of twisty two lane highways, small but quaint towns and, most importantly, thousands of miles of spring-fed trout streams. The sheer number of spring creeks is astounding. Take a look at the Wisconsin DNR’s trout maps and you will feel spoiled for choice. Yes, if you come here on a summer weekend the pull outs on the well-known creeks will be full of cars, but it is not at all hard to find solitude on some of the smaller or lesser known creeks. While the area is certainly becoming more popular with traveling anglers, there is still plenty of elbow room. The creeks in Wisconsin’s Driftless region are spring fed beauties. Many of them have been restored by the efforts of Trout Unlimited, Wisconsin DNR, and other organizations. Access is generally quite good. Most creeks have wild reproducing browns, and native brook trout can be found, too. Though some creeks are stocked, chances are most of the fish you catch have lived out their lives in the wild. This is not necessarily the place you come to catch your trophy trout but you could conceivably join the 20+ inch club here. However, you are much more likely to spend your days here catching lots of fish, each measuring a few inches on either side of the one foot mark.
...this article will not be another of one of those expounding the simplicity of tenkara and the wonder of fishing “with only a rod, line and fly”. I have reels. I like them. I just really like tenkara, too.
A typical wild Driftless Brown