July 01, 2015
My father taught me long ago to not smile with trout. It was almost a superstition for him. I took on his superstition as my own long ago.
So why am I smiling in this photo? It was taken by the only living man still on this earth to actually trout fish with my father.
He had just made a statement that warmed my heart and the smile came through brightly.
He said: " You are a better trout angler than your old man."
June 30, 2015
It was March of 1994. I was on a wander about in Richland County. I was fishing and scouting in this rural county for good fishing places and a good place to move to. My wife and I had decided that we were going to start a family soon. A good place to trout fish was a must for a new place to live.
We lived in Stoughton, Wisconsin and I wanted to move out of the area that I worked in. The Sheriff's Department I worked for had just relaxed the residency requirement and we were moving before they changed their minds again.
The streams in Richland County were larger than I was use to in Crawford County. The biggest waterway in the county intrigued me. It wasn't even a stream but a river. It had rock outcroppings and some serious potential for big browns,
The small stream was warmer than the main channel that early March day and the massive brown was there to warm itself. I did not have permission on this stretch so I made it my mission to secure permission that day. It took many doors knocked on and some persistence but I scored permission that day. It was late in the day and the trout was gone when I wet my line later that day. The curiosity and intrigue began that day for that waterway .
You see the down tree in the middle right of the photo? It is laying on the bank of a small feeder stream that empties in on the bend of the river. I caught seven trout where that tiny stream emptied in. The water temperature was seven degrees higher where the trickle emptied in. It was like the Bahamas to the trout on that frigid day in March. They were stacked up there.
Unlock the mysteries of your favorite stream or river. You can do it with a thermometer or with your eyes. Take those water temps and keep your eyes peeled for those trout magnets.