Passport: Preston Trout Streams

Posted at: 07/09/2013 7:06 PM
Updated at: 07/09/2013 7:09 PM

If you’re looking for something to do this summer and would like to spend some time outdoors, the trout streams of Southeast Minnesota could be the perfect place. ABC 6 News Anchor James Wilcox takes us fly fishing. It’s something he’s never done, and as he found out, something you don’t have to be a fisherman to try out.

On a quiet summer day, flowing through Southeast Minnesota near Preston, you'll find the serenity of camp creek. It is one of 200 waterways in this area that create 700 miles of designated trout stream.

Heath Sershen knows the water well. He’s the director of the National Trout Center and a life-long angler. Heath says, “I’ve been fishing since I could walk.”

According to Heath, 45 thousand people come to this part of the state to fish for trout. He agreed to show us one of his favorite methods, which is fly fishing. We set out walking toward the water and Heath quickly told us what to watch out for.

“This is wild parsnips and this is wood nettle. These are going to give you a stinging sensation,” Heath says. Which is when I realized shorts probably wasn’t the smartest choice.

Once along the creek, Heath gave us some pointers and some examples of how fly fishing is done.

Heath says, “The trick of it is is to slide this under your index finger. Lift the rod up and flip it.”

I gave it a shot, but struggled a bit. Heath caught a trout within minutes. It was a little small, but for Heath and most that fish here, it isn’t the size of the catch that keeps coming back. Just ask Bob Storlie. We found him along the river spending quality time with his son.

Bob says, “We like to get outside and see if we can catch fish. A lot of times we’ll catch more weeds or snags than fish but it is always fun.”

So whether you're an experienced angler or someone looking to try something new, travel to the streams of Southeast Minnesota. Because even if you don't catch that trophy trout, you'll have a fun time trying.