Over my Spring Break, I made it up to the Driftless area with my cousin Anthony and some family members. Anthony met us up there, but gave us directions to a good section of river he was sure we would have success at.
We showed up at around 8:30 and proceeded to explore the river with various nymphs and leeches. Right away, I hooked into a very large fish under the bridge, but being the smart fish he or she was, it broke me off about 3 minutes into the fight. After that, we headed downriver and caught a few little Rainbows and Browns in the 10″ range; most were found in the undercut banks.
We headed back to the car for some sandwiches and beer and Anthony finally showed up. While we were sitting and enjoying a beer, we watched anthony throw a leech into a deep dark hole. Low and behold, he hooked into a huge Brook Trout, only to lose it at the net. The next cast he laid into a big Brown, and luckily landed our first big fish of the day.
We headed up river after that and I landed a nice Brook Trout while our crew of anglers missed a few bites here and there. The day ended well with a nice 20″ Rainbow and a beautiful 20″ Brown coming to hand.
This was my first time really experiencing the Driftless Area and I sure was amazed. Living in Colorado, I am spoiled with high mountain creeks, lakes, and tailwaters, but the spring creeks we explored in Wisconsin were one of a kind. Thanks for such a great time Anthony. And until next time……………………..