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Fly Fishing Milwaukee WI

Local resource for fly fishing in Milwaukee. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to fly fishing gear and apparel, fly fishing stores, bait and tackle shops, fly fishing guides and fly fishing lessons, as well as advice and content on fly fishing services and resources.

Milwaukee Soccer Academy
P.O. Box 11622
Milwaukee, WI
 
Laacke and Joys
(414) 271-7878
1433 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, WI
 
Sports Authority
(262) 860-0900
16220 W. Blue Mound Road
Brookfield, WI
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Brookfield REI Store
(262) 783-6150
13100 W Capitol Dr
Brookfield, WI
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(608) 241-2764
350 East Towne Mall
Madison, WI
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(262) 377-6349
1020 Port Washington Road
Grafton, WI
 
Sports Authority
(414) 282-2300
Greenfield Place, 5070 S. 74th Street
Greenfield, WI
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Casanovas Adventures
(262) 783-6456
13735 W. Capitol Dr.
Brookfield, WI
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(262) 697-5764
9899 76th Street
Kenosha, WI
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(608) 829-1313
237 West Towne Mall
Madison, WI
 

Fly Rod Length

Choosing a fly rod length is a relatively easy decision and quite dependent on where you will be fishing. If you will be fishing a small mountain stream or spring creek with a lot of cover, then a smaller rod will be necessary. On the flip side, if you’ll be fishing medium to large streams and rivers, then a longer fly rod will be in order because it will allow for longer casts and greatly improved line mending. For trout fishing on medium sized rivers or larger, a 9’ or longer rod is generally used. For the largest rivers, a 10’ rod is generally used. On very small rivers or spring creeks, small fly rods in the 7’ to 7.5’ range are generally the most effective and most used.

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Type of Fishing

I only fish for trout so my focus here will be limited to trout but even if you’re going for something other than trout, this is still an important consideration. If you’re going to be fly fishing in the ocean or a lake, you won’t want to buy a rod designed for trout as the performance of that rod will be horrible. Even if your focus is only trout, like mine, you’ll still need to consider what type of trout you’re after. If you’re fishing for native trout in a small mountain stream, that will be quite a bit different than fishing for Steelhead on one of the tributaries off Lake Erie. Keep this in mind as we continue to step through the selection process.

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