Epic evening flyfishing for browns. Some where around 50 fish to hand. Biggest might have taped 17". Mix of streamers thise evening.
Epic evening hunting for browns. 39 browns to hand. Every single one caught on a black Milwaukee leech. Several over 14 inches. Casting up into the riffles was the deal.
This is a combined report. Took off for Driftless late afternoon yesterday and set up camp. Landed some beautiful fish including a nice rainbow. Swinging a black leech pattern. Tried some mousing with no luck. Woke up super early this morning and back at it. Landed 11 browns and 2 rainbows. Epic day for sure. Two browns were over 18". Fishing a size 4 black scuplpzilla. Big streamer, Big Fish! One fish pictured twice below.
Went out at midnight to do some mousing. Pretty awesome experience. Dave checked an item of the bucket list by catching his first brown on a mouse. I had my first eat on a mouse. Pretty cool experience! Sounded like a toilet flushing. We fished into the morning when i switched to a scud and landed a beautiful brown. Dave pulled a rainbow on a streamer. Dave ended with a brown and a rainbow. I ended with a brown. Both left tired but smiling. Epic.
Epic day on the water. 45 browns to hand. The first 2 dozen caught on a tan scud. The rest on a black leech pattern.
Tried the evening instead of the morning. 13 total fish to hand. 10 browns and 3 rainbows. All but a couple caught on the black leech.
Awesome morning on the water. 26 browns to hand. Size 14 scud and size 12 pink squirrel. One landed on black sculpzilla.
Another great adventure to Southwest Wisconsin. Took Cam along with me. Cam got a lift on the train in Fennimore and of course we had to "Grab a Cone" in Montfort. Fishing was exciting. We missed so many fish however we managed to land 4 fish in the couple of hours we spent on the creek.
Pretty good morning on the water. Caught 10 total browns and missed many others. The water was very stained however that work out to be advantages. All but 2 browns were over 11". Swinging a black sculpzilla or brown/yellow space invader.
What an excellent adventure. 13 fish total. 8 Browns, 3 Bows and 2 Brookies. New beadhead black leech pattern worked magic today. Missed a lot of fish with poor hook sets. Most of the fish were caught out of the fast waters just below the riffles or out from under lunker structure. A few of the bigger ones pictured below.
Went to a super technical and clear trout stream on a sunny day with bluebird skies. Very challenging and frustrating day turns to reward. The first half of the day I was spooking fish left and right. Cast any type of shadow or get too close and fish would just scatter. Sat and watched Dave fish and learned so much. We fished down stream with streamers. All about the ninja approach and the mend. Black leech pattern was the best. We probably landed 10 or 12 total fish. Missed many, many more. Several of which were gorgeous fish. Some of the best pictured below.
Awesome adventure with Ted. Ted caught 8 browns and 1 rainbow. I caught 3 browns and 2 rainbows. We missed a bunch of other fish. I started off trying to fish a red scud trailed by a black midge emerger. No luck at all. Ted fished a size 6 VIB all day and killed it. I stopped, put my rod down and just watch for a bit. Ted gave me a size 8 VIB in olive and success. Ted landed a beautiful 18" brown early on the size 6 olive VIB. I landed a 15" brown on a size 8 olive VIB. We were drudging the bottom in big deep pools to get connections.
Beautiful day to travel up to Southwest Wisconsin. The water was still pretty stained with visibility in the water maybe 6-8 inches. Landed two browns with some luck. Missed a few others. Came back early to check out some local pike waters but no pike to be found. Black sculpzilla produced both browns. If it stays dry it should great conditions by Saturday.
Cabin fever forced me up to Southwest Wisconsin looking for some browns. Everything was blown out. I hiked up to the spring heads and the water was still stained with zero visibility. Beautiful to get out and about though. Hopefully clears up in the next several days.
Great day to get out and explore for new water. A little bit windy but the sun was shining and all in all a beautiful day to be on the water. Did a little bit of spot hopping. 7 total fish between Ted and I. For me 3 rainbows and 2 browns. Ted caught 2 browns including the beauty of the day with a rich yellow coloring. I missed a really nice fish twice. Once on the way down and then again on the way back up. The first time I just barely connected. The second time she took me under some structure and was able to shake the hook. Black and olive sculpzillas and grey scuds.
One little bow and one little brown is all Cam and I could catch. We tried a new tactic today. We threw sticks and rocks in the water to try to attract the fish. I don't think it worked. Black Sculpzilla landed both fish.
