Monday, April 21, 2014

a driftless trout fishing blog post

A trip to the Wisconsin driftless area for some trout fishing can really revitalize a persons spirit. Despite the scattered and persistent storms last weekend the trout fishing refused to disappoint. I was able to visit a few streams from the past as well as some new water to bookmark for returns. Streams of the past have changed their faces in the last few years. Pools have changed in shape, some have vanished, and new pools have formed, but the one thing that remains consistent is an abundance of trout.

driftless trout on a wooly bugger
 While most of my morning action played out in the rain, it wasn't until the lightning and thunder showed that I let it run me off the stream and back into town. By that time it was nearly noon. I had fished two streams, covered some new productive water and had caught nearly 20 fish. A good morning for sure.

the storm moving in from the right chased me back to town
It was a short drive back to the town of Viroqua. A break for a hamburger, a pit stop, and a drop by the fly shop allowed most of the lightning and rain to pass me by (so I thought). And, after lunch, I set out to explore Vernon county Wisconsin. The trout streams here refused to disappoint, I found trout visible from almost every bridge crossing I scouted.

driftless trout were liking the wooly bugger
 Mid afternoon is when I finally understood the storms were just going to follow me the whole day. I continued to head east to stay ahead of weather, fishing my way across Vernon and Richland counties. Eventually the fronts drove me south.

rain clouds are in the distance of every scenery shot I have from the day
Wind and rain were all part of the ingredients to my successful day. I wouldn't have changed a single thing about the trip. Even dropping down into Grant county to fish a stretch I've been skunked on the only two times I've fished it worked out well. I caught two trout on that stretch.

not the biggest but takes a skunk off a stretch of river for me
It was a great run to the trout waters of Wisconsin. The fishing made the miles behind the wheel worth it. Also was nice to meet some new anglers streamside. The grass is greening up and plenty of good fly fishing lies ahead for the season. For now, my fly fishing outlook is promising.

10 comments:

  1. I thought with all the winter storms you guys have had that you'd still be knee deep in snow. Glad to see such nice conditions. Seems like a stellar day.

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    1. The weather around here has broken and the fish seem to be catching up. Everything does seem to be behind a bit though!

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  2. Kevin
    What impresses me about this post aside from the outstanding trout is the stream you were fishing. No hang ups in trees here, and plenty room for your back cast. thanks for sharng

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    1. Haha yes, it was completely a snag free day but some photos of a nice pasture section of water for sure

      Thanks

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  3. I bet I just missed you in town. I spent the first half of that initial downpour walking back to the overpass. Once there, I landed most of my fish under the overpass casting into that pool. The bite was really on during the storm! I took three fish in three casts!

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    1. Seems as we both had good days. Some quality streams for sure. Everywhere I looked was quality water.

      Even with the weather the fishing was fun!

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  4. That's an outstanding trip. I have never had a day like that on the water up there, with excellent conditions. I might have to try my luck a midst rolling storms. I have yet to make my first trip up there. Hopefully, sooner than a few weeks.

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    1. a very special place, i like a few trips a year there

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