I was back on my home waters Wednesday after work. I fished a section of Willow Creek that has been reliable for big ones in the past.
This time, the water was much lower than the last time I fished here about a year ago. Then, the wading was tricky because of frequent deep holes over the top of my waders, but the reward was big brown trout. The shallower water made the wading easier, but unfortunately it was at the expense of the big ones. They must have been off hiding somewhere else.
I did catch some small ones pretty quickly, along with frequent chubs. It was well into the trip as sunset approached when I finally caught a decent brown.
The land surrounding the river is really brushy along this stretch. I fished to a spot where the river comes back close to the road so I did not have to hike out through that jungle.
Sunset is coming earlier as summer wanes, so I had to push my pace to get to the exit point before it got too dark. On the plus side, I was back home in Appleton by 9:00 PM.
My total catch for the trip was five brown trout.