A Full Day Hucking the 9-Weight

by | Aug 29, 2022 | fly fishing for muskie

flyfishingI’ve been fishing a lot but not too much.  In fact, I’m fishing about what I expected to be fishing – at least once every three days if not more.  It took a while to get to this point with all the house fixing stuff but I’m officially here.  And the excitement of being surrounded by so much new water in Hayward, WI continues to blow me away.  When Bob and I left Hayward at 5:55 AM in darkness this morning to meet up with Howie on Lake Namekagon, we were both amped to the max.


WisconsinHowie drove his boat down from Iron River and met us at the boat ramp.  It was just getting light when we all arrived.  We got our rigs together and launched.  I kept my gear simple today, I had my 9-weight Air Salt, my Sonar Sink Cold 300 gr sinking line and a big muskie fly, the Man-Bear-Pig.


fly-fishingAlthough it’s a month away from being to the point of really expecting to see muskies, one can always be hopeful.  It seems that at some point we have to get lucky.  Between Bob and I alone, we must have close to a thousand muskie rod casts this summer yet nothing to show for it.  The three of us got after it hucking, chucking and ducking with the big sticks.


Cohen-fly-patternsA long story short, and I we indeed put in a long day, we fished from about 6:50 AM till 8:05 PM – not bad.  But all that time and we had exactly zero confirmed muskie sightings.  There were a couple fish on and vicious strikes but those fish were all lost.  So, we’ll never know.


pikeWhat we do know however is that the fishing was good regardless of muskie cooperation.  We caught at least a dozen or so pike.  While they were mostly small (hammer handles) there were a few over 20” and honestly, no matter the size, any fish that smacks a 4”- 8” fly deserves some credit.


Lake-NamekagonWe caught a largemouth bass and a few perch to go with the pike today.  And hands down, we got to see a pretty place.  I actually ice fished Lake Namekagon often when I studied at Northland College up in Ashland from 1983-87.  So, the lake wasn’t completely new to me today.  But I was for sure reminded at just how beautiful this large lake is.


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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!