Shore Lunch, Fish Tacos & Fly Fishing

In honor of the last day of stream trout fishing (hear the chorus of Minnesotan fly fisher(wo)men moan), I reflect on these past months of fishing, fish and food. Earlier this summer, Frank went up to Leech Lake with his cousin Phil and Uncle Dick for the Walleye opener and caught some monstrous walleye:

This directly lead to a classic fish fry dinner (my first) accompanied by side dishes that I later came to know as a “Shore Lunch” – baked beans, potato salad and fried fish served on its own or with the option of a bun to make a sandwich.

Walleye also became a staple for fish tacos, which we cubed, dipped in beer batter and fried, wrapped in corn tortillas with tomato salsa.

In a large bowl, pour in 1 bottle of beer. Sift 1 1/2 cups flour into the bowl, whisking in gently until just combined, stir in tablespoon of salt, teaspoon of pepper and teaspoon of garlic salt.
Cube white fish (in our case, Walleye), pat dry, dip into batter and coat, then place in skillet on stove to fry until golden brown.
Tomato Salsa:
Any variation you prefer, really, but we take two tomatoes diced, one jalapeno minced, one green pepper diced, half an onion (red or white) diced and flavored with salt and pepper.

While we love Minnesota Walleye, our household hinges on fly fishing. Frank and I went out to Red Lodge, Montana last year with my family for a week vacation in the East Rosebud Mountains and Fly Fishing quickly became the main activity. Returning home it became Frank’s hobby, then upon trout opener this summer, a full on passion, bouncing between the Kinnickinnic River and Rush River.
First day of fly fishing:

Getting pretty good:

To catching this beautiful one:

Happy fishing to those Fly Fisher(wo)men out there enjoying the last day!


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