Category: trout

Sometimes genetics do funny things and you end…

Sometimes genetics do funny things and you end up getting fish with proportions like this. Though I will admit that this was a beautifully colored fish and the camera didn’t do it justice

Small water, big Rainbow…

Small water, big Rainbow…

Cabin Fever Day

The annual fundraiser for Fox Valley Trout Unlimited is Saturday, January 20. Please stop by to support conservation of cold water habitat. I will have a booth there to promote fishing in the Sand Counties, lure making, and spinner fishing for trout.

A very surprising trout from a section of the …

A very surprising trout from a section of the lake I’ve never caught one before 

It was a rough day to be a trout

It was a rough day to be a trout

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Releasing a little Rainbow Trout on a beautifu…

Releasing a little Rainbow Trout on a beautiful fall day

2017 Trout Year in Review

Well, another year has come and gone.

In 2017 I broke my
records for most fishing trips and for most trout caught. I was able to tally
more backcountry fishing than usual because there were ample opportunities in
alpine lakes where I backpacked this year. I fished in several states –
California, North Carolina, Michigan, and Wyoming. I also spent a little longer
in the Driftless Area in the Spring.

I discovered several new
spots closer to home, too. This year’s highlights included new stops on Wedde
Creek, Soules Creek, and Willow Creek.  

I continued to use my
hand made spinners for all of my trout fishing, mostly with silver blades but
occasionally with gold. I’ve drastically reduced the number of spinners I lose,
so I think I have a lifetime supply in inventory at this point.   

Stats for my entire 12
year trout fishing career are tabulated below. This year, I caught 328 brown
trout, 103 brookies and splake, 30 rainbows, and 8 cutthroats. And my one skunk
in 2017 really wasn’t that bad, because I did catch a smallmouth but no trout.

2017: 51 trips, 1 skunk,
469 fish
2016: 43 trips, 1 skunk, 411 fish
2015: 36 trips, 3 skunks,194 fish
2014: 35 trips, 3 skunks, 230 fish
2013: 38 trips, 3 skunks, 245 fish 
2012: 36 trips, 1 skunk, 253 fish
2011: 27 trips, 0 skunks, 216 fish
2010: 36 trips, 8 skunks, 168 fish
2009: 36 trips, 3 skunks, 167 fish
2008: 33 trips, 5 skunks, 135 fish
2007: 23 trips, 1 skunk, 80 fish
2006: 1 trip, 0 skunks, 1 fish

I’m looking forward to more great fishing in 2018. 

Tight lines, and see you on the stream!

I had already hiked to the bottom of a canyon …

I had already hiked to the bottom of a canyon in Arizona to try to catch a few desert species, but a thunderstorm was starting to roll in and I knew I needed to get out before I got caught in a bad place. As I was getting ready to go I got a bite and landed this lovely little Brown Trout. Far from the species I was after, but it was nice to finish the day with a fish

I told myself I wouldn’t leave New Mexico unti…

I told myself I wouldn’t leave New Mexico until I caught at least one Rainbow Trout. Luckily for me, the little Rainbow Trout were very hungry and I was able to catch one before it got to late in the day so I could start the next stretch of my road trip to Arizona