Ridiculously Good Brown Trout Fishing!

by | May 10, 2023 | fly fishing the Driftless of Wisconsin | 2 comments

fishingMother Nature is making a push for summer down here in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin.  While temperatures up north around Hayward where Granny and I live remain cool, down here to the south, this morning it was 65° at sunrise.  We would go on to reach 77° this afternoon.


DriftlessJason Randall, Tim Flagler and I left early down the winding dirt roads of the WI farmland to beat the heat.  While I could study the map and see exactly where we fished, I’ll not worry too much about location because Jason was kind enough to take us to one of his special haunts.


WisconsinThe colors today were amazing.  The sky was a rich blue and we could literally see the trees popping their leaves providing a special green color only seen for a few days.  And the ground is covered in fresh vegetation including some stunning blue flowers as if to match the sky.



When we arrived at our location we wadered up and rigged up.  You know me, unless I’m in the World Championships on some European stream, I fished a dry fly.  I already had my Stimulator on my 4-weight from yesterday and I continued with it.


DriftlessJason and Tim opted to nymph right out of the gates.  Both guys are excellent Euro nymphers and love the tactic.  Jason instructed me to head downstream on my own and they went up so they wouldn’t mess up my dry fly chances.  I meandered along with the river dropping my Stimulator into likely spots but I had no action.


small-streamsThe water was slightly off color and my guess is the fish weren’t seeing my dry.  When I came to a fast water stretch of riffles and boulders I grabbed a seat on the bank and adjusted my set up to dry-dropper.  It was a good move.  Before I stood up from my seat on the bank I landed four handsome little wild brown trout.


brown-troutMy fishing was no less than ridiculously good.  I admit that sometimes I keep count.  These small WI rivers remind me of competing in Europe and therefore I was keeping track the best I could.  That is until I landed over 25 or so.  The bite was on and I had a good grove going.


unique-troutA big part of this trip is fishing but another hefty chunk is about being with friends.  Around noon I met up with the guys.  They had observed a few risers and generously saved them for me.  I got in the pool and enjoyed landing another six or so nice fish.  One was easily pushing 14”.  Then we returned to Jason’s for an amazing lunch with the ladies.


Fly-Fishing-ShowFor the most part we made it a leisurely afternoon.  We made a pass on the stream near Jason’s and caught a few.  But you could feel the warmth in the water.  So much so we opted not to hassle the fish.  Instead we kicked back in the shade and enjoyed a couple New Glarus’s.


Tonight we had a feast.  Seriously, a feast!  I swear we had half a cow for dinner along with several scrumptious sides.  And let’s not forget desert.  I indulged far beyond human protein limits.  It will be a hot night.  We’ll be back on the Driftless streams in the morning.  Life is good!


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing


  1. Tad

    Beautiful day and great fishing with excellent beer!


  2. Jeff

    Checks off all the boxes in one day for sure!

Welcome to the Blog of Jeff Currier!

Contact Jeff

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!