In a previous post I talk a bit about how and when I started fly fishing. During our trip over the weekend, Josh and I lamented a bit about the time we lost in our youth to frivolous activities when we could have been doing something meaningful and important, like fishing (that’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, but only slightly). We had all of these great fishing opportunities within just a short drive of our home town, and we never took advantage.
So, after the end of the float-a-thon, we decided we’d spend the couple hours we had left doing a little scouting.
Part 2: Wisconsin River explore-a-thon
The second part of our adventure took us to a recreation area near Grandfather Falls dam a bit northwest of Merrill, WI. I had happened upon references to this area before as I tried to find areas on the Wisconsin River that might be wadeable. In some pictures, I thought I saw promising photos, so we took a trip up to the area.
The up side…
Exploring is fun!
If I can’t be fishing, at least I like to be looking for spots that I could go fishing in the future, so that’s what we did. I don’t know if we found anything super great from a wading standpoint, but we got to see some nice scenery and have some ideas for where we might be able to go if we have a boat in the future.
The down side…
Food… We need food
We hadn’t packed anything to eat on our morning float, so we were nearing supper-time and had basically skipped lunch. I was starving. I really wanted to find a nice sports bar where we could watch the Brewers game (maybe better that we couldn’t) and get a beer. I don’t know the city of Merrill all too well, so we did our best with our smartphones to find a good place to go and ultimately ended up unsuccessful. So, then we made a huge mistake and stopped at Hardee’s. Guh. Gut rot supreme.
It’s May. No, seriously
Josh and I took a nice stroll down a stretch of the river where there was a reservoir on our left side in one branch of the river, and the outflow from the dam in the above picture which made another branch of the river on our right side. I hope that made some sense. Anyway, despite the cool temps and wind, it was a nice, sunny picture in front of us. Then we turned around.
Behind us, the sky was dark and we could tell that there was precipitation coming down from said clouds. And they were all moving toward us. Great. Keep in mind, this was May 11. I’ll let the pictures say the rest.