Archive for the ‘Vernon County’ Tag

Transition your look from day to night   3 comments

I was going to write a blog post about transitioning your look from day to night, as seen elsewhere on wordpress (http://thestylevoyager.wordpress.com), but I don’t really know much about that aside from having your clothes on to then having them off. That’s just the way I roll.

Instead of all that, I think I’ll post some of my favorite pictures from my trip to Tainter, Reads, and Camp Creeks last weekend. I hope you enjoy them.

An excellent emerger pattern from On The Creek Fly Shop (thanks Nick!)

An excellent emerger pattern from On The Creek Fly Shop (thanks Nick!)


Read's Creek, Vernon County, Wisconsin

Read's Creek, Vernon County, Wisconsin

What's up, buttercup?

What's up, buttercup?

An emerging Horsetail

An emerging Horsetail

Name that flower - Seriously, I don't know what it is.

Name that flower - Seriously, I don't know what it is.

A Tiger Swallowtail

A Tiger Swallowtail

Whitetail Deer skull near Read's Creek

Whitetail Deer skull near Read's Creek

A Brown caught on a mangled, overused Pink Squirrel

A Brown caught on a mangled, overused Pink Squirrel

Camp Creek, and some very happy cows

Camp Creek, and some very happy cows

A Brown caught on a BWO dry pattern - I stalked this one for 30 minutes.

A Brown caught on a BWO dry pattern - I stalked this one for 30 minutes.

This is how I feel after a day of trout fishing

This is how I feel after a day of trout fishing

Barns of the Driftless   4 comments

A dirt road in the Driftless

A dirt road in the Driftless

On Saturday I went to Crawford and Vernon Counties in Wisconsin’s Driftless Region. My eye was drawn to the beautiful old barns surrounded by hills and streams in the area. Driving around the Driftless you’ll see lots and lots of barns. Some are in good shape, many are not. The days of family farms have come and gone, and sadly what you see now in rural Wisconsin is a lot of poverty and abandon buildings. Farm houses and barns may still be standing, but they’re either not used or not maintained.

Crawford County Barn

Crawford County Barn

These old buildings are wonderful to look at, and I can imagine the care that went in to running each of these farms 70 years ago. Many of the barns were built with lumber that was felled and milled right on site, and they’re made using traditional timber framing methods.

Tainter Creek Valley

Tainter Creek Valley

I’ve heard it said that to make a similar structure today would cost $200,000. I wish I had the money and the resources to restore old barns because they really hold within them the rich history of the Driftless Region. Sadly, many of these structures cave in or are picked apart for their fine timbers.

Vernon County Barn

Vernon County Barn

If you have deep pockets and agree with me that these buildings should be saved, send me your money and I’ll see that it’s taken care of.

Is this heaven?

Is this heaven?

Fly Fishing the Kickapoo Tribs   2 comments

On Wednesday, April 6th at about 10:30 pm, Stephen Rose and I bid farewell to our families and drove west to the Kickapoo Valley. We set up camp quickly and woke up to a frosty, bright morning. Our day was, in our short history of fishing for trout, one of the best yet.

The goal was to continue gaining experience fishing with fly tackle, with the hopes of having success connecting with trout. That goal was met, but there were so many other bonuses in the form of beautiful sights, sounds, and experiences. It was an incredible day!

Last Night's Hammocks in the Kickapoo Valley Reserve

Last Night's Hammocks in the Kickapoo Valley Reserve

 

Sun's Up!

Sun's Up!

 

Pre-fishing breakfast preparation

Pre-fishing breakfast preparation

 

A Driftless spring seep running down limestone

A Driftless spring seep running down limestone

 

Here's lookin' at you, fish.

Here's lookin' at you, fish.

 

Tom's Wooly fools a Driftless Trout

Tom's Wooly fools a Driftless Trout

 

Nicely!

Nicely!

 

This man is happy.

This man is happy.

 

Driftless Brown on a White Wooly Bugger

Driftless Brown on a White Wooly Bugger

 

Stephen Rose working a bend pool on a Kickapoo River Tributary

Stephen Rose working a bend pool on a Kickapoo River Tributary

 

Beautiful Meander in Wisconsin's Driftless

Beautiful Meander in Wisconsin's Driftless

 

Beaver Lunch

Beaver Lunch

 

Strike!

Strike!

 

Working the Wall

Working the Wall

 

Is this for real? Driftless Wisconsin Trout Water.

Is this for real? Driftless Wisconsin Trout Water.

 

Brown Trout, Wooly Bugger

Brown Trout, Wooly Bugger

 

Casting to a lie

Casting to a lie

 

A Stealthy Approach

A Stealthy Approach

 

Wow.

Wow.

 

The Garden of Eden?

The Garden of Eden?

 

Nice Fish!

Nice Fish!

 

Stephen Rose with at Driftless Wisconson Brown Trout

Stephen Rose with at Driftless Wisconson Brown Trout

 

Working a limestone wall

Working a limestone wall

 

Stephen Rose, Successful Fly Fisherman

Stephen Rose, Successful Fly Fisherman

 

Driftless Trout Stream

Driftless Trout Stream