Tuesday, April 07, 2015

The fish are where we thought they were.


One outing in March; I can't even recall the date.  I can't tell if I still like going out for all C&R trout fishing but I do it and that offers some indication.  The report is that the fish are in the same haunts; they eat the same nymphs unless you drift them over the top of their heads.  They still eat streamers sunk to the bottom and twitched back.  They still show the same beautiful spot patterns and the same yellows; same white edges.  The males still have deeper mouths; dragon-like mouths sometimes.  Trout streams in March lonely as always; no people, no tall grass and no more big bucks sporting antlers.

As for the warmwater streams I have looked in on a few.  The big rivers are low; my old river in which my kids were born is as low as I've seen it on any April 1.  I suppose I should look at USGS records but I was just estimating based on the rocks that are showing and bright stripes of outcrops that are usually underwater this time of year.  The carp were active in both rivers as of April 1st.  I looked in a couple pond settings and did not see one fish of any specie in shallow water as of a couple days later.  I've received one report of a Rochester carp caught with a fly; in fact one report of carp caught thus far.  But in general I don't expect people to report to me and I don't really look at warmwater forums much so who the hell knows.  Carp can be had starting now, safe to say.  I will look for an opportunity despite the fact that I'm ruined by bigger, harder fighting carp of other waters.

I hear reports of trout fishing being slow.  I see data suggesting adult fish populations down.  I've only fished two streams a total of maybe 3-4 times in 2015.  And so I've not noticed anything; will be interested to see how this all feels once things get moving a little faster.  

Hope everyone is getting out and breathing the free air.  April is a top month for many reasons but in sum because one can move about in the world and look at all waters without much encumbrance and without the hindrance of the great streamside nets of green clinging swatting vineworks.  Get out see what you can do.  Pics below of only March 2015 trout outing.


Cranefly.  Used to fish it a lot more.  Good pattern, and easy.

Same fly.

Don't be afraid to pinch a splitshot on right at that damn DB eyes.  No single living organism will notice.  That fly right there is ~4 minute tie and probably my favorite general streamer.  Skip the rib and the full body hackle; use a soft hackle collar instead.




Pretty nice fish was sitting at the toe of the most erosive bank I saw all day.  Crushed a streamer as I stripped it back down and and across 45 angle.

New fishing car.  Made it ~9 months with one vehicle.  Spring showed too many kids sports and too many fishing needs; decided to go back to two car family.  I dig it.  Opens up more doors.

16 Comments:

Anonymous Bryan said...

Aww yea, another subie!

8:41 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Does that barb on a size 10 hook tear up the mouth of the trout? You know, the trout you write about but don't appear to give a damn about. As I said before--you are not the only good fisherman out there and if we all fed our families with wild trout you could kiss the sport farewell.
Steven Matter

12:20 PM  
Blogger Mr Bubble said...

Minnesota DNRs data shows that for trout angling, barb vs barbless doesn't impact trout survival in any meaningful way. On top of that, trout mortality overall doesn't really have much to do with harvest - its the rare fish that makes it to 4 years even without angling pressure.

As for the comment 'the trout you write about but don't appear to give a damn about' - wow, you're a jerk.

9:37 AM  
Blogger Wendy Berrell said...

Thanks everyone for good notes.

I appreciate Mr. Bubble bringing some useful information; I was pursuing similar but he posted it first. I believe that Iowa has concluded that barbs vs barbless are not weighty factor in fish mortality.

That said, Steve makes a good point in that for C&R fishing, I should probably use barbless (I prefer crushed barbs) hooks. I agree. My explanation is that I don't always uniformly crush the barbs of flies I turne out; my box is a mix and I don't pay good enough attention when I tie on a fly. Thank you for calling me on it.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Wendy Berrell said...

Regarding your second point, it's a good thinker/talker and I trust that you have a developed position on the matter, based on careful consideration, data, emotions, thoughts on where people fit into the world and how they bind themselves to it, and how we should get the protein we need to live.

My position is that I think one should fish to hunt some protein, and in the course of doing so, release most/some of the fish captured. I am not even sold on the idea of calling it a sport; better in my opinion to think of it as an enjoyable hunt in the free air of the world.

As for caring, I do. My concern is focused on the system though, not an individual fish. Of great concern to me is the health of SE MN trout streams; want them to be shaped by the best possible land management, show good habitat and thus have the capacity to support trout populations. Those populations will wax and wane; like all things. An individual fish was not set there by some God Hand is not holier than its rearing cradle.

