8-23-03 - 3 Days in Iowa with the Monkey! Day #2
- my camera breaks.
Waters Fished: Trout Run & Coldwater Creek
Fish Caught: 12/33
Outing Date: 8-23-03
Air Temp: mid 80's
Water Temp: N/A
Water Level: Trout Run was UP? Coldwater seemed normal
Water Color: clear
Fish Species: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout
Pattern Fished: Tucker Nymph, Griffith's Gnat, Brennon's Black Nymph,
Pheasant Tail Nymph
Pattern Color: gray & gold
Fishing Quality: Challenging but worth it
First, if you've skipped Friday's repot, see my
caveots on 8-22!
Alright, so another great day out the rivers was
sure to be had. Brennon made it down from his new home in Minnesota
just to join us (man, glad he came!). FAT
had a nice crew too for the fly fishing school...tonight would be
a blast with some new faces like Jim, Tim, Ward, Alex, not to mention
Chief & Dutton.
But first things first, time to fish. B, ASM and
I headed in different directions from the FAT team and started our
day early on Trout Run!
I set B & ASM up on a few holes, ASM started
at the hole and went up, while B went down. I walked WAY upstream
before dropping in, and basically catching my limit, all before
8:00 am probably.
Well, after seeing action like that I went back
and grabbed Brennon and ASM; brought them back to the new holes
and they whacked them thoroughly.
Brennon set up on a hole that I had pounded early,
yet only managed to land 2 fish out of..one of which did a self
C&R at the bank WITH MY FLY en-tow. I think B started with the
Tucker, but the fish were not interested...so he whipped out his
own concoction which I have dubbed "Brennon's Black Nymph of
Trout Death". Within a few casts I was called up to take his
first trout picture of the weekend. Damn! For some reason the power
won't turn on in my camera. Nuts! Am I really out of batteries already?
Well, we went back down and continued to fish the
watercress. ASM pulled out his first in this section and once again
I tried the camera. Now you have to understand, the power switch
is kind of a toggle...you push it up to turn the camera on or off.
Well..this time it didn't STOP when I pushed it up, and it spun
all the way around. NO FRIGGIN WAY?! My Kodak DC 5000 has officially
taken 12,645 pictures, been dropped at least a dozen times, and
gotten wet at least a few...and worked fine...up until now. You'd
figure something hard-core would go bad..like a lense or a screen
or whatever...but it's the friggin POWER SWITCH!
Despite being totally bummed, we had backup...B
& ASM both had disposables with them. Granted, we didn't take
a picture of every fish we caught this trip 'cause well...that gets
expensive. But down the road I'll get duplicates from ASM and B
and will be adding new pictures.
Now let me tell you both ASM and B are very accomplished
trout fisherman...by noon we all had our limits (OK, B was one short
but I'm sure he could have pulled it off if we gave him another
We stopped for lunch in Decora (Casey's Pizza...the
best EVER...avoid the sausage though and get the pepperoni!) and
then made our way up to Coldwater Creek.
So the plan here was a bit different...we left
ASM in the lower section which we'd already seen, fished, and knew
to be productive. B & I scouted up the next 5 sections...getting
to the point where Coldwater is 2 feet deep and probably only the
same as wide. INSANE.
Well, I did manage one fish of note upstream...a
stocker brown that obviously had resided in the stream for quite
a while, as he had lost his usual steel colored background in favor
of the bright yellow and browns of a stream-reared fish. Definitely
worth a picture and release! Tagged him on a Tucker (of course!)
in a cut in the weeds on a surprisingly deep run (just didn't "LOOK"
deep when scouting it). I would have never fished that section had
I not noticed a rise!
Nothing else of note really happened...B &
ASM tore up Coldwater while I had "troubles" getting additional
hits...I want to say that most of the evening I remained fishless...the
occasional hit here or there but not much else happening on my line.
I did however, totally whack the creek chubs!!!!!
We ended up our evening with the FAT crew and a
trout smorgasborg....tons of FAT's Fried Trout and we tried out
Nardomarino's "Mango Citris Salsa" stuffing. It received
rave reviews even though it took over an HOUR to cook the trout
(had to wrap them all as one big wrap...we were low on tin-foil!).
The scent was INTOXICATING! Ask Frank for the recipe if he's willing
to give it out, or even better have him MAKE IT for you on your
next trip to BEC (but I'm sure he'll be using STORE BOUGHT TROUT
My last little note...it was either this evening
or the following morning when the now infamous "MP vs. Chief
for the biggest fish" $5 wager was made. Undoubtedly history
in the making, starting the biggest smack-talkin' fun-for-all brawl
via email to the point that it spilled over onto FAT's