Late snows and cold temps have put a damper on typical Spring activities like yard work and of course fly fishing the Minnesota Driftless! However, the mercury climbed well into the 60's this weekend and has put us back on track and in business! Fishing early was the key before too much snow melt runoff stained the water. During this peak time, fishing was solid producing many quality fish on larger nymphs and Woolly Buggers. As the afternoon arrived waters began to run high, fast and muddy. A reprieve was seen already today with headwaters and streams with multiple springs clearing nicely. The weather this week looks very nice and things should stabilize .... so knock on wood, I believe Spring is here!
Stained water in the headwaters of smaller streams produced some trout on Bead Head Pheasant tail nymphs, Dark Wooly Buggers and Blue Winged Olive Parachutes early in the day on 4/21/18. Once the sun got high enough to melt the north facing hills and bluffs it was instant chocolate milk. Reports today indicate some clearing in the upper reaches of small streams where Buggers and nymphs have been effective. Look for The BWO's to emerge en masse this week if it stays above 50. Be patient. The Caddis will come, eventually. See ya on the stream. New season extended shop hours. Now open 7 days a week. Monday through Saturday 8 AM to 8 PM Sunday 10 AM-6 PM
Melvin Hayner is the owner of The Driftless Fly Fishing Company in Preston, Mn. He has been fishing this area for over 23 years and guiding here for over a decade. Some reports will be from other reliable sources around the Driftless area. Thanks guys.