Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wisconsins Early Trout Season - Weather May Vary :)

March 10th 2012

Today the streams had settled down and the water quality was great.  The sun was out and the sky was blue mostly blue.  With the temps up past the 50's and much of the snow gone, what else could a person ask for??  Maybe a huge concrete wall to stop the winds gusting up to 4o mph.  With the wind to my back it seemed to push me upstream effortlessly and the next thing I knew I was at the top of the stream where the two creeks come together to form one.  I busted right and did some surveying, but was disappointed to find only one hole holding some trout.  Below where the two creeks meet there was a decent size beaver dam blocking up the stream.  I opted to do my best to take it out and ended up doing a little damage.  I know, I  know, they will just rebuild it!  Well at least they will have to work on it instead of starting a new project.  Beaver dams seem to be a real problem so far this spring.  You know what they say,"Busy as as Beaver".  The rest of the day was spent trying to get my fly line into the water and not the surrounding obstacles.  I just aimed ten feet to the left and that usually landed the flies close to where I was hoping.  Despite the winds doing their best, I was able to hook up with some beauty Browns.  They were ice cold to the touch and when released took off in a hurry.  I was testing out some new flies and they all seemed to do their intended job. Attract fish.  I had the most luck with the Mini Muddler Mud Honey fly.  Right up until the point it magically disappeared and was never heard from again. Bummer. When I finally looked back and could no longer see my vehicle I realized I was in for one heck of a long hike back.  I hopped onto the road and made the long haul back straight into the wind.  There were a few times where I was sure I had been walking in place.  I can't remember the last time I had that much of a struggle walking into the wind.  Hey if the fish are willing to come out and play then so am I ;) 



G Damn Beaver Dam !!!!




A mini surfers paradise!!!! :) A fly fisherman's nightmare!!




Castle Rock Killer Variation




Mini Muddler Mud Honey




First fella to get tricked on this fine blustery day :)








Bead Heads soaring in the wind.  Tight Lines




Where the two creeks come together.  Which way would you go??




Streamer Variation




New Name :  The Gusty Go Getter :)




Ice Cold Buddy








Close Up of some Waves breaking :)




A little Mud with a little Honey :)




Gone just as quick as it came.




My favorite pic from the trip.




Every windy cloud has a silver golden lining.



Until Next Time.....Tight Lines to All !!!!

22 comments:

  1. Wind and fly fishing, TOUGH. But you overcame it.
    Nice fly patterns, with fish to match.

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    1. BrkTrt,
      Thanks a lot. It was worth the trouble that's for sure. Can't pass up a 60 degree day :) Tight Lines.

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    1. Justin,
      Thanks much. These beavers are more than I can handle. Destructive little creatures. Tight Lines.

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    2. Destructive or CONstructive?

      Yeah, sometimes they can be a pain. I've got a few spots on the Provo that are no longer accessible because of the beav. Totally swamped now.

      (But they can really improve the quality of fish on small streams by building.)

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    3. Justin,
      They can definitely be o.k. on spots or stretches of stream. Most of the ones I have encountered are at the head waters where the Brook trout need to get to in order to be able to spawn. One stream I was on last week had dams all the way up the entire upper stretch. Not to good for the few Brookies I have caught up top. I have heard stories of huge trout hiding out in dams. Tight Lines.

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  3. you know when you start getting white caps on the trout stream it has to be windy, nice job making the best of the conditions

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    1. Blake,
      It was definitely a windy day. I forgot how nice it feels to get a couple of bead heads whapped across the back of the head. Tight Lines.

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  4. Trout
    The Castle Rock has to be my favorite. Nice looking stream and even better looking trout. The stream looks like it would be easy casting. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill T,
      Thanks a lot. The stream has some easy casting and some now so easy casting in spots :) The fish thrive in this stream. Healthy and strong for such small creek runners. Tight Lines.

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  5. Great photos as usual MaGee! I love the look of that water...not so much the dam or the wind. Nice!

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    1. Howard,
      Thanks a lot. Damn dam, Damn Wind :) The water is a fun spot to fish in silence :) Tight LInes.

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  6. Oh yeah, thanks for reminding me Bill T. Really nice flies as well.

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  7. G Eagle, Some nice trout and even better photos,and what the hell is with the wind around here?! Was fishin' Knapps the other day when I went to the straw bale house for some lumber to build my chicken coop..sorry I didn't drop you a line hee hee saw some Bald Eagles and a few trout..next time. Drop me a tight line one of these beautiful driftless days.

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    1. Sandman,
      Thanks a lot man. I have been hitting the stream as often as possible but have been busy something fierce. I am glad to hear both eagles and trout were spotted :) How was Knapps beaver wise ? I will be sure to give you a holler one of these days when I get a chance. Peace bro. Tight Lines.

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  8. Nice job MaGee! You have to love the wind challenge! Love the flies! Nice looking patterns. Pictures are even better. What kind of camera are you shooting with? Tight Lines!

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    1. Brian S,
      Thanks a lot man. The fish made the wind not seems so bad :) I am shooting with my Nikon D5000. Lens is a Nikon 18mm - 55mm. I am looking to get a nicer larger lens when I can afford it :) Tight Lines.

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  9. Wind is never fun to fish in...glad you were rewarded for your effort.

    Great photos...even the photos of the waves.

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    1. Sanders,
      Thanks man. Wind can really suck. I am just glad it was mostly at my back. Still made things a little tougher but worth the effort for sure. Tight Lines.

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  10. Beautiful day, sweet stream, bright fish, and very nice ties. Thanks.

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    1. Jim Y.A.,
      Thanks much. The streams around here are really coming alive. Hot temps have things hatching and fish active. Tight Lines.

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