Ensign Hollow

September 10, 2017. Video stream report and review: Pictures from the trip, trip report to follow. Advertisements

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…

Waterloo Creek

Trip Report:  The Rev T. and I were very excited to try this stream as a part of our fall 2016 trout trip to Decorah, as Waterloo Creek gets a lot of ink in the world of Iowa trout fishing.  First, it’s important to understand this is a long stream with many different accesses.  The…

Spring Branch Pics, May 30, 2017

The fishing was good at Spring Branch on May 30. Water was low and clear. I arrived late afternoon and fished for about three hours. Caught a very nice brown and brook, hooked or missed several others.  

Seed Savers

Trip Report #1:  I stopped in to Seed Savers not to trout fish, but to check out their collection of seeds and heirloom plants.  I have been buying their seeds for years in Iowa City stores.  Being in Decorah for Nordic Fest, it seemed like a great side trip.  I was very impressed by the…

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…

South Pine Creek

South Pine Creek is a mythical location for many Iowa trout fishermen.  I first became aware of the stream in the Hughes book, where he refuses to even map the stream because he does not want anglers to ruin it.  The wonderful book Oneota Flow contains an entire chapter on the history of the stream…

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…