A Cure for the Wiscy blues

Jeff Goad

Each year it seems the Wiscy inland trout season closes too early at the end of Sept. and you are still in need of a trout fix. So here's the remedy;
The chapter made it's second trip to Decorah in the Driftless region of Northeast Iowa over the Oct. 17-19th weekend. We had beautiful fall weather and the leaves were peaking in full color. Our wonderful accommodations at the Big Bear lodge sits on a bluff overlooking the South Bear river. We were blessed with afternoon hatches of midges and caddis that really turned on the top water feeding frenzy of the local browns and rainbows. We had a very productive work session on Saturday morning removing a huge amount of Buckthorn (an invasive species) from the perimeter of a beautiful spring head on the Seed Savers property. The Seed Savers Exchange manage a nearly 800 acre facility of streams, hardwoods, trails and meadows as well as raising heritage breeds of ducks, chickens, geese and turkey's. This non-profit also sells and saves thousands of variety's of heirloom seeds covering vegetables, herbs and fruits.

We are impressed with the relationships that Seed Savers has created between the various TU chapters of Iowa and Minn, and look forward to EDTU's future involvement as both organizations have a shared goal of preserving and protecting our precious resources.

Lastly, In addition to the outstanding assemblage of craft brews and spirits, special kudos go out to Jay Hoffman (trip organizer) and Matt Biecker for preparing the finest culinary feast I've ever eaten on a chapter trip! This meal was worthy of any top notch restaurant in Chicago. Mark your calendars for next year Oct. 9-11, 2015.