Bob Mitchell’s Fly Shop and Conservation Corps have teamed up with a few different breweries to host 4 separate river clean ups around the Saint Paul/Minneapolis area.  I attended the first one, and had a great time.  It was my first river clean up, and it was such a positive experience cleaning up some trash around the waters that I fish.
Scavenger Fly and Lift Bridge Brewing table.

I got to explore a part of the Kinnickinnic River that I hadn’t fished, and it was beautiful.  I had no idea there were some small waterfalls just up river from the usual stomping grounds.  There wasn’t a lot of trash found on this part of the river, and that was surprising to me.  It also, told me that there are definitely others out there that care.

The Kinni. (Kinnickinnic)

Couple hours later we all met back up at the tents and David from Lift Bridge Brewing began to grill up some goods, while we all drank some Lift Bridge brews and told fish stories.

David grillin’ up the good.
Hazel the Tiny Dingo keeping cool.
Bret and Evan ready to chow down after a long hard day of cleaning the Kinni (Haha)

It was a great day on the water, and I didn’t even wet a line.  I will definitely be back to that section of river with my 3 wt and some small flies.  I spotted quite a few small trout zipping around while I was cleaning up.

Post clean up BBQ.  The yellow bags contained the trash picked up.
Fish stories with Aaron, Robert and Bret.

I won’t be around for the next clean up, but I should definitely make it out for the last one.  For a schedule, links, and more information about these river clean ups – please check out the links below.  Big thanks to all of those that did the organizing for these events!  Cheers!

Free the Kinnickinnic.
June 17th: Lift Bridge clean up on the Kinnickinnic River
July 15th – Fulton Brewing clean up on the Mississippi River
August 19thOdell Brewing clean up on the Vermillion River
September 16thLake Monster Brewing clean up on the Minnehaha Creek

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