May 30, 2021

I Love the Driftless

There's just something about this region of southwest Wisconsin that amazes upon each and every pilgrimage. The rolling green hills, the cold spring creeks, the voracious trout; it's wonderfully unique and intoxicating. 

Now I don't consider myself a very good trout angler. Once upon a time I was on the path to perhaps becoming one, but ever since moving to Florida, I just don't get to fish for trout frequently enough to really advance my skills.

That said, upon entering the Driftless, I always seem to punch above my weight class. The fishing can be just that good. It's the kind of place that satisfies, no matter one's skill level.

Two weeks ago I met up with a half dozen fixed-line friends for five days of camping, fishing, and camaraderie. Our base camp was in the Viroqua, Wisconsin area, ideal to launch off in any direction for a full day of fishing and fun. It was a trip I won't forget soon, and honestly there's no reason to want to.

Here are more than a few photos from that week.

Jonathan stalking


Matt laying low


Jason fishing some pretty water


Greg's rookie tenkara experience


Greg working the pool







I even got to finally meet Len Harris...

Brats!

Jonathan at the vise








7 comments:

  1. Wonderful! I'd like to get out there sometime. It's a really long drive from Idaho though!

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    1. I hear you Tom. 19 hours in the car from JAX to Viroqua. Met Jason & Greg in Atlanta and carpooled together the last 14. Couldn't have driven it solo.

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    2. Heck Tom, fish your way there, making sure you stop by SE Mn.

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  2. If anyone knows the driftless, it's Len Harris. Since I'll never get there to fish, thanks for taking us along.

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  3. Thanks for sharing your visit. Glad you had a good time. I think I fished those same waters near Viroqua a few years back and did pretty well.

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  4. Great series of photos, Michael. I felt like I was on the trip with you. You look pleased as punch in the photo with Len Harris!

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  5. Michael
    Every report I've read about this place is always postive. You guys are doing it right by staying longer and getting to fish numbers of areas. I met a guy at our gym the other day and he said summer is not the best time to fish the place becasue of the mosquitos---I told him a few mosquitos bites would be worth it to land trout on some awesome spring feed streams. Thanks for sharing

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