Welcome Back to the NTC’s The Voice of the Driftless.
By Jeffrey S. Broberg
Another weekend of great trout fishing conditions ahead! It has been three weeks without any flushing rains or runoff and all the streams are clear (except on streams like the South Branch Root at Carimona, Garvin Brook and East Indian Creek, where local construction and stream habitat projects are stirring up mud). Have a fun and safe Labor Day!
Trout are rising to dry flies; terrestrials are hot, and the fish are in a pre-spawn feeding binge. With only two weeks left of the Catch and Keep trout Season in SE Mn it is time to get out on the streams.
I fished a couple of streams in Buffalo County Wisconsin and a couple in Winona County this week. The South Branch Whitewater was the best but Eagle Creek, a little sand bottom stream near Fountain City showed promise, especially where cooperative stream improvement projects have narrowed the streams or big log jams from last year’s flood have left deep holes.
At this time of year, it is a good idea to check the weather reports before you go. While there’s nothing on the horizon in the last few years September has given some flooding rains.
Thanks to our Interns who help make the NTC work!
This is the last official week for NTC’s summer interns Jake Wholford and Bailey Possehl, who have manned the center, led our programs, collected data and taught dozens of people how to tie flies and cast a fly rod. They worked through most of the summer and I can’t say enough good about them. Thanks so much and good luck going back to school or on to new jobs.
The NTC Fall Field Trip is October 12 from 10AM to 4PM. This is a popular trip so sign up early and make sure you reserve a spot. This year we are going to tour Mystery Cave! If you really want to appreciate our cold-water streams you really need to take the underground tour. We will also visit Historic Forestville and hunt for fossils. We have added a focus on new lands, easements and natural area restoration funded by the Legacy act and will have guest speakers from the Nature Conservancy and we will visit the Driftless Fish Company in Spring Valley to see the big spring that feeds half the water to Spring valley Creek. We will end the tour at Trout City Brewery next to the NTC and taste the local beer, experiencing one of the other amazing things that comes from our cold clear water.
Lunch will be provided by the Sweet Stop and Sandwich Shoppe. Tickets are $50.00 per person. Buy two tickets get $10.00 off!
Space is limited!
Please call 507-765-2452 Or email Kelsey@nationaltroutcenter.org to reserve your spot!