Wisconsin

Volunteer Reports for Tomorrow River

Date August 26, 2007  
Time  
County Portage  
Weather sunny
Water clear and fast
Hatches
Fished emmons creek for about 2 hours with the gf. Caught a few 8 inch browns. Had to get the ciggs and gf caught a nice 16 inch brown. Got bored so went to the tomorrow river only to find peope there. Fished anyways and aught more 8 inch browns. Gf caught a nice 12 inch brown. Went to a secret spot very hard to get to and i caught the 2 biggest browns of my life, a 22 and 24 inch brown. 24 incher was 7 lbs even and the 22 was just shy of 5 lbs
- phil vouers


Date July 08, 2007  
Time 6:30 am - 9:30 am  
County Portage  
Weather Sunny
Water HOT
Hatches
Fish were hitting hard after no action at all the last few days. Fished dryfly the first hour with no luck, changed to the nymph and it heated up like the weather. ended up with 17 fish, some browns, mostly small bows.
- Swamp


Date June 19, 2005  
Time 5-10 p.m.  
County Portage  
Weather 70+ overcast, changed to full sun
Water
Hatches Gray Drakes, Caddis, White Fly, Stonefly
Fished three different areas of the the tomorrow/waupaca below Amherst. Caught quite a few small browns, and the buglife was awesome, but the fish just weren't feeding on the surface. Lots of white mayflies, and tons of remnants of stoneflies on every exposed rock...
- Mike


Date May 16, 2005  
Time 0200pm-0400pm  
County Portage  
Weather sunny 64 degrees
Water Clear
Hatches black caddis
Specific Location:  upstream near headwaters

I fished about 1000 feet of water and caught and released seven trout in the area where the FRANK HORNBERG CHAPTER OF TROUTS UNLIMITED did some stream improvements.Someday,with the removal of the AMHEARST DAM and the PALMER LAKE DAM on Spring Creek I'll be able to fish WILD TROUT all the way to Waupaca.LET US MAKE THE TOMORROW RIVER AND ITS TRIBUTARIES A FREE FLOWING RIVER.
- david g. stakston


Date August 07, 2004  
Time afternoon  
County Waupaca  
Weather cloudy, 70 degrees
Water clear
Hatches
Specific Location:  upstream near headwaters

Conditions made a nice day for fishing. Missed several on prince nymphs, caught one and missed several others on streamers. Wooly bugger had most action. Friend caught and released half a dozen on a spinner, all browns. Lot of action, just unable to reel 'em in.
- Casey Anderson


Date August 05, 2004  
Time All Day  
County Portage  
Weather Bright and Sunny
Water Clear and Cold
Hatches Tricos and Small Tan Caddis
Specific Location:  upstream near headwaters

I managed to catch a few trout in the 10" to 12" rangeon Trico emergers and Copper Johns. I had a few nice ones on that broke my tippet. The bright and sunny conditions consquently meant long leaders tapered down to 6x or 7x tippet, depending on the type of water. I happened to spook a few large trout every now and then on my way throughout the day, so I know that they are in there.
- Matt Fisher


Date May 02, 2004  
Time 3:00  
County Portage  
Weather cold (45) and overcast
Water clear
Hatches hendrickson and midges
Specific Location:  Lower

Cool and overcast--caught a couple of small browns--hendricksons coming off with some midge activity. I spooked a couple of nicer browns
- Noah Thurber


Date March 19, 2004  
Time 9 - 11 a.m.  
County Portage  
Weather Sunny & 42 Deg.
Water Fairly Clear & 40 Deg.
Hatches
Specific Location:  Lower

Saw no hatches to speak of, but I did see a few Mosquitoes & Midges flying about. Started with #6 Stonefly Nymph Imitation - no takers. Switched to #12 Prince Nymph, C&R'ed a 15" Brown. Successful first outing of '04. Sun went behind the clouds, wind picked up & I called it a day.
- Alan Kunst


Date September 23, 2003  
Time Afternoon, evening  
County Waupaca  
Weather Sunny, cool
Water Clear and cold
Hatches
Specific Location:  near Nelsonville

Fished the lower Tomorrow/Waupaca on a wonderful, blue sky, cool day. Got on the water at approx. 3:00 p.m, and the air temp was in the low 70's, and steadily dropped into the mid- to low-60's. Did not see much of anything hatching; just a sporadic hatch of white millers and, toward dark, a very sporadic hatch of dark brown drakes (?). The water level was falling after the rains, but was very clear and cool. Fished a two nymph rig the entire day in faster water. A #12 bh pheasant tail was trailed by a #14 bh prince. The prince was actually a modified version that Pat Ehlers at The Flyfishers in Milwaukee gave me; it had rubber legs and a "fuzzy" tail. Small browns in the faster water were going crazy over the prince all day. Did have some hit the pheasant tail, as well. When I moved to slower water as it was getting dark, I downsized to a #14 bh pheasant tail, but kept the #14 bh prince as the trailer, and caught two nice, healthy browns - one approx. 10" and the other approx. 12" - before my last prince was shredded and unrecognizable. A very enjoyable day on a river that has been difficult most of the year.
- Mike L.


Date August 12, 2003  
Time 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.  
County Portage  
Weather Partly Cloudy
Water slightly stained
Hatches small black gnats & white caddis
Specific Location:  near Nelsonville

Only second time fishing this stretch of river. Started with #14 Bead Head Hares Ear nymph with no takers. At about 10 a.m. little black gnats were everywhere, so I changed to #16 griffiths gnat,(smallest I had) and began having a fair amount of hits. The fish were missing the fly for the most part aggresive "splashy" hits though. Hooked up twice at about noon. One fish was somewhere between 15 and 20 inches, couldn't keep the line tight and he came off. The other was 10 - 12 inches. Also couldn't keep line tight. Finally caught a 9 inch brown on an Elk Hair Caddis (white body, grizzly hackle). Each time out is a learning experience.
- Alan Kunst


Date August 01, 2003  
Time Evening  
County Waupaca  
Weather Mostly cloudy
Water High and stained
Hatches Dark Green Drake
After some rain, the water was a bit high and stained, but clearing. Air temp was about 75 deg., with clouds and approaching rain. Large dark green drake (?) hatch started in and down stream from riffles at about 7:30 p.m. and spinner fall lasted until around 9:00. Very large "bugs". #12 Adams and #12 grey drake parachutes were successful.
- Mike L.


