Jolly FLy Fishing Guided Trips
Why Take a Guided Trip?
Whoever you ask- guide, expert angler, or beginner- will say that the best way to shorten the learning curve with fly fishing is to hire a guide. Let all the time that the guide has spent on the water work to your advantage to help you as an angler learn more, and ultimatley catch more fish. But having a guide isn't just for first time fly fishermen, but for those novice fly fishermen looking to advance their skills to the experts who just want a peaceful day on the water.
What to Expect for a Guided Trip
- Lunch is included on Full Days, beverages and snacks will be provided on both Half Days and Full Days
- Meeting location will depend upon where we fish, but will most likely be at a public location near the river access points (Clifton Hollow Golf Club, Glen Park, Ellsworth).
- All rods, reels, and tackle can be provided. Waders are available in select sizes. If you have your own equipment, feel free to bring it, if not Jolly Fly Fishing will provide it for you.
- Full Day trips run for 8 hours, Half Day trips run for 4 hours.
What to Bring
- Valid Wisconsin Fishing License (with Trout Stamp if purchasing more than a One Day license).
- Weather appropriate clothing and sunglasses.
- Gratuity, while not expected, is appreciated.
The Kinnickinnic- The 'Kinni' as it's known is one of the Midwest's most well known trout streams. This river is divided into two sections, the Upper Kinni above River Falls, and the Lower Kinni below River Falls. The upper section is a typical Driftless area spring creek before turning into more of a freestone stream below the dam. The lower gorge is one of the most under developed river sections in the state and couples beautiful scenery with tremendous fishing. The Kinni has notable hatches of Blue Winged Olives, Caddis, Sulphurs, and Tricos.
Rush River- The Rush River is another great trout stream of western Wisconsin and lies only a short distance from the Kinni in Ellsworth. The Rush has both brook trout and brown trout and many more access points then the Kinni, but is no more developed. There are a plethera of limestone cliffs that line the river making for a spectacular backdrop for fishing. The Rush has been known to produce some massive fish over the years, and even the mid-sized fish have good shoulders on them and really put a bend in a 3wt. or 4wt rod. The Rush has an excellent Trico hatch in August, as well as a great Pale Evening Dun hatch the last part of May.
Small Streams- Besides the main rivers, there are countless small streams and tributaries that offer great fishing, and sometimes avoidance of crowds. Examples of these would be the South Fork of the Kinni, the Trimbelle, and Pine Creek. These streams offer a different fly fishing experiene that is perfect for testing your skills or leaning to fly fishing in smaller environment. All of these streams are quiant and have a excellent fishing personalities to them, as well as fewer crowds. The same hatches listed above will come off, as well as better terrestial fishing come August.
Southeast Minnesota-Although we offer limited guiding here, Southeast Minnesota is a spectacular fishery. The Whitewater Complex, Trout Run, and the Root River Complex all offer excellent fishing. The Root River Trico hatch has been written about in Fly Fishermen magaizine, Trout Run boasts the best Blue Winged Olive hatches I have experienced and is regarded as Minnesota's best stream. The Whitewater Complex offers some of the most miles of access with the help of Whitewater State Park. There are countless small streams down in SE Minnesota worth exploring as well.