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winonaflyfactory  
#1 Posted : Sunday, January 28, 2018 7:26:32 PM(UTC)
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I live in Winona County and I'm considering crossing the river to mix it up in Wisconsin this season. After 10 years of fishing in Minnesota I think its time I start exploring into Wisconsin. Anyone have any advice for someone who thinks they know what they are doing in Minnesota and wants to translate that to Wisconsin? Thanks.
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#2 Posted : Sunday, January 28, 2018 7:51:54 PM(UTC)
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Although I've never fished (for Trout) on MN streams, I would guess they're pretty much the same as those you'll find in Wisconsin. Once you get to Viroqua you'll pretty much find quality Trout streams in every direction you look.

Just one thing to watch out for. We drive on the right side of the road, not the left like they do in MN.

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All kidding aside, I love your website. With your approach, style and attention to detail you will do well wherever you wet your line.


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#3 Posted : Monday, January 29, 2018 1:28:14 AM(UTC)
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The first year you buy a non resident license you get a pretty good discounted price if you've never bought one before. That's how they get you hooked and then the next year rolls around and it's like 65 bucks when you throw in the trout stamp. I never keep MN trout but if I'm paying 65 bucks for a year of fishing I'm bringing a limit home every time. One thing I've noticed in keeping trout is that the bigger they get the better they taste. The aged meat of a Brown Trout in the 20 inch class is exceedingly delicious. I also like how the meat pulls easier off the bones of large trout once they are smoked. Wisconsin needs to put more money into their stocking programs because I've been noticing a lot less big browns in the waters that I fish a lot. Get it together Wisconsin!
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winonaflyfactory  
#4 Posted : Monday, January 29, 2018 9:17:22 PM(UTC)
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Thanks for the info guys, I'll look into the license information a bit more when it gets closer to April I think. I'm curious is there notable differences between WI HI work and MN HI work? I can tell you that IMO MN HI work has it's own feel regardless of if you like it or not the fellas doing the work (and yes I know there are more than one crew, and yes you probably can guess who I'm referring to, and no I don't want to get into any sort of debate about the guys or there work) tend to create projects that feel the same to me and I tend to get bored fast. Wondering if HI work in WI has a similar feel...

Thanks for the comment re:my site Bill. Been at it a while now...interesting how the years pass by.
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#5 Posted : Monday, January 29, 2018 11:44:37 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: winonaflyfactory Go to Quoted Post
Thanks for the info guys, I'll look into the license information a bit more when it gets closer to April I think. I'm curious is there notable differences between WI HI work and MN HI work? I can tell you that IMO MN HI work has it's own feel regardless of if you like it or not the fellas doing the work (and yes I know there are more than one crew, and yes you probably can guess who I'm referring to, and no I don't want to get into any sort of debate about the guys or there work) tend to create projects that feel the same to me and I tend to get bored fast. Wondering if HI work in WI has a similar feel...

Thanks for the comment re:my site Bill. Been at it a while now...interesting how the years pass by.


A lot of the best stuff over there is pretty natural. Head north or south of La Crosse and explore, tons of water down there.
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shebs  
#6 Posted : Monday, January 29, 2018 11:56:19 PM(UTC)
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Keep in mind the WI license expires at the end of March, not February like MN - i.e. don't buy until April unless you absolutely need to hop the river sooner.

As a Minnesotan, I find that there isn't much difference across the border aside from the sheer quantity of water in WI compared to MN, and the access laws are a bit more angler friendly.
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#7 Posted : Tuesday, January 30, 2018 12:59:53 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: shebs Go to Quoted Post
Keep in mind the WI license expires at the end of March, not February like MN - i.e. don't buy until April unless you absolutely need to hop the river sooner.

As a Minnesotan, I find that there isn't much difference across the border aside from the sheer quantity of water in WI compared to MN, and the access laws are a bit more angler friendly.


I could be wrong but I think buying a WI license in March goes through to the next year, kind of a grand-fathered in sort of thing.

I took some friends out a few years ago and I remember this being a concern but the licenses carried over.

If I were to just check out a spot or two I might buy single day licenses until I knew I'd spend more than a few times there.

I used to buy daily licenses when I went back to Iowa but realized I was fishing more and more, so just bought the non-res. annual.
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#8 Posted : Tuesday, January 30, 2018 2:42:33 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: madguy30 Go to Quoted Post


I could be wrong but I think buying a WI license in March goes through to the next year, kind of a grand-fathered in sort of thing.

I took some friends out a few years ago and I remember this being a concern but the licenses carried over.

If I were to just check out a spot or two I might buy single day licenses until I knew I'd spend more than a few times there.

I used to buy daily licenses when I went back to Iowa but realized I was fishing more and more, so just bought the non-res. annual.


That is true. Now that I think about it, somewhere towards the end of the March, licenses are available for the coming year.

Beware the one-days though - in MN, a one day license includes trout validation, in WI it does NOT. effectively doubles the cost of a one-day trout license for WI.

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winonaflyfactory  
#9 Posted : Tuesday, January 30, 2018 3:07:59 PM(UTC)
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Thank you very much for the additional information regarding the license stuff fellas.
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#10 Posted : Wednesday, January 31, 2018 6:12:10 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: winonaflyfactory Go to Quoted Post
Thank you very much for the additional information regarding the license stuff fellas.


WFF - Thanks for all you share on your blog and your YouTube channel. That is high quality work. Some of the best I've seen from midwest fly fishers.
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