Abe Downs

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Plover, WI

Abe Downs


Abe Downs is located at the gateway to the Wisconsin Northwoods, Stevens Point Wisconsin, primarily targeting the Upper Wisconsin River. Abe is very passionate about the river and all that is has to bring, from the trophy smallmouth bass and musky to the eagles, osprey and otters that call the river there home. Whether you are new to fly fishing or an experienced angler you will learn something new. With expert instruction a new fly fisher will walk away with a base knowledge of casting, reading the water and basic rigging. Using a comfortable drift boat and superb Orvis equipment, Abe Downs offers a first class experience. Come for an adventure and leave with memories.

Date Range

April through November depending on the target species.

Rate Range

Full day, 1 to 2 people - $450
Half day, 1 to 2 people - $350
Gratuity not included

What is Provided to Customer

Rods, reels, flies
Expert instruction and knowledge of the fish and river
Transportation to and from the river
Lunch, drinks and snacks
A Great Time

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

The Upper Wisconsin River offers over hundreds of miles of fishing. With the Upper Wisconsin River and the many rivers that flow into it, there is no shortage of fishing opportunities. Mixed hardwood and pine forests line the rivers edge offering a real northwoods experience. With many downed trees and granite boulders along the river bottom there is no shortage of ambush spots for fish just waiting to pounce. The river is a very "target rich" with no shortage of spots to cast.

Typical Weather by Season

Spring - 40°-60°F: Spring in Wisconsin can offer big changes from cool mornings to warm afternoons.
Summer - 50° - 90°F: Summer weather can offer cool mornings with the temps quickly rising into the 70's and 80's.
Fall - 30° - 60°F: The later you get into the fall the colder it gets with possible snow showers.


Sample of Typical Itinerary

A typical day will consist of your guide picking you up at a prearranged time from a predetermined location. Upon arrival at the river your guide will go over any questions and a quick safety overview and instruction. The day will consist of a minimum of 8hrs on the water with a riverside lunch break. At the end of the day you will be transported back to the hotel.


Species You Fish for by Season

Smallmouth Bass season ranges from April to mid-September

Musky season ranges from May until the end of November. (Please note that during the heat of the summer the river may become too warm to safely fish for musky. Real warm water can distress the fish and cause the fish to die after being caught.)


What Should Customers Bring?

Make sure to bring a license. You can purchase one online at the following website http://dnr.wi.gov/GoWild/resident.html

Bring season appropriate clothing. It can be cold in the fall months so don't forget your waders, fleece, and gloves.

Hat, sunglasses, raingear, sunscreen, any medications you might need.

Feel free to bring your own rod and reel if you like. Please ask to make sure your gear is appropriate for what we are fishing for.

A sense of adventure.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What do I need to bring?
A. Everything is provided with the exception of a license and personal items such as raingear, hats, etc.

Q. Where are you located at?
A. We are located in northern Wisconsin and primarily fish the upper Wisconsin River and other rivers in the Northwoods.

Q. Can I bring a spinning rod?
A. While we are a fly fishing guide service you are more than welcome to bring a spinning rod. Sometimes one person in the boat fly fishes and the other doesn't or is just learning and would like to bring a spinning rod. We want everyone to have a great day on the water.

Q. Is there lodging in the area?
A. We have partnered with a few great hotels in the area that offer our guests a discounted rate. There is also a regional airport in the area, Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA). CWA offers direct flight from Chicago and Minneapolis.


Abe Downs
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide
1020 Tree Lane
Plover, WI 54467

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