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Tim Landwehr (tytlinez)

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Tim and Sarah met in Big Sky, Montana while Tim was guiding on the fabled Madison, Gallatin & Yellowstone Rivers. A strong believer in catch and release, Tim decided to keep that summer's best catch and brought Sarah, an Idaho native and outdoor enthusiast, to Wisconsin. Tim is a dedicated trout fisherman who instinctively knows where to find fish. Tim is a beautiful caster whose passion for the sport shows through in his fishing, tying, teaching and story telling. Tim has been featured on ESPN Outdoors, OLN, Outdoor adventures, Hyde pro-staff member and Hosts Midwest Sportsman. Tim still guides a lot of days and works at the shop.
State: Wisconsin.
City: De Pere

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Tim Landwehr (tytlinez) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing on the Oconto River, Wisconsin
For those of you that have been yearning to chase steel, the time is here. The tributaries from the Sheboygan to Oak Creek already have steelhead present in them, but some of the rivers are too high and muddy to be fishable. Check the USGS site and be safe and smart. For example, the Milwaukee River should be flowing at about 600 to 700 c.f.s. this time of the year and as of an hour ago, she was at almost 4,500 c.f.s. Not only unfishable, but potentially life-threatening. The smaller tributaries will usually flush out and fall sooner than the larger ones. From the Sheboygan to Door County, rivers are starting to break up and are finally being freed of the ice that has had them locked tight since late November. The bay-side tributaries such as the Oconto, Peshtigo and Menominee are still harboring good numbers of hold-over migratory browns that are starting to eat. The lake-side tribs are seeing early pushes of steelhead as well as the hold-over browns. Look for fish in deep holding water, pools and current seams. By the end of this week, expect most runs to be open and even more fish in the rivers. The water temps need to be near 40 degrees to initiate any kind of spawning activity. Just because you don’t see fish sitting on spawning gravel doesn’t mean they’re not there. Steelhead may enter a river system and “hang out” for up to a month before they start spawning. You’re best bet is fishing deeper water and covering lots of it. Nymphs, such as stoneflies, hex and caddis pupa fished in tandem with a small egg fly under an indicator are deadly on spring-run steelhead. The browns will take a nymph or egg as well. Fish the tail-outs of runs and the soft inside edges of the faster water. For those that wish to swing flies, it’s a great way to cover water and find players. String leeches, buggers, egg-sucking leeches, sculpin patterns, Skagit minnows, marabous and a variety of tube flies all will take fish this time of the year. Use a sink tip if necessary to get down to the fish and work methodically through runs, taking a step after each cast. Until the water warms a bit, fish may not be willing to chase a fly very far, so it’s important not to skip too much water between casts. People are often surprised at just how early steelhead enter some of our rivers. They’d rather not take a chance and wait for the “hot” report. Just remember, someone had to make that hot report by taking a chance. When it comes right down to it, early or not, it’s hard to catch fish from your couch. This is a great time of the year to have a lot of river to yourself… in another couple weeks the rivers will be bustling. Call or stop into the shop for fly recommendations, river conditions, or to let us know how your outing went. Good luck and Tight Lines!
Tim Landwehr (tytlinez) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing on the Kinnickinnic River, Wisconsin
The early catch-and-release inland trout season kicked off last weekend and the majority of the streams across the state are in great shape. From west-central Wisconsin to south-west Wisconsin, there is still some snow left on the hillsides in the bluff country, so these warmer days can raise water levels and turn them off-color from run-off. Watch the USGS site and be flexible with your plans. If the river that you intend to fish is too high or muddy, sometimes moving over a valley or two to a different river or finding a smaller stream that flows through an area that’s more open and flat can make a difference. The warm temperatures that we’re experiencing are doing two things to make this a great time of the year to chase trout; warmer days are spurring insect activity, namely little black stoneflies and midges. Don’t rule out tiny baetis (blue-winged olives) in the next week or two either. Griffith’s Gnats, Biot Midges, Snowshoe Midge Clusters and other small, dark dry flies in sizes 18 to 22 will take fish on the surface. Don’t press the issue this time of the year, though. Just because you see midges or black stones crawling on the snow or banks doesn’t mean that trout are eating them on top. Wait until you see a few fish rising to switch to a dry. Secondly, the warmer days are slowly warming the water temps, resulting in an increase in a trout’s metabolism. Simply put, they’re starting to eat again. Under the surface a Zebra Midge or a tiny dark soft-hackle will do a fine job of imitating midge larvae. Fishing an indicator set-up with a tiny Zebra Midge and a larger bead head point fly often eliminates the need for split-shot. Try a size 14 Pink Squirrel, Hares Ear, Copper John, Caddis Pupa or Psycho Prince for a great searching combo. Don’t ignore wooly buggers this time of the year. Fish them with an indicator through deeper holding water and you may find some of the biggest trout in your stream willing to play. If you haven’t tried the ball-style indicators, you’re missing out. They stay put, always float without the need for floatant, are easy to cast and the way that they’re rigged puts the fly straight down to where they need to be. This is a great time of the year to catch a lot of trout. They haven’t been pressured for the last four months, they’re starting to regain their metabolism and insect activity is increasing. However, this doesn’t mean they’re dumb or easy. Try to enter the water quietly, if at all. Avoid bright clothing, stay low on the banks and if the water is really low and clear, switch to fluorocarbon. Feel free to call the shop if you have any questions about patterns or the conditions of any of the rivers. Check out Tight Lines Guide Nate Sipples Blog for updated fishing reports

