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  1. Eagle Creek in Savage is alleged trout water.
  2. The early season in Wiscosnin opens on the first Saturday in March. There's sometimes a little confusion on this point because it started out as an experimental season and opened on March 1st. However, by Wisconsin statute, seasons must open on Saturdays, so when the season was codified, it went to a first Saturday opener. One more slightly strange thing about it is that it closes at the end of the day on the Sunday before the regular season opener. Some people think that rests the fish for a week and makes them less wary on opening day. The season is not fully universal either - there are streams in the north and northeast that are not open. However, the great majority of the Driftless Area streams are included in the early season. Single hook, barbless artificials are required and conservation officers will check your equipment.
  3. And if you should be lucky enough to go fishing there, stop and look at that river for a moment and think about Daniel Greysolon, the Sieur duLhut (After whom the city of Duluth, MN is named)and his men ascending it from Lake Superior in their freighter canoes on their way to the St. Croix and the Mississippi in 1680 - 325 years ago!
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    The NB of the Root

    Uffdapete, you make a great point. The farmers have a duty to be responsible stewards, but we consumers have to support them in their efforts, either through tax supports or food prices. A society always hangs on to that which it values, so now we will find out if we value clean water, topsoil and trout or if we favor cheap soy beans.
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    Monday outing

    Very nice photo of a healthy, solid brown trout. The curve in its body shows somehow how heavily muscled those fish are. It looks coiled and ready to spring.
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    Fly Rods$$$????

    "Line speed" probably relates most closely to what you might call "action" in a spinning or casting rod. It has to do with the shape of the curve that the rod takes under load. Fly rods cost a lot and fly rods cost very little. I see that St. Croix Tournament series rods for spinning and baitcasting sell for $200 and more. There are very nice fly rods for less than that, including rods from St. Croix's Avid series. To a certain extent, you do get what you pay for, usually in terms of lightness in the hand, warranty and finish, but the improvements can be pretty incremental for a big jump in price. You can get a much better explanation of both fly rod action and pricing strategies by visiting a fly shop where they will be happy to lead you through this.
  7. If I had no reason to believe there'd be a particular hatch, I'd bring bead head pheasant tail nymphs, gold ribbed hare's ear nymphs and black woolly buggers.
  8. I fished muddler minnows frequently years ago, but fell away from them when I started to tie my own flies and discovered that muddlers are, to say the least, a challenge to tie. Great fly, though. Woolly buggers are among the deadliest of flies, so don't give up on them. My favorites are all black and all olive on a 3XL streamer hook in size 8 with a gold conehead and a weighted shank. The fly can be cast upstream and stripped back slightly faster than current speed or it can be cast across and down on the swing. I also tie some non-conehead, non-weighted black woollies for use in quiet, clear flats where the fish spook at the "splat" a weighted fly makes. I use red thread so that I can use the head of the fly to recognize that it's unweighted.
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    Meat color

    The flesh of hatchery fish can be manipulated by diet to be rendered orange. Hatchery workers feed the fish pellets augmented with caretenoids for the last few weeks of the fish' hatchery existence - sort of like "finishing" beef with a heavy corn diet.
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    tiger trout

    Fairly rare. First, because you need a pretty good population of brook trout to make this happen and streams cold enough and pure enough to support brook trout are in limited supply (or at least those that also support introduced brown trout are rare). Then there's the genetic accident that has to happen. I've caught two of them in the course of more years than I want to acknowledge.
  11. I feel that breathable waders are one of the great advancements in gear in recent years. They are far more comfortable than anything else I ever used in hot weather and with good layering - long johns and fleece pants - I've been comfortable steelheading in November and while fishing for trout in January and February in the MN winter season. Their only downside, and its a minor one, is that they're a little fragile when it comes to pinhole leaks, but such leaks are easily repairable with AquaSeal. I'm a proponent of stocking foot waders and separate boots, but I can see advantages for some users with bootfoots.
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