Spring Opener

Due to the inability to predict what new COVID-19 variant may or may not be present at the time of the February fundraiser and our concern for everyone’s safety the Badger Fly Fishers have decided to cancel the Spring Opener fundraiser scheduled for February 11, 2023.  While we are certain this action will disappoint many people, we feel it is the safest approach for our Badger Fly Fishers club members and Spring Opener attendees.  We plan to resume the Spring Opener fundraiser the following year on February 10, 2024.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Typically, the Badger Fly Fishers Spring Opener, our annual fundraiser, is held every year on the 2nd Saturday in February.  For 2020, please reserve the date of Saturday, February 8th and plan to attend this celebration of the wonderful sport of fly fishing.  Bob Clouser will be our guest speaker for the day.

2020 Kids, Knife, FlyA bit about the Badger Fly Fishers Spring Opener:  The 2020 event will be held at the American Family Training Center, Building A, 6000 American Parkway, Madison, WI.  The event runs from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and features guest speaker Bob Clouser giving two presentations.  One presentation will be “Bass, Both Species, Top to Bottom” and the other is “Clouser’s Top Tips”.  The event also includes 20+ fly tyers providing helpful tying instruction, a trade show with 20 or more vendors, a chance to win a wide assortment of fly fishing related materials in bucket raffles and a silent auction providing a chance to bid on all things fly fishing.  Here is a link to a list of the magnificent bucket raffle and silent auction items.  This list includes some fantastic, unique and rare fly rods and other prizes that you will definitely want to see and want to bid on.  Admission for the day is $10 for adults.  Children under 16 admitted free.  Lunch on-site is available for a nominal charge.  All are welcome to attend.  The Spring Opener event poster includes some additional information and a map with driving and parking directions can be found here.

Bob Clouser’s love of the outdoors, especially fishing, led him into the fishing business.  Bob 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 other innovative and highly productive freshwater and 2020 02 Feb - Feb 8th - Picture Bob Clousersaltwater fly patterns.  Based in Middletown, Pennsylvania, Bob teaches fly tying, fly casting and fly fishing.  His very popular freshwater and saltwater fly fishing/casting schools are held at various locations around the country using visual aids and casting weighted flies and lines.  Bob also gives lectures, tying demonstrations and presentations nationwide.  Because of his extensive knowledge, Bob is sought after for his fly fishing presentations on top tips for both smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing.  Bob has been featured in many fine fly fishing and fly tying videos and DVD’s.  He is also a prolific and highly regarded author of fly fishing and fly tying articles and books.  Bob’s articles have been published in national and regional magazines as well as in freshwater and saltwater publications.  The books he has published are “Clouser’s Flies” and “Fly Fishing for Smallmouth in Rivers and Streams”.  Bob has been presented numerous awards for his strong conservation work and also enjoys doing freelance outdoor photography.  You can read more about Bob at his website Clouser’s Fly Shop.

Last year’s 2019 Spring Opener fundraiser was again a big success and much fun was enjoyed by everyone!  Below are a few fun and happy people pictures and here is a link to the Badger Fly Fishers’ Facebook page with a few new posts and lots of great pictures.  Thanks for attending our event and thus helping to fund local conservation projects that in turn you enjoy fishing!  The Buzz says it’s like one large, good virtuous circle that comes back around!!!


One of the things we do at our Opener is to recognize someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty for conservation in our area. To this person we award the Joan and Lee Wulff Conservation Leadership Award.