Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fall smallmouth on Chequamegon Bay

Headed out to Chequamegon Bay for some fall bronzeback fishing with another local guide and good friend, Capt 'Shark' Kishida.  Gased the boat up in Ashland, WI.  I'm not much on fast food, but had a bad itching to get on the water, so we headed across the road for some fast processed sausage burritoes from Mickey D's. The morning started out cool and sunny with the breeze picking up every minute.  The waves were cresting about 2' to 2.5', choppy, but not bad.  Over the horizon from our NW we could see the clouds coming at us, with sheets of rain tailing behind.  We got wet, but no heavy down pours.  The sun came out after about an hour.  The waves and wind layed down later in the afternoon.  Great day to be on Lake Superior!  Caught some nice fat Fall smallies and even explored Madeline Island.  All of my fish came on the fly!  I'm not saying it was easy this day, but doable.  Air temps reached about 60 and the water temps stayed steady at 52-54 degrees.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

TR with Bea & Di on the Brule River

Headed out with Bea & Di on their very first fly fishing expedition.  It was expected to be a cool weather day, but mostly sunny.  I was hoping for a few clouds because you know what that means, BWO time.  The clouds never showed up, but the BWO's came for lunch.  As we pulled into our lunch area, the BWO's were coming off and the fish went on a feeding frenzy!  Tied on a few flies for Bea & Di to use while I got lunch ready.  Stoked the fire and heated the pulled pork.  I hear them having a great time over the crackling of the firewood and wind flowing through the cedar trees.  Matching the hatch was a challenge.  Throwing a size 18 BWO in fast water is a challenge for any seasoned fly angler.  A big wulff and small BWO solved that problem.  They both enjoyed their first taste of fly fishing and each caught their first trout on the fly; a couple of nice fall colored brook trout.  As always I enjoyed the water, weather, the Brule River and especially the great company!  Tight lines!

TR with my son Zach, first trout on the fly!

Finally got my son out to dunk some bugs in Wisconsin. The season is winding down quick, but had to get at least one day on the water with my son Zach. I asked him earlier last week if he wanted to go fly fishing with the pops, he sounding excited to go, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity. We visited a friend in Lindstrom, MN, then headed over to the Willow River. He hooked into his first trout on the fly! So proud of him. We cooked some brats over the 1 burner for lunch and then headed back out. Great day to be out on the water.  There aren't too many things that I could compare to the joy one gets out of showing a young person the beauty of mother nature, especially when it's your own son.  I like being called Dad! Now for the rest of the story...

getting ready to hit the water
working the water
first trout on the fly with no help from the old man!
now he's getting into it
the fish aren't scared of his 2 missing front teeth
another brownie treat
nice way to end the day

Namekagon River with Jeff and Tim

Spent a nice late summer day floating the Namekagon River with Tim and Jeff. The Namekagon River is a beautiful river to canoe by pole. The water is cooling down from a hot summer and the flows are just about right.  Did see some big fish moving around with their nice golden yellow colors.  No big ones on this day, but there were plenty of browns willing to bite. Awesome weather for polling, excellent scenery and good company, that's what it's all about.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Chasing bronze with Sam Cook of The Duluth News Tribune

I had the good fortune to spend an afternoon fly fishing for Mr. Bronzeback in my own backyard with local outdoor writer Sam Cook from the Duluth News Tribune. Thanks Sam for the great story!

Here is the link to the story online:
Fly-fishing guide Ouitdee Carson specializes in smallmouth bass