Booking your trip

How far in advance should I book my trip?

The short answer: ASAP. The sooner you get it in your calendar, the sooner you can look forward to your trip. Our smallmouth schedule fills up especially fast with most prime dates taken by the end of April. Don’t be afraid to book a year out if your schedule permits.

I’m a beginner at fly fishing—are these trips for me?

We pride ourselves on teaching. You’re not alone, we take out greenhorns all the time, we’ve all got to start somewhere right? Hiring a guide is one of the best ways to learn.

When is the best time to go?

This depends on the type of fish you're looking to catch. This guide should help you:

  • Trout: Mid-March thru the end of May
  • Smallmouth: June through September (The Crash is best during June and July)
  • Toothy Critters: Pike are great in the spring, especially following ice-out into May. Musky season opens the first Saturday in May, while we do prefer the fall for a chance at a trophy fish. September cold snap through October.

Preparing for your trip

What should I bring along?

A Valid Wisconsin Fishing License*

 *The proper license is required. No license, no fishing. If we must wait for you to get your license it is counted against your time.

Gear

 Warm-water (Smallmouth)

  • 7-8 wt rod paired with WF floating line.
  • Any flies you may have tied.
  • Wet wading clothes, quick drying (no cotton) Synthetic materials are best. 
  • Sun hat and lotion
  • Water shoes of some sort (crocs, keens, Tevas, an old pair of sneekers, etc)
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Rain Jacket
  • Good attitude 
  • You are welcome to bring a few beers if you desire, please keep it within reason. NO GLASS ALLOWED

 Trout

  • 3-5 wt rod (if you have one, if not please let me know)
  • Any flies you may have tied and would like to try.
  • Breathable waders (Jan. – May) or Wet wading clothes (Ideal July-September), quick drying (no cotton) Synthetic materials are best. 
  • Sun hat and lotion
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Rain Jacket
  • Good attitude 
  • You are welcome to bring a few beers if you desire, please keep it within reason.

What size rod do I need?

This depends on the type of fish you'll be catching:

  • Trout: 3-5 weight, 8.5-9 ft.
  • Smallmouth: 7-8 weight, 9 ft.
  • Toothy Critters: 8-12 weight, 9 ft.

What time does my trip start?

This is dependent on the time of year and the conditions the day of fishing. Generally speaking, we will start between the hours of 6AM – 9AM.

How long is a “guide day”?

  • Full day – 8 hours
  • Half day – 4 hours

Please be courteous of our time, our guide has been paid for said amount of time, staying past that time should not be expected. If you are out longer than your given time, be sure to thank your guide as they are doing you a favor and still need to clean their boat and prepare for the next day’s guide trip.

Do we still fish if the weather is bad?

Weather is uncontrollable, that’s the bottom line. Bad weather doesn’t always mean bad fishing however. Some of our best days have been on some of the most challenging days weather-wise. We will fish rain or shine as long as we are safe (no lightning). If there is wiggle room to reschedule we will allow you the option. This is on a trip by trip basis. Come prepared to fish in whatever mother nature throws at us. 

Should I tip my guide?

Generally, as a starting point, consider tipping your guide 10% of the trip cost. If the guide went above and beyond it wouldn't be unusual to increase your tip to 15% or even 20%. Visit this guide for more information.

Payments, cancellations and refund policy

When and how do I pay for the trip?

We require a 50% deposit to hold your date. Upon deciding on a date(s), we will send you an invoice to an email provided. The invoice can be paid via mailed check or electronic bank transfer. Full payment is due prior to entering your guided session. 

What payment options do you offer?

We offer cash, check, or electronic bank transfer. We prefer you pay using the options listed in the invoice however we do except Venmo and Paypal (bank transfers only)

Is there a refund for cancelling my trip?

Cancellations made at least 14 days prior to the scheduled date will receive a full refund. Cancellations made within 13-7 days prior to the scheduled date will forfeit 50% of the cost of the trip. Cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the scheduled date of the trip will forfeit the full cost of the trip.  If we have to cancel a trip for reasons beyond our control (weather / conditions ), you will receive a full refund.  In most situations, we will reschedule the trip on a mutually available date.

Should I tip my guide?

Generally, as a starting point, consider tipping your guide 10% of the trip cost. If the guide went above and beyond it wouldn't be unusual to increase your tip to 15% or even 20%. Visit this guide for more information.

Lodging and accommodations

Which trips offer overnight camping?

Our annual camps are designed to be overnight trips. Trout Camp and Crash Camp. Some folks book multiple days and we are happy to recommend lodging.

Do you have suggestions for places to stay around the area?

If you plan to stay in the area, please let us know and we will help you find lodging that fits your needs. For starters, check out this list of options around the area.

Allergies & special needs

I have a food allergy or dietary restrictions, what should I do?

First thing is to inform us of your concern. We will do our best to fit your needs but cannot guarantee it. You may be asked to provide your own food option.