29 Sep 2008 /
28 Sep 2008 /
27 Sep 2008 /
25 Sep 2008 /
Tags: Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Fly Fishing
24 Sep 2008 /
No Pictures, No Fish. I went out, to the same spot as the last two times just to continue the experiment. I tried the same tato-scud/indicator rig for five casts and moved on. Had some problems with getting snagged a few times. I didn’t have the time I wanted and felt rushed. I need to relax a bit more and take my time. I took no pictures and caught no fish. Maybe I violated some secret trout rule about hitting the same place three times in five days. Tried all kinds of flies a few times and moved on. Felt off. Wait for the next time for now. Hopefully friday. Peace.
23 Sep 2008 /
So being fairly new, i.e. this is my first summer seriously fishing for trout, I didn’t fully understand what a friend of mine at work meant when he said he couldn’t wait for “hopper” season. Honestly, hindsight makes me think how could I not have known what he meant but I didn’t at first. Liz’s dad also mentioned “hopper” season and I asked more and found out that Grasshoppers begin showing up late July and early August and if one is in the right spot at the right time in the right sunny climate hoppers can be your best friend!
Liz and I went fishing south of 90 one day early in Sept. and I had a hopper moment! I walked into four to five foot tall grass and found myself surrounded by an army of grasshoppers an inch long. I caught a few and picked the correct color. Its one of those moments where the fish will strike almost helplessly, with the proper presentation they can’t help it. Big strikes where the fish leap out of the water.
It was a good thing Liz was there to help me, I ended up needing her help to land quite a few good sized Rainbows. She netted and I slowly moved up the pool until finally at the end after 2hrs of good fishing one very large Rainbow hit my hopper for the last time, took it and promptly wrapped it around a log near my feet and gave me the fin as it took the hopper that I had caught over a dozen of his friends on. A fitting end to the night I thought. I had a blast with Liz and we got a few good pictures.
22 Sep 2008 /
21 Sep 2008 /
Tags: Brown Trout, Fly Fishing, MN, Southeast, Winona
I tied a new fly tonight while Liz was in a class meeting. I’ve seen other streamer patterns that use a large amount of yellow feathers. I was given some old feather boa’s from our roommate hannah and decided to try and make something new. I’ve never worked with the rubber legs before and I think I did fairly well. I call this the fire fly and its got a tungsten bead as well as a few wraps of .20 lead to avoid using a sinker. I have yet to catch a trout on a streamer. This is frustrating and I’m hoping to change that, I just need to choose to use them rather than going the safer route and using something I know works.
Lily has started to recover from her surgery. She has a new shiney orthopedic plate under her skin on her back right leg. She has a mean looking 27 staples holding the skin togather until next week. We are taking slow walks once or twice a day right now, keeping her from walking up stairs or running. We have a new gental leader collar which is amazing and allows a dog that would always pull so hard on a leash to walk slowly to make her use her leg and muscles. We have quite a way to go yet, 8 weeks like this and then up to two years with the plate in which could hamper her in cold weather causing her leg pain due to the freezing plate. If her leg does not heal properly in the two years then she may never get the plate out. This is a hard blow, I was really looking forward to bringing her with me trout hunting in January.