Cold Front and Wind Prohibit Return to Lake Superior

by | Jun 10, 2023 | fly fishing lakes

Lake-NamekagonDreadful weather moved in last night.  I could feel the temperature drop while sleeping in my van.  Then the drizzle started followed by gale wind.  By the time college pals Howie, Mike, Mark and I were ready to head for Lake Superior for our second day we got word there was a small craft warning in effect.  Not good.  We changed plans and headed for Lake Namekagon where at least there are narrow bays and islands to hide amongst.  Even so, our day wasn’t going to be a cushy beer drinking day like yesterday!


northlandersWe launched Mikes boat at 9 AM.  Namekagon has musky along with pike, bass and walleye.  We went with big flies on 8- and 9-weights rigged with wire leader and hoped for the best.  We have a good idea of where to find muskies so off we went dressed in every piece of warm clothing we had.


flyfishing-lakesIt was so cold no one wanted to sit back and watch.  Drinking a cold beer didn’t sound good at all.  Instead we carefully had three of us fishing at a time.  It was pretty fun.  We hooked ourselves a few times.  I whacked myself in the back with a Clouser.  And there was one tangle.  But overall, for three people casting musky flies in a boat – not bad!


Mark-Reiser-pikeThe weather remained crappy most of the day.  We lucked out and avoided rain but the wind and cold challenged us.  I’m happy to say there was good action.  While it wasn’t the muskies we were hoping for, we managed a heap of small pike and a couple hefty bluegill.  We caught far more fish than yesterday.


fly-castingAt 5 PM the fog and clouds lifted.  We got a dash of sunshine which unfortunately increased the wind speeds.  But we were able to tuck into more bays.  The evening was actually fairly nice to end our weekend.  We reeled it in around 8:45 PM.  We no doubt got our money’s worth – bad weather or not!




bluegillIt’s been a great weekend with old friends.  Yeah, our fishing was tough but I wouldn’t trade the time with these guys for anything.  Now its time to go back to Howie’s for a feast.  Howie’s wife Sue never stops making delicious meals for us and Mark has some fresh Iowa baby back ribs.  We’ll get em next time!


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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!