The 2017 F3T – Hosted by the Wild Rivers Chapter of Trout Unlimited

March 4th – Hayward WI – Park Theater – 6PM

March 25th – Washburn WI – Lake Superior Tap House – 6PM

$15 Door – $13 Advance

Come by to learn about getting active with our local chapter of TU, and enjoy the best fly fishing films of 2017 with a local brew.  Cheers!

The Top 10 Used Overland Vehicles

Toyota’s #2 and #6 of the top 10 list.  My wife’s 2007 4-Runner Sport grocery getter wagon, and my stalwart workhorse 2002 Tacoma TRD.  With a combined 250,000 miles, they’re just broke in.  I love the Taco’s ability to launch a drift boat in spots most trucks just can’t get at.  (And most sane folks wouldn’t consider a boat landing…)  It really proved it’s worth on Utah’s Hole-In-The-Rock road, a few adventures ago.


Smallmouth Bass Fishing at its​ Finest

West Fork Jason Guide Service offers the finest guided smallmouth bass fishing in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  I guide both fly and conventional anglers for these hard fighting feisty football proportioned fish.  Whether casting poppers with a flyrod or tossing jerk shad’s on a spinning rod is your thing, you’ll be guaranteed an entertaining and engaging day on the water.




Swingin’ Stones and Princes

These two patterns are intended to be swung with a small switch or one-handed rod.  I’ll be using them on the South Shore of Lake Superior tributaries when the season starts up soon.  I like this fly as it’s super easy to tie, and I don’t sweat about losing a few on the bottom.

DSCN5126[1]First, make a chassis for the fly.  This is the same configuration for both the stonefly and the bushy prince nymph pictured above with the exception of the bead.  On this fly is a Hareline Plummeting Tungsten Bead, they are noticeably denser than others.  I use a standard long shank streamer hook for in the vice.  It doesn’t have to be anything special or expensive as the hook bend and point is removed with a wire cutter at the last step.  The business end hook is a 02408 Gamakatsu Octopus, I use size 2 and 4.  After looping through the hook eye, run Senyo’s Thin Intruder Trailer Wire up the hook shank towards the eye and secure with thread and Zap-a-Gap, let dry, then run back down the shank and secure again.  Trim off the excess wire.

DSCN5129[1]Next tie in 2 or 3 pieces of Dyed Pearl Flashabou Accent and then cover with maribou.

DSCN5130[1]Tie in brass wire and 1/8″ Dark Olive Scud Back


Make a dubbing loop of Dave Whitlock Dark Stone Nymph and wrap about 2/3 of the shank towards the eye.  Tie off the dubbing loop and then fold over scud back and wrap with brass wire.


Tie on the MFC Soft-Shell Stone Dark Medium and secure bead in the center of the soft plastic stonefly body.  Whip finish and add little Zap-a-Gap, then snip off the bend of the streamer hook and you’re done!  Some traditionalists might think this last step with soft plastics is cheating a bit, but hey…I’ll be out fishing and won’t give a shit about any of that nonsense!



Spring is coming!

Migrating Trumpeter Swans in Northern Wisconsin, harbingers of Spring.

Trout, Early Catch and Release 2016

New to 2016,  the catch and release trout fishing season in Wisconsin begins at the start of the year.  Check your regulation book for exact dates, locations, and required tackle.  Now ice fishing is not the only option for fishing in the northwoods during the winter.  Rejoice!!!


Welcome to the New Site!

It’s been awhile since my website has been updated.

Please pardon my mess during the construction process.

Out with the old, and in with the new…

I hope you enjoy it!


Wild Steelhead


Join Wild Steelheaders United

At about this time last year I traveled to the Pacific Northwest, to chase after wild and native Steelhead.  Steelhead are nothing new to me, except I’ve been catching descendants of these West Coast creatures that naturalized and are have flourished in the Great Lakes for over a century.  I had never before caught a Rainbow Trout that has spent part of it’s life in salt water.

Thankfully, I had a wild and native left coast steelheader to help me out when I arrived at the Portland airport.  The previous fall,  I paid it forward on some good fly fishing Juju by putting Tay’s first musky in his hands by way of the long rod and a steamer.


Rockin’ the fiberglass switch rod


Tay and his first wild Olympic Peninsula Steelhead

It took me a couple of days to get into a good fishy rhythm with the 13′ seven weight.  But once I did, what an awesomely methodical way to not only effectively cover water but also put an enjoyable pace to fishing when compared to the work it takes to musky fish 10 and 11 weights all day.


“by-catch” Dolly Varden were thick and very willing to take steelhead flies

After fishing the Olympic Peninsula for a few days, we headed up the gorge and hit a few tributaries to the Columbia River.



Apparently the fish were running, but on a set schedule…  😉


I like my girls big, and she was my first


A Trip to the Arkansas Ozarks

These wild stream dwellers are often overlooked by most fly fisherman when they travel to Arkansas, as they’re focused on the more famous tail water trout fisheries in the “natural” state.  At low water the limestone and sandstone streams clear up so much I’d liken it to fishing in an aquarium.

My wife, then fiance, was less than impressed with me when I decided to inquire about going out for a half day fishing trip on our way to Eureka Springs.  Walleye, yet another overlooked (and delicious!) Ozark fish


But yes, they do have Brown Trout in Arkansas, if that is your thing!