August 22, 2014

No Brainer

I had a person recently ask me about tactics I use on stream.

I use the 20 to one tactic.

I identify where I think the alpha fish is in the hole and I pick my lure of choice and go right after it.

I will trade 20 little trout for one big one.

August 20, 2014

Deep And Dark

I bet this stretch has not been fished since Floren and I did it last September.

Big water will giant oxbows with monster lurking under every node of grass or cut.
Rock face holes deep and dark with never ending potential.
Tree stumps with roots hanging in the water with big boys with alligator teeth waiting.
Did I say alligator teeth?
Did I mention deep and dark rock faced holes?
You big uglies will have to wait until 2015 to see me again.  I guess you will have to grow a little before we dance again.

Wishing I Was Here

My knee is still tender.  I switched from crutches to a cane monday.  I am off blood thinners now since sunday.

August 18, 2014

New Our Wisconsin Magazine

Scored an article with two photos in August/September edition.

Our Wisconsin Magazine

They are finalizing the October/November edition and it looks like I scored a two page article and a full page fall scene photo.


August 15, 2014

Fought Like A Much Bigger Fish

This was a very memorable trout. It fought like a giant and took off lots of drag. When I saw its head I was happy with the wide big head but it was about 5 inches shorter than I thought it was. It was obviously a cannibal and quit eating bugs long ago. It also did not like its photo taken.

August 14, 2014

Brown Kaleidoscope

The "heart" of Wisconsin's driftless area basically is situated directly over Crawford County.

This county is very special.  It receives the least brown trout stocking of all the Wisconsin driftless counties.  There is some brook trout stocking but there are not browns stocked. 

The brown trout population is at an all time high these days and because of that the general sizes of the brown trout are going down.

 It is the age old quality versus quantity argument.  I would trade 20 small trout for one large trout so if you would like to see the size of trout increase, do other anglers a favor and harvest some of those small stunted trout to make room for bigger trout.

Browns were originally brought here by people from Europe that thought the climate and waters here were similar enough to sustain browns.  There were no browns here before that.

There are many strains of brown trout.  The vast majority of browns were brought here from Germany, England and Scotland.  The German strain typically sported red sports and the other 2 strains had mostly dark spots with no red spots.

Through the years the brown trout strains have intermingled and you can't really say a trout is a German Brown or other species brown.