Date: September, 26st, 2020
What is new for 2020?
Who can attend:
*River destination and map will be provided upon registration
Support Minnesota's North Shore fishery. Donate to Minnesota Steelheader today!
What you get:
Please note this is limited to only 12 anglers and registration fills up fast. Please only register if you are 100% commited to attend .
What does this cost?
Our volunteer staff is donating their time and talents to teach and guide during this wonderful clinic.
All donations received for our events and clinics go right back into help fund future educational programs, community events, fisheries projects, and further our conservation mission. This clinic continues on because of your generosity.
Copyright © 2005 - 2020 Minnesota Steelheader • PO Box 10848 • St. Paul, MN 55110 • All rights Reserved
What is the Streamside clinic?
Though spinning gear will work, we recommend fly fishing equipment (see below) to increase your angling experience. Please note that we will be walking on rock, roots, and dirt trails to streamside destinations. Expect to walk approx. 1 mile round trip. Note too that we focus on entry level wading - no deep water, most wading is less than knee high. Wadding is not required, but light wading will give you more angling options to those with a good sense of balance. Wading is not necessary to partake in the clinic.
What will you learn:
Once streamside, we will have some hands-on instruction on reading water, locating fish, fly selection, and presentation. We then will help anglers locate some hot spots and start fishing. Note that this is not a fly casting class or guided fishing trip.
What you need to bring:
6 - 8 weight Fly Rod: 8 weight is a great spring rod, 6 weight is good for summer and fall. 7 weight is a good all around. If you plan too focus mainly on Steelhead, an 8 weight is our suggested rod.
6 - 8 Fly real with backing: This can be spooled with floating fly line, or running line (specific for drift fishing).
Running line can be either floating fly running line or 14 - 17lb. bright colored monofilament. This method does not follow the traditional fly casting technique, but rather more of what is called, chuck & duck. Weight is added to the line to help deliver your fly rather than relying on the fly line to deliver. We discuss in the presentation the value and effectiveness of each.
Flies: We will have some for use, but it is fun to have your own personal selection. We use a lot of egg patterns in pinks, orange, chartreuse, red most of the shades in between, sized in 6 - 10. Wooly buggers (sized 6 - 12), wooly worms (6 - 12), pheasant tail type nymphs (sized 8 - 14) work well as the water warm. Bright streamer patterns, and variations on nymphs that have some flash.
Waders: Hip boots will work, but we find waders a better option. Notice in the pictures on this page, anglers are kneeling or sitting in the water to release fish and for photos. There most angers rarely go above the waist, the added coverage is good security
Wader belt: Safety, Safety, Safety. Most waders come with a belt. Nothing fancy is needed, heck a rope will likely do. We prefer a belt made of a durable quick-drying material and a quick release buckle
Some other suggestions: Wading staff, net, forceps (hook removal), sunscreen, rain gear, warm base-layer clothing, and a camera.
Sunglasses - POLARIZED: A must have. They cut the glare allow great visibility in the water and cut down on fatigue from the sun.
Hat: Great for cutting down glare and protect from the sun
Wading boots: If using stocking foot waders (our favorite) we recommend good boots with either felt or the new alternative to felt design. cleats in the boots never hurt. As with all of our recommendations we review the value and use of all items.
Registration coming early 2020.