Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing The Wolf River Wisconsin
The Wolf River is a very beautiful stream and a good
trout fishery for over sixty miles of its length. The
uppermost thirty-four miles are available for the general
public, but the lower millage is reserved for the
Menominee Indians. Most of the upper mileage has
public access. The river is over ninety percent forested.
Northern hardwood trees, spruce and fir line most of the
The fishable section of the river begins below the
Hunting River, a small tributary stream. Upstream of
there, the river is considered a warm water fishery.
The Wolf is Wisconsin's largest trout stream. Some of
the stream's tributaries, including the Hunting River, hold
populations of brook trout. Most of the trout in the main
river are browns along with some rainbows. The deep
pockets and large number of rocks and boulders in the
stream provide an excellent habitat for brown trout. The
large trout are mostly holdovers from previous years
and can become quite difficult to catch. There are also
some wild trout, especially in the lower section below
Lilly. Many feeder streams also have natural
reproduction, especially the spring fed Hunting River.
The portion of the river from Pearson to Lilly is mostly
slow flowing water with a soft bottom. Below there the
river consist mostly of fast moving pocket water with
riffles, pools and runs. There are sections of rapids.
Rafters enjoy the river but cannot launch before 8:00
A.M., and must be off the water by 7:00 P.M.
Hatches on the Wolf River can be prolific. It has a large
variety and population of aquatic insects as you will see
in our hatch section. Some insects are unique to the
There is a general season and a special catch and
Springtime can be tough fishing until the water levels
recede. You may have to fish from a rubber raft.
Early summer is usually the prime time to fish the river.
Late summer can bring about marginal water
temperatures especially in low water years.
Fall can be great and the time the browns spawn.
It is possible to catch trout on the better days.
Fly Fishing Guide to the Wolf River
The strategies and techniques used for fly fishing the
Wolf River depends on the water levels, season and
hatches. (Click Here To Continue)
|Type of Stream
(Stocked with Hold Overs - Some
natural reproduction. Estimated 70%
stocked and 30% wild trout)
Medium - large
General season starts first Sat. of
May to Sept. 30th.
Special Catch and Release opening
and closing dates. There is a special
6 mile long catch and release section
all season know as the Oxybow. Be
sure and check with current
regulations subject to change.
State of Wisconsin
National Weather Service Link
Fly Fishing Guide
Hatches and Flies
Fly Fishing Gear
Stream Flow Data:
Real Time USGS Data (Langlade)
Wolf River, Wisconsin
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 &12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing:
71/2 ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Fishing Report Updated 10/10/16
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Wolf River Fishing Report:
04/29/14 Reports will start soon. Season opens this
coming Saturday. Let us hear from you. We suggest
you get started with Blue-winged Olives and Sculpin
|Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
fly suggestions. Please allow up to 24
hours for a response.
2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.
3. Email us (email@example.com)
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.
All orders are shipped free in the
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05/06/14 Currently the stream is flowing
high. No reports from anyone fishing but
two customers have ordered flies getting
05/13/14 Stream level is at 9.53 feet and
1030 cfs or high. There is rain in the
forecast for today and rain/snow
Thursday and Friday.
05/20/14 Stream levels have come down
some but still a little high. Much better
weather is forecast for the coming week.
05/27/14 Stream levels are still high but
should begin falling soon. Water will be
getting warmer and hatches will be starting
06/03/14 Stream levels fell some and then
recently rose again. The water is warming
us some and will be in great shape when the
stream levels subside. Keep a close check
06/10/14 Stream levels are still high and not
fishable at this point. The water is dropping
and should get in shape soon. Keep a close
check on the levels.
06/17/14 Stream levels are in great shape
and trout are being caught. Several
hatches are underway. Two customers
sending in good reports.
06/25/14 Good stream levels and good
fishing taking place. Several hatches have
started. Two more good reports from this
07/08/14 Two customers reporting good
fishing this past week. Water levels have
been a problem at times but it is currently in
good shape. Some hatches are taking
place. Light cahills, green sedges, little
07/22/14 Trout are being caught in good
numbers from the headwaters to the
reservation. Plenty of hatches are taking
place including Little Yellow Stoneflies.
07/29/14 Two customers ordering more flies
reported there are lots of caddis, sulphurs
and Yellow Sallies hatching. Both are
catching several trout a day.
08/12/14 Water levels have been very low
and fishing fairly tough but it has risen some
during the past couple of days to near
normal levels. Hatches have slowed down
some but terrestrials are working good.
09/02/14 The river has been running high
the last few days but fishing should be
good when it first drops and that shouldn't
be very long.
09/16/14 Lower water temperatures have
really turned the trout on. Customers are
reporting catching good numbers on our
terrestrials and streamers.
09/23/14 Stream levels have been high but
falling back down. Conditions should get
much better within the next couple of day.
10/07/14 Anglers catching some nice brown
trout. Stream levels are up and browns in
the pre-spawn mode and aggressive.
10/14/14 The stream levels are a little high
and will be rising a lot more. Conditions
should be much better later in the week.
