Minnesota Fly Fishing

Orvis

Minnesota covers 79,610 square miles (206,190 km2)(2.25% of the United States). It is famous for its lakes, having in excess of 15,000, depending on the source of the count. Much of the state is flat, having been eroded during repeated glacial periods (most recently the Wisconsin Glacier). However, the extreme southeastern portion of the state is part of the Driftless Zone, which was not glaciated, and it is here that Lake Pepin and the rugged high bluffs of the Mississippi River are found. In addition, the Iron Range and other low mountains are found in the northeastern part of the state. The Minnesota portion of Lake Superior is the largest body of water in the state.

Fly fishing in Minnesota can require a variety of patterns depending upon the time of year and the weather conditions. However, much of the guess work can be eliminated by narrowing down your choice of flies, especially for those who are novices to the sport and to the area. I have listed most of the basic patterns, how to tie them, and how to fish them, as well as if it is a year round fly or a seasonal fly. More patterns will be appearing as I have time to load them.

Minnesota Fly Fishing identifies 125 Minnesota trout streams located in the Southeastern counties of the state. But it should be mentioned that if you’re looking to fight monster Northerns, then look no further than the state of Minnesota.

Although Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the amount of healthy Minnesota trout streams concentrated in the Southeastern counties are staggering. Therefore, allowing the adventurous trout fisherman, a Minnesota fly fishing experience that can include a day “river hopping”, searching for their favorite Minnesota trout stream and finding those secret holes.

General Nymph Patterns:
Scud

  • Pheasant Tail Nymph
  • Hare’s Ear Nymph
  • Prince Nymph
  • PT Krystal Variant
  • Loop Wing Emerger
  • Bead Head Pheasant Tail Ostrich Herl
  • Pink Squirrel
  • Soft Hackled Fly
  • Root River Special
  • Black Krystal Flash PT

Midges:

    Brassie

  • Midge Larvae
  • Griffith’s Gnat
  • Midge Emerger
  • Black Midge Emerger
  • CDC Biot Midge
  • Simpleton Midge

Baetis:

    Blue Winged Olive

  • Fuzzball
  • The Biot Nymph
  • Diving BWO
  • The Shillinglaw Emerger
  • Black Biot Krystal Flash PT
  • BWO Biot Para-Meger

Dark Hendrickson:

    Dark Hendrickson

  • Adams
  • Other Hendrickson Dries
  • Dark Hendrickson Variation

Caddis:

    Caddis Emerger (and dry fly)

  • Caddis Larvae Bead Head Caddis Larvae
  • Elk Hair Caddis
  • Tape Wing Caddis
  • Deer Hair Caddis
  • Gray Caddis Dry
  • Soft Bodied Sedge
  • Little Black Caddis Wet Fly
  • Solomon Caddis Pupa
  • Olive Deep Sparkle Pupa
  • Fluttering Caddis
  • Danger Baby

Light Hendrickson:

    Light Hendrickson Nymph

  • Light Hendrickson
  • Dave’s Hen Wing Sulphur Dun
  • Light Hendrickson Dry/Emerger
  • CDC Light Hendrickson

Trico:

    Trico Dry Flies

General Dry Fly Patterns:

    The Usual

  • Dorato Hare’s Ear
  • The Blonde Wulff

Streamer Patterns:

    Woolly Bugger

  • Double Bunny
  • Zonker
  • Bitch Creek Bugger
  • Polar Bugger

Terrestrial Patterns:

    Foam Beetle

  • Black Wet Fly
  • Madame X
  • The Pink Ant

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North Shore trout streams
North Shore creeks are great scenery but are only fair trout streams.
www.dnr.state.mn.us/fishing/trout_streams/north_shore.html

