Feeling Nostalgic and Reliving My "Rush to the Driftless"

Filmed this a while ago, 
but it seemed like a good time to revisit the old material. 
We all have waters
Tied to our core.
Mine is the Driftless.
What is yours?

I traveled back to the homeland for a week of family and friends. Fly rod and tenkara in tote, my dad and I met up with the Winona Fly Factory (winonaflyfactory.com) fisherman and we explored some of what the Driftless area has to offer for trout fishing. The tenkara rod ended up being a great option for my dad, someone who is pretty new to fly fishing. He took to it well. It was a long time on the water, but we had a great weekend fishing, finding morel mushrooms, and hanging out at the barn. 
Music graciously borrowed from The Rural Alberta Advantage: The Ballad of RAA
Filmed with GoPro, iPhone 4,

Pimping the Driftless Area and their fishermen

Remember that line from that Beatles song, “All you need is blog love”? That’s what this post is all about.

I’m biased towards the Driftless Area. Let’s just get that on the table from the start. I grew up there and had my first trout fishing experiences on the Whitewater and Root River in Southeast Minnesota. As such, it is not surprising that I hold a special place in my heart for all things trout from that area. Today I’m bringing you back to a page I’ve shared before. The Winona Fly Factory. Justin was, and still is, the only other blogger I’ve fished with.

After a brief hiatus from blogging, Justin is back in full force with stream reports, awesome flies, pictures, and even video.

Okay, let me back up for a second. Are you reading/watching this and simultaneously googling (“googling” is a verb now, get over it) “Driftless Area?” Justin shared a cool video that does a great job of sharing what it is all about.

Now that you’re caught up, there are new things on the horizon for Winona Fly Factory. I give to you, the W. F. F. Fly Shop. I would particularly like to draw your attention to the Pink Squirrels and the Hair Balls. I’ve fished with each of these and done very well. If you see a Sprinkle Me Baby on there in the future, do yourself a fave …. (I can’t believe I wrote “fave.” I mean FAVOR. “fave” is not a word…) and get some. He has great skill at the vise and these flies catch fish and hold up wonderfully. You can even see the man at work in The Factory in this recent video.

The rumor is, there are other things in the works for The Winona Fly Factory. He wouldn’t key me in on them, but I’m thinking they are pretty sweet. 
So go forth, and check out the page or start planning your trip to the Driftless Area. You won’t be disappointed. 
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There are many other notable blogs from the Driftless Area that are worth checking out:
And I’m sure there are much more. As always, you can find these and other blogs at The Outdoor Blogger Network’s Blogger Directory.

Reflecting on the Driftless

It has been a few months since we flew back to Minnesota, and I stole a weekend from the Driftless Area in Southeast Minnesota. My dad and I met up with Justin of Winona Fly Factory (he’s coming back to us in January) and had an amazing time (see the video for the proof).

Justin recently sent me a few photos from the trip. Dad did great with the Tenkara rod. I fumbled behind camera in hand and managed a few fish too.

Great way to start the day.

Dad with a great fish on Tenkara.

Beautiful Driftless Brown.

Looking really cool.

Working it.
the river bend.

the “Sprinkle Me Baby”

New Video: Rush to the Driftless

I traveled back to the homeland for a week of family and friends. Fly rod and tenkara in tote, my dad and I met up with the Winona Fly Factory (winonaflyfactory.com) fisherman and we explored some of what the Driftless area has to offer for trout fishing. The tenkara rod ended up being a great option for my dad, someone who is pretty new to fly fishing. He took to it well. It was a long time on the water, but we had a great weekend fishing, finding morel mushrooms, and hanging out at the barn. 
Enjoy,
David (www.MyLeakyWaders.blogspot.com)
Music graciously borrowed from The Rural Alberta Advantage: The Ballad of RAA
Filmed with GoPro, iPhone 4,