Archive for the ‘Fontana Sports’ Tag

Milwaukee Salmon and Steelhead Spey Fishing   2 comments

I’ll be heading over to Milwaukee for the weekend to visit family and while I’m there I plan to spend some time in the Milwaukee River, swinging intruder spey flies in front of Salmon and Steelhead.

Steelhead are what I’m after, of course. But I stopped in and talked with Craig Amacker, the fishing manager over at Fontana Sports in Madison. Craig relayed a story to me about a quick trip he took up to the Sheboygan River the day before. There were some salmon in the river, as you’d expect, and Craig was swinging flies. He found that many of the salmon were moving a long way to smash a fly. If I get some salmon in this manner I’ll be pleased. It’s the endless foul-hooking of salmon that I can’t stand.

So anyway…

Salmon moving to flies? Sure.

Steelhead moving to flies? You betcha!

Perhaps the odd lake-run Brown Trout? Bring it.

I have started to try tying Intruder-style streamers this fall. I found some inspiration at the Oregon Fly Fishing Blog where they have a page full of videos showing how to tie steelhead fly patterns. Last night I tied my first tube fly. We’ll see how they work out in Milwaukee…

 

Tom's "Olde Seminal Vesicle" Steelhead Intruder fly

Tom’s “Olde Seminal Vesicle” Steelhead Intruder fly

 

Tom's "Patrick Petitjean" Steelhead Intruder fly (Click image for a special treat)

Tom’s “Patrick Petitjean” Steelhead Intruder fly (Click image for a special treat)

 

 

 

A Series of E-Mails   2 comments

June 11, 2012 at 4:06 PM

From: Tom

To: Stephen

Hope these work. Craig at Fontana had some encouraging success stories of night fishing on BEC and said the hex hatch has started. Last year he caught a 23-inch brown on a hex.

 

Hexagenia Limbata and Mouse flies

Hexagenia Limbata and Mouse flies

 

June 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

From: Stephen

To: Tom

Interesting.

Were you serious about bringing a larger rod along tonight?

 

Tom rigging up for late evening June trout fishing

Tom rigging up for late evening June trout fishing

 

June 12, 2012 at 7:27 PM

From: Tom

To: Stephen

I am planning to fish tomorrow morning at [REDACTED]. Planning to leave by 4:20. Interested?

 

Wednesday morning on Black Earth Creek

Wednesday morning on Black Earth Creek

 

June 13, 2012 at 8:34 AM

From:Stephen

To: Tom

Did you go this morning?

I opted out as I stayed up too late with the boys watching the NBA finals.

I read this article this morning and thought it sounded like something that could be done right here in the Midwest as a moonlighting outfit.

It recalls our interest in the firehouse. How cool would it be to have a business begun that addresses all of our midwestern microbreweries!

That would be an awfully cool network to be a part of. And this could inevitably lead to making your own beer.

I could see the firehouse being used as a ‘malthouse’ and then selling microbrews and malted milks for kids using malt made right on the property. Then we could open a paddle board shop downstairs and let people test product down on the waterfront. I believe we would officially be rock stars after that. I would need to get some tattoos and a supermodel mistress.

Cool?

 

A "Stout 13-incher"

A “Stout 13-incher”

 

June 13, 2012 at 9:50 AM

From: Tom

To: Stephen

Yep, I’m in on the malt house/microbrew/paddleshop/mistress thing. I’ll have to read the article today and get back to you on what it all means.

I did go out today. I was out the door at about 4:45 and on the water at 5:15. I tried small stuff and big stuff on the surface, including the Hex Spinner that looks like a hummingbird on the water.

First fish landed was on a large stonefly nymph. It was a cool take. The nymph had just hit the water and was sinking when the fish came up from the deep and nailed it, coming out of the water in the process. It was a pretty stout 13-incher.

Then I landed a couple of smaller fish, maybe 8 inches, on a small nymph. I tried some more small dries because fish were surfacing randomly and sporadically and there were a very few little white bugs coming off. But a few hits and no hookups later, I went back to a mid-size nymph, that buggy thing with legs I got in LA, and I got one more beat up 13-inch Brown.

It was a beautiful morning.

Pics sometime today on the Blog.

Tom

 

 

...one more beat up 13-inch Brown

…one more beat up 13-inch Brown

 

June 13, 2012 at 10:02 AM

From: Stephen

To: Tom

Damn dude that is some pretty fine fishing for a couple hours on the water.

Nice! I look forward to seeing the pics.

I should have come along today. My calendar is virtually empty.

 

 

I should have come along today. My calendar is virtually empty.

I should have come along today. My calendar is virtually empty.