Claire Corlett

Fish Food, Fish Tanks, and More
Fly Fishing | Climate Wisconsin

Fly Fishing | Climate Wisconsin


[gentle acoustic guitar] – Peter Cozad: People say they
want the easy information. “Take me to your favorite spot,
tell me how to fish.” Well, that’s not part
of the adventure. I’ll give you a general
direction, I’ll give you streams,
all the streams you can look at, but that’s how you find
your own spot, is by finding it on your own. I pretty much learned how to
cast on my own, fish on my own, until I started getting
into the circle of people that were more
experienced than me, and then I started fishing
with them. Then my learning curve
just started going up. This rod is meant to cast
at a certain speed, a certain distance. And once you’ve achieved that,
it’s an extension of your body, really, your hand. And being able to look
at a log and say, “I’m gonna make a perfect
cast,” have it land, the fly drifts two feet
and the fish eats your fly, then you understand
what fly casting is. Casting is something you will
always learn something about. You never will master
fly fishing– you’ll only get better at it. Everybody asks me,
“What’s your favorite fly?” Well, I have a lot
of favorite flies. It all depends on the season. Right now we’re in June,
so we’re using crickets, grasshoppers, ants, beetles,
any kind of terrestrial… anything with a big profile. Because the food source right
now is starting to taper off. We have brook trout
and brown trout. Some streams, and very few
of them, have rainbow trout. Trout need three things. They need cold water, they need
oxygen in that water, and they need a place
to hide, shelter. They only have a certain range
of comfort level, just like humans. Anything about 63-5 degrees,
the fish start stressing. We went through two major floods
here, almost a year apart. After the second flood,
the fishing was terrible. They were supposed to be
hundred-year floods, and we had two in two years. I think part of that
is seeing things that we’ve never
seen before here. And talking to guys that have
been fishing here 40 years, they’ve said,
“I’ve never seen that.” Fly fishing is something
that you become connected to in much different ways
than modern technology. It’s something
to keep me grounded and focused on the lifestyle
I want to live. Guiding, yes, it is a job,
and people say it’s the greatest job in the
world– well, it’s still work. But for me, I feel very
fortunate to be able to go do something
I’m very passionate about. To watch people catch fish,
that’s my payoff. Fishing on my own is more
of a spiritual thing for me– the solitude,
the sound of the water. The environment I’m in,
the trees, it’s kind of my sanctuary. I tell my parents
I go to church every day, it’s just on the river.

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