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A recipe for a Rainbow and a RainbowTrout extravaganza!

Updated on February 22, 2013

How is that for a view?

Suffering a bit to get down there to the river, brings  sights, sounds and smell to a heightened sense, even water tastes better.
Suffering a bit to get down there to the river, brings sights, sounds and smell to a heightened sense, even water tastes better. | Source

Kitchen preparation.

A whole roll of tin foil. A flat log or rock. Dig a hole. Put a fire pan in it. Pour yourself a favorite beverage. Pick the fly for the hour. Find spot where stream goes into river (confluence). Fasten your gear and fly cast into that part of the river where the dirty cold river water starts to blend with the warmer and clearer stream water. Learn what you can, finish your beverage and head back for another one.

Set up.

While getting your beverage, chat around your kitchen and find out about your companions catch of the day. Wash in the river some potatoes. Wrap potatoes in tin foil. Fold it so you can open it even when hot. Start your mesquite wood fire, make it larger than normal. Get out the apples, they ones you prepared back home. (cored but not broken, peel intact, filled to brim with equal parts; Honey, lemon juice and caramel and butter.) wrap them in tin foil. Go back and kick your daughter out of your fishing spot and instruct her to soak the non-husked corn, in that little indentation you made on the bank and add about a cup of salt. Tell her you do not want a hit off of her blundt. And then fly fish and best of luck to you. You see the trout can jump for flies in the murky water but do much better in the clear. So right at the divide is perfecto.

Just because you caught in the wild does not mean it is good and healthy

Choosing the fish.

Your rainbow trout needs to be bright red. If you get stuck with one that is not and could not be caught and released, cook it very thoroughly and put it chunk style in your omelet tomorrow morning. After cooking it tonight, use preservative on it, that would be ascorbic acid, lemon juice, and salt. Prickly pear cactus juice is better and gives an almost Burgundy flavor.

You have had salmon and you have had bass. The pink meat like a salmon is what you are after. That is a healthy delicious trout. (actually it is more red, more than pink)

I suggest the foregoing all being done somewhere in the Grand Canyon, after a reasonable but hearty hike.

You probably will eat with fingers and a camping fork

I always try to eat just after dark. That way you cannot see and are plenty hungry ;-)
I always try to eat just after dark. That way you cannot see and are plenty hungry ;-) | Source

Later you can make a soup with the fish heads, horse grass, lemon type grass, dandelions and Mormon Tea, and watercress.

Setting the table and cooking.

The sun should be ready to set on the high canyon walls creating a glow in the high clouds above and a reddish hue from the beautifully stained 1,000 foot Redwall cliffs. Place your potatoes about half way buried into existing coals.

Now put on a few larger pieces of wood, that you have set close enough to the fire, to get too hot to hold, into the coals/fire. Do not forget now is the time for wine in the camp, and call in all the other fisherwomen. Order that all fish be cleaned by whoever caught the least, O. Do not include yourself in that, you are busy. Get a sauce done simultaneously. This is a sangria of ingredient: Onion slices, butter not melted but hand whipped along with two eggs. Palm fulls of Oregano and Cilantro. I suggest a dash or two of sugar and some garlic. Do not debone until eating, but slice right along the vertebrae cutting through all bones on one side. Do not worry, the red meat Trout you will use will not have osteoporosis, the bones will be large and not prone to being broken up. Check it out later you will be able to pick up the backbone and totally debone one side. The other side will have rib strength and is awesome to pick at.

Now back to the cleaning. Save all innards in a large Ziplock. Do not pollute with them and do not chum with them. Leave the tail on, and remove the heads and place in separate baggy. More about that later. Now use some redwine vinegar and a portion of red wine, put it on the fish first and then add that sangria I mentioned before into the belly and soak the fish in it. Funny but do not use white—either vinegar or wine.

Wild er Ness is only that way if you cannot make it home.

I understand being afraid of the dark and that which you do not know -- but i have disdain for folks who would not change that in themselves.
I understand being afraid of the dark and that which you do not know -- but i have disdain for folks who would not change that in themselves. | Source

What peace there is on earth is already there, we can appreciate it or ignore it.

The sun is set. You have four candles for the night. You have a hurricane light type set up for them. Have that same daughter position them. Be ready to light but do not light. When that sun fully sets you will have huge wind for about 20 minutes. It is just a canyon thing. If you are romantic you will have a space laid for your honey to lounge and enjoy the onset of evening with all the beauty the world has to offer. Give a kiss, fill her glass, and back to the kitchen. After the wind has fallen asleep light you candles. Sit still and watch the light from them flicker 200 feet above on the canyon walls.

The apples now go into the periphery of the fire pit. You do not need to cook an apple. Just get the insides all warm and melty. Obvious it is desert so no hurry. I put the cinnamon on after I take it out and it is too hot to eat. Not with the marinade sangria you put in the fish it does not have to over cook at, closer to sushi is better for you.

You have one or two hiking grills. Arrange above fire with non-sedimentary rock. Once on and this is hot now, cover only the top with tin foil. The rock is important as I know a one eyed man who thought it was not.

These guys lived it up on K-Rations, and defended my nation.

It really does not matter where, a get together with needed eats is always welcome.
It really does not matter where, a get together with needed eats is always welcome.

Please remember perfection is great, but that can only come about by stopping and just enjoying.

The apples now go into the periphery of the fire pit. You do not need to cook an apple. Just get the insides all warm and melty. Obvious it is desert so no hurry. I put the cinnamon on after I take it out and it is too hot to eat. Not with the marinade sangria you put in the fish it does not have to over cook at, closer to sushi is better for you.

You have one or two hiking grills. Arrange above fire with non-sedimentary rock. Once on and this is hot now, cover only the top with tin foil. The rock is important as I know a one eyed man who thought it was not.

Alright now honey bunny you got it going on. Your grill is sizzling hot, that wind bellowed it as expected. Remember you are hiking. Get the butter ready for that grill.

Mess around with your potatoes and apples to get them just right. When ready line up your potatoes on top of the grill open and put in the fixings you like, butter, pepper and salt are just awesome out here.

Now your fish are on the grill or fully wrapped and steamed in tin foil, both a awesome.

Please notice here you are not holding back on salt and/or butter or sugars. After that hike in the dry hot canyon you need all three. If you are not thirsty great only drink a full quart of water or better yet Gatorade, which make a fine mix of almost anything.

Here is a fun thing, if your personal companion is just whooped from the hike, or is just loving the quiet and the emerging stars tell them to just rest and bring them a plate. Otherwise this meal is to be eaten in the companionship of fellow hikers and lovers of nature. It should be around the cook fire turned camp fire. There are variations on that depending on the sensitivity of the environment you are in. Often we limit fires to stoves, and sometimes fishing would be selfish to a troubled fishery.

Oh yes the fish stuff you kept. Ravens! They are so cool and placing some out on a high rock will invite them to share your camp, but they little bastards and if you do not give them enough they will land right in your kitchen and help themselves

If I missed something or if you want more info on the hiking or fishing part, just let me know.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Rolly. I read your comment and felt the warm sun on my back while I played Huck Finn on the river bank. Let us both resolve this year to bring someone else into this wonderful appreciation for our earth.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Eric... interesting read and one that caught my attention. Nothing quite like dropping a fly in the water softly and watch it swirl in an eddy then comes the explosion. The days of summer and drifting the river on the pontoon boat again are drawing near... love just spending the day in His peace.

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for the read and comment.

    • carolina muscle profile image

      carolina muscle 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      An interesting read, thanks!