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Gurth  
#281 Posted : Friday, July 13, 2018 12:35:07 PM(UTC)
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Gnatty Dread


Van's in the shop, so can't go yak fishing and was genuinely excited to go trouting last night in Grant County as it had been a bit.

MF-ing gnats.

Either my patience is worn out or I'm just not as driven to be on a stream as I used to be or it's an exceptional year for the gnat population.

Got 16 fish and it was still a craptastic night because the bugs were once again all over me and going up my nose and down my throat and trying to get in my eyes. Thank the Lord my arsehole wasn't exposed.

I don't know how the cows deal with it.

It'll be a bit before I'm seen on a southwestern stream again.

Van better be done today so I can float on Sunday.

At least I got a trifecta…


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weiliwen on 7/13/2018(UTC)
Pete  
#282 Posted : Friday, July 13, 2018 1:56:48 PM(UTC)
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Alright, you got me! When you said trifecta, I was expecting to see a brook trout in the last photo. The shiner was a surprise.
Gurth  
#283 Posted : Friday, July 13, 2018 2:48:05 PM(UTC)
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Yeah… my wry sense of humor.

I was hoping for a brookie after the first of the stocker bows, but they are exceedingly rare on the water I was on – I think I've gotten 1 or 2 over several years and 50-60 times on that stream/river.


Is anyone else encountering more/worse gnats than normal? I understand that they happen this time of year and I've run into them in past years.

Just seem worse this year.

Specifically in the SW portion of the state. I didn't run into any up around Eau Claire nor in the north woods last week.

Maybe it's coz I've been on pasture sections?

At least they haven't been the biting ones yet, so there's that.


Either way… just found out the van is done.

I'll be floating gnat-free on Sunday!

Assuming the weather and all that.
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William Schlafer  
#284 Posted : Friday, July 13, 2018 3:28:57 PM(UTC)
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Buggins is what you need:

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Safe to use on your face, and if you reapply often enough does a decent job of keeping those annoying little bastards at bay. Downside is that you'll smell like pound cake all day. Available at Menards, Farm & Fleet and online.

If this year is like most, by August those gnats will be history. Then it's just the heat and humidity to deal with until the cooler days of fall arrive.


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Gurth  
#285 Posted : Friday, July 20, 2018 3:32:02 AM(UTC)
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Been getting the itch lately to get back out on the streams.

Got out again tonight and started at a small stream that was too canopied to effectively fish. Got a couple dinks and left after an hour.

Went to a large stream and it was an ass pain coz you can't wade it (mud) and the grass is thick and about 8 feet tall.

Stuck it out as I didn't really have another option and wasn't just gonna go home.

Got two stocker (11 inch, non-brood) bows, a large fingerling bow and 2 browns, one of which was this handsome fella...


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Not a huge night, but the solid and colorful brown made the night as he came out of the last hole before walking back to the van.
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William Schlafer  
#286 Posted : Friday, July 20, 2018 5:05:45 PM(UTC)
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Solid looking fish Gurth!

This time of year if it ain't the weeds, or the bugs, it's the heat. Trout streams running through active cow pastures are the key. That, and getting up at some god-awful hour to get on the water before the mid-day heat cranks up.


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Gurth  
#287 Posted : Friday, July 20, 2018 6:12:05 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: William Schlafer Go to Quoted Post
Solid looking fish Gurth!

This time of year if it ain't the weeds, or the bugs, it's the heat. Trout streams running through active cow pastures are the key. That, and getting up at some god-awful hour to get on the water before the mid-day heat cranks up.


-Bill



Was a nice one, probably 17... but the colors are what I loved.

The cow pastures have been where the gnats are.


I need to travel to streams that are wide enough to not be canopied and that I can wade.

Just haven't had time lately and last night didn't want to drive far and get rained out so stayed local.


I declared last night that I won't trout fish local again until fall when the foliage falls back or after a flood event on the small water.

Plenty of warm water to hit locally until fall.
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Buckman  
#288 Posted : Saturday, July 21, 2018 11:59:45 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Gurth Go to Quoted Post
Been getting the itch lately to get back out on the streams.

Got out again tonight and started at a small stream that was too canopied to effectively fish. Got a couple dinks and left after an hour.

Went to a large stream and it was an ass pain coz you can't wade it (mud) and the grass is thick and about 8 feet tall.

Stuck it out as I didn't really have another option and wasn't just gonna go home.

Got two stocker (11 inch, non-brood) bows, a large fingerling bow and 2 browns, one of which was this handsome fella...


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Not a huge night, but the solid and colorful brown made the night as he came out of the last hole before walking back to the van.



Nice looking brownie, what site do you use to host your pictures to this site? I hit a local Dane County creek early last week and found the growth almost too much to work around. I did test the water temp and it was a cool 62 degrees in a couple different places along it. Brought a couple small brookies to hand, but the effort level was high to work those guys out of the jungle growth!
Gurth  
#289 Posted : Saturday, July 21, 2018 6:57:47 PM(UTC)
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The photos are hosted on my photography site which I pay for. I believe many here use Imgur for a free host.
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Buckman on 7/21/2018(UTC)
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