Friday, September 21, 2012

Provo Caddis and PMD's

the past 10 days have been great fishing on the provo out here in utah.  PMD's and caddis are catching tons of fish.

Long story shot i've been using my 1 wt. catching some nice fish, nothing huge with the bigges at 18".
Got this one yesterday on a PMD in the middle of the day, he took me down river two pools before i could get him in the net!  A very health 18 with some nice colors, a start of a kype, and some huge fins.

Monday, September 10, 2012

First month of Utah

Well, I've been getting out fishing quite a bit, most of it without a camera.
It's not too bad only having class 3 days a week!

So far the fishing hasn't been spectacular, other than the one night i spent on the green (my camera and phone were dead)

So far i've caught browns, rainbows, whitefish, and brookies... still looking for that cuttie!

Within the next two weeks i'll get some real pictures and have a better update!
Hope the end of everyones summer is going well

good luck to all the tributary fisherman back home, i'm gonna miss that this year, good luck to all the hunters as well!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Slow summer, now i live in utah!

Well title pretty much says it all, drought and heat in wisconsin made it so i didn't fish a whole lot throughout the summer, and when i did end up going there wasn't too many days worthy of a write up.

Last friday I moved into my apartment in Salt Lake City, Utah for school... i mean for fishing and skiing...

Ended up going today with a few friends on the Middle Provo, pretty slow fishing,  they each got their first trout on a fly rod though!  I ended up with just two fish, at least both were of pretty good size at about 17inches a piece.

I've got tuesdays and thursdays off, get out of class at noon on friday, so i should be getting in a lot of fishing, which means i should start posting more again!

Other than the fishing being kinda slow this summer for me,  2012 has been probably the best year of my life so far, hope everyone else's year is going well
Tight lines

Friday, June 1, 2012

Wisconsin fishing: Mixtape edition! Video!

Just got done editing the second video from the year!
 Shot entirely in wisconsin, in the month of may!

Check it out and let me know what you think!

I think i'll be trying to do monthly edits throughout the summer. Hopefully I'll be doing a little more filming in june than i did in may,  it didn't turn out quite as good as i would have liked, but i had a bit of a lack of footage.  I guess that just means June's video will be better!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Muskies over memorial weekend (and other fish too)

We headed up to the cabin in northern wisconsin on friday, got there about 430pm and went right out to the dock to do a little fishing.  Throwing a rainbow trout pattern rapala I had a hit, it ended up being a skinny 36 inch muskie with a very good "bar" pattern. Not a bad way to start off the weekend either!

a pretty, but skinny fish!
Later that night we went down to on of our favorite spots on the local river in search of some smallies and walleye.  I decided to use the fly fishing gear and I'm glad i did!  Right away i landed a nice smallie, then a few casts later i had another hit... it was a muskie! I was throwing an articulated black leech and using my 6wt. rod with 0x tippet.  I played him till i thought he was ready, then hopped in the water to try and grab him (we didnt have a net or anything to help me out)  I grabbed the leader and slowly pulled his head to might right so i could grab his tail with my other hand.  As i was reaching for his tail he gave one last big headshake, and the line broke, "my" muskie went swimming away with my fly.
An average northwoods smallie!

We kept fishing and caught quite a few more smallies and my dad even caught a fat little muskie, about 27inches, and we caught 5 walleye, including my personal best on a fly rod 22.5"

A fat little muskie
The next day we went to a private lake that my grandfather has property on looking for bass and pike in the shallows.  The day started off pretty good, then the rain came and we had to take a break in the cabin to let the weather pass.  At the end of the day (12pm-4:30pm) we caught exactly 50 fish, most were largemouth, a few smallmouth and pike.

We headed back to out cabin and had some dinner, then went back to the river for some evening fishing.  We caught more smallies, a couple more walleyes. This time we brought the net, just in case, and I'm glad we did, as just like the night before, i hooked into another muskie.  This one was BIG, and again on the 6wt. with a 3-4inch leech pattern that i often use for trout!
After a fierce battle we got him in the net, making it officially the first muskie i've landed on a fly! It was also one of the biggest muskies i had ever caught! Right about 48 inches (possibly even larger, we weren't that worried about exact measurements at the time)  It was a healthy 48 too!  All on a 6 wt rod too!

