Friday, April 07, 2006

Most recent fishing outing... been a while since I've posted anything. Last time I was out I had the privilege of catching fish from three different DNR major watersheds: Cannon, Zumbro and Whitewater. I don't think I've ever caught all three trout species in such a short time... not to mention at least one of each greater than or equal to 12 inches.

I saw many, many fish in the stream that was just dubbed "poor" with respect to its index of biological integrity (some of you can put this together)... it is clear that bug diversity may, but does not necessarily correlate to fish density or diversity. Fish can get big gorging themselves on scuds. However, as someone mentioned at the meeting: diversity is important for long term viability of a system. If something were to affect the scuds in that stream it'd be in trouble.

In the early AM I was enveloped in a cloud of midges - pretty amazing. I also saw a few large caddis - see pictures. However, fish were not steadily rising to anything. I saw ~6 rises all morning. I tried a couple dry flies and my buddy's Wilted Spinach, but no dice this time. Every time I tried something like that and failed, I'd go back to nymphs and proceed to pluck them out. It's scary just how deadly nymphing can be... even in the hands of someone like me. Add an indicator and you're looking at a very, very effective approach. Speaking of indicator I do always feel like this group of fly anglers is hovering over me - watching and saying "get rid of the indicator you cheater." I did try some naked nymphing this time out, and got a few fish that way - including largest brown of the day (the fatty - see pic). Overall great outing - wish I'd had more time...

That's probably the biggest brook trout I've caught. If I hadn't taken a picture I'd have said 14 inches, but it is not that big. Probably more like 13" given reference provided by rod in picture. The fish ran all over the place - tore me up pretty well - 4 wt and #18 barbless nymph. The rainbow did some stream walking too - looked live a muskrat running downstream with head above water.


Blogger john montana said...

looks like an outstanding day. fish do spend most of their time eating subsurface, so nymphing almost always produces. i do enjoy dry fly fishing though.

an indicator is not cheating in my book. most people don't fish with an indicator as effectively as they could because they use it like a bobber. to me it is a combination strike indicator/drift indicator. there are many water types that using an indicator is a must, and many where you can be just as effective without one.

1:24 PM  
Blogger MN Justin said...

I agree with your assessment re indicator. I still feel like folks look down on it though... It sure helps you catch fish.

1:46 PM  
Blogger amanda up north said...

Suprised to see the color around the water's edge... are things greening up down your way?
I don't know trout... but that one is definitely a FAT fish!
Also wanted to ask - do you use a macro setting or something special on those close-ups? The quality of the fine details is so clear, fingerprint and all.

9:14 PM  
Blogger amanda up north said...

Just looked again... is that fish full of eggs, or what? Very fat.
Had to ask, I don't know enough about fish.

We're really enjoying watching our deer friends in the backyard, I thought today that the dominant doe is definitely showing she's with fawn. The kids are really interested in it. The two bucks that come around are starting to show tufts on their foreheads where little nubs of antler growth are starting back. Over past years we've mostly gotten to observe them so close just throughout winter. It's pretty interesting all the cool things that happen in spring in the animal world, we hope to get to keep observing for a while.

9:28 PM  
Blogger MN Justin said...

Regarding closeups - yes, I use the "flower" feature on our Sony. It is actually not as good as many cameras I've seen... Olympus is great for closeups.

The fish is a fatty, but not full of eggs. Browns lay their eggs in the fall, and they develop over winter! Just a plump fish - may have had a large forage in his stomach... Speaking of that - "catch and kill" opens this weekend - may keep a trout and look in its belly... then smoke the flesh and consume it at a dinner table.

9:11 AM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

christian louboutin outlet, polo ralph lauren, michael kors outlet online, chanel handbags, prada handbags, coach outlet, jordan shoes, nike free, oakley vault, michael kors outlet, nike air max, ray ban sunglasses, tiffany jewelry, michael kors outlet online, coach purses, louis vuitton outlet, michael kors outlet online, coach outlet store online, christian louboutin, prada outlet, burberry outlet online, nike shoes, red bottom shoes, tory burch outlet, kate spade handbags, gucci handbags, louis vuitton handbags, longchamp outlet online, true religion outlet, tiffany and co jewelry, polo ralph lauren outlet, longchamp outlet, louis vuitton, nike air max, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet online, true religion, burberry outlet online, christian louboutin shoes, coach outlet, louis vuitton outlet, kate spade outlet online, longchamp handbags, cheap oakley sunglasses, michael kors outlet store, ray ban outlet, michael kors outlet online

