Hayward Fly Fishing Company

Hayward Fly Fishing Co.

WCO has hosted several trips with the Hayward Fly Fishing Company. This is probably our number one regional/Great Lakes trip we do each year. We host a summer trip for Smallmouth and Musky and do a pure Musky trip each November. Both trips give the angler the opportuniuty to hook a genuainly large fish on a fly rod.

Mukst has become a very opular fish to catch on a fly rod. The numbers of fly cauight Musky has gone up tremendously over the last few years. This has happened for a couple of reasons. One there is simply more people fishing for them with a fly rod. Two the guides who persue them have learned a lot about Musky and what it takes to catch them with a fly. Larry Mann & Wendy Williamson are a husband and wife team that have done just that, figured it out. The trips we do to Hayward to fish with LArry and Wendy are booked out each year as soon as we announce them, it is a really cool trip.

The Fishing

Fishing for Musky used to be consdiered the fish of 10,000 casts. WCO thinks that is really unfair considering how few Muskies there actually were and how little people know about them. Now a days Musky are the sexy gamefish that Departments of Natural REsources are effectively mangaing over a larger area of inhabited water than ever before. Musky are everywhere including here in Indiana. Wisconsin though is the Musky state in the US and we beleive you go where folks know a lot about the fish.

The Rivers they fish  include the Namekagon, St. Croix, Chippewa and Flambeau rivers. All the fishing is done within one hour of their shop in Hayward, Wisconsin.

The Namekagon and St. Croix rivers were two of the original rivers included in the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and make up the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, one of our nation’s great national parks. Within the boundaries of the National Park, there are very limited signs of civilization and the rivers today look much like they did when trappers and explorers roamed the north woods.

The Flambeau River, in the sections we float, flows through the Flambeau River State Forest, and also offers a glimpse into the past as very few signs of civilization exist.

The Chippewa River is the most developed of the rivers we fish, but the development is very compatible with the native forest environment.

Within the one hour drive from our shop, we have nearly 200 miles of river to fish. The rivers are clean, clear and offer imcomparable fishing opportunities and spectacular scenery. We are often asked, “Which is your favorite river”? We are proud and honest when we reply “the one we’re on right now”. Come enjoy the bounties of our north woods rivers and you’ll find picking a favorite is almost impossible.

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