Pro Tips: Top 10 Flies for Winter in the Driftless Area

Written by: Dave Barron, Jacquish Hollow Angler


Winter is a great time to fish the rivers and spring creeks of the Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin.
Photo by Phil Monahan

Winter is one of my favorite times of the year in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin. You can have the spring creeks all to yourself, the water is clear, and the fish are hungry. There are a few things . . .

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Fans of the TV series Game of Thrones should be quite familiar with the Night King, who leads the White Walkers in bringing winter to Westeros. He’s got some seriously blue eyes, which is probably why Tim Flagler of Tightline . . .

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