Wisconsin Fly Fishing Report
Current USGS Stream Flow - Sheboygan River
Sheboygan River Update 4/18/19
Spring steelhead fishing has been great when the water levels are
decent, the runoff brought in some nice numbers of steelhead. Fish were
eager to take streamers and big nymphs rolled along the bottom, and of course
eggs produced fish as well. The Sheboygan has been very unpredictable
with water levels, it seems if you even mention the R word the water levels
rise. Any amount of rain will bring in fish but the water will get muddy
and fishing will have to wait a few days to clear, but once it does clear it
can be lights out. Steelhead will be around for a few more weeks but then
they head straight back to the lake, can't really blame them. The DNR
planted some Skamania strain steelhead a few years ago, will be interesting to
see if they have a summer run on the Sheboygan. Time will tell.
Inland trout fishing update
Trout season is officially open as of Jan. 1st, even with the cold
temps of winter some very nice trout are around. Big nymphs and streamers
are the ticket for until the spring/summer hatches roll into high gear.
Last fall we had tremendous rains and the drifltess region got hammered...the
fish survived it pretty well, the areas of stream improvements did not.
Fish are still there, but the traditional holding spots may have changed from
all the flooding. If you have an update for me please let me know.
Good luck out there.
If you are looking for a day on the water give me a call, would
love to show you around. Thank you and tight lines
Gordy @ Tie 1 On Guide Service LLC
Cell # 773-308-6156
Sheboygan River fishing report. Nov. 15th 2018
a strange year it's been. Driftless flooding, tons of rain and
everything in between. The salmon runs have surely been better,
stocking numbers are way down and subsequently so are the fish in the
system. Don't get me wrong it's ok but surely but like it used to
be. With all the rain we've had it's been tough dealing with the
dirty water on top of the lack of fish. However when you do find
fish it's pretty decent, brown trout and steelhead have moved in and
the water is close to perfect right now, but it's pretty cold
Browns and Steelhead are
cooperative with a well presented fly, streamers have produced some
mind numbing strikes. Hold on!
driftless region got pounded late season with some unbelievable
flooding... Again. I think the fishing will be ok come early
season but the rivers and streams will have surely changed. They will
still be cleaning up in the spring, call the local shops over there if
you're interested in assisting... It's the right thing to do.
free to call me anytime to book a trip, fish are definitely around just
not the same numbers as it was 10 years ago, but when they strike it's
pretty memorable. Hope everyone had s decent season and feel free
to call me anytime.
C 773 308 6156
Steelhead are here, more to come soon !
Tie 1 On Fishing report for 3/19/2018
everybody! Yes I am still alive and gearing up for spring steel
here on the Sheboygan. For those of you that are my regular
clients you know I've had a few bumps in the road but I am back on my
feet and ready to go!
been great during the salmon runs, but the steelhead and brown trout
fishing has been trying at best. One day great next day
nothing...I know it's fishing but it can be very tough being a guide
when one day is great and the next is slow.
The Spring steelhead run is looking good however, water levels are
decent and not much runoff so we should finally have a good spring run
of steel. I have several dates open so please give me a call if
you want to go after some big steelhead.
Trout fishing is open throughout the state and fishing is good for
trout as well. The floods in the Drifltess region have certainly
changed things over there...again. Late last summer the region
got pounded with yet another 100 year flood, the fish survive but the
habitat and work done on the streams take a beating. For those of
you who have already been out there you know what I mean. My
local streams here in the Kohler area are doing great, big
fish and great hatches around the corner. if you would like to
hit the local spring creeks up this way for sure give me a
call...what you learn on these tiny streams will for sure help you
with your trips to the Driftless and even out West.
Prime steelhead dates this year will be late march al the way into
early May hopefully. These fish are migratory, so things can and
do change very quickly. Feel free to call me any time for an
update or to book a trip.
Thanks and tight lines,
Gordy @ Tie 1 On Guide Service
Cell # 773-308-6156
Tie 1 On Fishing Update July 25th 2016
summers are HOT... It was 95 heat index over the
weekend. With that being said the fishing has been just OK.
Water temps are decent but with hotter afternoons please make sure fish
are at their tolerable levels if you decide to go fishing. I've
been fishing shaded areas and fishing from late afternoon till dark and
have been doing pretty well.
throughout the state have keyed in on ants crickets and hoppers.
Grasshoppers are out and about already and I will fish hoppers until
the end of the season. It should be a great hopper year with all
this heat and dry conditions. Hoppers are by far and away my
favourite way to fish in late summer. Big fish... big fly... big
as it sounds the salmon rodeo is right around the corner. Last
year there were salmon in the Sheboygan in mid September, which is only
a month a half away. Yeah I know, crazy...I'm hoping the salmon
run is viable this year. the DNR has lowered the #'s on just
about every species stocked, including steelhead and brown trout.
However the brown trout fishing last year was epic all season
hoping everyone is having a decent summer of fishing and enjoying the
nice weather. I have several openings for the salmon run and
beyond, but once the first salmon shows up I get busy. if you
want to book a date send me an e mail or call me, at least we can get
you in the books...if the fishing isn't good we can always
Tight lines out there and feel free to call me anytime.
Happy New Year everyone and tight lines in 2016!
Well I sure am glad to see 2015 in the rear view mirror. For
those of you that didn't hear or didn't know... I had emergency
appendix surgery on October 10th, and for all those that I could not
guide and could not get ahold of I greatly appreciate your
understanding. I spoke with most of you but once again thank you
for all the calls and support, I appreciate it. To add salt to
the wound I decided to have my knee checked out as well and low and
behold I am now recovering from that surgery to repair a torn
meniscus! I have been a doctors dream...but in a few months I
will be ready to rock n roll for Spring steel and inland trout!
Speaking of inland trout the Wisco DNR has changed the rules.
Early season is now from 1st Saturday in January to opening day and
guess what...NO MORE of that 5 day waiting period from early season to
opening day! Being the Prez of our local TU Chapter I actually
voted for these new regs so I am glad they are now law!
Water has been high for several weeks. I know fish are in the
river and will be for quite some time. I haven't fished since
Thanksgiving for a few days just to get back out there, browns are
still around and steelhead have been caught. Weather is cold so
fishing will be pretty sketchy for a while. Cold front this
weekend will get us down to about 10 degrees from what they are
saying. So unless it warms up spend your time at the vise or in
warmer climes and pray for a good steelhead run this Spring.
I am pretty wide open for the Spring run, however once the water is
producing fish I am sure I will be getting calls, I'm not saying
get on the books right now but if you want to it might not be a bad
idea. We can always switch things around.
I wish everyone a Happy New Year and tight lines in 2016.
Congrats to all the great fish landed this year, great pics
and great times! Some nice fish in here!
Feel free to call me anytime regarding conditions for tribs and inland trout.
Thanks and see you out there.
Sheboygan River steelhead update
Sheboygan River Update 3/30/15 Spring
is is here, it's 50 out today and birds and animals are
happy! The winter has been long and cold but not much snow so the
water levels are in the 200 range which is great for wading but not
great for fish...they want 300 and above. But the steelhead run
is very early and will only continue in the coming weeks. If we
get any sort of rain event hopefully that will have a big push for
steel and things will be on. Some hold over fish have been
caught and even a few chromers but not many, once again it's
early. I am very open as of now, however once the run gets going
I will get busy. If I were trying to time it I would say Mid
April all the way thru May for steelhead...let's not forget these fish
are migratory so things can change very quickly.
If you want an up to the minute report feel free to call me. # 773-308-6156
Tight lines everyone and have a great season on the water.
@ Tie 1 On Guide Service Florida Trip with The Kid March
2015 I took a fantastic trip with my great friends Thomas and Tom
E. to South Florida and Bimini Bahamas in March. For those of you
who read my posts I hope you remember a young man I referred to as "The
Kid" from one of my very first guide trips many years ago. Thomas
aka The Kid is now a young man and very much involved in the salt scene
down in Florida where he lives and fishes with his buddies out in the
ocean on his boat Inconchnito a 27' center console rocket ship!
Thomas and his father Tom have invited me for the past several years
and I finally agreed they can guide me, and oh did they
ever! I made my reservations for an early AM flight to Ft.
Lauderdale so hopefully I could fish that afternoon, and of
course we did! Thomas picked me up in his crazy huge truck
with these gigantic wheels and we were off to his house and then
crank it out Hillsboro inlet to the ocean! Yes the
ocean! Thomas said his two buddies Dylan and Timmy were coming,
great cuz I have no idea how to catch sailfish in the ocean. We
were after sails. So there they are, ready to rock, Dylan is a
bright young man of 20 or 21 I think... who just passed his firemans
test in Southern Florida, not an easy thing to do...and then there's
Timmy. When Thomas told me Timmy all of 16 years
old was coming I was like oh gosh this will be interesting, I
hope we don't have to baby sit him. Thomas assured me that would
for sure not be the case. I was skeptical at best.
Well holy cow was I wrong. Timmy is hands down the "fishiest"
person I have ever met, hands down. EVER! We stop and pick
up live bait ( yes bait) we use for sailfish and other species out in
the ocean, hey it's how it works for the ocean, no flies here
guys. Ok so we are bombing straight out in the middle of the
ocean and it's rough, really rough...like I'm gonna hurl rough.
Then all of a sudden I lose my footing and bam I fall and totally
wrench my back like an old geezer. Did I mention it was
rough? Plus I'm getting seas sick...and I was worried about
Timmy. I am ok, icing my back cuz I'm not 19 like these kids and
I'm ready to fish. For those of you who haven't fished offshore
it's incredibly difficult...so many things to know from rigging to
lines to kite set ups and it's amazing. Thomas cuts the engines,
and this incredible symphony of these young men begins...it was
humbling. Thomas on lines, Dylan on kite set up, Timmy on bait,
they all worked like a team I have never seen before, amazing to
see. Thomas and his crew use kite rigs for sailfish, essentially
it an outrigger that you can control from the boat and have several
lines in the water. It's not an easy thing to master, at least
from my perspective. Within minutes literally we were into fish,
first was a shark, (thank God we didn't need a bigger boat) and he was
off very quickly via pro Timmy. There was no lag in action.
