Andrew Roth

Andy Roth is a fly angler and also a conservationist. His experience with fish and fly rod is international, but his concentration lies within the watersheds of the Midwest.

2010 Trout Stamp Winner

Posted by: Andrew Roth under Fishing Updated: February 11, 2010 - 9:51 AM

 Effort pays off! 

After numerous entries into the Minnesota DNR’s Trout Stamp Contest, 2010 would be the year for the good doctor. Richard “Doc” Goodkind won the hearts and eyes of the judges as they selected his brook trout from 29 other entries to the contest. Goodkind’s oil painting displays the vibrant blue, red and orange hues associated with Minnesota’s only native trout, the Brook Trout. The Brookie, feeding on mayflies within the confines of a beaver pond, depicts a scene often run across by anglers fishing the cold water resources of Minnesota. Goodkind is an avid fly angler and was thrilled with his selection. 

Bob White at Vermilion Gallery

Posted by: Andrew Roth under Events Updated: November 29, 2009 - 6:13 PM

Tom Helgeson and Bob White are both rabid avid conservationists. One speaks with his pen and the other, predominantly with paint. They both are story tellers. Their contributions have enlightened generations of dreamers who share their passion for adventure and commitment to cause. They are great good men who have earned the respect and admiration of eccentrics throughout the world who are drawn together where water meets land and important issues are sorted out by waving a stick.

Both Tom and Bob will be in one place on one night. The Vermilion Art Gallery is the destination. This is your chance to view Bob’s stunning artwork and purchase your Christmas gift early. There will also be Hub Bub and Fan Fare and if you ask, I’ll bet Tom will tell a story. Don’t miss it. I won’t!

Here are the details from Tom:

We’re very pleased to announce the opening of a major showing of the work of renowned sporting artist and friend Bob White from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday December 5 at the Vermilion Gallery, 3440 Belt Line Blvd. in St. Louis Park. Refreshments, of course, and an opportunity to view some of Bob’s latest work, drawn from his fly fishing and upland game hunting. More information on Bob’s exhibit is on its way, but we wanted you to be the first to know. Other artists showing include John Koch, Doug Peterson and Jack Haines.

Tom Helgeson

You Don't Have To Go West For Trophy Trout

Posted by: Andrew Roth under Fishing, Trout Updated: October 22, 2009 - 4:55 PM
 When the leaves change and the fall rains drive the fair weather fishermen inside, Brule River anglers are finding trophy trout. Every year around this time the big rainbow trout head out of Lake Superior and up Wisconsin's Brule River. The chance to catch these brutes and experience the hardest fighting fish that dwell in our rivers is only a few hours drive North. Rainbows from 16" to over 30” are called from the depths of the Greatest Lake with the harshest conditions to make their spawning journey up the river. These giant trout are called Steelhead because of the steel color of the dorsal side of the fish. Eventually the steel color gives way to the pink stripe and spots most recognizable as a rainbow trout. This change becomes more apparent the longer they are in the river. The rainbows live in the lake and spawn in the river. Although there are many theories on their movement in and out of the river, most of the adults come into the river in the fall and early winter and spend the winter months preparing for the spring spawn. The trout then move to the lake in the spring after spawning and will not come into the river again until the next fall. Young fish spend between 1 to 4 years in the lake before returning to the river as adults. The trout grow quickly because of the large forage base in Lake Superior. 
 The Brule River is the storied water of Presidents past and has a rich fishing history back to the Native Americans. The setting is the North Woods, and its rural setting is comforting compared to the urban fisheries of the eastern edge of Wisconsin. Learn more about these fish, the fishery, and the tactics needed to take these fish on a fly rod at Gray Goat Fly Fishing and the Brule River Sportsman Club. 

Age and Time=Insight on the Brule River

Posted by: Andrew Roth under Fishing, Trout Updated: September 21, 2009 - 1:17 PM
Think of yourself at age 75 or 80 for just a moment.............. Will you still be hiking and fishing your favorite rivers?
My favorite rewards for taking annual trips to the Brule River in Northwestern Wisconsin is the chance encounters with elder anglers. These anglers have popped out of the woods or are standing in the favorite pools almost every time I fish on the Brule. I relish the opportunity to greet, meet and converse with these anglers. Over the years they have provided me with the most remarkable insight regarding the rivers history, their techniques and the stories of those characters who no longer stalk the shores of the Brule. For me, their demeanor has been inviting and I have yet to encountered the old curmudgeon who refuses to acknowledge my presence. These gentlemen have not scoffed at the fly tackle I use even though they are armed with gear different than mine. Their short rods, spawn bags, helgramites and flat fish have served them well over the years and they see no reason for change. We all can learn from this behavior and I have made it a point to reciprocate respect to angler, and not judge character by technique. I am hopeful that as I push  into my senior years I am still able to respond to the call of the Brule or any of my fly fishing haunts for that matter.
On my last trip to the Brule last year I was let in on one of her secrets. The old timer I ran into was a fly angler and he gave me this piece of advice.  He said, "Son, when I fish the Brule in the fall, the colors of my flies match the colors of the leaves on the trees that surround me." I'll let you read between the lines on that one.


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