10-10-2013, 03:40 PM
Re: minnesota trout fishing
Originally Posted by coloradocaddis970
Thanks for the words of wisdom everyone!! I'll be headed to Minneapolis about the 29th of October, Ill be tying flies till Jan 1 and then probably looking for someone to show me around. We are leaving a lot of our stuff out here in Colorado. What weight rods should I be bringing out there and what patterns should i start tying for the winter fishing?
I prefer a shorter, heavier rod. Short (7'6") due to how tight some of the streams are, and heavier (5-wt) because the wind can blow pretty good down between the bluffs.
My Minnesota winter patterns:
- Size 12 weighted scuds in all colors. Natural and orange are the most productive.
- Size 22-24 black midge nymphs
- Size 16-24 black midge dries
- Size 6 olive wooly bugger
- Size 12-18 black hare's ear nymphs
- Size 12-16 black caddisfly dries.
- Size 12-18 prince nymphs
90% of the time I'm using a weighted natural-colored scud with a size 22 midge nymph dropper. If you see rises, switch to the midge dry. The black hare's ear kinda looks like a black stonefly nymph, which hatch ubiquitously from rocky stream bottoms during the winter. The trout are pretty sluggish during the winter, so you practically have to bonk them on the nose with nymphs to get their interest.
Hope that helps!