Date June 14, 2003  
Time 4 - 9 p.m.  
County Portage  
Weather partly cloudy
Water average depth and clear
Hatches sulphurs
Caught 20 plus fish out of one of my favorite sections of the upper Tomorrow. Great hatch of sulphers that went on sporadically for about an hour. I caught most fish on a size 12 white wolf (of all things). For a while I was getting a fish on almost every cast. Caught mostly brookies with a couple of nice size browns. Some size to a couple of the brookies (10-11"). A great day to be on the water!
- MartyA


Date June 14, 2003  
Time Late Evening  
County Waupaca  
Weather Warm, partly cloudy
Water murky but clearing
Hatches Green (?) Drake & Hex
Walked into a wonderful Green (?) Drake and hex hatch. Drake's started falling and fish started rising about 8:15 p.m. Hex started about 8:45 p.m. Fish were leaping out of the water. Everything shut down around 10 p.m. Was 80 degrees during the day and about 70-75 at night.
- MartyA


Date May 25, 2003  
Time Evening  
County Waupaca  
Weather 65
Water clear
Hatches sulphurs
Large sulphur hatch all evening, but not many risers. Air temp was about 65 degrees, few clouds. BH pheasant tail took small brookies; white wulff (after dark) took nice brown.
- Mike L.


Date May 18, 2003  
Time 8:30 through 2:30  
County Portage  
Weather sunny, about 68 F
Water normal and clear
Hatches small black caddis and hendricksons
i caught six on flashback pheasant tails, size 16 and my partner caught nothing. i caught two brookies and the rest were rainbows, all were small and let go successfully.
- Matt Fisher


Date May 10, 2003  
Time Afternoon  
County Waupaca  
Weather 60's, overcast
Water High and fast, but clearing
Hatches Mayflies
Pleasant overcast day (was supposed to rain). Water was high and fast from all the previous rain, but appeared to be clearing some. Small hatch of mayflies (looked like sulphurs) around 2:30-3:30, but only small chubs were rising to them. Nymphing was good (bh pheasant tail; bh prince).
- Mike L.


Date April 01, 2003  
Time 15:00  
County Portage  
Weather sunny warm
Water high, very stained
Hatches light BWO, march stone
high fast water, not chocolate yet, but close, good hatches of plecoptera, limited risers. temps in the mid 40 range.
- thisissimple


Date March 23, 2003  
Time 8am-12noon  
County Waupaca  
Weather Partly Cloudy, 65F
Water clear
Hatches Stones Falling, Olives
I fished the tomorrow on 3/23/3. From 8 to 12:30. started 300 yds below (42F) the bible camp bridge and finished 200 (45F) above it. I saw a lot of stones as well. And a lot of them were coming back down to the water and fluttering right along the surface (do they lay eggs so soon after crawling out?) At one time, about 9:45, I looked around and counted over 50 stones on the surface within casting distance. I stopped casting to see if there were any rises to the naturals. Nothing. I also spent an hour before fishing just looking and scouting. I did not see one fish. And the water was remarkably clear. Anybody that was there can atest to the stellar water conditions. Anyway, I didn't catch a fish or even get a strike. I fished EHC's (brown and black) a couple of my own stone imitations (black yarn body, white deer hair wings, some with palmered hackle, and some without), tried stone nymph's and bead head pheasants and hare's ear. I covered a lot of water, above and below, and a perfect day with stone's everywhere. Nothing. And I also think the comment that the Tomorrow is heavily fished is not as true as it once was. The early season 3-4 years ago brought out fly and spin fisherman, as well as a few bait fisherman. I have fished 8 days since the season opener, and I am never party to a "crowd" of more than 4, and I have yet to see any spin casters. I think pressure is down right now. The combination of habitat, water conditions, life cycles, and pressure are ideal on the Tomorrow RIGHT NOW. The question remains: Why the low number of fish? I know you are thinking, "Maybe you are just a horrible flyfisherman." Regardless, you would think I would see a few lies and rises. Worried, Hooky, ps-I am going out again today, before the pleasant weather breaks for the worse.
- Hooky


Date March 23, 2003  
Time 11am - 3 pm  
County Waupaca  
Weather sunny air temps low 60's
Water 44 water temp fair clarity.
Hatches black stone flies
Fished both Portage Co. and Waupaca Co. Very nice back stone fly hatch going on. Seen only 4 rises all day. Hooked 2 fish lost both. Tons of people out fishing. Many others had same luck. Nice discussion on message board about the problems with the Tomorrow / Waupaca river.
- Sir_Trout


Date August 23, 2002  
Time 12-4  
County Portage  
Weather sunny, barometer rising
Water gin clear
Hatches
Specific Location:  upper reaches

I have been trying various north and central streams all year. I think this was the best one. The day I fished was perfect as far as weather-it was sunny and most importantly, the barometer was rising. I decided to fish the river north of Highway 10, where the river is narrow, tree canopied and isolated. It looked like a perfect brookie stream, and it was. I caught many, many little brookies all day long. Most were caught on small hoppers and surface attractors, such as the royal coachman. I would recommend any 12#-16# surface attractor this time of year in general for brookies and that worked here. Most were 8"-10". One supremely beautiful fish porpoised and slashed a 12# hoppper I placed 35 feet upstream when I saw the fish boiling just beneath the surface. It was 13 honest inches and I was able to fight it on the reel. Another perfect day.
- Joe Fojtik


Date June 08, 2002  
Time 7:30pm  
County Portage  
Weather 75 F
Water 63F
Hatches
Specific Location:  Bible Camp

