Bob Menzies –
Last April I was scheduled to drive from Springfield, MO to Minneapolis in order to spend time with my brother and his family. Before I embarked on my journey, I had a brilliant idea. Why not stop along the way and do some fly-fishing in Iowa? I didn’t want to deviate too far from the highway and thus was not able to travel into Northeast Iowa where there are a number of wonderful trout streams. So, I decided to check out the most western trout stream in Iowa that looked good. This led me to a hidden and unheralded fly-fishing paradise.
Check out this brief video that features trout fishing in St. Anshar, Iowa:
St. Ansgar is a tiny community that boasts a rich history that reaches back into the 19th century. Its historic homes, main street buildings, and beautiful churches evoke an earlier era. When you enter the quaint town, you really do feel as if you are walking back in time. This nostalgic setting, however, can be deceptive; for the conservation practices in this part of Iowa are thoroughly modern. I was delighted to find that nearby Turtle Creek is stocked with trout on a regular basis from April through October.
This part of Iowa in April is absolutely beautiful. The blue sky and cool weather, coupled with the warm reception the brown and rainbow trout gave me, made for a fantastic day of fly-fishing. My Wild River Flies were a big hit with the trout. They loved the dry flies and also beaded nymphs. I caught and released five nice trout within three hours. I had so much fun that I couldn’t help but stop and fish again on my way back to Springfield. Again, I caught and released four trout in as many hours. If you get the chance and have a fly-rod, don’t pass by this lovely little Iowa town without spending at least a few hours fishing in the nearby paradise that is Turtle Creek.
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