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Guided Fly Fishing in Southeast Minnesota's Driftless 


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January 21, 2018

I finally got a chance to get out and partake in my first fishing outing of 2018. Family obligations and poor weather have been a main culprit so far.

I was on the water by 8:30 or so, plenty early by my standards, and still plenty cool out with temperatures checking in at a brisk 26 degrees. I geared up and broke out a new rod for 2018: Orvis Recon 10' 3 weight with 3WF SA fly line, a Rio fluoro leader with a tippet ring and 5x Rio fluoro. I know there are varying opinions of fluoro, but I did not have to change out my tippet once at all from 8:30-1:30.

I nymphed the whole day with a tandem nymph rig. Fish were in the pools, in the runs, and later, were right up in the faster water. I did very well in fast, shallow runs as the trout were eager to hit as soon as the fly was adrift.


As you can see, the shelf ice is significant in places due to recent low, consistent temperatures.

It was a good outing - plenty of willing fish and no other anglers at all. Now, it's time to focus on a playoff game #skol.