I'm familiar with musky fishing and using a fly rod, but fly fishing for musky is a brand new concept to me. Dan Boggs a guide with Blackwater Fly Fishing starts me with the basics, a tutorial before we even hit the water. "you want to strip and set."
We float the drift boats on the Wisconsin river, just north of Wausau. This new approach is challenging, but my guide says I have the right idea. "I can tell she's really fishy. She's listening to the river and putting the fly where it needs to go. The strip set technique is a tough one to get because you fight every instinct you have and I can almost hear her thoughts. She's going strip set- strip set. It's fantastic because it keeps that focal point."
After hours of casting, finally the fish I've been waiting for takes my bait, giving me a chance to put my newly acquired skills to the test.
A lot of people say that musky fishing isn't worth how many casts for the reward. I was about a few hundred casts in and it's not a musky, but that was worth the reward right there. Nice Northern.
If you've ever boated a musky using heavy gear, you may want to try a fly rod it's that much more personal.
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