500 yards downstream of Bible Camp bridge (grasy meadow riffles) Fished at Dusk. Fished sulphurs and elkhairs. Lots of surface activity, measured in slurps per minute, I would guess 10 s/min. No luck with sulphurs and elkhairs (14-18) flys. Tied on a parachute Hex and nailed a 14" brown on my 3rd cast. Released him and fished until slurping stopped. Did not catch any more, but had a few lazy attempts, including one that caused quite a commotion. Had to be a very large fish. Hex this weekend????
- Thomas Dudley


Date May 19, 2002  
Time 3:30 pm-7:30  
County Portage  
Weather Cloudy / rain
Water Clear/42 degrees
Hatches
Fished the cat. 4 while my dad fished the cat. 5 on the upper Tomorrow. I caught 2 very small brook trout and one rise to my attractor that I was using as a strike indicator for the BH Hair's ear nymph I was fishing. Moved to the Waupaca river by the bible camp and ny dad caught 3 browns on a hairs ear nymph. Fish were mostly small but one was a 12" brown. No bugs, water was clear and looked nornal for flow.
- J. Beck


Date March 17, 2002  
Time afternoon  
County Portage  
Weather cloudy/snow
Water cloudy
Hatches few stoneflies/midges
Fished downstream from Otto Road. Swung leeches and picked up a few fish. A lot of takes in the slow water and in log jams. Good luck to all. Please post if and when you see any surface activity. Tight lines.
- Tom Christensen


Date March 16, 2002  
Time 12:45-3:45  
County Portage  
Weather Sunny, calm, 42 F
Water fairly clear, excellent level, 39-40F
Hatches
Got my feet wet for the first time this early season. Fished a large pool on the lower Tomorrow. Started with a sink tip and a black wooly bugger. After no hits in about 40 minutes switched to a two nymph rig. Size 12 prince on point, size 16 hares ear trailing. Caught about 2 dozen trout in the next 2 1/2 hours, and hooked/lost many more. More fish on the prince than the hares ear, but trout took both. Nothing over 12". Many very subtle strikes, with the strike indicator doing nothing more than slowing in the current. Carpe Piscem - ScottO
- ScottO


Date March 13, 2002  
Time 11:00-4:00  
County Portage  
Weather partly sunny 46 degrees
Water high and clear, 34 degrees
Hatches little black stoneflies
Specific Location:  Bible Camp

Fished by the bible camp. Observed some size 14 black stoneflies around the banks on the snow so I tried a black beadhead hares ear with no success. Switched to a black wooly bugger and swung it down and across in the tails of runs. Caught two browns one about 15" and the other about 12" A great day to be out and casting the rod on this beautiful stretch of river, the fish were a bonus!
- Middle Branch


Date March 01, 2002  
Time 12:00-3:00pm  
County Portage  
Weather 25 and sunny
Water good flow and 34
Hatches
Fished a two-nymph system with a black stonefly and a green caddis larva. Also used a bh peasant tail. They all did the trick. Great to be out and to feel the tug of the rod and to see the bend once again after a long winter. Fished by Cobb Town bridge and the Bible Camp area. Picked up a piece of drift wood and it was loaded wtih black stonelfies and green worm-looking crawlers (caddis?). All browns caught and looking very healthy.
- Mike Pfefferle


Date August 29, 2001  
Time evening  
County Portage  
Weather cloudy
Water Clear and Cold
Hatches BWO and other small mayfly
Fished the upper Tomorrow and was amazed at the water clarity. With water clarity like it is you had to be like a stealth fighter to get near a fish. I caught one brown trout about 11" very near dark on a stonefly nymph (of all things). Very tough fishing and very few risers. Nights like this leave me puzzled.
- Marty Anderson


Date July 15, 2001  
Time evening, sunset  
County Portage  
Weather hot earlier dates, rainy later dates
Water excellent flow, mostly clear
Hatches mixed, midges, bluewings, some tiny pale mays
Dates: 7.10 - 7.15.01 - Fishing the upper river for the past week, generally good success in the hour around sunset. Really nice flow, caught anywhere from 3 to 8 fish in 1-2 hours, from 6-12 in. browns, and 5-10 in brookies. Two of the nicest healthiest looking brook i've seen this season. On a 2 wt. rod the 10" and 12" fish were fantastic! One hot night a compardun was very successful, some on 14-16 elk hair caddis, and good success more recently on 10elk hair attractors. I like these this time of year because they can be a caddis or a hopper. Thetallgrass in the meadow sections makes a for a great clinic in precision.
- DMLucas


Date June 22, 2001  
Time 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.  
County Portage  
Weather 60's, cloudy
Water slightly high and off color, but very fishable
Hatches caddis, hex
Started on the upper Tomorrow. Caught quite a few brookies and a couple of browns. All were fairly small, the biggest brookie was about 10". There were a few caddis coming off, and assorted mayflies. No one specific hatch. Fish were freely rising to a parachute adams. Seemed to miss more fish than I hooked. Pulled out about 7:45 and moved to some hex water. I wasn't really optimistic becasue the weather was too cold. A few duns started popping out by 8:50 p.m. Quite sparse. Spinners appeared about 9:15. For about 20 minutes there was quite a bit of activity. Not many trout responded though. I mised two and caught one little brown. Saw another fisherman catch and release a nice brown. Light rain moved in about 10:15 and put an end to everything. Carpe Piscem - ScottO
- ScottO


Date June 17, 2001  
Time 3:00 - 6:30 p.m.  
County Portage  
Weather Partly Cloudy
Water Slightly Cloudy
Hatches Light Cahill Mayflies
Fished the upper Tomorrow yesterday and caught 7 browns on a joe's hopper. Light Cahills were hatching and fish were freely rising to them, but they still liked the hopper pattern. Caught on 16" Brown. Nice football shaped fish. Nice peaceful night to be on the river. Lots of wildlife out.
- Marty Anderson


Date June 11, 2001  
Time 1:00 pm-7:00 pm  
County Portage  
Weather Partly cloudy 82
Water clear
Hatches
Fished the Waupaca river from DD up stream. Caught several brook trout with a 14 Cahill pattern. No hatches and insects were noticable absent. Fish were all small with an 8" brook trout being the largest. Did not observe any mayflies in the air but the trout were breaking the surface now and again. Couldn't spot anything on the water so they may have been taking insects just under the surface. My dad caught a few small browns on a grasshopper dry fly pattern.
- Jim B


