Category: trout

Cabin Fever Day Is Coming!

A double batch of my home made spinners for the silent auction at FVTU Cabin Fever Day. I’ll have a booth there, too. CFD is at The Grand Meridian in Appleton, WI on January 19, 2019 from 9 AM until 4 PM.

Sometimes you just need a half hour at the lak…

Sometimes you just need a half hour at the lake to clear your mind

A typical day of fishing for little stocked tr…

A typical day of fishing for little stocked trout

Little stockies on chilly fall days

Little stockies on chilly fall days

Big leaves and little keeper trout

Big leaves and little keeper trout

FVTU December 13 Meeting

Mecan River

It was nice and cool this morning with an air temperature of 40°F when I got to the Mecan. That was good for keeping the mosquitos in check. I didn’t use any bug spray, and I didn’t even want to until much later in the day when I hiked out through the woods and the temperature had risen to 60°.

The fish were out on this stretch. I drew some out of a pool on my first cast, and I had landed one by my fourth cast. Most of the action came before the sun got too high, although I still caught a few stragglers after the sky was bright.

I caught nine brown trout and enjoyed a beautiful morning on a beautiful river.

A Negative

I thought I better make my blood type public. That way, if I have another trip like tonight and you find me pale and unconscious by the side of the river after the mosquitos drain my blood, you can pass that info on to the rescue team.

Aside from the mosquitos using me to bulk up for winter, I had fun picking up where I last left off on Radley Creek. Enough time has passed since all of our rain that water levels are back down to normal. The sky was clear, but the sun is setting earlier now and so the fish were out and cooperative.

I caught eleven brown trout before climbing out at 7:30 when it got dark.

After standing in a freezing cold downpour, I …

After standing in a freezing cold downpour, I was lucky enough to find some very hungry trout willing to hit a simple hopper pattern

West Branch

My old reliable stretch of the West Branch of the White River was not quite as reliable as usual this morning. But it was still fun, and I did catch some trout even if they weren’t as numerous or as large as on past trips.

This section offers the opportunity for a trout “triple play” – brown, rainbow, and brookie from the same stream in a day. I’ve done it here before.

I caught a small brown right off the bat, but that was it for a while. I had no trouble flushing the fish and getting them to chase and bump the lure, but they weren’t in the mood to get hooked today. The weather conditions (foggy and cloudy) seemed right, but maybe the trout don’t read the same books I do.

Eventually, the catching picked up a little. I caught a couple of small rainbows and several small browns, with one decent one thrown in. Alas, I did not land a brook trout, so no triple play for me today.

I caught six browns and two rainbows, and finished up in time to go for a swim in Curtis Lake before lunch.