Finally, got one on the fly!
A BIG one on the fly!
The biggest fish I've ever caught on a fly rod!
The little leech that made it happen!
The next day was more of the same, smallies, walleyes, quite a few largemouth, and again a muskie!  My friend Brett was with us, and he had never caught a muskie before, so it was his turn!  We started off fishing for bass and walleye and were having decent luck then i hear brett yell from upstream, He yelled "MUSKIE!!!"  I grabbed the net and started running.  I got there to see another BIG fish, probably around 44inches on the end of his 8lbs mono spinning gear.   The fish took a long run, and he spit the hook.  So close to his first muskie!  Later that day he got a second chance, this time with a rod more suited for catching the toothy critters.  The fish missed several times first cast, then second cast he hit again and it was game on!  This time Brett won, and landed his first muskie ever!  It wasn't just any muskie either, it was a HUGE fish!  We taped it out in some grass in the water and it measure 47.5inches,  talk about a big first muskie!
Another first and PB of the weekend!
Another HUGE muskie!

Not a bad weekend!!
I'm currently working on another video, and it should be out pretty soon!
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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Smallies, carp, browns and brooks.

Last week i went fishing on a lower section of a local stream in search of some big brown trout with one of my friends Mike.  I had fished the creek several times before, and remember catching a few little smallmouth right under the bridge, so i figured we might catch a smallie or two fishing downstream of that bridge.
We started out by asking a landowner for permission to fish on his land, he said that we could, but "there's no trout down here" and even told us that his grandson had been seeing carp swimming around.
We walked down to the creek and started fishing, The first pool looked pretty nice, and my friend pulled a little chub out making the first fish of the day.  The next pool up Mike missed a fish then continued on up the the next pool, i stuck around at the 2nd pool and was rewarded with the first trout of the day, a healthy fish around 12 inches.
We continued on and the next few pools held several more trout, and also had some smallies that were willing to bite!  They weren't huge fish, biggest being around 14 inches, but they still put up a great fight! I ended up hooking into a nice smallmouth and noticed one chasing him in, so i told Mike to cast to where my fish was on the end of my line.  He started stripping in his streamer and i saw the trailing fish chase after it and open his mouth, I told mike he ate it and he set the hook, we ended up landing a double!

We ended up catching 7 or 8 smallmouth bass, about 15 browns (all right about 12 inches) a chub, and a redhorse. The redhorse came out of a VERY fast run and hit a bunny leech.  This is the second redhorse i've caught on a big bunny leech this year!  I didn't take a picture of the redhorse, but heres a picture from a few weeks ago of a redhorse i caught on the fly! 

The farmer was right about the abundance of carp in the creek, we saw a ton of carp and suckers all over the place! It was pretty weird catching brown trout and smallies right next to the carp, the weirdest part is that i actually caught a brookie!!! Even in the upstream sections of the creek I've never heard of brook trout being caught very often at all.
We ended up having several other brook trout on, but we were using big streamers and never got another one in.  
Although we didn't find the big browns we were looking for, we caught some nice fish, and a good variety of species.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

3 Tigers in 2 months?!

No, I didn't catch three tigers in 2 months, but my friend Damien did.
I was fishing with him on all three days that he caught them, but he seems to have the tiger-catching-technique down or something.  All I know is that I've never heard of anybody in wisconsin catching 3 in two months!  I think Damien should probably go buy a few powerball tickets or something.

And here they are-
#1 the most beautiful fish i've ever seen.

#2 I thought two tigers in a season was crazy.
the 3rd, and there is still a lot of time for another!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

4/27 and a few pike

Well about a week ago i fished with my friend Damien and we ended up with a few pretty nice browns, and at our last stop, I ended up catching a roughly 20 inch northern pike!  This was the first time i had ever caught a pike in a trout stream.  We were fishing pretty far downstream so it wasn't that unusual i don't think, considering i have caught bluegills and a small largemouth bass just a bit farther downstream.
Fast forward to yesterday the 27th.  I was fishing a new stream out near lacrosse and caught probably over 70 trout from 11am-3pm.  About 60% were browns, and 39% were brookies, 1% northern pike.  This time i wasn't fishing a low stretch of the creek at all, and in the same hole i caught the tiny northern pike out of i also caught around 10 brookies and 5 browns.  I imagine that pike will be quite a bit bigger in a few years!
A few pools upstream i had a brookie, about 8 inches on, and had a GIANT brown come up and try to eat the brookie.  I would guess the brown at ~24" I fished the pool for a good 45 minutes throwing every kind of streamer i had in the box, including big nasty articulated leeches (did i mention i was using a 1 wt. that day?)

