Current Reports for Southeast Minnesota Trout Streams:
3/19/2018 - Hay Creek 3/18 - John Goplin
Hay Creek report –
Cold days stay to the deep slow pools with small Buggers dead drifted. You’ll be surprised with some nice fish doing this. Otherwise, the warmer days can get some great action on Midges and small black Stonefly nypmhs. Griffen’s Gnats work great for the dries and don’t be afraid to give them some action.
3/18/2018 - John Goplin joins Headwaters!
Needing no introduction; longtime friend, fishing partner, mentor and fly fishing instructor John Goplin has decided to join the team at Headwaters Fly Fishing Company, guiding and instructing trout fishing trips. I am extremely excited to join up with John again!
John’s been fishing the Western WI, SE MN, and MN North Shore for over 50 years. Has fished from the High Arctic to Belize and Atlantic Salmon to the famed Bristol Bay area in Alaska.
John has been involved in the Fly Fishing industry since High School (had an Import fly tying materials business, general manager of Burger Bros., sales manager for Scientific Anglers, and most recently retired from being a sales representative for various sporting goods companies…..including ROSS reels, Scientific Anglers, Cheeky Fly Reels, Eagle Claw, Seagaur line, Frogg Toggs waders, etc.)
John ran the Burger Bros. fly fishing schools for 25 years, and introduced many people to the fly rod. He always says “Sometimes the fly rod can be the most effective method for catching fish, but it is always the most fun”. Born and raised in the Midwest, John loves the seasons of fly fishing, whether it’s winter Trout, Ice out Panfish, Summer Smallies, night time Walleyes, MT trout waters, and of course fishing the hatches on the local Trout waters.
John and his Brother developed the first emerging mayfly pattern on Armstrong Spring Creek, MT. the Goplin’s Loop Wing Emerger, back in the 70’s. And still loves changing patterns at the tying bench to see what’s more effective.