|Duluth Trading Company Men's Free-Swingin'|
Plaid Flannel Shirt.
Of course when I think about flannel shirts, I think about fall and winter fishing, and when I think about cities or destinations of any sort, I think about fishing prospects in those areas. With that in mind, I decided to list where I'd want to fish and what I'd want to target in or around each of the Top 10 Flannel Cities. Interestingly, excepting a little ice fishing in mountain lakes just west of Denver, I've never fished any of these waters.
10) Chicago - Steelhead or brown trout that run up various streams that flow into the big pond known as Lake Michigan.
9) New York City - Jumbo stripers in the surf at Montauk, preferably with a big chugging plug.
8) Los Angeles - Trout or the giant bass that eat them in the little lakes that dot Southern California.
7) Washington D.C. - While Potomac River bass and crappie certainly offer intrigue, I'd have to try my hand at catching a snakehead if I was in the area.
6) Philadelphia - Susquehanna River smallmouths or Delaware River largemouths, I believe.
5) Denver - Rockies trout. I'd better plan for at least a couple of weeks to hit all the streams and lakes I'd want to fish, through.
4) Minneapolis/St. Paul - If flannel season refers to summer evenings, Mississippi River smallmouths. If the flannel is a layer that will go under a heavier suit, put me on some little metro lake with big bluegills or crappie in it with ice rod in hand.
3) San Francisco - Get me that close to Eastern Sierra trout lakes, and that's where I'll be headed.
2) Boston - If you read this and know where I should fish around Boston, let me know, because I'm clueless. Maybe in the Atlantic?
1) Seattle/Tacoma - Drop me in the Pacific Northwest, and I'm going to have to find some opportunity to catch steelhead or salmon. I don't know the specific destination, but I'll bet someone can give me some direction.