Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Hardy Minnesota anglers November 27, 2017

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AHEAD OF US while entering Morristown, orange flashed as three boys dashed across a county road to the side of a bridge.



Their presence here impressed me on a late November Sunday afternoon of temps hovering around 35 degrees. I wouldn’t be out in these brutal elements angling for fish in the Cannon River. But I suppose when you’re dressed in insulated pants and snow pants and warm coats and boots and other cold weather gear, the temp is tolerable.



And I suppose there’s something to be said, too, for the endurance and exuberance of youth. While I thought the boys a bit too dedicated to fish on a frigid day like this in southern Minnesota, I respected their decision. Here they were, outdoors, and not sitting in front of a screen. In today’s tech-focused age, that’s something.

© Copyright 2017 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


18 Responses to “Hardy Minnesota anglers”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    A fisher person is a unique breed. Apparently is starts early in life. 🙂

  2. I think you are right. Better to be fishing in the cold than sitting in front of a monitor! Remember when Mom’s use to say “Go outside and play!” ? Wonderful way to spend a cool MN afternoon…outside. Thanks for posting.

  3. Littlesundog Says:

    To me a “hardy angler” is someone who indulges in ice fishing! I think it’s cool to find kids who care to fish, and will brave the elements to do so. I’m an avid angler – there is a real lure (no pun intended) to fishing, and I did ice fish as a young woman. But today, you won’t find me fishing in outdoor temperatures less than 70 degrees.

  4. I remember fishing as a child and I did it because I wanted to spend time with my dad and brother. I was at the beach yesterday soaking up the sun and sand. Happy Day – Enjoy 🙂

  5. Valerie Says:

    I’m not a fisher-person but I consider myself a hardy Minnesotan.

  6. Susan Ready Says:

    It was 27 degrees on Saturday and I actually saw fisherman in a boat on Leech Lake fishing. Now that’s what I call dedication to your sport.

  7. Jackie Says:

    I did some ice fishing as a child, a little different than what these kids are doing, but fun none the less.

  8. I wonder if they caught anything. So happy they were outside doing something instead of on devices–which is what most of the teens and young adults were doing at our Thanksgiving dinner.

  9. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    I wonder if they caught anything or if the were just enjoying the outdoors

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