Social distancing on the West Branch

Excellent fishing opportunities in the western suburbs.

Social distancing on the West Branch

Postby Rambler » Mar Wed 18, 2020 9:55 am

Drove out to the old Winfield Dam site yesterday for 3 hours of fishing. Plenty of people around - mostly dog walkers & family groups on their bikes. Kept my distance from them all.

Unfortunately the fish kept their distance from me. My totally unscientific 'temperature gauge' said the water was really cold. Started with a Keitech, tied on a Pit Chunk, tried a Shad Rap, tube, square bill. No hits - nothing. Maybe Ron's right & the panic has resulted in the fish being gone.

Practiced more dramatic social distancing by walking across the bridge & fishing the eddy from the east side. Also tried above the rapids with the same results.

Packed it in after 3 hours. Great day anyway! More to come.
Keep calm and fish on...

There's a fine line between fishing and just sitting there looking stupid
User avatar
Rambler
Ichthyoid Artimus
 
Posts: 4538
Joined: Sep Wed 03, 2014 1:25 pm
Location: Near West suburbs

Re: Social distancing on the West Branch

Postby urbanHog312 » Mar Wed 18, 2020 10:56 am

rookie mistake not grabbing gnarly knots before skipping town. PSA - they are running their pretzels out to vehicles this week.
gin, smoke, lies
User avatar
urbanHog312
Ichthyoid Artimus
 
Posts: 1603
Joined: Mar Fri 28, 2014 1:32 pm
Location: Winfield, IL

Re: Social distancing on the West Branch

Postby joetrain » Mar Wed 18, 2020 12:22 pm

I unwillingly distanced myself from the fish today too. Took my first skunk of the year.
~JOE~
ad maioram Dei gloriam
User avatar
joetrain
Ichthyoid Artimus
 
Posts: 2986
Joined: Jan Tue 31, 2012 5:32 pm

Re: Social distancing on the West Branch

Postby Rambler » Mar Wed 18, 2020 1:43 pm

Hey hog - huh?
Keep calm and fish on...

There's a fine line between fishing and just sitting there looking stupid
User avatar
Rambler
Ichthyoid Artimus
 
Posts: 4538
Joined: Sep Wed 03, 2014 1:25 pm
Location: Near West suburbs

Re: Social distancing on the West Branch

Postby jeemoosh » Mar Thu 19, 2020 2:21 pm

Got out Sunday late afternoon around Plainfield. Water temp was 48 degrees. Got skunked with a Zaragosa, fluke, square bill and a hellgie. Tied on a blade bait and that was the trick. Landed 6 sm and missed 2. All hit hard, no sissy hits. Largest was 17, smallest was 14. Females were swollen with eggs so we are still prespawn. I didn’t see any nests in areas that I have seen in the past. Hope this is a start of something good
jeemoosh
Minnow
 
Posts: 32
Joined: Aug Fri 11, 2017 10:10 pm

Re: Social distancing on the West Branch

Postby RonG » Mar Thu 19, 2020 3:34 pm

Rambler, aren't you in or around Oak Park? Were you given an ankle bracelet to put on this evening?
User avatar
RonG
Rex Rgis Piscator
 
Posts: 5229
Joined: Jan Thu 22, 2009 3:34 pm
Location: In your favorite spots

Re: Social distancing on the West Branch

Postby Rambler » Mar Thu 19, 2020 4:31 pm

Indeed I am Ron. And indeed we have a 'shelter in place' in effect. Guess I'm still an old revolutionary - I might find shelter on the DPR, Busse , the Dupe, etc. :D
Keep calm and fish on...

There's a fine line between fishing and just sitting there looking stupid
User avatar
Rambler
Ichthyoid Artimus
 
Posts: 4538
Joined: Sep Wed 03, 2014 1:25 pm
Location: Near West suburbs

Re: Social distancing on the West Branch

Postby polishfly » Mar Thu 19, 2020 5:14 pm

Rambler’s got a gun....
His whole world’s come undone...

Motherfucker run! Pardon my Polish.
User avatar
polishfly
Ichthyoid Artimus
 
Posts: 1201
Joined: Aug Fri 21, 2015 11:07 am
Location: Arlington Heights, IL

Re: Social distancing on the West Branch

Postby RonG » Mar Thu 19, 2020 5:41 pm

Stay well and stay safe, our WCF friend.

Pfly was re-writing an 90s Aerosuck song if you were scratching your head about his post. My kid cracks up every time he hears that tune. :lol:

Lori Lightfart was rumored to be starting a shelter in place, but just gave a presser from inside bubbleboy's tent and isn't doing one for Chicago as of yet. I'm sorry that for now you are not Rambler as the authorities are not allowing you to Ramble. We might start a thread for suggestions for your new temporary screen name here.
User avatar
RonG
Rex Rgis Piscator
 
Posts: 5229
Joined: Jan Thu 22, 2009 3:34 pm
Location: In your favorite spots

Re: Social distancing on the West Branch

Postby RonG » Mar Thu 19, 2020 5:49 pm

Well that didn't take me long. Pacer.

