Eastern Iowa man achieves dream of becoming fishing guide | State and Regional News

Eastern Iowa man achieves dream of becoming fishing guide | State and Regional News

Eastern Iowa man achieves dream of becoming fishing guide | State and Regional News

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“Whether they catch fish or not, they’re going to learn the areas where the fish are,” he said. “I show them techniques and (equipment) for different kinds of fishing and what I look for when I’m fishing. I’m mostly after walleyes, but we also catch plenty of catfish and bass.”

Willett said among the surprises he encountered when launching his business was the amount of preparation and cleanup work it required.

“For a five-hour trip, I start about an hour-and-half before,” he said. “It becomes almost an eight-to-10-hour day. For an eight-hour trip, it becomes a 10- or 12-hour day. But that’s just part of the job, and it’s something I enjoy doing.”

Area fishing guides also ply their trades on local streams.

Jim Romberg, owner of Fly Fisherman’s Lair guide service in Fennimore, Wis., began taking people fishing on an informal basis in 1977 as a side endeavor to field research he performed in Minnesota.

“After I took a couple of people out, I bought a Wisconsin guide license, and I’ve been doing trout (trips) ever since,” said Romberg, 68.

Romberg moved to Grant County 30 years ago and has taken more than 2,000 clients on trout-fishing trips in southwest Wisconsin.

“Every day is different, and no two clients are ever the same,” Romberg said.

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