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Continued: River of the fall: A late-season tour of the Namekagon River

  • Article by: JAVIER SERNA SPECIAL TO THE STAR TRIBUNE
  • Last update: October 24, 2013 - 2:41 PM

My feet were so cold I passed on casting a lure to some of the fishiest spots, which I found almost as painful as my freezing feet.

Then it hit us: Since we planned to camp overnight, we had extra sets of warm clothes stowed in waterproof packs. Had we taken a spill in the icy water, these extra clothes might have prevented a run-in with deadly hypothermia. But in this case, we used the extra layers to keep toasty, so we could focus on something other than the weather: enjoying the spoils of my favorite river.

 

Javier Serna is a freelance outdoors writer based in St. Paul. Rain or shine, a day on the Namekagon River is about as good as it gets for him.

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