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!
THE CADDIS ARE HATCHING AND SPRING IS OFFICALLY HERE. THE WATER HAS GOOD FLOWS AND THE TROUT ARE HUNGRY. USE AN 18 TO 14 TAN, ELK HAIR CADDIS WHEN YOU SEE RISING FISH FOR RESULTS.
IF NO RISING FISH USE A BH PHEASANT TAIL NYMPH SLOW DRIFTED IN THE COVER OR SWING A SOFT HACKLE THROUGH THE POOLS. NOW IS THE MOST AWESOME TIME IN THE DRIFTLESS AREA OF MINNESOTA. COME ON DOWN. WOW!
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.