Fish were really keyed into their set up...all of a sudden Timmy yells
we're tight, love it...hoping for a sailfish but it was a nice dolphin
(not flipper) which he graciously let me reel in. Very
cool. I was feeling a bit weezy from my long day and feeling a
little sea sick as well. Did I mention it was rough? Timmy
literally straddled me like a pro and I landed a nice
dolphin. Then it happened. About 15 minutes later we saw a
big sailfish slash at on e of the baits form the kite rig, Timmy was on
this so fast it was incredible, they all were but Timmy is crazy
fishy...it was pretty cool watch. "We're tight, get em...Thomas
watch this line, Dylan do this, I was standing there like a moron about
to hurl over the side of the boat. Did I mention it was
rough? Timmy gets on this sailfish and it was on! Big fish
for sure, he's jumping what seemed like a mile out and he kept jumping,
it was epic. Timmy was literally on the edge of the boat and he
knew exactly what the fish was going to do and when, it was
incredible. After a long battle and countless jumps Timmy
leans over the side and hauls in this incredible sailfish, it was
amazing. Of course at this point I was wondering if they were
going to release it and of course they did. We kept the dolphin
(mahi mahi) and Thomas prepared it and it was great.
ocean fish...nothing better.It was the most enjoyable afternoon to fish
with these kids, their knowledge and expertise was sheer magic, they
are good, really good. Mr.Thomas The Kid has grown into a
wonderful young man and I knew he was going to be a great fisherman
from the moment I met him, he's really really good at this. Funny
thing is he's always asking me about fly fishing which I think is so
cool. Thank you Thomas, Dylan and Timmy, you gents are the best,
and thank you for not posting me hurling my breakfast overboard on
youtube! Did I mention it was rough?
Best of luck boys and thank you for a great experience, I'll be back!
Bimini Bonefish trip March 2015
always wanted to catch a bonefish and I was sure I would get to it at
some point of my life but I had no idea when or where...until my
dear friends Tom and his son Thomas aka The Kid invited me to
Bimini. I was reluctant to be a tag along but I eventually agreed
to accompany them this past March. Tom and The Kid are serious
offshore guys...these are pro all the way. They know everything
there is to know about ocean fishing. Literally. I just
wanted bones...I tied up a whole box of flies and already had it in
my mind just how and where I was going to catch a bonefish...until
Mr. Tom got us a guide and not just some ordinary
Bimini guide. The legend himself, Mr. Ansil Saunders world
record bonefish holder a man of exquisite history on just about every
level. Tom set the trip up for Thomas and I...to say I was excited
was an understatement. Seriously? Ansil Saunders? Wow.
we landed in Bimini we literally went directly to meet Mr. Saunders at
his shop. He is a famous flats skiff boat builder and
his boats are works of art, they sell for $40K! I wasn't really
caring too much about the boat I just wanted to ensure the fact we were
on the books and we were good to go. Meeting Mr. Saunders is like
meeting a true living legend. He is 83 years old and looks like
he's 50, he is smart, very friendly and without question
a world renowned hero in all aspects of bonefishing. We set up to
meet at our marina @ 8:30 AM...I told him we would be there at
8:29, ready to go.
morning Thomas and I were very excited, so excited in fact we were 30
minutes early...wondering if we said 8 or 8:30...you know the
drill. Is he coming? Did he remember? How
will we find him in this massive marina? I said to Thomas
let's go to the very end so he can't miss us...sure enough 8:30 here
comes Mr. Saunders in his flats skiff with an outboard on the
back. Phew! We pile in and off we go. Bombing thru
the mangroves taking it all in. Magical...sun coming up,
anticipation of a lifetime. We fly thru these mangroves and slow
down and we both see a deck in the middle of the mangrove, a real deck
above high tide with a platform and benches. I wasn't sure
exactly what was going on, neither did Thomas. Then I saw
it. In the middle of this glorious mangrove is a statue, not an
ordinary statue. This statue is of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Ansil Saunders guided Dr. King several times in his life and they
were very close friends. So close in fact that Dr. King was with
Ansil writing many of his speeches while fishing in Bimini.
Ansil created an homage to Dr. King in the middle of this
beautiful mangrove and once we stepped on to the platform we had no
idea what to think. Thomas and I were speechless, literally
speechless. Then there was this eery moment, call it what you
will but it was just one of those life moments you really can't
explain. While I was in the boat shop I saw a bible, next to the
bible were several books, many by the King family. Signed no
doubt...anyhow the Bible really caught my eye because it had Ansil's
name on it. Then it happened, he asked us if he could recite a
sermon he had memorized for years, of course we obliged.
started by saying look around, look at all this beauty, look at the
sky, look at the water, look at the birds, look within yourself...heavy
duty stuff and I thought we were just going bonefishing! His
words flowed off his tongue like they were literally the words of
God. He is a Godly man, very much so and his 20 minute sermon was
one that I will never forget, nor will Thomas. The only thing I
really want to say is after that moment I felt closer to God, which
ever God it is out there, but all I can say is I felt closer to all
living things and closer to humanity, not every day you can say
that. Ansil's words were amazing and forever a life changer,
Thomas and I had no idea this was part of the guide trip, once we got
back into the boat we were both speechless once again, a moment
hard to explain but a life moment I will never forget.
Let's go fish!
headed out on these beautiful crystal clear flats. Sharks, rays
and the birds were amazing. Thomas and I were just happy to be
along truth be told, our 1st hour with Ansil was already life
changing. We cruised several flats and didn't see fish...low
tide, not good. We raced around for hours looking for tails and
schools of fish. It was crazy windy, if it was 20 MPH it was
40...not the best conditions, then it rained 3 times on
us. Conditions were really crummy, I wanted to
ask Ansil if he could put a word out to the bonefish Gods and ask
for a little help. Well he must have felt my wishes because then
it changed...we were on this huge flat I was out of the boat with
spinning gear because Ansil was unsure of our abilities...I wasn't
going to tell him we could cast fly rods and cast well. We
were his students on every level. Suddenly Thomas was on point
and things happened so fast I really didn't know what was going on...he
was into a huge bonefish! Whoa! How did that happen!
Crazy! Thomas landed a beauty, great fish. He was elated as
was I. I raced back to the boat from my flats location and ripped
off a few pictures. Then Thomas said OK that's it, get out the
fly rods. Ansil looked at us like really? Did I mention it
was windy? I was on it, rigged and set up within minutes and
Thomas and I were off on this huge flat. He was on the right I
was on the left. We literally left Ansil back about 500
yards because the boat wouldn't make it. We started seeing
fish, in these deep "holes" then they would shoot out and you would
have seconds to get the fly to them, it was crazy windy. We did
all we could but these guys were super fast and spooky like you
wouldn't believe. We tried, tried really hard, it was cool just
to see the bones cruising to tell the truth. We gradually made
our way back to the boat and conceded that flat was not meant to
be. Off we went, we had been on the water for about 5 hours and I
thought the day was over, not yet my friends not yet.
took us to a flat very close to the marina, the tide was coming
in...and fast. So fast in fact it made a strange hue to the
water, almost murky. Ansil told me to fish the seam where the
water is clear and joins the murky side. No problem I got
this! I was hauling like 50 or 60 feet straight into the wind,
really hard casting. It was blowing like crazy. I would
watch my sink rate at my feet, make a cast count to ten which was the
sink rate for my fly to be on the bottom and hope for the best.
Cast count...cast count...cast count. Then on about my 10th cast
I felt this crazy unbelievable hit, never felt anything like it before,
my rod was shaking, my line was ripping off my reel at an insane speed
and I was into my first bonefish. My heart was racing, reel was
burning up, and alI could think was if I blow this I'm going to
die. I had three runs into my backing! Another epic
run...reeling screaming, this fish was so hot and I had him, solid
hook up. After several amazing runs I landed my first bonefish,
on a fly I tied and with my good buddy Thomas and most of all Ansil
Saunders who was amazed at my feat. He didn't think we could
cast, Thomas and I continued to fish this flat, Thomas had a few
hookups and so did I...all in all it was a day I will never ever forget.
I thank you for this memory and hope to do it again with you, I'll
never forget our day with Mr. Saunders and your huge bonefish!
Way to go buddy. Tight lines always.
Sheboygan River Update 10/16/14
salmon rodeo has been really good so far this year, plenty of big Kings
being caught in the past few weeks. We got a ton of rain and the
CFS is high right now but once it falls we should be on for steel and
browns, and of course the ho's as well. The coho should be in
once the river drops back to normal levels.
few steelhead have been caught so far but the water is cooling and
dropping every day so I am thinking November should be prime for steel
and big lake run browns. I have openings here and there but if
you want to get on the books please call me with your dates! Sorry
for being outta touch I've been on the river!
Tight Lines everyone and good luck out there!
Gordy @ Tie 1 On
Sheboygan River and inland trout update for June 7, 2014
I'm alive everyone, truth be told I am just getting over the reality I
missed another steelhead season due to high water. I am going to sound
like an old record but this BS is getting old. 3 out of 4 Spring runs
have been for naught. Pretty much a bummer across the board, no use in
going into it so let's move on to smallies and trout! For all you
steelhead freaks out there we have about 4 months till they are back
around, and of course salmon too. Sorry to all the people I had to
cancel trips this Spring, come fall we will get even!
trout and smallie fishing is picking up nicely. Smallies are done wit
the spawn and taking top water poppers which I just love...streamers
are working well too. Inland trout fishing is really good now and will
be till end of season. The entire state is having good hatches and some
really nice fish taking dry flies. It will on till end of season. My
local stream has had some great hatches...best I've seen actually.
Midges, Caddis, Hendricksons, Crane Flies and of course BWO's are
around. That's a pretty good array of dry flies. Anyone interested in a
trip any where up by me or over in the Driftless Region let me know.
