Bring on the Rain

by | Jul 19, 2023 | fly fishing Wisconsin

WisconsinYesterday I mentioned getting my moneys worth this summer – meaning I’m fishing like a madman.  Today I’ll tell you I’m feeling it.  I love every ache and pain and this kind of tired, but man, I woke up one minute before my alarm went off.  That was 3:59 AM.  And every inch of every muscle was sounding off.  Four at least a second I wanted to reset the alarm for 7.  The occasional angler may say there’s nothing strenuous about fly fishing.  My response to that, “You’re not fishing hard enough”.


smallmouthWhen Bob and I hit the river it was cool and overcast.  The birds continue to sing but nothing like a month ago.  Things are quieting down as summer moves into the second half.  When we pushed off not only did it feel remote, but we were remote.  We nailed several decent smallmouth bass in the first couple hours on the Tequeely and Yuk Bugs.


fishingWhile we hardly ever see other anglers on our floats, mainly because we are the early birds, we do run in to occasional canoe parties at the end of our days.  Today however, only a few hours into our float we heard a lot of human noise upstream of us.  Eventually we were passed by more than 20 canoes.  It was a kid’s camp and they were having a blast.  As much as it took away that wild feeling and peacefulness, we were happy to see kids out enjoying the same thing we love so much.


flyfishingOur day ended with a series of storms and badly needed precipitation.  Luckily the storms came free of thunder and lightening and rather doused us with rain.  There were times when it flat out came down in buckets.  It’s been so long since I got rained on heavily that I carelessly had open zippers on my tackle bag, rain jacket pockets and more.  I’m lucky to get these reminders of carelessness on a warm summer day in Wisconsin rather than when I’m in northern Manitoba come September!


HaywardWe made it off the river around 4 PM.  It was a decent day of smallie fishing and we landed more than a dozen.  Nothing over 13”.  I got one pike and for the first time on this river, we saw quite a few muskies.  Musky don’t fall for our tricks much in the summer and not one followed our flies.  But Bob and I will remember where they live.  Time for a barbeque under the rainbow.


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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!