Archive for July 2012

Stephen Rose Hospitalized   26 comments

Last night my friend and neighbor Stephen Rose nearly died.

He went out for a workout, running hill circuits on Edgewood Avenue. As he was returning home he met up with my friend and neighbor Brian, who was out on a bike ride, a couple blocks from home. He and Brian walked back to our block, Brian went inside his house, and Stephen crossed the street to his front yard.

Stephen then laid down in his front yard to cool off, had an exchange with his mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and son, who were on their way to visit another family member. Stephen’s next-door neighbor Dave came home with groceries and as Dave walked in to his house he waved at Stephen, and Stephen waved back.

Then an indeterminate amount of time passed.

A husband and wife walking their dog noticed Stephen lying down and crossed the street to investigate. The woman is a nurse, and she tried to get him to respond. He didn’t. She checked his pulse and found nothing. She started chest compressions and her husband stopped traffic on Monroe Street to use a motorist’s cell phone to call 911. Another neighbor and Stephen’s wife, Jackie, helped with chest compressions while the ambulance was on its way.

Thank you so much, Crystal, Paul, Sarah and Jackie, for saving my friend’s life!

We recreated the timeline of events and feel confident that his bloodflow stopped for only a few minutes. Having been on a run, his blood was richly oxygenated.

The paramedics arrived and continued chest compressions.

My wife Rebecca had just gone outside to take a walk with our friend and neighbor Courtney as the paramedics were getting started. She ran back in with a look on her face the likes of which I have never seen. “The ambulance is out there for Stephen!” she told me.

I ran outside and across the street to Stephen’s wife Jackie who was standing in disbelief watching EMTs pump her husband’s chest. Jackie was shaking as I put my arm over her shoulder. “What happened?” I asked Jackie.

“I don’t know. I don’t know,” she said.

I watched my friends chest go up and down, his belly go in and out, as the EMTs pushed on his chest. He was limp. Lifeless. Seemingly gone. I was in disbelief. My mind would not believe that the scene was real.

The EMTs used defibrillation paddles on Stephen and loaded him onto a stretcher and into the ambulance, pumping his chest the whole time. Jackie and her sister Jamie followed the ambulance toward the hospital and the frantic scene disipated. A dozen neighbors were left standing there, wondering what would happen to our friend Stephen.

As of this morning, here’s what I know.

Stephen’s heart and breathing started back up on their own after he arrived at the hospital. A stent was inserted into a weak artery that was found to be the cause of the matter. Brain scans were done last night but nothing definitive was determined. Heart tests were performed and no damage was found. His heart is strong and functioning as it should.

Stephen is currently in a medically-induced coma, for reasons I don’t fully understand. I would presume it will allow his body to rest and recover that much faster. The current plan is to slowly bring him out of the coma and into consciousness tomorrow morning. We will find out, hopefully, that he came through this crazy ordeal unscathed. Whatever condition he finds himself in, I will be there for him and his family, as will dozens if not hundreds of people who know and love Stephen.

He is an incredible man who exudes energy and passion and friendliness to everyone around him. Please send your positive vibes, your prayers, your well-wishes out for Stephen.

Thanks,

Tom

 

Me and my friend, Stephen Rose on July 18, 2012

Me and my friend, Stephen Rose on July 18, 2012

Posted July 31, 2012 by troutseeker in Friends

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Time to think about Steel?   Leave a comment

As the days grow shorter, little by little, I find myself thinking ahead to runs of wild steelhead on the Brule River. I’m hoping for a lot more precipitation as we move into autumn. Water flushing out of the Brule River and into Lake Superior triggers those beautiful chrome torpedoes to swim upstream. If all goes well, one or more of those anadromous beasts will find its way to my fishing line.

Tim Pearson, the Brule River Ninja, taught me last year to use a bead to entice Steelhead. I actually bought a slew of them from Tim, along with some of his self-tied stonefly patterns, after our day of fishing was done.

If you’re wondering how to use a bead in your fishing, check out www.troutbeads.com. Tim likes to tie a big stonefly pattern on above the bead. On occassion, he told me, a fish will go for the bug instead of the bead. In my experience they ignored the bug and inhaled the bead.

I’ve wondered in the past if there’s a place for these beads on Driftless trout streams. Troutbeads.com make a few beads that glow in the dark. Perhaps a big brown trout could be enticed late at night with a glowing salmon egg bead? Maybe it’s worth a try…

Click on the image below from their website for more info.

 

How to rig up a trout bead

How to rig up a trout bead

 

 

Fraser River Sturgeon   Leave a comment

A bloke from England (better than a wazzock I guess) caught a 1,000-lb white Sturgeon on the Fraser River in Canada.

White sturgeon caught in the area usually weigh between 30 and 100 pounds, but the article said this catch might be the largest freshwater fish ever caught on a rod and reel in North America.

The fish, measuring at 12 feet 4 inches, is also believed to be over 100 years old, according to the article.

GrindTV.com said the world record for a white sturgeon is 468 pounds, but since Snell’s catch wasn’t weighed on a certified scale it won’t become an official world record.

Pretty frickin’ unbelievable!

 

Michael Snell with a record White Sturgeon on the Fraser River, BC, Canada

Michael Snell with a record White Sturgeon on the Fraser River, BC, Canada

Posted July 27, 2012 by troutseeker in Wisconsin

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Some Rain has me Itching to Fish   2 comments

We’ve gotten some showers in the last few days and the moisture has allayed my fears of the end of the world. It also has me Itching to get back out to the streams to see about catching trout again. I’m scheming to get out either Friday or Saturday morning. I’ll keep you posted…

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Storm clouds east of Madison

Posted July 26, 2012 by troutseeker in Wisconsin

BEC in Mazomanie   2 comments

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Posted July 25, 2012 by troutseeker in Black Earth Creek, Wisconsin

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It’s a Great Time to Play in the Lake!   3 comments

We’ve really been taking advantage of Lake Wingra this summer. Late last week we had a picnic at the lake and afterwards we went out and played in the water. It’s a great way to shake off that triple-digit heat.

