STILL PLENTY OF GOOD FISHING LEFT THIS YEAR. NEW REGULATIONS OPEN UP SOME OF THE BEST WATER IN THE AREA FOR CATCH AND RELEASE INTO NOVEMBER ANS DECEMBER. DESIGNATED STREAMS WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF PRESTON, CHATFIELD, LANESBORO AND SPRING VALLEY OPEN YEAR ROUND FOR CATCH AND RELEASE FISHING. STOP BY THE SHOP AND SEE "WHAT'S WORKING" BOARD AND CONTINUE TO ENJOY SOME GREAT FLY FISHING. STREAMS ARE REVOVERING NICELY FROM RECENT, MUCH NEEDED RAIN. LOOKOUT FOR "REDDS" OR NESTING FISH WHEN WADING AND DON'T DISTURB THEM OR SPAWNING FISH. IT'S JUST RUDE. SEE YA, MEL
GETTING SOME RAIN TODAY SO MIGHT BE TOUGH TOMORROW BUT GO TO THE HEADWATERS OF THE STREAMS YOU LOVE. LAST DAY FOR CATCH AND RELEASE FOR MANY BUT NOT ALL STREAMS. WE STILL HAVE EXCELLLENT WATER WITH THE NEW "IN TOWN" REGS FOR THE CITY OF PRESTON, CHATFIELD, SPRING VALLEY AND LANESBORO. FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER THERE WILL BE YER ROUNF CATCH AND RELEASE FISHING, ARTIFICAL LURES AND FLIES ONLY IN THE STREAMS WITHIN THE CITY LIMTS OF THESE THREE TOWNS. REMEBER ALL THREE STATE PARKS ALSO HAVE AWESOME YEAR ROUND FISHING. ENJOY IT WHILE YOU STILL CAN. GOD TIME TO STRIP A STREAMER FOR THE BIG ONES. THEY ARE CRUSING IN THE PRE-SPAWN AND LOOKING FOR MEAT. GOT
THIS ONE LAST YEAR WITH A WHITE CLOUSER IN OCTOBER. GET OUT THERE!!!!
Overcast days are producing all kinds of dry fly action. Blue winged olives (18-20) are great. Add in a few Yellow Mayflies, Caddis and Hoppers it has been great. No one fly is hot but keep looking and trying different small flies until you hit. The small 18 Parachute Adams has been taking some selective trout in clear water. The cast and presentation have to be good because they are picky right now. On small streams you might only get one shot at a pool and if it isn't good, move up because you may have just pissed them off. Good luck out there but bring your best skills or stay home. Mel
Fishing remains solid throughout the Minnesota Driftless Area as rather mild summertime temps of late have kept streams temperatures at good levels. Flows and clarity have leveled out after the last series of heavy rain events hit our area .... so, even those these are the "dog days of summer", there's great fishing to be had. Stop into the shop, gear up, get the latest tips on what flies are working and hit the water! I have found great success as of late with Dave's Hopper and Pink Bellied Morrish patterns, along with the usual BH nymphs (Hare's Ear / Pheasant Tail) and of course streamers in the slower, deeper pools.
Area streams are in good shape with normal flows and they have cleared after the several rain events we had in the weeks past. Although it is early and I didn't personally see a lot of Terrestrials along the stream yesterday I still ended up having a phenomenal outing by throwing Dave's Hoppers and Pink Bellied Morrish patterns. Their eyes were definitely focused upwards so now is a great time to start trying those beetles, ants, crickets and Hoppers! Stop by the shop and stock that fly box .... and while there, be sure to pick up a free copy of Midwest Hunting and Fishing magazine which has an article by yours truly about Terrestrial pattern fly fishing the Minnesota Driftless.
Even with more rain last night, area streams are only slightly stained and very fishable. First hand reports are saying productive fishing to be had with sub-surface nypmhs and Wooly Buggers/Leeches being the "go to's" today. Be sure to stop in at the shop in Preston to stock up on flies and check out all the new Orvis gear!
Have a happy and safe 4th of July!
We have had some rain the past couple days.... there are some spring creeks that are stained and select sections are fishable. On a better note there are a few creeks that didn't get as much precipitation and are looking much better. At one particular section of stream just outside of town I saw a tiny sulphur hatch and trout were rising at 8:30am. Stop in at the shop if you need directions just ask Tim! Thank you everybody have a great day, it's going to beautiful out today.
Shop will be open 8am- 8pm Saturday July 1st-4th, just so we can make sure you can get everything you need for your holiday weekend fishing adventures in the Driftless area. Thanks again and have a wonderful holiday weekend!
Even with the above average temperatures we have experienced as of late here in SE Minnesota, the fly fishing remains excellent in the Driftless Area. Best to choose your time on the streams and location wisely to avoid the heat of the day and those areas with full sun bathing the water. Fish early and late and during peak times of the day, seek locales which have at least some shade provided by a full or partial tree canopy. Caddis and Lite Hendrickson hatches have been quite prolific at times and dry fly action has been exceptional. When no surface action is occurring, go to nymphs, emergers and Leech patterns. Guide season is in full swing and dates are booking fast. Don't forget, Father's Day is right around the corner! What better gift to give than a full day guided fly fishing trip in beautiful SE Minnesota .... or stop into the shop and pick up a gift card!
Below are photos from this morning's outing - 40 Brookies caught, all on dry flies ....the Good Ol' Days are right now!
On several recent outings, I've encountered some pretty amazing fly fishing here in the Minnesota Driftless. Here are just a few quality Browns that I was fortunate enough to land during these times on the stream.
The heavy rains that rolled through much of SE Minnesota Monday night proved to be once again very spotty. Areas in Houston and Winona Counties received rainfall amounts ranging from 2" to as much as 5" leaving streams totally blown out and creating flooding conditions. Meanwhile, in Fillmore County, Mother Nature was much less harsh dropping only about 1/2" of rain behind leaving the streams in great shape and very fishable. They say "a photo is worth a thousand words" so here you go .....
These were taken yesterday when I had the pleasure of guiding these three gentlemen (a father and his two sons) up from Kansas / Missouri to fly fish the Minnesota Driftless. Nymphing worked well until late morning / early afternoon when the Caddis started coming off, then we switched to Elk Hairs. So, moral of the story ... do a little intel, scouting before heading out this week and check on stream conditions, especially as more rain is in the forecast - or call the shop!
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 like Brian . Thanks guys.