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    Default winter trout fishing

    Getting excited for my upcoming trip the Smoky Mountains next week. Brings back some good memories from last winter when I visited Iowa's driftless for some trout fishing. Thought I would share a couple photos from last winter.





    We will be spending a week in the GSMNP and am looking forward to sneeking out in the mornings before everyone else is up. After all, it is a family vacation but there is always a little time for some fishing...



    "When the river is high, the fish eat the ants; when the river is low, the ants eat the fish."

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    Default Re: winter trout fishing

    i'm planning a early spring trip to the iowa driftless area. looks like some nice water
    i'm thinking about mid march-early april would be good.
    got any tips for gear/flies for that time of year?
    i have a shiny new 7' 4 weight glass rod that needs to see some action

    and hope you have a good trip to the smokys.

    casey


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    thanks, im looking very forward to the trip to the smokey mountains!

    i would fish nymphs in the deeper pools, i had best success with the simple patterns. brassies and hares ears and pink squirrels are basically what i threw. while i only fished a few streams they were both great and made every bit of the trip worth it. i think water temps will play the most important factor.

    i stayed in the decorah area
    "When the river is high, the fish eat the ants; when the river is low, the ants eat the fish."

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    Default Re: winter trout fishing

    vey good info!
    thanks!

    casey


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    I just got back yesterday from my trip to the smokies. I am new to trout fishing on the fly rod but I had an awesome time. I had the best luck up by Tremont. The local guys were saying that the Oconuluftee is hitting really well right now and there are some big browns in there. I didn't have any luck on it, but again I am learning and was by myself.

    My first fish was a big rainbow that was close to 12". That was bigger than anything I expected. I didn't catch a lot but loved the trip. And I love the Smokies.

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    Where in Iowa is this driftless area? My parents moved to Des Moines and if that is close it could make trips out there even more appealing.

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    Chefdg - The driftless area is in the far NE corner of Iowa. My best guess is that you're 3 1/2 to 4 hours away from it. Decorah, IA would be one of the bigger cities that falls into the "Driftless" section of the state.




    Casey - Send me a pm with any specific questions you might have about the area or tactics. I'll offer up what I know.

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    Thanks for the info chefdg, much appreciated. I've never been out there and the rest of my family has never seen the mountains. Can't wait...
    "When the river is high, the fish eat the ants; when the river is low, the ants eat the fish."

    Illinois Wisconsin Fishing

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    Good luck! It's one the the places I'd love to see one day.
    I fish, therefore, I drink...

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    Quote Originally Posted by creeker View Post
    Good luck! It's one the the places I'd love to see one day.
    I'd assume your talking about the smokys rather then iowa... Thanks I'll be sure to report back!
    "When the river is high, the fish eat the ants; when the river is low, the ants eat the fish."

    Illinois Wisconsin Fishing

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    Quote Originally Posted by ted4887 View Post
    Chefdg - The driftless area is in the far NE corner of Iowa. My best guess is that you're 3 1/2 to 4 hours away from it. Decorah, IA would be one of the bigger cities that falls into the "Driftless" section of the state.




    Casey - Send me a pm with any specific questions you might have about the area or tactics. I'll offer up what I know.
    The "Driftless Area is NE Iowa, SE MN, and some in Wis. I believe. I live 20 minutes from Decorah, Ia although I have never fished around there, too cheap to buy the non resident fishing license i guess.

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