What we do

Badger Fly Fishers is more than just a fishing club, much more.  Beyond the social fellowship of fly fishers, the Badgers’ primary purpose is to help protect, preserve and improve Wisconsin’s outstanding fisheries. Most of our financial resources are used to help fund educational programs, habitat improvement projects and studies directed to that end.

Monthly Meetings

September to May on the 4th Monday of the month. Each meeting features a noted speaker with presentations on all types of fish species and locations ranging from local waters to other fishing destinations such as Alaska and the southern tip of Argentina.

Spring Opener

The Opener is our annual fundraiser and is held annually on the 2nd Saturday in February.  We feature a nationally known speaker, vendors, a lively auction and bucket raffles. Proceeds go directly to fund education and conservation projects.

Education and Conservation

To date the Badgers have donated over $86,000 toward improving Wisconsin’s fisheries through education and stream restoration projects.

Harry and Laura Nohr TU Chapter – 2018-$2,000, 2017-$2,500, 2016-$2,000

Brule River Foundation – 2018-$500

River Alliance of Wisconsin – 2018-$500, 2017-$500, 2016-$250

Roger Lapenter  Chequamegon Bay Fund – 2017-$600

Menominee River – Stop the Back Forty Mine – 2017-$750, 2016-$250

Southwest TU Chapter – Upper Sugar River Project – 2016-$2,000

Previous Donations:

Southwest TU Chapter – Stream Access Fund – $500

Southwest TU Chapter – Brushing Equipment and Supplies – $1,915

Harry and Laura Nohr TU Chapter – Pompey Pilar Creek – $3000

Harry and Laura Nohr TU Chapter – Six Mile Branch – $5,500

Harry and Laura Nohr TU Chapter – Blue River & Spring Creek – $1,000

Harry and Laura Nohr TU Chapter – Stream Habitat Project – $500

Harry and Laura Nohr TU Chapter – Blue River – $1,000

WI DNR – Stream Side Monitoring – $2,500

WI DNR – Trout Automatic Feeders – $1,500

WI DNR – Black Earth Creek Water Quality Project – $2,000

WI DNR – Blockhouse Creek Project – $1,500

WI DNR – Fisheries Project Funding – $925

WI DNR – Wild Trout Program – $335

WI DNR – Early Season Trout Study – $1,000

WI DNR – Sugar River Project – $3,000

Aldo Leopold TU Chapter – Bear Creek Projects – $4,500

Aldo Leopold TU Chapter – Habitat Improvement Project – $1,000

Aldo Leopold TU Chapter – East Branch Lodi Spring Creek – $2,000

Green/Rock County Audubon Society – Stream Monitoring Kits – $500

Baraboo River Clean-up – $130

Black Earth Creek Monitoring Project – $500

FFF & Gary Borger – Video and Study guides for WI schools – “Where the Trout Are”

Teaching the Importance of cold water streams – $5,000

Wisconsin River Landing Repair Project – $400

Black Earth Creek Prairie Restoration & Preservation Projects – $3,500

Sugar River Easement Program – $1,000

Shabazz High School “Green Team” – $1,000

Friends of the Sugar River – Habitat Improvement Project – $3,000

Brule River Sportsman Club – Habitat Restoration Project – $1,000

Middleton-Cross Plains School Ecology Club – $200

Reedsburg School District – Water Testing Equipment – $500

Gollon’s Fish Hatchery – Smallmouth Bass Stocking – $1,000

Grant County Water Conservation – Castle Rock – $5,000

Verona High School – Sugar River Monitoring Equipment – $1,500

Oconto River Smallmouth Bass Project – $500

Westfork Sports Club – Steam Restoration Project – $4,000

Great River Council TU – Conservation and Education – $1,000

Salmo Pond – Handicapped Pier Construction – $1,300

UW Macrobiotic (stream insect) Project – $1,000

Kinnickinnic River Project – $1,000

Willow Creek Restocking (fish kill) – $3,000

The Badgers have also provided fly tying, casting demonstrations and educational seminars to many organizations such as The Fishing Expo, Fly Fish Wisconsin, Gander Mountain, Ducks Unlimited, Boy Scout Troops, etc.

To request funding for a project, use the following links:

BFF Funding Request Form – MS WORD

BFF Funding Request Form – PDF