South Branch Root River, Minnesota Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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South Branch Root River, Minnesota Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Forestville State park is uncrowded and awesome. Tributaries are clear in the park. Open for catch and release in Forestville State park and City of Preston year round. Other parts closed to all fishing after 10-15-20 Be aware of COVID-19 restrictions. Stay Safe!
Fishing Report Last Updated:
10 / 13 / 2020
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing South Branch Root River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Driftless Fly Shop

Water flow: low

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 47 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Cloudy conditions

Best stretch: Forestville State Park to Old Barn resort

Best access point: Preston, Mn.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

South Branch open for late catch and release season after 10/15/20 only in Forestville state park and City of Preston

Fish species: Rainbow, Brown Trout

Fishing season: Open season for 2020

Nearest airport: Rochester, Mn

Person Fishing in a stream

South Branch Root River Description

The South Branch of The Root River is listed as one of the 100 top trout streams in the USA. It begins at Mystery Cave/Forestville State Park and winds through beautiful bluffs and agricultural land until it meets the North Branch below Lanesboro to form The Main Branch of The Root River. It is a designated trout stream the entire length with some spring creeks joining along the way. All are designated trout ...

Techniques & Tips

Streamers, nymphs deep. Some Caddis, Light Mayflies and BWOs hatching now.

7-Day Forecast

Use some movement with streamers, nymphs etc. to move the fish.


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