STREAM CONDITIONS AND BLOG
- My streamer box is either half empty or bursting to the brim lately. While occasionally I can blame the teeth of an aggressive trout for a few of the flies, sadly trees rocks and bushes make up for most of the other flies that have gone missing over the past few days. Thus is the life of a streamer in the fall, low and bouncing in-between boulders or mere inches from grass and roots. As expected on much cloudier days I am allowed more room for error, and more strikes seem to be common place.
The root river below Lanesboro is now clear enough to fish, however wading is restricted still as the water level is quite high. Further up in the branches of the Root River wading is possible however canoe or kayak may be a more effective method. Be sure to prepare for any boating trips and check the water before hand to make sure for yourself that it is indeed at a safe level. Ever since the recent flood, blockages around narrow sections of any part of the rivers are possible and can be hazardous.
Many creeks in the south-eastern Minnesota region are not only fishable, they are a wonderful seasonal sight with fall color burning bright in most trees, and cold clear water cooling off the scene allowing for an amazing view from almost anywhere on any creek. Simply look around you as you are fishing to remember why we are all here fishing in the first place.
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.