My habit on opening day of Wisconsin’s regular trout fishing season is to avoid the crowds and head to Minnesota. This year, I fished East Beaver Creek in Beaver Creek Valley State Park near Caledonia. But I didn’t avoid the crowds, and I spent the first hour trying to find a pool that wasn’t already occupied by someone wearing waders. Very unusual, but perhaps it was because of the weather that so many folks were outside chasing trout, as it was mostly sunny with temps in the 60’s and we midwesterners are still recovering from a long, cold winter.
But I was patient and it paid off as I slipped into a pool that another fisherman had vacated just moments earlier. A nice caddis hatch was on, and many fish were taking flies from the surface, often leaping completely out of the water. But the fish completely ignored my dry flies and I was forced to go subsurface. The fly of the day was a Smith’s Bare Hare in olive, and I caught six nice browns with it, all over 10″ with one at 13″ and the fish of the day coming in at 14″.
I had the pleasure of fishing with a brand new Rio Perception fly line today. I tend to replace my fly line a couple years after I should, so it was really a treat to fish with a line that floated the entire day without exception, and to roll cast as far as I wanted to, which is important on a small creek lined with bushes and trees.
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