4-02-05 - Part 2 of 2 - 2 days with A Fly Guy and
Waters Fished: Oak Creek
Fish Caught: 2/3 personally
Outing Date: 4-02-05
Weather: Overcast changing to sunny in the afternoon
Air Temp: 40's, rising to upper 50's
Water Temp: Oak 42F
Water Level: Oak 50+ and falling
Water Color: both dirtier from recent rains
Fish Species: Steelhead
Pattern Fished: Egg Patterns
Pattern Color: Chartreuse was the ticket AGAIN!
Fishing Quality: Good, in a challenging kind of way.
We hit it RIGHT this time...back out to Oak Creek
at first light with Todd
and Cory. FAT
was down on the water with his Mom too! It's a Saturday, everyone
is out! Talk about simply a GREAT DAY!
Right off the bat we got to fishing...my first
few drifts in I tied up and lost a fish. it took at least an hour
but somehow, just below the riffles I reconnected with a stunning
chromer. Broke the group skunk quickly - that's what I was hoping
After that I was satisfied...time to let the other
guys fish. The key was FAST water...that's where the fish were holding
today. It wasn't so much that they were there for oxygen, but rather
for concealment and the fact that we were looking at all fresh fish
that were actively migrating upstream. We couldn't have asked for
a better day.
I played guide a bit, helping Cory and Mrs. Brown
as needed...surprise surprise here comes the guys from The
Hawg Trough! We first met last year on Minnesota's North Shore...I
truly wasn't expecting to run into them in SE WI as most are MN
natives! I've never really been able to pin down The Hawg Trough
website and guys - it's kindof a loose-knit group of angling buddies,
some who guide, some who don't, which gets together and does fishin'
trips as a group, and from time-to-time posts a fishin' report or
two on their website. All around these are simply a great group
of friendly anglers!
Well I should get back to the fishing - as the
morning wore on Todd connected time and again but simply didn't
seal the deal...can't say why but that's how it goes sometimes.
We hiked downstream and back up after deciding that angling pressure
was a bit high for such a small trib, and the fish, well the fish
weren't readily apparent downstream. It occurred to me that they
were most likely in "run like hell upstream" mode...it'd
be a bit before they dropped back from the dam.
Our best bet was to hang out upstream where the
fishing had been good. I hung out with Cory; they had until around
1:45 to fish before having to head back to Madison and ultimately
Minnesota. Cory had a couple hits but nothing finalized earlier
in the morning..I kept telling him to work a certain seam but he
Well, someone had to fish it, and sure enough,
"Cory's Honey Hole" produced another stunning chrome hen
in short order. The battle was intense as the fish ran upstream
into the riffles. From above, Josh Lenda was shouting, "Matt
it looks foul"!
One of his buddies chimed in, "that's definitely
a fouled fish...snap the line".
I knew Josh was just giving me shit, and well,
by the time I landed the fish it was plain to see that this was
anything but fouled!
I think my success spurred Cory to give this section
of stream another shot. There was less than 5 minutes left on his
timecard before he and Todd had to pack up and head for the highway.
Sure enough, he hooked up and the battle was on.
Again, shouts came down from the bridge, "That fish is fouled!".
I shouted back up, "No it's not, your seeing the dropper".
Honestly, I was a bit annoyed even though these
are generally good angler folk...it was just annoying knowing that
the jeers from above might discourage Cory from landing what was
obviously his first fair steelhead, especially considering yesterday's
results. Well, Cory's came in fair as I expected, and there was
After 2 early mornings I was beat...what can I
say other than it had been a great weekend on the water with Todd