Minnesota Fly Fishing Articles
Evening on the RUSH
Rob Novak, the second person we met the other evening on the Rush River, was a fisherman.
www.startribune.com/stories/533/5428180.html
Fishing regulations for Minnesota
from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
www.dnr.state.mn.us/regulations/fishing/index.html
Lake-Link.com
One of The Midwest’s largest sites dedicated to fishing – providing fishing reports, topographical maps, a lake database, message boards, articles, fishing tips and tactics, moon charts, etc
mn.lake-link.com/index.cfm?
Midwest Fly Fishing
www.mwfly.com/contents.html
MidWest Fly Fishing – Guides
midwestern guides
www.mwfly.com/pages/guides.html
Midwest Spring Creeks
For fishing the tiny headwaters of streams such as the West Beaver in Minnesota, or the mid-sized reaches of the Waterloo in Iowa, a 3-weight rod is ideal
www.flyfisherman.com/midwest/rmmidwest/index3.html
Minneapolis Star Tribute Fishing
fishing section of the Star Tribune, newspaper of the Twin Cities
www.startribune.com/fishing/
Minnesota Anglers League
Minnesota Anglers League
www.cloudnet.com/~edrbsass/AnglersLeague.htm
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
www.dnr.state.mn.us/index.html
Minnesota Fly Fishing
www.mnflyfishing.com/Default.aspx
Minnesota Steelheader
devoted to the mighty steelhead that swim the beautiful North Shore Streams and Rivers of Minnesota’s Lake Superior
www.minnesotasteelheader.com
Minnesota Trout Fishing
Minnesota Fly Fishing – Including Minnesota Fly Shops, Minnesota Stream Locations, and Minnesota Fishing Reports.
www.midwesttroutfishing.com/states/minnesota.htm
Minnesota’s Best Spring Walleye Rivers
www.minnesotasportsmanmag.com/fishing/walleyes-fishing/MN_030501
Minnesota’s Top Opening-Day Walleye Lakes
You need to be flexible on the opener. Being on a lake with high walleye-catching potential will also boost your chances of success.
www.minnesotasportsmanmag.com/fishing/walleyes-fishing/MN_0505_01
Minnnesota fishing info page
from www.minnesotaflyfishing.com
www.minnesotaflyfishing.com/Info%20page.html
Mixed Bag Spring Steelhead
Good weather and large numbers of willing steelhead make March and April prime time for catching them.
www.gameandfishmag.com/fishing/salmon-steelhead-fishing/gf_aa036704a
Our Finest Trout Fishing
From big browns in the southeast to beautiful brookies in the northwoods, Minnesota has some of the best trout fishing in the country.
www.minnesotasportsmanmag.com/fishing/trout-fishing/MN_040501
Our Super Smallmouth Waters
From the northwoods to the farm country to the urban areas, Minnesota has a wealth of smallmouth bass honeyholes that everyone can enjoy.
www.minnesotasportsmanmag.com/fishing/bass-fishing/MN_0505_02
SE Minnesota Trout Flies
includes amaizing photos of naturals and patterns to go with them
users.myexcel.com/dolfnlvr
Southeastern Minnesota trout streams
The streams of southeastern Minnesota are very different from North Shore streams
www.dnr.state.mn.us/fishing/trout_streams/southeastern.html
Southwest Minnesota Area fishing info
by Gary Holmgren
fishingmn.com/fairbait.html
Spring Trout
As spring begins to rise from the doldrums of winter, many people take to their local trout stream to enjoy some early season action
ontheflyguiding.com/Editorials/spring_trout.htm
The Fly Guys Guide Service
Professional fly fishing guides based in beautiful Southeastern Minnesota
www.geocities.com/brianjswartling/TheFlyGuys2.html
The Mysteries of Fishing Tricos
Tricos – What I Know and Don’t Know (which some days seems like the latter…)
ontheflyguiding.com/Editorials/tricos.htm
Trout fishing regulations in southeast Minnesota
from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
www.dnr.state.mn.us/regulations/fishing/trout_se.html
Warming of Root River a Concern
Fishing enthusiasts are monitoring construction of an ethanol plant in the southeastern Minnesota town of Preston, (1998)
ws.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199805/12_hughesa_ethanol
Wildsmallie.com
wildsmallie.com/index.html
Winter Trout
Effective winter patterns to consider trying for the season on selected streams predominantly include nymph patterns.
winter_trout.htm

Minnesota Fly Fishing Clubs
Twin Cities Trout Unlimited
www.twincitiestu.org
Wading Women of MN
Fly fishing clubs for women.
www.womensflyfishing.net/clubs.htm#MN
The Steelhead Site
Minnesota Great Lakes forum
steelheadsite.com/reports/minnesota/

Minnesota Hatch Charts
General Mayfly Emergence chart for Minnesota and Wisconsin
from www.mnflyfishing.com
www.mnflyfishing.com/MinnesotaFlyFishing/MinnesotaInsectHatchCharts/
tabid/255/Default.aspx

