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DEADhead

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has anyone been on the vermillion around farmington lately?

I'll be in town visiting mom this weekend and was thinking of heading out and casting a few flies. Unless anyone knows another place there biting, old mill stream, valley creek, cannon, etc.

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Welcome DEADhead! Sorry I can't tell you anything about those rivers but at Trout Day the SE streams were running low and clear. It was cold but when the sun blessed us with warmth it brought the caddis out and the browns were rising readily!

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Thanks for the info. I'm thinking this weekend might be a bust, unless we get some rain. low, clear water might not be worth the time. I was thinking about going down by rochester, but i don't know if the drive is worth it. I haven't heard many favorable reports for this week. I'll just have to see ambitious I am Saturday morning

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Vermillion can be tough but they're likely to be big if you find any. Best bet for catching a few would be driving a little further to Redwing and fishing Hay Creek. I haven't been there lately but it is usually a good river. Be sure to pick up a DNR trout stream book for maps and special regs - we have new stream specific regulations in MN this year. Good luck!!

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Maybe wxguy can help us with a rain/stream report.

The above trout was the fourth to take my dry fly (1 rainbow and three browns) in the same pool. The caddis hatch was spotty but it should be warmer this weekend. Rain or shine, that will bring out more insect and fish activity.

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It will most likely rain this weekend, but not all weekend. A few t-storms tonight through tomorrow morning. Isolated t-storms Saturday afternoon. Scattered strong to severe t-storms on Mom's Day afternoon and evening. With the exception of making sure you avoid lightning, the forecast shouldn't keep you off the water. I doubt the weekend will be a washout.

I'll give it a shot on the streams, but conditions will probably vary over the weekend with rain. I don't think t-storm rainfalls will be blowing out many streams...we need the rain and the streams and rivers could use the tint.

All streams and rivers around the area are running low and clear right now. That doesn't mean bad fishing, though. I've been hearing numerous reports of fantastic dry fly fishing. It's a great time of the year for the trout, insects, and anglers! Trout seem to feed mindlessly when a strong caddis hatch is coming off.

Get out in the morning, evening, or with lack of hatch and you'll have to keep a very low profile until the water gets some color to it.

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The gray caddis is about done, but the tan and olive caddis, as well as crane flies should be going with this warm up.

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Thanks guys! Trout "feed mindlessly," that's a great way to put it, Wxguy.

Gotta love them caddis.

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