Re: First trip of the year/ever (IA)
I ususally order most of my stuff online. Cabelas has a warehouse location in Prairie Du Chen so even with standard shipping it gets to me in 2-4 days. If you want to make a road trip try Fin and Feather or Gander Mountain in Cedar Rapids. I would call first to make sure they have what you want.
As far fishing Spring Branch I would suggest to keep exploring down stream. There are a lot of great spots the furthur you go and the walk is pretty easy. As far as others streams I would suggest Little Turkey and Richmond Springs, which are in the same area as Spring Branch. In the summer Richmond is crowded on the weekends in the summer but the further you go downstream the less the crowds are.