STREAM CONDITIONS AND BLOG
After the heavy rain event a few weeks ago, the main branches of the Root are still running high and stained but all smaller streams in the area remain only slightly colored and very fishable. There was considerable flooding leaving large trees and debris piled up so be mindful of that and be cautious. With that being said, there is great fishing to be had and with these "dog days of summer" upon us we are getting into the pattern of the most productive times to fish being early and late or seek out streams with some tree cover providing shaded areas on the water. The fish will be holding in these areas, by undercut banks and of course under the lunker structures from habitat improvement projects. Nymphing has been the main key to success .... BH Pheasnt Tail, Hare's Ear and also Pink Squirrels. There has also been sporadic hatches of Light Hendricksons and Caddis but the prolific events of spring have waned for now. So watch for risers and throw on a dry as you can certainly pick up a few.
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.