Bass are always a favorite quarry due to their aggressive strikes and top water action attributes. Different times in the season will have us trying different techniques to discover the bite. Streamers, nymphs, and of course poppers. Extremely hard fighters these fish do not quit. A 20"+ bass is always a possibility. We call 'em toads when they get that big.
We recommend at least a 7 wt. due to how good of brawlers they are.
Their takes are impressive and we have started to name a few-- the Baseball, the Monkey, the Baseball to Monkey, the Moby dick, the Toilet Boil, and there is always a chance we will come up with a new one. Never gets boring seeing the strikes!
We target these fish in their native range of the upper Wisconsin River. Bass love the warm weather and starting in June into early fall we target them.
The 30+ mile long Prairie River is situated in
Northern Wisconsin beginning in Langlade
County and ending in Merrill, WI in Lincoln
County. It is listed as one of Wisconsin’s
blue ribbon trout streams and is inhabited
by the native brook trout and wild brown
trout. The average size of the brook trout
is between 6 -12” with the brown trout average being between 10” - 15”. Although fish larger than that are caught every season. The upper portion of the river is rated as a class I trout stream consisting of mostly brookies. The upper portion of the river is rated as a class I trout stream consisting of mostly brookies. The lower river is rated as a class II trout stream consisting of mostly browns. The mid part of the river contains a good mix of both species.
This is a video about an event my good friend Bob White holds every year called Musky Madness. It was put together by a very talented friend Peter Taylor.
Having caught my first trout when I was a 4 year old, these fish will always be one of my favorite fish to go after. With the different types of waters to fish for them here in Wisconsin one will never get bored searching them out.
Spring creeks in the driftless area are home to many trout with ample fantastic streams in which to target them.
Central WI freestone streams are abundant and have some good hatches. We offer trips for a Hex or mouse night trip when conditions are right that can be incredible.
This fish of Wisconsin lore has haunted fisherman for generations. Spoken about in hushed and revered tones, stories have been past down from fishermen and fisherwomen for generations.
Often called a fish of 10,000 casts- I believe that they are about 350-400 casts with a fly.
A true native apex predator these fish are an amazing quarry on the fly rod and will test your will and resolve on every outing.
The Wisconsin river is the native range for a biological determination called the Wisconsin River Strain. Unbelievably beautiful a musky will almost glow when out of the water and then disappear when 2" under the water.
There is no end to the "Eats"- or strikes that they show you. Mostly aggressive, sometimes subtle- never without leaving you humbled with quaking knees.
John Gierach wrote about how fisherman are not fishing to satisfy a hunter-gatherer emotion , but rather begin to identify with the fly and then relate to the fly insomuch as one is setting himself up to be eaten, or attacked- or hunted. I love this idea and musky more than satisfy being attacked.
Best key to success is keeping your meat wet--it's a numbers game and the more your meat, the fly, is wet- the more chance of getting a musky. Any second that fly is in or near the water it can be attacked.
9-12 wt rods are recommended and short head lines designed to shoot quick, A person only has so many false casts during the course of a day- and the quicker we can get the fly to the water the better. No points for prettiness- plenty of points for efficiency.