Friday, October 21, 2016

Rest Easy, Friday Night: Vol 19: David Nash (ME!). County 9 - My Third Album

If you are looking for some new music, especially some to make the new Bon Iver album sound a little better, check out my new CD. You can listen on Spotify or get it on iTunes.


There are only 8 tracks, but I feel it is a good album considering my amateur status. Honestly, it is better than the first two.


So this fall/winter, when you are sitting down with your favorite cold or warm beverage and searching for inspiration while staring at the naked hook clamped in your vise, try playing this CD in the background. If nothing else, you won't be sitting in silence.

 
Click HERE for a link to iTunes
Click HERE to listen to "Fertile Ground" on Youtube

Thursday, October 20, 2016

One last outing this season. For real this time.


Last Saturday, I got in two more hours before season ended in Minnesota's East Coast/Wisconsin's West Coast.

Courtney, @SculpinArmy, and hopscotched our away from run to run, pool to pool and tree stump to tree stump.


The overcast skies and mild weather were comfortable conditions for swinging large flies made of buck tails and rabbit strips.




We found plenty of easer smaller trout. Nothing spectacular, but fun. I was getting ready to announce, "You know, it is just great to get out one more time.  It doesn't matter if we catch any big ones..."




photo credit: Courtney Morris, @SculpinArmy



photo credit: Courtney Morris, @SculpinArmy



And that's when I had a nice take. I was throwing an articulated streamer tied by Courtney. Light in color, fast in action.


19 inches of browned butter sauce and black peppercorn. 



photo credit: Courtney Morris, @SculpinArmy







photo credit: Courtney Morris, @SculpinArmy

Now that is how you end a season of fishing in the Driftless Area.




photo credit: Courtney Morris, @SculpinArmy








Tuesday, October 11, 2016

One last outing before season ends

I met up with a new friend, Sculpinarmy on instagram, and we went to explore some new local water. We got great weather and so hungry browns. 

The first frost of the year laced the trees. As it melted, it seemed to rain down on us even though the skies were cloudless. 

We threw streamers into deep pools and enticed quite a few healthy upper teens browns out of the shadows to attack our flies. Few landed but great fun all the same. 


Any photo in this post with me in it was taken by Sculpinarmy. Check him out on instagram. He catches big driftless browns and takes great photos. 

On another note, the blogger app seems to be malfunctioning on the iPad and iPhone. I can't add anything but photos. My computer isn't working well so it is making editing this a bit tricky. Hope the formatting works okay. 












Monday, September 26, 2016

On the Stream, Work Attire and All


I had a long break this afternoon so I took an hour to explore the closest stream to the office. 15 minutes from my door I have fishable water. That is pretty darn awesome.

The stream I fished is called Johns Coulee and is a tributary of a larger area stream. There are plenty of small pools that could hold fish. There are also plenty of trees as the entire section is wooded. However at the right time of year one can easily find reasonable casting room at the pools. I fished this section of the stream because I thought the headwaters were likely to be back to normal water levels. We had almost 5 inches of rain and some areas with up to 10 inches last week. The water level looked good however I think most of the fish were pushed out of their pools with the high flow. 



It was clear the water had been out several feet at one time. I think this is an important stream for reproducing fish and as a fish refuge because of its consistently cool temperatures (58 degrees today) and good coverage. However I can't imagine one having a productive afternoon fishing Johns coulee  Creek. It is a pretty stream.



It was great to be out on a cool early fall day. Great sun and strong brisk wind.  

The biggest problem I have now is picking the burrs out of my dress socks. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

In the days to come

I'm hoping to get out sometime in the next week or so. We are getting hit with heavy rains in the Coulee Region. I'm hoping to sneak out when the flows come down a bit. The big fish are probably starting to fatten up for winter. 

These flies on my shelf at work keep whispering for me to get out!


Thursday, August 11, 2016

8/9/16: Hopper Coulee Creek

I was able to get out for a few hours this week. I chose a stream that was well-known in the area and considered a class one stream.

There are a lot of access points along the stream at it is clear there have been plenty of stream improvement projects. 

I did notice that one of the landowners updated their fencing which blocked off one of the access points and made a section of the stream a little difficult to pass. 





Some of the signs were a little confusing indicating a possible harvest season but at the same time catching release only fishing. There was also a survey box asking about fish caught and kept. 



I must say, I didn't realize the Black and Yellow Argiope lived in Wisconsin. The spiders are harmless but I must say the thought of accidentally walking face first into one of their webs is frightening.


I had a lot of luck casting hopper invitations. The grasshoppers are everywhere this time of year and even is the water temperature approached 65°, the fish were still seizing the opportunity to take my fly. 




It's a beautiful time to be out on the water. The streams in the driftless area are easy to wet wade. 


What is amazing is that I probably only fished three quarters of a mile of the stream in the several hours I was out. There is just so much water to explore in my area, I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to do it all. But I'm up for the challenge:)