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  • ebonkim
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    I try to head out to East Branch Verdigre Creek fishing for trout at least once a month. Long Pine is nice, but there's so many ticks there, that I prefer Verdigre Creek, instead. I haven't seen one tick at Verdigre Creek. You can watch my fishing videos at Verdigre Creek on YouTube and LBRY. The floods affected the creek at various points, and because of the sand/pebbles that got washed back into the creek, every month I go, the creek is a bit different.
    https://youtu.be/E2mHEvFWb6s

    The best places to fish for trout is:
    • At the open areas of the Grove Trout Rearing Station, east side is where I prefer. The water is crystal clear, and you can see bubbles coming from the pebbles at the bottom where the artesian spring bubbles out. You can see some trout swimming upstream, but they're mostly hidden under the underwater plant growth. The people who take care of the station mow the lawn and trim the plant growth, so if you want to fly fish or use a tenkara rod, this is a good spot.
    • Right before the creek enters Grove Lake (south of the lake), there's a huge sand hill inside the camping area. There's a deep area there that a lot of trout like to hang out in. During the week, it's great fishing. During the weekend, the place gets over-fished. However, it's a wide open space, with no plant growth, making that spot perfect for fly fishing.
    • If you start from the bridge close to the Grove Trout Rearing Station (or the West side of the Open Area), just go downstream. There's a lot of good spots that vary from month-to-month. A lot of small holes will hold 3-5 trout, with some trout around 16 inches, and even a few small brown trout.
    I typically use a spinning rod with a nightcrawler, and let it drift with the current. When I used my tenkara rod, using both a dry fly and a wet fly, the trout have always gone for the wet fly. Dry flies will work on the east side of the Open Area of the Grove Trout Rearing Station, though.

    Hope this helps.

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  • ericein
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    Originally posted by Duckslayer2095 View Post
    Does anyone have any recent updates on Verdigre? Thinking about going there and to Long Pine next week.
    I'm going to make a new post on this in a second... watch for a new thread.

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  • Duckslayer2095
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    Does anyone have any recent updates on Verdigre? Thinking about going there and to Long Pine next week.

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  • ericein
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    I heard at Cornhusker Fly Fishers this Saturday from some of the TU guys some of the trout habitat that had installed over the years had gotten washed out; and they were just receiving permits to reinstall it. So it sounds like the stream might look a little different then it had in the past. Definitely post a report!

    I can tell you that while I was at Soldier Creek, you could DEFINITELY tell that water was way way up at one point too. In fact a couple of pools I remember fishing had filled in. But there were still fish to be caught and it was still a good time. I am guessing Verdigre will be the same way...

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  • whitetips
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    Fish it!

    Daryl B.

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  • Lunker_Hunter
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    Any update on the conditions at Verdigre creek? Trying to find out if it is accessible or if I should hold off a while longer.

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  • tango20
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    You should stay out of the area. We have enough " gawkers " in the way.

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  • ClearCreek
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    Not sure where you are in South Dakota, but getting to E. Branch of Verdigre Creek may be a challenge with the flooding, closed roads and bridges out, etc.

    ClearCreek

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  • whitetips
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    Originally posted by adamhanna View Post
    Posted this in the fishing forum too, but figured I’d post here as well considering my goal is for some trout on a float and fly!

    I’m up with my girlfriend and her family in South Dakota this weekend and we’re not far from Verdigre Creek. I’ve never been and would love to try and catch some trout, but I’m not sure given all of the flooding how possible that will be. Is anyone able to give me an update on the condition of the creek currently? Thanks!!!
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    You better plan something else. East Branch of Verdigre Creek is flooding right along with everything else. I would not think of fishing it until the water dropped.

    Daryl B.

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  • adamhanna
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    Verdigre Creek Condition?

    Posted this in the fishing forum too, but figured I’d post here as well considering my goal is for some trout on a float and fly!

    I’m up with my girlfriend and her family in South Dakota this weekend and we’re not far from Verdigre Creek. I’ve never been and would love to try and catch some trout, but I’m not sure given all of the flooding how possible that will be. Is anyone able to give me an update on the condition of the creek currently? Thanks!!!
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