09/16/17 - 02/28/18
HOW TO BE
FLY ROD & REEL
Fly rods come in different weights. An appropriate rod for targeting average size trout in smaller Minnesota creeks are 3/4/5 weight.
8’ or 9’ in length is a versatile choice that will perform in deep, overgrown Driftless region streams and open river pools of the North Shore. Graphite rods are an affordable staple material, but fiberglass are more effective for close quarters in small streams. Match the rod weight to the weight of the reel.
FLY LINE & LEADERS
Fly line is heavier and thicker than monofilament line. It is the weight of the line that carries the flies out and onto the water. Match the line # to the rod weight # and select one that is weight forward. Attached, you will have, a length of clear monofilament, the leader.
Match the #x again.
FLIES & LURES
Collecting and selecting flies is a the work of a lifetime. Patterns are crafted from artificial materials to match the appearance of terrestrial insects, flies, subsurface nymph stages, crustaceans, leeches and minnows. Pick up a fly box and consult the field notes for a recommended regional starter sampler.
Trout skin, when cooked, peels right off the meat. All you need for cleaning is a sharp enough pocket knife to puncture the belly and remove some organs.
A compact wade-fishing net will better guarantee you land your catch. Rubber baskets avoid messy tangles with tackle, lines and briars. A net retractor or magnetic holder eases handling.
Keep life on the stream organized, uncluttered and comfortable. Maintain a no hassle tackle stash including: tippet, clippers, forceps, floatant and a stringer.
A ventilated ball cap or a full brimmed bucket hat with waterproof breathable fabrics shade the glare of the sun.
These lightweight, moisture wicking polyester fabric sleeves can be worn in all kinds of ways to protect head & neck from sun, wind and bugs.
A great all-around pair of fishing glasses includes the superior clarity of glass lenses with polarized, color-blocking technology that expose the presence of fish beneath the surface.
Look for a UPF protected, breathable long sleeve with integrated vents and chest pockets.
Synthetic or wool briefs that wick moisture and prevent odor.
A pair of pant/short convertibles made from four way stretch, quick drying and breathable can be adapted to variable spring temperatures.
The best approach to a holding fish usually requires wading through the water. Stay dry and comfortable with a pair of breathable waist high stocking foot waders. This allows you to select different wading boots for variable Minnesota seasons.
A lightweight merino wool will breathe, move moisture away from the skin and continue to insulate if gotten wet.
For the best traction on algae slimed river stones, select a felt sole wading boot. Look for durable full grain Nubuck leather uppers and high quality polypro laces. Typically, these are sized up one full.