STREAM CONDITIONS AND BLOG
With the warmer temps of summer upon us, target the waters in the early morning hours and again in the evening. That's not say that trout totally quite feeding during the midday doldrums, just means you have to fish smarter, not necessarily harder. These "off-times" will find trout seeking refuge from the sun and heat in trees shaded areas of the stream or tucked in by undercut banks. A well placed sub-surfaced nymph or in yesterday's case, a Dave's Hopper, will still entice a trout to grab a quick snack. Although terrestrial season is not here yet in earnest, it is quickly approaching and is personally my favorite season! As evening came yesterday, I still witnessed a decent Caddis hatch and my hopper pattern quickly went away and on went the Elk Hair Caddis that produced several Browns to the net. The streams are running a good, some are a bit low (depending on area) but all are very fishable and producing fish! Enjoy the weekend and make your way into the gorgeous Driftless Area of SE Minnesota!
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 like Brian . Thanks guys.