March 11, 2017

Johnny Jump Up

Viola tricolor 


It flowers from April to September
 
My mother-in-law Marjie Jurgensen had some Johnny Jump Ups blooming in her yard a week ago.  Wikipedia says they are wildflowers from Europe that are typically blooming from April to September.  These tricolor babies might have a little problem with 6-9 inches of snow in the forecast for tomorrow.
Also known as viola, wild pansy and heart’s ease, the johnny jump up is actually a relative of the pansy. The difference between johnny jump ups and pansies is mostly one of size. Pansies have much larger flowers, although they look very similar

Read more at Gardening Know How: Johnny Jump Up Flowers: Growing A Johnny Jump Up Violet https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/violet/johnny-jump-up-flowers.htm
Also known as viola, wild pansy and heart’s ease, the johnny jump up is actually a relative of the pansy. The difference between johnny jump ups and pansies is mostly one of size. Pansies have much larger flowers, although they look very similar

Read more at Gardening Know How: Johnny Jump Up Flowers: Growing A Johnny Jump Up Violet https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/violet/johnny-jump-up-flowers.htm
Also known as viola, wild pansy and heart’s ease, the johnny jump up is actually a relative of the pansy. The difference between johnny jump ups and pansies is mostly one of size. Pansies have much larger flowers, although they look very similar

Read more at Gardening Know How: Johnny Jump Up Flowers: Growing A Johnny Jump Up Violet https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/violet/johnny-jump-up-flowers.htm

An Ode To The Crane Fly

This insect is mistaken for a mosquito many times.  It is an adult Crane Fly.  It is the second biggest insect in the driftless that trout love to munch on.

It was an early September day and John Armstrong and I were fishing a way headwater stream in crawford county. We stopped at a bridge we liked and the sun was bright and we thought we wouldn't catch anything.  We were very wrong. There was a serious hatch going on.  There were scads of adult crane flies flying around.  The sun illuminated them and made them look huge.


There was a giant spring just 40 yards up from the bridge we were fishing under. There were scads of trout under the bridge but none were hitting. All of a sudden they turned on and were boiling the surface.  John tried three flies with no luck.



 My friend John picked a leatherback crane fly off the surface and he switched to a yellow soft hackle fly.  He put some goo he called it on the fly to make it subsurface barely.  In the film he called it.  The fly mimics the ribbed bodied worm/grub. The hackle mimics the spindly legs of the emerging adult crane fly from the leatherback. The goo keeps the emerging fly where it needs to be struggling to shed the casing.


 I swear we caught every trout under that bridge twice. Between the two of us we caught 45 trout and didn't take a step forward or back.

 All of a sudden they turned off. We decided that there were cows in the water cress near the spring and they kicked out the worm like leatherbacks.

 I went upstream and kicked around in water cress and the magic turned on again and we caught another 15 trout.  The trout literally destroyed John's yellow soft hackle and he had to change to an orange.

March 10, 2017

Weekend Trout Outlook

Water back down in medium to small streams and clarity good.  The temps will slow your fishing down some.

Next weekend looks really good.  No significant precipitation in forecast for the week.  Almost all snow gone.

If going fishing soon I would wait until next weekend to have more luck.


Krzysztof Drozd Scores Again

Krzystof scored this big tailed beauty lately on a stick bait.  This angler is a big trout machine.


This big tailed female put up quite the battle. She measured over 21 inches.

Butter Ball Turkey Leech By Andrew Nezworski

Materials...6/0 thread in any darker color...black,brown, grey doesn't really matter....2-3 turkey back feathers..1 strip lateral scale crystal flash ( or tiers choice of flash)...natural peacock ice dubbing, size 6-14 streamer hook...either cone or bead head (i only use tungsten)...start off putting bead or cone on hook...next wrap thread down hook shaft til rt in front of bend...tie in some longer plumes of the turkey marabou(from Turkey back feathers...tie in 3 strands of flash...repeat last step to add bulk to tail...tie in Turkey feather tip first rt where marabou starts on quill of feather...wrap loosely dubbed ice dubbing to rt behind bead/cone...wrap marabou up shaft til rt behind bead/cone...glue ..do one or two more wraps of dubbing rt behind bead/cone...I then wet the fly to trip feathers .......step one







March 08, 2017

Moist Chicken Ala Len

Purchase a family pack of thigh drums from Gordy's.

Line bottom of roaster pan with celery stalks and a half inch water.

Place the chicken skin down in the pan.  Salt pepper liberally.

Place celery stalks on top of chicken.

Close lid place in oven for 1 hour at 325 degrees.

During that hour make the moist.

6 tablespoons virgin olive oil

salt pepper again

5 cloves minced garlic.

One medium onion roughly diced

teaspoon sweet paprika

teaspoon hot paprika

Stir concoction 

Let ingredients steep for that hour.

Put moist on chicken

Close up again for 30 minutes.

take lid off and roll skin up to crisp skin and turn oven up to 390 for 10 minutes and there you have it.


Will sever with steamed cauliflower with sharp cheddar cheese melted over it.

Final product


Gluten and carb free

March 05, 2017

My Three Best Photos

Had someone ask me which of all my photos did I like the best.

It took me a while to look through all of them and I picked these three.

No contrived photos.  No HDR/Time Lapse/Filters.