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    Hi Brothers and Sisters of the long rod,

    I am a newby here. I retired a year ago and decided to dust off the fly rods and fly tying vice. As I am writing we are under a wind chill of -30. Needless to say I am dreaming about spring and trout and smallmouth bass fishing. I am looking forward to trout fishing in Northwest Iowa or Missouri. If any of you have any suggestions on good places to go I would appreciate the info. The smallmouth bass fishing I do right here at home in some of the small rivers in the area. I found out a number of years back that a 3 or 4 pound smallie on a fly rod is a blast. I have been tying up foam hoppers and wooly worms during these cold days and will be doing some poppers later today. It is good to find a place where we all talk the same language (flies and tight loops).

    Keep on Casting,

    Dan

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    Default Re: New Guy from Western Illinois

    Welcome to the forum. There are lots of people here that fish the areas you are talking about for trout (I am one of them). Looking forward to getting to know you.

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    welcome to the team

    not sure if your north west but i make it out to the apple river now and then, also same goes for iowa trout fishing

    stick around, you'll love it here

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    HI Dan,

    I hope you'll spend a little time here getting to know some members who are near to your location as well as those far away. You'll find this to be a friendly & informative group.

    Ard

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    Hey Dan.

    I lived in your neck of the woods when I was working for Cat. What part of IL are you from?

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    Welcome to the forum Revdan, lots of good folks on here. Hardyreels is running a raffle on a couple of good books and all you have to do is a comment on his thread, for some really cool stories check out his blog. Just click on the address below and it will take you to the raffle.

    February Raffle from Life On The Line Fly Fishing;

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    Hi Dan and welcome to the forum. Lots of great folks here, you will enjoy
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    Welcome Dan. Where at in western IL? Most of the good Iowegian trout water is in the Northeast. Is that what you meant? I'm from the QC, perhaps we can fish sometime.

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    Dan: Welcome to the forum! Looking forward to warmer wx as I'm sure you are, it was -15 degrees here in western Wyoming this morning, looks like this cold stuff is about to move out, thank goodness. Looking forward to reading about your fishing adventures.

    Larry
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcnerney View Post
    Dan: Welcome to the forum! Looking forward to warmer wx as I'm sure you are, it was -15 degrees here in western Wyoming this morning, looks like this cold stuff is about to move out, thank goodness. Looking forward to reading about your fishing adventures.

    Larry
    Yeah, it moved to here. -19 at my house this morning. I keep telling myself that in just a few months I'll be complaining that it is 125 degrees warmer with 100% humidity.

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