Best plan is to meet over there and we can hammer it all day and
night..speaking of night the Hex hatch is right around the corner and
mousing should be good about now too. I love mousing, BIG fish always
are interested in a mouse pattern, and it's so damn fun!
you have any questions about summertime fishing please give me a call
and we can discuss options for the entire state, fishing is good now so
we need to capitalize on it before it's too late!
Good luck out there and tight lines.
Gordy @ Tie 1 On Guide Service
Polar Vortex Update from Gordy @ Tie 1 On...
do I start, I guess the weather would be an appropriate place to begin.
It has been so cold here !! Frozen pipes, frozen rivers, frozen
brain...all not good for the soul. The winter run was shaping up to be
awesome, then we got hammered with one week of cold temps right after
Thanksgiving and that was it...we never recovered above 32 degrees
until just a few days ago, is that not insane? I mean we had a few days
when it was 34 or 35 but the rivers were already frozen. Oh well, life
in Wisconsin as they say. Next topic.
as you can imagine I tie a lot during the winter, coming up with some
crazy stuff for sure. Bigger is better for a lot of the trout streams
here in Wisco so I have been tying some monster huge streamers, big
gaudy stuff that will hopefully work. Black is best it seems, leech
patterns and some made up stuff that seems to work well on just about
anything from smallies to carp. Looks fishy...catches fish.
have been calling...some from Chicago and further South wanting to
fish. Hard to imagine the 150 miles to Chicago can be so drastic
weather wise. If it's 50 in Chicago it's still below freezing here in
Wisco...for some reason people think it's the same environment, I
always tell them to check my local stats and they can tell me when the
fishing will be good. Ha ha!
of good fishing I do think the Spring steelhead run could materialize
into something good for a change. The past 2 seasons have been awful.
Ok so here's the deal. We need warm temps, the river is still very much
frozen and will not be fishable until all the ice is gone...when will
that be you ask? I would say 1st week of April if we are lucky, really
lucky. However if we do get some major warm weather and some rain that
could change it quickly. I think the fishing will be great for
steelhead from ice out easily into June, seriously. I have had some
great days in June, early June but it's still June! The steelhead run
will be fast and furious so timing will be key. One day they are here
the next gone. So if you want to chase some steel call me or e mail me
for an update, that's the best way to ensure things are rolling up here.
had a red winged blackbird at my feeder just now, I heard cranes flying
overhead yesterday, all good signs of Spring but where the hell is it?
This morning it was 10 degrees, go figure. Keep the faith, winter is
almost over, or should I say Spring is almost here, I hate using the
word winter these days.
a cool note I finally have an owl in my screech owl box! I put it up 7
years ago and finally have a taker! He's super cool and must have a few
places to shack up...one day he's here and the next he's gone, much
like steelhead! But I think this owl is really fantastic to have around.
Tight lines in 2014 everyone...see you out there.
Gordy Martin Owner Tie 1 On Guide Service LLC
Sheboygan River report 11/13/13
and his Dad had a good day out yesterday. I finally got to met
Patrick's Dad who was all over the Coho, and of course Patrick landed
some nice ones as well, let alone two primo steelhead! Way to go buddy,
and some HUGE browns are around but you have to find them. Fish are in
"fallback" mode but we are supposed to get more rain! I think this game
will be on all the way till December if you can handle the weather.
Fishing is pretty decent in the afternoon once the water warms up a bit.
Gordy @ Tie 1 On
Sheboygan River Update Nov 12, 2013
is fishing really well. Kings are dead and gone except some really
grizzly looking ones on their last leg, cohos are around and
cooperative if you want to catch them. Some big browns and steelhead
are out there if you know where to look. Eggs have been the ticket,
fish are more active in the later part of the day or really early.
to make it short... I am booked for the next 6 days and I need to tie
flies, so if you want an up to the minute update call me or e mail me.
Good luck out there.
should be good for another several weeks, at least until the river
freezes up, it would be great if that didn't happen but that's wishful
thinking. It was 19 this morning but supposed to warm up later in the
Gordy @ Tie 1 On Guide Service
Sheboygan River Report October 12, 2013
rain we had last weekend really helped with waater flows and fishing.
Kings are all over the place, especially in the upper sections of the
river. They are big this year again...and there are a lot of them.
Cohos have also made their way upstream and even a few small browns!
Eggs have been working well and any bright colored streamers for cohos
and big King salmon! I've been out every day this week so I have to get
back to tying flies!The fishing will keep getting better, steelhead and
browns will be next on the list once the Kings are gone. We should have
decent salmon fishing for the coming several weeks. Fresh Kings are
still making their way upstream every day it seems. This has already
been a good run. If you are interested in a trip you need to get on the
books ASAP. I have several openings but if the fishing continues like
this I will be busy, so give me a call and let's go get some of these
Gordy @ Tie 1 On Guide Service
Sheboygan River Fishing Report Tuesday September 17th.
salmon are right on schedule as they are every year...hundreds have
made their way into the river in the past 48 hours. Literally saw about
40 or 50 in one pool on the lower stretches of the river. They are on
the move, pool to pool. They are not on beds yet, but should be very
thing is that I saw 3 fish coupled up doing their thing and they were
all browns. I let them at it, the water is still pretty warm and I just
didn't feel like bothering them. BUT...while fishing for kings in a
deep hole I caught a very nice male brown, big kype and all. I couldn't
believe it. I have never caught a brown this early. So with that being
said I am hoping the Fall run will be one to remember. Supposed to rain
later this week, we need the rain. Salmon will come in no matter what
but it would be nice to have some better flows.
do have several days open as of right now, but I will start to get busy
soon, so if you are thinking of a time please call me and I can at
least get you down on the ca lender.
Tight lines and the fishing is only going to get better.
Local fishing report for Tie One On June 24th 2013
contrary to what you have heard I am still alive and still guiding.
However the weather and the rain has not made my life easy to say the
least. The Spring runoff was horrible, no steelhead and no trout
fishing to speak of. Then it started raining every day for what seemed
like an eternity. Great for the drought conditions from last year but
bad for fishing. It is now June and things have finally made the turn
and the fishing is decent for both trout and smallies. Trout are on
terrestrials already. Hoppers, ants and beetles will take the larger
fish out there looking for a meal. Smallies are on the move and it can
be hit or miss as always...but once found they are a blast to catch on
poppers. The trout fishing has been clobbered by all the rain all
across the state, not a good thing. Even the almighty Driftless Region
has been either really good or really bad. Quite honestly I am sick of
this unpredictability for fishing, clients call and I have no answers
for them other than we have to wait...it is frustrating beyond belief,
but hopefully that is all in the past. Crazy as it sounds we are only a
few months away from salmon season. With all this water around I am
hoping this will be a great season for salmon, once again we are
dependant on the DNR for stocking and the weather. The dredging is done
in the harbor, so that is another reason to crack one open and
celebrate, that just sucked for fishing last Fall. Those who fished it
know what I mean. I hope everyone is having a great summer now that it
is finally here. My schedule is pretty wide open until the Fall, if you
are up for a smallie trip or trout trip let's do it! Tight lines.
Sheboygan River update April 19th 2013
case anybody was wondering how the fishing is? These pictures sum it up
pretty well. The rain/runoff has pretty much killed any shot at any
steelhead fishing for all and I mean all of April. May might have an
opening but I wouldn't count on it. The smallmouth bass season might be
worthy but the CFS is at 2700 today and rising...again from all the
rain today. This is getting very old for all of us that I am sure. If
you want an up to the minute update please call me.
Keep the faith as they say...I'm considering building an ark.
March 19th 2013 Sheboygan River Update
is still here in full force in Sheboygan County, last week it was warm
and we did get a ton of rain, but then it snowed and got brutally cold
again. It pains me to write these reports because I am so ready to fish
like all the rest of you out there.
here's the deal...river is high, super high. Flood stage last week
after we got 2-3 inches of rain. All good news. The water levels are
really rocking right now, I would say at least 2000 CFS...hard to tell
cuz the gauge is frozen of course. But the river should be fishing
great in the coming weeks. The dredge work is completed, all things are
pointing to a decent Spring steelhead run. If this run isn't good then
we all need to find new water to fish because we will have no excuses
once the water is fishable. If you are asking me that question I would
say 2 or 3 weeks from now we will be in the zone, but once again we
have a ton of snow on the ground, and once that melts we are looking at
more water in the rivers, so it might be late April??? Who knows. But I
do think we are going to be in good shape once we get to fishable
levels. If you are thinking of coming up or booking a trip call me
first, things can change super fast in the Spring, but right now we are
still in winter mode.
the trout fishing on the local streams has been OK...of course when
it's above freezing and your guides and the rest of your body doesn't
freeze up. I have seen some LBS (little black stoneflies) out there and
I thought I saw a BWO go past my head the other day, so that's a good
sign. Trout fishing is still early as well, tons and I mean tons of
snow out there.
are getting close everyone, but we are just not there yet. Hang tight,
it is coming, I have seen cranes in the fields and the cardinals are
doing their mating calls, so we are getting close!
Feel free to call me any time for updates.
Tie One On Report January 2013
New Year everyone, yes I am still alive but haven't fished or guided
since we are in this round of unending Arctic freeze! Holy Crap it has
been cold up here, below 15 degrees for the past few days and wind
chills in the -10 range. That is cold. Where the hell is all this
global warming everyone is talking about? I could use a dose about now!
Just kidding, but it is really cold up here, yah yah yah it's Wisconsin
in the winter blah blah blah. Crazy as it sounds opening day for early
trout season is 36 days away! Yes in 36 days till we can freeze our
butts off while trying to catch trout in a small stream! Guiding in
Belize is sounding better and better as I write this!
all seriousness it's nice to have a break and recharge the battery. I
have been tying a ton, filling boxes and getting ready for the season.
