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Old 01-06-2014, 09:19 PM
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I am from Wisconsin and am new to fly fishing. I have caught some trout on stocked ponds, but this year I would like to start fishing on creeks and rivers. A lot of the creeks and rivers around me are very wooded and would be hard to cast in. Could anybody give me some advice with the casting and just fishing in general.

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Old 01-06-2014, 10:06 PM
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I'll say welcome to the forum, it's a beautiful state you live in. There will be lots of great advice here related to casting and fishing small streams. I'll say that fishing those streams will cost you a lot of flies and tippet material but it will make you a better caster.
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to the forum.Fishing small creeks is exciting...practise your roll cast and your bow and arrow cast...
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Welcome !

You will find this site to be one of your best resources for advise and information, do not refrain from asking a question. I would recommend that after you get settled on the rod and other gear (This will evolve with time ) when that perfect spring day comes and you hike down to the river, find that perfect spot with pools, undercut banks and runs with nice boulders that large dominant trout are holding behind and than you see 3 or 4 rises ....

This is the time to do nothing at all !

Sit down and watch the rises, what type of rise is it ? Read the water, what is the best way to work it and not spook the fish? What are they feeding on ? Turn over a few rocks and see what is living there. You don't have to know their scientific names but what color are they? size? do they have tails ? how many tails and legs?

A neat little book I got yrs. ago that helps is "Hatch Guide For New England Streams" by Tomas Ames Jr. perhaps they have one for your parts?

Slow down and enjoy the journey and may it be a long and pleasurable one !

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Hi & Welcome.
Even though I haven't been to WI maybe one day I will I've Been there done all that & JP has given some good advise & even though Fishing Small Creeks & Rivers can sometimes be a Pain it's Good Fun Getting Caught in Trees & Bushes & negotiating Places when after you return home you wishes you hadn't.
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If you've got the money, a guided trip is an excellent way to learn how to fish a certain area. Mat over at The Driftless Angler is fantastic, and at $225+tip for a day, a pretty good price for a guide.

Also, you'll lose a lot of flies starting out. Don't worry about it too much.
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Also, you'll lose a lot of flies starting out. Don't worry about it too much.
Take up tying too, not only will you learn about the insects and the imitations but you will save a few bucks too. Even if you just tie the simple "must haves" i.e. Hare's ear nymph" you will be saving since you will lose quite a few.

"If your not ticking the bottom and losing a few flies your not in the zone" - Dave WitlocK
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The others have already given solid advice, so I will just say Welcome to the Forum! You live in a great area for fly fishing, looking forward to reading about your fly fishing adventures.

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Wisconsin is a huge state, what parts do you call home?

the driftless area, the sw portion of the state might not be anywhere close to you. if it is close there are many streams with sections of open pasture. those are much easier to cast

what type of fly rod or rods do you have, length and weight, that makes a big difference as to what you should be chasin

if you dont own any fly rods yet, what target species most interests you in regards to fly fishing

wisconsin has great smallmouth rivers that may be the easiest to learn the basics on. typically a bit more casting room, but we also have the finest trout streams in the midwest, some awesome great lakes tribs to chase salmon and steelhead, as well as some great musky water.

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typically a bit more casting room, but we also have the finest trout streams in the midwest,
Hailing from Minnesota, I take objection to that! What we lack in quantity, we make up for with increased quality and a DNR devoted to acquiring easements and habitat restoration.

Plus, we have winter trout season.

Oh, and one more pointer for the OP:

Weighted size 12 natural and orange scuds are absolutely deadly in the Driftless. Fish them below an indicator deep enough that you're ticking the bottom. Aim for where runs and rapids enter pools and you'll do just fine in the Driftless Region.

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Take up tying too, not only will you learn about the insects and the imitations but you will save a few bucks too. Even if you just tie the simple "must haves" i.e. Hare's ear nymph" you will be saving since you will lose quite a few.

"If your not ticking the bottom and losing a few flies your not in the zone" - Dave WitlocK
The biggest advantage of tying your own flies is that you get to tie them exactly how you want them.
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