2020 Driftless Pictures And Reports

ontheflymn

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The issue with heading the Southern Driftless is water temps. When it doesn't cool off at night, the stream temps never drop way down. When the temperatures start touching 65, it's time to go chase smallmouth instead.

We have had a consistent run of everyday being in the upper 80's to low 90's, compounded with overnight temps that don't dip below 67-68 degrees. If you're going to fish the Driftless, fish sun up to 11:00 and shut it down.
 

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Got out around the thunderstorms this Friday and Saturday AM. Water temps on the main creeks / rivers is at or approaching the no fish zone, but the feeders are still running 55-57 and I'm guessing they will remain there with any luck. Hopper fishing was solid and caught my first Tiger, just a beautiful fish! Be safe
 

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I did get out with Itchy last week, lots of fish and fished hard, large caddis were coming off in the afternoon and before that I tied up some of Ard`s blue quills that worked very very well. Really nice browns, and then went to a small creek in this long beautiful valley, brooks, browns and naturally occurring tigers in there. Caught and released a number of brown trout there. I fished my 6`6" 4wt CGR glass on that smaller stream and really enjoyed it, really liked that rod in the application, on my large home rivers I hated casting that rod, Fished my 865wt Livingston on the larger river, always a pleasure fishing that rod, needed the extra beef too. I didn't take any pictures, I just wanted to fish and get em back swimming fast, nice browns nothing large, lots of small ones, good to see all the year classes. Caught a couple 2" little guys, and lots jumping so great to see wild little fish. itchy took a few pics posted on my instagram.

Overall rivers are in good shape and fishing decent after the floods, and decent to the south. River temps are good, being spring fed primarily its heat and drought that are the worst conditions and we have plenty of water.
 

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I went out with friends Tuesday and today in SE Mn and fished a total of 4 streams. They were all in good shape and the water temps at aprx 10:30 was 58-59 degrees on both days. Tuesday we probably land 2 ½ doz, a combo of brookies and browns. The biggest brown was about 18". Thursday we landed 25-30, mostly browns and 4 rainbows. We only saw one other fisherman and he was coming out of private water.
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I went out with friends Tuesday and today in SE Mn and fished a total of 4 streams. They were all in good shape and the water temps at aprx 10:30 was 58-59 degrees on both days. Tuesday we probably land 2 ½ doz, a combo of brookies and browns. The biggest brown was about 18". Thursday we landed 25-30, mostly browns and 4 rainbows. We only saw one other fisherman and he was coming out of private water.
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Great pictures. I like the Viceroy. I saw a lot of them last weekend as well.

Fishing has been good with the crazy temps subsiding a bit. Crowds are still rather relentless but most people are following etiquette.

My dad stopped out and met me (at a distance), and I happened to hook into a nice one just as he was walking up.

Cheers.


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I got out again in SE Mn with another good friend. We got to our stream about 7:30 and the water was clear and 58/59 degrees. We started catching fish in the first run and the browns never stopped hitting. We lost count, but because of the number of fish caught and the size Brian and I agreed that it was probably our best morning ever.18EFDC9B-D731-4394-BA7C-2FF54CEFC45A_1_201_a.jpeg07A6BD6F-71C9-4BBD-BB1E-123941E2E8E6.jpeg93625764-7A3A-45AF-A601-99D9237A379B.jpeg
 
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