April 20, 2013

Happy Birthday Jo Ellen Rott!!!

Our best friends came over last night to celebrate Jo's birthday.  We bought Jo a couple presents.  A bottle of her favorite Italian Limoncello and some special glasses for it from Italy.  We all had one digestivo after a supper of Tomato Bruschetta and Egg Plant/Zucchini Parmesan..

Happy Birthday Jo Ellen!!!

April 18, 2013

Sculpin Helmet???

I had to look at it on the end of his line. He had it on a zonker rabbit strip with olive and black feathers. "Barbless"

Youtube video on how to tie a Sculpin Helmet.

The hook rode upward. I liked this because you get lots less snags but, the thing looked big and clunky.

He lost three right away because his tippet was too small. He sized up his line and the fun began.

Sculpin Helmet
 eighth photo down top fly in photo was the cat’s meow fly. It was not articulated.

April 17, 2013

3 Inches Of Rain In Forecast Next Three Days



Trout anglers are an odd lot.  Where else in the world can you be standing in cold water with a hole in your left inseam of your waders with water pouring in and think you are in heaven?

April 16, 2013

Luke Annear and I fished today

 Luke a recent graduate of UW Madison and I went fishing in Richland County today.

 Luke is a convert from a spinning rod to a fly rod just recently. 

 Luke scored a brook/brown/bow tri-fecta and he also obliterated the magical 20 inch mark with a huge female rainbow.
I landed 20 and Luke landed 25.

April 15, 2013

May Trout Opener

Back in the day the May opener was really a big deal in my neck of the woods. Tents were pitched stream side and the entire opener weekend was one big party.  Some of the participants stayed up all night telling tall tales around roaring campfires. There will still be a few diehards camping on May opener but, not like the good old days.  The early catch and release season took the May opener festivities away.

TR Richland County

Went out yesterday for 3 hours.

20 browns to hand.  Nothing large.

All streams in Richland in good condition except the biggest one.

April 14, 2013

Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance

General Wisconsin inland fishing is from May 4 to March 2, 2014.  Lots of folks look in to their tackle boxes on May 3rd and discover they don't have leaders for pike fishing.  They run to sporting good store the day before opener and all the leaders left are the kind you don't like.

I always prepare 2 weeks before opener.  First comes the rod and reel.  I take all the line off of the reels and clean and lube them. I always start the season with new line.  I look at my rods to make sure the eyes are functional and there are no apparent cracks or problems.  I have a primary rod and reel and a back up set up.  Part of the 2 weeks out rule for me is to order or drive and pick up new gear that is required.

I go through my tackle box and make a list of things I want.  These days with gas being so expensive I order most of my gear online.  Postage is much cheaper than gas.  I also double lures so I have a back up lure in case I lose one that is working well. Don't wait to make that order.  Get it done at the minimum 2 weeks before opener in case of back orders or your local store may be sold out of your favorite lure.

Many anglers forget the sharp test.  That favorite lure of yours was used often last year.  It caught many a big fish.  Typically on opening day you go after that "BIG" fish you lost last year.  You put that jointed rapala on.  You see the giant wake following your retrieve and you are readying yourself for an epic battle.  The monster pike hits and the treble hooks bounce right off that iron jawed waterwolf and off it swims.  You look at your lure and cuss a couple times.  You look for straightened treble hooks and all are fine but they are as "DULL" as they come.  Sharpen those hooks NOW or replace them like I do.  Some trebles new are dull or bend easily. REPLACE those trebles or be crying in yorr beer opening weekend!  A box of good treble hooks can save your opening day.
A final review is in order.  I look at my new 2013 fishing license.  "NEVER" wait to get that new license until the day before.  I can remember watching folks waiting for their licenses and the WDNR machine broke down. The machine was overloaded due to last minute Charlies. Get that license right away on April 01 when it has expired.

Finally check your nets and fix any holes.  Checking your gear the day before opener is fool hardy.