Date June 07, 2001  
Time 4:00-8:30pm  
County Portage  
Weather overcast and 70
Water normal
Hatches sulfurs, drakes, midges, few hex, light cahills
Fished upstream from the first access point off Highway 10. Fish were rising when I got there to light cahills. Landed 14" brown and 3 smaller browns on cahill. Moved to TT and D and landed 3 more browns. Foul hooked a 14" brown that felt like a monster. Released him well. Saw a few hex come off.
- Mike Pfefferle


Date June 01, 2001  
Time 5 pm to dark  
County Portage  
Weather low clouds, light rain, 50F
Water clear, 54F upper, 59F lower
Hatches
Fished the Tomorrow with my boss after work on friday. We started on the upper and did pretty well. Caught many brookies and a couple browns. Not much hatching, but the fish were taking a parachute adams. A few caddis and a few sulphurs observed, along with a BWO or two. No significant hatches were seen. Moved to te lower looking for the sulphurs. Saw fewer flies on the lower than we did on the upper. I was quite dissapointed. I think the cool temps are keeping the flies down. We did catch a few browns, but they were all small. The lavender is blooming everywhere and provides a very pretty, very fragrant backdrop. Need some warmer weather to really get things going.
- ScottO


Date May 20, 2001  
Time 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  
County Portage  
Weather Partly Cloudy
Water clear
Hatches some caddis
Decided to go fishing for an afternoon after a very disapointing day fishing the Prarie on Friday. I caught two small browns off Lowberg Rd. and missed at least 20 more. I was fishing a BHPT with a BHP dropper. They would hit the combo, but not very hard. This resulted in many hook ups, but not many fish landed (shook the hook). Some fish were rising to a small hatch of caddis. All in all it was a fun time fishing. I will be going out again on Thursday. Pray for a hatch!
- MARTY ANDERSON


Date May 18, 2001  
Time evening  
County Waupaca  
Weather warm, sunny
Water normal level
Hatches sulfur spinners
Specific Location:  near town of Waupaca

Fished at D& DD, Steadman Park,upstream thru cow pasture, clouds of egg saturated bugs but none on the water, no fish rising except one bluegill I caught in slow water. Fishing very spotty in whole area, few fish rising , scads of bugs in steam and above. Where the heck did the fish go?? One friend found cooler water upstream on Sun near Nelsonville and did catch some trout.Apparently pond at Amherst causing warmer water downstream. Bummer.
- Ed Miller


Date May 17, 2001  
Time 5 p.m. to Dark  
County Portage  
Weather partly cloudy, 70F
Water clear, good level, 62F
Hatches
Fished thursday night after work on the middle. Hoped to find a few late Hendrickson, or maybe an early sulphur. At least thought I could find some caddis. Unfourtunately - zip, nada, nothing. There were no hatches going on all night, A few midges swarming around the water and a couple of lonely caddis. I think I saw one sulphur. I saw very few fish rising. I did manage about 6 on EHC and a parachute adams. Lost the biggest fish of the night on a #16 parachute adams just at dark. He popped my 6X tippet like it was thread! Weather was beautiful and mosquitoes were strangely absent. A perfect night for fishing. Just wish a few more bugs would have come off. Carpe Piscem -
- ScottO


Date April 25, 2001  
Time 4pm - 8:30 pm  
County Portage  
Weather Partly cloudy, 65
Water slightly high and dirty, but fishable 58-60F
Hatches very sparse caddis
Fished the lower Tomorrow after work today. The water was still a bit high and dirty, but it was fishable. Saw a rise along an undercut bank as I started, so I tied on a Ross Mueller BHP Beetle. Caught a spunky 10" brown on about cast 6. Put down another nice fish that rose a few feet upstream. Worked further up and nailed another brown on the beetle. Switched to a nymph to work some deeper runs and caught one more brown. The fish were all very strong and healthy. Water temp was 60F!! Seems awful warm - blame the dam in Amherst. I won't get on my soapbox again, but that dam has got to go!! If the temp is 60 on April 25, what will the temp be in August?? Moved to a big pool and fished a streamer through the tail out. Caught one 8' brown fresh out of the stock truck. It appears the DNR has been to the river. Had a few more hits, but did not land another fish. Great night to be on the river. Carpe Piscem - ScottO
- ScottO


Date April 21, 2001  
Time 11:00-5:00  
County Portage  
Weather Mostly sunny, some clouds, wind
Water Clear, 60F
Hatches sparse BWO
Specific Location:  Bible Camp

River was not running high or off-color which was a pleasant surprise. Started day off by heading upstream from the bridge and taking a dunk -- slipped on some rocks....then proceeded to lose a lot of flies nymphing. Moved downstream to nice large hole right behind the Bible camp and caught a 14" Brown. Used 14-16 BH Pheasant tail with 18-20 Prince dropper. Fish took the dropper. Didn't get any more strikes for a while so I added more weight and caught two more 10-12" fish. Then moved down to another hole, and caught another 14" Brown and two more 10-12" ones...on the same rig....all took the dropper. This river is absolutely beautiful....lots of great water. On the way out, I pulled another 8-10" fish from some really fast moving water...deep, boulders....made for some frantic mends. Apart from the wind and occasional falling branches/items from the canopy above, it was a perfect day....only saw one rise and little insect activity on the surface.
- Denis


Date April 15, 2001  
Time 3:00-5:30pm  
County Portage  
Weather sunny and 50
Water high and getting clearer
Hatches baetis, midges
Specific Location:  Waupaca river stretch

Fished the Bible Camp on Easter Sunday after the rain stopped. Sun came out bu the stone flies 2 days earlier did not. Fished a two fly system wtih a San Juan worm trailed by a hares ear #16. Missed a nice fish in the first hole I tried. Cauhgt a 10" brown on the hares ear. Slow day. Waiting for the Hendricksons to start appearing.
- Mike Pfefferle


Date April 13, 2001  
Time 2:00-4:00pm  
County Portage  
Weather sunny and 50
Water high and merky
Hatches baetis and stonefly
Specific Location:  Waupaca river stretch