Funny how the longer you tie the more creative you become. My friend
Erv Gep from Orvis is an amazing tyer, he made me a great shadowbox of
poppers that he ties for me. Thank you Erv, you are the man. His
poppers are amazing, he is always so modest with his flies, their not
this their not that...to me I think they are amazing, and they are. He
uses specialty nail polish, has his own method of tying his flies
etc...and that is what tying should be, your very own creations. Sure
you can tie the "classics" Royal Wolffs, Adams and hoppers, but if you
tie make up your own stuff, tie something with your own signature. Fish
can be picky but if they see something totally different they may just
hammer it like it's something new they haven't seen before. It's worth
am very much looking forward to seeing everyone on the streams and
rivers. Last Fall was a weird season for browns and steelhead, those
that fished with me know that for sure. Typical one day good next day
horrible. I am hoping that the snowfall and the rain we have had on the
warm days has raised the water table a bit and helped the rivers as
well. The drought last year was bad for the trout streams. The
Sheboygan was doing remarkably well water wise but the lack of fish was
concerning. A whole host of factors were in play and hopefully the
Spring run will turn out to be a good one. If anyone has any questions
about anything feel free to call me. Happy tying and look forward to
seeing you in the Spring.
Tight lines if you are off to fish in warmer climes and happy tying.
See you all soon.
Sheboygan River Report Nov.16th
friend John from Denmark finally made it back to Wisco during the prime
time for lake run migratory fish and did very well. We fished for trout
on the local trout stream a few years back and he can fish very
well...so I knew that if he were to ever be back in during the Fall for
migratory fish he would most likely have a good day. And sure enough he
did! John is form Denmark, yes Denmark, and he fishes a lot in Norway
and other exotic destinations. I find it hard to believe he "enjoys"
the Sheboygan but it's all about the experience as he says. To me it's
all about the fish of course. People pay me to get them into fish,
bottom line. Anyhow, John shows up with his own gear from Denmark, rod
reel etc...and we were off. As usual John was doing everything right
and I knew it was just a matter of time before he got into a fish. The
conditions were perfect for him and he was only one King away from the
Grand Slam! We decided to stick to browns and steelhead... Congrats
John! That Carlsberg direct from Denmark was well deserved!
in the week my buddy George from Florida finally made his annual
pilgrimage to try his luck...last year he did very well on Cohos but
this year we were after big browns! And sure enough he timed it
perfectly again. His son Brian joined us. Brian was doing very well but
the fish were breaking him off here and there, he is new to the sport
and he did an amazing job for his first time out. His Dad George is a
little more seasoned so suffice it to say it was George's day for sure.
George caught several beautiful browns, world class browns, just
amazing. Great to see you George!
week was toped off with a trip from my Madison buddy Dan. Dan has been
fishing for many years and has never fished for migratory browns.
Thanks to George I knew exactly where to take him. Dan got into a
glorious fish within five minutes. Epic fish, the pictures say it all.
Dan went on to go 9 for 14 on monster browns. The casts were very
precise, it had to be perfect every time to get a good drift etc...he
did it every time and was rewarded with some fantastic trophies. At the
end of the day Dan lays it on me that he is going to Tierra del Fuego
to chase their legendary big brown trout...I was like huh? Are you
kidding me? Big brown trout...how much bigger do you want them to be? I
mean seriously. But then he told me it was on his list of things to do,
and hats off to him, the food, the wine, the scenery and of course it's
Tierra del Fuego for God's sake! I told him to show the guides down
there the fish he caught here in Wisco and see what they say. I guess
it's all relative but Dan has some trophy browns already in his hat.
Way to go Dan, congrats to you.
know there are some huge fish and good stories in this report but the
fishing has been very challenging to say the least. One day can be
unreal and the next nothing. That's why they are migratory...they move.
if you are up for giving it a shot let me know, but please call me to
try and time it right, it's all about timing right now. Timing is
essential to getting into these fish, they can literally appear and
disappear overnight, kind of like a college girlfriend!
is looking to be decent in the coming two weeks, I think we can be
fishing until mid December at the rate things are going. Steelhead are
around and will hopefully be getting better as the season keeps rolling
Hope everyone has a good Thanksgiving and tight lines.
Sheboygan River Report from Tie One On October 31, 2012
is in great shape, CFS is 220 and water is looking very good. We got
almost 6 inches of rain in the past few weeks and the water has
basically been unfishable until this week. Good news and bad news. The
King run is all but over, it was good just not great. Last year was
insane, fish were huge and a lot of them, this year was nice but not
one to remember. Fast forward. All the rain has washed all the stinky
dead salmon back to the lake but with all the high water the browns,
cohos and a few steelhead have made their way into the system. Browns
are on beds throughout the river but you need to work for them. Water
temp is great, in the 40's and the fishing is going to be good for
quite a while in here, I would say all the way through November for
sure. The rain we got was exactly what we needed, the fishing should be
good for a while in here. I have been targeting browns with clients and
some have had some pretty good luck, key is to get the flies down deep
and get a good drift.
schedule is very busy this time of year...if you are thinking of
getting up here for a shot at a trophy lake run brown call ASAP. I have
several openings in mid to late November which is prime brown/steelhead
time so call me ASAP to get a date in the books.
Tight lines everyone.
Gordy @ Tie One On Guide Service
Sheboygan River - Lake Run Brown Trout have been caught recently. Report to come ....
River Salmon Fishing has been very good even with the low water we are
experiencing. Kings are basically all over the river. On beds, in holes
and fresh fish are still coming in every day it seems. This should
continue for the next several weeks, so if you are up for the salmon
rodeo now is the time. I have a few openings for the week of 10/22, so
if you are thinking about it I would make plans ASAP.
cohos and browns won't be too far behind and of course steelhead will
cap off the fall run but we are a long way from being over in here.
Rain is forecasted for the next few days, let's hope that happens! It
could be a game changer on the good side!
Back to the river...tight lines.
Gordy @ Tie One On Guide Service
everyone, gotta keep it short, the salmon rodeo is in full swing. TONS
of fish everywhere in the river, on beds, in holes, on the end of the
line. Basically all bright colored flies are working well. Speaking of
which I have to go tie some more right now! If you are waiting for the
salmon run don't wait any longer. Now is the time. I have very few days
left open for the salmon run, if you are interested in a date please
call me ASAP.
Tight lines out there, be safe...these beasts are big again this year.
Gordy @ Tie One On Guide Service LLC
Sheboygan River Report September 24, 2012
are in! First wave of salmon entered the system in the past 72 hours
and more are moving up every hour it seems. Some are already up on beds
and others are moving upstream very quickly. Strange as it sounds the
salmon and smallmouth fishing is great right now. The smallies will hit
a streamer down deep while fishing for salmon, always a fun bonus this
time of year. A client caught a small brown trout as well this week, so
fish are moving into the river for sure. Call me for an up to the
October is generally a very busy month, so I you are planning a trip please call me ASAP and I will get you down on the books.
Thank you and tight lines. Have fun during the "Salmon Rodeo" as I call it....
Gordy @ Tie One On Guide Service
Ph # 920-876-3510
a summer it has been! For those of you that live here in Wisco you know
it has been hot and very little rain, so the fishing has sort of taken
a beating, but recently the weather has been relatively normal and the
fishing has rebounded pretty well. We had a hot spell for about 2 or 3
weeks it seemed and it just put all the fishing on a holding pattern,
but like I said it has gotten much better recently. Trout are keyed in
on hoppers, ants and beetles as well as small BWO's and even some
tricos are around some of the Spring Creeks. I always use a hopper this
time of year, even if you don't see anything rising. The big browns
will always be tempted with a well presented hopper pattern. It's just
too big of a meal to let slip on down the river. So if you are into
hopper fishing give me a call, every year I inevitably catch my biggest
fish of the season on a dry with a hopper pattern.
and I took a road trip to Colorado in late July to the Roaring Fork and
Frying Pan rivers in Aspen area. Those of you that read my posts know
that I am out there quite a bit with my brother in law, yah the one who
taught me how to fish...Jeff. He is hands down one of the best
fisherman I know and our trip only confirmed my notions. He and I
fished for 8 days straight, all dries, we never even use a nymph except
for one day when I of course got desperate because I was fishing like
an idiot. I was pretty tired form driving 1400 miles, I was on the
river but felt like I was still doing 80 on the highway. Those of you
who have driven straight through know the feeling...let alone the
altitude and a possible hangover, but either way I was not fishing
well. Of course I hook a HUGE brown on a nymph and he proceeds to break
me off instantly. 6x was the norm out there, of course Jeff was having
more luck on 7x, can you imagine 7x all day long? That's pretty intense
no matter where you go. Jeff had a great trip, he never put on a nymoh
or streamer the entire time, I nymphed for about 2 hours then back to
dries. The fishing was great outside of the bears, yes bears. Last
winter was very mild in Colorado and the bears are having a tough time
finding food etc...so there were a lot of bears around, blacks
obviously but they can still rip you up if you are confronted by a
mother and cubs. Betsy is deadly afraid of bears and they are not to
high on my list either. Several sightings were reported and as you
drive into Snowmass Village there is a big sign "Beware of Bears"
etc...only adding fuel to the fire with my wifes intense phobia of
getting eaten by a bear. It's plain and simply not going to happen but
until you see Yogi out there crusing around it maked you think twice.
We saw a "yearling" male, guy was probably a year old and weighed about
200 pounds or so...even a little guy looks daunting, nice to see but
better to see his ass get back in the woods!
and I ran into some unbelievable hatches, one day on the Frying Pan
around the 11 mile marker we hit a pool we had never fished before and
we caught tons of fish. I let Jeff have a pool that was just boiling
with fish...I went upstream caught a bunch and came back and he was
just giggling. I watched him land 4 fish before I even got within
earshot of him, it was pretty cool to see. We ended up catching about
35 or 40 fish, maybe more maybe less, I'm not a numbers guy but it was
pretty epic. We both agreed it was one of our better days ever. The
hatch went from emerging PMD's to full PMD's...then caddis back to
PMD's again, it was pretty cool. We had the flies too, Jeff tied up
some stuff the night before and I had some stuff that I tied as well.
