Wednesday, August 15, 2012

fox river wisconsin- fly fishing smallmouth

The Fox River in Wisconsin certainly is worth a look for some of the serious fly anglers who frequent the borderlands. Just as I have given the lower reaches in Illinois a look, I have also made a few trips up to Wisconsin to fish the Fox. In Wisconsin, finding rocky riffles and runs aren’t hard and the clarity here tends to be clearer then down south which seems to work out better for throwing flies.

a foggy morning on the fox river in wisconisn

Fly Guy Brian has done a wonderful job helping me scout out some new areas and our exchange of information is something that I have grown to look forward to. He spent a foggy morning diving into an area on the Fox River in Wisconsin that I thought had some serious potential. He proves my theory again on the Fox, if you spend half a day fishing here you will catch some smallmouth but also have at least one big bite opportunity.

fox river smallmouth on the fly - wisconsin edition
Obviously he has done well to capitalize on that bite!


19 comments:

  1. Nice football sized smallie and a sweet fishy looking stretch of water. Nicely done!

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    1. the fox river in Wisconsin certainly has a different feel from that in Illinois, worth a look for anybody

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  2. great smallie! I'm liking the streamer securely attached to its jaw...

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    1. doesn't get much better then that

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  3. Nice Smallie. There again, another one I missed fishing as a kid.

    Mark

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    1. what do kids know? dont worry, i think you have hit your stride in California.

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  4. Blake
    Fantastic smallie, it looks like you landed it on top with a popper. What wt/length fly rod were you using? Thanks for sharing

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    1. brian posted about the gear a few comments down, thanks for the comments

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  5. Nice fish!!!! please tell me you guys caught that fish on a 5 or 6wt. What a fight! nice job! Must have been the fog.

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    1. I love fishing em on the 5, Ive always preferred using the lightest gear possible

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  6. Nice little stretch of water Blake, for Bill and Savage: 7wt rod, 9' rod on a streamer not a popper, kind of looks like a popper due to the deer hair spun near the head. A lighter weight rod would have been fun, but my biggest concern is always the hook set, a stiffer rod drives the hook where it needs to be. Plus that fish pulled hard, even on my 7.

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    1. thanks for the photos and the response to the questions

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  7. Good stuff, Blake! Smallmouth. My favorite warmwater fish.

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    1. lol, for sure...

      i know it doesn't look happy

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  9. Very nice, I haven't caught a smallie in almost a year.

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    1. Ahh but you now have the ocean my friend

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  10. I'm pretty unfamiliar with the fox, I see it every time I drive through waukesha and I say to myself "There's got to be fish in there, where are the fishermen?"

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