Josh Nelson

Josh Nelson is an avid fly fisherman, mostly for trout and salmon, but he enjoys the occasional panfish and smallie bite, as well. He is the habitat chair for the Twin Cities chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Gotta love the rain!

Posted by: Josh Nelson under Fishing, Trout Updated: June 17, 2009 - 11:01 AM

All afternoon I sat and stared at The Weather Channel on the idiot box, and the NOAA radar on the other idiot box. Just a bunch of green on the radar, no yellow, no red, no cells. The plan was to hit the road by 4pm, and be at Paradise by 5pm. Just as I was throwing a couple barley sodas into the cooler, along with some pulled pork, I noticed the dreaded yellow and red within the green on the radar. Thunderstorm cells were forming north of the cities all the way down to La Crosse. I do not mind fishing in the rain, I actually enjoy it, but waving a long piece of graphite in the air when the possibility of lightening exists is just asking to go a few rounds with Darwin.

I decided to go anyways( no one ever compared me to a brainiac), figuring the cells would deteriorate by the time they met the thermal flux of the metro. Heading down 61 I realized, again, that I might be an idiot. The rain was torrential. It soon mellowed though, and the rationalizing could resume.

As I got to my spot there were three other cars there. Damn! But as I rigged up, two left, and the other guy was already talking himself out of it. An hours worth of driving had me convinced fishing was now an obligation. I mean standing in a river, getting wet, what's a little rain added to the mix?

The trout weree rising to emerging bugs, a mix of march browns, midges, and baetis. In order to get it out of the way I tied on a yellow and partridge soft hackle with a pheasant tail trailer. Nothing. Good, I wanted to fish dries anyways. It was difficult at times to distinguish the rises from the rain drops, but after a bit you got used to it. The rain came in cycles, heavy, the nothing, then steadily building again. By 7pm the fish were becoming very active. I had a heckuva time figuring out exactly what they were hitting, but an adult midge with a black body and a little white cdc wingcase seemed to be the ticket. Sulpher klinks with a shuck also worked. I won't say I caught a lot of fish, but I did catch some nice wild brownies.

The rain will be great for the rivers. Both the Kinni and Rush have been very low, lower than I have seen in awhile. It's going to be that time of the year where the terrestrials will start being more productive, and the hatches a bit more reliable. Summer is going too fast already.

On a side note, the many chapters of Trout Unlimited in Minnesota and western Wisconsin have a ton of projects that can use volunteers.

http://www.twincitiestu.org/
http://www.hiawathatu.org/
http://www.lambcom.net/kiaptuwish/

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