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weiliwen  
#1 Posted : Thursday, December 27, 2018 2:44:45 PM(UTC)
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It occurred to me that there are probably some folks who want to learn to fish The Driftless Area but, aside from a Pink Squirrel, don't know what to fish. I have collected a few online articles over the years, so thought I'd share them here. In no particular order:

Top Flies for Driftless Area Trout

The Venerable Scud

Where have all the Hippie Stompers Gone?

Wisconsin Spring Creek Hatches

There are plenty of posts about the Pink Squirrel on these pages, so I won't repost them right here, but give you the joy of sifting through all of them!
Bob Williams, "Weiliwen"
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madguy30  
#2 Posted : Friday, December 28, 2018 6:21:56 PM(UTC)
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Cool articles.

I want to get rid of my old orange scuds but might be fun to keep around just to mess around some time.
William Schlafer  
#3 Posted : Friday, December 28, 2018 6:33:11 PM(UTC)
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I want to get rid of my old orange scuds but might be fun to keep around just to mess around some time.



On Brook Trout streams, whenever you see patches of Watercress there will be orange scuds about, and aggressively feeding Trout. I've had a couple of great days when they would eat nothing else. Even grey ones with that little pink spot on their belly can be deadly in the right situations.


-Bill

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MN Driftless  
#4 Posted : Saturday, December 29, 2018 2:23:57 PM(UTC)
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weiliwen  
#5 Posted : Saturday, December 29, 2018 2:34:25 PM(UTC)
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Thanks, MN Driftless, I was hoping others would drop in their articles as well.
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#6 Posted : Saturday, December 29, 2018 5:32:27 PM(UTC)
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I want to get rid of my old orange scuds but might be fun to keep around just to mess around some time.



On Brook Trout streams, whenever you see patches of Watercress there will be orange scuds about, and aggressively feeding Trout. I've had a couple of great days when they would eat nothing else. Even grey ones with that little pink spot on their belly can be deadly in the right situations.


-Bill




Cool, but that's too much variety of flies for me. :)
hougie  
#7 Posted : Saturday, January 5, 2019 3:36:41 PM(UTC)
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Thank you all for posting this information. ThumpUp

I am a new fly fisher as of 2019 and don't know what im doing at all.

I got a 8' 4wt Fenwick Ateos. And the only fly I own is a #14 pink squirrel.
William Schlafer  
#8 Posted : Sunday, January 6, 2019 12:03:43 AM(UTC)
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I got a 8' 4wt Fenwick Ateos. And the only fly I own is a #14 pink squirrel.



That's a good start! BigGrin

Keep your fly box simple - no need to rush out and spend lots on flies. Woolly Buggers and other small streamers, some small bead head flies like the Pink Squirrel, a few foam patterns like Hippy Stompers and hoppers, and maybe a few small generic dry flies: Black or Tan Caddis, Blue Wing Olive, and some Adams are all you need and will serve you all season long.

If you find yourself near Viroqua, stop by The Driftless Angler Fly Shop. They can set you up with some fly patterns that work well on Driftless Area streams. Consider hiring one of their guides for a day outing. They can teach you techniques in a few hours that will take you all season to learn on your own.

Good luck!


-Bill

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weiliwen  
#9 Posted : Sunday, January 6, 2019 4:22:21 AM(UTC)
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Somebody has guided you well so far!
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hougie  
#10 Posted : Saturday, January 12, 2019 2:25:31 PM(UTC)
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Im a Coon Valley native and get out that way ocassionally. I have stopped into the Viroqua fly shop a few times some great people there. I have literally 0 casts under my belt so i agree a guide would be valuable. Meanwhile not being able to help myself i stopped at scheels in rochester last night and bought a few bugs.. I had read some of the links posted in this thread that helped. Just wasnt sure which size to get 12, 14, 16 18. Some of them are awfully small. So most were 14s and in the prince and copper john variety. A link of a photo of my fly box is at bottom of post. Im looking forward to the journey and will take my time and want to enjoy every lesson. My grandfather is up there smiling down on me for this as fly tying and fishing was his mastery. It took me awhile but at age 50 its time i get going on it. Weiliwen someone has guided me well so far! And i think you know who! Because of this site and people like you and the super fly guy have been inspiring me and extremely helpful! And i know you guys love to help.


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