STREAM CONDITIONS AND BLOG
Most of the creeks near Preston-Lanesboro area have once again prevailed against the heavy rains this weekend. The rain fell very spottily throughout the south-eastern Minnesota region and is expected to do so again this next week. Stream fed creeks in the area are expected to have fast recovery times and even the South Branch of the root river looks clear and very fishable as it winds through Preston. Once again, most river and stream conditions will depend on localised rainfall events within your streams watershed.
If the water your fishing seems to be much cloudier than normal but still not a chocolate milk brown then switch to a darker or bigger profile fly such as a black wooly bugger or even a size or two up on your favourite bead head nymph. If you're fishing in the rain(no lightning I hope) and see rising fish, try for an emerger pattern or a soft hackle to imitate the insects that are stuck on the water because of the humidity.
On my last trip out I caught three colourful Brook trout all about the same size and I have a picture of one that I've placed below.
Best of luck - Scott Blake
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.