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Tale of two branches.

This would be a shortish story of me fishing two branches of the Oconto River, as told by a little video I put together.

While spending Labor Day weekend up by my parents in Shawano, I decided to pay a visit to a couple of trout streams I used to fish a lot when I was a teenager.

There had been a fair amount of rain that had fallen in the previous week, so I knew I would be fishing in less than ideal conditions. High water levels and heavy water stain caused by the rain has the potential for a not-so-productive day on the water.

I was not going to let some rain affect getting reacquainted with two streams that were such a big part of my life over two decades ago.

The alarm went off at 4am. I gathered my gear and anxiously made my way to the two beautiful branches. It was still dark when I arrived, so I unloaded my gear and got everything in order while I semi-patiently waited for it to get light enough to make my way through the forest to the stream bank.

As I walked through the woods, I found myself remembering the many times I made this pilgrimage to these beautiful streams. I was so happy to be back.

I arrived at the bank of the South Branch of the Oconto River, which was definitely affected by the rain that had fallen. The water was high and quite stained. No matter, I was still going to do what I could to pull some beautiful brook and brown trout out of these streams.