Fishing Reports

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Driftless Area - July 6th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 79 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
 A small storm front is forecasted to hang over our area all day today.  It is not supposed to dump significant amount of rain so streams should remain clear to stained.
  We are in the middle of terrestrial season!  Ants, beetles, and small hippers are the ticket on the surface while smaller and thinner bugs are working subsurface.  
  Water temps are in the mid 50s to 60s.  Remember to use your thermometer.  If temperatures climb above 65 fishing shuts down, and much higher than 68 it can be lethal to trout.
 
Driftless Area - July 3rd, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 77 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
 Sunny day again today.  When the sun is on the water, the fish are less likely to eat.
  There have been some micro caddis hatches early and late, as well as some lighter colored mayflies and midges.  Most of the surface action is on hoppers, ants, and beetles.  We're fishing these with a little bead head dropper below them throughout the day.
  Waters are low and clear with temps in the mid 50s to 60s.  
Remember, fish early and late and find shade for the best fishing during summer conditions!
 
Driftless Area - July 2nd, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
 Another milder summer day.
  Small hoppers with droppers are key as hatches have dwindled.  There will be a few midges and micro caddis here and there very early in the morning and later in the day, but the main surface activity is on terrestrials.
  Subsurface fishing is best on thin bodied nymphs and midge larvae.
  Recent rains have missed us for the most part, leaving our creeks clear to slightly stained.  Water temps are in the mid 50s to 60s.
  Sun is the limiting factor right now.  Fish early and late and find shade to catch more fish!
 
Driftless Area - July 1st, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 74 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
 Very crisp morning today!  The only limiting factor will still be the sun.  When it hits the water things start to slow down.
  Hatches have faded with rising fish early and late to a mix of midges, lighter colored mayflies, a few yellow sallies, and caddis.
  The best surface action has been on terrestials.  Ants, beetles, and small hoppers.
  Fishing a dropper down below is excellent too!
Mousing has been a blast lately with many fish eating mice in the evenings.
 
Driftless Area - June 29th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
 Once again, the major storms missed our area completely with only gentle, soaking rains hitting us this weekend.  Creeks are clear and a bit low with temps in the mid 50s to 60s.
  The sun is the limiting factor.  When it is shining on the water, and when it raises water temperature rapidly, fishing slows to a crawl.  Finding cooler temp creeks and finding shade are key when the sun is out!
  Midges in the morning have a few fish rising, and sporadic hatches of craneflies, caddis, and lighter colored mayflies throughout the day have fish eating on the surface.  The best dry fly action is on beetles, ants, and small grasshoppers.
  Subsurface fishing is still best on thinner bodied patterns (pheasant tails, midge larvae, etc) but fish are still eating scuds and small squirrels when the sun is off the water.
  Mousing has been excellent lately!
 
Driftless Area - June 27th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
 After a nice cloudy day yesterday, the bright glowing orb in the sky is back!
  The sun will be the limiting factor today, fish early and late and find shade.  
  Smaller terrestrials (even small hoppers!) are effective right now, especially with a small dropper tied below.  Few hatches are present with midges, lighter colored mayflies and some craneflies still getting fish to rise.
  Subsurface bugs are best in smaller sizes and with a slimmer profile.
  Water is low and clear with temps in the mid 50s to 60s.  The sun will make the water temperature rise rapidly (not to lethal levels though) and slow down the fishing to a crawl.  It is best to take a break mid day.