This morning before the sun breached the hills of Southern Wisconsin I was in my happy place. I was on a driftless trout stream. I invited my friend Sam Delventhal to come with me.




This time of year it is typically too hot to fish for trout. Hot equals too warm of outdoor temperatures which equates to too warm of stream temperatures. Too warm of water does not have enough dissolved oxygen in it for a trout to properly revive after a prolonged battle when released.




The blast furnace weather broke two days ago. Last night the air temperature was sixty-two degrees as a high. This meant the streams cooled down. I had not trout fished in three weeks and was going through withdrawals.

three hours on the water and thirty browns later the drought was over.