I’m planning a day of trout fishing, and I need your help. Not with the where-to-go or the what-fly-to-fish (although, I’m always open to tips). I need help with the what-to-eat.

So, what should I pack for lunch?


Before you start planning a menu, I’ll tell you a bit about my plans–and my tastes: Next week, I’ll be flyfishing for trout on one of my favorite streams back home in Missouri. I’ll be on the water early–7 a.m. at the latest–and will fish all day. Around noon, I’ll look for a stump streamside where I’ll break for lunch. Afterward, I’ll probably take a short nap in the shade. As for the lunch, I don’t want anything that I’ll have to cook or anything that’ll weigh a ton in my pack (i.e. no coolers). What I do want is something that will fuel me up for the rest of the afternoon and taste good. I’m OK with vegetables, but I’m more than OK with fresh fruit. I dig chips–all kinds–and I love sandwiches. Also, I’ve never been one to turn down dessert.

There you go. I’m counting on you to recommend the perfect packed lunch–something that’ll make a good morning’s fishing even better…or give me something to look forward to after a lousy bite. Whoever suggests the most appetizing menu will win a new FoodSaver GameSaver vacuum-sealer.

Deadline for all entries is 11 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, April 24. I’ll announce the winner the following morning. Good luck–and thanks for your help.