Great trip for sure.
to Wisco...salmon are right around the corner, hard to believe but it's
true. Michigan already has salmon in the PM we are not far behind. It's
raining out right now, we need a good 1 or 2 inches of rain to have
anything happen. Mid September will be a good sign to see how things
are going to shape up. Late September we should see a decent amount of
fish in the river, always best to call me for a report and if you want
to schedule a trip we should get you down on the books, I am getting
calls already and have been for several weeks. Prime months will for
sure be October and November. Until then the smallmouth bass fishing
has been heating up big time...and pike as well. The trout fishing is
only going to get better, cooler nights, warm days, perfect for
terrestrial fishing from here out, season closes at the end of
September, so if you would like to do a trout trip in SW Wisconsin now
is the time.
fishing has been unreal once you find them...while fishing for
smallmouth one day I ran across two really big carp feeding, I was
using a "Tequilly" fly which looks like a big crayfish and I gave it a
shot, well Mr Carpe Diem took it and ran. It was a very spirited battle
on a 5 weight rod, I heard it "creak" several times and the fish got me
into my backing very quickly. He was pissed. I was very lucky because
the pool I hooked him in was wide open and he headed straight for the
opposite bank, after about a serious 15 minute battle and several runs
I finally landed without breaking my 5 weight. You really need a 6 or 7
weight while fishing for big carp, they will put a pretty big hurt on
you with a 5 weight, no matter what rod you are using.
Good Luck to everyone out there, feel free to call me any time.
Gordy @ Tie One On Guide Service
best fishing days are ones that have no plan, no agenda, no meeting at
specific time, no new flies to try, and so on. Yesterday was that day.
It rained pretty well on Saturday afternoon, a quick good hard rain,
prefect for streamer fishing on our local stream for big trout that
will ONLY come out during a high water event.
I was cruising around checking out the water levels and off color water
conditions I see a familiar truck headed my way, low and behold my good
buddy Herb. Herb is the best because like I said... sometimes the best
plans are to have no plans at all...however I knew that once Herb and I
saw each other we would fish together because we haven't seen each
other in quite some time. He already caught a few and he knows I love
to fish streamers in high muddy water. We decided to fish big gaudy
streamers and we were off. Suddenly I had a plan and I was so excited
to fish with Herb because he is a very good fisherman and knows what he
is doing, that is for sure.
was geared up and ready to go in a matter of minutes and we were off,
trekking way upstream where we both know some big fish live. Let me
just say this, it was Herb's day. We would split a pool and he would
say he missed one, another hit etc...I was of course getting skunked
which is quite honestly just fine with me. While fishing a primo hole
with a huge lunker structure Herb yells he missed a beauty...usually
you only get one shot at a big fish, Herb said he was big and he is not
one to BS anyone. Mind you this is after I fished his exact spot with
no hookup, like I said he is good. Anyhow he swore it was all of 14"
which is a decent fish on this stream. I guess "no" is not in Herb's
vocab because he kept fishing that exact same spot...when all of a
sudden he yells he got him! Wow!
rod was bent over big time, he was yelling, I was yelling, I was
running back upstream as fast as possible to land this beast, falling
over myself like an idiot etc...meanwhile Herb had his hands full. It
was a big fish that just hammered his conehead black wooly bugger. This
fish was big, Herb did a prefect job and low and behold we landed a
15+" beautiful brown together. How about that for having no plans? Herb
was elated that I was there not only to witness the beautiful fish but
also to take a few photos.
to go Herb, beautiful fish, and of course if you ever want to go
fishing again, let's not make any plans...I'll see you out there buddy!
Congratulations on a great fish.
lines everyone, feel free to call me if you would like to make plans
for guiding, that I will definitely do! Fishing is good and hopper
season is right around the corner! Feel free to call me anytime for an
Gordy Martin @ Tie 1 On Guide Service.
Tie One On Fishing Report for May 25, 2012
is finally here, it's 78 degrees outside as I write this. It's nice to
have warm weather for sure. Thanks to all those out there that were so
close to pulling the trigger on the steelhead run this year, in case
you didn't know... it was terrible. The rain and the water levels were
high all Spring and the fishing was good for just about a week or two,
tops. We need to move ahead and wait till fall for salmon and
the trout fishing has been great with all this warm weather, and of
course the warm water species are picking up as well. The local streams
have been producing some decent trout with some hatches which do I dare
say are "predictable" Midges have been insane every day, Caddis and
Hendricksons have been out in full force. Some very nice fish have been
taken on Hennies and caddis too. Believe it or not but ants, beetles
and even a hopper may get the attention of the big boys. I have moved
some very big fish on terrestrials this year already, big fish big
flies. Those of you that know me will attest to that! During high water
never be afraid to use a big black streamer and hold on. Big fish will
be aggressive during high water and a little murky water.
bass and pike have been very active, water temps are perfect and the
spawn is just about over for the smallies. Some very big smallies are
around, especially in the Sheboygan. A friend of mine caught a beauty 4
or 5 pounder while fishing for steelhead, that is a trophy smallmouth.
The pike have been great too, always eager to take a fly.
anyone is interested in a trip to the Driftless Area it is really
fishing well. Very predictable hatches and big fish are eager this time
of year. I know the area streams very well and will accommodate anyone
that is willing to make the trip over there. Plus it's a beautiful time
of year in the Driftless Area with plenty of trout streams to explore.
always feel free to call me for an up to the minute report on what's
going on, tight lines to everyone and hope to see you in the future.
Gordy @ Tie One On Guide Service
it's all about timing. Life...love...fishing...it' all timing. Well
let's just say the timing for this Spring run of steelhead has been off
just a little, well actually alot. March was downright HOT! Literally
hot, I took a quick trip to Colorado (awesome by the way) to gear up
for steelhead season and it was scorching while I was gone. 80 degrees
every day! And of course rain on top of all the runoff just made me
freak out that the run was going to be over, well thankfully global
warming took a respite and we are back in "normal" weather patterns for
early April. Steelhead are in the rivers big time, thing is the water
has been high for weeks, way above 400-500 CFS which is my barometer
for decent fishing. Right now we are at 649 and falling like a rock, so
things may get super crazy super fast. Steelies will get in and do
their rituals very quickly, not to say we won't have fish in the river,
just that the run may change very quickly as it usually does in the
Spring...remember timing? Once the CFS is below 500 and you are looking
for steel that could be it, so keep that in mind. barring any more rain
we should be in business by the end of this week April 5th or so.
to timing. Spring in Wisco is great, I have the best of two worlds. A
class 1 trout stream nearby and steelhead within 15 minutes of both.
Point I am getting at is that the trout fishing has been awesome. I
rarely say that but yesterday I got into an Olive hatch that was
fantastic, just great. #22 BWO's were the ticket. Once I figured out
what they wanted it was all over. I had a day to remember. Rose about
60 fish and landed around 25 or 30, lost count. Nothing huge just
nonstop action, all day. Biggest fish was 14" but on a 4 weight and 6x
tippet that is what it's all about for me. Trout were rising everywhere
and it was just loads of fun, if you want to try it some time give me a
call. I guide the whole state for trout, and the Driftless Region is
great, but my local waters are getting pretty good to use as a warm up
for any trout fishing you do, wether it be Driftless area or Montana,
my local streams will test your skills that is for sure.
to steelhead...the coming weeks will be key, barring any more rain I
think we are good to go for all of April into May. If we get deluged at
all that may change things and we may have to wait till things get back
to normal but I think the steelhead run will be good all the way
through April, so give me a call for current conditions and tight lines!
Gordy @ Tie One On
Sheboygan River and Spring Creek Update 3/2/2012
is opening day of early trout season and of course we are getting
pounded up here in Wisco. Supposed to get 8 inches I guess then warm up
next week...fingers crossed.
thing is all this snow/water will eventually get into the system and
bring in some steelhead. The Sheboygan is still iced up in many spots
and dangerous if you do not know the river all that well. Be careful if
you do choose to go out there with ice shelves. I am hoping next week
will be the turn for the weather. We need a good rain event that will
officially start the Spring Run. Steelhead are in the river and can be
caught but they are mostly hold over fish from the Fall. Some will be
dark cheeked and colorful for sure. Keys are to get the flies down deep
in the slow holes and put the flies right in front of the fish. Water
temps are still pretty cold, low 30's at best. Next couple of weeks
will really get things going, patience is key right now.
is the start of early trout season here in Wisconsin, the majority of
streams are open to fish but some do have special regs, so be sure you
are fishing legal waters. Early season is a great time to streamer
fish, trout haven't seen a fly or anything else non natural all winter
and will be aggressive to any decently presented streamer. Of course
nymphs will work as well but I really like throwing big streamers this
time of year, those who know me will attest to that. Nothing special,
just really big stuff. See pics below. Nymphs will also work of course,
PT's, hares ears, the fly I love to hate...the Pink Squirrel etc...I
never use a Pink Squirrel, isn't that some foo-foo drink old ladies
drink? I just can't do it sorry. I stick to tried and true patterns
that I have confidence in, maybe I need to catch a 18" brown on a pink
squirrel then maybe I would fish it, but like I said I just can't do
it. Little black stoneflies and midges will be your best bet with dry
flies, later in the day of course. Depending on the stream but BWO's
will also be an option.
look forward to meeting my new list of clients, I have been getting a
lot of phone calls so I appreciate that very much. And of course I look
forward to seeing my clients from prior seasons, your business and
friendships are greatly appreciated!
Note: WI Licences EXPIRE on March 31st so be sure to renew.
A few pictures of flies and fish to get everyone in the mood!
Tight lines and good luck out there!
