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Old 07-03-17, 12:32 PM   #1
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Default Camping kid and catching critters

Thanks to some tips, a little bit of confidence boost, and scouting out a possible campground to some NGTO-ers, namely @Streamsidesam and @Buckman1 I decided it was time for the boy and I to get out and get him introduced, and me reintroduced, to camping. It's been a pretty long time since I last spent a night in a tent...

We left a little later in the day which worried me as the sites might be taken, given the holiday weekend, but we were able to secure the worst, most ugly and primitive site available

Spence didn't care, in fact he kind of liked it, so we were quick to pop the el cheapo camo Wal-Mart tent and unroll the sleeping bags. Then we were quickly off to the stream. I recently rigged his eagle claw (best rod ever) with a short leader and a large stimulator.

He made quick work of about a dozen small wild bows

before the fact that we hadn't eaten lunch hit him, hard. "Dad, I'm starving!"
Back to camp we went and began to build our campfire, change into dry clothes and dry off . I figured Smores were as good an afternoon snack as any

We also had hotdogs.
And I brewed my first cup of 'cowboy Coffee' which was delicious

Then, back to the stream where he simultaneously drops the eagle claw and yells "dad! Dad! .... CRAWFISH!"

he loves catching crawfish and found about a dozen and a half (got me thinking about trying a crawfish fly sometime, do trout eat crawfish?)

He also spotted a few salamanders (this is the only one he picked up; do trout eat salamanders?)

After wrangling in those critters he got back to the task at hand. We fished a different part of the stream and after missing a few really good, eagle claw bending, fish, he was able to land this one, our biggest of the trip

Before dark we took a hike along a trail where he says, "dad, do you see that? I think it's a bear, could be a sasquatch or man beast, but I think it's a bear" how I did not fall over laughing to his seriousness about a man beast is beyond me. It was a tree shadow...

Fireflies are probably extinct, or at least endangered after our trip... All, ok most, released alive(ish)

And finally 8+ solid hours of tent sleep.

I'll tell you what, campfires will entertain a boy/kid, and this adult ten times more than any screen could ever do.
We had a totally awesome time. The other campers were cool, the children were nice and well mannered. The fact that he's asking to go back and for longer means I'll need more stuff, but I'm ok with that..

I should mention, his only reticence about camping prior to us going was "what if I have to go number two?". To allay his concerns I bought a little fold out portapotty ring from wallyworld. Before we left this morning he excitedly says, "we can't leave until someone tries the toilet, ok I'll do it"
He successfully christened the loo and is as proud about that as he is about catching trout and critters and being a real camper. He's already been bragging to the other hood rats.
This is going to be fun....

Thanks again to those that helped with ideas to keep kids busy at camp

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Old 07-03-17, 12:47 PM   #2
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Awesome report, great fish and interesting man beast sighting! Seems like y'all had a blast. Trout love to eat crayfish as much as I love to eat lobster
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Old 07-03-17, 01:32 PM   #3
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Looks like an awesome trip. Great exposure for your boy, he is destined to be the blueline king!

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Old 07-03-17, 02:16 PM   #4
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Nice trip with your kid. And to answer your question, yes big (brown) trout pig out on spring lizards and crawfish, and the smaller rainbows probably wouldn't turn down such a big meal either.
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Old 07-03-17, 02:54 PM   #5
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For a crawfish (we're on the south, it's NOT "crayfish") pattern, check the following link to a fly tying video from NGTO's early days on Facebook. I've tied a few of these and every single one has caught a trout on the 'Hooch.
If you have difficulty understanding the post above, read it out loud and it should make sense. This NGTO member is known for his poor hill-billy upbringing and his affinity for all things from Louisiana (particularly if it relates to LSU). It makes for a poor mix of accents and much difficulty in translation. He was doing well for so long, but now seems to have regressed.
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Old 07-03-17, 03:23 PM   #6
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I could have sworn that they're called "crawdads". At least that's what we called them when I was a kid in Iowa. BTW... You can throw them in a pot of boiling water...just like a lobster...and they turn red when they're ready to eat. Very yummy when dipped in butter, but you need a lot of them to fill you up.
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Old 07-03-17, 03:27 PM   #7
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P.S. ---splatek16... my grown up men still talk about our camping trips that I took them on when they were young boys. They said some of their fondest memories were camping with dad and eating Smores until they burst. Your son will never forget these trips, and neither will you.
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Old 07-03-17, 04:22 PM   #8
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...Dittos from all the comments and kudos for taking the time...lots of dads are " too busy " to go through the effort...we called them crawfish...and yes, trout , as well as bass, yellow perch, bream, ad. infinitum will hit them...

Blessings on you and your son!

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Old 07-03-17, 07:52 PM   #9
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Crayfish just because that's what we called them growing up in Indiana
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Old 07-03-17, 08:22 PM   #10
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That right there is as good as it gets. Good on ya dad!
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