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Driftless Area - July 30th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • 0 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The weather feels like a nice September day, cool air and water temps. makes for great fishing in the AM! Tricos are showing up around 8 am and ending around 10:30 AM. Try size 20 and 22 Tricos, spinner fall flies are working well. If they are not taking the dry Trico, try to sink it, just get it about a inch below the surface and can turn fish that way!

Small beatles and ants have been working, I have been fishing them about 10 AM till dark! Dropper flies are also working, just make sure they are size 16 and 18. P.T. Scuds, and Pink Squirrels.

Get out and fish!!





 
Driftless Area - July 29th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Another cool day in the Driftless!  This has been the perfect summer for trout fishing.
  Creeks are all in the mid 50s to low 60s and running clear. There is no worry of water getting too warm to fish so far this year.
  There have been clouds of tricos on many creeks in the mornings, getting fish to rise and also getting them to look up for dries throughout the day.
  For most of the day, we have been fishing smaller terrestrials or indicator flies and fishing a dropper below them.
  Subsurface fishing (droppers included) has been excellent with small to tiny bead heads (16-22) with a thin profile being the best.  Pink squirrelsscuds and the rest of the normal flies are working too.
  In the evenings there are sporadic emergences of midges as well as some egg laying caddis still around, but the terrestrial/dropper will work right into night.
  This is prime mouse fishing time!
 
Driftless Area - July 28th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 71 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
 The thermometer at the bank read 55 degrees when I opened the shop this morning!
  The incredible summer weather continues.  Waters are a bit low, which is normal in the summer, but the temperatures are outstanding.  They are all in the mid 50s to low 60s and running clear too.  There is no worry of water getting too warm to fish so far this year.
  There have been clouds of tricos on many creeks in the mornings, getting fish to rise and also getting them to look up for dries throughout the day.
  For most of the day, we have been very successful fishing smaller terrestrials or indicator flies and fishing a dropper below them.
  Subsurface fishing (droppers included) has been excellent with small to tiny bead heads (16-22) with a thin profile being the best.  Pink squirrels, scuds and the rest of the normal flies are working too.
  In the evening, fish will start to rise again for midges.
 
Driftless Area - July 27th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 74 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
 The unbelievable cool summer weather continues.
Fishing has been outstanding for July and it looks like cool weather will hold through the next week or so!
  There have been fish rising to tricos in the mornings on some streams.
  Mid day fishing a hopper with a dropper in deeper water or a smaller ant or beetle pattern in the riffles has been quite effective.
  Subsurface fishing has been best on midge larvae, scuds, and heavy tungsten flies.
In the evenings, fish are starting to aggressively hit streamers and leeches.
 
Driftless Area - July 26th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Light rain yesterday means more cool water into the system!  Conditions are incredible for this time of year with water temps in the mid 50s to low 60s area wide.  Creeks are clear with only a couple of exceptions having a stain on them.   This summer has been perfect for trout!
The trico spinner fall is here in the mornings on quite a few creeks and is getting stronger daily..
  Throughout the day fishing hoppers near the bank, beetles andants in the riffles, and general attractor flies is working very well.
 
Driftless Area - July 25th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 77 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
 The sweet music of light rain is going on in the background this morning.  This cool rain will last until about lunchtime.  Cooler water, and cooler weather this weekend and into next week!
  The trico spinner fall is ramping up in the mornings with a handful of creeks having huge clouds in the mornings.
  Throughout the day fishing hoppers near the bank, beetles and ants in the riffles, and general attractor flies is working very well.
  We are doubling our chances at catching fish by tying on a heavy bead head dropper below our terrestrials.
  Subsurface fishing will be re-energized with the rain and cloud cover today.  Scuds, pink squirrels, and thin bodied nymphs will be excellent.