STREAM CONDITIONS AND BLOG
Yesterday afternoon brought sunny skies, little cooler temps and much wind. I explored a piece of water that I hadn't fished for well over a year and after today, I'm asking myself "Why?" A nice outing was had despite the slightly adverse conditions with the gusting winds but where there's a will there's a way. On my first cast, I put the fly tight to the bank in a deep pool that is sheltered by an over-hanging deadfall. I let the fly sink before starting the cadence of the strip and as began the retrieve, the oh so familiar flash came from the undercut - fish on! As the fish slid into the net a quick glance had me thinking it was a unique looking dilute colored Brookie but upon closer inspection, it was discovered that it was indeed a Tiger Trout. These rare "unicorns" are a Brook x Brown hybrid and are a real special treat to anglers here in the Minnesota Driftless Area. This was the third one I have had the pleasure of catching and surely hope that it's not my last! Today, the winds should calm a bit, some partially cloudy skies with temps nearing 60 degress so be sure to take advantage of this and hit the streams of SE Minnesota!
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.