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  1. tie flyer

    Spring Browns

    Alex, glad that made sense to you. Go to the library and check out “Handbook of Hatches” by Hughes. It explains the major aquatic insects in trout streams and lakes; the style is readable and he uses lay terms. If you learn the trout forage you will know where (and when) to target them on the water. It will probably plant a seed for the fly tying bug, too. Generally, big pools will hold big fish. But trout don’t necessarily feed when holed up, especially in the daytime. So fish the fast water going into deep pools and you will encounter hungry fish. The fast, shallow places are called riffles. Many aquatic nymphs and larvae live under and between the rocks. Trout move into these rocky areas for a meal when bugs are active. Where riffles empty into deep pools fish often have a bonanza with insects that get swept downstream. The head and tail of a pool can be excellent feeding zones. Deeper, moderately fast water is called a run. Often rising trout can be spotted feeding in these. The best trout water has some sort of deep water nearby, preferably with a cut bank, overhanging tree, logjam, ledge, etc. Remember to stay low and wear drab (brown or green) clothing. Always walk upstream. If you think there’s a trout in the water you’re more likely to catch one. I'm sure you'll have fun. Are you going out this weekend?
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    Monday outing

    Fly Angler, I agree. Even the streams that got hit hard will come back, probably with fewer (but larger) trout in the short term. I was glad that the DNR emphasized responsible watershed management. From the road you can see that the terraced fields with unplowed valleys held up fine while others had two or three foot ditches carved out. Still, in two trips (one winter and one spring) this year I have had some excellent fishing, including caddis dries and the rare winter rising trout. Wxguy, I am coming down Saturday night after dark and fishing Sunday and Monday. Now I wish I had Tuesday off, too. Want to go fishing? Shoot me an email: erichjonsylvester at hotmail dot com.
  3. tie flyer

    Spring Browns

    Alex, Welcome to the fly fishing addiction! Brown trout generally hold where there is a break in the current. They get fat by sitting in the relative calm created by a cut-bank, logjam, or underwater limestone shelf. Generally, they sit in front – or upstream – of the break and dart into fast water where the most food passes by. They also like to sit on the slower side of a current seam, which is why people say to cast where there is foam on the water. This time of year your best tools will be your eyes. Careful observation will tell you what fly to use. I have seen a lot of anglers surrounded by insects stare into their fly box in uncertainty. First look around you: on the water, in the air, in the water, and you will see some trout food. Once you find a prevalent insect (assuming Ma Nature is cooperating and there is a hatch, which is likely in May) then open your fly box and find something that looks similar to the bug. For flies the most important considerations are 1) Shape, 2) Size, and the real number I) presentation. Color is less important than any of these. If fish are visibly rising then quarter your dry fly up and across the current. Cast two or three feet above the rising trout. Focus on one fish. If you are blessed with trout rising all around you don’t lose your cool! That’s difficult for the beginner because you will be in trout heaven when this happens. If there is no visible trout or insect activity above the surface then try drifting a wet fly or nymph. The easiest presentation for anything wet is to quarter your cast downstream, or even cast perpendicular to the current, and let the fly “swing” all the way directly downstream of you. Let it dangle there for up to ten seconds to imitate an emerging insect. Keep your rod tip low to the water and make sure your line is tight! When a fish hits your reel will buzz! Lift the rod tip and it will be hooked. When dry fly fishing don’t set the hook until the fish has your fly and resubmerges itself in the water. Sometimes rainbows actually jump over your fly and engulf it as they reenter the water. That’s about as “watered-down” as fly 101 gets. Where are you fishing? Do you know how to tell the difference between a dry fly, wet fly, and nymph? Don’t be embarrassed if you can’t. We’ll help ya. The most important piece of advice: Be patient and have fun! Oh, and keep your hook in the water.
  4. tie flyer

    Monday outing

    Nice work, wxguy. Great photo, too! Caddis usually dwell in the fast water, to my knowledge. However, I have seen the vegetative caddis pupae (I only know Trout-Latin) coating sticks in deep runs. The Lanesboro DNR guys at Trout Day said that they are finding less aquatic insects and less trout this year due to a couple of extreme runoff situations. Were there any caddis flying around?
  5. Yeah, they've got some jaws! Word has it that the wooly bugger fly was designed to imitate a hellgrammite.
  6. tie flyer

    State Record Trout!

