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Gurth  
#391 Posted : Monday, November 12, 2018 4:24:59 PM(UTC)
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I wanted to go down to the harbor but a guy I met who came from there said the wind was out of the north and brutal.

I think I’d prefer going after fish that are still actively eating.

Will definitely try the harbor at some point.
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#392 Posted : Wednesday, December 19, 2018 8:14:08 PM(UTC)
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Haven't seen many pictures posted here in a while so here are the highlights of my second year of trouting. Last year I only caught 15 Brook Trout from one stream, out of the 5 streams I fished. This year I caught all 3 species from 8 streams, including 2 in the Driftless, the first time I've fished there. My goal next year is to fish the driftless more, catch trout on fly's, break my record, and have fun.
My First Brown Trout ever.
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My second
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The largest Rainbow to date, and one of my biggest Browns
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My first Driftless Brookies
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A colorful Non-Driftless Brookie
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Some Driftless Browns
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And my largest Trout to date ( 17 inches)
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I had a good year and I can't wait for next season, I'd like to thank everyone on the forum for all the helpful info as it has helped me alot. Tight Lines!

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#393 Posted : Friday, December 21, 2018 2:00:26 PM(UTC)
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Nice to see someone else's trouts!

Here are a pair from the past couple weeks.

A chunky 16…

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A skinny 15 that felt like a tank after all the bluegills I've been getting…

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Might be the last of 2018 although I'm sure I'll try to get out unless I'm on the ice instead.
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Gurth  
#394 Posted : Monday, December 31, 2018 10:30:18 PM(UTC)
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It appears that our mod is in hibernation... Laugh


Anyway, here's my final trout of 2018 caught on Christmas Eve.

Was quite pleased with this solid-ish brown to cap off a simply fantastic year.


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Can't wait for Saturday!
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William Schlafer  
#395 Posted : Monday, December 31, 2018 10:43:02 PM(UTC)
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It appears that our mod is in hibernation... Laugh




Mmmmm. Delicious, delicious spam.




Nice looking Brown Gurth! I'll be looking for your boot tracks Saturday. BigGrin


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#396 Posted : Monday, December 31, 2018 10:47:29 PM(UTC)
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Nice looking Brown Gurth! I'll be looking for your boot tracks Saturday. BigGrin





I think I might have mostly local plans for this coming weekend but you never know.

Good luck to you and say hi to your... our tiger if you go there. Wink

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#397 Posted : Sunday, January 13, 2019 2:37:57 AM(UTC)
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Not seeing many trout so I thought I'd help out. Tried a new stream today, was surprised that it was much smaller than I thought but had a good day with several fish to hand, here are the highlights.
Some browns
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And some Brookies
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Not the largest fish but it is still fun to be out on the water, Happy fishing!
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William Schlafer on 1/14/2019(UTC)
WI-fly  
#398 Posted : Sunday, January 13, 2019 10:53:31 PM(UTC)
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My son Gavin and I did get out on the opener last weekend. Only fished for an hour as he is still recovering from a broken collarbone due to a snowboarding wreck at the end of November. The bone is doing well, but he was not confident walking on the frozen and slippery ground along the creek.

Long story short, we are fishing the same pool about 30 feet from on another. I cast out my streamer, Gavin was moving down the pool and wipes out on the icy rocks, landing on his recently injured shoulder. I didn't even strip in my fly, just tossed my rod on the bank and then moved over to check on the kid. He banged up his elbow pretty good, but the collarbone was fine, thank goodness.

I walked back to my rod and pulled in the streamer and realized that I had a fish on (thought it was snagged at first). That's the only fish of the day as we decided to not risk further injury and left soon after.

This ugly streamer was tied as kind of a joke with some friends right before Christmas. Our challenge was to make every fly that night in red and green. This is a Frick's Fix pattern that I call "The Christmas Goblin." It's a #8 60 degree Tiemco jig hook weighted by some brass Hareline dumbell eyes. Red maribou and rubber legs in the tail, throw in some crystal flash, ice green dubbing on the body, and then more rubber legs. It looks terrible, but I promised it would be my first fly of the season. I caught that one fish and then lost it to a darn tree behind me about 5 minutes later.

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Gurth  
#399 Posted : Monday, January 14, 2019 12:20:45 AM(UTC)
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I assume you have already tied more?

:)
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#400 Posted : Monday, January 14, 2019 12:53:31 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Gurth Go to Quoted Post
I assume you have already tied more?

:)


I haven't for that color pattern because I thought it was a joke and I'd lose the fly before I caught a fish. Hopefully I'll have some time to hit the vise tonight.
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