10-14-06 - Minnesota comes to Milwaukee
Waters Fished: Milwaukee River
Fish Caught: 8+ personally, 29 photographed, probably 50-60 landed between 8 anglers
Outing Date: 10-14-06
Air Temp: highs around 50F
Water Temp: 46F
Water Level: steady, 220 CFS
Water Color: Yellowish, visiblity 1-2 feet
Fish Species: King Salmon
Pattern Fished: Egg Patterns
Pattern Color: Red and Chartruese again accounted for the large majority of fish.
Last year there were two, this year five or six. Minnesotans that is, at least originally from, if not currently, not including Renee in that headcount! Look what we started, having Nick and Matt come on over to Wisconsin last fall...it's a snowball, that's for sure! As it rolled into town Friday night, I couldn't have been happier for it's arrival. Nick, Matt, Will, Emily were all back...I think last time I saw them was in the spring up on Minnesota's North Shore. Andy was a new one, and Nate came up as well for a little while too!
Ya know, this turned out to be the day everyone hoped for, well actually it far exceeded everyone's wildest expectations. That's what Mid-October does to ya when the fly fishing gods smile upon you with favor! Everyone caught fish. Everyone was exhausted. The day was one of those "intense" dawn-to-dusk non-stop King Salmon days, and to top it off we had the water virtually to ourselves!
The best part is, I don't have to say a word about the fishin. Well, except maybe to mention at least a few lifetime first salmons and the woman-only King (I swear I shouted "GIRL POWER" when Emily netted Renee's fish).
I know you all think I'm copping out, but if there ever was a "salmon enduced haze" I think we were all in it by Saturday night. It's not surprising that the crew slept in to something like 10:00 AM the next day. There wasn't a moment where I wasn't fishing, fighting a fish, netting someone's fish, taking pictures, eating, drinking, or sitting on a rock, waiting for the aches to subside, simply so I could stand back up for another helping. The day was already a blur by the time I sank my teeth into a Garbage Pizza.
The pictures will more than tell the story (I whittled it down from over 100). Words can't describe it. I'm getting too old for this. I'm already looking forward to 2007 with Renee's rag-tag Minnesota Crew ;)