Tomorrow, October 15, is the last day of catch and release for most streams in SE Minnesota in 2014. Some heavy rain has clouded the main stems but tributaries are very fishable. Don't forget the new regulations allow catch and release artificials only, fishing in all three state parks in SE Minnesota all year! Forestville 9 miles from the shop should be uncrowded and aggressive pre-spawn fish this weekend! Whitewater State park has many miles of great water and Beaver Creek State Park is true spring creek fishing at it's finest! Weather looks great!
The Minnesota catch & release trout season closes next week (October 15th), so be sure to get out before then and enjoy the absolutely gorgeous weather that is forecasted along with what I would describe as superb fishing. The warm, sunny autumn afternoons we have been experiencing has the "hopper" action going strong once again along with some real nice Blue Wing Olive hatches. Stream conditions are excellent and the trout are feeding well on the surface with great results being produced with Dave's Hopper patterns, BWO's and Parachute Adams dry flies.
To paraphrase a deceased patriot, I regret that I have only one life to give to my fly-fishing.
-- Robert Traver
Discover the beauty of the exploding fall colors while wading and casting a fly rod in the streams of SE Minnesota in October as the Minnesota catch & release season for the first time this year will run until October 15th!
The new extended season opens today with rain a drizzle. Thanks to new regulations we now can legally fish for trout in October in Minnesota, Wow. Should be a great time to hunt the big ones. Streamers and big flies could land a trophy. Never before have we had this opportunity to get out and enjoy the great fall colors while pursuing trout in some of the best water in the country. I will be out this weekend and post a report because I can! All State Parks now open all year. Forestville, Beaver Creek and Whitewater parks open for catch and release all year!!! Yay, no more crimping or barbless hooks either. Let's go. Still booking guided trips for trout in Minnesota until Oct. 15, Iowa streams and small mouth bass on the fly. Lots of fun too be had still. The shop is open evenings and weekends. Check out the extensive new small mouth bass flies stocked up at 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.