November 07, 2014

Five Of Diamonds


Seasonal Change

Water cold so trout in deep slow water near current lane.
Is summer and sunny.  Look for the trout anywhere in the hole but with the sun expect the trout to hide in fast water transition areas or vegetation lines.


Reading Water

Cold late spring day.

Clear water.

Trout will not be in current.

Will find still/slow water to sit tight in.

Need heavier fly/lure to get down.

Cast above step drop so it can get down to them. Slow retrieve.


Reading A Hole

Clear water and shallow water.

Fish will be hanging under structure to feel secure.

A large lure or fly will spook the fish.  Size 4 panther or size 12 pink squirrel.

Will be one and done hole.

Short cast to depth on right tight to the bank and where log meet.

Land the presentation on log or greenery.

Small twitch to get presentation in water.

Hang on.

New Holster


November 05, 2014

Loaded For Bear

Went to Cabela's today to buy some pike lures.
 I didn't spend as much as I planned so I wandered.

I ended up back by the guns.

The gun guy and I started talking.

I told him I had purchased my Alaskan there a couple months ago.

The topic changed to what type of rounds I had purchased.

I left there with a new box of bullets.

The clerk told me to hold on tight with both hands with the 305.

November 04, 2014

Micromanagement Of Our Trout Streams

Wisconsin Trout Season has been closed for about a month and it seems like an eternity.. Next year this time the final touches will be put on the NEW trout regulations by the WDNR.

2016 looks like it will have extended seasons on both ends.  The early Catch and Release will begin on January 01 if my sources are correct.  The bait anglers that like harvesting trout will be excluded from this season again..Season will be extended to October 15th also.
The jury is still out on whether the simplification of regulations by the WDNR will actually quell the masses.  Many trout anglers feel alienated by the over regulation of the streams. The majority of trout anglers in Wisconsin are bait anglers.  The January opener will exclude them and they will have to sit on the sidelines and watch the catch and release crew flail away.

My source in the WDNR also tells me that the miles of catch and release water in the state will almost double under the guise of simplifying the regulation.  This does not sit well with the folks that want fewer regulations and season open to all anglers.

The WDNR has done lots of data collecting and asked for public input on numerous occasions. The Fisheries Staff say:  "Wisconsin's trout population is at an all time high."  "Folks talk about the good old days;  these are the good old days."  If the trout population is so high, why can't the bait anglers be allowed to fish the entire trout season?

The regulations changes will also cherry pick a couple way over populated trout streams and increase the bag limit.  The sizes of the trout will be required to be under 12 inches long.  What hardcore trout angler wants five boney 9-12 inch trout?  If this over population continues a large trout will be 15 inches in ten years.
Every local I have talked to out here in the "heart" of Wisconsin's driftless area wants fewer regulations and equality in the regulations. I say open the season on January 01 and close it on October 15th and let all anglers fish and harvest trout or let them go.  Micromanagement of our streams needs to stop.

Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder


November 02, 2014

Went To Milwaukee This Weekend



HB Saturday night and Mader's Brunch on Sunday.