The Driftless Fly Fishing Company

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide Service in Preston, Minnesota

The Driftless Fly Fishing Company

Overview

Fish the many miles of spring creeks in the Driftless Area of SE Minnesota with local guide Melvin Hayner and his expert team of Orvis Endorsed Guides. Experience the prolific hatches of caddis and mayflies throughout the season. Awesome scenery and expert instruction for beginners or out of the way stalking big, wild fish for the experienced angler. Group excursions and classes for corporate, clubs or families offered.

In addition to wade fishing opportunities, we now offer fly-fishing float trips in Jackson Kayaks on the South Branch of The Root River.

Date Range

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.

What is Provided to Customer

All flies, loaner gear (if needed) tackle and streamside lunch. Personal instruction, maps, bug and knot handouts also provided in schools and for beginners.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Southeast Minnesota has miles of spring creeks which provide excellent habitat for wild trout. The Bluff Country of Minnesota is known for scenic beauty with many adventures for the non-angler also. The Driftless Fly Fishing shop and guide service in Preston, Mn. is on the South Branch of The Root River which is listed as one of the top 100 trout streams in the USA by Trout Unlimited! Also guide Iowa when Minnesota is not open.

Typical Weather by Season

Early and late season can be cold but very good, especially for big fish. Summer can be hot and humid but good fishing early and late in the day but often pleasant. Mosquitos are minimal in SE Minnesota due to little standing water. Winter season is January 1- March 31 also catch and release, designated streams and barbless hooks often too cold for fishing. Iowa (not far) open all year. Small mouth Bass open 05/25/13 - 02/23/14.

Itinerary

Sample of Typical Itinerary

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.

Species

Species You Fish for by Season

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.

Gear

What Should Customers Bring?

Minnesota Fishing license with trout stamp, any personal gear, comfortable clothing that blend with the surroundings. Any special bug spray, sun screen etc. preferred

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


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.

Reviews

Melvin M. Hayner
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide Service
208 St. Paul Street, PO Box 573
Preston, MN 55965
507-327-4276
435-454-3737

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