Gordy @ Tie One On Guide Service
Sheboygan River Report 1/1/12
New Year to everyone out there in cyberspace! Hard to imagine it's 2012
but it's here. I have a ritual of fishing on Christmas Day and a self
proclaimed mandatory outting on New Years Eve, no matter what the
situation. A few years back I fished for about 10 minutes because it
was 10 degrees...I do have my limits! But I do make an effort every
year to fish New Years Eve wherever at all costs.
fishing has been surprisingly good. Browns are still in the river and
the steelhead fishing has been remarkable if I do say so myself. The
only problem is that this time of year it really is a crap shoot, it
can unbelievable or it can be just awful. Obviously the weather and
water temps are the main issue. The key is to get flies down deep and
get them right in front of the fish. Eggs have been doing well in all
colors. The browns were really keyed in to chartreuse eggs the other
day, I went 4 for 4.
anyone out there is willing to make a go of it I am pretty wide open
for winter trips, I would ONLY fish on a day that is above 32 degrees,
frozen guides are just a royal pain in the ass, and the fish will be
more receptive if the water temps are going up even one or two degrees.
The Spring might be amazing with all the fish I have seen in the river,
so once again believe it or not it's right around the corner. March is
generally when I start to think about Spring steel, and it's only 60
Feel free to give me a call to discuss a winter outting or if you would like any info about Spring dates etc...
big thank you to everyone who visits my site and a huge thank you to
everyone that booked a trip with me, I very much appreciate it and look
forward to seeing you in the Spring!
Happy New Year and tight lines in 2012!
Fishing Update November 30th 2011
truly think I have reached guiding nirvana. It happened a few days ago
with my good friend and client Steve Flood and his buddy John. Those of
you who read my posts know how I feel about Steve, he is the man,
bottom line. Great fisherman, great guy, and just a ton of fun to be
around. Did I mention he's a good fisherman? Well Steve travels all
over the world fishing, but for some reason he keeps coming back for
his Sheboygan fix whenever I give him the thumbs up...he has been
asking me for months when he should come over from Iowa and I have been
telling him to wait. I have to make it good for Steve, he has fished
some great rivers and I want to do al l can to have his experience with
me be above all else. Long story short I told him to get over here ASAP
and sure enough he did. The fishing as of late has just exploded,
especially in the past week. Steve and his friend John caught at least
35 browns on their trip, it was just amazing. Steve is a world class
fisherman and his buddy John isn't far behind. So this is how it went...
arrived Sunday and were fishing for two days, I knew they would get
into fish but I didn't expect guiding nirvana. Steve was his usual self
and getting great drifts and landing some really nice fish on the first
day, nothing over 30" but some really nice fish on day one. The
following day things just "clicked". Steve and John were so in the zone
it was truly amazing. I had my first double brown ever! That being both
clients had a brown on at the same time! It actually happened twice!
That's just guide heaven, bottom line. I was spotting fish all day long
and Steve was really in the zone when I saw a very big shadow in a dark
pool behind a bed, I knew this fish was big but I had no idea. I rigged
him perfectly I must say because it was a very technical drift and it
had to get down fast and be seen by the fish etc...Steve was getting a
really good drift but no hook up. I told him to take one step out and
do his exact same cast and all of a sudden his line stopped with an
abrupt halt. Fish on, big fish on, huge fish on! I was holding my
breath, we were using 8 Lb. maxima and this fish was really big, World
Class big. Steve did everything right, played HER perfectly and after a
lengthy 10 minute battle we landed a female brown trout that was 36"
long, 24" girth and weight easilly in the 25 pound class. We were just
astounded. I told Steve this was a world class fish, he agreed. I have
never seen a 36" brown that size, you tell me if you have...it's really
an amazing accomplishment. Hats off to you Steve, you are the man. Guys
are guys so the ever present battle of the biggest fish was on. About
10 minutes later John starts yelling downstream to me he has a
"contender"! I was just losing it. Sure enough John has another monster
hooked, just huge. We landed her and she came up just about an inch
short, a beautiful 35" female. I thought I was in Patagonia or
something! Two worldd class fish in a matter of minutes? You have to be
kidding me! That is when I officially reached guiding nirvana.
is no way I will ever forget that day. 25 fish total, several in the
high 20's 8 over 30" and 4 or 5 in the 32" and above range. It was
simply amazing. Steve and John will remember it for sure, they were
just in awe as was I.
Steve and John... I thank you very much for everything, I was happy to be part of such an epic day.
guess it's safe to say the fishing's good. If you can handle the cold
give me a call for a seriously legitimate shot at a fish of a lifetime.
And oh by the way there are steelhead in the river too...but right now they are almost an afterthought if you can imagine that.
Gordy @ Tie One On Guide Service.
Sheboygan River Report Nov 9th, 2011
official, the King salmon run is over...and hats off to all those who
fished it, what a great run of some truly memorable fish! Conditions
were close to perfect for several weeks, the Kings were huge and the
fishing was great. I thank everyone who went out for the "rodeo" with
me and caught their fish of a lifetime! Including you Andy,what a fish!
Nice fish all the way around...but its over and time to focus on
steelhead and big lake run browns!
brother in law Jeff was up last weekend and as usual we fish every
second we can. I feel bad because Jeff hasn't had that epic day of
steelhead fishing...yet. For once his timing was good, we got some rain
last week and the fishing improved greatly for steelhead and brown
trout but the river was crowded and the fishing was just good, not
great. We caught fish, I had the Sheboygan Grand Slam one day...King,
Coho, Brown, and of course a steelhead to make the list! I will admit I
was lucky for sure, and don't repeat this but the King was basically a
dead fish swimming...dead salmon swimming! Swimming the mile...sorry
for the Green Mile reference but the King was really pretty well done.
However the Coho, browns and steelhead were very lively! Jeff caught a
beautiful brown swinging eggs and also had several hookups with Mr.
Coho! So all in all the fishing was good, not great like I said. Jeff
and I always have a good time and joke about fishing and all the things
that can and do go wrong when fishing. Those of you who read my reports
know that I hold my brother in law in the highest regard as far as fly
fishing goes. He is by far and away the greatest fly fisherman I have
seen and the most innovative tyer of flies ever. He always shows up at
my door with a box or two of tube flies and says, ahhh, Mr. Gorgy,
check this out, this will mess em up! I agree and say give it a try.
Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Either way his flies are
beautiful and very worthy in all conditions. I on the other hand am a
creature of habit...steelhead...eggs, browns...eggs, and just about
everything this time of year equals EGGS! Get the picture? If you are
fishing try an egg! Streamers are working too, key is to get the flies
down deep and get a nice long drift. Let the flies swing all the way
through the main part of the pools or riffles you are fishing and hold
got pounded with a decent storm in the past 24 hours, the river is not
fishable and won't be for a while, at least a few days. The CFS is at
400 and still rising, so once the river gets on the downside of things
I think the fishing will be great. All this rain and water should bring
in a lot of fish. Finally we have a lot of water in the river and the
fishing should be very good for the rest of the season.
Good luck and tight lines.
Gordy @ Tie One On Guide Service
Sheboygan River Report October 27, 2011
"salmon rodeo" has just been unbelievable this year, those of you who
fished it know exactly what I am talking about. Huge fish and a lot of
them. I haven't seen a run like this in a very long time. The guiding
and fishing has been very fun, people love big fish and the fight of
the salmon. Speaking of which, I have had 2 gentleman down on the books
for quite along time and they had to fit in some time fishing around a
conference here in Wisco, long story short I was rather concerned about
the salmon run being over. They only had one day and it was
and Paul are the greatest, they did their homework, called me a few
times, got as much info as they could from my reports and were very
enthused and ready for fishing. Being a guide is difficult at times, I
can't make the fish bite, I can't control the weather, I can only do
one thing, teach what I know and pray for the best, that's it. Paul and
Dan have been fishing for a long time and know fishing can be tough at
times, I was thinking in my mind that the day wasn't going to be all
that great, just one of those days, the run is slowing down and I just
wasn't confident we were going to do all that well. Boy was I wrong.
Paul just got back from a trout fishing trip out West and he was "on",
man was he on. Dan did very well too, but Paul was lighting it up,
right out of the gate he caught a 40/20 (40 Length -20 Girth) ~26 pound
male King that was FRESH! I couldn't believe it, I told him he take was
very "soft" and the fair hook ratio was around 50 percent, tops. Well
he blew that theory out of the water too. He was really doing well.
Landed 3 and hooked 6 or 7 in a matter of the first hour or so. He was
beaming as was I. Dan did very well too, and of course they were best
friends and giving each other the business on who is catching more and
bigger fish, it was classic. Paul was hysterical, I am a big advocate
on the angle of the flies getting right in front of the fish, get a
good swing and hopefully the fish will take it. I was explaining it to
Paul and he got it right away as did Dan , but then Paul says it's just
like that video game Angry Birds! I thought that was hysterical, but
the thing is, he is right, get the angle correct and hold on.
and Dan went on to have an epic day, of course Paul put the hammer down
and landed some real beauties, classic fish and classic pictures. There
is truly no greater compliment than a client saying they had a great
day and it was everything thing they had hoped for, but the ultimate is
when a client says he "dreams about a day like this", that my friends
is the ultimate. Paul said it, and I truly believe he meant it, dream
day on a whole host of levels, it was fishing for Paul and Dan, but for
me it was personal. Paul and Dan...I thank you both for making it a
memorable day, way to go!
fishing has been great, Kings are slowing down but obviously some
brutes still around, the cohos are in the river now and they are big
this year too. I have seen some steelhead and brown trout in the faster
water behind the beds and holding in deep water, the fishing will only
get better as time goes on. It can change very quickly so call me if
you want an up to date report.
Tight lines out there.
Gordy @ Tie One On Guide Service
Sheboygan River Update 10/3/11
finally get to do an update with a some great photos of my good friend
Andy! Finally! For those of you who don't know Andy he one of the
reasons Tie One On is out there on the web for all of you to enjoy!
