Buddy Andy N.got photo of replica from taxidermist of his monster small stream brown. Looks like tax did a good job. lt will be in his den soon. Not often you land a 27 inch male small stream brown "alone" in the driftless on a fly rod.
Couple days ago it got to 40 degrees and the streams called. The first place was still iced up at 11am. The second place was muddy. I fell back on my old reliable. Noon to two pm. Four trout to hand. Landed only four hits I had. Nothing of size.
All four trout caught were in flat water with no current. I am soooo sick of winter. Guess was better than driving the recliner.
My wife Barb has quite the eye when taking all sorts of photos. She makes a yearly trek to House On The Rock and makes some serious captures there. She typically only uses a cellphone. She has no formal training.
It still makes me laugh when people ask what kind of camera she uses. I equate the ludacris question to asking a chef what stove they use to make a dish.
Met him about a dozen years ago. It was when I did a presentation at a TU Chapter. He used spin and fly rigs back then. I invited him to go fishing with me. He called that next spring and we went.
He was a novice fly angler so he showed up with his old zebco and fiberglass rod. His intention was to take a couple back to campsite to eat. He was camping at Alana Springs Campgrounds just outside of Richland Center. He got his limit in no time flat.
His name is Floren. His old zebco and yellow rod were the minimum of 35 years old. He greased it up and changed line prior to his first outing in Richland County.
He was here for 3 days so I took him all over the place,
This fish nearly tied his flimsy fiberglass rod in a knot. It ran between his legs even.
12 years later he is retired and moved here. He finally retired his old rod and upgraded. You should see many more photos of him fishing with me this summer.
If you ever meet him on stream you will have to ask him about the story why he retired that yellow rod and zebco.
The story includes a gargantuan brown lost in the above hole.