Northwoods angler and tier Brian Bergeson whips up magic before a float on the Upper Mississippi.
Many river miles from the nearest launch, Michigan angler Dave Cross chugs a popper through the shallows in search of feeding fish.
When the rivers blow out Wisconsin guide Chris Willen hits the lake country, where quick responses to sighted fish are crucial to success. Minnesota angler Tom Hazelton on the sticks.
After a long day of throwing foot-long flies at fish who may or may not be there, questions outnumber answers. A good campfire aids the pontificating. As does whiskey.
It doesn’t always come together, but when it does, a good musky can short your circuits and clog your brain for a week.