5-30-04 - Just another day in SE WI
Waters Fished: McKeawn Springs, Scuppernong River,
Fish Caught: 3
Outing Date: 5-30-04
Weather: Cloudy, occasional rain
Air Temp: 60's?
Water Temp: didn't take it
Water Level: McKeawn was LOW, Scuppernong was HIGH, Paradise was
Water Color: McKeawn = heavily stained, Scuppernong = BLACK COFFEE,
Paradise = Clear
Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout
Pattern Fished: Tucker Nymph, Elk Hair Caddis, Red Midge, Griffith's
Pattern Color: as per the original patterns
Fishing Quality: normal
So once again, I'm sitting around in SE WI. We
originally had plans to hit Port Washington in a whole group (Travis,
Jerry, Craig, Bart, myself)....watching the weather things just
went from bad to badder to baddest to even worse still. Most of
Sunday morning it was raining at Lake Como, and that rain was moving
west. To the north though, the rain was rather constant and they
had HIGH WINDS on top of that. One by one we decided we'd have to
skip Port Washinton and save it for another day.
There I am, sitting on my "arse" in the
afternoon...rain has stopped....Travis is heading to the Kettle
Morraine to look for Morels...it hits me...Paradise Springs! I call
Travis and ask if he's ever fished it...he hasn't! SWEET, I can
be there in 45 minutes! I take a quick shower and get ready to head
Then Travis calls me back...he knows why he hasn't
fished it...he's in the NORTHERN UNIT of the Kettle Morraine. Well,
I probably should've realized that earlier on. Still, at this point
I'm all jazzed to fish, so I can still go solo.
What the heck, I'm already out, I might as well
scout some of the other area waters. My first stop is McKeawn Springs...this
time last year Bass and Bluegills were on their beds and it was
a great time.
This year....um.....I'd only say go there if you're
fishing for MOSQUITOS. The Spring, despite all the rain, is STILL
not flowing. There definitely aren't any trout there, at least none
that are going to be worth the bites you'll get while standing around.
To make matters worse, the bluegills and largemouth
aren't around either! The water color of the pond has dramatically
changed, for all purposes the place looks like a death zone to me.
Hardly worth wasting any more time after I gave it a thorough search
cast along its entire length. "I'm outta here" I thought
as I swatted yet another mosquito.
Since I was around, I thought I might look for
the Scuppernong again where it crosses N. THIS TIME I found it rather
than just blowing by it...upsteam is private posted land, but downstream
looks like it's part of the adjascent public hunting grounds. Good
to know should I decide to go back and put forth MORE effort. However,
I wasn't in the mood to "suit up" so I mostly fished immediately
above and below the road without seeing so much as a chub.
Screw this, time to spend my remaining day at a
KNOWN honey hole, back over to Paradise Springs. The DNR was out
checking licenses....after that I landed 3 of the stocker rainbows.
Tried putting the Chicago Leech in front of one of the big browns
that once again are cruising the pond, but NO LUCK! And the Tucker
was back to it's usual unproductive self at Paradise....this time
it was back to Griffith's Gnats, size 20, either on the top or stripped
under. I tried an Elk Hair Caddis and a few midge larvae but it
was the good 'ole Griffiths that once again brought 3 fish to shore.
So I'm standing on the pier when it starts raining...I
had a couple used rigs with droppers on the railing of the peir...time
to pack it up as this is not a rain that's gonna pass. In my haste
I grab the Elk Hair Caddis with dropper between my thumb and index
finger....the dropper catches on the railing and pulls the Elk Hair
Caddis out of my grasp and deep into my middle finger.
SHIT! Yep, that's uncensored exactly what I said.
Of course to make matters worse I had to tug on it again to see
that yes, it really WAS stuck in my finger. Totally Pissed Off,
I cut the dropper of and litterally ran back to the car...there's
a couple of my flies sitting around for anyone who wants them ;)
Back in the Bitchin' Camaro I surveyed the damage....a
#14 EHC in my middle finger...could be worse. I tried pulling it
out...it wasn't going to budge. I know how to pull the hook through,
cut the point and barb off and then slide it back out, but this
one was already so deep I'm pretty sure that wouldn't have worked.
I think I've done that pull-it-through trick once before....I remember
it being "unpleasant".
I remembered a trick that FAT
had told me about...something with a loop of mono. When I got cell
phone reception I called Rich up and asked him, "Hey, you know
that thing with taking the flies out...".
Rich replied, "You mean that Katchum Releaseum
"Um, no, I mean taking a fly out of your own
finger..." I said.
"Oh...um, maybe you should drop by the house..."
was Rich's suggestion.
About 30 minutes later I'm there, having called
Jim K's wife to tell her she is no longer the only one to have hooked
herself this year. I had the camera and tripod with to take "First
Aid" pictures.....no way I'd ever STAGE this so I figured we
should take advantage of the situation.
All told I had that fly in my finger for about
an hour...Rich's kids were playing with it...didn't hurt at all
unless you tweeked it a certain way but man, I know I was slightly
in shock...I think LOOKING at it all the way along the drive was
giving me just a bit of a sweat.
One shot of Whiskey (totally ceremonial) and the
assertion that I wouldn't sue Rich over a botched surgery and POP...out
came the fly ;) I joked, "Alright, now lets put it back in
and show the pull-it-through method...."
The lesson? Don't rush yourself streamside. Enjoy
the pics LOL!