STREAM CONDITIONS AND BLOG
The Minnesota Driftless Area has seen some rather substantial rain events over the last week which has left some area streams quite stained and a bit high. With that being said, one only needs to do a little scouting because there's plenty of fishable water with most tributaries running clear to only slightly stained. Even in the clouding, turbid water I discovered on Friday that a larger profile fly like a black BH Wooly Bugger was key and landed a few Browns pushing the 17"-18" range. For the streams running clear to slightly stained the BH pheasant tail & BH Hare's Ear nymphs continue to be productive and the area is still seeing decent Caddis hatches so switch to an Elk Hair Caddis when the fish are rising - smaller has proven to be the key.
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.