Ruffie's first Roundup and a week with Andy

Ruffie arrived just in time for Roundup 2010!  He came along with me in my wader pocket and got to meet a whole bunch of great folks on the banks of the wonderful Root River.

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Joy fishing with Ruffie during the species derby.

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Colton(mini fins) says hi to Ruffie.  They went ice fishing together last year.ruffie_4.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's Sam!  Sam hangs out with our group every year at the Roundup and he was really happy to finally meet Ruffie.ruffie_5.jpg

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MNBowfinangler attempts to mate Rufie with a hogsucker in a mad fisheries experiment.ruffie_7.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruffie gets a little too close to our dinner........ruffie_8.jpg

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The Roundup gang.  Colton is holding Ruffie.

 

 

After the Roundup, I took Ruffie up to Remote Lake.  We did a lot of relaxing, Ruffie feeling especially relaxed on the dock.

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Ruffie meets a couple pets.  First Goblin steals our little buddy and takes him for a walk in the Remote woods, then Ruffie gives a ride to Jackie's baby painted turtle named Sprout.

 

 

A few days later, Ruffie joins my girl Jackie and me on a kayaking trip to the Kettle River at Banning State Park.  The river has a series of Class II - IV rapids right in the park, and we played on the upper portion for a while.  We tented at a beautiful campsite right at the head of the rapids.  We also spent time on the upper river.  I caught a few bass and shortheads, but lost the best fish that bit.  I hooked a fish on medium tackle that took me up and downriver for 20 minutes.  As I chased him through the water, I tripped and went swimming somehow losing my sunglasses in the ordeal.  The worst part?   My line broke at the knot and I lost the fish, having never caught a glimpse of it.  Positive it was a lake sturgeon, though. 

 

The following photos are from the rapids around Banning.  This river has big rapids, big fish and big waves!  What a blast it was to run these rips in my kayak!

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I strapped Ruffie down when we ran the river's rapids.  He looks a little scared, but in the end he wanted more whitewater.....

Well, that's it.  I had a good time catching up with my little buddy Ruffie.  Didn't really do much fishing with him, but I hope he enjoyed himself anyway.  He got to see a few more parts of Minnesota and meet a bunch of new folks.  Now he's off to Pennsylvania for an adventure with Mr. Dunfee.  Happy trails, Ruffie.