STREAM CONDITIONS AND BLOG
Even with the area's recent heavy rains not all streams were affected due to the "spotty", localized manner in which they came. By the end of the weekend, most were running clear to slightly stained and very fishable. The winds kept the hatches to a minimum but with that being said, there was sporadic dry fly action to be had. The forecast calls for higher temps as we near the end of the week so we may be getting into a summer pattern of fishing early and late. Good results have been had on dry flies such as Parachute Adams, Caddis and Light Hendrickson patterns as well as the "tried and true" BH Pheasant Tail & Hare's Ear nymphs. I personally have found great success on soft-hackle wet flies and by using 6X leaders and tippet ... so be sure to stop in at the Driftless Fly Fishing Company fly shop in Preston, MN, gather up your "hot" flies and hit the streams!
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.