Fished Cobb Town bridge downstream. Plenty of hatching activity going on with numerous black stones #14 and tiny bwo's. Nothing rising due to dirty water from the rain earlier in the week. Fished with SanJuan worm, sculpins, stone nymph and prince...nothing seemed to work. Too bad the water wasn't clear..it could have been fun if the fish would have seen the stones.
- Mike Pfefferle


Date March 16, 2001  
Time 3pm to dark  
County Portage  
Weather 35F, cloudy
Water 41F
Hatches sparse black stone
Fished for a couple of hours after work on Friday. Stream was in good shape, a bit low, clear, and 41F. Fished in two deeper holes that have produced in the past. Fished a wet (picket pin) on a sink tip without any action. Switched to a double nymph rig (prince - hare's ear) and managed to catch one 6" brown. Very slow day. Still felt good to stretch the line and get my feet wet! Carpe Piscem - ScottO
- ScottO


Date March 15, 2001  
Time 3:00-5:00pm  
County Portage  
Weather 35 and overcast
Water Normal
Hatches small black stones, baetis
Specific Location:  Waupaca river stretch

Took off work early and fished a couple different stretches. #16 black stones were crawling all over the snow, but didn't see one riser. Fished princes and black stone nymphs. Water has to warm for the fish to become more active and start taking some of the stones.
- Mike Pfefferle


Date March 13, 2001  
Time 9am-5pm  
County Waupaca  
Weather Cloudy with little sun
Water Clear & low --- 35-37
Hatches Small stones sz 18 & midges
Specific Location:  Waupaca river stretch

Some friends and I had a wonderful day... Caught a good amount of fish. 2 rainbows! 1 was 16", the other 12". Used heavily weighted sculpin patterns primarily. Olive scud and small black stone fly on the dropper worked well also. Pumped one of the fish... 1 small stone nymph and a cream colored uncased caddis. Fishing was best when the cloud cover was at its fullest. Tiny stone adults were crawling on the snow when the sun was out. Saw only one riser...
- Shawn P Sullivan


Date March 09, 2001  
Time 1:00-4:00pm  
County Portage  
Weather sunny and 35
Water clear and cold
Hatches few baetis
Specific Location:  Waupaca river stretch

Fished upstream from the Bible Camp with my dad using a prince nymph #12. Finally landed a 15" brown after an hour. Caught 2 more browns-10" on prince. Few flys coming off. I think it is still a little cold. Also, stonefly nymphs have not been productive yet this year. Waiting for there fisrt hatch. Haven't seen any shell bodies on boulders yet. Dad didn't have much luck, although he went out the next day and caught 2 browns on prince nymph.
- Mike Pfefferle


Date March 03, 2001  
Time 1:00pm-4:00pm  
County Portage  
Weather sunny and 45
Water cold, clear
Hatches
Specific Location:  Waupaca river stretch

Fished opening day (early season) with my dad. Beautiful day and great to be out. Some baetis were coming off-mostly size 18-20. Fished with a variety of nymph- stonefly, prince, scuds. Water was very cold and probably was the reason for limited results.
- Mike Pfefferle


Date March 01, 2001  
Time 10am-4pm  
County Waupaca  
Weather Clear, sunny day-- low thirties
Water 36-38
Hatches midges and a few black stones
Specific Location:  Waupaca

Took a seign sample of the Waupaca... lots of midge larva and uncased caddis, sz 18-20--bright green. One Hex nymph... A good ammount of baetis nymphs sz 18-20--olive. A few brown/tan crawler nymphs and stones sz 18-16. A friend and I did well dredging sculpin patterns along the bottom.
- Shawn P Sullivan


Date September 19, 2000  
Time 4:30-6:00pm  
County Portage  
Weather 65 and rainy
Water high and clear
Hatches caddis and midges
Specific Location:  Waupaca river stretch

Fished the Bible Camp up river from the bridge and caught one small brown on a bh pheasant tail #12. Started pouring as soon as the caddis started to come off and I saw a few rises. Weather got the best of me.
- Mike Pfefferle


Date August 22, 2000  
Time 6:30-8:30pm  
County Portage  
Weather hazy and 75
Water Normal
Hatches leukons, caddis
Specific Location:  Waupaca river stretch

Started at Cobb Town Rd. bridge with tan hares-ear nymph and missed a nice fish in the rapids. Leukons started to hatch about 7:00 but no rises. Moved to the Bible Camp stretch and landed 3 browns on tan hares-ear nymph. I didn't see any fish come up for the leukons. Dad fished downstream and landed 8-10 fish on leukons. Fish were "flying" out of the water where he was. Interesting how fish can be rising in one spot but not another.
- Mike Pfefferle


Date August 17, 2000  
Time 5:30-8:30pm  
County Portage  
Weather overcast and 65
Water Normal
Hatches tricos, leukons, bwo's
Specific Location:  Waupaca river stretch

Fished downstream from Cobb Town bridge. Landed 3 small browns on a bwo that were coming off sporadically. Swarming tricos were among the faster ripples. No fish rising to them. Leukon hatch started about 7:30 but the fish were ignoring them until about 8:15 and then they started hammering. Caught and released about 10 fish in a half hour. Biggest was 12" with a bright yellow stomach..gorgeous fish. Get out and fish on overcast days...they have always been very productive.
- Mike Pfefferle


Date July 27, 2000  
Time 5:30-9:00pm  
County Portage  
Weather overcast, rainy, 75
Water merky and up a bit
Hatches leukons, tricos
Specific Location:  Waupaca river stretch

Fished at the intersection of County Tand D upstream. Started with stimulator and wooly buggers due to the merky water. Put on cream-colored hare's ear #12 nymph and landed a 14" brown. Headed upstream into the woods and landed two more 10"browns on leukons. Swarming trico hatch going on over the faster rippples. Saw a huge fish come out of the water in the faster water. Threw everything at him but could not get his attention.
- Mike Pfefferle


