April 8th 2016: The Deal
Phil had been wanting me to take him out trout fishing for a while. I finally told him that I would take him to one of my favorite streams if he would teach me how to talk to girls.
Phil has a lot of experience catching Brook and Rainbow Trout in the lakes of Northern Minnesota and has even had some success with the trout of the Driftless Region. I felt as though I could teach him a few things that would help him have even more success with the trout of the Driftless.
Besides looking at my own blog for hours every day one of the other sites I go to for up to date information on Western Wisconsin trout streams is ontheriseoutdoors.com. Aaron and Aric Avestruz consistently have the trout of Western Wisconsin dialed in. I noticed that they had been having a lot of success with certain patterns recently so I placed an order for some of their custom flies.
The Euro Pheasant Tail has been our most productive fly this spring. The tungsten bead quickly gets it down to the fish. Tied in size 16. $2.00 each.
The Zebra Midge is our favorite dropper behind a bigger nymph. This black and silver version is our favorite, but olive and gold is very productive as well. Tied in size 16, 18, and 20. $1.75 each
Upon arrival to the stream I gave Phil grief about wearing a red hat while fishing for trout and was impressed with the resourcefulness he showed using his life jacket as a fly fishing vest. Phil gave me grief for taking too many photos. I think he called me a reporter or something.
April 24st 2016: Exploring New Water
As much as I enjoy returning to the honey holes of the past to make my withdrawals there is just something awesome about exploring new stretches of rivers. I like to think of it as going for a walk with a chance of catching fish.
This place was really cool.
April 24th 2016: The Double Bunny Experience
It seemed like some of my friends were having some success with streamers that used bunny strips so one night I sat down and tied a bunch of Double Bunnies. It got to the point where I had to decide between sleeping or filling my streamer wallet up with even more Double Bunnies. I decided that I should get some sleep before heading out for a day of fishing.
The battle this trout fighted
I was delighted
Somebody even went and made a song about them.
Yellow and white worked too.
April 26th 2016: New Water-New Methods
My thirst to explore would continue and wouldn't be limited to new water alone. I'm always looking to add new methods to my repertoire.
It seemed like my friend Rick had been having pretty good luck catching fish using weighted fly line and Galloup's Heifer Groomer pattern. I decided that I was going to have to try that myself sometime.
I decided to start out with the bugger and floating line. Sometimes it's just nice to catch a few doing it the way you are good at. This Rainbow had a messed up eyeball.
Boom shaka laka.
This forest is haunted so I stayed in the water even though there was this temptress ghost that kept singing to me and trying to get me to step into the trees.
On the second stretch of the even I switched over to the weighted line and Heifer Groomer pattern. It was pretty quiet for the first 30 minutes until I pulled this guy out some some pretty fast water.
This was a pretty place.
May 2nd: Stretches of Imagination
I just love fly fishing so much. It's great exercise in beautiful surroundings.
This log had it's own ecosystem going on.
Beat those banks Toby
Catch those tanks Toby
May 4th: Catching up with Aaron
Aaron from On The Rise Outdoors was nice to let me tag along with him on the evening of May 4th. He's only been fly fishing for a few years but this guy is quickly becoming one of the masters of the sport. He started off the night with a chunky Brown.
Casting loops like a champ. I watched Aaron nymph out fish after fish,
Brevitz gave me directions to a spot but I didn't really understand him so I ended up in Lost Canyon. One way in and one way out.
The sun was going down. I was running out of time.
I spent an hour fishing a little place one day that is often overlooked. I managed a 17 incher on the 4 weight. Not bad for a whim.
It actually gets to be almost 4 feet deep at this cut. A good place to hide if you are a trout. A good place to cast if you are a fly fishing renegade.
If there is one dude that knows the value of getting out at the break of dawn it's Toby. We met up a few times to see if we could raise some giants.
I love being on the water as the sun rises. What a way to start the day.
Pike on the Butt Monkey.
It was a pretty good month.