My rainbow trout turned out pretty good. My smoke time was just under 3 hours. I ended up finishing it off in the oven. The fish had a nice smoke taste to it. I used apple chunks. I want to use alder next time.
I would think most smokers would have a hard time not getting too warm for cold smoking. But you could get a pellet tube and put it in your smoker and see where your at temp wise and just leave your smoker off and just get the heat from the pellet tube.
Sorry to hear about your adversity Scoot. You certainly do have your priorities right. Ryan will learn some great life lessons from these situations. Sometimes life just gets in the way of our best laid plans.
I learned this personally the last 2 years. Had all kinds of plans.
Then diagnosed with 2 cancers.
Had to cancel a long planned first western hunt. Montana archery elk. Made it a goal to do that trip the next year which was last year. I fought and worked like hell to make that happen and it did. The goal was to get up on a Montana mountain top and hear a bull elk bugle. Happened the first morning.
Very emotional time.
Didn't have to kill anything to fulfill a dream.
All is well now and looking forward to a healthy fall.
Hopefully you and Ryan will be back in the field shortly and be able to look back with an extra sense of appreciation and strength.
As you know, cancer sucks.
Wishing your father healing and blessings for you all.
My season hasn't started like I had hoped. No bears have touched our baits, so that was a bust. But... I was super jacked about getting my on on his first elk hunt this Sep. However, my dad has cancer and ended up in the hospital for the last six weeks. I didn't feel like I could leave, so I put the trip on hold for a year. I am really bummed to not be able to take Ryan to MT for his first elk hunt, but this deal trumps that, so we stayed home. Ryan is pretty darn mature for a 15 year old boy and has handled it really well. All of my time is being spent in my office, my dad's hospital room, and a little bit at home. Not sure I'll be seeing the woods, field, or water much this Fall. But I've got my priorities straight on this one and I'm blessed to be able to be here to help him through this deal.
I hope everyone else's Fall has started off with bang! Good luck to all!!!