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Punmaster  
#1 Posted : Saturday, April 27, 2019 8:06:18 PM(UTC)
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Throughout my first year last year of fly fishing, it seems all the streams near me are just to small to make it enjoyable with a fly rod. If anyone has any expertise in the area it would be much appreciated. I am willing to travel about a half an hour in any direction. Thanks all
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#2 Posted : Saturday, April 27, 2019 9:18:39 PM(UTC)
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There's the Mississippi, that should be big enough. Not a lot of trout on it, but you could fly fish for warm water fish along its shores.

Most Driftless Area trout streams in your area are not large, but they are, for me, certainly large enough for me to enjoy with a fly rod; in fact, I fly fish Driftless streams just about exclusively. Within 90 minutes at least into Wisconsin is what I consider some of the best fly fishing in the country.

Go to the Wisconsin DNR page and query "Trout Maps." You'll find every stream that has trout on it for every county in the state; start with Vernon, I guess. There are enough streams in Vernon to last a lifetime, and there are many other counties with great trout fishing farther afield.

If you're talking stream fly fishing for musky, pike, other warm water species, others will have to help you.
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#3 Posted : Saturday, April 27, 2019 11:12:22 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Punmaster Go to Quoted Post
Throughout my first year last year of fly fishing, it seems all the streams near me are just to small to make it enjoyable with a fly rod. If anyone has any expertise in the area it would be much appreciated. I am willing to travel about a half an hour in any direction. Thanks all


I’d get on google earth with another computer tab open with the DNR Trout Maps. Or better yet, have those Trout maps open next to you on the table.

As for the travel distance, you’ll generally find better fishing when you get away from large metropolitan areas. I’ll drive 5 hours one way to Salmon fish for a day if the run is hot.

Timber Coulee, Coon Creek, La Crosse, W Fk Kickapoo, you’ve got lots of great water to explore. There’s some great Brook Trout water to the north, but you’re gonna have to put the leg work in to find it.
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madguy30  
#4 Posted : Sunday, April 28, 2019 2:45:59 AM(UTC)
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Use a shorter leader and learn the roll cast.

I once felt the same way about most trout water and totally changed over time.
EddieRivard  
#5 Posted : Sunday, April 28, 2019 2:52:34 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Punmaster Go to Quoted Post
Throughout my first year last year of fly fishing, it seems all the streams near me are just to small to make it enjoyable with a fly rod. If anyone has any expertise in the area it would be much appreciated. I am willing to travel about a half an hour in any direction. Thanks all


What is it about smaller streams that inhibits your ability to enjoy fishing them with the fly rod? It seems as though there are at least a dozen fly fishable streams within 30 minutes of Lacrosse. Have you ever tried Coon Creek? Sorry if I just let the cat out of the bag on someone's secret stream. ThumpUp
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#6 Posted : Sunday, April 28, 2019 7:26:14 AM(UTC)
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Come to trapfest and I will give you some casting lessons.
Spend a day with a guide.
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Mark Dahlquist  
#7 Posted : Monday, April 29, 2019 2:15:33 AM(UTC)
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Little La Crosse. I'm told some tanks around. Low numbers thing maybe.
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William Schlafer  
#8 Posted : Monday, April 29, 2019 2:33:07 PM(UTC)
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I always enjoy those fishing shows where the host is standing in a 100 yard wide raging river and says: "Today were fishing this small Montana stream..."

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madguy30  
#9 Posted : Monday, April 29, 2019 2:52:03 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: William Schlafer Go to Quoted Post
I always enjoy those fishing shows where the host is standing in a 100 yard wide raging river and says: "Today were fishing this small Montana stream..."

RollEyes


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Yeah and many, many places including bigger streams require adjustment to casting since fish tend to be along the banks in slower water.
WI-fly  
#10 Posted : Monday, April 29, 2019 7:34:19 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Punmaster Go to Quoted Post
Throughout my first year last year of fly fishing, it seems all the streams near me are just to small to make it enjoyable with a fly rod. If anyone has any expertise in the area it would be much appreciated. I am willing to travel about a half an hour in any direction. Thanks all


I fish La Crosse County a lot and love it. Hit me up at curtrees@gmail.com if you want to learn more. Plenty of publicly accessible water and not a lot of pressure.
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