One Mere Fish on a Long Beautiful Float

by | Jun 24, 2022 | fly fishing Wisconsin

flyfishingThere are a ton of rivers to explore here in northern Wisconsin.  I’ve dabbled with the trout fishing but deep inside me, I want warmwater fish action.  I’m talking smallmouth bass in particular.  Toss in some pike, crappie, walleye and perhaps a musky on occasion, and I’ll be in heaven.  I’d also like to fish some of these rivers from our drift boat.


WIThe issue is, here in WI drift fishing is in its early development and you need to be careful about where you float.  Despite a river looking great at the bridge, what if you got downstream a few miles and the river is blocked by fallen trees?  Perhaps an unnavigable rapid?  There are possible dangers that can’t be overlooked.  So, the best way I see to learn is to get info from others that know.  Today I was invited on a float.


fly-patternsMy invite came from my new friend Josh Hulbert.  Josh is a native WI but he spent much of his adult life in the Air Force followed by guiding on the Green River in Utah.  He’s only been living back in WI for a month.  He too is learning the waters.  Josh intends to guide for one of the shops eventually so he’s been fishing every single day since arriving.  He learned this float earlier this month and today was his second time on it.


Josh-HulbertWe faced a fish catching hindering issue however, the same one chasing me around all week, and that’s heat.  Today was another bright sunny one with temperatures in the upper 80°s.  We floated a gorgeous 6-7 miles, fishing hard all the way, and landed one mere smallmouth bass.  We saw a pike and a few tiny smallies, but landed only one fish.  Wow!


bassI know tough days.  And I know fish get moody based on weather and barometric pressures.  Today was a beating.  That’s fishing however and I see a change in weather for Sunday.  Maybe Josh and I will head out again. . . .


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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!