9:35 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

sac vanessa bruno, nike free, michael kors canada, timberland, michael kors uk, air max, nike air force, air jordan, true religion jeans, ray ban pas cher, louis vuitton pas cher, louis vuitton uk, nike air max, sac michael kors, abercrombie and fitch, lacoste pas cher, nike roshe run, ray ban uk, true religion outlet, longchamp, oakley pas cher, nike roshe, mulberry, new balance pas cher, north face pas cher, converse pas cher, hollister, tn pas cher, north face, lululemon, nike blazer pas cher, barbour, ralph lauren, hermes pas cher, nike air max, hollister, sac louis vuitton, chaussure louboutin, nike free pas cher, burberry pas cher, guess pas cher, longchamp pas cher, louis vuitton, scarpe hogan, vans pas cher, ralph lauren pas cher, air max pas cher

9:42 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

chi flat iron, mac cosmetics, soccer shoes, jimmy choo shoes, birkin bag, rolex watches, ferragamo shoes, canada goose, vans outlet, instyler ionic styler, uggs outlet, canada goose outlet, soccer jerseys, north face jackets, babyliss pro, wedding dresses, p90x workout, giuseppe zanotti, mcm handbags, ugg outlet, asics shoes, celine handbags, ghd, nike huarache, bottega veneta, insanity workout, abercrombie and fitch, herve leger, ugg boots, nike trainers, ugg soldes, marc jacobs outlet, beats headphones, hollister, mont blanc pens, reebok shoes, canada goose outlet, lululemon outlet, valentino shoes, longchamp, north face outlet, nfl jerseys, new balance outlet, roshe run, ugg, canada goose outlet, uggs on sale

9:46 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

baseball bats, nike air max, ray ban, parajumpers outlet, toms outlet, timberland shoes, converse shoes, replica watches, moncler, hollister, lancel, moncler, juicy couture outlet, moncler, links of london uk, wedding dress, louis vuitton canada, ugg, vans, moncler, pandora charms, canada goose uk, louboutin, canada goose, oakley, juicy couture outlet, hollister canada, pandora jewelry, moncler outlet, iphone 6 case, ralph lauren, canada goose pas cher, pandora uk, coach outlet, moncler, montre femme, converse, swarovski uk, uggs canada, supra shoes, hollister clothing, karen millen, swarovski jewelry, thomas sabo uk, canada goose, air max, gucci, moncler

9:51 PM  
Blogger Meiqing Xu said...

fitflops sale clearance
nike trainers
nike air max
barbour uk
pandora charms
christian louboutin
north face
instyler curling iron
toms outlet
timberland uk
adidas original trainers
michael kors
mont blanc
ralph lauren
ralph lauren uk
longchamp outlet
mizuno running shoes
gucci borse
gucci outlet
cheap versace
oakley sunglasses
sac longchamp
longchamp handbags
fitflop uk
fake oakleys
juicy couture
nike air max 90
kate spade handbags

1:23 AM  
Blogger Zheng junxai5 said...

louis vuitton handbags
timberland outlet
gucci outlet
beats by dre outlet
coach outlet store online clearances
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton bags
louis vuitton purses
nike air max
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors outlet online
celine handbags
christian louboutin wedges
kate spade outlet
michael kors outlet
michael kors canada outlet
michael kors outlet clearance
michael kors outlet
jordan concords
coach outlet clearance
michael kors outlet online
air max 95
ralph lauren outlet
supra footwear
kate spade handbags
adidas superstar trainers
louboutin shoes
toms outlet
coach outlet
louis vuitton bags
michael kors outlet
ray ban sunglasses outlet
discount jordans
adidas nmd
coach outlet
coach outlet
louis vuitton purses
jordan retro 8
kobe 8
ralph lauren

10:41 PM  
Blogger alice asd said...

nike trainers
cheap jordan shoes
ugg outlet
rolex replica watches
adidas nmd runner
longchamp handbags
ray ban sunglasses outlet
nike blazer low
ugg boots
prada shoes

9:15 PM  
Blogger Pansys Silvaz said...

ray ban sunglasses
swarovski outlet
coach factory outlet
coach handbags
jordan shoes
michael kors outlet
jerseys from china
ugg boots
cazal sunglasses
simulation shoes

9:33 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home