April 11, 2011

"No swimming! If we find you in the pond, we shall assume you are a trout and pan-fry you."

At Rushing Waters Fisheries, where Whole Foods in Madison gets the rainbow trout we got at Whole Foods in Madison and Meade wants to catch his own trout, like Bob Dylan did in his picture of the meaning of life.

31 comments:

Michael said...

There is nothing, absolutely nothing, more lame than catching trout from a trout farm. Do not do it.

Joe said...

(The Crypto Jew)

Do they provide the DuPont Lures and can you bring your own?

The Crack Emcee said...

You know what I'm going to say (Whole Foods) so I won't say it. But I will say I Know This Subject Like The Back Of My Hand.

MadisonMan said...

I think shooting deer on a deer farm would trump the lameness of catching fish at a fish farm.

Ann Althouse said...

"There is nothing, absolutely nothing, more lame than catching trout from a trout farm."

Ha ha. That's kind of what I said. Isn't it like shooting fish in a barrel? Except without messing up the fish with bullets.

Triangle Man said...

Ha ha. That's kind of what I said. Isn't it like shooting fish in a barrel? Except without messing up the fish with bullets.

Mythbusters says you will want something with low velocity for shooting into water.

Ann Althouse said...

I think Meade is interested in seeing the place, where the fish are raised in water from an artesian well.

To me, it looks much more expensive than buying the at Whole Foods, where you can also get all the other stuff you need, and the fish guy will explain to you how to cook them.

AllenS said...

Star Prairie has a trout farm. It's next to the Apple River, which runs through town. You don't need a license to fish. They will clean the trout for you.

ricpic said...

I can get a week's worth of groceries in Aldis for the cost of a day's worth at Whole Foods, plus I don't have to be subjected to the sight of the beautiful people swanning their way down the aisles. It's a win win.

Quilly_Mammoth said...

Rushing Waters Fisheries is obviously a Koch Brother's front. They have rules which they expect you follow if you are going to use their property. They probably get really upset if you decide to sleep there overnight and stick signs on the rails of the dock.

TWM said...

I don't know about more lame, but equally lame are those hunting trips where "expert guides" lead so-called "hunters" to locations where elk or deer are all but staked-out for them to kill.

MadisonMan said...

You can also catch trout in the creek out in Black Earth. Probably not as sure-fire a catch, however.

Palmyra looks to be about 10 miles south of the Glacial Drumlin bike path. If you take it through Sullivan, the bar there has a good lunch.

Michael said...

I will amend my lameness comment to the following: a trout farm is a great place to teach a kid how to use a fly rod. An expensive place but generally one with plenty of room for back casts and filled with hungry and stupid fish that will take corn colored floating flies or popping bugs. The fish do not like being caught and even though they are not wild trout they will put up a brief fight before they wallow. You have to pay for the fish caught and cannot practice the hallowed catch and release of a true trout fisherman, but a kid can learn the feel of a fish on the line and can learn to play the fish by reel or by hand. So they are not all bad. They eat each other's shit but that is a matter between them and Whole Foods.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

If you want to have 'real' trout you should come to my area of the country. World Class fly fishing!! Sorry, catch and release ONLY. No pan frying for these rainbow trout.

People fly in from all over the world to catch fish and then put them back into the water. Seems silly to me.

However, if you do catch some trout that you can keep, I can give you some tips on smoking processing.

AllenS said...

I often see children/young adults with physical disabilities and/or in wheelchairs at the trout farm. School buses or buses for disabled will be parked out side the gate. It's a good thing for a lot of people. If you have a fishing license with trout stamp, you don't have to walk very far from the trout farm to fish for them.

galdosiana said...

Well, if you baked some trout and sent it in your child's lunch to this Chicago school, it wouldn't be allowed. They have banned home-made lunches because they are concerned about the students' health. Oh, and yeah, because parents are stupid.

Palladian said...

Most trout tastes like dirt. Freshwater fish are nasty.

traditionalguy said...

The freshness test is also important. But only assure us that the baby fish raised there are not imported from China

Fred4Pres said...

Fishing at a trout farm is for 2 and 3 year olds only. Even a four and five year old should be moving on from the trout farm.

Kids should be fishing like the characters in A River Runs Through It or Islands in the Stream by the time they are 10.

Fred4Pres said...

Farm raised trout taste like mud mush. You can feed them to the cat (although some cats will pass on them too).

Steelhead rainbows caught just in bright from the ocean are the second best salmonoid fish in the world (the best are spring chinook bright and just in from the ocean).

AllenS said...

Dirt good. Mud too.

WV: billys

garage mahal said...

Steelhead rainbows caught just in bright from the ocean are the second best salmonoid fish in the world (the best are spring chinook bright and just in from the ocean).

My newphew is going to be on VS TV soon, on an episode of steelhead fishing in Idaho. He guides out of Bozeman, and the kid is an absolute machine. He puts me to shame fly fishing, and I taught the little fucker how to fish! Even bead fishing with a bobber is challenging as hell in current. If anyone ever gets a chance to fly fish in MT, do it, there is nothing in this world quite like it.

And yea, trout taste like shit.

Ann Althouse said...

"Most trout tastes like dirt. Freshwater fish are nasty."

You need some artesian well fresh water for your freshwater fish. I know what you mean, but it was not true of this fish. And I'm very standoffish about fish. I have an aversion, and I have to force myself to try it. But these were completely delicate.

edutcher said...

Funny, all these millennia, people have been skinny dipping in lakes and streams and it didn't hurt the trout a bit.

Whole Foods is for dilettantes like Little Zero.

Ann Althouse said...

"There is nothing, absolutely nothing, more lame than catching trout from a trout farm."

Ha ha. That's kind of what I said. Isn't it like shooting fish in a barrel?


I thought shooting fish in a barrel was done with a spear or something.

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WV "ratingju" When Israel Cohen estimates one's performance.

Meade said...

Lame, huh?

Thanks.

Alright, well, while all you Euell Gibbonsy purists are out stalking your wild asparagus and brewing your own beer made with the barley you grew and harvested last fall to go with your wild fish fresh caught by you with your own two pure hands in your mountain-closer-to-God stream, I'll just finish my muddy Powerbar and get back to my boring lame work of reinventing the wheel for the umpteenth time.

Old Patriot said...

Farm-raised trout freshly released into lakes and streams here in Colorado taste like mud, too. However, those that spawn and live in some of our lakes eat freshwater shrimp, and taste more like fresh salmon than mud. If they're white on the inside, they taste like mud. If they're pink, they taste like salmon. I know where to fish to get the pink ones.

EDH said...

The trendy method of preparation among the affluent is "pan-seared," isn't it, not pan-fried?

Seared. Kind of Like Sen. John Kerry's memory of his Christmas trip to Cambodia, speaking of the trendy and affluent.

mc said...

Michaels amendment is well taken. This is right up my nephew's alley, he would love it, and it would be very enjoyable to spend time with him and have a nice meal etc. In the lovely outdoors.
I can't mock it in the least, down with Meade.
NY always gets to fish on April 1, while CT has to wait for third Sat. in April and now they are wacking us for fresh and salt licensing, it never ends.

Don't Tread 2012 said...

Just a cute place to bring the little ones.

Meade, when you do talk to the 'fish guy', ask him what restaurants they sell to, I want to make sure I don't order trout off their menu.

ken in sc said...

I eat fish in restaurants. I'm too lazy to fish for them in trout farms. Same with ostriches and alligators. I don't remember the last time I killed a hog.

ken in sc said...

But, I had pork chops today--I meant to add.