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Gurth  
#601 Posted : Wednesday, January 16, 2019 2:25:08 AM(UTC)
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Schedule unexpectedly emptied this afternoon and I was able to jump on a stream for the last 45 minutes of daylight.

Water was gin clear but with good flow.

Got 4 browns. Nothing huge but all a lot of fun. More aerial displays. So much for sluggish winter fish. Two of them actually swam and breached and swam and breached in my direction and it was all I could do to keep up with the line. Laugh


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Pretty stellar for the last bit of daylight on a January day.

Wind was biting though.
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#602 Posted : Saturday, January 19, 2019 2:56:08 AM(UTC)
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Well... all that came a bit further north than they predicted. Would have to go to Wausau to get above it.

Couldn't hold off 24 more hours?

Might have to ice fish tomorrow instead.
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#603 Posted : Saturday, January 19, 2019 5:47:32 PM(UTC)
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You may need to add a snowmobile and snow shoes to the arsenal Gurth.

Smile


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#604 Posted : Sunday, January 20, 2019 4:53:54 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: William Schlafer Go to Quoted Post
You may need to add a snowmobile and snow shoes to the arsenal Gurth.

Smile


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Ha ha… you know a little snow wasn’t gonna stop me.

Didn’t feel like ice fishing and really wanted to go after trout. Couldn’t go to my planned destination as being able to see where I stepped around the banks of that stream is essential and the snow made that impossible.

Had to find places where the stream access would be plowed as I don’t have 4 wheel drive so couldn’t pull off onto just any shoulder.

Was a gorgeous winter day. Fished from 10-3 and was never cold other than my face for one half hour stretch when I was exposed and facing directly into the north wind.

My feet got cold at one point from standing in the snow, but that was helped by getting in the water.

Both waters that I went to were in great shape with good flow and clear water. Had thought that they might be cold and turbid with the recent snow, but my guess is that very little melt had occurred.

Anyway… photos…

The stream I started on…

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Always have thought this spot – slight corner bend with a two foot hole under that downed tree - should hold a trout and it never has in several tries…

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It did today…

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Came upon this…

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A couple of buddies have told me I should go back and grab those antlers. I was already considering it and maybe I’m over thinking this, but seems like a desecration.

I have artifacts that I’ve collected from streams and make no mistake, I’d like these as they are in perfect condition. If they were shed, I'd already have them, but to go back with a hacksaw seems...

We’ll see.

I had been following the Badger game via updates from home and the car radio between spots and with a minute to go, Facetimed home to watch the end while standing with boots in a stream. That was a new one. Smile

Big win. Go Bucky!!


One of those streamer combos that I’ve made worked in a hole where regular spinners failed…

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Lost it in the next hole to a snag. Those single hook big streamers sure do search out the snags. I’ve lost more of them than caught fish with them. Sucks coz it’s an expensive lure when you combine a streamer and a Panther Martin.

Got a few more before the bite seemed to shut off around 2:30…

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Like I said… gorgeous out there today and the fishing was pretty good.


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#605 Posted : Sunday, January 20, 2019 4:12:45 PM(UTC)
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Looks like a great outing Gurth.

Almost enough to get me off my chair and go fish. Almost. As I sit here this morning, it's 1 above with with a fresh wind driving the wind chills down. Maybe I'll stay home and watch football instead.

RollEyes


And yes, a great win for Bucky!


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#606 Posted : Sunday, January 20, 2019 6:19:01 PM(UTC)
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Good choice Bill.

It's actually cold today.

Took the hounds to the dog park this morning and swung by one of the spots I fished yesterday...

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The last fish from my post above was photographed within the bounds of this photo.

Clear, open water is replaced by turbid water with ice/slush flow in less than 24 hours. Would be tough to even cast now.

Glad I stopped by as it informs my choices for tomorrow should I want to go out. Feel like I should as there may not be another opportunity for quite some time with that cold weather coming.


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Gurth  
#607 Posted : Monday, January 21, 2019 1:54:31 PM(UTC)
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Yeesh.

I thought the forecast was =2.

It'll be 14 by noon, but I'm wondering if there will be castable water.

I do like a challenge.


I also hate wasting time though.



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Gurth  
#608 Posted : Wednesday, January 23, 2019 2:45:29 AM(UTC)
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A friend went west today looking for open water to fish and found nothing but frozen streams. Was up north and northwest of R Center looking at well known streams and lesser known tribs.

Guess there was one open stretch but someone was already there.

I snuck out after work and fished for about 45 minutes on a local stream that was wide open.

Didn't fish yesterday - got stuff done around the house, BOOOOOO!!!! - and wanted to get out one more time before the impending Articmageddon.

Thought I was gonna get shutout, but got one - a nice 16 incher - just a smidge after 5:00.

Got it on one of those black Panther Martin/streamer combos.

I really need to have more confidence in those and try them more.


Might be a while now before I get to trout fish again.


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