August 1, 2019:
Welcome Back to the NTC’s The Voice of the Driftless.
This past week the streams settled down with no flushing rains. Fishing should be great throughout the region. Stable water levels and water temperatures will improve the angling all across the Driftless.
But, like I mentioned last week, the previous weeks of heavy flooding will have an impact on the insect population and change the diet of the trout. I went out fishing for a couple of hours Wednesday and found no hatches and did not see any trout rising on aquatic insects. After the floods the trout will switch to eating small fish and terrestrial insects like grasshoppers, spiders and ants, which were all abundant along the streams and will provide lots of action.
Fishing the terrestrials:
When walking along the stream don’t make the mistake of chasing all the grasshoppers into the water. It is best to approach the stream along the shortest route perpendicular to the water, not walking parallel along the bank.
Fly patterns of hoppers, crickets, cicadas, spiders, inchworms, beetles, ants, pill bugs will all draw the aggressive attention of hungry trout. These that are expert at the terrestrials tell me that the size of the fly’s matter.
This signed and numbered print by Dave Whitlock is available on the web at http://davewhitlock.com/shop/art/terrestrial-trout-flies/
If you want some excitement I noted that the stream banks are loaded with frogs this year. The right frog lure can make for a fun day.
This week fishing will be great around the area! Over at Mill Creek in Chatfield the transparency reading was at 97cm(38.2in) which is the best it has been all summer! At Camp Creek in town here the level was at 70cm(27.6in) which is also great for fishing! And at the good old South Branch Root River the reading was at 93cm(36.6in)! All the levels are the best we have had all summer and are all great for fishing! The streams are looking amazing so get out there and good luck!