December 09, 2017

A Painful Memory

It was near the end of season.  My left knee was killing me.  I had micro fracture surgery on it.  I did all the physical therapy and endured the constant motion machine for 4 months.  I went to see the surgeon and he told me the procedure had not been successful. I was going to need a knee replacement.  I was terrified.  I thought it might be the end of my trout fishing.  The replacement was scheduled and was a ways out.

I could not stand all the waiting and worrying.  I went out on my gimp left knee. I had only been out once or twice that whole year.  I picked an easy close to the road place to fish.  I was only out for 10 minutes total.  This is counting walking to and from the stream.  I remember the trek to the stream.  Each step was extremely painful.  I thought to myself if I caught even one fish it would be a positive thing and make the closed season and upcoming knee replacement less daunting.

I had to sit when I got there.  My knee was screaming at me. I decided to cast a couple times from the seated position.  That was all I needed.

I didn't measure him.  I guessed him at 23 inches and a serious tank.  I unhooked him and smiled as I released him. I took it as a sign that there was more trout fishing for me in my future.  The trip back to the vehicle was painful but along with the tank brown, I caught hope that I would be fine again and back on the streams.

December 07, 2017

At Large Trout Committe Member

I had a friend send me this link a while back.  He wanted me to apply for one of the at large trout committee positions.  The deadline was November 30th to apply.

I did a little research on why the DNR wanted 4 new at large members on trout related topics.  My research showed that the last round of simplifications of regulations had the opposite effect and public outcry was audible.

These four at large new trout committee members are to balance out the trout committee.  The current committee has a stacked deck and the general public was not receiving adequate representation.

I watched this last fiasco of research and public input and surveys.  Most of the survey results were spun and skewed to fit a special interest group's views and then the stacked deck trout committee acted on the data.

It took 10 years to simplify the regs and it had the opposite effect.

I did NOT apply to be on the advisory committee.  I have thrown in the towel.

The Wisconsin governing body is relaxing pollution regulations and simplifying mega farms and high capacity wells requests.

I am 60 years old.  By the time the next set of rules are spun and modified and "simplified" I will be too old to give a dang.

Too little too late for the average trout angler in Wisconsin.

December 06, 2017

Wisconsin Inland Trout Opener Always First Saturday In January

trout season opens in a month....I am old enough to remember the old openers and the new January opener lacks the childhood anticipation of openers past. No magic to be found in 10 degree weather and frozen hands and guides.

December 04, 2017

Barb Harris Is One Of River Alliance Photo Contest Winners

River Alliance Photo Contest

Driftless Trout Angler Christmas Present Suggestion.

Bear Crawford County Wisconsin

The above adult bear sighting is one of many as of late in my trout fishing range.  Most will run from you but if a cub is involved you may be very unfortunate.

The below link is for an adequate self defense product.

Please practice with it and place on person properly for quick response.  DON'T actually shoot spray because some are designed to empty entire canister.  Would be a very expensive test.

Bear Spray

Through the years I have had many stand offs with bulls.  Mostly Holstein but one is still vivid in my memory.  It was a brown swiss bull.  It literally leaned against the barbwire fence I was on the other side of and caused himself to bleed and the fence to bow.  It would not let me pass to get to my truck.  I walked an extra 1.5 miles to get around it.

As I get older and considerably slower I think of safety a little more.  Don't let a large dog or a crazed bull ruin your days.

200 Pound Dog On Stream

My Wolf Encounter

My wolf run in was in Richland County.  My friend Dan Braun took the below photos.  When wolves are in stealth mode they step in their own tracks to avoid making extra sound breaking through the snow again.

This incident was in Richland County also.

You really can't get a grasp on the size of the tracks from above photo.

Click red titles to read other links in thread.

December 03, 2017


November Comes And November Goes

“November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.”  

~ Clyde Watson