BrookeT wrote:And, donâ€™t overlook all of the fly fishing opportunities around Chicago. The Des Plaines River is much closer than any trout stream in WI. Plenty of spots to wade fish for northern pike, bowfin, largemouth, and smallmouth bass. You can catch pike all winter on a fly rod as long as the rivers not frozen.
The Kankakee River is about 1hr south of Chicago and it is a good to great smallmouth fishery. The DuPage and Fox are even closer than the Kank for smallies.
If you time it right, you can catch steelhead, kings, cohos, smallies, and lake run brown trout right on the lakefront and in the harbors. Google world record brown trout MI to see pics of a 41 pound 7.25 oz brown trout caught on Big Manistee River. That fish came out of Lake Michigan.
A great resource for the Driftless and all things fly fishing is Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters ( http://www.chifly.com ).
Get a kayak and have fun exploring!
Wansi wrote:Hey folks - relatively new fly fisher from CO front range. Taking a shot in the dark here for winter trout fishing tips. I'm pretty clueless on what to do. I'm guessing dry flies are pretty much out unless you're actually seeing rises. Otherwise, what's your strategy? Nymphs? Streamers? Time and place (generally speaking - not looking for specific locations!)? Fly size or type? Effects of temperature? Basically, when you're planning out a trip for the weekend, what comes to mind?
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