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December 16, 2008

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Cermele: Brook Trout Bucks

Given that Christmas is fast approaching, I can't help but dwell on the enormity of the credit card bills that will roll into my mailbox over the next few weeks. Aside from actual Christmas gifts, there will be the usual charges (train pass, oil change) plus the electric bill etc., etc. Hey, we're all in the same boat this time of year. I don't have to explain too much.

But with money tight, I am contemplating ruining a piece of nostalgia for a measly 100 bones. Pictured below is a "Brook Trout Bucks" lottery ticket I picked up in Montana while on assignment for my first Field & Stream story. The pay-out isn't much, but $100 is actually more than two tanks of gas these days or a little extra coin to take the edge off pending payments. I have the ticket pegged to the board at my desk, and every day it taunts me.
Then again, I bought this ticket not for money, but as a souvenir from what was easily one of the greatest fishing adventures I've ever embarked upon. The joke was that we had to stick to a strict budget, so I figured I'd tell readers if funds are low, buy a "Brook Trout Bucks" ticket and try your luck.

So what would you do? Go for the potential cash or save the memory?



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Alex Pernice the 13 year old fly rod winner

I'd buy 2, 1 to try the other to keep.


It may not be good anymore! Better check it out before you scratch it.


It may not be valid any longer! I'd check first before scratching.