May 26th Stream ReportShowers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 82. South wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Recent rains have either missed us, hit hard then disappeared, or soaked into the ground. In our trip county area, creeks are clear to stained and up just a little.
While we are waiting for sulphurs, craneflies, or caddis to hatch and before the fish are rising, the hippie stomper and brush hog combo have been deadly! Nothing like fishing the old, familiar driftless guide combo.
Practice good social distancing on the water. The Centers for Disease Controlrecommends staying six feet apart from others. We’re taking it a step farther — we’re asking anglers to stay a rod’s length apart from their fishing partners whenever possible. The standard fly rod is nine feet long.
Wear a multi-layered face covering when in the vicinity of other anglers. Even a double-layered cloth mask can help slow the spread of the virus.
Avoid fishing from a boat with someone you haven’t been in lock-down with. In other words, if they’re not family, don’t fish from a boat with them — it’s just not possible to practice social distancing while in a drift boat.
Drive to the river separately to get to the angling destination.
Stay local, if at all possible, to limit exposure to others, and limit others’ exposure to you.