Club Meetings and Activities

2023-24 Meeting Schedule

Wisconsin Smallmouth Alliance and the Badger Fly Fishers have resumed monthly meetings.  The Thirsty Goat restaurant, 3040 Cahill Main, Fitchburg, will be our monthly meeting site.  The Thirsty Goat offers a quiet room which will seat 50 people, excellent and affordable food, and a small bar in the room serving multiple refreshments.  Meetings for both the WSA and BFF will begin with a social hour/dinner starting at 5:30pm and the general meeting starting at 6:30pm.  Currently, we will be able to order off the menu and, as long as enough meals are ordered at each meeting, we will be able to continue this practice indefinitely.  The alternative will be a buffet-style set up with fewer choices.  Therefore, we encourage members to join us for dinner if it will work into your schedule.  WSA and BFF meetings will occur on the first Wednesday of the month as listed below.  Please note that the WSA and BFF meetings will alternate each month.  We look forward to seeing you at our new home.

The following are the dates for our bimonthly meetings:

October 4, 2023 – WSA meeting with Kyle Zempel – Black Earth Angling

November 1, 2023 – BFF Meeting 

December 6, 2023 – WSA Meeting with Nick Hahlbeck – Wisconsin’s Greenfire Fishery Group

January 3, 2024 – BFF Meeting with Tom Lager on “The Giant Mayflies of Wisconsin”

February 7, 2024 – WSA Meeting with Bradd Sims, DNR, Stream and River system Biologist * TBD

March 6, 2024 – BFF Meeting with Jeff Treu on “Fly fishing for Steelhead”

April 3, 2024 – WSA Meeting with Stu Neville, Hayward Fly Fishing Company * TBD

May 5, 2024 – BFF Casting Clinic & BBQ

We look forward to seeing you soon.

May 5th – Casting Clinic and BBQ

A person casts a fly fishing rod on a lake.
The Badger Fly Fishers last meeting of the season at the Thirsty Goat restaurant would normally occur May 1st.  However, we have moved the meeting to Sunday, May 5th and will instead have a casting clinic and BBQ.  The event will take place at Donald County Park, 1945 WI Hwy 92, Mt. Horeb, WI.  We will be at the first shelter south of the parking lot.  Brian Ramsey, a national tournament fly caster, will offer demonstration casting and work with individuals to improve their fly casting.  Bring your rod or we can provide a rod for you to use. 
Additionally, we will have a BBQ at noon at no charge to attendees.  The event is open to the public. It begins at 10:00 AM and ends at 2:00 PM.  See you there.