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William Schlafer  
#571 Posted : Friday, September 21, 2018 6:39:06 PM(UTC)
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Love those dark angry looking Brookies. Primordial fish.


-Bill
“You'll never look back on your life and wish you had spent more time in the office." -- Brian Trautman, Captain SV Delos
William Schlafer  
#572 Posted : Sunday, September 23, 2018 2:33:16 AM(UTC)
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Fished Iowa and Dane (WI) counties today. All streams I looked at were in excellent fall shape with great flow and comfortable fishing conditions. However, the Trout bite was a little slow, for some reason. Caught a half dozen decent Browns, and this fine Brookie.

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There were lots and lots of folks out fishing today. Had to drive around for 90 minutes to find an open spot. Everyone can feel the season winding down.


-Bill
“You'll never look back on your life and wish you had spent more time in the office." -- Brian Trautman, Captain SV Delos
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Gurth on 9/23/2018(UTC)
Gurth  
#573 Posted : Wednesday, October 3, 2018 2:01:49 AM(UTC)
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Between Sunday and Monday, we got 3-4 inches of rain.

Was supposed to go out last night but got rained out.

Was able to use my fishing pass tonight instead and even tough I knew it would be tough or even impossible to find good water, went out anyway.

No chance that I’m passing on trouting with only 14 days left.

Stream was high – over the banks in most spots and running fast. This stream doesn’t really silt up though and was nicely stained.

Predictably, fish were less than enthused. Got two browns and a brookie in just over two hours.


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You can see how high the water is but also that it’s relatively clear.

A couple of deer drifted by at one point and I spooked what looked like a giant owl from a dark area in some trees.

This was my favorite thing of the night though…


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William Schlafer  
#574 Posted : Wednesday, October 3, 2018 8:19:49 PM(UTC)
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Cool! A tiny snapping turtle. I don't think I've ever seen one that small before.


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weiliwen  
#575 Posted : Wednesday, October 3, 2018 8:58:47 PM(UTC)
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Yeah, that guy will only clip your fingernail and not take a finger or toe!
Bob Williams, "Weiliwen"
Gurth  
#576 Posted : Friday, October 5, 2018 2:48:59 AM(UTC)
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Seems that mother nature is evening the slate for last year's fantastic last few weeks of the season.

Have off tomorrow and it's looking like I'll be fishing in a rain coat.

Same for Sunday and Monday.

pffft
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Guillermo  
#577 Posted : Friday, October 5, 2018 8:51:57 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Gurth Go to Quoted Post
Between Sunday and Monday, we got 3-4 inches of rain.

Was supposed to go out last night but got rained out.

Was able to use my fishing pass tonight instead and even tough I knew it would be tough or even impossible to find good water, went out anyway.

No chance that I’m passing on trouting with only 14 days left.

Stream was high – over the banks in most spots and running fast. This stream doesn’t really silt up though and was nicely stained.

Predictably, fish were less than enthused. Got two browns and a brookie in just over two hours.


UserPostedImage


You can see how high the water is but also that it’s relatively clear.

A couple of deer drifted by at one point and I spooked what looked like a giant owl from a dark area in some trees.

This was my favorite thing of the night though…


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Look at the claws on that little bastard already. He's gonna be a brute.
Gurth  
#578 Posted : Saturday, October 6, 2018 6:31:43 AM(UTC)
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Water to the far west and north of the Wisconsin was normal in flow and clarity today.
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Gurth  
#579 Posted : Monday, October 8, 2018 2:35:03 AM(UTC)
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Streams west of Madison are still running from high to blown out. I thought they'd be better by now.

Have the day off tomorrow to fish, but looks like it's gonna rain all night and don't know where I'd find good water tomorrow.

Probably go to work and not burn the day and take off on Friday instead.
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Gurth  
#580 Posted : Wednesday, October 10, 2018 2:27:45 PM(UTC)
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Don't know how to link to a specific Facebook post, so I'll just copy and paste Bill Sherer's (Boulder Junction) post from his fly shop page…

"Wow! I have been monitoring the USGS Water Watch website for nearly 2 decades and this is the first time EVER I have seen every single river in the state blown out at the same time.

This one is going to sting for quite some time!"


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Ugh.
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