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Fly Fishing the Peshtigo River in Wisconsin

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Peshtigo River is a fly fishing location in Wisconsin. This destination has an elevation of approximately 580 feet. Please view the pinpointed location for Peshtigo River on the Google Map to the right. If you'd like directions to this destination, please click here for directions (provided via Google Maps).

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Tim Landwehr (tytlinez) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: It has been an interesting month on the tributaries, to say the least. Low water has plagued the Green Bay tribs. Despite the relative lack of rain, the fish are here in large numbers. The majority of the King Salmon have spawned and died. There are still some of the elusive “white tails” fining around, but they will be gone shortly. Aggressive Coho Salmon are being taken on some of the lake-side rivers, and will be around for the next couple weeks. The big news in our neck of the woods is the Brown Trout. In spite of flows well below average for this time of year, the Menominee, Peshtigo, and Oconto Rivers are full of Browns. The best fishing on these rivers will take place in the next month. Most of the Browns are finishing up spawning, which is good news for the angler. They become much more aggressive once the spawn is completed. In the last few days, we have been seeing fish transitioning from shallow fast water to more traditional holding lies (i.e. deeper, slower runs). This will be our best opportunity to catch these fish. They become eating machines after they spawn in order to fatten up before the deep freeze. To catch these massive browns, go about fishing for them like you would for the biggest Brown in your favorite inland stream. They will be holding in similar water. The “big fly, big fish” rule can definitely pay off, particularly when the water temps drop into the forties. Big, dark streamer patterns that cast a large profile will move fish. (see Charlie’s winter sculpin video) Flies tied with marabou or rabbit strips will produce. If you enjoy nymph fishing, run a large nymph and egg rig below an indicator. Migratory fish see lots of eggs throughout the fall and they definitely eat them. For those interested in finding Steelhead, head to the lake-side tribs. Rivers like the Sheboygan and the Milwaukee have a number of Steelhead in. These fish can be taken using the swung fly or nymph-and-egg approach. (11/12/08)
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Lower Peshtigo River, Wisconsin 0 miles away
Menominee River, Michigan 9 miles away
Beaver Creek (North Branch), Wisconsin 20 miles away
Oconto River, Wisconsin 21 miles away
Oconto River (North Branch), Wisconsin 32 miles away
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Nearby cities

Marinette, Wisconsin 8 miles away
Peshtigo, Wisconsin 9 miles away
Brussels, Wisconsin 15 miles away
Oconto, Wisconsin 15 miles away
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 16 miles away
Porterfield, Wisconsin 18 miles away
Menominee, Michigan 19 miles away
Egg Harbor, Wisconsin 19 miles away
Maplewood, Wisconsin 19 miles away
Coleman, Wisconsin 20 miles away

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