STREAM CONDITIONS AND BLOG
I fished some new stretches of water last evening and once again, I was utterly amazed at what the Minnesota Driftless Area has to offer in terms of scenic beauty and what I would consider world class trout fishing . Armed with resources available free to anyone, a copy of the 2015 Trout Angling: Opportunities in Southern and Central Minnesota booklet, I set out. Public easements to trout streams, arranged by the MN DNR and embraced and allowed by the landowners make accessibility very easy, free and available to anyone! SE Minnesota has literally hundreds of miles of incredibly productive, designated trout streams just waiting to be discovered. Even a guy like myself, who has fly fished 3-4 times a week, pretty much year round for the past three years is still discovering new water - and that was precisely what happened last night. I was able to catch native Brook trout on dry flies, and big Browns on Wooley Buggers all on sections of water that anyone can access! Be sure to stop in at the Driftless Fly Fishing Company fly shop in Preston, MN to get the inside scoop on what is working and where or hire one of the shop's knowledgeable guides to personally take and instruct you on the water .... either way, stock up on supplies for your own adventure as you set out to explore the waters of the wonderful Driftless Area of SE Minnesota!
Houston County was once again hit this afternoon with extremely heavy rains leaving area streams running high and very stained but Fillmore County was for the most part spared and are in good shape. See you on the streams this weekend!
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.