You can’t be unhappy in the middle of a big, beautiful river. Jim Harrison
I just read a book of essays about fly fishing by Thomas McGuane called The Longest Silence – a book given to me by a friend. There was a time I fly fished fairly seriously. I drove insane distances in pursuit of trout on a… Read More
The other day East Texas Red called the tag alder the trout’s best friend. It has other names – speckled alder, grey alder, hazel alder, hoary alder and mountain alder – but every trout fisherman I know calls them tag alders, sometimes with an expletive… Read More
Brook trout streams are among the prettiest places I know. They’re wild, elusive, fragile, mysterious. This one, somewhere in North Central Pennsylvania, is hidden away in a deep valley, so deep in places the stream cannot be seen from the dirt track above. To approach… Read More
With a break in the hot weather and the promise of a cloudy day, I felt compelled to load my fly rod and waders into the car this morning and go find a trout stream. It was a lovely day to be out, but then… Read More
I fly fished a stretch of Timber Coulee in the Driftless which had a cliff along the far shore. One spot featured this spring emerging from the cliff. You can see the water dripping into the stream in the photo below.
This is not a really deep run but the trout like the deep cover. Some really good trout were rising right back into the brush.
The concentric circles are rising trout during a baetis emergence in a big pool in Timber Coulee (in the Driftless).
There are a tremendous number of fly fishing opportunities in the Driftless area. I decided to focus on the Viroqua Wisconsin area, and I ended up spending all my time on one system. I fished Rullands Coulee, Timber Coulee and Spring Coulee – and even… Read More
A bonus that comes with being a retired guy is that you can plan to go fishin’ during the week when most piscators are busy with the work-a-day world. Today I fished two rivers. This was not my intention. My intention was to catch plenty… Read More