September 30, 2016
A buddy and I both punched out early Friday afternoon to go fishing to end a no-fishing streak. Neither of us had been out all September. It was a good choice.
The stream we fished in the Whitewater system was still dirty but visibility is at least about 1 meter, so it’s in excellent shape. We started nymphing with only minimal success, switched to buggers then didn’t stop catching fish until we walked off the stream. Each cast turned at least one fish and most casts resulted in a catch. Both black and brown buggers worked well, including many fish on the ivy pheasant craw.
There wasn’t much time or desire to grab the camera on this venture, but I did get a couple pics for proof. Gotta love the fall colors of the brown trout.
When: July 22-24, 2016
Where: Rochester Community & Technical College
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This basic, easy to tie pattern has become a staple for a lot of driftless area trout anglers. The fly was created by John Bethke from southwest Wisconsin. It’s a good winter season fly and can be tied in many variations.
The version I tied here is a little different, using a pink brass Bug Collar instead of pink dubbing.
In case you’re unfamiliar with this pattern, here’s the recipe:
Hook: Size 14 Scud
Head: Brass Bead 1/8″, pink brass bug collar 1/8″ in this case, otherwise pink dubbing is usually tied in behind the bead head
Thread: pink or tan. I used tan since I wasn’t tying off at the pink dubbing but at the end of the squirrel hair dubbing
Tail: pearlescent krystal flash
Ribbing: Hot Orange, size: BR
Body: squirrel hair dubbing
UPDATE: Everything looks peachy. If you’re having any troubles viewing the message board, clear your browser’s cache and try again.
The website had to be moved to a new server today and in that move the message board was temporarily incapacitated. Its database is still intact and I hope to have the board up and running soon. Thanks for your patience.
Let the fun begin. All southeast MN streams are now open for the catch and release winter season. As opposed to selected streams in previous years. Don’t be afraid, there are clearly fish to catch (be sure to scroll down and read that whole article).
Questions on winter trout fishing? Stop by the message board…