Driving to Decorah to pick up my son and figured it should be a many-faceted outing. Started with a guy who gave me the instruction drive east out of the little town and we're the first drive on the left going north. Look for the house across from the goat herd. I asked him about the goats and he said he's lived there a long time and he still doesn't know what the guy does with them. They come and go. I bought a couple old aquarium pumps from the guy; for my boys to use. They are getting into hobby fish keeping and it's been a good lesson regarding economics biology toxicity; also on how much of a good thing (e.g. food) can be a bad deal; also how to use an aquatic vacuum cleaner; how to catch wild invasive koi fish and bring them back to their roots; etc. etc. So I want to help them along and this was one way to do so: make this stop right around 0700 hours by the goat herd. And then from there take it easy and find some pasture water; meeting in Decorah later on in early afternoon.
|Actually achieved moderate relaxatioin this morning being so late in the year; didn't have to look over shoulder. Easy walking because I went to pasture section. First fish of the day had a pretty nice big mouth. I think around 14-15 inches.|
|Stomach contents of doomed trout.|
|Good water; just had to walk the streamer pretty much up in the film to keep it out of the macrophytes.|
|This whole deal doing everyone favors. Living roots in the ground. Cows eating as they should, in the free air. Cropping the grass tight so guy like me can walk freely. And then protein comes out of it in forms of fish and beef.|
|One little gray water here did produce a trout. The pool above was slow and shallow and showed many creek chubs.|
Another morning later onI've stood in this water quite a few times; some with WFF. Waiting for a trico spinner fall. We had mugs of coffee hooked on our belts and we logged some notable events e.g. tricos laying eggs before our eyes floating by on the meniscus; a living gray cloud above the water building peaking and then coming apart; many trout eating dying mayflies. I was looking for these things so I drove to the very place and waded into the water. Another low stress deal; no one going to come in here this late in summer on an off day. So I stood around for a while and watched.
|I decided to leave that water and walk downstream; to turn around and fish up.|
|Don't have the citation in front of me but just reading about how the main controlling factor in terms of density of aquatic vegetation is vertical fall. Which one can observe and verify about anywhere.|