10/21/14 Stream levels are still high but
should be falling all week. No reports from
10/28/14 Keep in mind the general trout
season closed 9/20 and only the catch and
release section is open. High water levels
and no fishing reports this past week.
11/11/14 High water levels continue and
much colder weather is in the forecast for
01/26/15 Season is closed.
04/27/15 Send us an email at
firstname.lastname@example.org and let us help
you plan your next trip.
05/04/15 The season is open and the water
getting into excellent shape. Quill
Gordons/Blue Quills, Little Brown stones
and other hatches should begin very soon.
05//19/16 Lots of hatches underway, Quill
Gordons, Blue Quills, BWOs, Little Black
Caddis and others.
05/25/15 Good stream levels, good every
thing. Lots of hatches. Two good reports
06/08/15 High water levels preventing
fishing. Wait for it to fall out.
96/15/15 The stream is fishable, but still on
the high side. Be careful wading. It will
continue to fall.
06/29/15 Stream levels are back down in
good shape with plenty hatches taking
place. Excellent conditions.
07/05/15 More good reports. Lots of hatches
including Light Cahills, Sulphurs, Cinnamon
Caddis and more.
07/13/15 Excellent stream levels and weather.
Lots of trout being caught. Lots of hatches.
07/20/15 Two more good reports from
customers. Lots of insects hatching.
08/03/15 Good stream levels, hatches taking
place, terrestrials working and trout being
08/10/15 Great conditions but no reports from
the past week from anglers fishing.
08/17/15 Two good reports of trout being
caught. Great conditions continue with Tricos,
Mahogany duns and terrestrials working.
08/31/15 It is warming back up but the water is
cooler and cool enough for BWOs to start
hatching again. Stream levels are fine.
09/07/15 Two good reports from customers this
past week. The stream levels are rising and
more rain coming, so watch the levels.
09/21/15 stream levels are perfect and the
weather much cooler and fall like. Great
conditions. It doesn't get any better than this.
09/28/15 This is the last week of the regular
trout season but don't forget about the special
catch and release section that will be open.
10/12/15 One local customer reported catching
about twenty rainbows and browns one day this
past week. Remember, catch and release only.
10/26/15 Great Autumn Brown sedges and
Blue-winged olives are hatching good. Brown
trout are taking our Brown sculpin fly good.
11/09/15 Catch and Release section is producing
some nice trout. Blue-winged olive and midges
are hatching. Stream levels have been high for a
few days but back down near normal.
11/30/15 The water levels have been high but
falling now. Keep a check on them with the link
on your upper left. Normal is the line of hollow
triangles on the graph. The water is in the high
forties, and midges are the flies you should be
using. Fish the larva and pupa in tandem.
01/25/16 We don't really have any "catch"
reports. There is a lot of slush ice in the water
and in our opinion, not worth fishing at this time.
02/29/16 High temperatures are still in the teens
and lows in the single digits. The river has a lot
of slush ice and is frozen wherever it is still.
03/14/16 The stream level is down but there is
rain forecast almost every day for the next
week. The water is in the high thirties and
gradually warming up.
03/28/16 Stream levels are up too high to safely
wade and more rain is in the forecast.
04/11/16 The stream levels are okay. The water
is cold, about 40-42 degrees. Midges and little
BWOs are the insects you should imitate.
04/23/16 The regular trout season opens the
first Saturday of May, or May 2nd. That is just
over a week. Send us an email and let us help
you get started off right.
05/09/16 The season got off slow due to water
levels but in great shape now with several
hatches taking place. Email us for a list.
05/16/16 Stream levels are down in good shape
and the water clear. Little black caddis, Quill
Gordons, Blue Quills, and little Brown stoneflies
05/30/16 Stream levels are just a little above
normal, so be careful wading. There are a lot of
hatching insects, Amer. March Browns, Light
Cahills, Green sedges, and others.
06/06/16 Stream levels are high right now but
should be falling out fast. There is little to no
chance of rain this coming week.
06/20/16 The stream levels are still up a little
high making it tough to wade in places. Lots of
insects are hatching. The Brown sculpin
steamers, March Browns, Light cahills,
Cinnamon Sedge or caddis, are catching trout.
07/04/16 The stream levels are in good shape
and our customers are reporting some good
numbers of trout caught. There are many
insects hatching. Send us an email for a list.
07/18/16 Hatches are going good. Stream
levels have been a little high the past few days
but back down in good shape.
08/01/16 Stream levels are currently high but
falling fast. Fish the uppermost section of the
river. It is smaller and easier to fish with high
levels. There are still lots of hatches taking place.
08/15/16 Stream levels are high again but
falling. Fish the uppermost sections of the river.
Tricos, little BWOs, lots of Cinnamon caddis.
Terrestrials are working good as well.
08/22/16 Stream levels are very high. Watch
them and fish when they fall out to about 300 cfs.
08/29/16 High water levels makes in difficult
and unsafe to wade most places. Lots of
caddis, Tricos and little BWOs are hatching.
09/12/16 The river is back high again making
wading impossible. You have to fish from the
banks. There is rain forecast through tomorrow
and again this coming weekend.
09/26/16 Only four more days remaining and
conditions are good with plenty of trout being