Sunday, November 21, 2010

Lake Superior Coasters and Sulfide Mining

This is not a video about the coaster brook trout of our waters, but with mining interests and exploration around the entire Lake Superior region, it is a great refresher course as to what the byproduct of a Sulfide Mine is.  Watch all the way to the end.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

DNR seeks comments on Grand Marais area lake and stream management plans

(Released November 15, 2010)

 Citizens interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) strategies for managing Grand Marais area lakes and streams have until Dec. 31, to ask questions or submit comments.

“Management plans describe the past, present and desired future conditions of the waters,” said Steve Persons, Grand Marais Area Fisheries supervisor. “The plans identify specific management activities planned for that lake or stream in the next five to 20 years.”

Every year DNR fisheries staff prepares or revises individual lake and stream management plans for several waters in each management area.

The Rivers that have special interest to us here at Minnesota Steelheader are the two rivers that are habitable to migratory and young Steelhead.  The rivers are:

  • Flute Reed River - managed for steelhead, plan will focus on acquisition, habitat protection and restoration, and monitoring.
  • Onion River - managed for brook trout and steelhead, plan will emphasize habitat protection and monitoring.
We sent an email to Steve Persons and received a prompt reply with the most current plans for each of these rivers.  We will make these available on our website in the near future. Mr Persons informed us that it may be some time yet before we have new draft plans prepared for the Flute Reed and Onion Rivers.

He also stated that the ability to accomplish much in stream improvement is limited due to the limited funding available these days. The revised plans for either river do not expect to be vary ambitious though Steve did add: "the Flute reed river is lucky to have a very active watershed group".  The group apparently received a large grant to implement a water quality improvement project across the watershed.

Minnesota Steelheader will keep a close eye on the new plans and will make them available for those who wish to view them.  We also look forward to any opportunities to work with the MN DNR in any way we can.  we will keep you posted as developments happen.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tom Helgeson 1939 - 2010

"On Friday, November 12, the world of fly fishing lost one of its most passionate practitioners; those concerned about the stewardship of natural resources lost an eloquent advocate; those who fished with him lost a mentor; and those who knew him as a friend lost a priceless companion."

Tom was most recently noted as the owner of Midwest Fly Fishing Magazine and the founder and producer of the annual Great Water Fly Fishing Shows.

Our good buddy Paul Hanson with Sporting Life Outfitters said:  "When I started guiding in 1991 it was Tom who gave me the advice and encouragement to do so. I will miss his humor and wisdom. See you on the next river Tom. God Bless."

A memorial service for Tom will be held on Saturday, November 20th, at 2 pm at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 Snelling Ave, So, St. Paul MN.  You can also visit his website for future information: Midwest Fly Fishing

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I hope you found time in your busy day to reflect on the importance of this honorable day. We sure did and we are thankful for all who have served this blessed country of ours.

Over the years I have meet many who have not known anyone who has served this country through one of our military branches. I have also meet many who have never walked up to thank a solder or veteran for the service they gave or our giving.

With so many great heroes out there I thought it would be appropriate to share with you one Metal of Honor recipients citation, this one from a not so popular war. His name is Ed Freeman.

Not only has Captain Freeman received a Metal of Honor for his valiant acts of heroism in Vietnam but he also lived to receive it. Captain Freeman also fought in WWII and in Korea, most notably at the horrific battle of Porkchop Hill where he was 1 of the 14 of 256 soldiers who survived the first stage of that battle.

Here is how Captain Ed Freeman's official metal of Honor Citation reads:.

"Captain Ed W. Freeman, United States Army, distinguished himself by numerous acts of conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary intrepidity on 14 November 1965 while serving with Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). As a flight leader and second in command of a 16-helicopter lift unit, he supported a heavily engaged American infantry battalion at Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley, Republic of Vietnam. The unit was almost out of ammunition after taking some of the heaviest casualties of the war, fighting off a relentless attack from a highly motivated, heavily armed enemy force. When the infantry commander closed the helicopter landing zone due to intense direct enemy fire, Captain Freeman risked his own life by flying his unarmed helicopter through a gauntlet of enemy fire time after time, delivering critically needed ammunition, water and medical supplies to the besieged battalion. His flights had a direct impact on the battle's outcome by providing the engaged units with timely supplies of ammunition critical to their survival, without which they would almost surely have gone down, with much greater loss of life. After medical evacuation helicopters refused to fly into the area due to intense enemy fire, Captain Freeman flew 14 separate rescue missions, providing life-saving evacuation of an estimated 30 seriously wounded soldiers -- some of whom would not have survived had he not acted. All flights were made into a small emergency landing zone within 100 to 200 meters of the defensive perimeter where heavily committed units were perilously holding off the attacking elements. Captain Freeman's selfless acts of great valor, extraordinary perseverance and intrepidity were far above and beyond the call of duty or mission and set a superb example of leadership and courage for all of his peers. Captain Freeman's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army."

May Captain freeman and all who have served this great country be eternally blessed.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

What a Beauty

Do you have any great shots of steelhead from 2010 or past seasons?  We would love to post them!

You can email pictures by submit through our website or through facebook.

Thanks to our friend Dale Eggen for posting this picture of a bright steelie on our Facebook page.