September 30, 2014

You Can Lead A Horse To Water...............

It was 1pm last Saturday.  The contest was officially over for one hour.  I sent my daughter Anna to pick up the log book and the three rod and reel combos I had purchased for the contest.
I had sponsored a fishing contest for kids in my hometown.  The rod/reel combos had been displayed at the local supermarket for one month.  This was the length of the contest.  The contest was advertized in the local paper.  I had checked the status of the kids that had joined every weekend during the contest.  I was quite disappointed with the results on each check of the ledger.  There were no entries.
Anna brought home the ledger and the prizes.  Not a single kid had entered.  It made me kinda sad.  Over the last few years I have been speaking at schools and was trying to get the word out to the kids in the area about fishing.  I added up the number of schools I presented at and estimated the number of kids I spread my message to.  The number was over 10,000 kids including the Madison Fishing Expo presentations.  I was trying to plant the seed about the great outdoors.  I wanted kids to get out there and get out from behind those hand held games and notebooks.
I was to hand out the rod/reel combos at the Sunday of Apple Festival at 3:30pm at the Sportsman's Club Tent.  There were no entries in my ledger.  I had NO ONE to hand out the sweet Pflueger Spirit Rod/Reel combos out to!  They were valued at $100.00 each.
Sunday morning came and I was still scratching my head about the contest.  It dawned upon me that hands on fishing is truly the only way to really hook kids on fishing.  The most successful way to get kids into fishing is to literally go with them like teacher Dan Pulvermacher of Muscoda does every summer with Riverdale Schools.
The presentation route plants the seed but without a family member or a "super" teacher like Dan Pulvermacher the seed goes unwatered and the seed will not grow.

But you can't make them drink!!!

September 29, 2014

Over Weekend

Sold books and signed them over the weekend in Gays Mills. Sold quite a few books and talked about my favorite subject lots. I accumulated a couple gifts on Sunday. I now have a 8 foot Orvis 7 weight rod from Jeff Way and I also have three wonderful six packs of German Beer from Tim Arland. Thanks Tim and TJ and thanks Jeff!

September 26, 2014

Male OR Female Brown Trout?

medium to small browns are hard to determine if male or female.

Lets hear your best educated guess on gender of these four and why?

September 25, 2014

Sam Delventhal

No monsters but Sam and I had a ball this morning

September 24, 2014

The Seasons

always a trout here or above it.

September 23, 2014

Looking For Mr. Big???

If you are looking to catch a big trout in the last week of Wisconsin's small stream season,  don't go to the areas marked with designated  trout stream  signs.  They are the over populated areas that are fished to death.  Downstream is the key for big trout.  The less populated water where the trout have food to grow and to become meat eaters are the keys to catching Mr. Big!!!!