Enjoy the pics!

 

Ready, Set...

Ready, Set…

 

Go!

Go!

 

 

Bode, King of the Paddleboard.

Bode, King of the Paddleboard.

 

Paddleboard Battles on Wingra

Paddleboard Battles on Wingra

 

Bode and Sawyer enjoying the water on Wingra

Bode and Sawyer enjoying the water on Wingra

 

Faceoff

Faceoff

 

Looks like Sawyer took that round.

Looks like Sawyer took that round.

 

Sometimes I have to pinch myself. We've got it good.

Sometimes I have to pinch myself. We’ve got it good.

 

 

Nice match guys.

Nice match guys.

 

Having fun Shep?

Having fun Shep?

 

A happy, relaxed kid.

A happy, relaxed kid.

 

 

Until next time...

Until next time…

 

 

 

 

Black Earth Creek Continues to Warm, Drop   2 comments

This drought is really something. The papers today say we haven’t been this dry since the summer of 1956, back when my parents were only as old as my sons are now. It’s starting to feel like we’re characters living in an Erskine Caldwell novel.

My home creek, Black Earth, is changing in lock-step with the continuous weather trends. I looked up some data on the USGS water info system and found these charts, which span from spring of 2011 to the present. The trends are certainly exceeding average boundaries.

 

Black Earth Creek temps at Black Earth, 4/2011 thru 7/2012

Black Earth Creek temps at Black Earth, 4/2011 thru 7/2012

 

Black Earth Creek Discharge at Black Earth, 4/2011 thru 7/2012

Black Earth Creek Discharge at Black Earth, 4/2011 thru 7/2012

 

Like many of you, I hope we get some rain this summer. I hate to think of the effect this drought is having on water table levels. At some point the springs that feed our precious creeks must start to peter out. We need a “recharge” to bring water table levels up and get those springs gushing again.

I hate to think of the agony many farmers are going through at the moment. I really feel for them.

 

 

Driving the Driftless   3 comments

Ride along with me and Stephen as we drive from Coon Creek toward Pine River through the Driftless.

Black Earth Creek Water Levels   3 comments

Here’s a graph showing water discharge levels at the Black Earth Gauge Station on Black Earth Creek for the past month. Not too good.

 

BEC Discharge Last 30 Days

BEC Discharge Last 30 Days

 

 

 

 

 

Tough Summertime Fishing in Wisconsin’s Driftless Region   10 comments

Stephen Rose and I have been planning to take a trip to Vernon and Richland Counties for a few months now, and the stars aligned in our schedules to allow that trip to happen. We didn’t plan on Wisconsin being in the middle of a drought, though, and that made the fishing a bit tougher than we’d hoped.

We managed to catch a dozen fish between ourselves, but nothing with any real size. We saw a pike in Coon Creek and scouted a pair of 20-plus-inch fish as well, but the sun and biting flies got to be a bit much so we headed in to Borgen’s in Westby for some burgers, beers, and pie.

We caught our suppers each night, supplemented with venison brats and tabouli, and washed down with cold beers. We camped for free in Hennessy Hammocks and avoided a few bulls in their pastures without incident.

Stephen and I both agreed that we won’t be taking another extended trip to fish for trout until we get some more rain. Water levels are low and many streams are warm (though some are suprisingly cool, even well down their drainages). I was happy to see that even though we’ve been without rain, the streams appear healthy and the fish happy, and for the most part, the Driftless continues to show off its lushness.

Enjoy the photos for now, and looking forward, expect a few videos of our trip on the site too.

 

Coon Creek in Vernon County, Wisconsin

Coon Creek in Vernon County, Wisconsin

 

Scouting some big trout, Vernon County, Wisconsin

Scouting some big trout, Vernon County, Wisconsin

 

Stephen enjoying lunch at Borgen's, Westby, Wisconsin

Stephen enjoying lunch at Borgen’s, Westby, Wisconsin

 

Sharp Car...

Sharp Car…

 

Pecan Pie? Are you kidding me?! Borgen's in Westby, Wisconsin

Pecan Pie? Are you kidding me?! Borgen’s in Westby, Wisconsin

 

Coon Creek Brown near Coon Valley, Wiscsonsin

Coon Creek Brown near Coon Valley, Wiscsonsin

 

Preparing supper along Coon Creek, Wisconsin

Preparing supper along Coon Creek, Wisconsin

 

It always tastest better right out of the stream...

It always tastest better right out of the stream…

 

The Big Dipper above Wisconsin's Driftless

The Big Dipper above Wisconsin’s Driftless

 

 

Camp Creek Brown Trout, near Viola, Wisconsin

Camp Creek Brown Trout, near Viola, Wisconsin

 

 

 

This stretch of Camp Creek is kind of pretty, don't you think?

This stretch of Camp Creek is kind of pretty, don’t you think?

 

Stephen with a fish on, Camp Creek, Wisconsin

Stephen with a fish on, Camp Creek, Wisconsin

 

The Camp Creek Bandit.

The Camp Creek Bandit.

 

If the biting flies hadn't carried us away, we'd have stayed all day. Camp Creek, Wisconsin

If the biting flies hadn’t carried us away, we’d have stayed all day. Camp Creek, Wisconsin