Date July 24, 2000  
Time 5:30-9:00pm  
County Portage  
Weather sunny and 75
Water clear and low
Hatches sulphurs, leukons, light cahills
Specific Location:  Waupaca river stretch

Fished downstream from the Bible Camp. Caught a nice 10" brookie on a light tan hares ear nymph below some rapids. Saw a few fish rising to sulphurs. Landed a 10" brown on a leukon. Fished the next 2 hours with a variety of flys and had little luck (leukon, stimulator, light cahill). Just before dark the fish began to rise everywhere. Caught 4 browns in faster ripples with light cahill. Biggest was 12". Major hatching going on.
- Mike Pfefferle


Date July 20, 2000  
Time 6:00-8:30pm  
County Portage  
Weather pc and 70
Water low and clear
Hatches tan caddis and leukon
Specific Location:  Waupaca river stretch

Fished Cobb Town Rd. bridge downstream and saw many flies coming off but hardly any rises. Missed a few on a leukon. The leukon started to get really thick about 8:00 , so I moved to County D and T intersection and hit the same incredible hatch there but saw just a few rises. I don't know why the fish are not just attacking these large white mayflys? I never have had much luck with this specific hatch.
- Mike Pfefferle


Date July 08, 2000  
Time 7:00-11:30 am  
County Portage  
Weather overcast and 65
Water Normal
Hatches tricos, caddis
Specific Location:  Waupaca river stretch

Fished at the intersection of County T and D. Tried tricos and stimulator-missed 2. Moved to Bible Camp when TU got to the stream to do some restoration work. Saw a couple dozen turkeys just before I left on a bluff about 100 yards from me...beautiful morning. At the Bible Camp stretch I finally started catching some fish. Landed 4 browns (12" biggest) all on stimulator. Fishing has slowed a bit the last couple of weeks.
- Mike Pfefferle


Date June 29, 2000  
Time 6:00-8:00pm  
County Portage  
Weather sunny and 70
Water clear and normal
Hatches caddis and march browns
Specific Location:  Waupaca river stretch

Fished upstream from Bible Camp. Few caddis coming off. Landed 2, 8" browns on caddis. Switched to march brown and landed 3 more smaller browns. Saw a hex come off, so for the "hecks" of it I put one on and caught a 10 " brown. Saw a couple of other fisherman out... one spin, one fly.
- Mike Pfefferle


Date June 23, 2000  
Time 5:30-9:00pm  
County Portage  
Weather partly cloudy/75 deg.
Water Normal
Hatches march browns, few sulphurs
Specific Location:  Waupaca river stretch

Fished downstream from Cobb Town Road bridge with a march brown and caught 6 fish ranging from 8-12 inches-all browns. Saw a few Hex hanging around. Sulphurs were also in the air. Moved up stream about dark and threw on a stone fly (yellow) and cast upstream into faster water and landed a 14 inch brown. It had the start of the "hooked nose". Hung out until dark to see if the Hex would appear. No go. Try next year.
- Mike Pfefferle


Date June 20, 2000  
Time 5:00-9:00  
County Portage  
Weather partly cloudy;75 Degrees
Water high and somewhat merky
Hatches few hex, tiny black caddis
Specific Location:  Waupaca river stretch/Bible camp

Started downstream from Bible Camp. Caught 2 browns on yellow stonefly (12" and 10"). Caught one smaller brown on green drake. Moved down to County T and D intersection at dusk to try to hit the hex hatch--to no avail. Had two larger fish just about dark smack my stimulator, but due to lack of action I became lazy and missed both of them. Will try to hit the hex hatch again this weekend.
- Mike Pfefferle


Date June 12, 2000  
Time Morning  
County Portage  
Weather Overcast and humid
Water Clear, fast moving
Hatches Some sort of mayfly
Went trout fishing for the first time this year. Used a number 12 Adams with a gold bead head. Caught and released what looked like a native 11 inch brown. This is a beautiful stream.
- Amir


Date June 07, 2000  
Time 4-7:30PM  
County Portage  
Weather heavy overcast, occ. drizzle
Water first time here, seemed slightly high
Hatches sulfurs, cahills
Specific Location:  Category 5 water below Nelsonville.

Heavy overcast rolled in and bugs began about 5PM. More sulfurs than cahills, but fair numbers of both from 5-6PM. Took about 20 browns from 8-13 inches on #16 sulfur comparadun. Hatch ended abruptly, but fish could be coaxed to take fly desipte lack of live insects on surface. Early hatch allowed be to quit by 7:30 and be back in Wautoma by 8:30. Actually had some evening left. Nice.
- RLP


Date June 06, 2000  
Time 5:30-8:00pm  
County Portage  
Weather sunny and 70
Water High and clear
Hatches drakes,duns,hendricksons
Specific Location:  Waupaca River stretch

Fished downstrean from Cobb Town Rd. Bridge..nice stretch..1st time fishing this area. Started with b.h. brown stonefly, black stonefly, duns and hendricksons. Couldn't get anything to take. Finally, put on green drake (14) and caught a dozen fish in a couple hours. Biggest was 14" (All Browns). I saw a Hex come off the water..pretty early, but exiting. I am heading to SW Wis. to fish the W.F. Kickapoo and Big Green Spring creeks with my dad and friend on friday. Looking forward to it.
- Mike Pfefferle


Date May 29, 2000  
Time 6am-8pm  
County Portage  
Weather warm, partly sunny
Water clear, 62 degrees
Hatches sulfurs, olives, caddis
I spent Memorial Day weekend trying to become familiar with the Tomorrow river but left even more mystified by this picturesque river than I was when I was there a few years ago. I fished through large stretches of what appeared to be perfect trout habitat but caught mainly chubs out of riffles and deep runs that should hold nice browns. Below Amherst, I hooked one brown amid a boulder field but saw no other trout despite vigorous attempts to spook them out of the deep pockets surrounding the boulders. Above Amherst, I had a bit better luck with some beautiful brookies that were eager to take a sulfur dun late in the afternoon. Despite my meager fishing success, the river is so gorgeous that just being there almost compensates for my lack of success. Can anyone suggest strategies or specific regions of the river that are more productive to help me out on future trips?
- Allen Comer


