Our trout season opens the first Saturday in March and runs until the last Sunday in September. Our warmwater season starts around mid-May and ends in late October.
All trips include:
Lunch, snacks, and drinks.
Transportation to and from the river.
Equipment is provided and includes all flies.
Tucked away in the coulee area of southwestern Wisconsin are many spring-fed streams that create the perfect habitat for trout. The excellent fishing opportunities, beautiful scenery, and quiet solitude have garnered new respect for this area. These small streams, once undiscovered jewels, have gained national recognition through articles published in magazines and books. Wild brown trout are the primary quarry on these true limestone spring creeks. These aggressive fish, which naturally reproduce, sport beautiful coloration. Catch-and-release areas have allowed numbers and size of fish to increase, and fish up to 18 inches are not uncommon.
Wisconsin is blessed with many clear, free-flowing rivers full of smallmouth, pike, and muskie. Spend a day floating down one of these rivers in the comfort of one of our driftboats with fly rod in hand. Your day will start with the mist coming off the water and the fish ready to attack your fly. Somewhere around midday, we will pull off on one of the many gravel bars for one of our famous shore lunches. After lunch, the best fishing time of the day awaits. The river is warmed and ready to show you what it is made of. After an enjoyable day of fishing and instruction, your day will end leaving you with a feeling of satisfaction.
Early Season (March - April)
Weather can be cold and there is always a chance of snow. We always have a few days of warm sunny weather to help cure cabin fever. This is one of my favorite times of the year; you can have the stream all to yourself and the fish are hungry after a long winter. The water conditions can be cold and sometimes cloudy. At this time of year we do not need to get to the stream early. We try to time our fishing to the most pleasant time of the day. The bugs and fish like warm sunshine just like you do, so fish when you think the weather is the best and you will have a great day.
Late Spring / Early Summer (April - June) Weather will be cool in the morning and warming up as the day moves along. We will have some very warm days in May and June. Some days may be rainy so bring along your rain gear. With the warmer days the fish are starting to look up. Hatches are getting in full swing. This is the time of year we fish mainly dry flies. Most of the area hatches are in full swing. We do fish nymphs at this time of year, but we fish them as they emerge. Starting in June the weather will be hot and sunny. Most of the late spring hatches will be finished and we start to fish mainly terrestrials and caddis, beetles, hoppers, ants, and small nymphs.
Summer (July - August) July and August will see spring-creek temperatures getting into the high 70s and low 80s. When temperatures get this warm, we shift our fishing to the warmwater species. Trout do not handle higher water temperatures well, but the smallmouths just love them. We fish from a driftboat and sometimes wade the flats and sand bars of the rivers we fish. Equipment will be a 6-, 7-, or 8-wt. rod in 9 ft. length. Most all the fishing is done with a floating line. Flies range from crawfish to baitfish imitation. Most all the strikes are on the surface or near it. It is very exciting to see a smallmouth explode on your surface fly.
Fall (September - October) The weather is starting to change from the hot days of summer. The temperatures will be cool in the morning and evening. Many days will be sunny and pleasant. Fall colors will be starting, making the landscape come alive. The streams will be low and very clear. The fish will be looking up, feeding on terrestrials, late season mayflies, and small caddis. The fish know this is the end of the season and are feeding heavily for winter. Our trout season closes at the end of September. October shifts our focus back to warm water and we start hunting muskies and pike.
Appropriate clothing for the season
Sunglasses and a hat
For wade trips, you will need to bring waders or hip boots
Overall: 5.0 / 5 based on 121 reviews
121 of 121 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Fantastic Experience -
I bought a day trip for my dad's birthday and we had such a great time. David was an incredible instructor who took the time to have us practice casting, making sure our form was good before we fished the stream. He took us to a few different locations and it really made the overall experience wonderful. Very knowledgeable guide and we will definitely be going back!
September Driftless -
This was an excellent guided trip in the Wisconsin Driftless area. Dave and Scott were great teachers and outstanding guides. We are looking forward to our next trip!! Thank you -
Smallmouth on the WI River -
By: Edj336 from Madison, WI, USA
Spent a day with Dave- fantastic! lots of fish- great activity. Dave put the boat in all the right spots and we killed it. Boats were great, equipment was great, people were great. Highly recommend Dave and his team.
best fly fishing guide -
By: fish729 from Madison, WI, USA
My wife and I were lucky enough to spend a day with Dave Barron. He has all the qualities we were looking for in guide: knowledgeable, patient, friendly, a great instructor, and he put us on a number of large fish. He helped both of us improve our casting. I have fished with numerous guides in various states and countries and he is easily the best I have spent time with. Furthermore, lunch was awesome. If you have an opportunity to fish around Madison, Wisconsin I highly recommend him.
Great Instruction/Experience -
By: EMSilverman from Highland Park, IL, USA
We had an excellent day with Dave. He is a great teacher with great patience, and is extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend. Look forward to my next trip soon.
Extreme Wind -
By: Scrunchy from Spring Green, WI 53588, USA
We had a very good day in spite of extremely high winds. Dave knows fly fishing and put us into position to get the fly to the fish. He was very familiar with the water we fished. Lots of hard rowing! Cheerful in spite of the wind. His home-tied flies really produced. Good conversationalist and friendly personality. He was waiting for us at the meeting point and very organized. Lunch was good.
Great Trip -
By: 30inchbow from Dallas, TX
I had a great day of fishing on the Wisconsin River with Dave Barron. He is an experienced, friendly guide who worked hard all day to ensure we had the best opportunities for fish on a very windy day. His shore lunch was the best I have ever had.
great time -
By: firefisher from Western Springs, IL, USA
what a great weekend we had with Dave ,Nancy and Scott. We went with the expectation and hope that we would improve our casting and perhaps even our fishing skills. we hit a home run on both. We had a lot of fun as Dave, Scott and Nancy first helped us casting by giving us tips and helping us with things we could do better and then helped us fishing by sharing their intuition and experience on the river and in the streams. They shared their own incredible skills and years of experience with us in a way that just made you feel good about learning and getting better. I sense that from whatever skill level -from relative beginners like us to the grizzled veterans - your experience will be a comfortable ,fun and rewarding time. The area was absolutely beautiful, the rooms were exceptionally clean,modern,private and comfortable and the food was unbelievable. We are already planning our next trip.
Unbelievable Trip -
I went on a weekend fly fishing trip with my dad, uncle, and cousins. We were all very new to fly fishing and Dave had his work cut out for him. He and his guides spent time with us working on the basics of casting, setting the hook, and avoiding slack. It took awhile, but by the end of the weekend I was casting better than I ever had before. Not only was I casting better, but I was having a ton of fun fishing. All five of us on the trip greatly improved our casting and we are already planning a return trip for next spring. In addition to the excellent fishing instruction, the food provided was all home cooked and tasted absolutely delicious. All around fantastic experience. I would recommend using Dave as a guide to anyone. He was absolutely excellent.
No hook fishing -
By: JBfirsttimer from WI
Dave & Nancy were just super with fishing instructions and lodging. Could not get much better.