Geri Meyer

Fly Fisher, Fly Tier, Guide

Geri was born and raised in eastern Washington state, but her fly fishing obsession started while vacationing in the blue mountains of Oregon in the mid 90’s. While living in northern New Mexico she met her husband Mat Wagner, in 2006 they decided that they needed to move their family to the midwest to open a fly shop in The Driftless region of S.W. Wisconsin. Geri and her husband have owned the Driftless Angler ( for 15 years, and she has been guiding SW Wisconsin’s spring creeks for over 11 years. In 2015 Geri opened Women’s Fly Shop (formerly Athena & Artemis Women’s Fly so that women could have quality fly fishing apparel and gear all in one spot.

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The Driftless Area of Wisconsin

Geri Meyer has been guiding the Driftless Area since 2006. She was fascinated by the 13,000 miles of Driftless trout creeks many of which flow through over 5 million acres of public land in Wisconsin. The last ice age left the Driftless Area with fractured limestone and sandstone. Water percolates through this rock into the ground and is filtered, cooled, and given an excellent PH level. The water then comes out as springs and seeps and gives us the incredible and abundant trout fishing there. Listen in to discover the secrets of this one of kind fishery.

Just a few of the questions asked and answered during the interview:

  • Where is the Driftless Area?
  • Why is it called the Driftless Area?
  • What are most of the streams like?
  • What species are the primary targets?
  • Are the fish wild or stocked?
  • What are the major hatches?
  • What dry fly hatch is exciting to fish?
  • What sections of Grey Reef are the most productive?
  • What flies work best on these spring creeks?
  • What strategies do you use to fish these streams?
  • Is stealth important in your approach to these fish?
  • Do you do more dry fly fishing or nymphing?
  • What towns are the favored places to stay when fishing the Driftless Area?

Over the years Geri has been passionately committed to introducing as many women to the sport of fly fishing as she can. You can find her speaking about women in fly fishing at various T.U. meetings in the midwest, partnering with women’s fly fishing groups, teaching at women’s clinics, and volunteering her time with Casting For Recovery.


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