Last Friday my wife Sue and I decided we would go fishing in the evening after work. We assembled the waders and fly rods and headed over to western Wisconsin. After a quick bite to eat we got to the river around 7:00 allowing us a couple hours of light. I had decided to go to one of my favorite spots, which must be a few other fishermen's favorite spot as there were a couple cars there when we arrived. I chose this spot since it had been a season or two since Sue last trout fished and I knew it was an easier location to fish than others. She is a novice and enjoys fly fishing, but has only cast to trout a few times so hopes were high for good conditions.
We walked down to the river and watched for a minute or two as the trout were eagerly taking flies off the surface. We decided to try a sulphur dry fly to start. I coached Sue through a few casts to warm up and refreshed her memory on reading the water. Soon enough we were each catching fish. Most fish seemed to like a nice dead drift with no drag on the surface, but there were a couple fish that seemed stimulated by a little drag.
We fished a couple pools working our way up stream slowly. The combination of low light and a strong hatch also seemed to prevent the fish from getting spooked to easily. There was many times that when casting to specific fish a different and unexpected one came up and took a fly right next to the fly line. We also didn't need to rest the pools after a hooked brown zig-zagged it way through.
The night came to an end when we could no longer see the fly to tie a new one on. This seemed like a sign to call it a night. I probably could have planned better and brought a flashlight, but I will save that fishing for some other night. We both had a lot fun and this evening got us both excited for our upcoming trip to fish for rainbows in California.
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Now that the spring is in the air it is time to prepare for the fishing season. Spending a few minutes now will likely save you headaches in the days and months to come.
When cabin fever has set in and you are looking to do something outside that is not winter related, go hit the trout streams.
For fly fisherman the winter months are often a time of reflection, time of hope for the new season and time for fly tying to restock the empty fly boxes. This weekend is the Chicago Greatwaters Fly Fishing Expo. Events like this fall into all three. I have been joined by three other members of the St. Paul Fly Tier's and Fisherman's Club at the expo to help promote the sport and our club. This is my second year attending the Chicago Expo with Club. The Chicago Expo runs from Friday January 29th through Sunday January 31st. The weekend of March 26th to March 28th is the Minneapolis Greatwaters Fly Fishing Expo.
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