Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Plover, WI

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Abe Downs

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide

Phone icon715-572-3225 Email iconinfo@greatnorthernflyfishing.com Link icongreatnorthernflyfishing.com
1020 Tree Lane
Plover, WI 54467

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The Story

Rely on the expertise of Orvis-endorsed guide Abe Downs for your fly-fishing trip to Wisconsin: Great Northern Fly Fishing offers professionalism that you won't find anywhere else in Northern Wisconsin. Every time you fish with Great Northern, you will feel like you are fishing with an old friend. Abe Downs goes above and beyond, whether you are a first-time guest or a repeat guest.

The good thing about fishing with Great Northern Fly Fishing is that all you need to do is show up. You are more than welcome to bring your own equipment but you really don't need to. Great Northern will provide all equipment, including rods, reels, flies, lunch, and drinks. Most importantly, with the years of fishing these rivers, Great Northern provides knowledge about the river and fish, taking the guesswork out of finding fish on your own. Using a drift boat and a raft to navigate the rivers, you will be comfortable the entire day.

Northern Wisconsin offers large expanses of untouched wilderness. The rivers offer a truly unique experience. You will feel like you are an explorer, finding an untouched gem. The granite of the north woods lines the bottom and shores of the rivers, offering a target-rich environment. There is no shortage of spots to throw a fly at. Floating down the river, you will see deer, otters, mink, a ton of bald eagles, and maybe even a black bear.

What is Provided:

We provide all rods, reels, flies, and instruction. Lunch, snacks and drinks are also provided. The only thing that you will need to bring is anything personal such as sunglasses, rain gear, and waders when needed.

Gear Recommendations:

Smallmouth bass: 7 wt.-8 wt. rods with a floating to intermediate line

Musky 10 wt.-12 wt. rods with a intermediate to full-sink line

What to Bring:

Make sure to bring a camera to capture you day on the water. Rain gear, hat, and sunscreen are also recommended.


The first weekend of May until November 30th. The bass season runs from the first of May until the first part of September. Musky are active from the first of May until the end of November with the prime times being May, June and September through the end of November.


Great smallmouth bass and musky on the fly. These species are native to northern Wisconsin and are prolific.


The terrain is rugged and remote. Granite boulder-filled rivers and forest-lined banks offer plenty of structure to hold fish. Every spot we fish is within driving distance of the meeting place.

Typical Weather:

Spring: Typically cool with warming days as spring progresses. As with every season in Wisconsin, it is wise to bring rain gear in case of a stray shower.

Summer: Temperatures range from 70-90 degrees F. Humidity can range from low to high.

Fall: Temperatures range from 32-60 degrees. Precipitation can range from rain to snow.

Rates start from:
You can find all pricing information at: www.greatnorthernflyfishing.com

discounts at local hotels and restaurants. If flying into the area, the closest airports are Chicago, Minneapolis, and Central Wisconsin.


Great Northern Fly Fishing offers discounts at local hotels and restaurants. If flying into the area, the closest airports are Chicago, Minneapolis, and Central Wisconsin.

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