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Fishing on a Fly Report & Gift Guide

Fishing on a Fly Report & Gift Guide

The year’s almost over.  It’s been a challenging one fishing wise because Mother Nature became one tough mother and dealt us a couple tough hands with 100-year floods occurring multiple times and late spring snow storms.  When weather and water returned to normal, the fishing was great on all fronts with lots of big fish caught in both cold and warm water fisheries.  Thank you all for remaining positive during the tough times and continuing to fish around our area. 

If you need your fishing fix now, the northeast Iowa trout streams are the only game going.  You’ll be using the same deep nymphing and streamer techniques used during the early trout season, with trout surface feeding on midges on warm sunny days.  The cold temperatures have brought the Lake Michigan tributaries to below 38 degrees so they’re done fishing for the year.


Early Trout Season Opens January 5, 2019 so we’ll be back on our beloved spring creeks before we know it!

Meanwhile, tis the Holiday Season so here are some gift ideas for the fly fisherman on your list and even yourself!


Improved Trout Waters of Wisconsin:  $34.99

Simms Guide Nipper:  $49.95  -- Add the lanyard for a great combo for an extra $24.95!

Simms Coldweather Shirt:  99.95 great for snowshoeing, wearing around town, walking the dog, and camping.

Simms Guide Flannel:  $109.95  a handsome and cozy flannel shirt

Fishpond Jackalope Rod Case:  $109.95  Carries and protects up to 4 rods to your destination of choice.

Fishpond KingFisher Vest:  $179.95

Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible lumbar pack:  $229.95

Simms Dry Creek Sling and Lumbar T-Zip Packs:  Lumbar $229.95, Sling $249.95

Redington Cross Water Rod and Reel Combo:  $149.95

Ross Evolution LTX Reel $395

Lamson Liquid Reel:  $99.95

Sage 490-4 MOD Fly Rod:  $850

Sage 890-4 Salt HD Fly Rod:  $950

Or add a Guided Trip! Guided Trips $250/half day and $400/1 or 2 Full Day and Fly Casting Lessons $60/2 hours.  Contact Craig for more information!