New Water and Full of Bronze Backs

by | Aug 10, 2023 | fly fishing Wisconsin

Wisconsin-flyfishingI grumble about an early morning once in a while, but for the most part I love them.  My alarm was set, but as usual I was up without it by 4:15 AM.  Today Bob and I met at 5:45 which meant a before daylight departure from home of around 4:50.  I look forward to a slow – no traffic – drive with a Yeti full of pressed coffee as daylight kicks in.  And with most Wisconsin rivers looking like this at sunrise, you can understand why.


Striker-raftNeither Bob nor I have been here before and when you don’t know what lies in a waterway you need to take caution.  I packed up my handy Outcast Striker Raft and Bob and I had the inflatable out of the truck and on the water in minutes.  Hands down this little two man raft has been the best addition to my paraphernalia in years.


It was a bluebird day with a twinge of fall in the air.  Mornings have been cool this week but todays was the coolest.  It’s the first morning we started fully dressed in fleece.


fly-fishingAfter we completed our long gravel road shuttle we pushed off.  This is one of the smaller rivers and has a ton of rocks and shallow runs.  There are muskies and I think later this fall we might go full effort for them here.  But today was about learning the water and catching smallmouth bass.  I had my 6-weight Winston and was prepared to bounce some Chernobyl’s along the bank and dredge a Tequeely along the deep banks.


smalmouth-bassFishing was on.  It turns out this river is loaded with smallies.  The only issue was there’s so many that its hard to find a big one.  While we probably landed 20 or more, very few were larger than 10”.  I think when we return in the fall for muskies, I’ll be fishing a fly that resembles a 6” bronze back.  Such a fly ought to do the trick!


Outcast-sportinggearOur float wasn’t a long one – probably a little over three miles.  While there were plenty of deep holes, much of the float was shallow fast runs.  We did the float in five hours and pulled the raft shortly after noon.


It was a great day and slowly Bob and I are learning the WI waters.  There are so many its truly unreal.  This has been a blast of a summer with plenty to go!


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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!