November 03, 2017

Do You Remember Your First?

My first outdoor digital photo. I had some experience with Sony floppy disc cameras at work but this photo result is what hooked me on outdoor photography.


photo was taken with one of the first Olympus digital cameras. It is not a coincidence that I use an Olympus camera now 20 years later.

November 02, 2017

November 01, 2017

Four Must Have Pike Lures





01 November First Cast

I visited my 89 year old mom today and we had lunch in Boscobel at the Unique Café.

I dropped her off and decided a short bit of casting for pike was in order.

I put on a large deep diver husky jerk in blue.

One cast I was done.


October 31, 2017

2017 Season Looking Back





I began the new early season going out in the coldest conditions I have ever fished in.

The January and February season are a waste of time.

It warmed up and then got rainy.

My 2 favorite streams were dirty almost half of the season.

Crawford county streams were full of anglers even in the middle of the week.  Will only fish there as last place in 2018 due to guides overrunning the streams there.

Next vehicle will have non-personalized plates and in 2018 will be dropped off on stream to hide entry points.

I did do well in some non-designated water in late April.




My favorite stream cleared up a couple times and I got lucky.



Only got out 28 times for trout in 2017.

My sizes were above average.

Found two extra large browns I will target in 2018.

I did NOT target brook trout in 2017.

I kept zero trout for personal consumption.

Lost as many bigs as I landed.  Blame on tentative netting and slow careful approach to fish to prevent knee and back problems.


October 30, 2017

Pork Roast

All I need to add is cabbage at 2pm for supper at 5pm


Cold Weather Equals Cooking

Spicy meatloaf/mashed potatoes/butternut squash


Made Saturday...just finished off excess meatloaf.

October 29, 2017

Giant Orange Mepps Spinner

Had to break out the heavy action St. Croix to throw this big lure.

Needless to say I was disappointed when this little pike only about twice as big as the lure hit.


Nothing Blooming This Morning

Five months of beauty.  The frost turned them away this morning.


Have scads of seeds for next year.  Purchased five new colors and will extend them around the deck next year.