Stephen Rose and I finally got out today and did some fishing together. Seems like we’ve only had a few opportunities to fish together this season, and it’s always a pleasure.
Before hitting the West Branch of the Sugar River, we stopped for some coffee and blueberry scones at Mary’s Coffee Express in Mount Horeb. The scones were delicious. Stop by and grab one next time you’re in the Driftless.
We hit the water around 9am this morning and had some fish on right away. I was fishing an olive woolly worm and had two very vigorous takes immediately after the fly hit the water. Same thing happened to Stephen, who was fishing a bead head nymph. But then, nothing.
The wind seemed to whip up and the weather changed a bit, getting cloudy and cool. I’m wondering if that had some effect on the fish activity. Hard to say, but that’s my excuse for coming up with bupkuss from there on.
Stephen did a little spinner fishing on the way back to the car but couldn’t roust any trout, even with that very reliable method.
So, no skunkage, which I’ll take, and the scone was awfully good!
…for a whole five days!!!!!
In Wisconsin we have a silly break in fishing between the “Early Inland Trout” season and the “General Inland Trout” season. This break is important for one of many reasons (I can’t decide which one makes sense though).
- The stocking trucks need anglers off the streams so they can dump fish in for the May 5th “take a trout or ten home” day.
- The wild trout in the streams need a week to prepare themselves to be filleted.
- The game wardens need a week off to regain their strength before a season of checking angler liscenses.
- The trout regulations are more interesting with an increased number of “seasons”.
- Business owners in Wisconsin need the week off to deposit the money they’ve made off Chicago anglers since March 3rd.
- Fly fishermen need the week off to tie and restock their fly boxes.
- Angling Husbands need the week off to work on that “Honey-Do” list they’ve been neglecting, and to re-establish diplomatic relations with their spouses.
- Wanna-be filmmakers need the week off to edit and publish their “extreme fly fishing” videos to youtube.
- Fishermen who use internet forums to talk about stuff need the week off to come up with a sign-off more creative than “Tight Lines!”
I'm so confused!
I am posting this in hopes of stirring any and all to get out there and help fix up the stream that provided the fish from Tom’s last post.
These are a real nice bunch of folks doing great work on behalf of the rest of us.
Thanks to all who might entertain joining in the fun.
I was told there will be 8 sawyers available so alot of work could be accomplished and the picnic might lead to a brand new network of secrets!
Southern Wisconsin Trout Unlimited
All members of Southern Wisconsin Trout Unlimited and the local community are invited to join us for a streamside workday event and picnic. Help out at the workday, join us for a tasty picnic, or both!
Please sign up for the workday with Steve Wald at 608-836-3338 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: An SWTU workday on Vermont Creek followed by a picnic.
When: Saturday, April 28th. The work will be done from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and the picnic will be from 12:00 – 2:00 PM.
Workday – Vermont Creek @ Danz Dr in Black Earth
Picnic – Veteran’s Memorial Park
Workday – From Highway 14/State Street in Black Earth, head south on Highway 78/Mills Street for a quarter mile and then turn west on to Webb Street. Take a right on Warner Street and then another right on to Danz Drive.
Picnic – From From Highway 14/State Street in Black Earth, head south on Highway 78/Mills Street for a half mile. The park is on the east side of the street.
What to Bring:
Please bring your own water for the work day, as well as sunscreen and bug spray for the ticks. Plan to bring work gloves as well as loppers and hand saws.
Everyone needs to sign a release form for the work day. Volunteers under 17 will need a parent or guardian signature.
Visit the calendar at swtu.org to check the event status in case of bad weather.
This email was sent to email@example.com by firstname.lastname@example.org |
Southern Wisconsin Trout Unlimited | P.O. Box 14352 | Madison | WI | 53708-4352
Here are some shots of my outing to Lodi Spring Creek recently. I had a great time and caught about a dozen fish. That is a beautiful little creek full of springs. Go check it out sometime.
That's one ugly Brown Trout!
A Pretty little Rainbow
Oh, so that's what a Brown Trout is supposed to look like...
Some dry fly success was had!
I love how these fish slam dry bugs!
Just a baby.
My "Happy-but-Cool" face.
Exhibit A - Tom not at work, as recorded by Tom's own foot.
Len Harris (you know Len Harris, right?) has a nice report on club-reared Brook Trout stocked in Driftless area streams. Give it a read. And tell Len “Hello”.
Len’s report says the DNR gives these clubs fingerlings and the clubs raise them for one year before releasing them. One question I have, that I’ve asked Len about, is where the DNR gets the fingerlings? Do they collect eggs and roe from wild Brook Trout? I would hope so, in order to keep the genetics of these fish strong. The Pacific Northwest is having a raging debate right now about hatchery-raised fish competing with wild salmon and steelhead. Is something similar happening in Wisconsin?
I was hoping to own BEC this spring. I’ve put in my time and read up on techniques. Every night when I’m drifting off to sleep I think I’ve got it all figured out, and that my next cast on Black Earth Creek will yield a big fat Brown Trout.
But it hasn’t worked out that way. The closest I’ve gotten to landing trout is foul-hooking two Browns. Otherwise I’ve laid a big fat egg. Nuthin’. I haven’t given up. I know they’re in there. My casting with weighted rigs is getting much better. It’s bound to turn around for me, I know it.
But yesterday I had a conversation with a co-worker, Matt, who is an outdoorsman, but not an experienced trout fisherman. He and a buddy took Monday off to go trout fishing. They were slinging crank baits on Black Earth Creek. From the banks. No waders. Anyway, Matt’s first cast of the day, into the tail of a pool “just off the highway” landed him a 12″ brown. His third cast, to the same spot, landed him a 20″ brown! Dammit! I’ve never landed a spring creek trout over 17″, and he gets a 20-incher on his third cast!
Moments later his buddy landed not one, but two over 20 inches from the head of the pool. Matt says they’ve got it all on video.
You know what’s funny? I was on Black Earth Creek over lunch at the same damn time Matt and his friend were. But what did I get? A bunch of wind knots and a foul-hooked 9″ brown trout.
Remind me again why I don’t pick up my spinning rod once in a while?
Fly Fishing (but not Catching)