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Old 11-15-2013, 05:08 PM
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Default Getting schooled at Bloody Run.

Well took a family trip about an hour and a half North to visit a stream I haven't been to in some time. We left home about 7:30 am and started our journey North. We arrived just after 9:00 am to find an almost empty stream short of a couple vehicles.

Lots of fish visible and with it still about 40 degrees they were moving a touch slow. Got out the Sage 279-2 LL and started tossing small dries, after about an hour I started to get hits on a size 20 Midge Adult pattern that I promptly lost on a back cast after trying to set the hook. All together I hooked 6 fish and brought 4 to hand along with many misses so next time I will be armed with even smaller midges to try out.

This guy was about 1/2 mile up I snuck up on a sharp corner in the stream and watch him dive back under the limbs and rocks, after a minute he worked his way back up into the riffles coming into this little cut. A couple minutes later he was in hand, couple quick pictures and right back into the stream for another day.

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There was tons of algae starting to die off and work itself out of the stream so I had to watch where I was casting to keep the line and fly out of the sludge.

After canvasing about a mile of stream I headed back to start rehydrating lunch. Once it was soaking I fished another 30 minutes with a few hits but little action.

Before lunch a BWO hatch started off and though I was using size 20's I could have easily used some 22-26's which would have been better sized and probably resulted in more fish to hand. I did land 2 nice Rainbows after lunch and here is a picture of my son releasing the largest one.

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After that there was a couple that rode there horses over and my son went to check them out and they let him ride one of them around, wasn't sure if i was going to be bringing a kid home with me at that point.

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Overall it was a gorgeous day with a high of 55 on the way home and now it is time to hit the vise for some go to stuff that I had tied testers out of so I can be ready for the next time.

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Old 11-15-2013, 05:40 PM
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Looks like a pretty good day from here. Never been to Bloody Run. I think I have about 94 Iowa trout streams left on my checklist.
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Looks like a pretty good day from here. Never been to Bloody Run. I think I have about 94 Iowa trout streams left on my checklist.
We'll have to go up there sometime I'll cover gas. It is a very technical stream move slow and stay hidden if they sense anything they lock up and don't move.
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We'll have to go up there sometime I'll cover gas. It is a very technical stream move slow and stay hidden if they sense anything they lock up and don't move.
I'll give you a 50 yard head start then, so I don't scare the fish.
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I'll give you a 50 yard head start then, so I don't scare the fish.
Water is crystal clear, also I highly recommend chest waders as my hippies were too short in one spot that was very deceiving. I'll let you go first only one way to learn...
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Water is crystal clear, also I highly recommend chest waders as my hippies were too short in one spot that was very deceiving.
There are a couple spots where chest waders aren't enough on that stream
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There are a couple spots where chest waders aren't enough on that stream
I'd believe it I think I know where a couple are at myself, though I need to get back out there hopefully soon as I realized my water filter bladder didn't make it back into the car.
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Default Getting schooled at Bloody Run.

I scouted this on my way to Decorah a few winters back. It's one I the first over the border on the way. I did like the looks of the stream but was on my way further up and just checked it out. Does look like its worth a stop next time around.

Thanks for a good report. I'll take my tough days like that, mine are normally zero. Lol
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Great trip report, congrats on an awesome day on the water!

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