2021 Driftless Pictures and Reports

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Another 1st in the books! Minnesota Opener is Jan 1st and I do my best to make it out every 1st since I started trout fishing. Unknownflyman came down and I took him deep into the Minnesota Driftless. The weather was great for January. We even managed to fool a few trout.PXL_20210101_163658266.MP-01.jpeg
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Afterwards when we got back to the car I pulled out the Camp Chef and made some roadside tacos.

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Another 1st in the books! Minnesota Opener is Jan 1st and I do my best to make it out every 1st since I started trout fishing. Unknownflyman came down and I took him deep into the Minnesota Driftless. The weather was great for January. We even managed to fool a few trout.View attachment 29748
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Afterwards when we got back to the car I pulled out the Camp Chef and made some roadside tacos.

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I like your style. Very nice.
 

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Every Year Eric and I have fished the opener since the C and R season started in 2016 and the Start of the stream reports in this section. We started the day deep in the driftless at a place I always wanted to visit and fish but never got around to and its an absolutely gorgeous river. I started off swinging a wet fly, and with the cold weather and water it was not happening, nothing chasing. Eric already had one and I was switching to the fly of the season. Zebra midge. Had a coupe brief hook ups and we started moving up the river, I had a couple really nice fish on that I saw but I couldn't keep them pinned.

About 1pm or so we were fishing up, no one around and Eric spotted birds flying to the rivers edge and found a midge in the snow, I was fishing a confluence a feeder creek and fishing started rising, after a brief interruption a couple fish were still coming up but they didn't want my dry fly and action shut down early. Winter days are short on the driftless, it went by too fast.

Eric was all set up for a New Years opener stream side lunch, and it was incredible. The flavors and the charcuterie, truly a masterful chef as well as fly fisher and I think he owns the coolest grill I've ever seen. What a kick off to the 2021 season!

Thank you Eric for an amazing day!

 
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Well I was able to meet a friend In Wisconsin today. We started fishing a little after 10;30 and finished around 1PM. After a long walk back to the cars my buddy was toast and we called it a day. The air temp was 25 deg when we started and near 30 at the finish. Water temp was 5 C. We were able to land some trout and felt it was pretty darn nice to be fishing again.
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Word on the street is action paced up with the rising temps, and either you did well or it was pretty tough. Anybody been out, I haven't. Are they chasing yet? we all know midges are a very safe bet.
 

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I went out Tuesday and Wed. Tuesday was checking out some new TU work. I didn't recognize the stream. It used to be kind of gnarly with lots of Charlie Browns but it always had fish, even in the heat of the summer. Now it looks like a flood mitigation project. All the trees and character are gone. But, if you like no obstructions or cover and live for long casts it's the place for you. Wednesday I met with a friend to check out a couple of streams. We did catch some fish (mostly dinks) but also discovered some really nice looking water. It was a gorgeous day to be out. This week I plan out getting out twice check out new streams.
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I went back today and took a picture of the TU work and found a couple of pictures from last year. I also walked all the way upstream
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I've had some interesting discussion with MNDNR Fisheries about beaver issues when they arise. Their answer is basically they have none. It's the landowner problem at that point. Not every landowner has the means or is interested in eradicating beaver from their eased property.

So, hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent on a habitat improvement projects that are prone to failure. Then, there is no maintenance or monitoring of those said rehabilitated streams after the fact. Beavers dam it up, banks erode, siltation builds up, and the stream temperatures rise.

Great long term plan.

I've often wondered, instead of trying to do miles and miles of failed projects, why doesn't MNTU go in and do some maintenance? Beavers, downed trees, etc.
 

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I agree. WI has the same problem. Beaver control is difficult on streams that run through private property. TU projects need to include maintenance along with new stream work. The other problem is that in many of our local chapters, many of our most active members are getting pretty old to be doing stream work. But they try.
 

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I went out yesterday scouting new water in Wisconsin. We hit three streams that are close enough to each other that they could probably be done in a day. Two of them were new water to us. We caught fish in all three streams on a variety of nymphs. The water temps were between 40 and 44 degrees. Cloudy so there were no fish rising. The creeks look really good for spring fishing. A lot of nice runs and some deeper Screenshot 2021-01-14 at 12.21.26.pngpools. we will be back.CE747217-8103-4382-BEF7-4A3D62E618CD_1_201_a.jpeg
 

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Have not been out gentlemen, mixed reports, generally slow winter action, Nymphs. I'm dreaming of mayflies, march browns and caddis and I should probably be tying more of all the above. When stoneflies are more prevalent and midge hatches are too with the return of the sun, I`ll be there. For now afternoon nap. zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
 
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