When I first started Tie One On I did one of those generic web sites,
it was ok but basically it stunk. I told Andy about it and he said he
could "do some work" on it, an hour later I am looking at the coolest
website ever, pictures, logos, graphics, links and everything that is
on there now! I knew Andy was the man but he really went over the top
with my Tie One On site, I love it and get a lot of comments about it,
either way I owe it all to Andy. Speaking of which if you need any web
design or have any ideas for a site you should give him a call. He is
creative reasonable and very good. I'll give you his #...Ok back to
was in town (lives in Michigan) and we fished for a few hours before he
hit the road back to Grand Rapids. Andy is by far and away one of the
better fisherman I have met, he is like me a tried and true trout guy
but will chase salmon and prefers steelhead and big lake run browns. He
told me he had never caught a really big salmon before which was hard
to believe, but his rivers in Michigan are full of obstacles and they
will break you off very quickly. I told him he had a very good chance
at catching a gigantic salmon, well sure enough it took him all of
about three casts before he was into Godzilla...a huge male that was
just kicking his butt for about 15 or 20 minutes. This was a very big
fish. Of course Andy did everything right and we landed him a big
male... 40" long and had a 22" girth, fish was probably around 25 or 30
pounds. Just enormous. It was great to finally get Andy into some big
fish, we were both very happy to say the least. Like I said Andy is
good, very good...so it took him about another three casts before he
was into another nice King. Same drill...he did everything right and we
landed another beauty. I could see this was going to go on for a while
so without kidding we fished for about 3 hours and I would say we were
hooked up for almost the whole time. Andy is the man, check the photos
below if you don't believe me! He landed not one but two fish in the
dark! Pitch black! These are not little fish here, it's not easy to
catch a King in the dark, at all. Way to go Andy, you are the man.
salmon fishing has been ridiculous. Huge fish and a lot of them. Some
are getting dark and crusty but there are some fresh fish around and
even some browns and steelhead mixed in too. The browns and steelhead
are hanging in the deep holes and behind the salmon if they are up on
the beds...hard to see through the masses of salmon! Hopefully the
steelhead and brown trout fishing will be like the salmon run, one of
the most memorable in years.
Feel free to give me a call for an up to the minute report and good luck out there!
Gordy @ Tie One On.
the last week Gordy has put me on the best brook trout fishing of my
life, letting me in on a secret sweet little gem of a brookie spring
creek in the Southwest Wisconsin Driftless Area (the coulee region),
just before the inland trout season closes in the state. That area is
undeniably a World Class trout fishery. You could never fish every spot
in your whole lifetime. Then only a few days later, I had the best King
Salmon fishing of my life on the Sheboygan river with Gordy. Those
chinooks are truly monsters, what a blast ! The Sheboygan river is just
a fantastic fishery for Kings, Steelhead, Cohos, huge lake-run Brown
trout, and from what I hear the occassional lake-run Brookie. Have
Gordy show you how to hook up and do battle with some real brutes, or
show you a few secrets in the coulee region. He has a real passion for
everything fly fishing, and nature in general.
Thanks man !
Goodbye to the colorful brookies, until next spring !
hard to imagine another trout season is almost over. The fishing this
year was some of the best I can recall. Southwest Wisconsin was just
amazing, great weather, great hatches and great fishing. Speaking of
which... my wife and I have an annual trip to the Viroqua area during
the Vernon County Fair which is usually the last week of trout season,
so we check out the fair and do a ton of fishing. The fair was last
weekend and it was highlighted this year by the "Mini Van Demolition
Derby". For those who have never seen a mini van demolition derby it is
a must, so wrong on so many levels. Ok, back to fishing. There are ten
more days to fish the inland streams in Wisconsin, all I can say is get
out there and do it! The hopper fishing was just insane, huge flies and
huge fish. My biggest of the weekend was an 18" brown that just
hammered my hopper on a slightly twitched drift along a nice deep hole
with a crib on the outer edge, it was epic. B and I did very well all
is funny. My wife who fishes basically once a year inevitably will
catch the biggest fish of the trip one way or another, last year she
caught an 18" brown on her third cast or something stupid, this year
she caught a huge 13" brookie and a little brook trout stream that was
just amazing. I kept telling her that people don't catch 13" brookies
with regularity, she finally realized I was wasn't joking with her when
a few friends of ours were in total awe of her fish, maybe she should
guide, she would be good at it for sure! All in all it was great trip,
I caught over 50 fish in 3 days, some were big, some were small, but
the action was just great so get out there if you have the time.
official...the salmon rodeo is back in town. I checked out the
Sheboygan before our trip last weekend and saw no fish at all. Got back
Monday and guess what, salmon! I was pretty excited to say the least
but I wouldn't say there are a ton in the river just yet. It will only
get better as time goes on. We do need rain...the water levels is very
low. Like 75 CFS or something ridiculous, but the salmon don't seem to
mind. I am getting a few more calls now that the first salmon have been
seen and caught, so if you are suffering form big fish fever the time
is at hand. The fishing will only get better in the coming weeks, and
of course the browns and steelhead will be right behind the salmon.
If you would like an update that is current feel free to call me anytime!
Gordy @ Tie One On Guide Service
Fishing report 7/28/2011
is in full swing and the fishing has been pretty good aside from the
heat wave we had last week. Hoppers and terrestrials have been raising
some big trout throughout the state. Hopper season is upon us...ants
and beetles have been doing well also. Key is to hit the bank and get
their attention, things will only get better as more naturals make
their way into the tall grass and fall into the river. Late summer is
truly my favorite time of the year, hoppers are big and easy to fish.
Bash the banks and get ready for the classic hopper attack from the big
water fishing has been decent too! Smallmouth bass and pike have been
very cooperative on the Sheboygan. Streamer patterns and top water
flies have moved some big fish lately. I am not a pike fanatic but I am
slowly turning into one. I have found some decent pike in the Sheboygan
while fishing for smallies. It's always a shock to be fishing for a 16
or 17 inch smallie and have a 25" pike hammer the fly! Always fun for
sure, but be careful they are pretty toothy! Back to smallies...classic
holds have been moving fish, look for big boulders and nice current,
get a good strip going and hold on. The smallmouth hit is pretty nice
on a 5 weight rod!
coulee region in SW Wisconsin has been off the chart pretty much all
season long, and now is really the time to hit it for hoppers and
terrestrials. If you have never fished the coulee region I highly
suggest that you do. The area really gets hit pretty hard during the
classic mayfly hatches early in the season then all the crowds seem to
disappear. I'm not saying you will have all the streams to yourself but
the crowds really do taper off during the latter part of the season. I
have been guiding a lot more in that part of the state and have been
doing very well with all my clients that have pulled the trigger on the
coulee region. It's not a bad drive from either Chicago or Milwaukee,
even the Twin Cities! I am more than willing to meet anyone over there
and show you the streams!
Tight lines everyone and as scary as it sounds salmon season is right around the corner!
Fishing Update June 3, 2011
fishing is in full swing here in Wisconsin. The trout fishing has been
off the chart pretty much all over the state. All the water from the
Spring runoff has made the trout fishing very reliable. Hatches of
caddis, craneflies, and midges have been very reliable...the fish are
have a client who lives in Iowa and I convinced him to fish the coulee
region in Southwest Wisconsin so we met up a few weeks ago. Steve needs
me to guide him like a hole in the head...he is a great fisherman and
this time he showed up with an arsenal of rods that would make anyone
drool. He was intent on using his Sage 2 weight which is really one of
the best rods on the market, he casts it like a pro. Our first day we
moved two or three really big fish, easilly in the upper teens. These
fish are smart, they will give you literally one chance and that's it.
If you don't hook em move on...which is what we did. Moved on. Steve
was having great fly placement and great luck, he probably caught 25 or
30 fish the first day and like I said moved a few big boys. All on
dries mostly caddis and we switched it up to a Griffith's Gnat to to
see how finnicky these fish are, we caught a few then went straight
back to the classic EHC.
final morning was not on our side, sunny, windy, and things were not
looking good. We both knew it and decided to only fish for a couple of
hours, fish were not rising and to be honest we were both pretty tired
from the previous two days.
know Steve had a few scores to settle and I would have been bummed if
he packed up and went home, he was good for a couple hours but beyond
that was really going to be pushing the envelope. We started on some
bigger water and saw nothing, no fish, no bugs, nothing. I said to
Steve let's go back to where we had a few good fish from the previous
day and let's just try...just try it then hit the road. He agreed and
thank God he did.
were fishing a small stream that I know holds big fish, but the sun,
the wind, etc...was going to make it a challenge unlike any other.
Steve had his 2 weight and was doing a masterful job of casting and I
knew it was going to happen, I just didn't know when. We came up on a
deep dark run that looked perfect. I tied on a # 14 Elk Hair Caddis
with a red "spot" basically a hot butt caddis if you know what fly that
is. That fly moved some really big fish and I was thinking if Steve
gives this fly a chance it might happen. First cast in the prime spot
of this pool a huge brown comes out of his lair and hammers the fly! It
was a classic take and en epic battle. The fish was big and Steve did a
prefect job, after a short and well fought battle we landed the fish of
the trip. After a few pics and a few laughs I looked up at Steve and he
was reeling in. He was done and so was I. What a great way to end a
trip, no words, no maybe's, no anything...Steve caught his fish and
that was it. A prefect way to end a trip.
the fishing is good, the catching is good, and the weather is good. I
think we are finally out of the woods as far as weather, water and all
my previous reports when I was complaining about everything.
Tight lines to all.
Gordy @ Tie One On Guide Service
This nice brown took a size #18 pheasant tail emerger, dropper off of an elk hair caddis.
I'm alive everyone...people have been sending me e mails wondering why
no reports and to be honest the fishing has just recently improved. The
flows are close to normal and things are looking up in my neck of the
woods. The smallmouth bass fishing should be gearing up very shortly, I
have been chasing trout all over the state it seems. The trout fishing
is getting better every day and the mayflies are starting to pop. Blue
winged olives and some other big mayflies were hatching last week. I
think they were Hendricksons or Brown Drakes. I didn't capture one but
they were big and some of the fish were keyed in on them. Of course the
size "million" cream midges were hatching too. Good luck trying to fish
those things, they are about a size 28 or 30, just to damn small. I
have been having luck with a small sparse caddis either size 14 or 16.
