New Year-Catch and release
All streams in SE Minnesota are now open for Catch and release artificial only fishing. Come and enjoy the solitude of winter fly fishing and beauty of The Driftless in Winter. Catching a trout is a bonus. Use small nymphs like Zebra Midges, Pheasant tails, Scuds. Warmer days look for rising trout and use small 18-20 Adams, Adams Parachute, midges and BWOs' bring you "A" Game because they are spooky and won't move much but a trout in winter is a wonderful thing.
there is still lots of good water to fish in Minnesota. all streams are running clear that are open-all three state parks and in the city limits of preston (south Branch of the root) chatfield, (Mill creek) spring valley (creek) lanesboro (sb root) and rushford (rush creek) are open for catch and release trout fishing. use a bead head deep and slow or strip streamers. they are lethargic and won't move far but will bite with a good, stealthy presentation-get out there. stop by the shop for great deals on year end clearance items and .99 cent dries and nymphs to fill your box. look for midges and risers on warmer day-use parachute adams or small 20 midge emergers or dries.
all streams in se Minnesota are in excellent condition. fishing is hot right now. hoppers and terrestrials fishing very good. some bwo hatches and midges in the evening. the mid summer mid day lull is dying off slowly as the temps fall.
Terrestrials are on and water is awesome. The best fishing of the year is yet to come. bigger fish are active a feeding up for the spawn, throw meat and big top water bugs. Dave's hopper, hippy stompers, black beetles. nymphs are taking fish on sunny days go deep with bead heads or tungsten
GREAT WATER CONDITIONS
SWOW! FINALLY GOOD FLOWS AND TEMPS ON THE SOUTH BRANCH AND TRIBUTARIES. SOME OF THE BEST CONDITION WE HAVE SEEN IN YEARS. RIGHT NOW, SULPHURS, PMDs, HENDRICKSONS, CADDIS, ALL COMING OFF AT DIFFERENT TIMES. BE PREAPRED FOR SOME OF THE BEST DRY FLY ACTION OF THE YEAR IN THE NEXT MONTH. IT's awesome here. come on down.
EARLY SPRING IS COMING!
WITH TEMPS IN THE 40S AND 50S SUNDAY AND NEXT WEEK WE SHOULD SEE HUNGRY TROUT AND MAYBE BLUE WINGED OLIVES-GET OUT THERE AND STOP BY THE SHOP FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. BIG CLEARANCE SALE ON GEAR AND 20% OFF ALL FLIES. WE WILL BE GOING TO WEEKDAY HOURS IN APRIL.
2022 WINTER SEASON BEGINS
ALL STREAMS ARE NOW OPEN FOR CATCH AND RELEASE-ARTIFICALS ONLY FISHING. GET OUT THERE AND STOP BY THE SHOP ON WEEKENDS TO WARM UP AND TALK FLY FISHING. HAPPY NEW 2022!
WINTER WONDERLAND-SOME GOOD FISHING TO BE HAD IN TOWNS AND STATE PARKS. IT'S ALL GOOD
Stream conditions September 21
Southeast Minnesota received approximately 3/10 of an inch of rain during the storm last night. The South Branch of the Root river has increased its flow by approximately 400 cfs and is slightly off color. the smaller creeks fared much better. They are clearing quickly and should be back to pre-storm levels in short order.
As of September 15th, all southeast Minnesota streams are catch and release until October 15th. On the 15th of October all streams will close to fishing with the exceptions of streams with in the boundaries of the following state parks: Beaver Creek Valley, Forestville, and Whitewater. They are also open within the city limits of Preston, Chatfield, Lanesboro, Rushford, and Spring Valley.
MEL HAYNER IS THE OWNER OF THE DRIFTLESS FLY SHOP AND AN ORVIS ENDORSED GUIDE IN SE MINNSOTA