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Old 01-25-2011, 11:45 PM
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hello guys,
i'm in the works planning a trip this spring to sw wisconsin. i have some leads through some contact with the "driftless angler fly shop" out of verona but am still totally new to this area.

any and all input would be greatly appreciated.


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I was over there last summer with a buddy of mine. The streams were all blown out due to a massive rainfall. However, we did find some good water thanks to the guys at the Driftless Angler. My buddy caught the biggest trout of the trip (14" brookie and 16" brown) on a small leech pattern worked through some stained riffles. Bead-headed scuds worked the best in clear water. Not sure if that holds true in the springtime, though.

Definitely check out the Driftless Angler website if you haven't already. The owner maintains a blog during the season with stream reports, fishing conditions, and what's working.

Also, be prepared for weather. What you want to fish might not be fishable if there's a heavy rainfall. The Spring Coulee branch of the Timber Coulee is one of the first streams in the area to clear out after a massive rainfall.

We stayed at the Hickory Hill Motel. It was a bit of a dive, but nice and clean at a good price. The owner is a great guy who loves to talk trout. He shared his favorite locations with us, and they paid off for us.
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Casey: Send LenHarris a PM, he is a forum member and has fished that area for years, he should be able to answer all your questions. You might also use the search function on the web site and search for "driftless area" you should see a number of posts that Len has posted on fishing that area.

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Feel free to send me a PM, I live in WI and fish out there often.
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Also, If you like to camp the Westfork sportsmans club kickapoo is a cheap and great place to stay. Its literally right on the West fork which is a trophy brown trout fishery, the best part though is the knowledge walking around at the camp ground!
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