Date May 26, 2000  
Time 4pm to dark  
County Portage  
Weather partly cloudy
Water perfect
Hatches sulphurs
Sorry for the late post. Tried to find the sulphurs on the lower Tomorrow. The hatch was coming off when I got to the river. A size #16 sparkle dun was the fly of choice. I caught about 15 fish, mostly small. The biggest fish of the night was a 13". Had one very rude fisherman wade up to me, exit the stream, walk up 30 yards and start flailing away at the rising fish in front of me. He walked right on a lunker structure that had several fish rising along it!!! I finally couldn't take it anymore and asked him if he planned on putting all of the fish down before I got to them. I told him he was being very rude. He muttered something and moved on. Oh well, I guess it is that time of year!! Carpe Piscem - ScottO
- ScottO


Date May 15, 2000  
Time 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  
County Portage  
Weather Partly sunny, breezy
Water low and clear
Hatches Small mayflies; few caddis
Fished south of Hwy. 10 in area of habitat improvement work. Using a size 18 barbless-hooked Adams, I caught and released seven small but feisty brown trout, and I missed numerous hits, some of which seemed to come from decent-sized trout. The area where I fished has had some excellent habitat restoration work done on it by DNR crews headed by Al Niebur (Wautoma Area DNR Station) and by several Trout Unlimited chapters. I cannot give enough thanks to those who helped make a positive difference in this section of river. Now, if the dam at Amherst simply would disappear.....
- Troutman of the North


Date April 29, 2000  
Time 9 am - 1 pm  
County Portage  
Weather cloudy, mid 60's
Water High and cloudy
Hatches Caddis
Took my brohter to the Tomorrow. We both left a bit frustrated. He managed to land a 12" brown on an elk hair caddis. I had several hits while swingin a wet through riffles, but not many fish were active. A pretty good caddis hatch came off much of the morning, but I only saw 2 risers. I had to kick the banks and root the fish out to prove to myself they were still there. Water was 49F. Moved to a large hole on the lower. Water was 59F (thanks to Amherst Dam). Could not get a hit on a wet swung through the hole. Switched to a nymphing set up on a right-angle leader. Caught one beautiful, strong, 15" brown that put up one hell of a fight. Could not hook another fish. Not the most productive morning, but one good fish sure makes for a nice day. Finished the day by catching 20 crappies on the Wisconsin River in Point. Went through two dozen minnows!!! God I love taking a day of vacation to fish all day!!! Carpe Piscem - ScottO
- ScottO


Date April 28, 2000  
Time 10:00 am - 4:00 pm  
County Waupaca  
Weather overcast, sprinkling
Water Clear
Hatches
hadn't been to this stream in 5 years at least...certainly as beautiful as I remembered it. Fished it near the Bible Camp. I caught 4 Browns on Beadhead Caddis emergers (largest about 12"). Caught a whole lot of Chubs too. One Chub took a grey Ghost streamer...quite surprising...aggressive aren't they! Hooked another larger fish in a deep hole right near the Bible Camp, but he got off... Nice to be on a larger stream amongst the boulders and gravel!
- Denis


Date April 24, 2000  
Time 2pm  
County Waupaca  
Weather Sunny and warm
Water almost clear
Hatches Caddis
Specific Location:  Downtown

We fished the Oconto in the morning for whatever was left of Marty's Rainbows as well as and Stealhead left. Left the river due to the pressure of 20 plus fisherman. So much for a peacefull day. Arrived down town Waupaca to fish the runs above the falls. A few caddis were in the air. Caught a beautiful 14 inch Brown(natural)on a caddis on my forth cast. That was followed up by a "fat" 14 inch Rainbow. Those Rainbows released last year have doubled in size and they have made it above the falls. All around great day on the river. Thanks for the weather!!! Lines Tight
- John Meier


Date April 22, 2000  
Time Afternoon  
County Waupaca  
Weather Sunny
Water High and cloudy
Hatches Heavy Black Caddis
Specific Location:  Downtown

After planting trees on the farm I head up to the Tomorrow to meet Jason. Jason had asked for some help on the WI Flyfishing Message board some time ago, so I offerd to lend a hand. When we got to the river there was a good black caddis hatch going on. So we tried working an Elk hair over a few rising fish, we had are work cut out for us because there where so many flies on the water in many different stages of the there life cycle. I was sitting on the shore giving Jason a hand and the Caddis flies were just crawling all over me. The hatch was about as heavy as it ever gets. I did manage to C&R a few fish between hepling Jason. Jaaon did have on for a time but it got off. I had some luck with a caddis pupa and beadhead also.
- Steven Heuser


Date April 21, 2000  
Time 3pm  
County Portage  
Weather clear, sunny, low 60's
Water high, muddy
Hatches Caddis
Attempted to fish the Tomorrow on 4/21. I wasn't very optimistic, considering we had nearly 2.5" of rain last week, most of it on Wed and Thurs. As I expected, the water was very high and very muddy. Lots of debris being carried by the water. I wet a line briefly with a big wooly bugger, but all I hooked was leaves and grass. Decided it wasn't worth my time. Drove to a few more access points to assess them for later this year. I think I may have found some water for later this year. I also checked out Flume Creek. It was even worse than the Tomorrow. I expect the river should be in pretty good shape by Easter Sunday. Carpe Piscem - ScottO
- ScottO


