I ended my last Field Journal debating species to target my next trip out. So with less than a month left of trout season here in MN & WI I decided to take advantage of the remainder of a fleeting season. This time of year the sun comes up a little later and so I slept in a bit. I made it on the water by 8:00 and although it appeared I had the stream to myself I decided to fish the less "popular" section downstream. There is probably only a half mile of good water before it runs low and flat. For some reason I believe the holes in this stretch hold bigger fish though the only scientific evidence I have is a hunch. So I hiked to the end of the suitable water and fished my way back. It was cool and overcast with a little rain throughout the morning. Typically, I work through patterns until I find one that works and stick with it until it stops producing then switch. Very common sense approach, but I know folks who switch flies far more often even before it runs out of steam. Even if I don't have instant success I change approach, depth, drift etc before swapping patterns. On this day I blew threw a lot of inventory in my box before landing on a Flashy Hare's Ear which was a good earner. Unfortunately, I only had one left and drifting in an area of heavy debris so I knew I was on borrowed time.
There is one section of the stream I was anxious to fish but showed restraint working to it. Not surprisingly it was worth the wait finding instant action and consistent success. The water was broken, braided and a stump allowed me to get right on top of them. The mantra of the day became "hide and high stick." My drifts were short and I wasn't shy about presentation almost slapping the water upstream helping it get down quickly. The next two locations were set up the same way and I had comparable success.
I wrapped up the morning at about 12:00 although conditions continued to produce fish. I'm hopeful to get out a couple more times before the end of the season which is sadly approaching. Then I have 3 months until the start of MN early season and 6 until WI. I've yet to explore waters south of MN, but Iowa has a year round trout season I may need to investigate.