'skis and chrome
It's been nice having a little time off the river to relax and wind down from the busy summer. With a handful of smallmouth trips left, my mind is ultimately on fall muskies and steelhead, and I've been feverishly whipping out flies for both. The Hayward trip is going to be a blast and soon after that, swinging flies will be the order at hand. Last year was the first season in a very long time that I didn't make it up to fish the Brule at least once...I'm not making that mistake this year. Tim, Charlie and myself are going to swing up there (no pun intended) to fish for a day with Damian after our shop muskie trip and shortly after that I hope to get back up there for a long weekend or two. We need rain badly (beat, beat, beat that dead horse), but it will come. It's always kind of fun transitioning from one species/season to another. Rods and gear are jockeyed around. Warmer clothing moves towards the front of the closet and towards the back go the lightweight shirts and shorts. Locating your thermos becomes paramount. Possibly the most fun is the change at the tying desk. The TMC 8089 and 811S hooks are tossed in the bin and replaced by steelhead hooks, tubes and giant saltwater hooks for muskie flies. Watching the weather.com site and the USGS site become religion. It's sad to see the inland trout and smallmouth seasons come to a close, but that thought is quickly overshadowed by the thought of chrome and big esox. Before we know it, the usual gang will descend upon our local rivers to chase migratory trout. Optimistic (although ultimately ready to accept the fact that we probably won't catch anything) and often chilled, but doing what we love to do. As a side note, I'd like to thank the Fox Valley Trout Unlimited and the Central Wisconsin TU chapters for having me down to give my presentation on migratory fish. You guys are great and have a great resource in the form of some very knowledgeable anglers. Thank you. Posts and fishing reports will become more regular now that the guiding season has started to slow. I'm also going to start doing more "mini reviews" of new gear (rods, reels, flies, tying materials, etc.) that hits our shelves at Tight Lines. I've had good responses in the past on these posts.
Posted by ns at 7:12 AM