    I agree that we should monitor the new regulations' effectiveness. But I'm not sure whether an inland record is right for our fisheries. Jim raised a good point about the catch and release streams. I have heard stories of guys releasing monsters without even so much as a picture, just happy for having tangled with one of nature’s wonders. There are people who release record fish so they don’t have to kill them. I don’t know if I could do it myself (hopefully we’ll find out some day). If the interest were to preserve the record for posterity I would argue that we should instead preserve the resource. It takes a lot of time and money to administer a record book. Let’s spend those resources on improving the quality of the natural resources.
  7. Good question, Renneberg. This morning I read an article in Fly Rod and Reel Magazine about saltwater licenses in the Northeast states. Ted Williams, their conservation columnist, pointed out that licensing provides the government with clear data on the fishery’s stakeholders. Clearly defined groups can better manage our resources and voice their opinions, especially if the DNR knows who and where we are. Williams adds that in the Northeast the strongest opposition to licenses was from commercial harvesters, who take a disproportionate number of fish compared to their ranks. I’m pretty frugal with my money. I spend hundreds of dollars every year on fishing and hunting licenses. Do I want to pay more? If it would add value to the resource I definitely would. The DNR spends a lot of money each year conducting creel surveys in the North Shore tributaries. A Lake Superior license should ask these questions just like small game licenses ask about migratory waterfowl hunting. One time I had a creel surveyor (and former DNR Warden) tell me – not ask – that nobody fishes for brook trout. Our native trout is my favorite and I think the DNR should know whether we are interested in coaster brook trout or supplemental exotics like the chinook. If the DNR sought this information and laid out a plan to act on the data then I would support a separate Great Lakes license.
  8. tie flyer

    steelhead fishing

    Steelhead are so addictive because they make you wait and wait and just when you least expect it there's suddenly a two foot silver bullet four feet in the air at the end of your line...and all those frustrations peel away with the scream of your reel.
  9. I use the same method as Bob_D. You will see a horizontal line in the fillet. The Y is upside-down so the forked part of the Y goes to just below that horizontal line. That's the most important part: remember that the Y is upside-down. Begin your cut at the line and angle into the fillet along the bones, while cutting up toward the dorsal area. Make the second cut just below that horizontal line and cut down past the other fork of the Y, then angle back up. Use your fingers to feel the knife on the other side of the bones as you cut toward the stem of the Y.
  10. Never thought I would see the day a northern hides his fierce head in the sand.
  11. Yeah, they really do fit neatly into your bucket/bag. Organization is not my forte (just ask my wife) so it's nice to have two self-contained tip ups that remain tangle-free.
  12. Field Report: Fish Brothers Tip-Up Recently I fished some small lakes south of Duluth and tested my new Fish Brothers Packaged Platform Tip-Up. The panfish were finnicky and even the northerns spooked when you approached a tripped tip up. I was walking slowly, actually sneaking up to the tip ups but when I got close the little red dot became a blur as the spool spun out of control. Usually when the fish are this spooky they tend to take off and peel out line even at the flag trip. I had the sensitivity set real light so this helped. Also, the Fish Brothers' small flag seems to make less disturbance when it trips (than traditional tip ups). The small flag did concern me as I wondered if it would be visible when tripped. This seemed to be one of the most significant of potential design flaws. In reality there was no problem identifying a tripped flag. It contrasts with the yellow spool when down and when tripped the rigid flag presents a clear profile. The greatest pro to the Fish Brothers model is that it prevents your hole from freezing up. This not only makes fishing easier, but it also improves your chances at landing fish. When the traditional shaft tip up freezes in, which can happen in 20 degree weather if the snow is blowing, breaking the tip up out often spooks fish into dropping your bait (this can become confounded if you forget which direction the line is spooled on an old tip up). An open hole reduces headaches, while it tends to increase fish. All in all the fishing experience with my Fish Brothers Tip Up was resoundingly positive. Check out the new Fish Brothers Tip-Ups HERE.
  13. The Fish Brothers tip ups measure 9.5" x 11" x 3" for two. That is nice because they reduce tangles in your bucket. I put mine to the test in the last few days and they really work well. The adjustable sensitivity was key for the finnicky fish lately. The best part, of course, is that your hole doesn't freeze up. I have seen a lot of fish spooked by jarring a tip up out of an iced-over hole. Last week even the northerns were spooky but I didn't lose any on my Fish Brothers.
  14. Good point, M.T. I usually end up hiking with my dogs and camera. Get more photos of dogs than anything else, but I would feel bad leaving them at home. A bird feeder would definitely simplify the process.
  15. I saw this gray owl and another north of Duluth on Christmas day. They are coming down from Canada en masse for our rodent supply. They are welcome! I hope to photograph some crossbills this year as well, but they tend to stay high in the treetops so a telephoto lens might be required. Santa is not so rich up here.
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