Grannis Creek

Grannis Creek is one of the “big name” trout streams in Iowa, so I was very excited to try it on my September 2017 Fayette County expedition.  I wouldn’t say in any way that it disappointed me, but I think I caught it at a bad time.

A Snowy Day at Little Mill, 2-11-18

  I was in the Bellevue area for business, so I had to hit at least one trout stream, even though there was a solid foot of snow on the ground. I was rewarded with some fine fishing action, beautiful views, and a sunny day that got warmer as time went on. Navigating up and…

Ram Hollow

Ram Hollow (aka the Little Turkey River) is one of my go-to streams.  It is located just outside the small town of Colesburg (check out JR Willie’s and order the “Willie Whopper” if you need a good lunch).  This stream has a great mix of stocked fish and holdover trout.  For quantity and size, it’s…

Twin Springs Park

Is this Heaven?  No, it’s… actually, let me check on that.  This stream must be the most beautiful of all in Iowa.  It really appears to be something from a fairy tale – crystal clear, cold water, cute bridges, hidden picnic tables, gorgeous trees growing streamside…. amazing. I came here twice on the last day…

North Bear Creek

My buddy T and I fished this stream after historic floods in the Decorah area.  I was worried about catching any fish on the weekend, but I had long had the nearby Fern Hollow Cabin (http://www.fernhollowcabin.com/) rented for the weekend, and decided we’d give it a go. North Bear was the #1 stream on my…

Spring Branch Creek

Spring Branch is the most well-known (and possibly most-fished) trout stream in Iowa.  Its convenient location just outside Manchester, great access, and adjacent hatchery make it a favorite for serious fishermen as well as more casual anglers.  Families will enjoy feeding the giant hatchery trout with pellets available for purchase.  There is a nice screened…