STREAM CONDITIONS AND BLOG
I ventured out late morning after the skies had cleared and the rather impressive storm that rolled through during the overnight pushed out of the area. I have to admit I wasn't too optimistic about it becoming a productive day as I fully expected to find high, fast stained water. I did come across only slightly stained water and as it turned out some phenomenal terrestrial action was to be had! Pink bellied Morrish and Dave's Hoppers were the two standouts of the arsenal today. It was hot (mid 80's) and full sun but I targeted undercut banks and shaded stretches of water. Throwing the hopper along the edges and making my way through the pools up to the riffle areas paid big dividends. Some gorgeous colored Browns were taken on this very hot late morning / afternoon.
What a tourist terms a plague of insects, the fly fisher calls a great hatch.
-- Patrick McManus
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.