Contrary to reports from the MNTU board that “the creeks were in tough shape(suggested to pay $20 to go to the Great Waters Expo),” I found a creek that was running clear and hatching midge that were loosing to feeding trout.
I have worked the fly fishing conference tour for many years and do not recommend these shows to anyone. Unless of course you are a hardcore angler that wants to go see your buddies tie flies for $20. I have found that you can get this for free by going to one of MNTU’s monthly meetings. Interested? go here, http://www.mntu.org
Others went all the way to Wisconsin to fish exotic creeks. I say, “Why bother?”
The fishing in Minnesota is as good or better than Wisc in that we do not have to compete with hoards of people commuting to a creek from the city. Here in MN, I have the creek to myself and the fish and bugs are willing.
I found Simuliidae (black fly) and Diptera (midge) flying about and the mayfly nymphs are entering their late instars. Their wing pads are starting to show. Once they enter their final instar they are ready to pop. I call it for the week of March 16 on certain creeks.
Let me address the water temp, I found it to be 47 degrees while finding that the reports I read from Wisconsin had water temps of 32 degrees. One report stated that near the runoff the temp of 30 – degrees. I say its time for you to get a new thermometer.
Happy happy – you don’t have to fish the creeks mentioned in this site however I strongly encourage it. i also encourage you to bring a friend, it could even be me. Share your knowledge of your fishing experiences and you will find that blood pressures will lower and the world will be a nicer place.
Thanks for reading and watching, enjoy!