We finally got in our first trip to the driftless area this week and might add we did very well. We tried a new stream this time which we found to be loaded with brown trout and fished it for a full 6 hour stretch. The thing I noticed on this stream was that these were some of the most beautiful brown I have ever seen in the driftless. As well as being very bright in color, one of the characteristics that made a great number of them stand out was the bright "blood red" accents that ran the entire length of the top and bottom of the tail fin. I have never seen this so much in the Wisconsin browns? Is this a specific strain quality, or most likely a stream specific trait? Sorry didn't get any pictures to post.
I'm not quite sure I get the allure of fly fishing from a kayak. I will make it a point to toss some flies from my sisters this year. With all I've read on it lately it must be the best thing since sliced bread. We will see. Like I said.....I don't get it.
Fishing on the Root River was pretty good this past week. Over the mid-week anglers had some nice trips and were able to land some nice spawning steelhead. Over the weekend, fishing remained pretty fair. Saturday morning and Sunday late afternoon were especially productive. Unfortunately the incidental catches of suckers rose greatly.
Lincoln Park had the most fishing effort. Anglers were stacked close to the weir's downstream refuge and all the way down to the upper river segments of Island Park. The most successful anglers were drifting wet flies or casting small spinners. Many anglers reported success on white and chartreuse colors. Catches rates varied but the majority of harvested steelhead ranged from 4.5-6.5 pounds.
In Quarry Lake Park anglers had mixed success. While fishing for many anglers was slow at times a few anglers were able to land some nice steelhead. Fly fishing was the preferred method but some anglers were also casting spinners or drifting spawn sacs. Location not bait seemed to the biggest factor for success. The middle river segments were slower then the upper segments near the Horlick dam. Further downstream in the middle of the golf course were some very productive holes were the steelhead were holding.
At the Horlick dam, while fishing was a little slower on Saturday, it picked up on Sunday afternoon as the air pressure began to drop. Steelhead were very active at the foot of the dam and a lot were visibly seen jumping into the dam. Only a couple fisherman were out at the time and they had some nice catch rates. The harvested steelhead ranged greatly from 2-8 pounds. While the weir's upper caudal fin clip was found a some the majority were unmarked. This indicates a good amount of steelhead are past the weir and more should make their way upstream this week.
American grannoms hatch all over the country. Specifically the little black caddis, hatch throughout all the midwest and eastern trout streams. Usually the best place to find them in abundance is throughout most tailwaters. A good imitation would be something in a size 16 or 18. They start showing up in early to mid April, and can be found usually deep into June. Hatches seem to come of in the mid to late mornings as the day starts to heat up and go right into the afternoon hours. These hatches often produce sporadic very aggressive feeding, trout literally boiling the water, while you'll hardly ever see an insect leaving the water. These hatches can be very fun to fish, but it is critical to match the emergence very closely.
On Saturday, May 21st, 2011 there will be a Driftless Area Banquet & Fundraiser including a pig & lamb! roast at the West Fork Sportsman's Club. We will also be holding a fundraiser which will include, among other things, both graphite and cane rods to benefit TUDARE, Driftless Area projects; and, the West Fork Sportsman's Club. On that Saturday night we will be honoring Dave Vetrano for all of his years of outstanding and leading edge stream and habitat improvement. It's fitting that we hold this event at the WFSC as it is Grandfather of stream improvement efforts not only in the Driftless Area but nationally as well. TUDARE (Trout Unlimited Driftless Area Restoration Effort) IS the standard for stream and habitat work nationally thanks to the efforts and support of the residents of the Driftless Area, local TU chapters, Jeff Hastings; and, the resources provided by individuals and groups outside of that area. We invite anyone who can read this to join us on May 21st, 2011. We will be inviting all of the MN, IA, WI & IL TU chapters to join us as well. If your chapter or friends are thinking of a spring outing in the Driftless Areas, and why wouldn't you be?, why not schedule it on the week-end of May 20 - 22nd to coincide with our banquet? We will be having free casting lessons, mentoring on the spring creeks, steam side conservation presentations, etc. If you group would like to join us in activities outside of the banquet, please contact me. More updates will be posted here; and, a new site specifically for this event http://www.springcreekangler.com, which will be updated shortly. The Driftless Area is filled with relaxing and wonderful activities for non-anglers as well. From canoe trips down the Kickapoo, winery visits, Amish tours, etc., to just kicking up your heels and relaxing, the Driftless Area is a very special part of the world.
Here is the proof for our embroidered logo fly rod tubes. The will consist of embroidered "Flying Pig" logo with larger "Flying Pig Performance Fly Rods" printing to the side. Looks Like we are going to make our late April release!!!!!