Date April 14, 2000  
Time 4pm to 9 pm  
County Portage  
Weather Windy, sunny
Water low, clear, 58F
Hatches
Fished the Tomorrow after work on Friday night. The wind made doing anything pretty difficult. Didn't see anything rising, so started with nymphs. Saw a rise about 5 minutes later, so being a "true" flyfisherman I immediately switched to a dry BWO. Why is it that one small rise can get me to abandon a proven fly for the chance, however small, of a fish on top?? Caught two very small browns before switching back to the nymphs. Hooked one nice brown and LDR after a few seconds. Continued working upstream, but the wind and sun made fishing tough. Did not catch another fish. When I checked the water temp it was 58F!!! Seems a little early to have water temps that high. The low water surely doesn't help. I was fishing the lower Tomorrow, where water temps often get so high in the summer that fish need to move up or down to find relief. The fish get stressed a lot. We need to get the dam at Amherst removed!!! The pond it forms is nothing but a shallow, muck-filled heat sink. No one fishes it anyway - just a few stunted panfish and pike. I would love to see the dam removed. After seeing the effects of the dam removal in Nelsonville and Prairie Dells dam (on the Prairie River) I am convinced the lower Tomorrow could be an phenomenal fishery if the dam were removed. But stepping of my soapbox, I moved to a big pool at dark. Fished a wet fly on a sink tip line for about 45 minutes. Had half a dozen hits, but did not hook anything. Enjoyed the evening, but it sure wasn't very productive!!! Carpe Piscem - ScottO
- ScottO


Date April 02, 2000  
Time 10am to 2:00 pm  
County Portage  
Weather Partly cloudy
Water upper 50's
Hatches little black stones, some black caddis and some BWO
I have fished it the last 2 Sundays. Sorry I din not write the reports sooner, no time to write reports, we just had our banquet for the Fox Valley chapter to TU. I'm the Silent Auction chairman so that has left little free time. 3/26 Some little back Stone flies were out. there were two sizes the bigger one was about size 12 - 14 and the smaller one was about a size 16 - 18. I had taken 2 beginners with me and they were both able to catch fish. I was cool to see the big grin on there faces after they caught there first trout on a fly rod. 4/2 The stone flies have seemed to slowdown some, not as many on the water. I did see a few little black caddis and a few BWO. I was able to catch some fish in the first hour then thing slowed down. Steve :-)
- Steven Heuser


Date March 29, 2000  
Time 4-6 pm.  
County Portage  
Weather clear
Water clear & unseasonably low
Hatches midges and v. tiny stones
sweet! beautiful calm day. small hare's ear did the trick a couple of times. I saw some active fish in a flat near a bank and in the sun. I manage to get two of them swinging a wet. Man this spring they are exceptionally deep bellyed/fat. what is goin on when i hit tab is submits on me. Bye the way the Crystal River is truley wonderful. Strange,for it has not been planted in over five years in the uppersection, though I continue to catch trout of all size. (wild browns and occasionally a brookie). Hum...Believe it or not I think the Crystal has a lot of potential. A portion stays quite cold even in the summer due to the inflow of the radley creek and a few seepages along the N.West shore below the town of Rural. Try it. not a lot of fish but they must be reproducing somewhat....sweet....
- travis stuck


Date March 24, 2000  
Time 4-6 pm.  
County Portage  
Weather light rain
Water up from last week, still clear, 49F
Hatches
Fished the tomorrow in the rain Friday night after work. Did not see any hatches, so I worked downstream with a wet fly. LDR several fish, then caught 4 small (8") browns and then one 9" brookie on a picket pin. Two cast after the brookie caught the biggest fish of the night - a 13" brown. Turned around and worked back up with a nymph, but only hooked one fish as darkness fell. I love fishing in rain and fog! Carpe Piscem - ScottO
- ScottO


Date March 19, 2000  
Time 1-6 pm.  
County Marathon  
Weather Cloudy, snow, 32F
Water low, clear, 39F
Hatches
Went looking for the stone flies on the Tomorrow myself. Maybe the weather kept them down, but I only found one lonely fly crawling on a large boulder. The fish were not active at all - I think the cold water was the reason for that. I was fishing nymphs due to the lack of activity. I checked out a new stretch of water and don't think I'll be back - wide, shallow, and sandy with very little in-stream cover. Finally finished in a deep pool where I managed to drag one to the top - an 8" SUCKER on a prince nymph!! Switched to a sink tip line with one of my favorite wet flies, a picket pin. Hooked three trout and LDR all of them. My feet were getting numb, and I still had not handled my first fish. Was ready to leave when I got another strike. Brought an 11" brown to hand and let him go. I decided not to take another cast and end on a high note. The snow was very beautiful filtering through the trees and reflecting off the water. I was cold, wet, tired, and extremely happy to be fishing our early season.... Carpe Piscem - ScottO
- ScottO


Date March 14, 2000  
Time 12:00 to 4:30  
County Portage  
Weather 40 degrees partly cloudy breezy
Water moderate levels and very clear
Hatches Black stone flies
black stones everywhere. 13 fish caught, all on dries. 5 over 14", largest -17". Movement of fly laterally, a positive
- Patrick


Date March 05, 2000  
Time Afternoon  
County Waupaca  
Weather Clear warm and sunny
Water low
Hatches Stoneflies
Air temp. 59 water temp. 46 I ran into a nice little back stone fly hatch. At first the fish were only taking nymphs, about 12:30 they started to rise. I had some nice dry fly action for 1.5 hours. During that time I must have seen several hundred stone flies. They really seem to like the back of my neck. I had landed about 6 fish and LDR a few more and had one nice fish break me off. Steve :-)
- Steven Heuser


Date March 03, 2000  
Time 4pm to dark  
County Portage  
Weather Sunny, warm
Water Normal
Hatches
Got my feet wet for the first time this early season friday after work for a couple hours. Headed to one of my favorite holes on the Tomorrow. Tried nymphs - nothing. Switched to a wet swung through the hole and had two hits but failed to connect. Moved to another hole, and had the same results - SKUNKED!!! A pretty rare occurence for me on this river!! Water was fairly low, about 40F, and clear. Still felt good to stretch the fly rod after a long winter. I'll be back on the river next week to wash that skunk off!!! Carpe Piscem - ScottO
- ScottO


Date March 02, 2000  
Time 2:30-500  
County Portage  
Weather 45degrees
Water
Hatches tiny black bugs
Beautiful day on the stream and what a thrill to be back out. The weather could not be any better for the early season. Fished with my dad on the Waupaca near the Bible Camp. After getting the winter rust spots out and many tangles in my line I landed 3 nice browns and missed another. Used my 2-weight with a bead head prince and srtike indicator. The 2-weight made the 12 inch fish feel like monsters. Just wonderful to be out and I can't wait for Sat.
- Mike Pfefferle

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