Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Elkhart Lake, WI

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Gordy Martin

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide


Phone icon773-308-6156 Phone icon920-876-3510 Email iconsquaretail@aol.com Link icontie1onguideservice.com
N. 7601 Royal and Ancient Dr.
Elkhart Lake, WI 53020

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The Story

Gordy Martin Specializes in fly fishing for lake run migratory King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Lake Run Brown trout and Steelhead on Kohler's River Wildlife Private property on the Sheboygan River. The Kohler and Elkhart Lake surrounding area is also blessed with some local streams and rivers that provide a great opportunity to fish for trout smallmouth bass and pike. Whether you are a beginner or seasoned angler I will do all I can to ensure the best experience possible. Learn to fly fish on local streams and rivers for Rainbow, Brown, and Brook trout. Smallmouth Bass and pike fishing on a fly rod also provides great opportunities for warm water species. Learn the basics of casting, knot tying, fly selection, entomology, and other aspects fly fishing. I have over 25 years of fly fishing experience, from chasing trout in small streams to the unforgettable tug of steelhead and salmon.

Walk and Wade Fly Fishing Trips
Guided full day, three quarter & half day walk and wade trips for salmon, trout and smallmouth bass on local rivers and streams. Enjoy the private waters of the KOHLER River Wildlife Area on the Shebpygan River. Beginners or seasoned anglers can also enjoy a day outside in the beautiful Kettle Moraine area. Scheduled pick up at any local resort is easily accessible. Spend an enjoyable day on the stream while learning a new sport, bird watching and simply enjoying the outdoors.

Date Range

Inland trout season January 1st to October 15th.
Migartory / Tributary fishing is open year round.

Rate Range

Half day: $250
Three Quarter day: $300
Full day: $400

What is Provided to Customer

All things are provided EXCEPT a license and personal belongings. Rain coat, etc... Gordy Martin provides flies, rods, reels, waders and other essentials for a day on the water. Food, water, soda, etc. are provided.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Kohler River Wildlife Private water on the Sheboygan River, Onion River, Benn Nutt Creek, Mill Creek, Mullet River, Milwaukee River, Pigeon River, and surrounding small spring creeks.

Typical Weather by Season

Fall and Spring are prime time for lake run migratory fish. Fall is a beautiful time of the year with mid day temps holding in the 60's until November and even December. November and December can be colder but lake run browns and steelhead love the colder weather and colder water temps. Spring runoff begins around mid March and temps can still be in the 30's and 40's Dress accordingly and call prior a trip please. Winter fishing in January and February is only for the very hardcore steelhead and brown trout fisherman, temps can be below freezing in the morning but can get to fishable temps in the afternoon. Afternoon steelhead fishing can be great when the water warms up even a few degrees. Summer temps range from 60's at night and low to mid 80's during the day. Trout season kicks into high gear in Spring and summer. Dry fly fishing for trout can be fantastic with the hatches coming off as the water warms up. The terrestrial hatches start in late July and continue all the way to October. Hopper fishing can be great on hot summer days. Please call prior to booking a trip, even driving 150 miles North from Chicago the weather can be very different.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Payment method?
A. Cash or check only.

Q. Meeting location?
A. Will vary with season.

Q. Hotel options?
A. Several in the Sheboygan area including the Kohler resort.

Q. Other activity options?
A. A wide variety of options are available for the non fisher.

Q. What species will we catch?
A. Depends on time of year.

Q. How big are the fish?
A. Varies by species.

Q. How big are the fish?
A. Varies by species:

  • King salmon up to 40" and 25 pounds
  • Coho salmon up to 35" and 15 pounds
  • Brown trout up to 35" + and 15-20 pounds
  • Steelhead up to 40" and 15-20 pounds

Q. What license do I need?
A. Depends on where we are fishing.

Q. Can I provide transportation/pick up?
A. Yes, I will pick you up within a 20-mile radius of Kohler, Wisconsin.

What Should Customers Bring?

  • Camera
  • Fleecewarm socks
  • Sweater or jacket
  • Rain jacket
  • Warm clothing
Summer fishing bring:
  • Cool clothing
  • Sun block
  • Camera
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Change of clothes in case you get wet or it rains
Call for weather info and bring appropriate gear.

Sample of Typical Itinerary

Walk and wade fishing only. Pick up or meet at decided location, go over opportunities for the day and wader up. Discuss tactics and flies and how to fish them with success. Quick lesson if needed or pointers on how to be successful on the water. Set off for river and fish for 3-4 hours, break for lunch and return to river for final 3-4 hours of fishing. Half days are 4 hours of fishing and Three Quarter days are 6 hours of fishing. Full day, 8 hours of fishing. Lunch is provided with full day trips. Snacks, water, soda and other options are provided.

Species You Fish for by Season

Fall season is Mid September to January. Focusing on migratory Lake Michigan King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Steelhead.

Spring season focuses on holdover Brown Trout, steelhead and smallmouth bass.

Summer season is primarily trout, smallmouth bass, carp and pike.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great day on the Onion River I just spent a great day on the Onion River with Gordy. He is an absolutely fantastic guy and knows this river like the back of his hand and pointed out places where he knew fish lived/stayed. Multiple times, he said something like "flip your fly up past that rock, if he's there, the fish will hit it as it floats bye" and sure enough, that's exactly what happened. His knowledge really saved me a lot of time and experimentation. Not to mention the Onion River is absolutely beautiful, and we had it all to ourselves. If you're in the area and want to do some spring creek fishing for Coulee-transplanted browns, give Gordy a call!
Date published: 2021-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Adventure! Gordy provided a great fishing experience last fall for my daughter, a friend and myself, we all caught Salmon. Gordy was very patient with my first time on the water daughter and she says he is a great teacher. She is talking about going on another fishing adventure with Gordy to catch something smaller as she could not lift the fish she caught for the photo.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fun I booked a trip with Gordy for King and Coho salmon and had a great time. Gordy was very patient with this rookie (my second time to fly fish) and helped my with my technique. If I am ever back in the area I will definitely book another trip.
Date published: 2017-11-23
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