11-16-02 - Fishin with Lenny & Guppy; plenty
to go around!
Rivers Fished: Milwaukee
Fish Caught: 2 fouled
Outing Date: 11-16-02
Air Temp: COLD
Water Temp: COLDER
Water Level: LOW
Water Color: Mostly Clear
Fish Species: Coho, Chinook, Browns
Pattern Fished: mostly wollies and ESL's
Pattern Color: darks (blacks, reds etc...)
Fishing Quality: Below Expectations
So this weekend was rather special; earlier this
week I met a guy through a friend who was in Chicago on business
for 3 weeks. He noticed the flyrods in my car and we started talking...this
guy was totally envious when I told him about the salmon fishing
in SE WI. Well, I brought this guy, Lenny, out with me both days
so he could get a taste! Needless to say he was impressed.
We got kindof a late start (my fault) and headed
straight over to Dick's at Rt 31 & 11 in Racine to get Lenny
his license and a pair of Hip Boots for $19 (can't go wrong at that
price!). Considering Lenny had not handled a fly rod in several
years, I thought the Milwaukee would be a good place to start, with
the larger water and less opportunities to snag up on obstructions.
We dropped in around 3:00 and met up with "Guppy"
and fished the area around Estabrook. I switched back and forth
with the Purple Egg Sucking Leach and the Red/Black Wolly, concentrating
on sited fish, mostly Coho in the shallows. At one point I tried
the "Popsicle" (a marabou streamer / spey pattern) but
the fish showed more interest in the ESL's.
Lenny got one first, fishing the riffles he pulled
out a small male Chinook; rather ratty. I believe he fouled up on
the tail...don't remember. We snapped a shot and let the fish go
(afterall, this was the first salmon ever...I can't say I have a
picture of MY first salmon, fair or foul!).
Well, I concentrated on a group of Coho and eventually
tangled up...couldn't get the hook out, wasn't in the mood to snap
the line, so I landed the fish and showed Lenny what a Coho looked
like (in contrast to the Chinook he had landed). This Male had 3
flies in his dorsal (I fouled up around the mouth area, mighta flossed
the fish) so I got a little treat out of the deal! Fish took off
and is there for ya'll to catch. "Guppy" didn't hook up
with anything, but if I remember correctly he faired a brown the
day before (Friday) and had fouled on one Saturday. The rumor was
that both browns and steelhead had been taken in Estabrook.
We left at 4:30 or so, the water already becoming
too dark to see!