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A Trout Angler Goes After Tarpon

By Joseph Meyer

I had done most of it but not all. Armed with a fly rod and a handcrafted fly, I pursued all the finned creatures with trout being my favorite quarry. I loved trout fishing, pastoral and relaxing, the contemplative nature of it all made my heart sing. No pressure build up, a pressure relief valve this trout fishing is.

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Dame’s Rocket

By Kevin Searock

She was waiting for me there, in the shade of a tall oak beside the river. I turned off the highway into the Rod & Gun Club and let the big green truck roll to a stop by a line of whitewashed posts, at the brow of the slope leading down to the Rush River.

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All in a Week’s Work

By Joseph Meyer

Bringing in New Customers is the lifeblood of a struggling Fly Shop. Retailers count new customers as found money. We especially like the folks new to fly fishing, they need more stuff as they haven’t spent a couple of years hiding fly shop receipts from their wives.

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Where to fish?

In fly fishing, two concepts need to work together – access and conservation.

I love my “secret” dry-fly creek, but I also understand that a strong and credible future for fly fishing means more people do it.  Access is critical.


Knowing your hatches isn’t critical but it helps.



Stoneflies and more.

The more fly fishing.

Professor Hairwing

Tied by Russ Bouck Hook: Tiemco 3761 (12-14) Thread: black 8/0 Tail: scarlet hackle fibers Body: yellow ultra wire--small Hackle: Hungarian partridge Wing: Badger hair   Tags: Wet Flies  

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Gold Ribbed Hares Ear Hair Wing

Tied by Russ Bouck Hook:  Tiemco 3761 (10-16). Tail:  Ruffed Grouse Hackle Fibers Rib:  Gold wire. Body:  Hare's mask or squirrel dubbing. Wing:  Badger hair or grey squirrel. Front Hackle:  Brown soft hackle   Tags: Wet Flies...

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Coachman Wet

Tied by Russ Bouck Hook: Tiemco 3761 (12-14) Thread: Back Tag: Small Gold tinsel Body: Peacock Herl Hackle: Coachman Brown Hen Saddle Wing: White duck or goose quill Tags: Wet Flies  

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Coachman Hairwing

Tied by Russ Bouck Hook: Tiemco 3761(sizes10-16) Thread: Black Wing: White calf body hair or white calf tail Body: Peacock herl Hackle: Brown or dark brown soft hackle Tags: Wet Flies  

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Fly Box

Fly Patterns for fly fishing Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota Iowa and other Midwestern states

Fly Fishing Travel

There are many places to fly fish outside of the Midwest, here are some of the trips that we have made.

Resources for Fly Fishing the Midwest.

Weather, Entomology, Organizations and Groups.