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I'm just a southern boy, getting married to a MN girl. Since I will now be living in Minnesota and have access to the Ely area, I was wondering if anyone knows anything about good trout fly fishing (or any ff at all) in this area. Any will help. Thanks in advance!

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Well, I don't know what "southern" means in this context. You could be from Rochester, for all we know. laugh.gif But let's assume you're from below the Mason/Dixon line and have a thick accent that few can figure out.

I'm not a ffm, though on my wall rests an old Heddon split bamboo fly rod from my grandfather.

Simple deal is, as I'm sure you must know, you can ff for many species that are usually pursued using traditional tackle. There are trout lakes stocked with rainbows, brookies and splake in the Ely area, and I reckon they respond to ff tactics just like those species do in other areas.

And forget about trout for a moment.

Bass — mostly smallmouth but largemouth as well, and pike — respond well to ff tactics. Love those streamers (muddler imitations) and surface poppers. The BWCAW is filthy with smallies. Do a search on the DNR lake finder for the Ely area and you'll see lakes that are good for what you're after.

For trout, Miners Lake in Ely and Tofte (out the Fernburg Road) are well known. There are a number of others. There are native brookies (although REALLY small) in the Embarrass River and the upper reaches of most North Superior Shore streams. Of course, a small piece of crawler and a light split shot usually outfish ff tackle on most waters for most trout most of the time, but if you're a purist or a glutton for punishment, bring on the No. 5 floating line and the dry flies. laugh.gif

With questions, call the DNR Fisheries office in Tower. That's what they're there for. Good luck.

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Hah! Thanks for the info. Southern, in my case, means well below the mason/dixon line. I look forward to seeing how those lakes do. Again thanks so much for the help. I really appreciate it!

Matt

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