Tight Lines is pleased to offer guided trout trips on the spring creeks of Southwest Wisconsin. These trips will be available beginning in mid-March and ending the last week of May. The trip cost is $395 for one or two anglers. This price includes lunch, beverages and snacks, flies, miscellaneous terminal tackle, and transportation throughout the day. For further inquiries, contact the shop at 920-336-4106
Tim Landwehr (tytlinez) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing on the Oconto River, Wisconsin
Spring Steelhead on the way!

Spring is undeniably the best time to catch steelhead in Wisconsin. These big migratory fish will come up tributaries large and small from the southeast part of the state all the way up the coast to Door County. The key to successful steelheading in the spring is timing. This is crucial. The fish will not ascend the rivers until there is enough water flowing from the mouth. This is a particularly important factor in some of the smaller creeks in Door County. Many of the tiny tribs get choked with ice or have little water flowing out of the mouths. The only thing that will make these smaller rivers fishable is an influx of water. If the water doesn’t come up, the fish can’t make it in.

In a typical spring, the fishing starts to get fairly good sometime in the last couple weeks of March or the first part of April. The most effective way to catch spring steelhead is with a double nymph rig consisting of an attractor nymph as the point fly with an egg pattern trailing behind. Fish this rig through the same type of water that you would find inland trout holding in (i.e. deeper runs and pools). The key to effective nymphing on the tributaries is often as simple as getting the fly down in the zone quickly and keeping it there as long as possible. To do this, use a strike indicator that allows you to achieve a 90 degree rig, such as a foam ball-style indicator. Small diameter tippet with high breaking strength, such as 1x fluorocarbon, can also help get the flies down quickly. Weight the rig with split shot until you are occasionally bouncing bottom. If you do not hook a fish in a likely spot, try adjusting your weight and/or the position of your strike indicator. An adjustment of a couple inches can be the difference between success and failure.

If nymph fishing is not your game, streamer fishing can also produce. Woolly bugger variations are always a good choice.

Fly Patterns:

Rag Hex size 8
Glimmer Stone size 8
Kaufmann’s Stone size 6
Mysis Shrimp size 10
Crystal Egg chartreuse, orange size 10
Estaz Egg orange size 10
Glo Bug orange, chartreuse, peach size 8, 10
Clown Egg size 8, 10
Egg Sucking Leech black, purple 6, 4
Tim Landwehr (tytlinez) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing on the Oconto River (North Branch), Wisconsin
Yes, there is still open water and some fishing to be had. Lake-run browns are still being caught on the Oconto from the Stiles dam down to the edge of the ice. These big migratory fish hold over in the river all winter long. They will head back to the big pond shortly after the ice breaks up. The water temperatures are quite cold, but the browns will still eat. Slowly swinging flies on an intermediate or mono leader is the way to go. Cover all the potential holding water in search of an active fish. Pattern selection is not incredibly important. Natural colors will work well.

