March 12, 2016


All I need now is Fall to complete the seasons.

March 11, 2016

TR The "Spillway" Tour

Hit water at 9:21am.  Outside temp was 56 degrees.  Southeasterly wind with a few gusts.  Water temp at first stop was 46 degrees.

Barb wire fences have been my Nemesis as of late.  I picked easy pastured areas.  The back doesn't like bending and fitting between strands much anymore and leg over fences is a disaster waiting to happen.

This spill produced 3 small browns below and 6 small browns above it.

A change of position brought another 11 small browns to hand. Water temp 48 degrees

8 small browns to hand here.  There were 3 or 4 trout following each cast for a while. Water temp was 50 degrees. Outside temp was 60 degrees.

I had another dozen at least momentary hook ups.

Easy walking means typically small fish.  Nothing worthy of a photo.

Lots of sitting and stretching was in order today. 

Got home at 2pm.

March 09, 2016

Fishin' with Dave

New blog I found.  Definitely worth a look or fourteen.

The Roar

We drove by the sign. Barb saw it and begged me to turn around. The sign was small and seemed insignificant. I thought with such a small sign the waterfall must be tiny and not worth driving off our route. With a little prodding from Barb I turned off the autobahn and we followed all the tiny signs in to Golling Austria towards the waterfall.,13.162729,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x4776c1aa4cb9d2df:0xfbb6e52fa71d3646

 The dorf was tiny and signs became farther apart and I doubted whether such a detour was warranted off our master plan.

We parked in what seemed like a gasthaus's lot and walked up this long paved cow path. Lots of cows had walked on it because of their decoration of the path.

 I questioned the detour again and Barb assured me it would be worth it and to keep going.

 Barb kept assuring me it was worth the hike.  The small alpine stream below the falls sped by us at 100 miles per hour.  A fall in this stream would surely be fatal.  I felt the stream.  It was ice cold.  The glaciers upstream supplied the water for this torrent.  We plodded on.

There was a small mill house about halfway up the mountain.

I could hear the roar of the waterfall. It seemed close and the steep alpine path became unpaved and less inviting. I stopped numerous times to catch my breath and complain. We were almost there she kept saying. 35 minutes later we could see it in the distance.

 I had to actually see it and feel its beauty.

 Another 30 minutes later we turned a corner and there it was.
I had never seen a waterfall before. This creation of mother nature was blasting down the alpine slope and crashing into the pool I stood no more than 30 feet from.

Its roar made it hard to hear and communicate with Barb but it was obvious to her that I was happy and impressed with this magnificent work of nature.

We stood there and took it all in. The waterfall crashing to the earth threw out a huge umbrella of mist and we were wet from standing there.

 We were both happy and awed.

One last look at my first waterfall.  We said good bye to Golling and the snow capped alps and pointed the car southward.

March 07, 2016

TR Richland County

7 small browns to hand.

I picked small easy walking water.

Really felt good to be out there.

Two months can make a serious difference on how a stream looks.

March 06, 2016

Chris Young's Trifecta

The phone rang this morning at 8am.  I knew it was Chris because we had talked in the last couple days.  He tried to get me to fish but my knees and back said "NO."

We talked about where he should go.

I gave him a couple tips and a specific tip.

The phone rang this evening and Chris told me thanks.

Later he sent me the photos.

First fish of the day.

First 20 plus incher of the day. {Specific tip}

Second 20 incher of day. {Specific Tip}

Both bows were powerful and did power runs and touched the sky.

Chris went to another stream and nailed the Driftless Trifecta

All caught on a spinning rod/reel on panther martins.

Chris from a Chicago suburb.

Chris fished in Richland and Crawford County.