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10-11-05 - Dan gets the hard part done early - his first King of the day.

Here we go again!

Wow, what a nicely kyped buck.

Like most all our fish, this one is revived to fight again.

10-11-05 - A Banner Day for Dan

Waters Fished: Milwaukee River
Fish Caught: 5 in total
Outing Date: 10-11-05
Weather: Cloudy
Air Temp: 40's rising into upper 50's
Water Temp: 56-58F
Water Level: 75 CFS
Water Color: Stained, visibility 1-2 feet
Fish Species: King Salmon
Pattern Fished: Small Egg Patterns
Pattern Color: Red & Chartreuse was king as usual

Talk about a COLD morning. It's Tuesday, 6:00 AM and I can see my breath when I get out of the car to meet Dan at the Milwaukee. WHY would we be fishing ANYWHERE ELSE (considering current flows elsewhere)?

On the walk downstream I gave Dan an overview of the area and the tactics we'd use. We stood on the gravel counting down the minutes to legal fishin' time. Fish swirled and splashed all around us. For now, we'd have to probably fish more by sound than sight.

HA - Dan had NO PROBLEM getting the hang of things. Within minutes Dan had his first King Salmon to shore - not HUGE but a nice way to get a monkey off your back!

Unlike yesterday, today was CLOUDY and it made a BIG difference. I still don't think we're at the peak of the run; there probably weren't anymore fish than yesterday. Without the sun though, these fish just KEPT BITING.

Dan, well Dan had a field day - easily 30 or 40 legitimate strikes in our morning guide. #2 was a BRUISER buck, the kind of fish ANYONE would be proud to land, especially on a fly rod.

Well guys, I hate to do this to you but as usual, there's really not much to say other than WE SLAMMED 'EM. When our guide was "over", I got on the water for a few minutes, looking to get that skunk off my back as well. Of course, I didn't just want ANY fish, I wanted the freshest fish I could find. The first two, well, SCHOOLED ME. Of course I end up with a buck on the lower side of the teens at best, but WHO am I to complain...that was 15 minutes of fishing!

Not too shabby, a darker Hen is Dan's #3!

Dan's back at it with gusto...looking for that next hookup.

Yeah, Dan's #4. What is it with all the ladies Dan?!

I'll take that as my fish for the day!

Not every battle ends the way we'd like it to...


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