Despite the vast array of options the northwoods fly angler is blessed with, Minnesota and Wisconsin fly fishing musky trips have gained a great deal of publicity and popularity in the recent past. There’s something slightly twisted about devoting yourself to such a notoriously fickle pursuit, but the reward for spending countless hours on the water is well worth the price of admission. These river monsters can be truly unpredictable at times, but their devoted (and maybe slightly demented) followers know that time on the water is key. You have to be there, with your eyes wide open, when it goes down- ’cause you can’t make them bite, but when they decide to you’re unlikely to ever forget it.
Throwing big flies on big fly rods all day can be a bit like running a marathon. If you give in to that initial adrenaline and get too crazy right away you could very well be pretty burnt out halfway through. The trick is to pace yourself in a way that allows you to cover water consistently throughout the trip. There will be some silence, but there could just as well be some chaos- and that’s what it’s all about!
Taking advantage of the services of a river guide while on Minnesota and Wisconsin fly fishing musky trips is a great way for anglers of all skill levels to absorb some of the experience and information that only comes from time on the water. Time on the water is really what its all about because this is a game in which you just can’t say what will happen next- but you won’t see it from the couch! I firmly believe that sharing the knowledge I’ve gained in this slightly obsessive pursuit is what guiding is really all about and I enjoy it immensely!