The old saying is, "when the ice is starting to break up, the fish start to wake up."
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Creeks in Fillmore County are in good shape today and were largely unaffected by last night's thunderstorms. The wildflowers are still poking up on the bluff sides and the bottoms are beginning to green up. A cold front is forecast to move through will certainly affect angle-ability of trout.
"I find myself increasingly more in tune with the Trout creeks that I frequent. I have learned which creeks will be productive in February and which will not. I have learned which of those productive creeks will warrant the most competition from other anglers and which will be less competitive. I have learned how to best read the water, match the hatch, and present the fly to lethargic but hungry trout."
I had the pleasure of leading seven Winona State University students on a backcountry hike and fly fishing adventure on the upper South Fork Root River in Fillmore County, Minn. The recent snowfall made snowshoeing our mode of transportation as we embarked on a three mile hike through the road less section of river from Million Dollar Bridge to Deer Road Bridge. Each student bore a fly rod and basic instructions on how to catch trout.
The ice is starting to break up.
Feb 7, 2013, South Branch Root River below Lanesboro, MN