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    Default Re: 2018 Driftless Trout Pics and Reports.

    Here's a few my dad and I caught in Iowa over the late summer. No record setting fish but a great weekend with my dad and he beat his personal record with 7 fish in an hour.

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    Default Re: 2018 Driftless Trout Pics and Reports.

    Beautiful browns, congrats!
    Larry


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    A few more pics from 2018













    Even though I’m 3 hours away from the Driftless, I feel blessed just to be close enough to make it practical.

    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by flntknp17 View Post
    A few more pics from 2018


    Even though I’m 3 hours away from the Driftless, I feel blessed just to be close enough to make it practical.

    Matt
    I live in far south central Iowa and this gives me hope for the spring. Any towns or areas you would recommend to research for spring fishing? Unless they're secrets...

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    Default Re: 2018 Driftless Trout Pics and Reports.

    Not a trip report, but I tied these up yesterday. I'll call 'em Pink Squirrel variants. Instead of a gold bead with a collar of pink chenille, I used a pink bead I picked up from Firehole Outdoors. And instead of squirrel, I used some hare's mask dubbing, as I was too lazy to dig into my "fur" bin to get the squirrel dubbing I, er, "harvested" this summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mcbeck View Post
    I live in far south central Iowa and this gives me hope for the spring. Any towns or areas you would recommend to research for spring fishing? Unless they're secrets...
    The best advice I can give is don’t wait for spring! The winter is my favorite time to fish the Driftless. Since they’re spring creeks, they don’t freeze even when it’s below zero. There is great fishing all over the region, but the type of streams varies across the region. PM me and I can give you some good places to start.

    Matt

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    Thank you so much! I had no idea there was an opportunity in the winter.

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    Default Re: 2018 Driftless Trout Pics and Reports.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mcbeck View Post
    Thank you so much! I had no idea there was an opportunity in the winter.
    Winter time fishing is wonderful, especially when your's are the only footprints in the snow!

    Denny

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    Default Re: 2018 Driftless Trout Pics and Reports.

    I fully agree with the above. I've never considered myself somebody who really enjoys being outdoors during the winter - I don't ice fish, ski, snowmobile - but there is something really magical about fly fishing in the winter. As mentioned above, solitude is one thing. When there's a lot of snow, everything is quiet. The snow tends to beat down the tallgrass prairie that often surrounds the stream, making it easier to walk around. No Wild Parsnip!

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    I love winter, ice fishing you name it! I will be making a trip after Christmas for certain.

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