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Gurth  
#531 Posted : Monday, May 28, 2018 6:55:23 PM(UTC)
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Wasn't gonna fish today. Yesterday was such an arse pain with the full sun and gnats that I just wasn't in the mood.

Was putzing around the house from 6 to 8 and enjoying my coffee on the deck.

Noticed that the overcast skies weren't burning off though and that there was a steady breeze.

Went to the big river near my house and it was really silty - maybe 5 inch viz but a good sized brown missed at the surface at the bridge that I was checking and that talked me into staying.

Only saw one more brown in the next 1.5 hours but did catch my new PB Driftless Trophy sucker.

Went to a small trib of a well known local stream and had a ball from 10:30-12:30. Cloud cover and breeze remained and enjoyed about a dozen browns including an 18 and a couple of 16s and 3 brookies.

At least that many more darted out from cover and missed.

Nice steady action. Glad I went out.
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#532 Posted : Thursday, May 31, 2018 8:06:51 PM(UTC)
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How are the streams looking for tomorrow? Not sure how much rain fell out in SW Wisconsin.
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#533 Posted : Thursday, May 31, 2018 11:59:39 PM(UTC)
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Hoping to get out Saturday, would like to know as well! Cheers
William Schlafer  
#534 Posted : Friday, June 1, 2018 12:36:05 AM(UTC)
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Most days The Driftless Angler Fly shop posts a report on stream conditions in the Viroqua area.

You can also view USGS automated water data (water level, temperature, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, etc...) collected for various rivers around the DA. This will at least give you a idea of the condition of those streams.

You can also get an idea of how much rain an area has received by checking out rainfall maps like this one. The NWS has rainfall totals and precipitation analysis maps on their regional websites.

But because of the localized nature to thunderstorms and rainfall in the summertime, one stream can be blown out, while another a couple valleys over can be in great shape. Usually if you drive around long enough, you will find a creek in fishable shape.


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William Schlafer  
#535 Posted : Sunday, June 3, 2018 3:45:47 AM(UTC)
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Got out today and fished a stream in Iowa county, and another about 30 minutes away in Sauk county.

I was surprised to find the Iowa county stream a bit muddy but fishable. Conditions otherwise was about as good as it gets: solid overcast most of the day, light winds and nice air temps in the upper 60s low 70s. The bite was fairly strong throughout the morning with just a bit of a slow down around mid-day. Terrestrials were working well, but I also caught Trout on bead head streamers, Elk Hair Caddis and BWO patterns.

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The Sauk County stream was running much clearer and the fish there were also feeding freely. A little rain late in the afternoon didn't slow things down much, and the shower only lasted about 20 minutes. Although I see this evening on radar some bigger storms are pushing through SW Wisconsin - so conditions might be a bit rougher tomorrow.

Biggest issue all day was the stream bank weeds. Hip to chest high already in places. The tall grass helps shield your approach, but makes it really difficult to keep your fly out of the grass and get it down into the water. More than a few times I had make blind casts and listen for the splash of the strike.
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The weeds also make walking the bank tricky, as you can't see whats under that next step. Managed not to fall into the creek, but I did have a couple of missteps. There was just enough wind to keep the bulk of the mosquitoes and gnats at bay, although they came out in force once the wind died.

A strong bite all day put about 40 Trout in the net. Had about that many misses and brief hookups that got off. Not sure why that was happening, but I caught enough quality fish to make it a non factor. Probably my last trip for awhile due to work, travel and other summer activities.

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-Bill

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#536 Posted : Monday, July 23, 2018 1:18:53 PM(UTC)
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Yesterday was the first time in a couple months that I had the opportunity to trout fish under overcast skies.

The skies combined with the steady wind and the front that had been overhead for the prior 24 hours helped me to decide against warm water fishing (which is what I wanted to do) and had me excited to hit a trout stream in Richland County.

Arrived to find a lower stretch that I was hoping to start with too silted up to fish. Moved up the valley to find nicely stained water that was surprisingly a little low – surprising because the lower part of the river was silted up, but it's a place that silts up if someone runs their garden hose too long, so there's that.

There were also very few gnats and the temps were quite comfortable.

Anyway, despite the great conditions and 15 fish to hand, was an incredibly frustrating morning.

Seems like every freaking trout in the stream took a run at my offerings and 4 out of 5 missed/turned away at the last second. Not even close to an exaggeration – can hardly believe how many fish I saw but didn't hook.

Tried every color and size in my box – and I have many – but they simply wouldn't take it. Fast retrieve... slow retrieve... jigging... upstream... downstream... Raps and streamers too.

Was like winter fishing although I actually saw all these fish – which makes it worse.

The larger ones in particular were finicky (smart).

A frustrating 15 fish morning?

Yep. First world problems, I know.


This one was fun though…


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Hooked it in about 10 inches of water about 10 feet from my boots.

It leaped 3 feet straight up out of the water like a tarpon… twice. Not sure how it got the leverage or momentum – kicked off the bottom?

Don't remember one ever jumping as high as this one did.



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#537 Posted : Monday, July 23, 2018 3:51:00 PM(UTC)
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Nice Gurth!

I love those leaping DA Browns. They have attitude and altitude.


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#538 Posted : Monday, July 23, 2018 4:50:37 PM(UTC)
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I took my 16yo son and 4 other friends camping in Vernon County on Friday and Saturday. They ran around like idiots (normal 16yo stuff) and I fished the N Fork of the Bad Axe. It was overcast the whole time and water temps were cool for this time of year. Dry flies were money and everything I caught came on a #16 CDC Elk. I was surprised at how many brookies I caught in this section. I would assume that 90% of the fish I caught were brooks. I've fished this section dozens of times in the past and the mix has always been about 50/50.

I was wading through one pool and I thought I saw a wall hanger brown swim past me. Upon closer look, it was a beaver.

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#539 Posted : Monday, July 23, 2018 6:03:29 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: WI-fly Go to Quoted Post
I was surprised at how many brookies I caught in this section. I would assume that 90% of the fish I caught were brooks. I've fished this section dozens of times in the past and the mix has always been about 50/50.


Check them for clipped adipose fins. They're doing a little experiment to see how many are wild vs. how many are "wild-stocked".

Talking with the local fisheries biologist a while back, he fished a section of it and figured he caught (hook and line) 75% brookies. When they electrofished it, there were 75% browns.

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I was wading through one pool and I thought I saw a wall hanger brown swim past me. Upon closer look, it was a beaver.


Very cool!
Guillermo  
#540 Posted : Tuesday, July 24, 2018 2:04:48 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: WI-fly Go to Quoted Post
I took my 16yo son and 4 other friends camping in Vernon County on Friday and Saturday. They ran around like idiots (normal 16yo stuff) and I fished the N Fork of the Bad Axe. It was overcast the whole time and water temps were cool for this time of year. Dry flies were money and everything I caught came on a #16 CDC Elk. I was surprised at how many brookies I caught in this section. I would assume that 90% of the fish I caught were brooks. I've fished this section dozens of times in the past and the mix has always been about 50/50.

I was wading through one pool and I thought I saw a wall hanger brown swim past me. Upon closer look, it was a beaver.



The NFBA has a hell of a beaver problem.

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