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Old 03-13-2012, 12:31 PM
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Ive been lurking for a while and posted a few times, but its high time I actually introduce myself since I found this folder and now have no excuse.
I'm Jason from North Central Iowa. I primarily fish for Pike, Bass, Bluegills, etc. My goal this year is to get a Walleye on the fly in my local river. The water is often muddy so if anyone has a suggestions, I'm all ears.
I have learned a lot on this site and would love to get to know a few people while I'm here.
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Old 03-13-2012, 12:35 PM
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Jason: Welcome to the forum! I'm looking forward to hearing about your pursuit of the Walleyes, good luck! I can't provide much help as I have never fished for them.
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Welcome to the forum Jason

We have a member whom specializes in fly fishing for walleyes and I am sure once he sees your post that some good advice will be coming your way.

First thing you're gonna need for successful walleye fishing is a bridge! (personal joke for our in house walleye expert)

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Default Re: Hello from North Central Iowa

Dave sent me a PM and let me know about your post. I'm the one he referred to. And a thankyou to Dave by the way. This is how the forum should work. I fish for Walleye in a river more than I probably should. I have actually changed much of what I thought I knew about Walleye because of it. I will tell you this, there is no better way to just target big fish. There is a thread with a lot of good info on Walleye. I'll post a link to it later when I find it.

Let me ask you a couple of quick questions. Where and how big is this river you are going to fish? Since you are from N. central Iowa, do you ever make it up to Lake of the Woods? Do you tie your own flies?

As for the Bridge joke, it's because I have a lot of photos of Walleye with a bridge in the background.
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Hey, not every picture is a Walleye with a bridge in it.
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And I almost forgot, Welcome to the forum!
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Ok, find a bridge... check! HaHa

Thanks for the replies guys, I can tell this is gonna be fun.

To answer the questions, I do tie my own flies (in fact, I rarely buy any unless its an absolute killer and I cant replicate it). The river in question is more or less a rather large creek. Its about 20 feet wide roughly. It winds through farm country and is stocked by the DNR. It has muddy water and has fairly smooth banks with some brush structure. There are "dams" or rapids that are fairly common with good stretches of smooth current.
My family has a cabin at Big Sandy (McGregor) and typically that is about as far north as I get. I would LOVE to make my way up your direction. Maybe someday.
If you have any tips on Big Sandy area though, I'm all ears. I want so badly to skunk my Brother in law this year. HaHaHa

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How deep and wide is it? Does it have anything else flowing into it where you fish? I have a bunch of fly patterns I think will be the ticket for you. I'm on the way out the door right now, but will post later tonight. By the way, since you go to McGregor, I do have some Smallie ideas for you also, but again, on the way out the door.
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Old 03-13-2012, 03:24 PM
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Dan, I'm not quite sure what the depth is mostly. I estimate it to be about 8 ft at its deepest, average is probably half that. Width wise it is on average about 20-30 feet (more or less in some spots).
It does have some tributary's feeding it, but typically not at the access points that I fish. When I get my waders this Spring, I could probably tell you more. There is a fair amount of gravel mixed in with the soil so its not all mud slick.
I definately welcome fly patterns for this. Im gearing up for this years challenge so that will be just the ticket. Thank you!!!
I'm heading out in a few too ( going to the lake on the way home from work), so I will check in later tonight.
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Add my warm welcome from Southern Oregon. And anyone who uses a 2-hander can't be all bad.

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Thank you very much Fred. I appreciate that.
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Jason...I leave you in the hands of our walleye specialist...my friend Dan
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