19th Annual Cabin Fever Day… a fishing expo

Presented by Fox Valley Trout Unlimited, open to anyone who likes to fish.

Countdown to Cabin Fever Day 2020








Saturday January 18th, 2020


Grand Meridian, 2621 N Oneida St, Appleton, WI 54911

Hours: 9am – 4pm

Lunch available at Noon

Bucket raffle & Silent auctions: 9am – 3pm (Do not have to be present to win!)



Payable at the door

Individuals: $10

Families: $15


Lunch – $8


Sandwiches: Chicken, Brats, & BBQ

Soda, Chips & Cookie included

Available while they last…..!


Expert Speakers

Expert Speakers discussing Musky Fishing, Brown Trout on Lake Superior, and Secrets to learning & enjoying our sport

Bucket Raffles

The best gear from brands like Simms, Winston, Orvis, Yeti, Renzetti, TFO and many more…..

Silent Auctions

Like-new equipment, hand-made nets, fly boxes & flies, tying benches, books, spinners, and many more great items….


Fishing equipment, fly tying materials, fishing guides, DNR booth and many more…

Used Equipment Sale

Waders, wading boots, fly rods, fly tying materials and much more..


Adult and youth fly tyers, Fly casting clinic

Expert Speakers: “Getting the Most out of Fishing”


10am Featured Speaker

Luke Kavajecz

Lake Superior Brown Trout – Discovering a backyard fishing playground in the Apostle Islands

Luke Kavajecz of Fresh Coast Angling in Ashland, WI is a fly fishing guide on Lake Superior.  He specializes in Chequamegon Bay smallmouth bass and pursues large brown trout amongst the Apostle Islands.


11am Featured Speaker

Tina Murray

Fly Fishing She-nanigan’s – The secrets to learning and enjoying the sport.

Tina has been a fly-fishing educator for over 2 decades and is the organizer of the Wisconsin Women’s Clinics.  She also pioneered the Green Teen (PGT) for at-risk teens in Shabazz HS in Madison, WI.  Tina is the Equity and Diversity & Youth Education Coordinator for Southern Wisconsin Trout Unlimited and a multiple award winner.  She owns shenanigansflyfishing.com and works with all genders and ages while specializing in opportunities for individuals with less access to the sport of fly fishing.


1pm Featured Speaker

Larry Mann & Wendy Wiliamson

Musky Fishing – Go Big or Don’t

Husband and wife, Larry & Wendy, have been guiding and teaching fly fishing in Wisconsin since 1998.  In January 2005, they opened the doors of Hayward Fly Fishing Company.  Still avid trout fisherpersons themselves, they have turned their guiding efforts to the rivers of Northern Wisconsin, plying their drift boats for smallmouth bass and musky


The Ultimate Bamboo Rod & Reel Raffle



Scott Grady through his generosity is building for our Fox Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited a beautiful Tonkin split cane bamboo fly rod and donating a like new Hardy Featherweight reel which is made in England. This year’s Rod Raffle will be for a complete package ready to fishing, bamboo fly rod, reel, fly line, leader, tippet and flies. The value of this package is $1725.00

The Tonkin split cane bamboo fly rod is patterned after a Paul Young, Driggs rod which is 7 foot in length, 2 piece rod in a 4 weight. Paul Young is famous for developing compound tapers making his bamboo fly rods more delicate and giving them more power, a true innovation in fly rod design.

This complete package will be raffled off at our Cabin Fever Day event on January 18, 2020 at The Grand Meridan, 2621 N. Oneida St. Appleton. YOU NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN.

Tickets can be purchased from FVTU members or at Cabin Fever Day for $5 each or 7 for $25 – See Dick Stielow at the “Rod Raffle Table”.  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to own a Scott Grady masterpiece!



Our Famous Bucket Raffle & Silent Auction Items.

Said to be the best selection of Quality Items ever!



With brands like Simms, Orvis, Winston, Lamson, TFO, our bucket raffles offer thousands of dollars in prizes.

Here are some of the fly rods available this year…..


Spin fisherman and bass fisherman, here are some of the rods we have for you……


Need a new reel or fly line, here are some of the options we have for you…..


FVTU is honored to have Tight Lines Fly Fishing Company, DePere, WI as a supporter of Cabin Fever Day.  

All Tight Lines gear can be exchanged at the store for men’s and women’s options and the appropriate size for our bucket raffle winners



Tim Landwehr, owner of Tight Lines Fly Shop in DePere, is a lifelong advocate of all things fly fishing and conservation work.  He has supported all 19 Cabin Fever Days with gear for our auctions, as a featured speaker, as a consultant on ‘how to improve our event’ and as a multi-time raffle prize winner!  

Beyond the fly shop, Tim and his team of guides provide opportunities to float the Menominee River for world-class smallmouth fishing and to fish for other species like Musky on the fly! This is a trip not to missed – your 20″ smallie is out there waiting for you!!!



And many other great items……

Silent Auctions

The following are just some of the items available at this year’s Cabin Fever Day…

Stihl Chainsaw

Handcrafted landing net

Handcrafted fly box (with secret flies)

Handcrafted Keepsake Box

Orvis Clearwater 10ft 4wt rod

Simm’s XXL Long sleeved fishing shirt

Laser Cut Metal Art

TU Landing Net w/ Box of flies

Orvis Digital Camo Sling pack


Loon UV Benchlight w/ 2 polymer types

Tying Bench with Vise

Line Spooler

Perdigon flies

Collection of John Gierach fishing books

Spinning for Trout spinners

Fly Tying Table

Basket of Goodies

TU Sling pack


2020 Exhibitors shown

  • Scotty’s Rod Shop
  • Driftless Angler
  • Aquatic Invasive Species
  • Black Earth Angling Company
  • Charles B. Mitchell Artist
  • DNR Habitat Management Station
  • Tight Lines Fly Fishing Company
  • The Flying Musky
  • Project Healing Waters
  • Hayward Fly Fishing
  • River Keepers
  • Veteran’s Service Partnership
  • Youth Fly Tying Table
  • Real Deal Flies
  • TU Cares
  • Downstream Wallet Company
  • Hawkeye Flytyer
  • Spin4trout
  • Adam Zin’s Paintings
  • Fresh Coast Angling
  • Dan Harmon III’s Fly Fishing School
  • Nipigon River Adventures
  • Fox Valley Trout Unlimited
  • Great Northern Fly Fishing
  • Cooper Landing Fishing Guide
  • FVTU Casting Clinic

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