Story and Photos: Learning to Love The Driftless Area

Written by: Len Harris, Jr.


The tiny spring creeks of the driftless hold some of the most colorful browns you could imagine.
Photos by Len Harris, Jr.

Many folks don’t know the meaning of the term driftless. It is an area in the Midwest–comprising parts of Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin–that was not flattened by the last glacial period. . . .

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What I Learned on My First Trip for Northern Pike

Written by: Chuck Coolidge


The author hoists his first northern pike on a fly. Can you tell he’s excited?
Photos by Chuck Coolidge

Wisconsin is well-known for its solid predator fishing, and muskies get almost all the attention. However, there’s another member of the Esox genus that’s significantly more abundant and, some would say just as fun, that you can fish for year round: . . .

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Video: Why Chase Muskies on the Fly?

Have you ever wondered why some fly fishers become obsessed with catching a musky? Well this video goes a long way toward explaining that phenomenon, and it includes a cool interview with . . .

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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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The Late Season Means Bigger Fish in Smaller Water

Written by: Len Harris, Jr.


This late-season brown was fooled with a Conehead Woolly Bugger in a non-typical lie.
Photo by Len Harris, Jr.

Last year featured our first extended seasons in Wisconsin. Early season here opens on the first Saturday of January, and you can now fish through to the 15th of October. For many years, our . . .

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Story: Days Like These Are Why I Fish

Written by: Len Harris, Jr.


The fish in this hole could not be caught that day, but they provided a lasting memory nonetheless.
Photo by Len Harris, Jr.

My friend, Rob Gooze, and I were way back in the middle of nowhere on the headwaters of one of my favorite streams, when we saw this perfect rock bluff. It was early spring, and the vegetation . . .

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Classic Video: What Fly Fishing Means

Most of the new breed of Warren-Miller-inspired fly-fishing films feature anglers catching monster fish, often in exotic locales, over a driving soundtrack. And I love watching these videos as . . .

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