October 22nd Meeting – Lisie Kitchel (WDNR) on “Wisconsin’s Native Freshwater Mussels: A Unique Resource”

Lisie Kitchel is a Conservation Biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) working in the Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation where she is an expert on Wisconsin’s native freshwater mussels.  Lisie is trained as an Aquatic Ecologist with a BS in Ecosystems Analysis and an MS in Fisheries and has over 30 years of experience working with rare and endangered aquatic species.

Did you know that Wisconsin has 52 different species of native mussels?  Well it does!  Our native mussels, or clams as they are more commonly called, are one of Wisconsin’s most diverse yet hidden treasures.  Mussels have a surprisingly complex life cycle which is dependent on fish and they have adapted amazing ways to attract these fish as hosts.  Mussels have also contributed to the history of Wisconsin from food to buttons to pearls.

Freshwater mussels surveyor at work.

Acting as filters mussels improve the water quality of our lakes, rivers and streams and they are good indicators of changing environmental conditions.  Mussels are so important indicators that the WDNR has developed a Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program and recently completed a Freshwater Mussels Survey.  Lisie’s presentation guarantees that you will come away with a greater appreciation of these unique animals.


Buzz McFly

September 24th Meeting – Jason Randall on “Nymph Fishing Secret Weapons”

Jason Randall has been an outdoor writer for the last twelve years with feature articles appearing regularly in American Angler, as well as Fly Fisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing, Northwest Fly Fishing and many other outdoor magazines. He is a veterinarian certified in fish health and medicine. He is also a member of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association and the Society for Freshwater Science.

In April, 2017, Jason’s fourth book, Nymph Masters: Fly Fishing Secrets from Expert Anglers, was released from Stackpole/ Headwaters Books. Combining secrets, tips and hints from some of the top nymph fishermen in the sport, Nymph Masters thoroughly studies all aspects of nymph fishing.

Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO) recently named Jason to their National Advisory Team to develop a new and innovative nymph fishing rod. In October, 2017 the ‘Drift Rod’ was released to wide acclaim as the first truly convertible rod, changing in length from 9, 10, 11 or 12 feet. Each year, Jason appears and presents at shows and events throughout the North America.  You can find additional information about Jason Randall at his website.

We are extremely happy that Jason will again be our speaker at the Monday, September 24th monthly meeting to kick-off our 2018/2019 season of presentations.  Jason has drawn huge crowds to our Spring Opener and to last year’s September monthly meeting.  His presentation is titled “Nymph Fishing Secret Weapons” and will cover the challenges of nymph fishing particularly related to the need to keep your flies in the strike zone near the stream bottom and the use of a more sensitive strike detection method.  Jason will also discuss European nymphing techniques and why they are so effective.  This discussion will include a review of the fly rods, flies, casting and fly presentation needed to be successful with these techniques.  Some secret weapon flies for Driftless area streams will be shared and thus will no longer be secrets for those who attend this presentation.  Be assured that this presentation by Jason will be both informative and entertaining. Mark your calendars now as you don’t want to miss this meeting!  The meeting will be at the Maple Tree restaurant on Highway 51 in McFarland.  The presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. with dinner and conversation at 6:00 p.m.  Visitors and guests are always welcome.


Buzz McFly

WI DNR Tick App

The WI DNR has started a new app for your smart phone to track ticks and gather information from people throughout the state. You can download this free app, take surveys and get information about ticks throughout the state. You can find more information by going to the WIDNR tick  web page or you can go to the download page for the tick app

MI Dept. of Environmental Quality issues permit to Aquila Resources

Hi Everyone,

Today the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) issued the wetlands permit to Aquila Resources for their Back Forty Project.  The MDEQ cover letter and the wetlands permit are attached as PDF files below.
Kathleen Heideman is preparing a press release that will express our disappointment on this disastrous decision.  Send her your comments for possible inclusion in the press release.
Her email address is:  gadmin@savethewildup.org
Dick Dragiewicz

Summer Picnic – August 4th

Brian Ramsey -1August 4th will be our annual members summer picnic at Donald Park located just north of Mt. Vernon on Hwy 92. There will be food and conversation; Brian Ramsey will be there to teach, or help you improve your fly casting. So bring your favorite fly rod and improve your cast.

This post will be updated once we have more information, but typically it runs from 10:00 AM till 2:00 PM. Normal grilled picnic food will be available.

Brian has many distance and accuracy casting awards – along with being a popular guide in the driftless area. You can check out his site at Brian Ramsey Fly Fishing and learn more about Brian and his guide service.

Wild Parsnip

It is that time of year again to watch out for Wild Parsnip. Contact with this plant can cause burns and severe skin rashes. There is an oil on this plant that when transferred to your skin will cause issues when exposed to sunlight.

If you do contact this invasive plant, wash the area quickly and avoid sunlight on that area.

For more info from the WI DNR – Follow this link to their website

Welcome to the new website

Hello, welcome to the new website. You will notice that it is still under construction and a few things are missing yet. Feel free to browse around – punch a few buttons and try it out.

Summer Break

The monthly meetings are over until September. Please use all the knowledge you have gained from the great speakers/presentations and go out fishing. Better yet – Take a kid fishing.

May Meeting – Paul Ladell

Paul Ladell will be doing a presentation on his “Alaska Adventure” Join us on May 21st, 7:00 PM at “The Maple Tree” in McFarland

April Meeting – Jim Bartelt

Jim Bartelt will talk about his trip to the end of the world. Fly fishing for giant sea-run brown trout in Argentina.