Show Notes: wetflyswing.com/319
Bill Sherer, owner of the We Tie It fly shop, takes us to the Musky capital of the world and the 2nd state in the US with the most lakes. Today, we’re fly fishing Wisconsin. There’s a whole different game in catching these fish that are monstrous in size and Bill shares some tactics to get more opportunities in landing them. They are called “Fish of 10 Thousand Casts” for a reason and we find out why. We talk about the recommended gear for muskies, which flies are the most effective, and the best times to go after them.
Fly Fishing Wisconsin Show Notes with Bill Sherer
04:30 – Russ Miller from Umpqua Feather Merchants was on the podcast at WFS 303
05:10 – Bill states that “Walmart does more business in a day than what the fly fishing industry as a whole does in a year”
08:00 – The first fish that Bill caught was a brook trout when he was about 8 years
08:30 – Bill’s parents owned a boys and girls summer camp – he used to sell worms to the campers
09:25 – Bill became an engineer and got into a school bus business where he was the chief of maintenance for about 20 years – he eventually quit after getting stressed with it
10:50 – Bill opened a fly shop just before the movie, A River Runs Through It came out
14:30 – Fishing season starts in mid-May in North Wisconsin when bugs start hatching and the water has warmed up enough
15:30 – Tim Landwehr is also in the Northeast part of Wisconsin – Tim was on the podcast at WFS 273
16:30 – Hendricksons are the first major hatch of the year, followed by mother’s day caddis, sulfurs, brown drakes, etc.
18:30 – Bill does some zoom fly tying classes in winter when the fishing is off
20:25 – Tim Flagler was on the podcast at WFS 279
25:30 – Wisconsin is the musky capital of the world
29:25 – Walleyes are having a difficult time producing in Wisconsin lakes – these fish are declining because of water temperature changes and global warning
38:30 – Use a fly that looks like bluegill and is not bigger than 6 inches
39:50 – One of the most effective flies for muskies is the Big Green
41:00 – Bill recommends the Cortland Ghost Tip fly line but only for springtime – but in September, Bill recommends a Compact Intermediate fly line
43:25 – Bill casts behind the fish’s tail and animates the fly a little to get the fish’s attention
53:40 – The biggest musky they landed was close to 40 pounds and it wasn’t hooked – the fly was way inside that fish’s throat
57:00 – Bill talks about 75-80 feet casting distances of open lake fishing
59:30 – Wisconsin’s got thousands of lakes – within a half-hour around Bill, there are about 5000 lakes
1:00:25 – Bill builds and sells Northwoods Inflatables Pontoon Raft – 2 man and 3 man
1:01:42 – Wisconsin’s got a DNR website where you can look up whatever lake you want and it’ll tell you all about it – access, fish population, etc.
1:05:00 – Bill recommends Chippewa Rods
1:06:15 – We talk about conservation and Trout Unlimited
1:07:55 – Bill used to play basketball at the University of Wisconsin – he was a power forward with The Badgers and used to play with Carl Pickens and Danny Lure
Fly Fishing Wisconsin Conclusion with Bill Sherer
Bill and I talked about musky fly fishing in Wisconsin. I am amazed at how different the approach is to catching these fish. I learned a lot for sure. Although I’m not sure if I’m prepared for muskies, this is definitely going on the bucket list. Hopefully, I could try fishing them with Bill down the line. Have you ever tried fishing for muskies? Let me know in the comments about your experience.
Show Notes: wetflyswing.com/319