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Old 04-28-2010, 11:37 AM
Location: Des Moines
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I am going to at least semi retire at age 60 and move to Wisconsin from DesMoines in about 10 months. I love flyfishing for trout on Wis streams.. Desire a fairly small town with some funky shops/ bistro-bars or a place closer to a larger city where I can get a decent glass of wine and other amenitites.. Considering River Falls, Mt Horeb, Spring Green, Viroqua........others?

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Old 04-28-2010, 07:46 PM
Location: Madison
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I also enjoy flyfishing Wis streams. Each of the towns you mention have their pros and cons. It also depends on how big of a city you want to be close to? River Falls puts you 30 minutes to the Twin Cities, the largest metro area close to the cities you listed. Spring Green and Mt. Horeb put you 30 minutes from Madison (metro area of around 500,000). Viroqua puts you about 30 minutes to La Crosse (the smallest of the metro areas).

I live just outside of Madison, and there are plenty of trout streams in this area. However, they tend to be much smaller, many small spring creeks meandering through pastures.

Viroqua puts you in the heart of some of the best streams in the state. More western style freestone rivers (which I prefer).

River Falls also puts you in a great area for these freestone rivers.

The problem I find with the smaller spring creeks, is that many of their banks get choked with high weeds mid summer. Not as enjoyable as throwing flies in a wide open western river.
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Old 04-29-2010, 07:02 AM
Location: Wisconsin
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Gleason, an unincorporated town, in central Wisconsin proclaims to be the Brooktrout Fishing capital in the World. I don't know what truth there is to it. It's a really small town, with Merrill being maybe 15-20 minutes away and Wausau being 30-45 minutes away.
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Old 04-30-2010, 09:36 AM
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I have to suggest Viroqua. Great place, great people and great fishing. Several trout streams in that area...try the stretch between Bloomingdale and Avalanche. After fishing, head up to the cheese factory and pick up some curd and a coke! Enjoy!
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:50 PM
Location: Madtown
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I'm not giving away my favorite fishing hole. But it is upstate in the great northwoods. Real native brook trout. No stockers there. An hour away from a city of 7,000.
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Old 11-23-2010, 03:33 PM
Location: Des Moines
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I delayed retiring waiting for housing prices to stabilize, but now am ready to do it...My probable location is Hayward.. Proximity to Nam, Brule and White rivers. Lake fishing and can get to the Rush or Kinne and back in a day.. Also not far from the North Shore....Sounds perfect..Am I missing anything?
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Old 11-25-2010, 07:10 PM
Location: Ladysmith,Wisconsin
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Somewhere near the Brule river be good if want to fly fish.
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Old 12-05-2010, 01:35 PM
Location: Alaska 2001-2008
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Hayward is nice but VERY TOURISTY. Maybe try the Spooner area instead? Hudson is close to River Falls, nice small town atmosphere and close to a 4 lane that'll take you right to Minneapolis and the International Airport and good hospitals. In that general area across the river is Stillwater (MN). Cost of living (houses) is going to cost a lot more but it is a wonderful quaint town full of antique shops, galleries and fun eateries. And many many B&Bs and homes of Victorian architecture.
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Old 12-08-2010, 09:42 AM
Location: Mokena, Illinois
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Husband and I just bought our first ever fishing boat Saturday. Used, of course. 1985 14ft. Lund, garage kept, used only 2x a year by previous owners who would go fishing in Phillips. Woohoo!
Drove it home in a snowstorm. How perfect is that?
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Old 12-08-2010, 04:45 PM
Location: IN
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Vilas County, but only if you can afford it for water access. Hundreds if not thousands of lakes and ponds to choose from.

Towns to choose from include:
Manitowish Waters
Presque Isle
Star Lake
Boulder Junction
St. Germain
Eagle River
Land O' Lakes
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