Fly Fishing the Northwoods of Wisconsin

by | Apr 30, 2021 | fly fishing the northwoods of wisconsin

northwoods-wisconsinGranny and I are still enjoying my old stomping grounds of Wisconsin.  We are now way up north near Ashland where I studied at Northland College 1983-1987.  We passed through Ashland yesterday and camped in the National Forest last night.  It’s been absolutely gorgeous.  Cold but gorgeous.


Matt-NortonUntil today we hadn’t fished again since our day down south in the Driftless Region.  But today we fixed that problem because we are now staying with my college roommate Matt Norton “Howie” and his wife Sue.  They live here in Iron River and we are going to stay here a few days and fish hard.


Oron-River-WisconsinAs for today’s hard fishing – it was hard.  We experienced some big rain yesterday and most the rivers are colored up.  The soils around here are very red and it doesn’t take much for them to color a river.  We chucked streamers below a waterfall for an hour today on one of Howie’s sneaky Lake Superior tributaries but between the three of us we didn’t move a single steelhead or trout.


jeff-currier-flyfishingI should mention the old Explorer ran into an issue.  About 400 miles ago a rattle started underneath the front.  Then yesterday a terrible squeak to go with.  When we got to Iron River Howie arranged for us to visit his mechanic and lucky for us he’s good.  Seems my 4 wheel drive hub, despite being in off position, engaged itself on the driver’s side and we didn’t know it.  I’m a useless mechanic so I’m not going to try and explain.  But for $68 he has us running but I’ll need to get my 4 wheel drive fixed when I get home.  Always something!


Fish-WisconsinHowie and Sue have 79 acres and their own lake.  They have a cool house and a cabin on the property.  Granny and I settled into the cabin this afternoon.  Should be a great few days visiting and fishing with Howie.  In the morning we will fish their lake.


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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!