2020 Driftless Pictures And Reports

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Well, I met my friend early this morning and after parking our cars(one dropped off) we were on the water shortly after 7:30. The water was slightly colored (perfect), cloudy skies and water temp of 58/59 degrees. I started with a PS 2.0 (and Tenkara) and Mike started with a dry (and traditional). After about 2 hours with me catching most of the fish Mike switched to a Killer Bug and really started hitting the fish. He was at fish # 6 in a hole and after landing the fish for Mike (he forgot his net) I dropped and lost the fly which had come off the tippet. While he was retying I took advantage of the situation and got a 7th fish out of the hole. What are friends for, right? We got to another nice hole and Mike was having trouble getting deep enough so he had me jump in. After my 7th fish in that hole (all on the bottom) my nymph came off, Mike returned the favor and pulled in a 16 ½" brown. We lost count of the number we caught overall but the average size was probably the best we have had. I know nothing about Tricos, but nymphs sure as heck are working.45D3F4A6-355E-4B1F-95C4-312FA084FF21.jpegF71203EE-E645-43F6-8099-6D922F9AEC71.jpeg5DBD6679-7E53-4B6F-91B1-3B3F6CFD200B_1_201_a.jpeg8:21 Brown.jpg
 

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Today I went out with my wife for some afternoon fishing which I rarely do. We hit the water pretty close to 2:30. The water temp was right around 58/59 degrees and the sun was high and bright. I mostly tried the shaded areas. We had a nice afternoon with 5 really nice fish and a number of smaller ones. This was my wife's first time in waders walking in moving water. At one point I had a very nice fish on that was hard to get off the bottom and when I finally got him to the top the hook came out. I may have shouted a bad word because my wife said; "Do you talk like that when fishing with your friends?" Oh well. It was fun having her along.
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Thursday I met with my good friend, Zoan Kulinski, at Sidie Hollow Campground in Vernon County, Wisconsin. I got there at 8:45 and we sat around until 12:30 waiting for the rain to stop. It didn't and we finally just said; "The heck with it, let's go fishing. After looking at the radar we decided to head North. It turned out to be a good decision because, as we drove, the skies started to lighten up. By the time we got to our location we had just a light drizzle and temps of about 52 degrees. We put on our rain jackets, crossed the stile and started fishing. Zoan got a hit on his first cast and so did I. The rain stopped but the fish kept on hitting with a lot of risers. After awhile Zoan asked if I had any dries because he had left his at the car. He put on a size 16 CDC Elk Hair and started catching fish immediately. We alternated on fish, Zoan with dries and me with a nymph. On at least four holes we got 5+ fish like that. By the time we got to the end of the access we had landed over 40 fish. Another great day in the Driftless.
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