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halbfishin
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 02:47 PM 03/31/11 (CST)
Hey all, new to this site.
Anyone here fly fish? I am fairly new to fly fishing, and have not actually done any here in MN. Looking for some good spots to fly fish around the twin cities. I know there are spots in the Southeast part of the state, but looking for somewhere a little closer to home.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 08:27 PM 03/31/11 (CST)
Hey halbfishin,

Welcome to My Fishing Plas. Glad to have you aboard!

Most of the users on this forum are into walleye, muskie, pike and bass... though there are some that flyfish. Maybe a member will pipe up, eh?



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The Fisher
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 09:33 PM 03/31/11 (CST)
Hey Halbfishin,

Welcome! I think you will find the site to be fun and educational.

Probably 80% of my fishing is in pursuing muskies or bass (largemouth and smallmouth). However, I will also spend a good amount of time...most of the other 20%...in flyfishing. I picked it up a few years ago when I was guiding for rainbows and brown trout on Lake Taneycomo down in the Branson, Missouri area.

I do enjoy the fly fishing a lot. It is at times also very, very effective!

What species have you been pursuing most the last few years?

Again, welcome!

Jason "the fisher" Pence
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 09:55 PM 03/31/11 (CST)
The reports for the Kamloops and salmon are starting to come in right now. The next 3-4 weeks will be prime time usually.
As the ice melts off the big lake, the trout begin to stage in front of the river mouths and prepare to move up stream for spawning. I believe the salmon spawn in the fall, but follow the trout in the spring looking for a easy meal of their spawn and other river critters. So this time of the year you will catch both in the rivers and near the river mouths.

Spawn bags and looper bugs (dark haired jigs) with either nightcrawlers or spawn work real well this time of the year.

Also, watch the regulations and keep only the trout that have been clipped (stocked). The natural spawning trout are to be put back.

Good luck and be safe.
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 04:23 AM 04/01/11 (CST)
Hey Again Halbfishin-

I know when folks say, "fly fishing", most people immediately think of trout or salmon. Obviously fly gear is quite effective for those species. However, you mentioned fishing the Metro. Available trout or salmon waters there are pretty slim pickins. Pretty slim indeed!

Another thought is to go after the bluegill and sunfish this spring when they are up shallow doing their thing. It is very effective as you can land the fly on the shallow water they are using with almost no splash...therefore not scaring the fish. It is one of the most effective methods of fishing available for spring panfish. It also lets you enjoy the use of the fly gear with lot's of action!

A second available Metro Area idea is to go for smallmouth on creeks and rivers. Most everyone knows the Mississippi has lots of smallies. However, I have found the St. Croix an excellent fishery and consulting a Gazateer map will put you in contact with a good handful of smaller wadable creeks and streams within an hours drive. These almost all have smallmouth.... and most also have pike...both of which are willing biters on a fly.

Just a few more thoughts on how to enjoy your fly gear in the metro. Catching lot's of bluegill, smallmouth and pike on a flyrod.... that's good stuff in anyones book!

Jason "The Fisher" Pence
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 06:40 PM 04/04/11 (CST)
Thanks for the nice welcome and info everyone.
I should have been more specific I guess. I understand most think of fly fishing and trout go hand in hand. I am actually looking to land some musky and pike, as well as smallies. I have only been fly fishing in Alaska and Idaho as of yet. Greyling and Big Bows in AK, and just recently in Idaho Cutthroats and Bows. I have heard of good trout fishing in the southeast part of the state, but would like to get into some Muskies, Pike, and smallmouth on the fly!
Recently went to a fly fishing expo at the National Sports Center in Blaine, and got some info.
@ The Fisher. That's exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for the info.
I used to wade the miss near monticello, and got a lot of smallies. This was before I started with the fly rod. Thinking that will be a good spot once the waters calm down.
Again, thanks everyone for the info, and I will check back periodically to see if anyone wants to go wet some line!

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Jessico09
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 01:07 AM 04/05/11 (CST)
If you ever make it up north, try fly-fishing the beautiful Bigfork River, in particular between the two bridges that cross state highway 6. I have a friend who almost strictly fly-fishes, and he does well on muskies there.
halbfishin
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 11:28 AM 04/05/11 (CST)
Thanks Jessico09! My favorite part of the state! I will definitely try the BigFork next time I make it up that way. Unfortunately I don't get up that way as often anymore. Life just gets in the way sometimes.
Again, thanks for the info everyone!

I will update any findings that I make, and/or Lunkers that are caught!


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aricww
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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 12:20 PM 04/05/11 (CST)
Welcome Halbfishin,
Nice to see another fly fisherman on the forums. What people said above is true... there are really no GOOD trout spots in the cities. The natural habitats have been destroyed and the water is too warm. For good trout fishing try Courthouse lake or the driftless zone in SE Minnesota. See the map I will link below. The Whitewater rivers and Rush rivers are good choices. As a note though, please be careful...the driftless zone can be very dangerous in the early spring due raging flood waters and lots of stirred up silt that can be almost like quicksand.

If you don't mind picking up a Wisconsin license and trout stamp there are also tons of great trout streams in SW Wisconsin, and my favorite stream is in N. Wisconsin... The Brule River. Not to be confused with the Brule river in Northern Minnesota.... however, there might be some good fishing there too... I haven't tried.

Good Fishing to you!


Aric

oops, should have read all the replies before I replied myself... I've never caught a muskie on a fly rod... sounds like fun. If you want some interesting fishing... in the Cannon River using my fly rod I tend to catch tons of smallies, Walleye, Sauger, carp, and a few northerns.
halbfishin
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 01:37 PM 04/05/11 (CST)
Thanks aricww! Good info. Didn't even think there were many fly fisherman in MN.
The Cannon does sound good.
Not ready to venture into Wisc just yet. Like to find places closer to home that I can hit on a weekday after work.
I am curious as to how you fly guys fish the rivers and lakes.
Do you use float tubes or drift boats or motor boats or just wade? Or something completely different?? I am in between boats at the moment(it's on the list), but I do have a quality set of wading gear. My current fly equipment is a little heavier. I have an 8 weight Cabelas package (not the greatest, but works ok) and I just got my hands on a Loop Pike buster 8-9 weight. Looking to break this Loop setup in proper like. I am working on getting a smaller setup for the trout eventually.
Again, appreciate any and all advice.

Anyone ever looking for someone to go fishing with and live near the west side of the twin cities, let me know!!
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