1-1-06 - A new year of fishing!
Waters Fished: Root River
Fish Caught: 0/1
Outing Date: 1-1-06
Air Temp: Right around 40F
Water Temp: N/A
Water Level: rising (120-130 during the time I fished)
Water Color: Olive Green, visiblity 1 foot +
Fish Species: Brown Trout
Pattern Fished: Spawn & Waxworms today!
Pattern Color: N/A
Happy New Year! It's a new year of Steelhead, Trout,
Fly Fishing, Centerpinning, Crazy Stunts and some surprises along
the way. It's been just under a MONTH since my last time on the
water...things have been REALLY FROZEN and I've been keeping busy
with Rod Building instead. This one's gonna be quick because (a)
there's really not much to report and (b) I'm still TRYING to finish
up 13 overdue reports from the summer of '05!
Somehow, I ended up going SOLO this time around.
The original plan was to possible meet up with G-Man...turns out
he went early and was already on his way home by the time I was
heading out. He and his brother had each hooked a brown on tubes+waxworms...1/2
in total it sounds like. That's pretty good for the "dead of
I got to the water around 1:30 PM when it was all
said and done...a few "detours" along the way ate up a
lot of time. Sunset was 4:27 or so...that'd give me up to around
3 to 3.5 hours of fishing. I bet I can make something happen.
I started at a traditional "winter" spot
that's usually productive. I switched up between waxworms and spawn,
but for at least the first hour I had NO luck.
Of course, winter fishing is all about maximizing
EVERYTHING. SCREW FLIES...ya need scent and the drop-dead best presentation
to make stuff happen...that means break out the Centerpin. ANY advantage
you can give yourself, you have to take.
My "advantage" came in the form of a
fish making a mistake. I'm sitting there drifting downstream when
not more than 10 feet away from my float, a fish porpoises at the
surface and moves to the seam. STOP that mile-long drift, it's time
2 Waxies under a float and a spinning sidecast...my
float landed a few feet in front of a logjam. I let the float run
the bait under the longs (a common "hangout" this time
of year)....the float then passed under overhanging brush and on
through to clear water. The float went down maybe 10 feet away from
where I had seen the fish surface. A sharp set of the hook brought
a body towards the surface, enough to see that I definitely had
tied into a nice clean fish, but not close enough to tell what KIND
of fish. It only took a headshake for the rig to come flying back...sometimes
that's the luck...the hook just didn't stick.
Shortly therafter I decided to rest the spot and
try another location. After an hour or so of no action, I figured
I might as well go back to where I started.
Of course, I can sum it up like this - I fished
until I was having trouble seeing, which was around 4:15 or so...the
considerable cloudcover made sunset come EARLY! I had a few other
"good looking" takedowns, but nothing that felt like a
fish on the other end.
That's winter steelheading in SE WI for ya. Started
the new year right with a HUMBLING SKUNK that broke the longest
"unskunked" streak to date - 21 days on the water with
fish. After a "month off" from fishing, I've returned
with an aching arm and shaky right hand (can't finish a rod to save
my life!). Gotta get back in "fishin' shape"! As long
as the air temps stay up, we'll have some open water to play with!
Get out if ya can, and have a bountiful 2006!