Where oh where does the summer go?! It’s August already and guess what that means? Hoppers, ants, and beetles a-plenty! Fish are looking up and the water conditions are excellent. Bring your insect repellent because as plentiful as the top water bite is, so are the mosquitoes 🙂 If you are like me, I’ve donated plenty of blood! The weather is just gorgeous so head out and catch some fish. A single hopper pattern of your choice (plenty to choose from here…) works great or try a hopper-dropper rig to double your chances. My favorite pattern is a chernobyl ant and the fish seem to think the same! Tight lines!

Spring in the Driftless of Iowa

Spring has sprung! FINALLY…spring is here! BWOs are abundant and black stonefly nymphs are the ticket. The water is clear with good flow. With the recent rain showers, the green will start to pop. Get out and fish! Before you know it, the nettles and wild parsnip will be here. In the meantime, go trout fishing and mushroom hunting. Happy trails!

October is here!

Rain, rain go away! Persistent rain showers keep visiting us in the Driftless area. Streams remain high but clear to cloudy. Silver and gold bead head nymphs are working great! Also, soft hackles below a bead head is a great combo. There also has been sporadic dry fly action using a gnat pattern. Remember, Iowa is open year-round for trout fishing so come and visit us! Tight lines!

Inspire(d) Fall 2018!

Liz was featured in the Inspire(d) magazine for Fall 2018! Inspire(d) is a Driftless magazine with positive news from the Driftless Region. The article is titled “Fly Fishing for the Win!” by Aryn Henning Nichols. You’ve got to read this inspiring article about fly fishing and women!

September in the Driftless

A high pressure system has been keeping the Iowa Driftless down right gorgeous these last few days. Humidity creeps up this weekend but stream conditions are in excellent shape! Hopper patterns (brown and yellow) are working great as are the wide and varied selection of nymphs….my favorite nymph being the JBJ (personal creation). Message me and I’ll send you the recipe! Tight lines this coming weekend!