Understand how fly lines work. Investigate different rod types. Put all the skills together with your casting style. We will practice on water. Then we will head out to fish the streams.
Spring brings different bugs than fall!
Stream side turning over rocks, identifying types of bugs, learning the stages of the bugs and translating them to the flies in our boxes or available to us. Understanding better what fish eat, the layer of the stream column each stage is in and what their action is to simulate their action will make you a better fisher.
Learn how fall GrassHopper fishing, terrestrials. Fall Hopper fishing is a visual delight as the big browns slam these flies! Casting near the shore grasses and fast, hard takes.
Aging, ability, skill, no matter the reason Shenanigans offers clinics on adaptive fishing Stratagies. Tina shows participants alternative ways to put waders and boots on, tie knots, organize flies and walk/ wade the streams.
A local legnd John Bethke invented the Pink Squirrel. One of the most effective nymphs in the Driftless area. The area is also home to multiple species of Crane Flies. Fish literally will jump out of the water to hit the crane flies. Learn how to fish these fun flies!
Requirements: Be able to cast well enough to get the fly where you intend and fish somewhat independently. I will be dividing my time between the number of participants that sign up for each event.
Personal Shopper help available, we can order gear and have it ready for pick up at the Athena & Artemis Women’s Fly Shop while you are in the Driftless. Or have it sent to your home after learning what you need after fishing in the Driftless.
Rods - what they are made of and what action they possess.
Learn how different rods cast differently, Rods will be supplied if you don't have your own. Bamboo, Glass and different actions of Graphite. Try them, cast them, by experience you will be improving your cast. We will learn them AND fish them!
Big Browns, Mice flies and Evening fishing. Put it all together and we call that Mousing!
Should be able to cast 30 feet and walk in the dark (with a light) casting in the darkness across the streams. We typically are standing on shore!
Meals & Lodging:
Recommend the West Fork Sports Club Cabins & Campground
Typical Gear needed: Polarized sunglasses, Hat, Head / Hat lamp , Wading Staff suggested Layers for fishing, evenings are cooler, Waders/ boots, net, Rod/ Reel (rentals available), Leaders, 4 & 5X , 7 – 9 foot long Your fishing gear for trout in the Driftless (if you don’t know what to bring email firstname.lastname@example.org for a list).
Options available based upon group agreements. Dinning together. Driftless Café, Chef Luke Zahm won James Bard Restaurant Award or other local area venue such as KOS & Wonderstate Coffee House, Visiting the Driftless Angler Fly shop where Geri Meyer has specialized in carrying gear and clothing for women fly fishers.