Friday, June 5, 2015

Kayak Atttack

Open pod bay doors
Though I purchased a "Future Beach Trophy 126" kayak several years ago, it spent years at a time taking up space in my mom's garage when I lived in a small apartment. It hurt my ass and was a pain to take places on my car. Now I have my own garage to make a mess of and a vehicle that can transport the kayak without trying to lift it over my head. I've also since become a depraved, fly fishing addict or "passionate angler" as I like to put it. Stream trout are not enough when a good tug can be coaxed out of bass, panfish, pike and other warm water species.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Take Me To Your Brooder!

March early season trout fishing in the Driftless had been slow for most of us. Since fishermen are actually admitting this much, things were indeed terrible. Clear, low, cold water and bright skies have been mostly to blame.

Personally, I've been in exploratory mode on my last few outings in March. If anything it gives me a legitimate excuse for not bringing many fish to my chilly grippers.

This turned out as bad as it looks

Monday, March 16, 2015

Early Wisconsin Trout Season Slowly Ramping Up

The 2015 Wisconsin inland trout season opener featured the most pleasant weather of any of my opening weekends. Temps in the upper 40s and big bright, awful, trout terrorizing blue skies. Nevertheless, this was the opener, and I was determined to fish.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Iowa Doesn't Get Old

We are nearing the end of 2014. It will soon be time to renew fishing licenses, but its not the Wisconsin fishing license that I'm thinking about. It's my Iowa one. I'll of coarse re-up my Wisco privileges just as soon, but it will be in Iowa where I'll likely be wetting my line in the coming months due to their year round trout season and some fantastic creeks.

This year in particular has seen both mild winter days and low gas prices, the later of which is a serious consideration if you need to travel 2 - 3 hours to your favorite Hawkeye spring creeks.

Winter days are short, so I've made it a point in some cases to be on the road by 5 AM. Yet I've somehow spent shorter days, leaving at about 11 AM and have had just as much fun, sometimes catching even more fish.
An ambitious winter morning on the road at 5 AM towards Iowa

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tying The Green Turd

The affectionately named "Green Turd" is a small streamer I tie. I've fished it with much success and more importantly, its been reported to me by other anglers as being very effective for them too.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fishin' With Sasquatch

Clearly the best way to rekindle a 7 month old stale blog about fly fishing in the driftless area of Wisconsin, is to write a post about spin fishing in the Northwoods.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Brook Trout, Tigers and Beers... With A Fly!

What had started earlier in the week as a trip to Trappers for some dynamic duo trout slaying turned into myself, Brown Beard and Greg the Large Norwegian meeting up with Trap for a four-headed attack on the streams. My good friend Greg, who lives with the monks and ghosts while maintaining the grounds at Durwards Glen, volunteered to be a photographer while the rest of us fished.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Opening Day, Wisconsin Inland Trout Season 2014

Bleak. Desolate. Unforgiving. These are a few words that may be used to describe both the Gobi Desert and the opening day of Wisconsin's inland trout season, 2014. Like most of my fellow trout junkies, I frequently visited weather websites in the days leading up to the opener. At one point it was looking to be at least in the mid-teens both Saturday and Sunday, with Sunday being a bit warmer. When it came to it however, Saturday would be the least frigid, with temps barely breaching 2 digits.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Our Lady Of The Wayside

Sometime during one of the last trout fishing seasons I decided my vehicle would no longer be a car, but a "TUV", or Trout Utility Vehicle. It really only took a couple of bumper stickers to make the transformation complete. However, within a couple of seasons the old TUV had 1000s of trout miles on it and I was due for a replacement. It is with great pleasure that I introduce the new Brauntrutta TUV:

It's red, it's a Jeep but most importantly its a 4x4. Within it's first couple of months at my command, I've confidently navigated though forest roads and snowy conditions that I would have avoided with my last vehicle. Does that mean it's invincible?

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Iowa And Back Again

We pulled into their driveway and was greeted by a smiling old lady sweeping a small concrete slab of a porch. The cloud of Iowan gravel dust caught up with Trapper and I as we exited my Taurus. The ash-like particles by this time had completely encrusted my car's rear to the point of obscuring my black "Driftless" bumper sticker.