Fishing Season: Open for 2023

Root River, South Fork - MN

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


Driftless Flyfishing Co.'s Tip of the Week

Closed to all fishing after October. 15

Directions open in app

Map of Root River, South Fork

Water Flow Data

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby

Driftless Fly Shop

5-Day Outlook as of 10/2/23

Clear and low, some rain has improved the flow. Cooler weather coming. Should get better

Techniques & Tips as of 10/2/23

Deep with small nymphs, Caddis and mayfly hatches still happening. Terrestrials

Local Species Available Open for 2023

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Driftless Flyfishing Co.'s Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Dave's Cricket Classic 20-14
Adams Classic 14-18
Tunghead Pheasant Tail Classic 18-16
Adams Gray 14-18
Green bead scud green 12-18
Prince nymph black 16-22
Bead Head American Pheasant Tail Tan-Black 18-14
Elk Wing Caddis all 12-10

Dave's Cricket

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Driftless Flyfishing Co.'s Recommended Gear

Description: About Root River, South Fork

Now open for catch and release upstream for the entire length Low and clear means spooky fish.

Nearest Airport:

Rochester, Mn

Best Time to Fish:

Early and late

Best Stretch:

WMA to bridge at Choice

Best Access:

Choice-Million dollar bridge