STREAM CONDITIONS AND BLOG
Yesterday we had a break in the cold which allowed for some very productive time on the water. Winter fly fishing (or anytime of the year for that matter), requires one to be willing and able to adapt .... change is the name of the game. Many fly patterns were successful but it took staying one step ahead and the wiliness to make changes to what the fish were interested in. First thing out (mid morning) Black BH Wooly Buggers were working, when they stopped being effective, Pink Squirrels were the hot commodity and during the "warmth" of early afternoon, soft hackle wet flies and small dry fly midge patterns found much success. Unfortunately, a "deep freeze" with subzero weather is once again forecasted, so this may be a perfect opportunity to check that calendar and book a guided fly fishing trip with us, do some shopping in the Driftless Fly Fishing Company's online store or better yet, stop in at the fly shop in Preston, Minnesota and get all of your fly tying supplies. flies, terminal tackle and gear so when that warmer weather returns in a week or so, you're ready!
COLD WEATHER TIP: SMEARING CHAPSTICK IN THE GUIDES OF YOUR FLY ROD WILL PROLONG ICE BUILD UP IN THEM, GIVING YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO FISH LONGER BEFORE NEEDING TO CLEAR THEM.
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.