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.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Brown and Braun Target Western Wisconsin - Part 2

I awoke the second morning of camping in my tent with the usual mental and physical struggle between having to take a leak but wanting to stay buried in my sleeping bag because of the cold morning temperatures. Finally emerging into the daylight, I found Brown Beard cooking his usual restaurant quality breakfast for all of us. We ate and planned our day.

Brown and Braun Target Western Wisconsin - Part 1

You may recall Brown Beard from previous posts. You may also recall a trip I took with him and his brother earlier this spring. With the end of the season approaching, and a few more vacation days to burn, we plotted a sequel to that trip...

Yes, I made a custom graphic for our fishing trip. Hell, I made one for our previous trip, but I'm going to hold on to that one for the time being.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Going Solo

As I finish up this post, the 2013 Wisconsin inland trout fishing season has ended. I'm behind with this blog. So, lets go back in time together and read about why I hate fishing with you!
I enjoy my fishing partners, the precious few that I have. I hope to find many more as I continue this trout-venture. But I must acknowledge that I prefer going solo. I enjoy selfishly hogging the stream to myself. My pace, my holes, my guidance-free sloppy casts. It's not just the fishing. It's the drive, the camping (if applicable), the lunch stop, the visit to the fly shop... The whole dynamic is different when you're by yourself. Do I feel like stopping to take a picture of that field? Yes! Anyone mind? No? Great!

Contour farming seen from a small township road, way up on a ridge upon entering Richland County from the East.

Friday, August 2, 2013

A 7 Hour March Though Hostile Territory

A view into hostile enemy territory
I got a tip from a friend. I like to think of it as a secret mission from Headquarters. 2 to 3 stream miles of water, phenomenal fishing, no public access except for the bridge at the beginning and the bridge at the end. When you're in, your in. One way, no return...

Thursday, July 18, 2013

1000ºF on the Perimeter of the Driftless

My forehead glistened before I could make it down the stairs from my apartment to my car which had spent the day baking in the public lot. The heat is oppressive. I tossed my waders in the back seat and glared at them like they were a pair of snow pants. How could I stand to put those on?

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Bluegill Is The New Trout?

No, probably not. I mean they're pretty. They can be caught on the fly. And, they are fantastic table fare. But they won't launch 3 feet out of the water or grow much over 10 inches. And I don't think there will ever be a Bluegill Unlimited (I just Googled it, nope).

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Driftless Dash

I've spent previous vacations in other states but this spring I spent a week on home waters. Fishing several consecutive days in some of the same spots I would have on a regular weekend didn't and still doesn't sound like a bad idea to me.

A spring flowing out of the rocks into a newly introduced creek

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Thus Concludes The 2013 Catch and Release Trout Season, So Begins The Catch And Eat Season

A few friends of mine like to refer to the early season as play with your food season, or catch and torture season, but I really don't mind it myself. Banks that will be choked with grass, stinging nettles and wild parsnips come summer are now all easy to navigate. Black flies, biting gnats and mosquitos are all mercifully absent. The bite is a bit more difficult as the trout aren't distributed around the creek as they soon will be, but I had a few nice days with plenty enough action to make heading out into the cold snow lined waters worth it.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Pushing My Way Through The Winter Season

I've stopped asking myself why I subject my digits to being wet and frozen this time of the year. Amidst the icy eyelets, frozen reels and uncomfortable winter clothing, I've already had some special moments during this early season.

A Very Large Canine

A couple of weekends ago, while fishing some brook trout water in central Richland County, I stumbled into some unusual animal tracks. In the snow, a trout fisherman will find all manner of deer, raccoon, possum, rabbit, sasquatch...just, all kinds of tracks. But these tracks gave me pause. I didn't want to immediately tell myself that these were wolf tracks like some nieve tourist, but I do believe now that this was the case. I've passed photos of them by a number of friends and folks who live in the area and are knowledgable about these things and they do indeed appear to be wolf tracks.

Tracks (likely wolf) in Richland County

Monday, March 4, 2013

The 2013 Wisconsin Inland Trout Season Begins!

Cough! Hack! Sorry, this blog has collected a bit of dust since my last post about Iowa or wherever. But it's time to bring things back to life. The 2013 WI trout season has arrived!

Temps where in the mid to upper 20s this weekend, but the sun was bright and the wind was minimal. Given the slow bite this time of year, I chose to stick close to home and started on streams last saturday, the opener, that were in or near Sauk county.

My plan was to hit some deeper holes on the Melancthon, then head back towards home fishing the next valley over, Willow Creek and then the final valley, Bear Creek. But there would be no time for Bear. Melancthon also had to be removed form the mix. My target spots all had too much ice on them.

Fortunately, not too far away was the West Branch of Pine River. I went to an area I was familiar with and proceeded to catch a nice brown on my 5th cast of the new season!

First fish of the new season! Caught by stripping a #6 marabou tailed, cone headed, weighted bunny leech.

The reality of fishing this time of year