In the past I’ve kept this site free of opinions, not sure if that’s a good thing, if it’s the right thing. Fished the other day and took note of multiple beavers, noted their impact on certain stretches of stream. Called a fella I know and was told that the section of creek I was fishing was slated for habitat improvement. I’ve seen some work I like, some I hate, some that I thought was a good thing and some I believe has ruined locations for me. I can remember a couple places that I miss, the places I learned to fish and they are gone. Heard the information about this recent area and just felt that way. I ditched to a creek that is private, had to ask permission to touch, I did and I got it.
Small, difficult to fish water covered mostly by thick ice shelves. Streamers, #14 Pink Squirrels and a #18 Orange Scud all brought brightly colored fish to hand, the fish in contrast to the grey skies above my head. I managed multiple brookies from 8-12inches over two hours, all showing some degree of gill lice infestation. Hands got seriously cold for a while as I sat on a single hole for longer than I normally do. Spent my time in the woods with my thoughts and the fish. Glad for these moments and places, I go back and forth on lots of things. Habitat improvement, might be right for one place but it’s not for all and private water…seen alot of it neglected, hard to find a balance. Got home, cleaned up and looked out the door to see a fat furry friend hanging out by the barn, been wanting rabbit for dinner for a while now and I know they will be a problem in the spring and summer with the garden. Life in Driftless country, day over.