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madguy30  
#371 Posted : Sunday, February 11, 2018 7:56:52 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Dave P. Go to Quoted Post
Fished a stream near Madison for a few hours yesterday. Landed a couple decent browns right in a row but other than that not a bite. This is my first winter fishing the early season and I am amazed at how clumped up the fish are. Didn't see any fish beside the one pool where I had action.


Yeah, they really pack it into the deeper pools and hang in the warmth. Not sure what time you fished, but you may have caught the fish while the temps were rising, and then they quit when the temps started going down.

In the Westby area a lot of fish I saw were actually up in the riffles.

Temp for fishing was fine as long as I was out of the wind and in the sun. As soon as the sun dipped behind a bluff/ridge, it was like being on a different planet.
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#372 Posted : Monday, February 12, 2018 4:53:01 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: madguy30 Go to Quoted Post
In the Westby area a lot of fish I saw were actually up in the riffles.


In this cold weather, the sun will warm the water a degree or two (for a least a few hours) and this will trigger bugs to hatch in the rocky riffle sections. Trout will move up into those waters to feed. Running a bead head nymph through those rocky sections will get you strikes during those hours. The Trout lingering at the bottom of those deep wintering pools will be less likely to be active.

The same is somewhat true later in the season as Trout will move into shallower fast water sections to feed in the mornings and then hide from the sun in the afternoon.


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#373 Posted : Monday, February 12, 2018 8:12:31 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: madguy30 Go to Quoted Post
In the Westby area a lot of fish I saw were actually up in the riffles.


In this cold weather, the sun will warm the water a degree or two (for a least a few hours) and this will trigger bugs to hatch in the rocky riffle sections. Trout will move up into those waters to feed. Running a bead head nymph through those rocky sections will get you strikes during those hours. The Trout lingering at the bottom of those deep wintering pools will be less likely to be active.

The same is somewhat true later in the season as Trout will move into shallower fast water sections to feed in the mornings and then hide from the sun in the afternoon.


-Bill



Yep, and they seem more active with the sun out longer/higher than a month ago.

The fish I saw in deeper/slower areas seemed reluctant to even want to move when I was wading through an area, haha.

Saw just a few bugs floating around in the afternoon too. Give me temps in at least the 30s and up ideally, but it was interesting seeing how things can go in 15 degrees too.
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#374 Posted : Tuesday, February 13, 2018 7:55:56 PM(UTC)
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...tomorrow I'm leaving the rods (and the frustrations) at home and just going for a hike with the dog.




Took my own advice on Sunday and went for a hike up a frozen brookie stream with my wife and the dog...


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This was an interesting surprise...


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Glad this guy was sleeping...


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Looking forward to fishing this place again in about 6-8 weeks.
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#375 Posted : Tuesday, February 13, 2018 9:36:06 PM(UTC)
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What do you think was living under that rock?
madguy30  
#376 Posted : Wednesday, February 14, 2018 12:20:50 AM(UTC)
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What was surprising, and what was it that you were glad was sleeping?

I think I know the spot you were...one of many that have gotten overrun in the last several years with fisherman/hikers unfortunately.
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#377 Posted : Wednesday, February 14, 2018 1:37:43 AM(UTC)
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Wasn't trying to be overly cryptic. Thought the face in the stone (boulder) was readily apparent. Jumped right out to us while there.

Maybe this slightly different perspective?


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Looked like the cave troll from Lord of the Rings was buried in the river bank and slumbering and would be about the right size.

Can often see in nature where so many folktales and stories got their inspiration.

Love finding (seeing) those sorts of things.



And yes... this place has been "discovered" in recent years although it would be a pretty tough hike up the stream itself if it wasn't frozen solid.

It's really tough in waders.
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madguy30  
#378 Posted : Wednesday, February 14, 2018 3:48:13 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Gurth Go to Quoted Post
Wasn't trying to be overly cryptic. Thought the face in the stone (boulder) was readily apparent. Jumped right out to us while there.

Maybe this slightly different perspective?


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Looked like the cave troll from Lord of the Rings was buried in the river bank and slumbering and would be about the right size.

Can often see in nature where so many folktales and stories got their inspiration.

Love finding (seeing) those sorts of things.



And yes... this place has been "discovered" in recent years although it would be a pretty tough hike up the stream itself if it wasn't frozen solid.

It's really tough in waders.



Ha, got it. The actual boulder.

I may actually go there this April and will look for the rock. The hope is the idiot traffic doesn't equate to people scratching things into it. I went to the Natural Bridge last summer and was repulsed by the 'art'.
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#379 Posted : Wednesday, February 14, 2018 6:21:43 AM(UTC)
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Ha, got it. The actual boulder.

I may actually go there this April and will look for the rock. The hope is the idiot traffic doesn't equate to people scratching things into it. I went to the Natural Bridge last summer and was repulsed by the 'art'.



I thought for a moment that someone had carved a "4" into the nose area, but upon closer inspection, it's just how the rock fractured.

Haven't been to Natural Bridge in almost 20 years. We were just talking about it.

Maybe I don't want to go.


People suck. Mad
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William Schlafer  
#380 Posted : Wednesday, February 14, 2018 4:33:13 PM(UTC)
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Yup, there be monsters sleeping in those limestone outcroppings.
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