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William Schlafer  
#1 Posted : Sunday, May 20, 2018 2:23:15 AM(UTC)
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Got up this morning at "oh-dark-thirty" and made the drive up to Vernon county for a one-day up and back fishing trip.

Arrived on stream to perfect conditions: solid overcast skies, comfortable air temps in the low 60s, and nearly no wind. Second cast of the morning and... Boom!
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Trout were very comfortable under the cloudy skies and there were risers everywhere. Just about anything on the surface was working well: Hippy Stompers, Black Cadddis, BWO and even ant patterns. If I had a hopper in my fly box, I'm sure that would've brought a strike too. I was catching them in the broken water as well as the flats and runs.

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Typical Driftless Area cookie cutter Browns for sure, but so much fun to catch. And it was so great to have my casts land where I intended without the wind blowing my fly into the brush, or tying my leader into impossible knots. Everything has really greened up so much since my last trip. The grass was nearly knee high is some places.
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My friends the cows were hanging out and enjoying the weather too. I like cows.
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Hippy Stomper in purple or red and a size 14 hook was the most effective today. You could fish this and a Pink Squirrel all year long and do very well with just those two flies.
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But, around noon the sun came out in force and the temperature shot up into the low 80's. The Trout were not amused and went into hiding. Just like that, the bite ceased. Hot and cold I guess. But I can't complain. 25-30 Trout in the net and a satisfying drive home.


-Bill

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sasquatch  
#2 Posted : Sunday, May 20, 2018 2:32:00 AM(UTC)
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nice lookin fish Bill! ...and that music... wow, that was a trip! hahaha LOL ThumpUp
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shebs  
#3 Posted : Sunday, May 20, 2018 3:09:55 AM(UTC)
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I like cows...and they like me.
I may be a child of the 80s lol I grew up on my mom's suburbs records

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A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work. ~Author Unknown
Modern Translation, with respect for the Notorious B.I.G. : "Fuck Money, Get Fishes"
weiliwen  
#4 Posted : Sunday, May 20, 2018 2:23:30 PM(UTC)
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Thanks for the TR. The water looks great, and yeah, I always do better with a cloudy day. A little mist coming down, even better.
Bob Williams, "Weiliwen"
vmthtr in Green Bay  
#5 Posted : Sunday, May 20, 2018 3:12:03 PM(UTC)
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Very nice
William Schlafer  
#6 Posted : Sunday, May 20, 2018 5:22:41 PM(UTC)
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Forgot to mention that these Browns were really vigorous and fought well above their weight. Lots of hard pulls and up and downstream runs. Several times, I thought I had a much larger fish on. As much as I'd like to finally bag that 20" Trout, I'm pretty happy to catch these guys all day long.


-Bill
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Gurth  
#7 Posted : Sunday, May 20, 2018 6:02:27 PM(UTC)
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Looks like a fun day.

I'll never lose my appreciation for days like that.

You can only catch what's in the water you are on. Some of my absolute favorite days have been catching garden variety Driftless browns.

Had one myself the other day. Wife is out of town so I can't get out but my son had an activity for a couple hours the other afternoon and I ducked out for an hour. Got 16 browns and 7 stocker bows in that hour. That's a fish every 4 minutes. What a blast!

The biggest brown was maybe 14 inches but most were around 12 and the bows were all 9-12.

Full sun, around 3:00 in the afternoon. Special outing for sure.



I feel bad for people who only fixate on the size of the fish they catch.


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OTC_MN  
#8 Posted : Monday, May 21, 2018 12:16:42 PM(UTC)
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Great morning, great report.

Some of my non-fishing friends can never figure out why I call the sun 'The Evil Orb.' Days like yours are why. Happened to me Saturday on warm water. Catching walleyes in 4-7 FOW while it was cloudy. Sun came out and it was dunzo.

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I may be a child of the 80s lol I grew up on my mom's suburbs records


I was listening to it thinking about driving 4 hours to sneak in the Burbs at 1st Ave with a fake ID. Thanks for making me feel ancient. Flapper

"Our tradition is that of the first man who sneaked away to the creek when the tribe did not really need fish."
- Roderick Haig-Brown
William Schlafer  
#9 Posted : Monday, May 21, 2018 8:40:51 PM(UTC)
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I may be a child of the 80s lol I grew up on my mom's suburbs records


I was listening to it thinking about driving 4 hours to sneak in the Burbs at 1st Ave with a fake ID. Thanks for making me feel ancient. Flapper




Oh yeah. Early 80s at the Cabooze in Mpls. Doing my thing at the urinal when I look over next me, and it's Beej Chaney. And next to him, Dez Dickerson (guitarist in Prince's early band).

The Suburbs just exploded a few years later with videos on MTV and as opening acts for the B-52s, REM and Prince. Then, just like that, they disappeared. Nice to see the remaining members returning to the stage in recent years and still making music. RIP Bruce Allen.


-Bill
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Gurth  
#10 Posted : Monday, May 21, 2018 9:26:40 PM(UTC)
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Same clubs (Cabooze... First Ave...), different decade, different bands. You guys are old. Laugh Flapper


Early 90s with Trip Shakespeare, Gear Daddies, Jayhawks.

Even saw Jane's Addiction at First Ave before they were really big.
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