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weiliwen  
#321 Posted : Tuesday, January 2, 2018 6:50:05 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: EddieRivard Go to Quoted Post
It would be so easy to let cold weather discourage you from achieving your destiny at Trapfest. It would have been easy for the Scottish to run from the might of the English army.


And look where it got Mel Gibson - or in reality, William Wallace - and the Scottish in general. I just finished a book on the history of Scotland, by coincidence, and they got royally f*cked by the English from then on, culminating in their loss at the Battle of Culloden.

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#322 Posted : Tuesday, January 2, 2018 6:58:16 PM(UTC)
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Fish and you may get skunked, stay home and you'll stay warm, at least for a while. But thirty years from now when you're laying in your bed at the nursing home waiting for somebody to come and change your diaper what would you give for just one chance to be basking in the grit and the glory of Winter Trapfest's gone by..


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#323 Posted : Tuesday, January 2, 2018 11:04:10 PM(UTC)
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Yes... do what Eddie says...

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#324 Posted : Wednesday, January 3, 2018 12:29:57 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: EddieRivard Go to Quoted Post
Fish and you may get skunked, stay home and you'll stay warm, at least for a while. But thirty years from now when you're laying in your bed at the nursing home waiting for somebody to come and change your diaper what would you give for just one chance to be basking in the grit and the glory of Winter Trapfest's gone by..


At least I was at the fall Trapfest...I can't make 'em all, and it's a 4-hour plus drive for an hour or two of marginal fishing (although good companionship). I'll be there at the next Trapfest, or other event.
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#325 Posted : Wednesday, January 3, 2018 12:57:56 AM(UTC)
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Went out scouting today with my buddy...

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Stopped at or drove by 6-8 streams and rivers.

Found open water.

There were a few streams that were frozen over, but they were the larger/slower streams and rivers.

I wouldn't skip Trapfest this weekend for fear of not finding open water to fish. There should be plenty.

Of course.... IMHO.


Keep in mind though... before you come to my section of the Driftless... that it will be quite cold out and the fish are unlikely to be active.

And you'll likely have a miserable time.



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#326 Posted : Wednesday, January 3, 2018 1:56:47 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: EddieRivard Go to Quoted Post
Fish and you may get skunked, stay home and you'll stay warm, at least for a while. But thirty years from now when you're laying in your bed at the nursing home waiting for somebody to come and change your diaper what would you give for just one chance to be basking in the grit and the glory of Winter Trapfest's gone by..


At least I was at the fall Trapfest...I can't make 'em all, and it's a 4-hour plus drive for an hour or two of marginal fishing (although good companionship). I'll be there at the next Trapfest, or other event.


I've got nothing but love for you Weiliwen. I just thought I'd give it, "One More Try" to convince you to change your mind. I also think Matt's report, while good intention-ed, is probably a little errant on the negative side of things. Then I didn't want that report to discourage other would be Trapfesters from showing up. It's bound to be a great time regardless of how many fish are caught. ThumpUp

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#327 Posted : Wednesday, January 3, 2018 9:50:18 PM(UTC)
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Upper level winds dictate the weather. Right now it's a freight train of cold air being sucked down from the pole.
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Until that blocking high pressure area moves aside and the jet stream abates, were going to be stuck in the ice box. Typical early January weather for MN & WI.


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#328 Posted : Wednesday, January 3, 2018 10:18:13 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: William Schlafer Go to Quoted Post
Upper level winds dictate the weather. Right now it's a freight train of cold air being sucked down from the pole.

Earth Wind Map

Until that blocking high pressure area moves aside and the jet stream abates, were going to be stuck in the ice box. Typical early January weather for MN & WI.


-Bill


pattern looks to be shifting, ever so slowly. Sunday forecast calls for mid 20s - definitely will be the better day. There will be shelf ice, but there should be open water.
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#329 Posted : Friday, January 5, 2018 3:50:31 AM(UTC)
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I plan on getting out for a bit on Saturday and then most of the day on Sunday.

Can't wait!


Dodged a bullet Tuesday night when I took a puck to the ankle. Worried that it was a fracture as that has happened before and would have sidelined me from the streams for at least 6 weeks.

Funny, but fishing was my first concern as I was skating it off and assessing the injury. Laugh


Seems like there might be a small chip floating in there, but the main joint bone is bruised, but solid. Can bear weight normally which when fractured, could not.

Hope I can wear a boot/waders on Saturday - haven't been able to yet as any compression on the site causes a decent amount of discomfort.



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#330 Posted : Wednesday, January 10, 2018 11:44:09 AM(UTC)
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A long, beautiful day on 2 of my favorite rivers.
Crystal clear waters to begin, then a bit of a stain, then cleared back up.
Temperatures seemed incredibly warm after that frigid cold of the last couple weeks.

Saw several good sized fish in the water, where they stayed.

Saw cows and an opossum as well as coyote and bobcat tracks.

Saw a mature bald eagle feasting on some venison.
What a sight they are.

Lots of shelf ice, but for the most part waters were fishhable.

The Echo rod surprised me at how cooperative it was.

After trying everything in the box, I had to break out the olive bugger.
Game on.

Caught a few fish over an hour and a half when the "fishing lamp was lit!"

Slept very well last night

In all, only 6 fish, 1 18" brown, the rest dinks.

What WAS big was the moment, the being there.ThumpUp


A great day in a magical place!


Oh, and I didn't fall down.

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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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