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William Schlafer  
#571 Posted : Thursday, September 26, 2019 2:16:46 AM(UTC)
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That smile says it all. What a beast Ron!


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#572 Posted : Thursday, September 26, 2019 3:46:24 AM(UTC)
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Wow! Love those Tigers!

Is it my imagination or does it seem like there are more of them being caught now, vs just a few years ago?


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I think they're just being advertised more, they're always around LOL

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That smile says it all. What a beast Ron!


-Bill


Just wait for our weekend with sasquatch in a couple weeks, we intend to beat that!

Edited by user Thursday, September 26, 2019 3:48:26 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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#573 Posted : Thursday, September 26, 2019 5:14:31 PM(UTC)
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Got out to my favorite little skinny water Crawford Co. brookie incubator recently.

This particular section of stream steps up a valley with nice little two foot deep pools separated by riffles and runs. Each of these pools holds fish (as do the riffles and runs), but that doesn't mean that they'll all bite.

The trout that I've found here are generally small with the largest brookie I've seen being maybe a foot. These trout are often sexually mature at 8-10 inches as will be apparent in the photos. Unlikely to find a giant here unless maybe further downstream in the bigger water.

No matter as I grabbed the 4'8" UL and hit the stream. This setup is my only one that still has mono on it (4lb) and I forget how much I like the feel of the line as a fish hits and as the line stretches during the fight. Even small fish give a good tug.

One thing that I find interesting is that I almost always get a strike from the largest brookie in a pool. I know this as once a pool shuts down and I walk by it, I can usually see all of the fish that are there. The biggest brookie eats first.

Contrast that with browns in a pool and often a little one will strike first and then spoil the spot.

Also browns in a pool will usually get spooked sooner and shut off before brookies who will continue to bite.

25+ to hand over a couple of hours. Love this place and the pretty brookies.

Also lost a tiger that jumped 3 feet straight out of the water and spit the hook. Really golden'd/brown'd up with a pink belly – clear view as it was only 5 feet in front of me. Only maybe 8 inches but would have liked a photo as it was a gorgeous looking fish.

Tried the spot again on the way back, but obviously no dice.


Here are a few of the brookies…


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Colors not quite peak yet.


Ran out of upper section before I ran out of daylight, so fished a pasture downstream for a bit and got another 6 brookies and also 6 browns.

This guy was really dark brown compared to the other yellow tinted browns that I got.


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^ Is also a solid brown for this section of water which usually only holds 8-11 inchers.

A nice last fish of the day and he was tucked way down in the timber of a corner.

What an enjoyable outing!
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#574 Posted : Thursday, September 26, 2019 8:30:08 PM(UTC)
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Those are some great brookies Gurth. That gives me the itch to get to a brook stream. Maybe tomorrow.
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Gurth  
#575 Posted : Friday, September 27, 2019 2:36:37 AM(UTC)
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Those are some great brookies Gurth. That gives me the itch to get to a brook stream. Maybe tomorrow.



One of my favorite things is choosing my adventure for the day.

Skinny brookie hunting... marginal trophy browns... mixed fishery... Boo-ridge pocket water... etc etc etc.

Looking at a Central Sands stream where all 3 species naturally reproduce for an outing in the near future.

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#576 Posted : Friday, September 27, 2019 1:45:31 PM(UTC)
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Those are some great brookies Gurth. That gives me the itch to get to a brook stream. Maybe tomorrow.



One of my favorite things is choosing my adventure for the day.

Skinny brookie hunting... marginal trophy browns... mixed fishery... Boo-ridge pocket water... etc etc etc.

Looking at a Central Sands stream where all 3 species naturally reproduce for an outing in the near future.

We are blessed with riches.


Central sands is the only location in the state with naturally reproducing rainbows, right? I thought someone had told me that before.
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Gurth  
#577 Posted : Friday, September 27, 2019 1:58:48 PM(UTC)
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I think there are other spots. The Bois for instance I believe has them.

I just happen to know of a CS one with all 3 species.

Goes to my point of what do I want to pursue today?

I believe I’m going to marginal muddy water tomorrow am with the heavier gear for instance. Haven’t been to that type of water since May.

Get in some casts before the Badgers play.
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#578 Posted : Friday, September 27, 2019 4:01:13 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: WI-fly Go to Quoted Post

Central sands is the only location in the state with naturally reproducing rainbows, right? I thought someone had told me that before.



I think the Central Sands streams are just the best-known for them. There are likely a few others around the state that are under the radar. If I remember correctly, there may be a couple of Door County tributaries that have some naturally reproducing steelhead in them.
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#579 Posted : Friday, September 27, 2019 4:05:02 PM(UTC)
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Central sands is the only location in the state with naturally reproducing rainbows, right? I thought someone had told me that before.



I think the Central Sands streams are just the best-known for them. There are likely a few others around the state that are under the radar. If I remember correctly, there may be a couple of Door County tributaries that have some naturally reproducing steelhead in them.


Shhhh.... But not just Door County.
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Gurth  
#580 Posted : Saturday, September 28, 2019 7:40:45 PM(UTC)
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I believe I’m going to marginal muddy water tomorrow am with the heavier gear for instance. Haven’t been to that type of water since May.

Get in some casts before the Badgers play.



Got out this morning and stopped by some marginal-ish water to see if the rain had blown it out. Looked good – high, but not silty - so decided to go after bigs for the first time since May.

Only had two strikes.

The first was a solid 16ish that shook loose after a short fight.

The second was this…


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A FAT 21 incher with a stubby little 1 inch rudder or he would have been… well… longer, I guess.

Laugh Flapper


HEAVY fish.


Got him on an upstream retrieve on an orange Shadow Rap Deep. He was hooked on the tip of his kype with only the tail treble hook.

Had several more holes to target in the stretch but lost my Shadow Rap to a snag in deep water on literally the next cast. No worries… reached for the box and another lure and only had a regular Shadow Rap. Grrrrr.

Water in this area is a minimum of 2 feet deep with holes up to 5. Fished out the stretch but couldn’t get deep enough and they weren’t interested in Panthers today.

Got home and there are the rest of my Shadow Deeps…


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How convenient.

I hate myself sometimes. Laugh


Really not much going on bite-wise, but if I’m only gonna get one, nice to get my first 20+ since May iirc.


Wonderful fish.



In case anyone is wondering or concerned about the fish handling.

Sat on the bank with my feet in the water and the fish in my huge trout net in calm, clear water.

Let him recover for a good 5 minutes before the quick lift for the grip and grin (burst) – piss off Rosenbauer! Fish was never out of the water for more than 10-15 seconds.

Took him out of the net and laid him on the shallow submerged grass and eventually prodded him back into the current.

Was nice to take some time with that magnificent fish where neither of us had our heart rates up.



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Edited by user Saturday, September 28, 2019 7:43:59 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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William Schlafer on 9/28/2019(UTC)
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