Kodiak In-line spinners Ultimate Alevin Assortment
As fly fishermen are given to a meticulous attention to detail I see no reason why a spin fisherman cannot show an equal pleasure in finding something carefully done.
Panther Martins have been the mainstay of my summer’s fishing success. Please forgive my promiscuity.
I’m hoping to have a couple of these in my arsenal for our coming adventure.
Stephen and I are gearing up for a year-end trip to the Bois Brule River in Douglas County, WI.
We’ll be hiking in and camping in hammocks, trying to find some good resident trout and perhaps some larger fish at the lower end of the river.
Right now it’s nothing more than a topo map and some whispers of places to try. We’ll do our best to document what we find and bring it back home for you to enjoy! Expectations for success are low, this being our first trip to the area to fish. Our wives wish we’d reconsider, and they think we’re crazy to be driving 5 hours to chase fish, but you only live once, right?
Wish us luck!
Bois Brule TOPO (Click for full PDF)
Well so much for grand schemes. After my recent post suggesting the value of rainfall I am shamefaced in admitting that early this morning I set out to Vermont Creek in hopes of catching every fish in the stream.
On our last visit, this stream was running very clear and I figured yesterday’s thunderstorm would be just the thing to set up some ideal conditions. Instead, I fished a stream that was too turbid and warm to even bother pulling out the gear. In three hours not even a sign of fish. The rainfall was significant enough to send this stream over its banks and made wading quite an unenviable chore.
I started out above the bridge on hwy JJ having gotten wind of some recent success by another fisherman. Today this portion was almost un-navigable. Before I entered the stream I found the super of a Joe Daniels construction crew waiting to plow into a 3500 ft stretch on the downstream side of the bridge that is scheduled for habitat improvements. We spoke at length about the plan. With one large bulldozer, one sizable backhoe and an even bigger digger the work is to be done by a small crew of two to three guys without virtually any handwork to speak of. He told me that this kind of work is highly prized right now because building is so slow. Bids are competitive and difficult to secure. All 3500 feet is scheduled for completion within 30 days. Another section downstream is to be done next year. A portion of the stream will actually be moved to accommodate a property owner. Lots of riprap will be added but he mentioned little of particular features. He mentioned that the salesman who secured the bid was a serious trout fisherman. I guess that probably helps lubricate the process with the DNR.
Anyway, neither he nor I were destined for luck with our plans today. The banks are saturated and his crew went home for the day as I should have done.
I fished for about 500 yards before I decided wading in an unknown section of flooded stream is probably a bad idea. I moved down to the HI area above the bridge on hwy KP hoping that my past experience in this section would help me work it with more skill. Nothing Doing. The same flooded mess was encountered here. I worked every artificial I had as it felt like a good time to experiment. As I mentioned in my last post, I am interested in finding success using weighted streamers on spinning gear. I put my heaviest ones through trials but to no effect. Because these baits are quieter than the spinners I’m inclined to believe that they are not a sound strategy on a really turbid stream unless they are significantly bright. (mine were not)
A word or two about Panther Martins is warranted. I have tried all kinds of other spinners and have concluded that the rest simply don’t measure up for performance. Something about how the hole through the blade is farther aft than on other spinners appears to generate a good deal more liveliness and action. With other spinners I often bring them in and find that the blade is simply not spinning at all and the lure has no “al-lure”.
The #9 Panther Martin is an idealized bait for casting on light gear. It requires no extra lead to push it down into holes and casts beautifully. And its large enough to inspire larger trout to come out for a look but small enough that I’ve caught my share of six inchers with it. The #9 reminds me of my cocker spaniel when I was a kid. It has exactly the same sound as her tags did. What’s more, Panther Martins are made of better steel than the off market brands and this shows when you put your lure up against stonewalls, brush, and gravel bottoms enough times.
Today made me realize that you can’t game a trout stream. I thought I had picked an optimal moment and instead I got skunked. I am chastened. At least until two days from now when it will be absolutely………….