Friday, September 2, 2011

THAT'S THE WAY THE COOKIE CRUMBLES !!

Today I decided to get up early and head out in search of some big trout.  I packed up my bag and set off to the stream.  The sun was shining, the birds were singing and the creek was running clear.  I was hoping some of the Big trout from the rivers might be starting to make their way into the smaller streams for the spawning season.  Maybe it was a little early still, but there is only one way to find out.  Deep diving with some cone head Castle Rock Killers.  When I arrived at the stream and opened my door, I was greeted by some other persons laziness.  Luckily I had a left over Chinese food bag which just happen to be full of Mountain Money, just in case ;)  People who litter suck!!!  After playing Trash Man I set off to see what the stream had to offer for the day.  Here are some pics of the adventure, hope you enjoy.

                        


























































After fishing a few holes, I came to one of my favorite ones.  I threw the flies in and let them sink deep into the bottom of the green darkness.  I watched as it drifted into exactly where I wanted it.  Usually I give it a light strip, but this time I just let it sit and waited for my line to go the other way.  Then it happened.  My line went the other way, it went the other way in a fast violent motion.  I raised my pole in the air and set the hook true.  Next I saw a huge golden flash deep down in the hole, a beast of a Brown.  This fish measured 20"+ easily and took off tugging harder than I have ever had the pleasure to witness.  It started to drag me all over the hole.  It headed straight for a huge ball of roots deep, but I was able to change it's direction.  Then it took off towards the back of the hole, and all I could think of was where's my G Damn net when I need it.  This thing wasn't about to give up.  I could see it shaking it's head violently and I was beginning to worry that it might shake my hook.  But the hook held tight and it looked as if this thing would come to hand after all.  Then in a heart wrenching second it happened.  SNAP.  Back came my fly line directly into my face and piled at my feet.  NO FLIES!!  There goes the Brown of a lifetime for me.  Usually in this situation I would throw a hissy fit and echo the valley with cuss words I learned when riding the bus to school.  But this time all I could do is smile as I thought about all of the small trout making fun of the big one as it cruised along with two Trout MaGee specials as newly added jewelry. " What a sucker I can't believe he fell for that" is what I pictured the other trout saying behind his back.  So I decided to sit down and have a snack.  Hoping maybe he would strike again in a little bit if I waited for a while.  I pulled out my Keebler Elf cookies and brought one up to the lens to see what it would look like if I took pictures through the middle of it.  It actually worked quite well.  Below are some pics of the Cookie filter shots and some fish pics.  I hope you enjoy the hole shots.





































After losing the other fly, I tied on this regular beaded Castle Rock Killer and it did not disappoint.  I ended up catching the next fish below in the very next hole.  It put up a great fight and was released to swim another day.  They were all beautiful specimens and returned to do their part when spawning time comes.  The females are really starting to fill up with eggs.  Big fat bellies.
































UNTIL NEXT TIME...TIGHT LINES TO ALL !!!!!


26 comments:

  1. very awesome! Some GREAT macro shots. It makes me pine to be back in the driftless. Thanks man!

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  2. Losing 20+" inch trout and smiling afterwards happen to me in Madison. But hey you caught some nice fish and took lots of great pictures. I would try to tie some of your buggers later.
    Have a nice day,

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  3. I've come to the conclusion that I need some help with my photography...and fishing. stunning photos again my friend.

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  4. Wonderful pictures and post, as ever!

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  5. If you and I lived in the same Country we would be great friends, I just know it.

    The bird feather shots just blows me away.

    You also seem to have a passion for a nice fishermans lunch, yep we'd be real buddies.

    Great Post thanks.

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  6. Trout
    This trip had it all, those shot of nature and trout are outstanding. I need a lesson in photography from someone like you. I guess I need to get out and experiment some with my picture taking. Some of you guys amaze me with your ability to take great images. I hope to get there someday. What size is the Castle Rock Killer, awesome fly? Outstanding post.

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  7. You're phots are always outstanding just as they were this time. I mean REALLY OUTSTANDING! Sounds like a fun day and too bad about the big one. Nice attitude about losing it though. Enjoyed the post very much!

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  8. Great cookie photos! and nice browns too.

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  9. TM
    The cookie hole shots were cool but the feather photo jumped off the screen and slapped me in the side of the head! Awesome

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  10. Glad you were able to get a chuckle out of the big guy...not fun to lose, but that's "the way the cookie crumbles"....looks like you had some fun with the camera...great photos as always!

    ....some nice fish as well :-)

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  11. D.Nash,
    Thanks much. The Driftless is great. Right up until the point where Wisconsin's trout season closes for the winter. Bummer :( Tight LInes.

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  12. Satoshi,
    Thanks much. Never a good thing to lose a big one, but that just gives me an excuse to get back out there and try again :) Let me know if those buggers work for you. Tight Lines.

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  13. Cofisher,
    Thanks a lot. I always enjoy your pictures and the fish caught. One of these days I will get around to posting some tips that work for me. Tight Lines.

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  14. Regular Rod,
    Thank you very much. Glad to hear you enjoyed the post. Tight Lines.

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  15. Flyfishermanrichard,
    Thank you very much. We would definitely have a great time out on the water if we lived in the same country. Buddies for sure :) I always like finding feathers along the stream, then incorporating them into a fly to fish on the same stream that I found it. Good luck I figure. Gotta have a lunch after enjoying all of the breathtaking surroundings. Tight Lines.

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  16. Bill Trussell,
    Thanks much. I took over 500 pictures on this trip and had a hard time choosing so few. Soon I will try to do a post on tips of what works for me when it comes to photography. That Castle Rock Killer was tied on a size 6-8 Size hook. Not even sure if it is a fly tying hook, but had to use what was available. It catches more Browns than any other fly I tie. Tight Lines.

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  17. John McArdle,
    Thanks much. Glad you enjoyed the photos. Tight Lines.

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  18. Bill,
    THanks a lot. It was a great day even with the loss of the Biggin. I'll be back and it will be mine. Anymore all I can do is smile about it, although it flashes in my mind everyday :) Tight Lines.

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  19. Kiwi,
    Thank you very much. Hope all is well on the East coast for you guys. Tight Lines.

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  20. John,
    Thanks a lot. Hope that feather shot against the face didn't hurt too bad :) Tight Lines.

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  21. Sanders,
    Thanks a lot man. The cookie crumbled to bits with this Brown. That's 2 Big Browns I have to seek revenge on now. With only a month left of fishing here in the Driftless. I am already starting to jones :) Tight Lines.

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  22. Wow, man. First third of your post: Epic photos. Super work.

    Losing the big one: NO! Worst feeling ever. I know it well.

    Cookie filter: Awesome! Looks like you found a trademark.

    The rest: Very nice and I'm glad you got to hook some very nice browns after all.

    Great, great post!

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  23. "My Creek" --- feels good to have homewaters. :)

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