I officially got the skunk for the trip, by finishing 0 for 3 this week, with only one showing. No trout for the smoker. My two week fish count = 1 lost lake trout at the surface. Ouch. On the bright side, due to delays with our project work, I may get a couple more nights of salmon and trout fishing in at the beginning of next month. Bonus. I just hope I'm finished with work on the North Shore before my wife goes into labor; she's due in early October.
The roughfisher will leave for a much needed vacation this weekend. Ironically, I'll be going back to the North Shore for some R&R with Mrs. Roughfisher. Nothing like a two day turnaround to make the 5 hour plus trip back to Duluth and points North. The rods will be left at home; some brief hiking, sight-seeing, agate hunting, an auto tour, and relaxation are on the itinerary. I'm looking forward to some beach time with the wife. Of course, if I'm hard up, I can always grab a rod out of the work truck in Two Harbors and hit the breakwall. I doubt I'll need to resort to those measures, though. I've got about a month or so left of some peace and quiet before my world changes again. I've got to make the best of it.
I'll be back in full force at the end of next week, and hope to report back good news on some roughfish outings. I need to put those carp swap flies to the test. With my daughter going back to daycare next week, my Fridays will once again be free until Thanksgiving. I've only got a couple more weekends left to take advantage of before Jr. Roughfisher comes along. Looks to me like a good excuse to hit the water.
You all behave while I'm gone now. Cheers.