|Its worse than it looks!|
|One Big Stripper Hybrid|
HybridA few days later, after convelessing on a couch, my brother in-law made it out to fish the Mississippi before the festivities of our other sister wedding. If you caught my last post then you will remember this fish and the story behind the catch. If you haven't read it then flip over and check it out or simply check out the photo. It speaks for itself. I will also mentioned that I still remains the biggest fresh water (non cat) fish that I have ever seen.
After that catch it was on to the wedding and other family events but as soon as that was over I packed the car and headed up to the Driftless area of SW Wisconsin for two days of fishing that areas legendary brown trout.
I met up with a friend of mine from college and his neighbor and for ten hours we stocked trout up and down this stretch of river that I have only read about. I was amazed at the amount of trout stacked in this stream. Pilled up like cord wood in late fall, these wild browns were amazing and for a guy that is use to hunting elusive trout in the low PH waters of the Blue Ridge mountains, these cow pasture and spring fed stream trout were a dream.
|A Trout In My Good Hand|
I also took some time to help a new fly angler land his very first trout. After watching him cast to some selective trout, I handed him my rod and gave him a few pointers of shooting line and the pin-point casting (neither of which I can claim to be a master of) and then I cheered with the enthusiasm of a school boy when a trout leaped from the depths and took his sedge. I even clapped my hands, completely forgetting the still oozing wound from the bike accident. Its amazing how rewarding it can be watching someone new to the sport hook into a beautiful trout on a dry fly.
|A New Anglers First Trout On A Dry|
|Thistles On the Stream|
In case you are wondering, these thistles hurt every time you run into them in the tall grass.
Finaly at 10pm wee checked into the hotel and made our way down to the local bar for some Wisconsin beer and some down home cooked meals. Sharing stories of the day on the water and the past trips we have taken, we all looked forward to the following day. This Wisconsin trip was only a two day event but it is just to big to cram into a single post so day two will have to wait. And if you ever get a chance Fat Squirrel and New Glarus's other brew, Spotted Cow, are two great beers you need to try. If there are only two things you ever try from the state of Wisconsin, do yourself a favor and try the Cheese and Beer..... The trout fishing ain't so bad either.