Fishing Season: Open for C & R season 2022

South Branch Root River - MN

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Driftless Flyfishing Co.'s Tip of the Week

Forestville State park is uncrowded entire length open for catch and release 1/1/23. Forestville State Park and City of Preston year round. All open for catch and release. Stay Safe!

Directions open in app

Map of South Branch Root River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby

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5-Day Outlook as of 1/27/23

Better weather and great conditions-hit them in the head with a nymph

Techniques & Tips as of 1/27/23

Streamers, nymphs deep. Some, blue wing mayflies, midges on warmer days

Local Species Available Open for C & R season 2022

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    Brown Trout

Driftless Flyfishing Co.'s Recommended Fly Patterns

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

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Tunghead Pheasant Tail Classic 12-18
Adams Classic 12-18
Bead Head Prince grey 16-14
Adams Parachute Dry Fly all 14-10
Baby Brown trout classic 12-14
Cone/bead head wooly bugger black/grey 12-14
Birchell's Hatching Midge dark 20-22
Woolly Bugger tan 10-12

Tunghead Pheasant Tail

Adding tungsten beads to mayfly patterns is relatively new.

Driftless Flyfishing Co.'s Recommended Gear

Description: About South Branch Root River

The South Branch of The Root River is listed as one of the 100 top trout streams in the USA. It begins at Mystery Cave/Forestville State Park and winds through beautiful bluffs and agricultural land until it meets the North Branch below Lanesboro to form The Main Branch of The Root River. It is a designated trout stream the entire length with some spring creeks joining along the way. All are designated trout streams have some special regulations including catch and release water. Check the DNR web site or get the reg book for special regulations. The South Branch is open year round for catch and release and year round In Forestville State Park and City of Preston.

Nearest Airport:

Rochester, Mn


South Branch open for catch and release only.

Best Time to Fish:

early and late

Best Stretch:

Forestville State Park to Old Barn resort

Best Access:

Preston, Mn.