Classic Podcast: The Wonders of the Midwest’s Driftless Area with Mat Wagner



This week’s podcast is a tour of the wonders of the Midwest’s Driftless Area, where small trout streams abound, trout are plentiful, and there’s plenty of public access. What could be better? Driftless Angler owner and guide Mat Wagner tells all in this podcast, which helped me vicariously enjoy his region. (It’s at the top of my wish list.)

In the Fly Box, we had some particularly interested questions this week. Topics include: using night vision goggles for trout fishing, how to keep a record of streamside insects you find, disappearing brook trout, fighting big fish, catching sea trout on a fly, and the effectiveness of fishing bait using a fly rod.

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Mat Wagner casts on a tiny Driftless trout stream.
Photo courtesy Driftless Angler

3 thoughts on “Classic Podcast: The Wonders of the Midwest’s Driftless Area with Mat Wagner”

  1. This is a very good podcast. In the past, you have had reservations about discussing a particular location, but you did a great job, and I would like to see you do more of these. I have heard of this area. I was in Chicago recently, and I wondered where they went to fish. This area is now on my bucket list of places to go.

    Keep up the good work!

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