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snbrd4evr  
#221 Posted : Thursday, November 16, 2017 5:20:35 AM(UTC)
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Hit up a MN State Park and tried to avoid the spawning spots.

But the good news is that I caught my first MN Brookie! ThumpUp ThumpUp ThumpUp ThumpUp

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Gurth  
#222 Posted : Saturday, November 25, 2017 11:45:15 PM(UTC)
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Putting my TU calendar to use in the garage by my fishing stuff...


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Officially halfway through the offseason and the first six weeks have flown by.
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Gurth  
#223 Posted : Sunday, December 3, 2017 11:12:51 PM(UTC)
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A few sights from the stream yesterday...


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Today... 4 hours of putting up Christmas lights. Angry
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William Schlafer  
#224 Posted : Monday, December 4, 2017 12:13:13 AM(UTC)
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I also found a golf ball earlier this year on one of my favorite Trout streams. This is a puzzling trend.

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-Bill
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Gurth  
#225 Posted : Monday, December 4, 2017 1:01:10 AM(UTC)
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Not too puzzling where I was.

Golf course about 2 miles upstream. BigGrin
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Gurth  
#226 Posted : Sunday, January 21, 2018 7:12:26 AM(UTC)
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Have made a point of bringing my dslr with me every time I fish so far this year.

Thought this guy was pretty cool...


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Also picked up a waterproof camera last week, but it's gonna take a bit of practice to get the fish in the frame.
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Gurth  
#227 Posted : Sunday, January 21, 2018 9:34:39 PM(UTC)
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So we have a new rescue dog that we got just before Christmas.

Took him for a "walk" today...


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...and he met his first trout.


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Nice bonus outing on BEC which is about 15 minutes from my house.

Only got 4 little brownies, but wasn't gonna get out at all today, so I'm pleased.


This dog could be a godsend in terms of getting bonus outings. Laugh


Had him leashed to my belt and it worked quite well. He had a blast.

I wouldn't take a dog to a trout stream and let him run, but I definitely plan to take him to some easy access places, leashed to my belt.
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WI-fly  
#228 Posted : Monday, January 22, 2018 9:10:10 PM(UTC)
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Had my first outing of the year this weekend. Saturday temp was in the upper 30s with sun. Sunday was cooler with a fog that never really dissipated.

First fish of the year. Photo taken by Fading Angler. First time I had met him and we had a good time fishing together.
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Saw some active rises in a glassy pool, so I tied this on to try to catch them. Scared all the fish on my first cast. Second cast ended up in a tree behind me. I took that as a sign to not fish with bugs this small. Plus, tiny bugs make my hand look fat.
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Then I tied this on to work one last stretch where I've caught good fish before. It's a #6 hook with a tiny wrap of pink micro chenille, because trout like peppermints. I hooked a beast of a fish that I turned a couple times and got his head out of the water and then he spit the hook. I can only estimate the size, but it would have easily been the biggest stream trout I have ever caught. Thankfully Chris was there to see it and give me some credibility for this story.
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On Sunday I went to a good brookie stream (top secret location) and was busy. All came on a Frick's fix (Princess Leia and then Boba Fett colors). Very aggressive takes.
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My 12yo went with me after her riding lesson and also got in on the action. As Eddie would say, "She was so happy."
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It was a fun weekend and looks like we will have warm temps again next weekend to go and do it again.

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Gurth  
#229 Posted : Sunday, January 28, 2018 11:45:55 PM(UTC)
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Went for a walk with the wife and dog today near my house along a trout stream that gets it's undignified start as a Madison drainage pond but picks up springs along the way. There is only a short, several hundred yard stretch up towards the "headwaters" that holds trout - more are found a couple miles downstream where the habitat is better.

Took the rod coz... well... coz.

Water was a good 8 inches low and only cast at a few spots as I was not trouting in an official capacity. That and this is a tough place to fish with steep banks, thick brush, a muddy bottom, limited structure and a low density of fish.

I haven't ever gone to this spot specifically to fish - just try it when I'm hiking nearby.

Nothing doing at those few spots and was getting back to the car and hit this last spot...


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Cast my PM right above that snarl and let it drop underneath and had a 9 or 10 incher take a swipe and miss.

Tried again a bit to the left near that green stuff and got this lovely lady...


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Let it sink and really slow retrieve.

I could feel the cavity where her eggs had been. Don't recall noticing that before.

Funny that I spent over 3 hours going after browns on (supposedly) better water yesterday afternoon well over an hour from my house and got nothing and spent 10 minutes on what amounts to a glorified cold water drainage ditch about a mile from my front door and got a solid fish.

Nice 1 fish day.


Think I might go there some day after work before the green thickens up and see what I can come up with.


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stan b  
#230 Posted : Monday, January 29, 2018 1:40:23 AM(UTC)
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Caught an ok fish or 2 today.
Wanted to post picture.

I can't figure it out.........I can't even delete this post.

But I now have caught a pretty nice Brown trout.
Brown-2.jpg (234kb) downloaded 20 time(s).


My guess is he was a good 16" or so.
Maybe a tad more........RollEyes

BTW~That is a Baccarat I am smoking.

Also caught a decent Brookie..........
Brookie.jpg (258kb) downloaded 14 time(s).


Both fish were bests for me so far in the driftless.
I've caught bigger Browns on the Milwaukee river.

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"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
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