Ensign Hollow

  Ensign Hollow is one of Iowa’s special regulations streams, with artificial lures only, and a strict catch-and-release policy for fish under a certain size.  I enjoy these streams, as I usually assume there will be lots of fish there.  Ensign surprised me – this typical abundance did not seem to be the case here. …

White Pine Hollow

When I was in college, Professor Holstein used to talk reverently about “places [in the Bible] that don’t appear on any map.”  These were fantastic, beautiful, amazing places that were perhaps too special to be real. I think White Pine Hollow might be one of those places. You can find ample information online about the algific…

Mossey Glen

 Mossey Glen is northwest of Edgewood at the end of Eagle Road. After about 2 miles of gravel, you come to a farm on the right, and a Level B Minimum Maintenance sign. The road continues on as dirt through the farmer’s cornfield. I was able to go 1/4-1/2 mile before a deadfall blocked the…

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…

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…