Iowa Driftless

Sunday, June 15, 2014 , , , 9 Comments

The Iowa Driftless has begun to feel like a home away from home. Returning annually is both exciting and refreshing, and something I look forward to greatly. This year I was able to fish for two days, visit five different streams, and caught a driftless slam of Rainbow, Brown, and Brook trout. The water was murky for the most part so I had to go with larger and more brightly colored flies to be successful. Subtle approaches proved fruitless. Effective patterns included red and orange San Juan Worms, Thin Mint Wooly Buggers, holographic extra large Zebra Midges, and Pheasant Tails. Fishing pressure was much denser than normal and several locations I felt squeezed out of unfortunately, a first for me in the area, however, the great thing about the Driftless is that you are always 5-20 minutes from another stream or input. Even with the added crowds it proved to be a great and relaxing trip, beautiful scenery as always, and the small stream technical fishing I have come to love.  Great trip and I can't wait to go back.