Minnesota Fly Fishing Maps
Crooked Creek, South Fork Crooked Creek maps
PDF fishing map from from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/trout_streams/winter2003_crooked.pdf
Ferguson Creek, Garvin Brook, West Branch Money Creek, Rush Creek map
PDF fishing map from from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/trout_streams/winter2003_garvin.pdf
Forestville State Park area fishing map
PDF fishing map from from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/trout_streams/winter2003_forestville.pdf
Hay Creek area fishing map
PDF fishing map from from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/trout_streams/winter2003_hay.pdf
Pine Creek Area fishing map
PDF fishing map from from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/trout_streams/winter2003_pine.pdf
Preston – Lanesboro fishing area map
PDF fishing map from from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/trout_streams/winter2003_preston.pdf
South Fork Root River, Wisel Creek area map
PDF fishing map from from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/trout_streams/winter2003_southfork
.pdf
Southeast Minnesota Winter Trout Streams
PDF map of Beaver Creek area from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/trout_streams/winter2003_daley.pdf
Southern Minnesota fishing map
PDF map from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
files.dnr.state.mn.us/outdoor_activities/fishing/trout_streams/trout
angling_southernmn.pdf
Whitewater River area map
PDF map from from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/trout_streams/winter2003_whitewater.pdf

Minnesota Fly Fishing Photos
Minnesota fishing photos
from Twin Cities Trout Unlimited
www.twincitiestu.org/gallery
Minnesota Fly Fishing Photo Gallery
www.mnflyfishing.com/MinnesotaFlyFishing/Photos/tabid/253/Default.as
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Southeast Minnesota fishing photos
from On the Fly Guide Service
ontheflyguiding.com/photo_gallery_2005.htm

Minnesota Fly Fishing Reports
Bass Fishing Reports
Bass Fishing Reports for minnesota from the Bass Fishing Home Page
www.wmi.org/bassfish/reports/minnesot/
Current Conditions For Southeast Minnesota
from On the Fly Guide service
ontheflyguiding.com/conditions.htm
Current Reports for Southeast Minnesota Trout Streams
from Headwaters Fly Fishing Company
www.headwatersflyfishing.com/reports/index.asp?todo=view&water_id=4&
year=2005
Current Reports for Upper Mississippi River
from Headwaters Fly Fishing Company
www.headwatersflyfishing.com/reports/index.asp?todo=view&water_id=1&
year=2005
Explore Minnesota Fishing Report
www.exploreminnesota.com/current_conditions/detail.cfm?oid=4688
Fly Fishing Reports For Minnesota
The Steelhead Site fly fishing reports for Minnesota tributaries to Lakes Superior from anglers, guides and DNR sources
www.steelheadsite.com/reports/minnesota/
In-depthangling.com reports
www.in-depthangling.com/forum/postlist.php?Cat=0&Board=reports
Minnesota reports form Lake-Link.com
mn.lake-link.com/fishreports
Minnesota Fly Fishing.com reports
www.mnflyfishing.com/MinnesotaFlyFishing/Reports/tabid/330/Default.a
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Minnesota stream reports
includes Upper Kinnickinnic River, Lower Kinnickinnic River, Rush River, Willow River
www.bobmitchellsflyshop.com/streamreports.htm
South East MN
www.bentleysoutfitters.com/streamreports/index.asp?todo=view&water_i
d=7&year=2004
Southeast Minnesota reports
www.bentleysoutfitters.com/streamreports/index.asp?todo=view&water_i
d=7&year=2005

Minnesota Stream Flows
Water Levels Minnesota
waterdata.usgs.gov/mn/nwis/rt

Minnesota Fly Fishing Forums

Midwest Trout Fishing
www.midwesttroutfishing.com/minnesota/minnesotaGuestBook.asp
Minnesota Trout Unlimited Message Board
mntu.org/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi
Minnesota Fly Fishing Forums
from Minnesota Fly Fishing.com
www.mnflyfishing.com/Forums/tabid/254/Default.aspx
In-Depthangling.com Community Forums
Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota
www.in-depthangling.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?Cat=0

Minnesota Fly Fishing Shops

Bob Mitchells Fly Shop
Lake Elmo Ave. Lake Elmo, MN 651-770-5854 55042
www.bobmitchellsflyshop.com/
Bentleys Outfitters Inc.
5123B W. 98th St. Bloomington, MN 55437 952-828-9554
www.bentleysoutfitters.com
The Fly Angler
7500 University Ave. NE Fridley MN 55432 763-572-0717
www.mnflyangler.com

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