Wisconsin Driftless Area

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  1. crookedneck

    crookedneck New Member

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    This last weekend my two brothers and I went on a trip to Grant County, Wisconsin to fish what is called the Driftless area. All the rods were made by myself and all the flies tied by my brother.

    Fishing was great after we figured out where to go. We left on Thurdsay morning. About a 4 1/2 hour drive for myself and one brother. The other brother was coming from KC, Kansas about 8 hours. This was a self guided, first time to the area trip so it was kinda a crap shoot. Good thing we had a map from 2004, and a black and white map printed off the DNR website. :thumb:

    We fished a little on Thurday afternoon, about 2 hours. We landed 3 trout and missed 3. All were browns in the 10-12" mark. The river we were in was pretty stained. But we were getting bites. All on nymph patterns.

    We woke up Friday morning to fresh snow and light rain, made for fun with felt soled wading boots but it didn't stop us we were excited.

    The first stop was beautiful, but the water was very stained. We had read in several publications that this stream held some large fish. But that it stained very easy, I guess they were right.
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    Next we, drove around looking for clear spring fed creeks. We did find one. Probably 8' wide at it's widest spot and crystal clear. We saw lots of trout, but usually after they saw us. We had 2 hook ups but zero landed. So we kept driving. We went back to the cabin and ate lunch and then hit the road again. The next stop (and last stop for the weekend) love the public access thing goin on! :beer2:
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    Then the fishing was on
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    The 3 of us plumb tuckered out by the end of the day Saturday.
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    We landed 100 or so fish, all but 1 were browns and 1 rainbow. Most were in the 6" - 12" with a few in the 14" and the largest around 17". Probably gonna go there again!! ;D

    Mike
     
  2. tediousthumper

    tediousthumper Hello My name is Thad and Im addicted to flyfishin

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    Awesome report! Thanks!
     
  3. casaboba

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    Excellent trip report, thanks. Sounds like you had a fun time. One question, which brother is the best fisherman? - Bob
     
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    Sounds like a good time!
     
  5. crookedneck

    crookedneck New Member

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    It was a great trip we are already planning a return trip.

    Bob, that is a good question, It depends on how you look at who is the better fisherman. The brother in the middle made all the flies for the trip which produced the fish, the brother on the right made all the flyrods for the trip on which all the fish were landed on, the brother on the left had to drive 4 hours longer than the other 2. The brother in the middle is the best fly fisherman of the 3. The brother on the right is the best small mouth and walleye fisherman, and the brother on the left can catch a large mouth bass in a mud puddle. So I guess the answer to your question is.........the father who raised us to enjoy the out doors and leave every thing better than we found it, and taught us all to fish and hunt.....who by the way missed the fishing trip for the first time in my 36 years. ;)
     
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    Nice I put in 3 days last week over on a couple streams near Minneapolis...
     
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    Grew up in Wi. Fished that area many times.
    Looks like a great trip
    Thanks for sharing
     
  8. fisharama

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    love the driftless area! Only place I know where you can have 100 fish days and not see another person all weekend! Next time your in the area try Crawford and Vernon county streams. Many more streams and fish just a little further north.
     
  9. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Great read. Great photos. Great description of the differences in the three brothers. Thanks for sharing.
     
  10. abobrien

    abobrien Alex O'Brien

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    I fished the driftless region in the north east Iowa those pics sparked some memories
     

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