JimLandAs all of you are going through withdrawal from lack of trout fishing, don’t forget about the abundance of Iowa trout. With a warm winter on the way this Iowa trout streams could cure your winter blues. Here is a report from my friend Jeff Henkemeyer on a recent outing to Iowa.

Hey Andy,

Fished Sunday on Waterloo Creek in the lovely town of Dorchester. Brought back some memories of fishing this water since 1998. Can not believe that I have been coming down for that long. Still think its one of the prettiest streams in the upper Midwest. On the water by noon with a quick stop for a few PBR’s to put in the pack at the Sportsman. Same owners with absence of their dog. The water was typical, gin clear and somewhat low. Love this place and yes fish were caught!

Fished the the upper water below and above Bee Rd. Water has changed a lot from last years floods. Not much for deeper runs and pools, but fish were found in everything from semi shallow riffles, channels between watercress, small plunge pools and one nice brown coming from the deepest pool in the stretch. Size 16 copper and orange Lightening Bugs were on the menu as well as some tiny BH BLK Reapers (copper john variant after a few too many beers, but it works and always has). Everything dropped below a 12 Soft Hackle PT or 12 BH Flashback Hare’s Ear. Fish were spunky with more rainbows than browns. As usual stripped some black super buggers but nothing looked, turned, chased or rolled. With the exception of the one deep it was technical shallow water nymphing with a lot of adjustments made to indicator placement and weight to get it dialed in for each spot. Typical sub surface routine.

Would have been fun to have you there,