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William Schlafer  
#11 Posted : Tuesday, January 23, 2018 2:04:32 AM(UTC)
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Thanks all!

It was a really nice way to start the season. I also logged another one-day Brown, Brookie, Tiger trifecta. The second time that's happened.

It seems like there are more Tigers being caught around the DA than ever. I would love to talk to a fish biologist about this. What the reason(s) for the growth in their numbers might be, their range, and other factors.

This stream is a perfect candidate for producing Tigers, with a healthy population of Brookies and a branch stream that has a large population of Browns. Hard to say he is native to this creek, or if he swam up from the bigger branch. I caught him on Saturday about 1/2 mile further upstream than last fall, so perhaps this is his home water. All three of the Tigers I've caught were super aggressive fish. The strikes were hard and obvious and the they fight well above their weight and size. I could only imagine what a bigger one might feel like..

Some stats: my Tigers were caught with a variety of flies: a Blue Wing Olive, a Pink Squirrel and a black Leech/Sculpin pattern. They were caught in different Wisconsin counties too: Vernon, Monroe and Iowa. All three streams are very similar: small class II creeks with clear cold water, numerous springs, lots of rock/gravel and plenty of grade change. And, for what it's worth, all three streams are on lightly grazed cow pastures. #1 was caught in April, #2 was caught in August and of course #3 caught in October and then again in January.

It's a shame these fish can't reproduce. They're a perfect combination of the best traits of Browns and Brookies and a lot of fun to catch.


-Bill

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draik11  
#12 Posted : Tuesday, January 23, 2018 3:11:01 PM(UTC)
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Great report as always, Bill. Sounds like you hit a grand slam!

So I think I've been able to figure out what creek you fished based on your and Gurth's descriptions. Coincidentally, this is the same stream I always start my season on, which will be this Friday. FINALLY LOL
Gurth  
#13 Posted : Tuesday, January 23, 2018 3:14:51 PM(UTC)
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Loose lips sink ships.

Laugh
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draik11  
#14 Posted : Tuesday, January 23, 2018 4:10:12 PM(UTC)
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It's secret safe with me buddy! ThumpUp

If you are out there this Friday and see a black Ford Focus with a trout sticker on it, stop on by and say hello!
trapper  
#15 Posted : Tuesday, January 23, 2018 9:52:00 PM(UTC)
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Great catch
Get Reel
William Schlafer  
#16 Posted : Wednesday, January 24, 2018 2:17:30 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: draik11 Go to Quoted Post
It's secret safe with me buddy! ThumpUp

If you are out there this Friday and see a black Ford Focus with a trout sticker on it, stop on by and say hello!



Send me an email (I think that button below still works) and I'll give you a few tips that will make your visit a little easier.


-Bill
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HuggyBear  
#17 Posted : Thursday, January 25, 2018 2:08:43 PM(UTC)
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Wonderful story Bill. To catch a Tiger is a treat, to catch the same one twice in the span of 99 days is incredible. Congrats!

So what kind of snake was that? Anyone know?
Gurth  
#18 Posted : Thursday, January 25, 2018 3:07:00 PM(UTC)
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Looks like a bull snake to me.

They're quite common around here although not out and about in January.
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William Schlafer  
#19 Posted : Thursday, January 25, 2018 6:44:01 PM(UTC)
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Yup, Bullsnake.

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They make a living looking and acting like a Rattlesnake, so don't pick one up - you might get a nasty surprise. I have no clue what he was doing out in January. Maybe he got driven out of his den and sought the water because it was warmer than the air? Never heard of a snake coming out in January in Wisconsin.

That same day I also watched an Eagle trying to drive away a couple of juveniles that were too close to it's nest. Always fun to hear that distinctive cawing sound from up high.

Never know what you'll see while out fishing.


-Bill
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