Iowa Fly Fisher

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2018 flies

Posted on January 19, 2018 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

This is the experimental baitfish pattern I hope to use as a multispecies fly especially on the Mississippi river.  1/0 Octopus main hook, 15# NiTi wire to 1/0 fastsnap, forthcoming stinger hooks to include #4 octopus, #10 treble, circle and octopus circle hooks as well.  As you'll recall my hook point up flies tied on up eye streamer hooks and offset shank worm hooks - while nicely weedless and able to hook bass, didn't hold...
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White River Heat 8 wt. review

Posted on December 4, 2017 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)
Flashback to Spring Lake last summer on the Mississippi near Savannah, Ill. The musclebound 8 wt. (the one with oversized spinning guides instead of snake guides for easier use with shooting heads) with which I cast the meaty, waterlogged Cermele Slopbuster in hopes of yanking a thrashing bowfin from the dreaded lotus jungle became broomstick useless when I found bowfin at very close range around that footbridge and had to scale the fly way down. Forced to windmill, the fly landed with a fish-... Read Full Post »

"Big Riffle" to Middle Raccoon access

Posted on August 26, 2017 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (3)

The rain up north this morning looked, on radar, a bit more substantial than yesterday's forecast called for so I went west to the Middle Raccon and am glad I did. Launched at Middle Raccoon access and went upstream.  The level, 4 ft., the river a bit green, but visibility 2 ft. or more.  This section has many downed trees from prolonged high water in previous years.  The smallmouth were concentrated in major  pools,  Secondary pools and riffle pockets held only 10" o...

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Water Quality in Iowa 2

Posted on August 16, 2017 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)
An explanation of amendment 1 and break down of funding outlays from a hypothetical 1% sales tax increase - all while catfishing.

Ft. Dodge, Deer Creek area II

Posted on August 14, 2017 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (1)

Launched at Deer Creek access on the Des Moines river above Fort Dodge.  Went downstream.  The area below Deer creek has rock bluffs and some nice off-current pockets.  Right at the mouth of Deer Creek, this little pike hit.  I don't think many large pike inhabit the river between Frank Gotch park and Ft. Dodge - the structure isn't conducive, too shallow, rocky and fast and a lack of major, deep, off-current eddies.

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