Kip Vieth, Wildwood Float Trips, MN

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Monticello, Minnesota

Kip Vieth, Wildwood Float Trips, MN

Overview

2015 Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide of the Year Finalist

The Upper Midwest Premier Smallmouth Destination! Wildwood Float Trips is located on the banks of the Upper Mississippi River. We offer the finest guided float trips in the Upper Midwest. Wildwood floats the Upper Mississippi, St.Croix, Rum, Kettle, and the St. Louis Rivers, from the comfort and ease of a Clackacraft drift boat.

Beautiful Minnesota summers and magnificent beauty of the rivers we float provide the back drop for a day with Wildwood. The sheer excitement that the Smallmouth Bass provides for the fly fisherman is second to none. The reckless strikes and fight are legendary. Minnesota rivers offer the some of the finest Smallmouth fisheries in the country. Wildwood Float Trips offers a western style fishing experience in our safe and comfortable Clackacraft Drift Boat.

About Us
Whether its teaching someone a new technique or just chatting at lunch, rest assured you not be disappointed with your guide. A skilled guide is more than someone to take you fishing or hunting. We at Wildwood are friends, teachers and someone you can trust to give you the best day on the water or in the field.

Wildwood is a fully licensed and insured outfitting service. Wildwood Float Trips is licensed as a guide in Wisconsin and a business partner of the National Parks Service on the St. Croix River.

My passion for the outdoors is something I love to share. I have spent the last 25+ year pursuing both fin and fowl. I enjoy exposing my customers to the treasure that God has created for us. It can be the strike of a bass, the beauty of a river, or a flush of a Ruffed Grouse in the dazzling Autumn woods. Sharing with people the gifts of the Creator is something I truly cherish. It is always my goal to pass some of those experiences and skills on to my clients.

Gear

What Should Customers Bring

Fly Rod and Reel Gear
1. Smallmouth Bass: We strongly recommend a modern 8 ½’ to 9’ graphite fly rod matched to a 7 or 8 weight, weight forward, Bass Bug taper (RIO Smallmouth, SA Titan Taper, Orvis Bankshot)floating fly line. The rod should be matched with a durable, click-drag or disc drag reel capable of holding the fly line and 100 yards of 20 lb backing.

Although lighter rods can be used to catch smallmouth bass, we use 8-weights primarily because they allow the angler to cast large flies with ease and quickly fight a fish in heavy current (critical to releasing a fish with best possibility of survival).

2.For Musky we recommend a 9ft 10-12 wt modern graphite fly rod matched with a intermediate sink tip line. (Rio Musky) The rod should be matched with a disc drag reel with 100 yards of 35lb backing.

Misc. gear that is needed
1. A valid Wisconsin/Minnesota fishing license.(Depends on what water we are fishing and what state you are a resident of. Your guide will clarify this for you if you have questions)

In addition, we strongly recommend the following:

2. Polarized sunglasses-MUST HAVE (eye protection)
3. Raingear
4. Clothing appropriate to weather conditions: (e.g. quick drying shirts and shorts/pants in summer; fleece for cooler weather)
5. Sunscreen and bug dope
6. Small towel
7. Change of clothes
8. Sandals or other shoes that can get wet (for getting in/out of driftboat)
9. Camera
10. Binoculars
11. Personal medication (if needed)

We are more than happy to recommend flies, but given the constantly-changing feeding habits of our quarry and seasonal insect hatches, we recommend you or talk to your guide for specific fly patterns and sizes.

Species

Species

Driftless Area Trout Trips (Walk and Wade): Species: Brown, Brook, and Rainbow Trout. Trout season is January thru the beginning of June. Peak trout fishing occurs the end of March thru early June.

Smallmouth Bass Float Trips: Species: Smallmouth Bass are the primary target, but Northern Pike, Musky, Carp can also be caught on these floats. These floats are offered May thru November, with peak times from May till early June and July thru September.

Musky Float Trips: Species: Musky are the primary target, but Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike are not uncommon on these trips. The season for these trips is mid-September thru ice up (mid to late November). Peak season is October till Ice Up.

Reviews

Kip Vieth, Wildwood Float Trips, MN is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 52.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great experience with Kip I have fished with guides in many states and a few countries. Kip is by far the best. He is a great guy, definitely knows his craft and has taught me a lot over the years. We fished SE MN. yesterday and I lost count of fish by lunchtime. MN. has excellent trout fishing and not overly crowded. Do you self a favor and book a day with Kip.
Date published: 2016-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kip does it again!! Second trip I've booked with Kip and I am looking forward to our next trip. As far as guides go, Kip hits all the marks - good guide, good guy and he gets customer service. Lots of laughs and lots of fish...what else could you ask for.
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great day on the water with Kip! Kip and Bob led a group of four of us on a guided float trip down the Root River in SE Minnesota. We had a really great day on the water. We floated the river in their drift boats, but when we arrived at our target areas, we waded exclusively, i.e. we didn't fish from the boats, which was our preference. This allowed us to bypass less productive stretches and access more remote areas that would have otherwise required a long hike. Kip really knows the river well and put us in great spots for success. We had great nymph and dry fly action. I've used a number of guides over the years, but Kip is one of the very best. I highly recommend him.
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most fun I've had fishing I have fish with Kip a hand fun of times and this last trip was the most fun I've ever had fishing. Kip helped me land my 1st and 2nd Muskie. My fishing partner also got his 1st Muskie and he is hiked. We are all ready talking about next year. If you want to have fun, and catch some big fish then Kip is your guide.
Date published: 2015-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Experience I had a wonderful time Musky fishing with Kip Vieth of Wildwood Float Trips for three gorgeous days of late Summer in upper Minnesota. There's no substitute for a guide's knowledge of a river and the successful techniques needed to catch specific fish. Kip knows his stuff and is both patient and supportive of anglers of all abilities. He definitely takes care of his clients.
Date published: 2015-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Looking Muskie River I just returned from 3 intense days of fly fishing for Muskies with 3 fishing buds. We fished very hard all 3 days, but I never connected. One friend landed a nice 42 incher. Kip and his other guide, Gabe were excellent. We had a great time in Big Falls, MN, lots of good food, drinks, joking and fishing. None of us had ever seen boat "ramps" quite like these, but the guides did a great job launching and pulling the drift boats, and didn't seem phased by the ramps. We had great weather and an overall 5 star weekend. I would highly recommend this trip for anyone who wants to try for the fish of 10,000 casts....make that 30,000 casts ;)
Date published: 2015-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great Smallmouth Trip This is the second time smallmouth fishing with Kip at Wildwood float trips. He is a fantastic guide and even better person.
Date published: 2015-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great Day With Wildwood For several years I have fished with Kip and Wildwood Float trips and we always have a blast! Kip and all of their other guides are great! They work hard to put you in position to catch a lot of fish and are a pleasure to be with. This is something that I really look forward to every year!
Date published: 2015-08-31
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Kip Vieth
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide
Wildwood Float Trips
Monticello, MN 55362
612-723-7438

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