January 06, 2018

Opener "Ice Ice Baby"

Went out yesterday scouting.

 90 percent of my streams I fish were iced over.

I did out the vehicle window scouting.

I looked at a stream with a giant spring I could see from the road.  There was steam coming up directly where the spring welled up. No ice in this short stretch.

80 yards downstream the open water disappeared just downstream of this hole. I could see small trout in this hole from the road.  I thought maybe something big downstream might move up to winter near the spring.  Might was not good enough for me.  I am in the recliner all weekend.

January 04, 2018

Daze Gone By

I was looking at my photo archives and did a trip down memory lane.  Each photo has good memories of fishing and the people I met and influenced during my journey.

I guided for a few years and after I quit guiding I did presentations for free at about 50 schools.  I wanted to introduce the kids to the wonders of the outdoors.

The below photo taken by Dick Dragiewicz.  Photo is of a person I guided "Dr. Dave Hoggerland. " David bid on a donated trip of mine to the Cancer Grief Center Of Brown Deer. 

I donated quite a few trips through the years to worthy causes.  My most rewarding trip for me was the solider that had been injured and the local VFW post did a fund raiser for him for medical bills.  The fund raiser was a huge success and helped out the veteran.  I took that vet and his father on a guided trip.

I have had many relatives die from Cancer.  When Green Bay Packer great Bob Skoronski asked me to donate trips to the Carbon Cancer Center, I jumped at the opportunity.  I presented at the gatherings to help generate donations.  I got to wear Super Bowl I and II rings at the same time.  I heard the first hand play called in the huddle for the Ice Bowl quarterback sneak by Bart Starr. I met Coach Bobby Knight during that time frame too.

I quit guiding in 2009 and never looked back. 

I spend my time these daze chasing trout and taking photos of my journey.

January 02, 2018

Opener Saturday

Forecast is 32 degrees for opening day.  This is being generous.  I bet it is downgraded by the actual opener.  The 3 days prior the overnight temps are in the teens.  Many streams will be frozen over.  The others will surely have large ice shelves.

I will not be going out until the stream temperatures are near 40 degrees.  Getting that glory shot in sub-freezing weather can kill that trout.  Give the trout a break and stay home until it warms up!

The water temperature was 40 degrees and outdoor temp was 46.  I snapped one single photo and set him free.

headwater streams are more forgiving this time of year due to springs supplying warmer water.  The deepest hole in the area with a current at the head of it supplying food and oxygen is quintessential for any luck at all during these frigid time. The hole must have a slow area so the trout don't need to expend a lot of energy to stay in place.  The streams are typically crystal clear now and vegetation in the water has died down   A low profile is a must.

December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve "New" Tradition

Red Baby Potatoes

Smoked Beef Sausage
Andouille Sausage

Corn On The Cob

Four Small Lobster Tails

Melted butter and Bay Seafood Spice

Bake at 325 degrees for 60 minutes

Add 2 pounds cooked large shrimp and bake additional 20 minutes.