Located in a restored 1905 building in downtown Preston, the Driftless Fly Fishing Co. supports local chapters of TU and the National Trout Center in youth education and habitat improvements. Special regulations and a growing catch—and—release ethic continue to improve the fishing in these streams often called "undiscovered gems." Join us for the experience of a lifetime in Minnesota's Driftless Area.
Start about 9 AM early and late season, earlier in summer. According to ability some casting instruction, talk about reading water, flies, bugs presentation and on a stream suited to the skill level of the customer. As skills progress during the day will try more difficult situations etc. Streamside lunch provided along with flies, loaner gear, tackle etc. Mel will stay until dark or the client chooses to stop.
Trout: We now have year round fly fishing in southeast Minnesota.
New seasons are as follows:
Catch and release January 1st through April 15th
Open season April 16th until September 15th
Catch and release regulations start again September 16th until October 15th.
All trout streams within the boundaries of State Parks (Forestville, Whitewater and Beaver Creek ) are open year-round for catch and release.
Smallmouth Bass: Season varies from year to year.
Minnesota Fishing license with trout stamp, any personal gear, comfortable clothing that blend with the surroundings. Any special bug spray, sun screen etc. preferred
Q. Are trout wild in Minnesota?
A. Yes many streams support natural reproduction. DNR has designated which streams in their map book. Some area are stocked that get heavy pressure. The only native fish is the brook trout.
Q. When is the best time to come?
A. Early season in April and May can be the best for dry flies and big hatches but good fishing all season due to constant temperature of spring creek’s underground springs.