When you have a moment, could you let me know the status of the coaster population and/or point me to somewhere on the web that provides that sort of information?
The average size of our coaster brook trout in North Shore populations has increased slightly over the last decade, with more larger fish being caught by anglers and in our surveys in more recent years. I typically receive one or two pictures from anglers each season who caught Brook Trout over 20 inches. The 20 inch minimum harvest regulation that was implemented in 1997 seems to be working. The most recent coaster brook trout report can be found here:http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/areas/fisheries/lakesuperior/brook_trout.pdf . Lake Superior Area crew reevaluate coaster brook trout populations every 5 years. We are scheduled to sample again in 2018 and a new report should be available in spring 2019. Feel free to call or email if you have any other questions.
When and where are good times and spots to fish for the coaster brookies? Mouth to first barrier in October and November?
You got it! Fish anywhere below barriers, key on deeper pools, later in the year is probably best. We typically catch them up until the ice forces us to quit sampling. Keep in mind that the Brook Trout season closes on September 15th (or something like that), but as long as you are fishing for ‘salmon’ you are ok to fish below barriers. As you know, Brook trout are caught on the same types of bait/flies as salmon. No species delineation for coaster brook trout. Genetically, they are the same fish as what you will catch upstream (we proved this with genetics research). They are just a brook trout with a different life history….similar to a resident stream rainbow trout vs. a migratory steelhead…same fish species, but different.
Good luck! Please let me know how you do! -Nick
- Timber Coulee Cottage – looks cute off of P between Coon Valley and Westby.
- Coon Valley Cabins – $80/night next to Legacy Grill and Pub bar in Coon Valley. Run by Geoff. Next door to Legacy Grill and Pub.
- Central Express Inn – Westby – truck stop motel with restaurant next door $60/night.
- I saw a few other B&B type places in the area
Livin the dream guide service – Luke Swanson, Smallies, Muskies
- Home water – Mississippi River near Monticello
- Knows the Kinni, talked about mousing for Browns at night
- Guided for Grantsburg, summer of 2017
Gray Goat (Andy) – Driftless region
Matt Sment, Badger Tenkara – Driftless region, WI
Mahigan Outdoors – Very affordable day trips to Vermillion River near Farmington, MN
Black Canyon Anglers East of Delta, CO
- Tenkara Bum notes recommends a level line a bit shorter than rod with 3′ of tippet. Get Erik’s thoughts. Erik likes line length of rod or 1.5 x length or rod with a 1 meter tippet. Note: If I pinch line with left fingers and arm stretched out to side, one meter is almost to my right armpit – within an inch or two.
- Fluorocarbon line better? All level lines are flouro.
- When to use 2.5, 3.5, or 4.5 level line? 4.5 is easier to cast, but heaviness interferes with drift. He suggested 3.5
- Regarding rods, what are 7:3 and 6:4 references referring to? I forgot to ask, but here’s a link: Tenkara rod action
- Doe Erik ever use Japanese wet flies and techniques? Yes.
Tenkara casting avice from Erik Ostrander of Tenkara Guides
A) Watch videos of ‘Masami Sakakibara, aka Tenkara no-Oni‘. He has very good technique.
B) “Align your bones” from thumb through shoulder – think of a straight line from wrist to shoulder. Doing so will require less wrist-flicking to cast well. Thumb will almost point at your body.
C) Tenkara casting practice instructions from Erik:
1) Add the following to rod:
– Level line that is length of rod, 3′ of tippet, and a fly
2) Cast repeatedly until you can consistantly have fly hit the ground/water first
3) Repeat with level line 150% the length of the rod
4) Repeat with level line 200% the length of the rod
5) Aim at a plate, aim at the underside of your car.