Your new screen name is Pacer. A very easy switch from the AMC Rambler to the AMC Pacer automobile. A simple switch of descriptive action nouns. :idea: Not being legally able to leave home and ramble, you will be a pent up pacer.
User avatar
RonG
Rex Rgis Piscator
 
Posts: 5229
Joined: Jan Thu 22, 2009 3:34 pm
Location: In your favorite spots

Re: Social distancing on the West Branch

Postby badger75 » Mar Thu 19, 2020 6:21 pm

RonG - you crack ( :D ) me up
User avatar
badger75
Fishing Czar
 
Posts: 703
Joined: May Fri 12, 2017 10:36 am
Location: Batavia, IL

Re: Social distancing on the West Branch

Postby jeemoosh » Mar Thu 19, 2020 6:27 pm

Pacer. Party on. Excellent
jeemoosh
Minnow
 
Posts: 32
Joined: Aug Fri 11, 2017 10:10 pm

Re: Social distancing on the West Branch

Postby Rambler » Mar Fri 20, 2020 7:00 am

RonG wrote:Well that didn't take me long. Pacer.

Your new screen name is Pacer. A very easy switch from the AMC Rambler to the AMC Pacer automobile. A simple switch of descriptive action nouns. :idea: Not being legally able to leave home and ramble, you will be a pent up pacer.


Hey wait a minute! Pacer? NFW!! First of all, my screen name has nothing to do with AMC although I had a '64 Cross Country back in the day. Sweet little wagon with 198 CI of rompin', stompin, pushrod 6. No idea of the HP - best guess is not much.

But if I had to be associated with that great, lamented auto company (I remember when Nash & Hudson merged to form it) I'd prefer to be 'Matador'. I'd need to be a matador to ward off all the bullshit that gets flung around here. :lol:
Keep calm and fish on...

There's a fine line between fishing and just sitting there looking stupid
User avatar
Rambler
Ichthyoid Artimus
 
Posts: 4538
Joined: Sep Wed 03, 2014 1:25 pm
Location: Near West suburbs

Re: Social distancing on the West Branch

Postby vman01 » Mar Fri 20, 2020 8:13 am

"Matador", Not a bad choice.
:D "Ambassador" also fitting and "Javelin" though not as appropriate was one of their best models for sports cars along with the "Marlin".
vman01
Fishing Czar
 
Posts: 801
Joined: Jul Fri 21, 2017 4:25 pm

Re: Social distancing on the West Branch

Postby Rambler » Mar Fri 20, 2020 8:44 am

vman01 wrote:"Ambassador" also fitting and "Javelin" though not as appropriate was one of their best models for sports cars along with the "Marlin".

Don't forget the AMG. Too bad they stopped making them - great little performance car. And the '64-65 Rambler Classic 2 door with the big engine (think it was a 390) was pretty cool. But the '69 AMC Hurst Rambler drag car was the best of the bunch.

RonG wrote:Pfly was re-writing an 90s Aerosuck song if you were scratching your head about his post. My kid cracks up every time he hears that tune.


Oh and BTW - I knew what PF was referring to. But I think Arrowshit took inspiration from Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun - just about the most depressing thing you'd ever want to read. If you really want to get down in these downer days pick up a copy. Be sure to spray it with Lysol.
Keep calm and fish on...

There's a fine line between fishing and just sitting there looking stupid
User avatar
Rambler
Ichthyoid Artimus
 
Posts: 4538
Joined: Sep Wed 03, 2014 1:25 pm
Location: Near West suburbs

Re: Social distancing on the West Branch

Postby catchafew » Mar Fri 20, 2020 10:21 am

Rambler wrote:But I think Arrowshit took inspiration from Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun - just about the most depressing thing you'd ever want to read.
Reminds me of the clip from the Metallica video and how head banging started.

You all stay well and safe.
User avatar
catchafew
Ichthyoid Artimus
 
Posts: 2563
Joined: Mar Sat 05, 2011 6:40 pm
Location: Downers Grove

Re: Social distancing on the West Branch

Postby RonG » Mar Fri 20, 2020 10:51 am

catchafew wrote:Reminds me of the clip from the Metallica video and how head banging started.


I was watching some Metallica last night and watched Spit Out the Bone.

https://youtu.be/m46Z0-HXySo

Some pretty weird scenes of contagion spreading. These flying orb machines are patrolling the streets and they look much like the corona virus.
User avatar
RonG
Rex Rgis Piscator
 
Posts: 5229
Joined: Jan Thu 22, 2009 3:34 pm
Location: In your favorite spots

Re: Social distancing on the West Branch

Postby vman01 » Mar Fri 20, 2020 12:12 pm

RonG wrote:These flying orb machines are patrolling the streets and they look much like the corona virus.


Some Orson Wells War of the Worlds

Rambler wrote:But the '69 AMC Hurst Rambler drag car was the best of the bunch.

I forgot about this one. Good call
vman01
Fishing Czar
 
Posts: 801
Joined: Jul Fri 21, 2017 4:25 pm

Re: Social distancing on the West Branch

Postby badger75 » Mar Thu 26, 2020 10:08 am

I had an AMC Gremlin for a while. Liked the car, not the big blind spot.
User avatar
badger75
Fishing Czar
 
Posts: 703
Joined: May Fri 12, 2017 10:36 am
Location: Batavia, IL

Re: Social distancing on the West Branch

Postby Rambler » Mar Thu 26, 2020 10:12 am

RonG wrote:I was watching some Metallica last night

You poor, sorry bastard Ron. :D
Keep calm and fish on...

There's a fine line between fishing and just sitting there looking stupid
User avatar
Rambler
Ichthyoid Artimus
 
Posts: 4538
Joined: Sep Wed 03, 2014 1:25 pm
Location: Near West suburbs


Return to DuPage River

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests