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. Main branch is clearing but high. Open for harvest up to 5 daily. Be aware of COVID-19 restrictions. Stay Safe!
Fishing Report Last Updated:
7 / 13 / 2020
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing South Branch Root River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Driftless Fly Shop

Water flow: high

Visibility: 1 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 47 Degrees F

Water condition: Moderately Turbid

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 the entire length regular season

Fish species: Rainbow, Brown Trout

Fishing season: Open season for 2020

Nearest airport: Rochester, Mn

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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