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Parker’s Creek, Kinnickinnic and Rush River

April 1, 2016

It’s been my goal to try different parts of the Upper Kinnickinnic this year, so I was a little disappointed to find the access point off of HWY J that I targeted occupied by a vehicle  on the morning of March 13, 2016.  I thought getting there at 8 a.m. was early enough but it looks like I will need to get up earlier.  I knew Parker’s Creek was just a bit down the road so I thought I’d give that a go.  It was overcast, which I hoped would help my cause as Parker’s is tiny and clear.  There was hatch of what looked like BWO with tiny trout rising here and there, all of which was promising but I lack the patience and meticulousness required to fish such tiny stream and gave up after about an hour.  A lot of work has been put into maintaining this stream and I know there are brookies here.  The patient angler with the skills to hit narrow targets could have some fun.

I’m Fishing

Groceries, laundry

Other things to do of course

Oh well, I’m Fishing

After leaving Parker’s I found a different spot on the Kinnickinnic and gave it a whirl for about an hour.  Three fish hit a red midge but each escaped without coming to hand.

March 28, 2016, found me back at the Upper Kinnickinnic, this time at the Swinging Gate access point. Yes, it was a Monday, but  a great March day to take off.  You could not have asked for a better day.   There were a total of six other cars at three other access points that I passed so apparently I wasn’t the only one playing hooky.  Enjoyed a refreshing solo cup of Dortmunder Export beer that I recently brewed at a Vine Park  brew party event and hit the stream.



Cold beer, the right fly

Remove the suit and the tie

fishin’, relaxin’

Right away I noticed fish rising all over the place and tied on a midge pattern.  I had fish a on the first cast.  The only problem was they were all little bitty guys.


Beautiful markings.  There are tons of these little guys in the Upper Kinnickinnic right now.  Here’s to hoping they all keep growing.


There was also a BWO hatch and I caught some relatively larger browns on a BWO dry.


March 31, 2016, was a day of indecision.  The Twin Cities and western Wisconsin received a decent rain on Wednesday so I was a bit uncertain on hot muddied the streams would be.  Do I go?  Should I stay home?  It was only 41 degrees and raining, which of course only exacerbated my uncertainty.  Around 11:30 a.m. I decided I needed to make a decision, said what the heck and headed for the Rush River.  Nearing the river I was concerned by the amount of water standing in the fields and running in the ditches. Not to mention the steady rain that reappeared. Maybe I should have stayed home?

Just Go

It’s cold and rainy

Stay indoors and on the couch

No, please just go fish

I was downright surprised to find the first bridge crossing I tried occupied by three vehicles, especially on a rainy week day.  The water flow looked manageable, but there was definitely a brown hue to the water.  I’d have to find another spot, which I soon did, and if I was going to catch anything it would probably be on a flashy streamer.

A bead headed, Olive Woolly Bugger proved to be the right ticket and resulted in several plump browns and a couple of brookies.  Moved a couple really nice fish, missed a few others and broke one off.  A great day despite all my indecision and a revelation in that I discovered a few new spots, well at least for me anyway.

With all the lakes ice free, it’s time to get the boat out of storage Saturday and think about hitting the lakes.

– Hats


One Comment leave one →
  1. May 3, 2016 4:10 am

    Gorgeous fish, I’m headed down to the Yellow River in Iowa this weekend on a tout fishing trip, hoping to see some colors as pretty as those.


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