Lesson in humility today. I couldn't move a single fish however Dave landed one and had several others on including a brute. I should have put my rod down and just watched. Dave really has the trout fishing dialed in. He was constantly changing flies, sneaking in on the approach and I even saw him throw some split shot on. I picked up some pointers for sure. I will give it another go later this week. Cooler conditions and the water was slightly stained. Overcast and maybe hit 40 degrees.
Great day on the water with Ted Burgess. Not a lot of fish but great weather. Did land this beauty. We landed 3 fish total and moved a few others. Water was 37 an warmed to close to 40. Black size 8 sculpzilla for me and dark VIB for Ted. Sparse midge hatch but no rising fish. We flipped rocks and Ted gave me a 101 on basic entomology. Stoneflies on the rock along with caddis and scuds. I was surprised how big the stonefly was. Maybe size 16 or even 14.
Rainy day on a Southcentral Wisconsin creek. Almost didn't go but I am glad I did. I landed my first browns of 2018. 3 in total. Two around 11" and one around 8". All on the black Sculpzilla. I did try several nymphs with no luck. For some reason either swinging the sculpzilla or quarter upstream and strip down stream was the trick.
Woke up to the sound of the riffles and a nice chill in the air. Packed up the camp site and then off to chase browns. The browns are definitely on to my old tricks. Switched it up again. Black Milwaukee Leech with a pink squirrel. Only picked up 4 browns today. Had to back to back to back browns get the better of me. 3 browns in a row shoot the hook. Today I missed many more than I landed. That's how it goes some times. Can't land them all or it wouldn't be fishing it would be catching.
Ended up sneaking back up to Wisconsin to chase Browns. Took my tent with me to camp. Landed 12 browns in the evening before crashing out. I think the browns are on to my old tricks. I had to switch things up. All 12 browns caught on a black Milwaukee Leech Pattern by quartering down stream and swinging. Don't forget the Leisenring lift at the end!
Beautiful day to be lost in Wisconsin. Went to Grant County in search of Browns. Landed 11 total. All caught on the baby brown pattern using the crayfish hop and leisenring lift on the tailouts. 4 best browns pictured.
Went back up to Grant County this morning. Landed 9 Browns and 1 Rainbow. Most caught on a Black size 8 Leech Pattern. Lesson learned this trip is that if a pocket looks big enough to hold two fish, there is a good chance it is. Hooked up with a really nice brown in a pocket in fast moving water. Lost the battle with her as she shook the hook and jetted off back into the depths. Threw back into the same pocket which is something I rarely do but I was too lazy to move after being disappointed. Hooked up with another brown which was a little bit smaller but still a fun ride in fast water. Also, mix it up and switch flies.
Went up to grant county to fish a spring creek. Really good day. Landed 15 browns. Nothing of major size but nice quality fish. Mixing it up with a black size 8 wooly bugger. Lesson learned from this trip is that the water is never too fast to hold fish. I fished a riffle that looked like white water rapids and sure enough there was a brown hiding in one of the pockets.
Went up to the Driftless area. Fishing was very good. Landed 12 browns, 1 rainbow and 1 brook. I was soaked all the way through by 11 am so I left early. VIB, black cone head wooly bugger and baby brown wooly bugger pattern. Learned quite a bit this outing. I may bring a hitail craw with me next outing. I may be on to something.
Went up to Driftless with a friend to fish for Browns. I landed 12 total. 1 on a grey scud, 4 on the san juan and rest on various small streamers. Couldn't ask for a better day fishing.
Spent a half day in Driftless exploring new water. Fished two new creeks and landed 5 browns. 2 on the San Juan, 1 on a grey scud, and 2 on a black leech. Blue bird skies and high pressure made for a challenging session.
Went back up to Wisconsin to chase Browns again. Landed two, had two more on and moved several others. The water was low and clear. They were hesitant to commit. Ninja drifting a pink squirrel landed my only two browns.
Drove up to Wisconsin to spend the afternoon on some spring creeks chasing browns. Landed 3 total. Biggest was 12" or so. One on a VIB, one on a pink squirrel, and the biggest one on a purple parachute adams. Catching one on a dry was quite exciting. I was hoping for a bigger hatch.
Better conditions this morning. Only had a few hours before the rain rolled in. The pink squirrel and olive scud was the ticket this morning. Landed 4 browns biggest may have been 12 inches or so.
