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.
The last several days have really cleared up the streams in the area. The flows are quite good along with great clarity on the smaller streams. The larger rivers are still a bit off color but are clearing fast.
As of this morning, the South Branch of the Root River is still brown and flowing much higher than it has this summer. The smaller streams are starting to show some clearing and lowering as we begin to dry out.
Currently there is no rain in the forecast until Friday. The streams will continue to clear as the week goes on, with the Root being last to clear and drop.
Trout are still being seen eating off the surface. Streamers are also a good choice for these types of conditions.
RAIN RAIN RAIN
We finally received our much needed rain. Unfortunately we received it in a short period of time. The rivers and streams in Southeast Minnesota are very high and brown. The Root River went from a CFS flow of 175 cfs3 to 1504 cfs3 in less than 48 hours. The smaller streams are high and brown as well.
If the weather report is to be believed, we will have some respite from the rain for a couple days before we get more. This would be a good time to prepare your gear for when the rivers begin to clear. This is also a time for throwing streamers. Get them in front of their faces with tasty meat.
LAST NIGHTS RAIN
Southeast Minnesota received just under 1/2 inch of rain last night. This rain will not have much impact on the rivers and streams around the area. Expect them to stay clear or clear up quickly if any off color is detected. In the mean time nymphing is still good and using flies like a San Juan in any cloudy water should produce.
Terrestrials are still hopping near the weed banks, particularly in windy days. There are still Trico hatches in various streams in the area.
August 18th Report
Waters in the area continue to drop. Low water temps are holding steady. High air temps are in the forecast. Lack of rain recently has produced clear waters. Terrestrials are working well. There are still some Trico hatches happening in the mornings.
SOME RAIN IN SE MINNESOTA HAS RELEIVED CONDITIONS ALONG WITH SOME COOLER NIGHTS. FISH ARE BEING CAUGHT ON NYMPHS AND DRIES MOSTLY EARLY AND LATE WHEN THE SUN IS NOT ON THE WATER. SEEK OUT THE DEEPER POOLS IN THE MAIN BRANCHES AND SPRINGS IN THE HEADWATERS. THEY GOTTA EAT EVEN WHEN IT'S HOT.
BLUE WINGED OLIVES ARE DANCING AND TROUT ARE HUNGRY. ALL STREAMS NOW OPEN FOR CATCH AND RELEASE AND ALL VERY FISHABLE. SOME BIGGER FISH REPORTED ON SREAMERS AND DRY FLY ACTION ON BWOS AND MIDGES. SHOP IS NOW OPEN DURING THE WEEK 11 AM TO 6 PM AND WEEKENDS SATURDAY 8 A TO 6 PM AMD SINDAY 12 NOON TO 6 PM. NEW ORVIS GEAR AND NEW FLIES ARRIVING DAILY GREAT DEALS UP TO 50% OFF SOME OF LAST YEARS STUFF.
Mild weather is here
Cold weather is here right now but will turn into a mild end of the season. With the heat is going away, expect trout to be moving out of the deep water to find small 18-22 size bugs or small bait fish. Any Further questions feel free to contact us.
P.S hours have changed for Monday through Thursday it is now 12pm-6pm
MEL HAYNER IS THE OWNER OF THE DRIFTLESS FLY SHOP AND AN ORVIS ENDORSED GUIDE IN SE MINNSOTA