Friday, October 21, 2016
Thursday, October 20, 2016
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..."
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.
Now that is how you end a season of fishing in the Driftless Area.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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
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
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!
Friday, August 12, 2016
Thursday, August 11, 2016
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:)