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William Schlafer  
#1 Posted : Monday, March 11, 2019 6:01:03 PM(UTC)
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Be thankful for all the great streams and easy access we enjoy in the Driftless Area. This (believe it or not) is what opening day for Trout fishing in Missouri looks like:

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And no, these pictures are not photo shopped. Check out this video of opening day at a popular state park. Skip ahead to about the 8:00 mark to get the full experience.


I don't think I could handle being shoulder to shoulder with other fisherman like that. It goes against the main reason I fish small streams. Solitude, serenity and mother nature is what attracts me. Funny thing is the video commentator says the this crowd is much smaller than in the past years. Yikes.

When I fish the DA during the week, it's not uncommon to never see another Trout fisherman. Even on the weekends, if you drive around a bit, you can usually find a stream to fish by yourself.


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Gurth  
#2 Posted : Monday, March 11, 2019 6:29:35 PM(UTC)
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That’s my mental image of Mormon or Timber. Flapper
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Gurth  
#3 Posted : Monday, March 11, 2019 6:31:26 PM(UTC)
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To be honest, I wouldn’t trout fish if that was my only option.

Plenty of other fish to target even on the fly and that isn’t even really fly fishing or casting.
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WI-fly  
#4 Posted : Monday, March 11, 2019 6:57:04 PM(UTC)
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That’s my mental image of Mormon or Timber. Flapper


Mormon got fished out about 5 years ago. Terrible tragedy. Not a single fish left in the stream. No sense for anyone to even try. Darn shame.

In all seriousness, Timber isn't too bad for most of the year. You'll see a lot of traffic on weekends in May and June, but that is to be expected. I'm fortunate to live within 15 minutes of it so I can get there on weekdays when there is not a lot of pressure. I prefer to fish from about 5 p.m. to sundown, and many of the out of towners are typically out to eat or to their hotel by then. Even when I do run into the out of towners in the parking lot or on the stream, folks are polite and talkative. I do my part to be the good local TU ambassador and share what's working for me and tell them where to go get a drink and steak. The Stockyard in Coon Valley is my favorite spot!


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Hegawn  
#5 Posted : Monday, March 11, 2019 8:00:18 PM(UTC)
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Bill, if my friend Smoky was there, that crowd might thin out a little. (Actually, I saw this in yesterday's Chi. Trib arts section.)
"When you come to a fork in the stream, take it!" - if Yogi Berra was a trout chaser...
William Schlafer  
#6 Posted : Monday, March 11, 2019 8:46:05 PM(UTC)
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The Stockyard in Coon Valley is my favorite spot!





I'll second that. My go to spot for lunch when I'm fishing the Timber Coulee complex. Good sandwiches. They used to serve breakfast too a few years ago, but not anymore.


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WI-fly  
#7 Posted : Monday, March 11, 2019 9:14:02 PM(UTC)
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Get the Silo burger or the patty melt next time. Good stuff.
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#8 Posted : Tuesday, March 12, 2019 12:03:16 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Gurth Go to Quoted Post
That’s my mental image of Mormon or Timber. Flapper


Yeah, nothing like that. Having fished a fair bit in Pennsylvania, I laugh when people talk about Wisconsin streams being crowded.

I've been to Bennett Springs - where the photos and videos above are from - with a friend and his family MANY years ago. Apparently for many, that's what trout fishing is. It would make be take up golf...
IL.flyfisher  
#9 Posted : Tuesday, March 12, 2019 12:52:30 AM(UTC)
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You have to be thankful for the streams in Wisc. and Iowa. The last two years I have not made it to either state but have fished trout streams on the east coast around Boston. I can't wait to get back to Wisc. this year. The solitude and numbers of catchable fish are no comparison. There is more to Missouri than the trout parks. Before the early season in Wisc. that's where I would go in deep winter. From central Il. it is not that much farther to drive and sometimes 20 degrees warmer. I'm not sure the majority of people in either state appreciate what they have in their backyard.
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I'm not sure the majority of people in either state appreciate what they have in their backyard.


Can’t speak for anyone else, but I thank my lucky stars all the time and not just for trout water. Lots of other amazing things just down the road in every direction.

Of course I grew up in Illinois so know what desolation looks like.

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