Wisconsin is blessed with over 13,000 miles of beautiful trout streams that have prolific mayfly, stonefly and caddis hatches which create great opportunities for fly fishing for brook, rainbow and brown trout throughout the trout season. The state also offers a variety of stream types to fly fish, from the spring creeks of the driftless area in Southwest Wisconsin to the freestone rivers of central and northern Wisconsin and the Great Lake tributaries for steelhead and salmon fishing.
Most of the content found on the WiFlyFisher website is dedicated to fly fishing for trout in Northern Wisconsin. Although, much of the information will also apply to any of the trout streams in Wisconsin, including the driftless area trout streams.
The website also includes a listing of the local fly shops and fly fishing guides found throughout Wisconsin with links to their websites for more detailed information about local trout streams, hatches and fly fishing equipment and fly tying materials.
The freestone trout streams of northern Wisconsin offers many fly fishing opportunities to catch wild brown, brook and rainbow trout while immersed in beautiful forest scenery. There is something truly special about wading in the iron-colored northern rivers surrounded by tall majestic pines, deep blue skies and watching deer, eagles and other forest creatures in their natural setting.
Northern Wisconsin freestone trout streams, such as the Bois Brule River and Namekagon River have an abundance of mayfly, stonefly, caddisflies and other aquatic insects that hatch throughout the Wisconsin trout fishing season. If you are not familiar with the various mayfly species that hatch on Wisconsin trout streams see the Wisconsin Mayfly Hatch Chart. For more detailed information to help fly fishermen understand more details about the various mayfly hatches, including preferred nymph habitat, general time of day emergence times and spinner falls see Overview of the Wisconsin Mayfly Characteristics. For the Wisconsin trout fishing regulations see: Wisconsin Inland Trout fishing regulations 2016-2017.
In recent years the Wisconsin DNR has extended the inland trout season both in the Spring and Fall. The early Spring extended trout season goes from the first Saturday in January until the regular inland trout season starts in May. Trout fishing at this time is all catch and release and artificial flies and lures only. The early season allows fly fishermen the chance to fish the early stonefly hatches and the start of the Hendrickson mayfly hatch (Ephemerella subvaria) as well. In the Fall, the inland trout season has been extended a couple of weeks into mid-October which is a great time to experience trout eagerly feeding on a blue wing olive mayflies or throwing streamer fly patterns for large, hungry brown trout..
A new section has been added to the website dedicated to Wisconsin's trout fly patterns that originated here in Wisconsin by Wisconsin fly tiers - Click here for Wisconsin Fly Patterns.