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Old 06-21-2012, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by duckypaddler View Post
I believe Earl Grey Tea is made from beabalm also - not that it has anything to do with fishing

Went fishing yesterday and the rhodo at the lower elevations was at full bloom

From wikipedia:

Several bee balm species (Monarda fistulosa and Monarda didyma) have a long history of use as a medicinal plants by many Native Americans including the Blackfoot, Menominee, Ojibwa and Winnebago. The Blackfoot Indians recognized the strong antiseptic action of these plants, and used poultices of the plant for skin infections and minor wounds. A tea made from the plant was also used to treat mouth and throat infections caused by dental caries and gingivitis. Bee balm is the natural source of the antiseptic Thymol, the primary active ingredient in modern commercial mouthwash formulas. The Winnebago used a tea made from bee balm as a general stimulant. Bee balm was also used as a carminative herb by Native Americans to treat excessive flatulence.[6][7] An infusion of crushed Monarda leaves in boiling water has been used to treat headaches and fevers.
Although somewhat bitter, due to the thymol content in the leaves and buds, the plant tastes like a mix of spearmint and peppermint with oregano. Bee balm was traditionally used by Native Americans as a seasoning for wild game, particularly birds. The plants are widespread across North America and can be found in moist meadows, hillsides, and forest clearings up to 5,000 feet (1,500 m) in elevation.

So now if you are in the backcountry, need a way to flavor some trout, maybe try some bee balm? Or if your fishing partner had too much chili the day before, you know what to do...

As far as fishing yesterday... how low were you and were the temps/levels a factor or were you off the beaten path enough?
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