Eat a trout; bind yourself to the stream and to the world. I take exception to the suggest that one cannot love and respect an organism that he kills.

Finally, a data note from DNR; and you can find a lot of these:

"Some anglers mistakenly assume that if a slot limit is good for the fishery, catch-and-release must be even better. The reality, says DNR's Vaughn Snook, is that anglers would be helping to improve the size structure of trout populations if they harvested fish under 12 inches."

Happy to talk further on it. Thanks again.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Hi. I was apprehensive about checking back as my words were a little harsh yet your response was that of a man of letters who believes in civil discourse. And anyone who writes as thoughtfully as you would necessarily care about the ecosystem. Glad you are on our side.

Fishing is a blood sport and I take home a two or three a couple times a month. But rarely any over 11". Those 12-16" trout are the reason most of us bother to fish--who wants to catch a 10" trout all day? And those larger fish are harder to find. Yes they have a tough life with various predators, but we are the most efficient.

A guy used to come to our T. U. fundraiser and enjoy teasing the fly guys, boasting bout how many big browns he brings home by using a spinning rod with 2# test, small splitshot, drifting a worm through runs. I had to finally tell him that perhaps those trout were there because others had released them.

I will never believe that barb vs. non barb mortality is the same, having removed barbless hooks from gills, eyes, flesh. Adding that nasty barb makes it worse.

But it is so true, healthy riparian habitat is the most important aspect. Your writing will help the cause.

Steve






6:31 PM  
Blogger Wendy Berrell said...

Most criticism contains useful information for the recipient; study the critic, study the words.

Your initial entry was framed in an aggressive manner (as noted by Mr. Bubble); seems that was your passion coming through.

Good exchange; thanks again. Carry on and good fishing to all.

12:38 PM  
Blogger One J said...

coach outlet
coach outlet
louis vuitton outlet
gucci shoes
www.louisvuitton.com
christian louboutin outlet
michael kors uk
ray ban sunglasses
christian louboutin outlet
cheap jordans
louis vuitton handbags
michael kors
ralph lauren
hollister clothing store
ralph lauren
michael kors handbags
michael kors outlet
cheap nfl jerseys
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors outlet
ray ban glasses
michael kors handbags
oakley sunglasses
louboutins
replica rolex watches
20150523yuanyuan

9:22 AM  
Blogger Junda Xu said...

20150721 junda
michael kors watches
replica watches rolex
replica watches for sale
michael kors outlet
coach outlet store online
louis vuitton sito ufficiale
gucci uk
louboutin
burberry outlet
air force pas cher
oakley sunglasses outlet
jordan femme
coach factory outlet
christian louboutin
ralph lauren polo shirts
michael kors bags
polo ralph lauren
ray bans
kate spade handbags
kate spade new york
louis vuitton
coach outlet store online
soccer outlet
jordan shoes uk
pandora jewelry outlet
michael kors handbags
gucci handbags
oakley sunglasses
ray ban sunglasses
coach factory outlet
polo ralph lauren uk
coach outlet
oakley sunglasses sale
michael kors handbags
tory burch outlet
polo outlet
soccer shoes
louboutin pas cher
ed hardy uk
air max uk

9:39 PM  
Blogger Xianjun Ranqin said...

adidas original trainers
oakley sunglases cheap
nike sb
replica watches
ed hardy outlet
hollister uk
prada outlet
sac longchamp
adidas superstar
jordan shoes
air force 1
longchamp outlet
north face uk
cheap ray ban sunglasses
moncler jackets
hollister co
insanity workout
mcm outlet
tod's shoes
louis vuitton
coach outlet store online
oakley sunglasses
nike air max
nike cortez
nike air max 90
nike blazer
louis vuitton borse
cheap uggs
true religion outlet
michael kors outlet online
ed hardy uk
ray ban sunglasses outlet
sac longchamp pliage
supra shoes
kate spade outlet
qihang0922

1:52 AM  
Blogger Wenhao Guo said...

