Below is a story that was relayed to me by my friend Richie. Before
season began he and I did some talking on the internet. I sent him some
maps and told him where to go to show the high school student a good
Amazingly on this young man’s first outing as a trout angler he caught a
tiger trout. The odds of catching a tiger trout by a seasoned angler
is low but for a first time angler it is astronomical. I think that a
purchase of a lottery ticket is in order.
Below is my friend Richie’s post and photos about the opener and the TIGER trout.
As I was driving from Kenosha Friday afternoon I was thinking to myself
that this could be a really dumb idea given the terrible road
conditions but I already had the truck packed, flies tied, and ready for
tight lines so to say the least…I was committed. Between Kenosha and
Janesville, I bet I saw 30 vehicles in the ditch so I was taking my
sweet time because best case scenario I was looking at a hurry up and
wait situation once I got to the driftless.
I was meeting a high school kid in the area as he has never fished the
driftless but always wanted to go. Any who, we fished Tainter, Plum,
Knapps, and Big Springs and had a great time. As far as a fish count, I
have no idea but I’d argue we caught well over 50…but one definitely
comes to mind. I’ll get to that in a few…
As we were walking up the streams I was teaching him about reading
water and where to cast. As we came up on a nice stretch of water I said
you go ahead and cast on the right side of that push and get ready.
Not three rotations later on his spin gear I see the fish smack it.
As the fish started to get closer I noticed something different about
this fish and jumped off the high bank and got the fish in the net. At
this point I started laughing as I was in disbelief. Here there is a
youngster who has never fished the driftless and catches a tiger on his
Going back to the moment of me netting the fish, Taylor was still unsure
why I was laughing as he thought it was a brookie. After a snapping a
quick picture and releasing the fish unharmed I said to Taylor…you have
no idea how lucky you are! He responded with a grin ear to ear!
Needless to say, it was a great weekend. We caught plenty of fish,
explored new water (thanks Len for the recommendations) and made some
memories that’ll for surely last many years to come.