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Ice Bobbers

by Bill Piatek

First time out with the 270 Nissin in quite awhile today. The stream is very shallow, narrow and brushy.

I tried something different today and used the smallest size of Thill ice bobbers and they really worked well. No splitshot, just a SBL-35 hook and a pair of salmon eggs. Didn't hang up once and roll cast pretty well.

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Feb 03, 2018
What about the Fish!
by: Les A.


What a teaser! Tell us about the fish you caught too! I love to hear about the battles. Especially if you caught some Rio Grande Cutts! It is the only major variant I have left to catch.

Feb 03, 2018
by: Bill Piatek

Well I ended up with 9 stocker Rainbows. Two were around 8" and the others around 11-12". The Thill floats are so nice for strike detection, everything was lip hooked.

I've caught a few Browns and Cutts here but most of the action is on stocker 'bows. Did have a couple of days last spring with some nice 15-16" cutts.

I miss my Wisconsin brookies, here they poison them out from plantings around WWI.

Feb 03, 2018
Wisconsin Brookies
by: Les Albjerg

I lived in the driftless area of Wisconsin for 5 years (Arcadia). I was spoiled by several awesome brook trout streams and several where browns dominated. I would say I missed living there, but there is some great brook trout fishing here in Idaho even though the Powers to Be have raised the limit to 25 fish to reduce their impact on native fish. I have some special brook trout spots. You can't get to them right now and the roads into that area are closed until July 1st. So it doesn't get as much fishing pressure. Thanks for sharing about the fish. I wish I had known about Tenkara when I lived in Wisconsin.

Feb 03, 2018
by: Bill Piatek

Almost moved to Hayden ID, was there with the daughter's family for 3 months.

Feb 03, 2018
by: Charlie


I'm visiting a godson in Madison next weekend and will be driving there from home just west of Minneapolis.

Do you have any favorite winter spots? I'm thinking of hitting Willow Creek...

Thank you,

Charlie Phelps

Feb 04, 2018
Driftless Fishing
by: Les Albjerg


I am not the best source. I have not fished in Wisconsin since 1989. The best winter fishing was down in Grant County. I fished the Big Green, Blue, and Castle Rock. That is a little out of your way going to Madison. My favorite spot was the 5 mile stretch on the Blue River between Bowers Road and Shemak Road.

If I were driving from Minneapolis to Madison, I would drop down to highway 10 off of 95 head east on highway 10 to Johnson Valley. I loved fishing Johnson Valley Creek for brookies. It is only 3.5 miles long. It flows into the Buffalo River. It is a good stream too.

I fished Tamarack Creek a lot, but you have to know the spots to get through the brush. I liked Fly Creek that flows into the Trempealeau River. Hopefully someone from Wisconsin will pipe up! The best fishing is south of La Crosse.

With as cold as it has been in the Midwest, you are going to have to find a creek with strong springs or you will be fighting ice. I'm not sure how strong the springs are in Johnson Valley Creek.

Feb 05, 2018
Gracias Les!
by: Charlie

Thank you Les,

I fished with Matt Sment of Badger Tenkara last summer and will touch base with him too.


P.S. Last summer was my first fishing streams for trout. Matt taught me a GREAT deal.

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