Now in June

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I always think  of Gordon MacQuarrie, the famed Wisconsin outdoor author, during this time of year.  June is my personal favorite month to fish in Wisconsin.  The trout streams are coming into full swing with the bulk of the mayflies taking flight.   The panfish in area lakes really start to get aggressive towards everything you throw at them and the bass start settling into their summer patterns and start hitting topwater flies wrecklessly.  A lot of people that fish smallmouth on the fly really like catching fish on poppers.  Personally I love watching a smallmouth hit a streamer that is just sitting under the surface.  I think they hit it a lot harder than a popper and the chances of missing the hookset is reduced drastically.  This June the streamer fishing has been great.  Throwing the flies tight to the bank has created some memorable explosive hits along with slowly stripping flies off of shallow banks over deeper water.  For me this is classic smallmouth fishing.  Having a fly innocently fluttering over an abyss of tannin water and having a smallmouth annihilate it, is something that has kept me coming back for decades.  Get out there and throw a fly at these fish, this is the time to do it .menominee river nothern wisconsin

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