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Fly fisherman’s Chippewa River catch confirmed as world record

HAYWARD – An avid fly fisherman and fishing guide is the latest
Wisconsin world record holder for the monster musky he landed on
the Chippewa River with a fly rod.

Brad Bohen (background) and Derek Kuehl (foreground) display
their “musky double”.

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The National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum
notified Brad Bohen of Hayward last week that the 51.25-inch musky
he caught Oct. 16, 2008, was indeed a world fly rod record for a
released fish on a 36-pound tippet, according to Emmett Brown, the
Hall’s executive director.

Get a look at Bohen’s catch and read his story of how he landed
this fantastic fish in Record Musky on the Fly.

“I’ve never been a record chaser by nature, but I must admit
that I am tickled to be in this position,” Bohen says. “I give all
the credit to Tom Greenup for his wonderful guiding and oarsmanship
that day as well as good fishing buddy Derek Kuehl, who had invited
me along on the trip after having a fellow angler cancel out.”

Bohen, who would say only that he caught his musky below the
Winter dam but above Lake Holcombe, says that the real story of
that day was that not only did he catch a magnificent fish, but
within moments, “Derek also hung into a record class beast of his
own (fish measured 45 inches) and we proceeded to execute an almost
unheard of musky double on a fly!”

Bohen, who guides and currently caretakes at the Winneboujou
Club on the Brule River, joins a sizeable and storied group of
Wisconsin anglers who have hauled in record fish. Four world
records were set in the Hayward area in the late 1940s, including
the 69-pound 11-ounce monster Louis Spray pulled from the Chippewa
Flowage in 1949.

In more recent years, Wisconsin fly fishermen have also added to
the record haul, including three new fly fishing catch and release
musky records set in 2008 in addition to Bohen’s. Bill Flader set a
new record for 14-pound tippet with the 40-inch musky he pulled
from the Chippewa River in Sawyer County; Tom Peterson set two new
records, for the 43-inch musky he pulled from North Twin Lake in
Vilas County on 50-pound tippet and the 41-inch musky he landed on
Kentuck Lake in Forest/Vilas counties to set a record in the
“unlimited tippet” category.

Wisconsin also owns a corner of a fifth fly fishing musky record
set in 2008: Tom Peterson pulled a 46-inch musky from Smokey Lake,
which is mostly in Michigan’s Iron County but also touches Vilas
County.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Brad Bohen, aftonangler@bradbohen.com;
Emmett Brown, Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, www.freshwater-fishing.org
(exit DNR).

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