Root River Roundup 2017 Official Pre-Roundup Post!

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Root River Roundup 2017 Official Pre-Roundup Post!

2017 Roundup will be held May 12-14.  I talked to Eagle Cliff Campground today, and was informed that the far Southern part our camping area got a little eroded by floods last year.  We all know the tall eroded bank that probably got much worse.  Apparently 30 feet of the bank was lost along there, which is very unfortunate.  The owners said they are working to restore/repair the area but are not sure what shape it will be in when we arrive - we may not be able to camp in those last 10-12 campsites.

 

Despite this, it's ON!  Roundup 2017 will surely be one for the ages.  I'll post the Agenda below.  Let's get some discussion going for the event!  Who's joining in the fun this year?

Here's a random old Roundup report to whet your appetite - LINK

 

The 2017 roughfish.com Root River Roundup will be held at:

Eagle Cliff Campground

near Lanesboro, MN.  On the Root River.

 

The activities planned are as follows:

 

  • Thursday, May 11:  Early Arrival (optional).  Folks like to come down Thursday night to hang out and fish.  Plus, they can be ready for the river float that happens on Friday, which is a hard thing to get to if you're leaving Friday.  Optional.
  • Friday, May 12, Noon (approximately):  Float Trip (optional).  Meet at the roughfish.com flags in the campground!  Float Trip on the Root River!  This is a tradition.  The early arrivals (and anybody who can get to the campground by noon on Friday!) will carpool with boats up the dam in downtown Lanesboro on the South Fork.  This is a beautiful canoe or kayak trip through historic Lanesboro, back down to the campground.  There may or may not be some rapids and rocks, so if you're new to canoeing or kayaking it's a good idea to have an experienced partner and/or someone within earshot in the heavy water, depending on the water level.  Please arrange for a boat to ride in before the roundup!  You can rent boats from the campground if necessary.
  • Friday, May 12, Evening:  Meet and greet (optional).  Drink a beer, fish the mighty Root River, cook some fish, or tell lies around a campfire.  This all starts when the early arrivals start showing up in the campground by boat!  It's a magical time.  The folks floating the river love to get a shout-out from people fishing or hanging out on the shore!  If you see a floater, be sure to yell "Who are you?" at them - they are legally required to give you their name and handle. Many of the floaters end up soaked to the skin, freezing cold and/or sunburned,  bruised, and possibly brain-damaged, so any help is appreciated.  This is a great evening to swap stories with your fellow roughfishers.  Please pay for your roughfish.com shirts Friday if possible!
  • Saturday, May 13, 11:00 am:  Registration for the species derby.  The derby costs nothing, but you must register and pick up a nametag under the roughfish.com flags to participate. Donated prizes will be placed on the Prize Table, near the roughfish.com flags.
  • Saturday, May 13, 11:59 am:  Early fisherman stampede.  Derby participants who are wearing the roughfish.com 2017 T-shirt (and get a 1-minute bonus time) can head for the river like a herd of enraged bison. 
  • Saturday, May 13, 12:00 (noon):  2017 Species Derby begins!  Catch as many species as possible during the next three hours to win the ultimate prize!  You must have a digital camera.  To record a species caught, take a clear, incontivertible photograoh of the fish, including your species-derby nametag!  Your total score is the count of every species of fish you catch and document with a digital photograph during the species derby.
  • Saturday, May 13, 3:00:  2017 Species Derby Judging begins.  Judges Andy and Corey Geving (and any other designated judges) will adjudicate the contest results and declare a winner (or a tie).  If the species derby results in a tie, the roudup goes into SUDDEN DEATH MODE.  Sudden Death Mode rules will be announced when or if it occurs.  Just be aware, it can be very intense and nobody wants to go into sudden death fishing mode.  If there is a clear winner, prizes are awarded immediately.
  • Saturday, May 13, 4:00:  2017 Species Derby Prize Awards.  Judge Corey will award prizes.  Every angler will get to pick a prize , in order of ahievement, until all of the prizes are gone.  Prize awards are done in a round-robin, with all anglers ranked and picking prizes in order of number of species caught.  Usually, most people who catch at least one fish during the three-hour contest get to choose a prize of some kind.  There will be at least one awesome deer-antler bankstick as a prize, but it will probably not last long!
  • Saturday, May 13, 6:00:  Fish Fry (optional, but come on!):  We'll cook up some delicious Root River fish.  The format is potluck - in other words, we'd appreciate it if you'd bring some kind of food or something, but we're not organized enough to tell you what to bring.  Corey and The Frymaster and The Frymaster's Dog will grind, fry, and serve delicious sucker balls.  These are fish cakes made with fresh-caught Root River Redhorse.  They are dellicious, and we will try very hard to cook enough for everybody!  A bunch of other food may or may not be available.
  • Saturday, May 13, evening:  Campfires, more hanging out, and NIGHT FISHING (optional).  People who wish to fish for sturgeon, catfish, or just get away from the campground and spend time on the riverbank can head for the river for some night fishing.  There may or may not be live improv campfire music, this may or may not include a frog.
  • Sunday, May 14:  Fishing, packing up, and goodbyes.  (I sure wish this was optional!)  Sunday morning is a great time to catch some giant fish, then meet the few roughfishers you haven't talked to yet.  Most people head home, but some people stay an extra day just to have the whole place to themselves for a day or two.

