Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Monticello, Minnesota

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Kip Vieth

Wildwood Float Trips

Phone icon612-723-7438 Email iconkip@wildwoodfloattrips.com Link iconwildwoodfloattrips.com
Monticello, MN 55362

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The Story

2017 Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide of the Year

The Upper Midwest Premier Smallmouth Destination! Kip Vieth fishes the banks of the Upper Mississippi River. We offer the finest guided float trips in the Upper Midwest. Kip Vieth floats the Upper Mississippi, St. Croix and other lessor known rivers in the Upper Midwest. We float these magnificent river ways from the ease and comfort of a Clackacraft drift boat

Beautiful Minnesota summers and magnificent beauty of the rivers we float provide the back drop for a day with Kip Vieth. The sheer excitement that the Smallmouth Bass and Muskies provide the fly fisherman is second to none. The reckless strikes and fight are legendary. Minnesota rivers offer the finest river Smallmouth fisheries in the country. Float Trips offers a western style fishing experience in the heart of the Midwest.

About Us

Whether its teaching someone a new technique or just chatting at lunch, rest assured you will not be disappointed with your guide. A skilled guide is more than someone to take you fishing. We are friends, teachers, and someone you can trust to give you the best day on the water humanly possible.
Kip Vieth is a fully licensed and insured outfitting service. We are members of the Clackacraft, Scientific Anglers, Sawyer Oars, and Patagonia pro staffs. 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 30+ 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 crushing eat of the Alpha Predator, the Musky in the Autumn. Sharing with clients 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.

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.


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.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tight Lines!!!!!! If you want to fish Minnesota waters, Kip Vieth is the man. Smallmouth bass, brown trout, and the infamous Musky!! He can do it all! I’ve used Kip three different times and I must admit it’s top notch. If you’re looking for an expert guide who love to fish and cook, book Kip before he’s booked out. Looking forward to Belize ‘22!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2021-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Driftless First time fishing down in the Driftless region of Minnesota. Kip put us onto rising fish the moment we hit the water. Awesome
Date published: 2021-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fishing. Gourmet Food. And Fun. Kip opened his heart and mind to the sport he loves and shared the secrets to catching trout in Southern Minnesota. How many times do you have a caddie helping you read putts, well...Kip can read the waters and bugs like a Masters caddie!
Date published: 2021-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cold weather. Great fishing! Kip was able to get on the fish all day despite temps in the low 40’s and wind gusting into the 20’s. Great guy with a ton of local knowledge and access to water others can’t. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2021-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First MN Musky Trip My friend and I recently floated with Kip for our first Minnesota musky trip. This was my 2nd trip with Kip, the first being a smallmouth trip with my Dad in 2017. We talked muskies on that trip, my experiences fairly new and limited to northern WI. Kip suggested I consider coming up to float his waters to see all they had to offer. We decided to book a trip the last week of September 2020 (first day incidentally being my birthday). Well, the musky fishing was scripted that day as I landed one pike and two muskies along with missing two other musky, one of which was definitely mid 40’s. The best part is the 2nd musky I landed went 49.25”! I’ve done this enough to realistically manage my expectations pursuing musky on the fly. I still like to approach every day on the water with confidence. It helped my game to feel confident in Kip’s knowledge of the river and what makes the musky tick. It’s also enjoyable to spend a day on the water with him. I learned a lot on this trip and look forward to applying my knowledge on future trips!
Date published: 2020-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Success! My friend Steve and I experienced a few excellent days with Kip and his crew. Steve landed two muskies on day one, 1 being just shy of 50. On day two, I've never felt a guide work so hard as kip did to put me in a position to have the same experience, that honor fell to Josh on day 3! I can't wait to get out and fish with these guys again.
Date published: 2020-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from God’s Country Kip and his team do a fantastic job. They know the Mississippi and the tributaries in MN. I spent two days with them. We slammed it.
Date published: 2020-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome experience Was unsure how I would do, fly fishing my first time out. Immediately, Kip put me ease. Showing me what to do and when to do it, Kip had us on the fish all day. We caught a bunch. Would highly recommend Kip as the guide you want to choose.
Date published: 2020-06-24
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