5-13-05 - Friday the 13th...will we slide by under
Waters Fished: Waterloo Creek, Trout Run, Twin
Springs, Trout River
Fish Caught: several
Outing Date: 5-15-05
Weather: Overcast, Drizzle at times
Air Temp: 60's
Water Temp: N/A
Water Level: slightly up
Water Color: Waterloo & Trout River - tinged but clear, Trout
Run & Twin Springs - MUD
Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Brook Trout
Pattern Fished: Assorted Beadhead Nymphs
Pattern Color: Assorted
Fishing Quality: Good
As soon as we were done with our first
trip, Chris was planning an Iowa Fishing Trip. This time his
brother Todd would be joining us for a bit of Iowa Inland Trout
Chris had 3 specific "requirements" for his customized
trout trip. First, Beautiful Scenery. Second, the opportunity to
fish over wild trout. Finally, the opportunity to catch brook trout.
Here's how it went down...
I arrived in Dorchester around 3:00 AM and settled
in for a quick sleep in FAT's
RV. I set the alarm for 9:00 AM, giving myself enough time to wake
up and get ready for the day ahead. Chris and Todd were due to arrive
around 10:00 AM...by 10:30 I was starting to worry they were lost
so I kept myself busy getting things set up for the Fly
Fishing School, which would start at 7:00 PM this evening. I
was literally getting ready to leave a note on the RV and head to
the stream when Chris and Todd pulled up in the Bitchin' Camaro's
Soulmate - a White Pontiac Firebird ;)
While Chris has fished Iowa's Trout streams before,
Todd is relatively new to the sport. We rigged up and got ready
to hit the streams; my plan was to start at the Waterloo and spend
some time with Todd to see how his casts were.
While driving along the stream, I stopped periodically
to point out the access spots we might try...I had my sights set
on one of the uppermost spots but we arrived to find a few anglers
already working the water. Backtracking, we arrived at one of the
more obvious spots that usually gets pounded on any given weekend.
However, this wasn't a weekend...it was FRIDAY! I think the group
consensus was that I had already met requirement #1 of the trip...this
spot was gorgeous, simply covered with fresh green and ferns unfurling
from the ground.
As we approached the stream, Chris and I spotted
rises in the upper pool and Chris headed up there. Todd and I dropped
in on the lower pool and I started to give Todd the basics of reading
the water in an attempt to locate where the fish *should* be holding.
Todd had never made a roll cast before, but he picked it up in minutes.
By that point, it was time for the catchin' to begin!
In no time Todd landed his first and second fish;
a stocker rainbow (creeled for dinner) and a beautiful 14"
wild Brown Trout, released as all the wild ones should be. In no
time, we had already accomplished goal #2 with the stunning wild
Waterloo Creek Brown Trout.
The action was relatively nonstop down where Todd
and I were hanging out. The fish were not quite on the seam between
the fast current and the eddy, but were rather holding deep in the
eddy. Adding a splitshot to get down, the hookup rate increased
by at least twofold. Throughout the late morning and early afternoon
Todd and I simply whacked them...I know I landed 4, photographed
2, and honestly I think Todd did even better.
Meanwhile Chris was upstream and although he had
a slow start, once he found where the fish were holding he too got
into the act, landing a pair of stocker Rainbows in short order.
I suggested perhaps he come fish the pool where Todd and I were...he
was about to do so when a fish rose just short of the tailout. Eager
for a challenge, Chris stayed upstream hoping to coax this riser
from the depths.
So it was probably only 1:00 PM when we wrapped
things up. An unofficial part of the trip would be to see several
good streams during our time together - Chris and Todd had 2 more
days to fish IA. They decided it was OK to leave the "hot action"
in favor of seeing some of the other streams, so a few pictures
were shot with the boys and dinner (4 stocker bows) and we were
headed off to find gas.
After our pitstop in Waukon, we moved on to Dorchester.
My initial plan was to set the guys up on Trout Run, show them the
hatchery, and let them fish while I grabbed Casey's Pizza for lunch.
Upon arriving at Trout Run, it was clear that rain has the aquifer
up; the water flowing from the spring was practically MUD. We all
switched up to "Flying Chicago Leaches" and I headed back
I learned that Casey's doesn't make pizza on the
weekdays basically between lunch and 4:00 PM...RATS! I returned
and relayed the bad news...no biggies though as no one was starving.
We fished Trout Run for a bit..Todd and I each got a hookup while
I think Chris went without here. Looking for better water (and more
good scenery) we moved on to Twin Springs.
Usually Twin Springs clears out more quickly than
the neighboring streams. Apparently though, it's possibly on the
same aquifer as Trout Run, as here too we encountered extremely
dirty water. We all fished the one small deep pocket that always
holds fish, but with no luck and difficult casting, we made the
call to move on in short order.
While 4:00 was almost there, we pressed on, ate
some snacks while on the drive to Trout River. I somewhat expected
that we'd find dirty water here again...in advance I suggested that
we might have to drive back north to the Bear system or even head
back to the Waterloo to end our day.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the
water was practically Gin Clear! We geared back up and got on the
water. I walked Chris to a good pool and was going to then take
Todd upstream to another good spot...when I turned around I found
Todd taking his own initiative and heading up on his own. That's
CONFIDENCE...and as you no doubt have been told before, a lot of
fly fishing success comes from confidence.
Well, I guess I had enough confidence in my spot
selection 'cause within the first cast (maybe 2) I hooked up with
and landed a nice stocker brook trout. I knew there were more in
the hole...Chris was still getting ready. I was MORE than satisfied
with my day already, so I turned to Chris and said "I'm not
casting here until you get your brook trout"!
Well, it didn't take long. After Chris got his
fish, another nice Iowa Brook Trout (check, goal #3 accomplished)
I left him and started fishing upriver myself, looking for Todd.
When I reached the upper stretches of the accessible area, there
was Todd, right where I was going to take him, working one of the
I talked Todd through covering the water and in
the process of demonstration hooked, and landed, another brookie
myself. We both fished a couple pools in the area without much additional
success, Todd had a hit or two but didn't land 'em. It was a stunning
location and the sun was starting to show through the clouds a bit.
We couldn't have asked for a better last stream.
With only 30 minutes left, I suggested that we
start gathering up and trying other holes in this section of river.
Back at our access point, Todd, Chris and I all fished a deep pool
that has held LARGE wild brown trout in the past.
This time though Chris hooked up with a Rainbow
from the tailout of the pool. It went LDR (long distance release).
We all shifted our casting patterns to focus on the tailout...I
got a hit and dropped the fish only inches from shore.
That pretty much wraps up what I was there for...I
had to be in Dorchester by 7:00 PM as our fly school students would
be arriving by then. I do know that Chris and Todd went on to have
two more exciting days of Iowa Fly Fishin...heck we drove past them
and honked both Saturday AND Sunday!