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chiflyguy  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, December 11, 2018 12:00:01 PM(UTC)
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Heading up to Viroqua on January 5th. Never fished the dead of winter.
Need some suggestions on flies. I’m guessing deep holes.
Can go to either the Bad Axe or Timber Coulee. I know Timber pretty good but never fished Bad Axe.
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madguy30  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, December 11, 2018 4:43:37 PM(UTC)
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I'd think scuds or prince nymphs would do the same as they do any other time of year.

Hopefully the temps are decent for that day...I'd like to get out for a couple of hours to get a hike in if nothing else.
William Schlafer  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, December 11, 2018 4:45:57 PM(UTC)
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Low and slow is the key in winter.

Small dark bead head nymphs, leech patterns and small streamers are the ticket. There can be hatches of tiny black Stoneflies on certain days when conditions are just right. I'm told some have success with dry flies, but most of the action during the winter will be sub-surface. Look for places where springs feed into the stream. Trout will seek out such places with stabilizing water temperatures during the cold months.

I've done well using small Pink Squirrels and small Woolly Buggers drifted deep and slow along the bottom. Trout won't move a lot during the cold months, so you really need to put it right in front of them.

Good luck.

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chiflyguy  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, December 11, 2018 5:12:04 PM(UTC)
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Some good info.
Bad Axe river worth it or stick with what I know on Timber Coulee?
I can really care less about the weather. I’ve had a shitty year and need some “me time”.
Gurth  
#5 Posted : Tuesday, December 11, 2018 5:58:50 PM(UTC)
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I now have two dogs and do lots of "hiking" with them...


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On opening weekend… while on a stream with a rod in hand… catching fish will be expected and required.



Yeah, Trout Gods... I said that.

Bring it on!

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Gurth  
#6 Posted : Tuesday, December 11, 2018 6:00:50 PM(UTC)
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Of course the wife accuses me of using some of our hikes as scouting opportunities.


She's not incorrect. Wink


She does enjoy seeing the cool places I know of due to trout fishing though.


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weiliwen  
#7 Posted : Tuesday, December 11, 2018 6:31:59 PM(UTC)
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I'd go up there too, but for the fact that I can get to decent water from my weekday place in Madison. I plan to stick to waters within an hour of there.

All the suggestions above for flies are great. I had a banner day on the Badaxe some time in January this year using a Pink Squirrel that had one size larger bead than usual for that size hook (to get the fly down to the bottom, and with the 6" tag end of the tippet I had a muddler minnow. Both got attention in about equal amounts. So yeah, the Badaxe is worth the effort. As was posted above, low and slow is the key.

The nice thing about Timber Coulee, though, is that at this time of the year, it's not overrun with other fishers.

This winter I will probably leave the Kickapoo alone; my favorite spot has been scraped clean by the floods and deluge from the reservoir failing. It's now wide and shallow. Holes have been filled in with rock, and bends straightened.Sad
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Gurth  
#8 Posted : Tuesday, December 11, 2018 6:42:21 PM(UTC)
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I'd go up there too, but for the fact that I can get to great water from my weekday place in Madison. I plan to stick to waters within an hour of there.





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William Schlafer  
#9 Posted : Tuesday, December 11, 2018 7:00:35 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: chiflyguy Go to Quoted Post
Some good info.
Bad Axe river worth it or stick with what I know on Timber Coulee?


You might want to avoid the Timber Coulee/Coon Creek complex. That area was hit pretty hard by the big flood last fall. People who live there are still picking up the pieces.

There's many miles of great Trout streams within a short drive of Viroqua. With light pressure during the winter months, you should be able to fish most streams without ever running into another fisherman.


-Bill

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William Schlafer  
#10 Posted : Tuesday, December 11, 2018 7:02:07 PM(UTC)
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I now have two dogs and do lots of "hiking" with them...


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Sled dogs!

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