Archive for the ‘Wisconsin’ Category

Really Last Day for 2016?

John Beth just couldn’t stand it any longer. The warm late fall and perfect water conditions lured him out of his lair and on the river. There were few fish, but John managed to connect solidly with one on a single egg fished along the bottom in a deep run. This was the year of […]

Last Big Hurrah

My long time fishing pal, John Beth, made his final trip of the season to the Lake Michigan tributaries in Wisconsin. There were others there, too, about 16 all total for the day. No one caught anything–except John. Drifting a single egg through a deep run he felt a tap, and was suddenly tight to […]

Wisconsin Big Browns 2016

My old fishing pal, John Beth, went in search of big browns in the Lake Michigan tributaries of Wisconsin’s eastern shoreline a couple of days ago. It was a tough day. His two fishing companions caught nothing, and neither did John, until—wham. He was casting long with a big white streamer barred in black, and […]

Lake Michigan Browns 2016

         Looks like the big browns are back in the Lake Michigan tributaries. John Beth was searching for them last week, and he found them in one of our favorite streams. He got really excited when he landed a big female of 29 inches and 15 ½ pounds on a dead drifted […]

Last Day Ritual

My long time friend and fishing companion, John Beth, has a ritual of fishing the last fay of the inland trout season in Wisconsin with gear from modern fly fishing’s earliest beginnings (the mid to late 1800s). His reports are always fun because I can see him stalking the spring creeks of SW Wisconsin with […]

Lake MI Kings in Wisconsin 2016

    My long-time friend, John Beth, and his friend, Scott Allen, just returned from a trip to a Lake Michigan tributary, fishing for kings and browns. Wisconsin has experienced more than its share of rain this year, and the river finally fell to just a little over 300 cfs. John was understandably anxious to […]

A Day on the Bois Brule

Recently my friend John Beth had an opportunity to fulfill a bucket list promise to himself, and that was to experience Wisconsin’s famous Bois Burle River in its upper reaches with a guide of outstanding skills and knowledge. His story follows. My day with Damian Wilmot (http://fbnguideservice.com ) was a dream come true, and I never […]

Fall Salmon Report

While Nancy and I were driving west and settling in an RV Park—where we will live until we find a home—John Beth was out ripping lips. Not a lot of them because the food base in Lake Michigan was greatly diminished this year. As John noted in a recent email to me, “this marks my […]

Salmon Numbers Down Sharply

This year’s king salmon run in Wisconsin is what one might call pitiful, both in numbers and in size. And that marked decrease is seen right on through the cohos and browns and rainbows. It’s not due to any single factor, but a combination of super cold winters the last two years, poor spawn return, […]

Last Day Rainbow

Nancy and I are moving west—to the Portland, OR, area to be closer to Jason, and Kelley, and Brooke. We need to get more family time and fishing time together. Amidst all the sorting, packing, tossing, trips to GoodWill, and all the other assorted agonies of moving, John Beth sent me this photo of an […]