Good People - Good Water - Good Fish
There are two stories because only two pictures exist of the first trout trip in May 2008. For the second one, the hockey guys and I rented a cabin with Brooke Trout.
First trip, Lauren and I were visiting a friend who lived in McGregor, IA. Lauren's friend mentioned there were trout, so we packed up the dog and headed to Iowa.
I fished Sny Magill Creek from a recommendation. It was a shallow river with a few deep pockets. Every cast, I was focused, looking for a hit on each landing of the fly. The weather was perfect and the temperature cool. After about two hours, I first struck a flat part of the stream. Iowa done!
On the second trip, in October 2014, I arrived a day early; the temperature was 60+ degrees, and the fish rose in every steam I drove by. I decide to wait until tomorrow to fish; big mistake. The next day there was a 1/4 inch of snow on the ground.
In the Driftless region of Iowa, the DNR stocks them big. We fished in Yellow River State Park on Paint Creek. We started at a place with a 20-foot cliff looking down on Paint Creek. Below were 40 large Iowa rainbows. I moved on, letting to boy figure out the cliff trout. Even with snow on the ground, I found great holes and was in good form. I landed six rainbows. I highly recommend Yellow River, State Park.