1guoguo1019
burberry outlet
ralph lauren outlet
celine handbags
Hollister uk
coach outlet
michale kors outlet online
louis vuitton handbags
ralph lauren
coach outlet
louis vuitton
kobe shoes
michael kors handbags
Mont Blanc
michael kors outlet online
Canada Goose Outlet Online
coach factory outlet
jordan 13
hollister clothing
ugg boots
hermes birkin
oakley sunglasses wholesale
michael kors handbags
jordan shoes
louis vuitton handbags
ugg boots wholesale
michael kors outlet
ugg boots
canada goose jackets
michael kors outlet online
nike trainers
canada goose jackets
michael kors
ugg boots
nike air max
nike outlet,nike shoes,nike store,nike air max,nike free run,air max,nike free,nike blazers

7:56 PM  
Blogger xumeiqing said...

151214meiqing
louis vuitton handbags
michael kors outlet
cheap uggs
jordan 11
chanel handbags
louis vuitton outlet
lebron james shoes
coach factory outlet
uggs boots
abercrombie & fitch
oakley sunglasses
coach outlet
cheap oakley sunglasses
montblanc
ugg outlet
michaek kors outlet
ugg outlet
air max 95
nike roshe run
michael kors bag
michael kors outlet
abercrombie and fitch
coach outlet
ugg outlet store
coach outlet
polo ralph lauren
louis vuitton handbags
coach outlet online
ugg boots for men
jordans
p90x workouts
polo ralph lauren outlet
ugg boots
ugg outlet
ugg boots
replica watches for sale
fitflops
uggs outlet
polo ralph lauren
oakley sunglasses wholesale

6:52 PM  
Blogger mmjiaxin said...

replica watches
beats by dre
mont blanc pens
abercrombie and fitch
michael kors uk
true religion jeans
ugg boots
coach outlet online
salomon shoes
lululemon pants
fitflops sale
tiffany and co
toms outlet
soccer jerseys wholesale
kate spade outlet
ralph lauren outlet
nike air max uk
omega outlet
kobe bryants shoes
ralph lauren outlet

7:40 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

michael kors outlet online, tiffany jewelry, longchamp outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet online, uggs outlet, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, louis vuitton, ugg boots, michael kors outlet online, louis vuitton outlet, michael kors outlet, prada handbags, replica watches, ray ban sunglasses, christian louboutin outlet, longchamp outlet, uggs on sale, oakley sunglasses wholesale, burberry outlet, longchamp outlet, christian louboutin uk, chanel handbags, michael kors outlet online, nike air max, nike air max, tiffany and co, uggs outlet, burberry handbags, prada outlet, nike outlet, christian louboutin shoes, replica watches, jordan shoes, oakley sunglasses, michael kors outlet online, cheap oakley sunglasses, oakley sunglasses, ray ban sunglasses, kate spade outlet, christian louboutin, ray ban sunglasses, michael kors outlet, gucci handbags, nike free, tory burch outlet

9:19 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

oakley pas cher, coach outlet, nike air force, michael kors outlet, ralph lauren uk, nike free run, true religion jeans, lululemon canada, jordan pas cher, timberland pas cher, vans pas cher, nike roshe run uk, longchamp pas cher, louboutin pas cher, nike tn, true religion outlet, nike blazer pas cher, guess pas cher, kate spade, true religion outlet, abercrombie and fitch uk, nike air max, replica handbags, mulberry uk, hollister pas cher, nike air max uk, hollister uk, polo lacoste, nike free uk, nike roshe, ray ban pas cher, new balance, michael kors pas cher, north face, hogan outlet, north face uk, converse pas cher, coach purses, ray ban uk, nike air max uk, burberry pas cher, michael kors, michael kors, sac hermes, sac longchamp pas cher, sac vanessa bruno, coach outlet store online, true religion outlet, polo ralph lauren, air max

9:22 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

louis vuitton, doudoune moncler, swarovski crystal, pandora jewelry, hollister, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, nike air max, moncler, converse outlet, links of london, swarovski, juicy couture outlet, barbour uk, moncler uk, moncler outlet, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, louis vuitton, ugg, canada goose outlet, moncler outlet, lancel, canada goose outlet, thomas sabo, canada goose, moncler, vans, pandora charms, moncler, gucci, replica watches, louis vuitton, ugg pas cher, juicy couture outlet, canada goose, wedding dresses, converse, ray ban, karen millen uk, moncler, hollister, canada goose uk, canada goose, barbour, supra shoes, marc jacobs, toms shoes, coach outlet, ugg uk, pandora uk, montre pas cher, canada goose outlet, louis vuitton, pandora jewelry

9:28 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home