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Everything but the squeal Smallmouth fun on the Menominee River by Tom Davis – Tuesday, Jul 5th, 2016 A smallmouth bass was rushing Winston Ostrow’s bug in skinny water, pushing a tsunami-sized bow wave, and I was squealing like a little girl. OhmygodWinstondoyouseethatherehecomesohmygodthat’sunbelievable … Unlike me, Winston kept his wits about him—which is to say, he didn’t fall apart like a cheap suit and yank his bug off the water before the smallie could crush it. He coolly waited for the eat, and when it came—in a sudden, savage boil—he set the hook. The bass shot out of the Menominee…

Two Spots for Bolivia just opened up!

  Two spots just opened up for this trip of a lifetime!  This is by far the most exotic and my favorite destination in the world.  This year we are doing something a bit different and not staying at the lodge. I have worked out details with the lodge manager for a camp trip far up the Itrasams and Pluma Rivers.  We will be taking dug out canoes upstream and camping each night with our guides deeper and deeper into the Bolivian Jungle.  This is very rare to have a couple of spots open up for this trip during prime…

April Fishing Report

                        Tributary Report   A lack of rain, 80 degree days and the fact that our snow has been gone for almost two months now has made the steelhead fishing tricky.  Most of the rivers north of Sheboygan are getting very low and have had good numbers of suckers now for a couple weeks.  There are still fish around, but be prepared to fish low-light, rainy days and use smaller flies/tippets than you normally would.  The rivers from Sheboygan to Racine are in much better shape and are holding…

Two minutes and sixteen seconds of awesome.

I thought this was a great video to share. Enjoy! Testify is a visual poem adapted from the essay “Testament of a Fisherman” published in 1964 by Michigan author John Voelker. Over 50 years later we filmed this video on and around the author’s home waters of Marquette County on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula because we believe the pure trout waters and relaxed pace of life of this region haven’t changed much. Today the need for time on a river and reconnection with nature are more important than ever–and Voelker’s words still ring true. Produced by: Music: “Rise” by Tony…

Fish The Driftless With Charlie!

Charlie has a few Spring Creek guide days left in April!
 Early spring can bring some of the absolute best fishing the Driftless Area has to offer!  For that reason, Charlie Piette packs his bags and spends the entire month of April guiding in Vernon County.  Due to a few cancellations this year, he has had some premium dates open up.  Call the shop at 920-336-4106 to reserve your day and cross your fingers for caddis! 
April Dates Available:
* 5-8
* 14-15
* 18
* 20-22
***Lodging also available upon request***     

A Few Great Spring Steelhead Patterns

  Spring Steelhead Patterns From The Pros Brule River X-Legs with Damian Wilmot This is a must have Brule River fly for Steelhead.  Watch Fly By Night guide Damian Wilmot tie this essential Brule nymph.  Check out all of our videos at and take a look at Fly By Night Guide Service to book a steelhead trip with Damian at   Dave’s Eat A Peach Leech Check out Midwest legend Dave Pinczkowski tie the Eat A Peach Leech.  Dave has been a long time friend of Tight Lines Fly Fishing Co. and were are lucky enough to film…

A Video Primer on Spring Steel

With such an unseasonably warm spring the steelhead are now in full swing.  This is a steelhead video primer the shop did a number of years ago to help you understand the basics of spring steelhead in the midwest.  Stop in the shop with any questions and we hope you enjoy these couple of videos. For the beginner this is a basic primer on rigging for spring steelhead with Tight Lines guide Nate Sipple The popularity of fishing steelhead with beads has been growing and so have the questions.  This is a short video segment on rigging a bead.  …