The results


We had on our eighth-annual guys’ trout trip in November. It was far-and-away the best we’ve had thanks to the hospitality of Jeff Smith with Trout Magnet and Allan Ranson of Strike King, who graciously let us use his cabin on the Little Red River. It was a small glimpse of what might be ahead and a terrific time for reflection and healing.

Trout were the key species in November and December thanks to the TWRA stocking program. Our final fish were some stocker rainbows caught by Zack and Mike. It was a fitting end to a memorable year. We made it a perfect 52 for 52, which made us all happy with a real sense of accomplishment centered around fishing.

Looking back on it, however, I realized this challenge came about for higher reasons. God sure moves in mysterious ways.

If you think your group of buddies might like to take this challenge, I have some additional observations I would be willing to share. You can find me on Facebook or email me at, and I will be glad to send them to you.