Flyfishing for salmon on the Milwaukee River.

My brother Todd and I went fishing on the Milwaukee River at the end of October 2009 and had an amazing time.  We caught a lot of fish and had a great time watching the spawning salmon swim up the river.

Prior to my trip, I stopped at Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters and Jon Uhlenhop and Patrick (who studied at Montana State University!) hooked me up with some egg patterns and streamers to use (which, by the way, working amazingly!).

It was cold, rainy and a little bit foggy the first day we fished.  I wore an old pair of Patagonia Midweight Capilene baselayers, a pair of soft shell pants, a Sol Patrol shirt, Patagonia waders and boots and the Ascensionist jacket.  I was extremely impressed with the jacket.  It kept me completely dry and breathed very well.  I also did not notice any difference between the rubber soled boots and my old felt ones.  (I work at the Patagonia store in Chicago and this trip was a great opportunity to put some gear to work.)

Todd had already scouted some places to fish the day before I arrived.  He said he had seen people catching a bunch of fish and I could hardly even believe him.  That obviously changed after about the third cast.

I used Todd’s 8# fly rod with a Spey VersiLeader and primarily threw a Nuclear Egg pattern.  I caught both of my browns using a streamer pattern.  Todd used a spinning rod, red colored hooks and spawn sacks.

Todd and I safely released all of the fish that we caught.  Each picture below (besides the photos of us releasing fish) is of a different fish.


~ by snyelmn on November 3, 2009.

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