Bluebird skies, high pressure, gin clear water and ice forming on the guides in the morning makes for a very challenging day. Did a lot of exploring in Viroqua area. Only landed two browns all day. Black wooly bugger. It was frustrating to see the browns dart out after my fly but not commit 100%. Today showed me just how much more I need to learn.
Tough day on the water. The water was surprisingly clear and the browns would not come out and play. Black wooly bugger ended up being the biggest producer. olive wooly bugger was not far behind. Landed a total of 5 browns.
Almost didn't go this morning because of the weather forecast but I am glad I did. I landed 11 browns ranging from 10-13 inches. 10 were caught on the red san juan worm and 1 caught on a grey scud. I was disengaging the indicator from the water and high sticking to get a better drift and this seemed to be the magic trick. Another trick that was working was throwing the san juan into the riffle and the indicator on the edge in the slower water. The indicator acts like an anchor and pivot point causing the fly to swing and rise in the water column.
Beautiful day to explore new waters. I love getting lost in Wisconsin. Today was a tough day on the water and I only landed one little brown on the red san juan worm. There was a window of about an hour where browns were going crazy hitting the surface. I could quite figure out what they where attacking. By the time I figured something out it was too late. Rain moved in and I had to leave. I had one surface strike on a elk hair caddis and one surface strike on a stimulator.
Beautiful day to go up to Wisconsin and hunt for browns. It was mostly cloudy to cloudy for the majority of the day but the sun did try to peak out a few times. On cloudy days I love using black and today was no different. I went big with a size 2 bunny leech which landed me one decent brown. I switched to a san juan worm that landed me one rainbow. I also took some time to explore some new waters which look very, very promising.
When it is cold like this I typically don't fish but fishing is like crack to me and I needed a fix so I decided to take a drive and test the pickup truck I bought the other day to see if it was going cut it as my fishing truck. It made it up to the Madison area and back. Swung a white bunny leech for about an hour and picked up one little rainbow before my hands froze and i retreated back to the truck for warmth. Remember when it is this cold to get the fish back in the water as fast as possible to prevent ice forming on the gills. Tight lines.
Another Inland Trout Season Ends. I was able to get out on the water. I thought it was going to be a really tough day when I only landed two small browns in the morning session. Hit Orvis to pick up some conehead olive wooly buggers and headed back out in the afternoon. It was truly amazing session. Landed 17 browns with several decent sized browns in the mix but most where less than 11 inches. Not a cloud in the sky hence the need for olive wooly buggers. The six best pictured below.
Went over to Grant County to fish a spring creek. With the cloudy cover I tied on a size 8 black conehead wooly bugger. The first hole I came to I landed my personal best Driftless Brown Trout that measure over 20". Unfortunately, the battle with this Brown tore up my last black wooly bugger. I tied on an olive but had no luck. I don't think it was so much about the color as it was not a conehead so I was having issues getting it down in the water column. On my way back up I started nymphing with a olive size 14 scud with a bead which produced 7 browns. Tried to fish another spring creek in the afternoon. Didn't have any luck at all.
Started my morning by exploring the Mecan River for the first time. The Mecan is beautiful and was running very clear. It has a very sandy bottom and deep cut banks. No luck on the Mecan but I will visit her again as I don't think I found the right section. Shot down to BEC in the afternoon. Landed 1 brown and 9 rainbows all on a size 8 black conehead wooly bugger.
I love cloud cover when it comes to chasing trout! Swinging a black wooly bugger and throwing a hippie stomper produced three rainbows and one beautiful brown. My best #driftless #browntrout yet. Took several pictures of her and then one of each rainbow. Oh and I missed more than I caught. Should have caught double digit trout and if I had another hippie stomper or some type of ant I would still be there. Was great action!
Went up north for a couple hours this morning. Only landed one brown on a black wooly bugger. I am starting to dig this stripping streamers for trout. Saw her hit the surface and cast right up into the riffle. She smacked it. Great fight on my 4wt. Perfect morning.
Since smallmouth are on beds almost everywhere I fish local I decided to take a drive up north to fish for browns. Only had two hours to spend on the water but landed two beautiful browns on a size 8 midwest electric wooly. I am so stoked after such short but successful trip. I never bought into the ninja fishing until today. The water was so clear that I spooked a lot of fish. I started stalking for trout and the magic happened. Also the pop and drop technique is not just for the frosty minnow. Works well with the Midwest Electric Wooly for Browns.