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draik11  
#1 Posted : Friday, April 5, 2019 6:15:37 PM(UTC)
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I'm heading to the Viroqua area next weekend. What have you guys been seeing while out on the creeks? Stones, midges?

I saw on the driftless angler website they are getting a few fish on small foam body stompers. Anyone spot BWOs yet?
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William Schlafer  
#2 Posted : Friday, April 5, 2019 11:13:25 PM(UTC)
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BWO's are just now starting to appear. But we need about a week of warmer temps before they really pop, along with early Caddis. Today, I noticed a bunch of those black and orange beetle things (Japanese Beetles?) clinging to the siding of my apartment. Might be worth tossing a Hippie Stomper, or similar beetle pattern this weekend if you get tired of streamers and bead head nymphs.

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big_river_bum  
#3 Posted : Friday, April 5, 2019 11:46:54 PM(UTC)
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I caught a dozen on bwo's in an hour on Tuesday afternoon. the wind was howling so I only ever saw one dun on the water

they may have been taking my paraduns thinking they were caddis though too
draik11  
#4 Posted : Monday, April 8, 2019 2:11:40 PM(UTC)
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Thanks for the reports guys!

It's my first time out this year (I would've gotten out earlier but some unexpected medical issues occurred). Really looking forward to it!
big_river_bum  
#5 Posted : Monday, April 8, 2019 3:54:36 PM(UTC)
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midges have been the ticket the last two evenings.

haven't seen much else, but haven't fished more than an hour or two
weiliwen  
#6 Posted : Monday, April 8, 2019 6:32:59 PM(UTC)
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Bill, they might have been box elder bugs. Sometimes I'll look at the sunny side of my house and there will be hundreds.
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Gurth  
#7 Posted : Monday, April 8, 2019 7:24:05 PM(UTC)
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Boxelders are out now but Bill may be referring to the ones that look just like ladybugs except they are orange/mustard colored with black spots.

They're around now too and much like boxelders, they get in the siding and even in the house and go dormant over the winter.

These little pukes actually pinch and it hurts a bit.

Did see a couple of pretty large bugs on Saturday - good 1.5 inches long. Maybe mayflies? They definitely were coming from the stream.
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weiliwen  
#8 Posted : Monday, April 8, 2019 8:19:42 PM(UTC)
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Ha ha! I thought they WERE ladybugs! I've definitely seen a few of those out recently.
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Pete  
#9 Posted : Tuesday, April 9, 2019 1:17:19 PM(UTC)
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I've only been on warm water fisheries lately-the Rock and Fox rivers-but have also found midges hatching, especially towards sunset. I made a few casts on a local lake/pond last night and something was hatching as it was getting too dark to see. The hatch was not close enough to shore for me to see exactly what it was, but it was in sufficient numbers to hold the attention of some local bats-they were swooping and taking whatever it was right off the surface.
draik11  
#10 Posted : Tuesday, April 9, 2019 2:58:09 PM(UTC)
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yeah those little a-holes pinch for sure. I hate those things.

Well looks like I've got some good ideas of what is happening out there. My buddy and I are heading out thursday night, so looks like we will be fishing in the snow on friday. I'm keeping my fingers crossed the rain over the next couple of days won't blow out the creeks.
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