The conditions have been tough but the State parks are still open. Supposed to warm up over freezing this weekend and smallmouth bass should be active. Also State Parks are still open for trout. Stop by the shop for more reports and flies that will catch fish! Also go to the Orvis Fishing report for more info:
SE Minnesota extended season continues to produce nice fish. I fished all three state parks in the three weeks starting with the closest in Forestville. The South Branch was running well with clear conditions. Canfield Creek was awesome with some rising fish and midges hatching. Took this fish on a bead head Pheasant Tail (14) at the confluence on November 1st!
Next it was on the Beaver Creek with my son and fly fishing friend and prodigy Brian. The creek was as clear as the fall air and stealth was the key to success. Long 6X leaders and slow approach produced a few nice fish again on the bead head Pheasant tails and Copper Johns.
Whitewater State Park was beautiful and the nice weather brought out some hikers and other anglers. The Trout Run Trail was easy walking and spotted a bunch of trout. Didn't catch any but the fall colors and walk made me not really care. Just great to be out on the streams this time of year. WOW
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.