May 03, 2014

Bull Of The Woods 2014

 Scott Blumreich the 2013 winner.

Scott called me this morning and told me he did not match his 2013 results but he is a probably in first place for now with a 22 incher this morning.

Scott Blumreich 2014 winner.

May 01, 2014

Brookies?

Fished a stretch in crawford/richland county about 4-5 years ago.
Above is a bigger hole.

It is a tiny stream.  Every little hole held 10-12 brookies.
 Flytrap on the brookies.

The land changed hands and I stopped fishing it.

Below is one of the bigger holes.

Rob Thompson breaking in his new oyster bamboo on multiple brookies.

April 30, 2014

Brava Magazine May 2014

 I get inquires for pictures from a varied audience these days.

Check out page 49.

Full page.

click below link
Brava Magazine May 2014

April 29, 2014

Any Questions?

This time next week.


I believe the answer is obvious.

April 28, 2014

Late Season Bloomers

Top left is a milkweed.  It is the prime food for the monarch butterfly.  This weed/flower lines the roads on the ways to my favorite streams throughout southern Wisconsin.

Middle top is the infamous touch me not flower.  Its pods explode and rain down seeds on the one that touched it.  Most of my late season streams in the driftless are lined with these.

The right top is a wild bergamot.  This flower was dried and used as in a paste for acne relief. They are a very late season arrival on clean pristine streams throughout Crawford county.

Bottom left is a lily that thrives on the Fox Bluff Creek in Richland County.

Bottom middle is a very rare poisonous flower located on Mill Creek in Richland county.  It is called woody night shade.

Bottom right is an aster.  This flower is a favorite place for butterflies to land upon.  This flower resides in Crawford county on Crow Creek.

Pure Fishing Youth/Aquatic Education Program

I was made a member of this program Friday.

April 27, 2014

April Showers Bring May Flowers

One of my favorite pastimes in early May on stream is to look for the really early wildflowers.  I have places I look specifically for each one.

My Dutchmann's Breeches are quite hard to find.  Tavern Road in Crawford County on the banks of the Kickapoo River are their home.

My Bells Wort is on Knapps Creek in north western Richland County.  The yellow leaves of this spring emerger can easily hide under the green leaves because of the similar size and shape.

The Virginia Blue Bells come out near the end of May.  They love more of a wet soil.  They cover the floors of the small valleys of one of my favorite areas next to Tainter Creek in north central Crawford County.

Spring Beauties are one of my favorites.  I think their colors and accents are amazing. The piping on the petals is one of nature's true masterpieces.  Maybe I add a special significance to finding them each spring because it was the first flower my dad showed to me and identified to me as a child.  They come out first on the stream I caught my very first trout in 1964 in Crawford County.  The stream has no name.

Get out there and discover some of nature's wonders.  No one ever made lifelong  memories behind the keyboard.  Please go out exploring and take your children with you.