Besides the Oconto, there is some open water below the dams on the Peshtigo and Menominee. Swinging streamers is a good way to cover the Menominee. Nymph and indicator rigs will work best on the Peshtigo. Be very careful if fishing either one of these rivers. There will be quite a bit of shelf ice.
Tim Landwehr (tytlinez) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the Oconto River (North Branch), Wisconsin
Fishing Report Dec. 1 2008 The Green Bay Tributaries continue to fish well in spite of the wintery cold. Fish are being caught in the Oconto, Peshtigo, and the Menominee. We have not heard much in the way of Steelhead, but the Browns are present in large numbers. These large migratory fish will hold over all winter and remain relatively active, even as temperatures plummet. As the water cools, the time of day you choose to fish becomes increasingly important. There is no need to be out at first light anymore this season. The afternoons will be the most productive times to pick up a fish. When the water temperatures drop into the thirties, a warming of few degrees can make a big difference. The time between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm will present good opportunities on most days. On the presentation end of things, now is the time to focus on “low and slow”. Swinging streamers close to the bottom will be productive. Covering water is the name of the game. Dark colors work well in most situations. Bright colors, like pink and chartreuse, will work on sunny days. Pick a pattern that you have confidence in and stick with it. Persistence is the name of the game. For those looking to just get out and play around a few more times, there are some planted fish in the Oconto and Peshtigo Rivers. These fish are put in the rivers right at the dams and will remain in that general vicinity for some time. They are not particularly fly-selective. Fish standard streamer and nymph patterns on a 4 or 5 weight rod and have fun! (12/01/08)
Tim Landwehr (tytlinez) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the Peshtigo River, Wisconsin
It has been an interesting month on the tributaries, to say the least. Low water has plagued the Green Bay tribs. Despite the relative lack of rain, the fish are here in large numbers. The majority of the King Salmon have spawned and died. There are still some of the elusive “white tails” fining around, but they will be gone shortly. Aggressive Coho Salmon are being taken on some of the lake-side rivers, and will be around for the next couple weeks. The big news in our neck of the woods is the Brown Trout. In spite of flows well below average for this time of year, the Menominee, Peshtigo, and Oconto Rivers are full of Browns. The best fishing on these rivers will take place in the next month. Most of the Browns are finishing up spawning, which is good news for the angler. They become much more aggressive once the spawn is completed. In the last few days, we have been seeing fish transitioning from shallow fast water to more traditional holding lies (i.e. deeper, slower runs). This will be our best opportunity to catch these fish. They become eating machines after they spawn in order to fatten up before the deep freeze. To catch these massive browns, go about fishing for them like you would for the biggest Brown in your favorite inland stream. They will be holding in similar water. The “big fly, big fish” rule can definitely pay off, particularly when the water temps drop into the forties. Big, dark streamer patterns that cast a large profile will move fish. (see Charlie’s winter sculpin video) Flies tied with marabou or rabbit strips will produce. If you enjoy nymph fishing, run a large nymph and egg rig below an indicator. Migratory fish see lots of eggs throughout the fall and they definitely eat them. For those interested in finding Steelhead, head to the lake-side tribs. Rivers like the Sheboygan and the Milwaukee have a number of Steelhead in. These fish can be taken using the swung fly or nymph-and-egg approach. (11/12/08)
Tim Landwehr (tytlinez) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing on the Lower Peshtigo River, Wisconsin
Fall fishing has begun on the Green bay and Lake Michigan Tributaries. King Salmon are in the rivers in large numbers. Though they do not come readily to a fly, these fish occasionally respond aggressively to large streamers. Chartreuse is a favorite color. Browns and Steelhead are beginning to filter in, particularly on the lake-side rivers. Look for fish to be holding in deeper runs and pools with good flow. Fish numbers in the bay-side tribs are not incredibly high at this point due simply to lack of rain. The next good rain will drive them in. Anglers fishing the harbors have reported good success. They are at the gate waiting for a bit more water. Lake-run fish will eat a variety of different flies. Streamer patterns work particularly well. They can be fished on a down-and-across swing, or stripped through likely holding water. Darker colors like black and purple are good stand-bys. Nymphing with stoneflies and eggs will also produce. One more fly that works extremely well for browns is a chartreuse and white or chartreuse and yellow Clouser. Strip this fly slowly across the bottom and be loosely prepared for a hard grab. (12/30/08)
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