The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Outdoors

May 6, 2012

‘Happy place’ nice escape from turkeys

There’s something about the cool mountain waters that quiets my soul. Perhaps growing up on a river bank or simply living in a state that has so much water is the cause of my internal magnet to be drawn creekside.

Regardless, I like to fish and all the senses that accompany the experience. A warm spring afternoon with a gurgling creek that holds trout is medicinal, and simply put, I needed the meds.

I had to take a break. Between the unpredictable weather and even more unpredictable turkeys, I was starting to show my threads. I needed calm before the storm. Pursuing the wily Tom turkey in the second week of the season, I needed to go to my “happy place” and enjoy the finest southern West Virginia has to offer — an afternoon of trout fishing with my son on an unplanned outing.

With his school clothes still on, we threw caution to the wind and stood in the midst of the spring wildflowers and casted our baits in hopes of a willing participant as the puffy, white clouds signaled a change in weather was coming. Trying not to get our good shoes muddy, we hopped on rocks and walked where it was grassy alongside the pale-green waters.

As our stringer became heavy, we discussed the presentation meal and our plans for the family to enjoy the catch of the day. The menu was set and we decided that a rainy day was the perfect time for fish stew.

And it was.

Rainy Day Fish Stew Recipe

Catch trout.

Cut off head and remove entrails.

Place trout in glass casserole dish and give each side of trout a quick spray of Pam.

Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees or so for 15-20 minutes, depending on size of trout.

Meanwhile, add chopped onion (2 medium) and garlic (2 cloves) to olive oil and sauté. Cook until translucent and smelling good.

Add parsley (about a cup or so) and give it a good stirring.

Add chopped tomatoes (about 2 regular-sized or a can of diced) to the pan.  I also like to add some tomato paste if I have some handy for added flavor and color (a couple of big spoonsful).

When everything looks dandy, add a cup or so of dry white wine and give it a good stir and let it bubble.

Remove trout from oven.

Place trout on a cutting board and run knife along lateral line. With a fork, lift meat from rib cage, exposing entire skeleton. With one side of meat removed, you can either lift skeleton from remaining meat or flip the trout over and repeat. The skin will literally peel off the meat, leaving boneless, skinless trout goodness.

If you need to eat right then, add trout pieces and fish stock (enough to make the stew look like stew) to pan and simmer until you drool. Add salt and pepper to your liking.

I prefer to transfer a veggie mixture to a dutch oven or a crock pot. Add trout and fish stock and simmer until the house smells yummy. Add salt and pepper to your liking.

Serve stew with oyster crackers and Tabasco sauce and enjoy nature’s wonderful bounty.

1
Text Only
Outdoors
  • Some books for the rest of summer

    Stretching out in a hammock with a good book is a great way to relax on a warm summer afternoon. Here are a few titles that have recently caught my eye.

    July 27, 2014

  • Creating a week to remember

    After my traveling shoes were placed neatly beside the door, it was time to spend some much needed time around home.

    July 27, 2014

  • There are some changes on the way

    Hunters who have found themselves driving out of their way to check in a deer, turkey, or bear will no longer have to waste the time or gas starting in 2015. 

    July 27, 2014

  • The cure for the summertime blues: Go camping

    In case you haven’t noticed we are looking right down the gun barrel at winding down on another summer.

    July 26, 2014

  • 071714 Coda and Callie.jpg Coda and Callie’s excellent adventure

    How is it something that you profess to love so much can cause you so much anxiety and grief? No, I’m not talking about dealing with your children (or your spouse). This is worse. This is about dogs. More specifically, hunting dogs. 

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 071314 Chris Ellis.jpg DNR’s ‘outdoor summer school’

    Attention all West Virginia hunters and trappers. It is once again time for outdoor summer school and the course materials are hot off the presses.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meet the Eurasian collared-dove

    Back in 1974 a local pigeon fancier imported a flock of about 50 Eurasian collared-doves to the Bahamas. Ultimately he released the birds, and they took to living in the West Indies. By the late 1970s some had reached south Florida, and by the late 1980s, some had been seen in Georgia and Arkansas.

    July 13, 2014

  • July in W.Va.: Recreational opportunities abound

    It’s July in the West Virginia mountains, which brings vibrant orange tiger lilies, blooming rhododendron, and of course fireworks. Usually the heat and humidity is in full force, but so far the weather has been nice.

    July 13, 2014

  • Shotgun 101: Shoot more and live better

    “God is not on the side of big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best.”
    — Voltaire

    July 9, 2014

  • Fireflies are living lights

    At recent Fourth of July fireworks displays, spectators squealed with delight at the annual spectacle that illuminated the night sky. And I’m sure more than a few compared the spectacular pyrotechnics to the subtler displays of fireflies that punctuate backyards, parks, and campgrounds all summer long. We call these displays “nature’s fireworks.”

    July 5, 2014

Web Special Sections
  • Special Web Sections

    Click HERE for stories about natural gas and Marcellus shale gas extraction.

    Click HERE for stories about the Upper Big Branch mine disaster.

    Click HERE for stories about the passing of U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd.

    Click HERE for stories from The Greenbrier Classic PGA TOUR event.

    August 6, 2010

Helium debate
Helium
AP Video
House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways