The story here in Southeast Minnesota is hot weather and high water. The stream banks are a jungle of thick nettles and tall vines. Because of the wet conditions bugs are plentiful, particularly the gnats, combine these with a skeeter or two and you have a good reason to stay in the water as far from the bank as possible.
I recently had the chance to get out and fish with Glen, a long time buddy. We fished a stretch of the Root, between the towns of Preston and Lanesboro.
The water here has been high due to a fairly wet spring and summer, and today was no exception.
Dark clouds rolled in as we put on our waders, and we were escorted to the river by a chorus of lightning and thunder. It wasn’t until we stepped into the water that the rain started and pretty much ended all chances of sun burn. Shortly after it started raining, the thunder stopped, but it continued raining for about an hour.
It stayed cloudy for the rest of the evening, and after the storm subsided a fog started forming along the surface of the water, and it wasn’t long before we were fishing in a fog.
The water temperature was in the mid 60’s and a little cloudy. The air temperature was in the mid 80’s. I started out throwing a single hook Golden Rain-Bow and Glen was using a Black Lightening.
In the past I have found that during conditions of hot weather and high water, going to a large bait can often increase the action, so even though I was having good results with the Golden Rain-bow, I switched to a Gold/Silver Big Bow, after that the action was nearly every cast.
I believe that I have better results in amount of fish caught as well as performance and hook-set, using spinners with the new single hooks than the spinners with trebles, but I did not have a Big Bow spinner with a single hook with me at the time.
We were too busy telling stories and solving the world’s problems to keep track of the number of trout caught, but we set a personal slot size to only keep fish between 11 to 13 inches and we easily limited out in fish of this size.
With off-and-on rain and hot weather in the forecast, look for conditions to continue for a week or so and large spinners with gold or copper blades doing well.
Until next time.
Keep it low, slow, and with the flow, and don’t go without your Bow!
Todays hot spinners.
Gold/Silver Big Bow