Fishing Season: Open for 2023

Root River, South Fork - MN

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


Driftless Flyfishing Co.'s Tip of the Week

Open for catch and release artificial only 1/1/23 the entire length

Directions open in app

Map of Root River, South Fork

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby

Driftless Fly Shop

5-Day Outlook as of 3/23/23

Looks good. Good flow, clear water. Some melting and runoff

Techniques & Tips as of 3/23/23

Deep with small nymphs, zebra midge, pheasant tail 18-22 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):
Birchell's Hatching Midge Classic 20-14
Griffith's Gnat Classic 20-18
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
Adam's Purple Parachute all 12-10

Birchell's Hatching Midge

This midge fly pattern can be used as a dry fly or emerger.

Driftless Flyfishing Co.'s Recommended Gear

Description: About Root River, South Fork

Now open for catch and release only on 1/1/23

Nearest Airport:

Rochester, Mn

Best Time to Fish:


Best Stretch:

WMA to bridge at Choice

Best Access:

Choice-Million dollar bridge