It's a classic fly that will always get some rising fish interested.
brother in law was in town and I insisted we fish the SW part of the
state, he is from Indy and has never been over there. So we fished for
2 days last week in the Coon Valley area, it was amazing. Those of you
that read my reports know my brother in law is a great fisherman, he
gave me my 1st fly rod close to 20 years ago, and he has been at it for
almost 35 years now...he is a great fisherman. He certainly needs no
guiding, just me to tell him where I have had luck before etc...we
fished Spring Coulee, Timber, and some other local streams north of
Viroqua and the fishing was off the chart. I am not a #'s guy, so I
won't tell you how many fish we caught, but we caught alot, a real lot.
None were huge trophies, most in the 10-14 inch range but they were
very aggressive to our presentations. All fish were caught on dries.
EHC's were working very well and some caddis emerger patterns size 14's
and 16's were raising fish consistently. If dry fly fishing is your
deal now is the time. The evening hatches were incredible. Fish rising
all over the place, literally. The fishing is so good right now I am
back to SW Wisco this weekend to guide a client from Iowa.
of guiding in that area, I guide the entire state and meeting clients
in SW Wisco is no problem for me. If people are in Chicago, Iowa, or
even Milwaukee it is such a beautiful area over there the 3 hour drive
is really worth it. I know pretty much all the lodges, hotels, and
cabins over there and can arrange accomodations for anyone that is
interested. If you have never fished the driftless region I highly
suggest you do, it is classic spring creek fishing with some beautiful
scenery and great fishing. Feel free to give me a call to discuss any
questions you may have.
all you steelheaders out there, I really didn't want to discuss the
Spring season because it was so awful, the only thing I can say is I
hope the Fall run will make up for what we lost in the Spring...keep
the faith as they say.
Tight lines everyone. I uploaded some of my fishing buddies over there, they were following me around!
Gordy @ Tie One On Guide Service
Happy April to everyone!
April is the "turning point" for some predictable fishing...but the
weather has been downright awful around here lately. The
Sheboygan is at 1300 CFS as I write this. That is very high for
those of you who haven't seen the Sheboygan at 1300
CFS. I'm glad the water is in the river...it brings
high hopes for everybody, this amount of water should bring in
the fish big time. Steelhead have been caught with some
regularity but truly nothing to write home about just yet. It's a
lot of work out there right now, even to wade the river is a
challenging proposition. Water temps were in the high 30's and
low 40's...still very cold. Ideally the rivers need to be in the
300-500 range and a little warmer for the fish to become
active and on the bite. I think the prime time for this
years Spring run will be mid April all the way till the end of
May. Spring is making a late return this year and that is
basically putting us in wait and see mode...but that can and will
change very quickly. Only advice I can give is to be
patient. I have had many calls and even postponed trips
because the water is really ripping right now on just about all the
rivers in my neck of the woods. Mainly the Sheboygan and the
Pigeon. The Pigeon will be prime this week, the Sheboygan should
be fishable within a week or two, barring we don't get a blast of rain,
which can happen in April at any time.
patient, the steelhead fishing will happen, it's just not on right
now...call me or e mail me of you want an up to the minute report on
water levels and conditions. I am always up for a good
conversation about steelhead fishing. In the mean time tie a
few more flies, scout a few new spots and keep the faith.
It's right around the corner... Tight lines and good luck to all..
trout season opened last Saturday, of course it was windy,cold and
snowy. I am beginning to wonder if Spring will
ever return! However it is supposed to get warm mid week,
they are saying in the 50's! It will feel like a heat wave
compared to what we had for the past few months, but in Wisconsin
that's the deal.
fishing has been remarkably decent if you are patient. I have
been using big black streamers and moving some nice fish on the local
streams. Key is to give it a nice little twitch and entice the
bigger browns to go after your offering. PLEASE put your barb
down while fishing streamers, main reason is that sometimes these
bigger fish will "swipe" at the fly and sometimes foul hook themselves
in the tail, doesn't happen much but when it does it's much easier to
unhook them. Plus you don't want to rip their mouth apart with a
big barb. I put my barbs down on all my trout flies, I have found
no difference in my hook sets or landing of fish, it just seems a bit
was warm so I decided to hit the headwaters of the local springs
and go after some brookies. Sure enough I had a nice little midge
hatch with some rising fish! I decided to try an elk hair caddis
and show them an offering to big to refuse. Brookies are
notoriously easy to catch, not the smartest fish on the planet, but
they sure are pretty. I know everyone has big fish fever, but
sometimes I would rather catch a 7 inch brookie than a 7 pound
steelhead, call me crazy, but those brookies are just so cool.
of steelhead and big fish...it's coming and coming soon. Next
week it is supposed to be in the 50's. The river is still frozen
in parts if you can imagine that! The weather needs to be
consistent and the river needs to be clear. It is right around
the corner. Last April was epic, and I am hoping that this
year will be the same. Count on April being prime time. We
have snow on the ground still and the water levels should be good, if
you want an up to the minute report call me. I am always up for
talking about fishing!
Tight lines to all, and get ready for steelhead action in the coming weeks.
Gordy @ Tie One On Guide Service
March 1st...the wait is almost over!
it's finally here, the final week of waiting for early trout season
here in Wisconsin. This coming Saturday is the opening day for
early trout season. I noticed on the DNR website that barbless
hooks are no longer mandatory. I guess they did a survey and
found that mortality rates were not impacted that heavily from barbed
hooks, I don't agree entirely. I have very rarely deep hooked a
trout, but I can tell you it's much easier getting a de-barbed hook out
of a fish than one with a huge barb. Plus barbs are just
nasty...I always put the barb down on all my hooks, they can really rip
apart a fish's mouth. I would encourage everyone to put the barb
down while trout fishing. Steelhead and salmon fishing is a
totally different deal, but for trout give em a break and give yourself
a little peace of mind for not ripping apart a trout's mouth.
Furthermore it will help the whole karma thing with the trout
had a nice warm up a few weeks ago, I was skiing in Colorado (didn't
break a leg thank God) and all the snow melted. I got back and we
got another foot the very day I am back. I am beginning to wonder
if Spring will ever come! Speaking of Spring...the steelhead
fishing should be decent once the ice and snow melts. Last year
was stellar, and I am hoping that after such a dismal fall steelhead
run the Spring will make up for it. My fingers are crossed.
is really a great time of year in my neck of the woods. I don't
know many places you can steelhead fish in the morning, then go
to some of the local creeks and fish dries to rising trout, and if you
really wanted to mix it up you can fish for smallies or pike...all in
the same day! There are a host of opportunities in the Spring, so
get your gear ready because it's just around the corner.
schedule is wide open at this point, but I am sure things will pick up
very soon. The ice and snow should melt within the next few weeks
which will get the steelie thing rolling. Last April was
fantastic for steelhead. Those of you that fished with me knew it
too! Water levels and temps will be the triggers, so check back
often to my site or give me a call for an up to date report.
Winter's almost over everybody, so get ready for some decent fishing.
Tight lines to all and thank you for reading my posts.
Gordy @ Tie One On Guide Service.
1/18/2011- Winter update at Tie 1 On Guide Service
it's January 18th and cabin fever has set in pretty hard! It has
been below freezing for quite a while and it's supposed to get even
colder this weekend! A high of 5 or something crazy is set for
Friday, that is cold! I am sure some of you that read my post are
thinking why not go ice fishing? A couple of reasons, one
major reason I really don't need ANOTHER excuse to go and drink
beer while a bluegill or Perch will inspect my offering with absolutely
no hook ups. I have been ice fishing a few times and not only did
I get skunked every time... I came away feeling as though I just
don't get it! Some people love it...they have the satellite TV,
the "mobile Kegerator" filled with beer and all the gear for a
rip roaring time...I on the other hand prefer to be inside tying up
some new creations for the coming season. Don't get me wrong, I
have a few friends that are into ice fishing, and I am sure that
I will attempt and succeed in my 100% lack of
success ice fishing but it usually doesn't kick in until I
have basically gone "REDRUM" crazy from cabin fever and it is my only
option...ice fishing that is, not pulling the old "all work and no play
from the movie The Shining" scenario!
YouTube - The Shining - RedRum Oh yah, it's that creepy..
On to better topics!
Winters in Wisconsin can be challenging...but we do have options!
did keep my tradition of fishing on Christmas Eve...again. It was
warm and I wet a line at the dam in Kohler with absolutely nothing
going on. Didn't even see a fish, I hope it gets better in the
coming months, because last Fall was just awful. My fingers are
crossed like everyone else.
of the other option is tying flies. Tried and true patterns are
always in the mix, but sometimes if you let your mind go a new hot
pattern might just evolve at the vise. Only time will tell if
it's a winner, but it never hurts to try something new!
broke out the snow shoes and hiked the Onion a few days ago, I am
pretty sure I spooked a very nice brookie. The fish was classic
brookie colors, reds, orange, white fins and it was big for a
brookie. Maybe 8 or 10 inches, which is always cool to see.
I hiked the mid river area and also a little while on the Mullet River,
just a nice day to be outside.
fishing and early season March rates. Early trout season opens on
March 5th and with any luck the Sheboygan and surrounding rivers will
be "ice free", but who knows. I have done an early season for the
month of March 2011, Half Day will be $125 / Full Day $250.
Sometimes the fishing can be good if we time it right.
Easter was an amazing day on the Sheboygan...I guided Jack S. in the
morning, he had several great fish landed...the pictures are in my
photo archives. My only point is that April will hopefully be
another great month for steelhead. Not only will we have
steelhead but the trout and smallmouth fishing can be decent as
well. I am literally counting the days...as I write this we are
looking at 46 long days...tick tock.
everyone, Happy New Year and good luck ice fishing to those that do
it..and if you are in my neck of the woods give me a call, I am
always for keeping my skunk going... Spring is around the corner,
happy tying and stay warm!
Gordy @ Tie One On Guide Service
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