September 27, 2020

The Great North Woods is waking up.

Submitted - 2005-06-03
The water flows are good and the trout fishing is picking up. With the overcast skies and cool temps of the last 3 weeks, water temps are still very cold in the river. Fishing will improve as these temps go up. Success has been had the entire length of the trophy stretch (First to Francis) the river below town, and occasionally at Magalloway Rd Bridge. The cool water temps and flows have kept some salmon near the inlet. Best places to fish are the inlet at Lake Francis, below 1st Lake Dam, Carr Ridge Bridge, and the river below town. Pond fishing has been very good. The first of the caddis hatch normally happens during the first week of June and with the nice weather, it is imminent. Lake Francis Inlet continues to be very productive for fly fishermen and spin fishers alike.

Flies to try: Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle, Micro Stone, Black Wooley Bugger, BH Squirrel, Olive Soft Hackle, Kiwi Muddler, Olive CDC Caddis and Tan Caddis Pupa.

Flies to try in ponds or for trout include the black or grey wooly bugger, Marabou Black Ghost, beadhead pheasant tails and / or soft hackles, hornbergs, Griffith's Gnat, CDC Caddis, and BH squirrel nymphs.

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