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Info for first timers for fly fishing the Kinnickkinnic Options
gillh2o
#1 Posted : Monday, May 29, 2017 7:32:36 PM
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Myself and another old geezer(70s) are heading up to the Kinnickkinnic this week for couple of days fly fishing. Any reports on conditions and strategies would be appreciated. We usually fish the Iowa and southern Wisconsin Driftless and thought we'd head far north while we can still walk. We have had success this ear on the big green, blue, bloody run and the south bear using soft hackle nymphs with partridge and orange trailers and czech nymping. Any info would be great.
Thanks
shebs
#2 Posted : Tuesday, May 30, 2017 1:20:20 AM
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Joined: 5/13/2014
Posts: 742
Location: Mpls
Everything around here was raging high and dirty last weekend, but so long as we don't get much more rain this week you should be good to go. Kinni has piles of fish and tons of access, but lots of anglers to go with it, so get there early or be prepared to hike to find empty water.
A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work. ~Author Unknown
Modern Translation, with respect for the Notorious B.I.G. : "Fuck Money, Get Fishes"
EddieRivard
#3 Posted : Tuesday, May 30, 2017 2:38:10 PM
Rank: Dragon Fly


Joined: 7/27/2012
Posts: 1,116
Location: New Brighton MN
gillh2o wrote:
Myself and another old geezer(70s) are heading up to the Kinnickkinnic this week for couple of days fly fishing. Any reports on conditions and strategies would be appreciated. We usually fish the Iowa and southern Wisconsin Driftless and thought we'd head far north while we can still walk. We have had success this ear on the big green, blue, bloody run and the south bear using soft hackle nymphs with partridge and orange trailers and czech nymping. Any info would be great.
Thanks


Methods and flies that work anywhere else will work good on the Kinni. Your Partridge and Orange will be especially deadly. The Gray Goat sells some flies on his website and you can also buy stuff at Lund's Fly Shop in River Falls. If you are fishing during the week you don't really need to worry about crowds and kayakers too much. The trout are quite used to both. Think of those trout as Wild Turkeys that live in the city. They are not nearly as weary as their country cousins.

Here is a link to a page you where you can download a map of all the public access points

Eddie's secret map of the Kinni

Also remember you will be in Wisconsin and every bridge crossing is essentially a public access point as well.

If anybody gives you grief just tell them that your my friend and that will shut them up pretty quickly. You should have seen the look on this farmers face last week when he realized who he was yelling at. ThumpUp
kinni
#4 Posted : Tuesday, May 30, 2017 4:47:41 PM
Rank: Caddis Fly


Joined: 2/12/2014
Posts: 74
Location: Western WI
I was out yesterday on the upper and that area was very fishable. As was mentioned, during the week, the crowds and kayaks shouldn't be much of an issue anywhere. If there's someone at a place you intended to go, there's plenty of other access points to get some water to yourself.

There's lots of fish in this river. Good luck to you and have fun!
gillh2o
#5 Posted : Tuesday, May 30, 2017 8:52:49 PM
Rank: Midge

Joined: 11/6/2012
Posts: 9
Thanks fellas for the info. This has been on our bucket list for a while so we're ready to roll. One rule we in retirement always follow.... never fish on the weekend. Tight lines
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