3 - Day Driftless Trout TouR



Did you ever finish a guide trip wishing you had a couple more days to fish other streams and practice the skills you’ve learned? Madison Fly Fishing Company is making this possible every month of Trout Season with an action-packed 3-day Driftless Trout Tour. The tour starts in Madison, WI the Gateway to the Driftless Area, proceeds west to the Fennimore area streams, then goes north to the creeks around Viroqua and Westby. This 3-day immersion in the Driftless region lets you experience the area’s fishing, scenery, and dining options without having to go back to “the city” (Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago) the same day making you more relaxed and in tune to enjoy your angling experience.

The tour begins with a meetup in Madison, WI the “Gateway to the Driftless Region” and proceeds west to Fennimore where we’ll fish the Big Green or Blue Rivers and overnight in Fennimore. On day 2 we’ll have the option to spend more time fishing in the Fennimore area and head for Viroqua in the evening, or go north of the Wisconsin River and fish our way up to Viroqua. We’ll overnight there, enjoy a delicious dinner in the Driftless Cafe and spend day 3 fishing the infamous Timber Coulee creek. At the end of day 3, we’ll head back to Madison.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Meetup in Madison, WI at 7:00 A.M. and drive west to the Fennimore area to fish the Big Green or Blue River watersheds. We’ll check into the Fenway House Hotel that evening and enjoy dinner at the Fenway House restaurant.

Day 2: Meet at 7 A.M. for breakfast, and decide on 1 of 3 options: fish the morning in the Fennimore area, spend the morning fishing our way north to Viroqua, or head straight to Viroqua and fish thru the evening hatches. If we head straight to Viroqua, we could check in at the Hickory Hill Motel early, then go fishing thru the evening hatches. We’ll enjoy a delicious dinner at the Driftless Cafe in Viroqua.

Day 3: Meet at 7 A.M. for breakfast, then spend the day fishing on the infamous Timber Coulee Creek watershed. When we’re finished fishing, we’ll drive back to Madison, WI and wrap up the tour with dinner at one of the city’s many outdoor dining options.

Trip Costs:

$799.00/person/double occupancy

$1500/person/single occupancy

These trips are ideal for groups of 2 anglers

Included in the Trip:

• 3 Days of Guided Fly Fishing

• Terminal Tackle, use of a demo rod, fly casting and fishing instruction.

• Breakfasts and Lunches

• 2 Nights Lodging

Not Included:

• Dinners

• Alcoholic Beverages

• Lodging in Madison, on either side of the trip.

• Wisconsin Fishing License and Inland Trout Stamp

What You Need to Bring:

• Clothing appropriate for the weather-wicking base layers, fleece, wool socks, hat and gloves for colder months, quick-dry fishing shirts and pants for the warmer months.

• Rain Gear

• 8 1/2’-9’ 4 weight fly rod and reel with a dull colored weight-forward fly line

• Waders

• Polarized Sunglasses

• Hat

• Sunscreen

• Camera

• Wisconsin Fishing License and Inland Trout Stamp

• Overnight personal gear, toiletries, medications etc.

• Separate vehicles will be needed if there’s more than 1 or 2 anglers

• Enthusiasm for Adventure

Trip disclaimer:

Due to the possibility of heavy rains, I keep the stream itinerary wide open so we can easily adapt to the conditions we’re dealt with. In other words we try to fish what’s fishing good at the time and this may not be the stream listed in the above itinerary-these streams are just examples of where we can go. While several mayfly and caddis hatches occur at various times, they’re not guaranteed on a given day, so again we’ll remain fluid and fish both surface and subsurface-whatever’s working at the time. Sometimes we may be able to fish 2 streams in one day due to close proximity, but other times we can only fish one due to lots of accessible water, time, and that the clients may like that one stream. During the warmer months when fishing is best early and late in the day, we’ll meetup an hour earlier, fish the morning, take the middle of the day off for lunch and siesta, and go back out to fish the evening hatch.