelhead I caught on the Salmon River this year. Smoked half of it. The other half is waiting to be eaten!
    If you ever get to NC PA let me know & we can get out on one of the small Brookie streams & catch a few & cook them right up on an open fire!

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    1. Sounds great Brad- I'll have to take you up on that.

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  9. Yesssir... Nice! I wonder if Steelhead would be good in my favorite... fish tacos!

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  10. Communion! Love it.

    My favorite is over a streamside campfire in vintage cast iron.

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  11. It's hard to beat fresh trout over a campfire, that's for sure.

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  12. Just add some Morel mushrooms with the meal and I really don't think it get's any butter. I mean better ;) I will take a trout here and there to eat. My wife loves fresh trout. I tend to keep the smaller ones for the pan. They taste so good. Tight Lines.

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    1. Ah, Mr. Magee, now you're reminding me of my other true love- morels.

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