All three of the above were out of the same hole!

not the best picture, but here's the other pike

I also threw together a little video from last weeks fishing.   I haven't done much filming so far this season, but i figured i'd throw something out.  Didn't spend a whole lot of time one it, but let me know what you think!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The night bite 2012!

Headed out night fishing tonight, and scored again!  I've been out past dark twice now, first time ended up with a nice brown around 15ish, this time I caught two browns!  First one was, once again 18.5" and FAT!  The second was right around 15" again, but while attempting to get the picture he slipped out of my hands and back into the drink.
15ish from early april at night

the 18.5" from tonight 4/18

hopefully i'll catch this guy again when he grows another 2 inches or so!

Other than the night bite, fishing today was really tough overall, they just didn't seem very agressive all day. But with the past two days i can't complain! 2 fish of 18.5" in 2 days,  I don't mind this trend at all!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ol' hookjaw

Today i fished in dane county for a while and ended up catching around 10 fish, including my first inland wisconsin trout with a big old kype.  He was only 18.5 inches, but had a real nice hook jaw.  I also threw a mouse for a little while near dark and had a fish right around 18-20 inches come all the way out of the water on the strike!  Unfortunately he threw the hook about 20 seconds into the fight.  Next time i'll get him!

Also i caught my first two fish on a mouse about 5 days ago, i dont have pictures of them, but they were about 10 inches each... They loved the mouse on that stream, i had like 15 strikes, but only landed those two little guys.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A few nice browns

I've been fishing quite a bit lately, including monday, tuesday and wednesday of this week.  Monday was windy, but it paid off fighting the wind!  I ended up with THE strongest 19inch brown trout i've ever caught.   Tuesday I ended up with a nice 16 inch brown, that had some really, really weird fins (was he a stocker?) and yesterday i caught a 16-17 inch brown (he wouldn't hold still for a proper measurement)

19 inch brown

16 inches, and some weird fins

A better look at his abnormal adipose 

a feisty 16 or so inch brown

Overall the bite has been a little slow though, not bad, but not really good either.

Monday, April 2, 2012

2011 Deer season mounts

Just picked up my two mounts from the taxidermist yesterday and snapped a couple of picture.
I got them done at Frye's taxidermy in Middleton, Wi.  I think he did a good job with both of them, and he does them for a good price.  He's done 3 shoulder mounts for us and all of them have turned out great.
Shot 5 yards apart, and 1 week apart, but complete opposites as far as antlers!

Haven't scored him yet, but he'll easily make pope and young!

right about 150" with a 23 3/4inch inside spread 

The 2011 season was a GREAT one for me, not a bad season before i head off to college.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A quick hour on the creek

I had an urge to get out on the water yesterday, so I went out for an hour yesterday on Black Earth creek.  I was fishing a deep pool swinging streamers downstream (which normally i'm not a fan of, i always seem to have better luck pulling streamers downstream) and ended up getting one fish.  A healthy 18 inch rainbow.   Unfortunately i left my camera in the car, so all i had was my phone, and the pictures all ended up a bit blurry, Still better than no picture at all!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

First of Wisconsin 2012

Yesterday, the 6th of march I made my way out to Iowa County with my friend Damien in search of some driftless trout.
The first creek was so clear that it was very easy to spook the fish, which ended up making fishing a bit slow.  The snow was melting quickly and making the creek pretty muddy, so we headed back downstream and fished one of the feeder creeks.
In the feeder we caught quite a few more fish including an 18 1/2 inch brown that is the biggest for the season,(well, kind of, he was somehow foul hooked.) and several nice healthy 14 inchers.   We also caught a few brookies making roughly 30 fish between us.
We hit one more stream afterwards.  It was a new stream for both of us, and it was filled with fish.  It was getting dark, but we still ended up with around 6 fish, Including the highlight of the trip, Damien's first Tiger Trout!

Not a bad start to the season, look forward to heading out again.
Talk about a pretty fish!

Not a bad start to the year! hopefully many more like this to come!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Pre-Christmas Steelhead

Made it out with Damien and his father again on Dec. 23.    Ended up catching 10 between the three of us. Including catching a double (I caught my first ever steelhead at the same time as damien's dad caught his second of the day)

Sorry for the not so thorough update, I havent had time to write anything up, and for the crappy crops of the photos.