 

Eric Kol
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I can hardly wait

I can hardly wait

Carpy Diem!

Dr Flathead
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Its a sure sign of spring

Its a sure sign of spring hearing about the roundup!  I'm in.

Graceclaw
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Darn tootin'

Put me down for one of them shirts when you start taking names - XL.

Maybe we'll actually get to do the float this year! And I'm not sure anyone wants to be IN a sudden death fish-off, but it's a lot of fun to be a spectator!

2017 Goals:
Flathead Catfish (Check*)
- Subgoal: 10#+
Muskellunge
50 Ice Hours
More River Redhorse (Check*)

Jason E.
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I plan to come. What will the

I plan to come. What will the T-shirt image be this year? Stonecat? Mooneye? Some amazing rehdorse species?

andy
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Shirts

We haven't come up with a Roundup shirt design yet.  Mooneye would be sweet though!

FP4LifesDad
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Shirt Idea

It would be cool to have a black tee with a silvery white mooneye jumping out of the water with dark tree/land outline in the background with the actual eye of the fish being a full moon with stars in the background, kind of like a water level shot looking up into the sky with some dark background gray or whatever.  Idea anyway lol.

Casey Shanaberger
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T-Shirts

I have whipped up a quick T-Shirt design, but i need a .png flie of the roughfish.com logo. When it's finished, I could send you all a link to what I've drawn up. 

2017 Undisputed Iowa Small Drum and Creek Chub Champion

SuperFrog
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Roundup

Sadly, this will be the first year that I won't be able to attend the roundup.  But I'm sure that everyone will still have a great time despite my dirty jokes not being there.  I'm sure someone will be able to pick up the slack!  Fish hard, tight lines and someone bring home a new record!

 

Superfrog, aka Chad

 

 


It doesn't matter what you're fishing for, just as long as you're out there doing it.

andy
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Bummer Superfrog

Gonna miss you and your pops this year.

angry mongrel
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One week left!

Can't wait for the adventure to fire off the year! See all there!

"It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees" -Emiliano Zapata

FP4LifesDad
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Super Stoked!!!

FP has been counting down the days to the RoundUp, looks like decent weather when we get there on Saturday, can't wait to hit the Root and meet you guys!!!!

andy
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Food to share for the Saturday feast?
Anyone able to contribute something? Post it here so we don't end up with doubles or triples of anything. I will bring homemade potato salad.
Eric Kol
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gonna bring fresh fruit and
gonna bring fresh fruit and some cups. i am brining a smoker so if we get enough suckers and trout thursday and friday we can smoke them  and have those as well.

Carpy Diem!

Casey Shanaberger
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Muffins

Gonna bring at least 100 homemade muffins. May seem like a lot, but they'll go fast.

2017 Undisputed Iowa Small Drum and Creek Chub Champion

andy
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Caps for sale at Roundup

I will have 10 of these going for $15 each  - let me know early if you'd like one.

 

angry mongrel
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Hats

I'd take one of them

"It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees" -Emiliano Zapata

Courtney Schurhammer
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I'll take one! Won't be there

I'll take one! Won't be there til Saturday though

Courtney schurhammer

Corey
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Heading out!
Hope to see you all down there. Save a few silvers for me!