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#1 Posted : Monday, August 22, 2016 7:47:39 AM(UTC)
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In Vernon county today.Caddis hatch with dry fly bite on Sat.night
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#2 Posted : Monday, August 22, 2016 9:31:01 AM(UTC)
William Schlafer
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When the sun came out Saturday afternoon, the streams dropped a bit and the water went from chocolate milk to moderately stained. The bite was very strong. No risers seen where I fished, but Trout were eating everything sub-surface you put in front of them. The Pink Squirrel and dark Wooly Buggers were working especially well. Caught 30-40, mostly dinks, but lost one memorable fish due to poor net technique.

Sunday should've been an excellent day to fish with the cooler temps. The gully washer storms flushed out the in-stream weeds and knocked most of the stream bank weeds down, making it much easier to fish. The stained water also made for less spooky fish and it was easy to get right on top of them without being detected. I wish I could've stayed and fished another day.

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#3 Posted : Wednesday, August 24, 2016 6:28:11 AM(UTC)
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Location: Chaseburg, WI

chaseburg got 2.5" overnight so assume westby/coon valley got similar amounts ..... even small feeder streams were chocolate this morning .... that said, i had similar experience to Bill last week after bigger rain ..... fish were grabbing everything subsurface i would throw at them as soon as the chocolate milk turned to blue/green stain....ran double-nymph rig and the trailing sno-cone midge seemed to get the most hits. Streams are so approachable with the heavy/moderate stain .... you can catch fish 2-3 feet in front of you. stupid biz travel will take me out of the game this weekend again ...

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