Category: Monthly Meeting

January 27th Meeting – Rich Osthoff on “Fly Fishing Skills and Strategies for the Driftless Region”

For nearly twenty years Rich Osthoff has guided fly fishers for trout on his home waters, the Driftless Region of Western Wisconsin.  His trips take fly fishers on dozens of streams both north and south of the Wisconsin River, including the Viroqua area, Grant…

February 8th Spring Opener Fundraiser – Bob Clouser on “Bass, Both Species, Top to Bottom” and “Clouser’s Top Tips” and Much, Much More!

Bob Clouser is a long time high profile smallmouth bass fisherman and is the creator of the famed Clouser Minnow fly pattern.  The Clouser Minnow is known world-wide and has caught more varieties of fish than any other fly.  Bob has also developed numerous…

December 16th Meeting – Jim Lattis, Director of the UW Madison Space Place on “140 Years on the Frontiers: UW Madison’s Washburn Observatory”

Dr. Jim Lattis is director of the UW Madison Space Place, the outreach and public education center for the University’s Department of Astronomy, in which he is also a Faculty Associate.  Jim teaches astronomy by many methods to a wide variety of audiences from…

November 25th Meeting – Matt Mitro on “Trout Research in Wisconsin: An Overview of Three Studies”

Matt Mitro is a fisheries research scientist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR).  Based in Madison, Matt has been working with the WDNR since 2003 on statewide fisheries issues with a focus on trout in Wisconsin’s inland streams.  Previously he worked for…

October 28th Meeting – Mat Wagner on “Golden Dorado Fishing in Northern Argentina”

Mat Wagner, along with his wife Geri, owns the Driftless Angler Fly Shop in Viroqua, WI.  Mat will make a presentation titled “Golden Dorado Fishing in Northern Argentina” at this month’s meeting. Mat has fished all over North America for pretty much anything that…

September 23rd Meeting – Scott Osborne on “Fly Fishing Adventures and Conservation Efforts in Cuba”

Welcome to our new season of presentations!  Scott Osborne represents Avalon Outdoor in the United States and has been involved in fly fishing destination travel for nearly a decade which includes guiding clients in Virginia and hosting trips around the world.  Scott began working…

May 20th Meeting – “Decoding the Driftless” Movie Showing with Steve Born Answering Questions

Emmy Award-winning filmmakers George Howe and Tim Jacobson of Sustainable Driftless and Rob Nelson of Untamed Science have teamed up again to produce a one hour feature-length film on the amazing origins, diversity, and resources of the Driftless Region.  The creative team also includes…

April 22nd Meeting – Phil Anderson on “Classic Trout Flies and Their History”

Phil Anderson is a recently retired professor of Genetics at the UW-Madison and an amateur historian of fly tying and fishing.  He has lived in Madison for 37 years and among his weaknesses are trout of the Driftless and classic books on the history…

March 25th Meeting – Abe Downs on “Fly Fishing Costa Rica for Marlin”

Abe Downs is the owner of Great Northern Fly Fishing and an Orvis endorsed fly fishing guide on the Upper Wisconsin River fishing for smallmouth bass and musky.  Abe started fly fishing for trout as most fly fishermen do but quickly realized trout are…

February 25th Meeting – John Lyons on “Wisconsin’s Greenfire: New Voices for Conservation”

John Lyons is a fish biologist with over 33 years of post-graduate experience studying the fishes of Wisconsin, the Upper Great Lakes Region, Mexico and Central America.  Since 1985 John has been the Curator of Fishes for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Zoological Museum and prior…