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#1 Posted : Tuesday, April 19, 2016 1:39:12 PM(UTC)
Rank: Caddis Fly

Joined: 9/3/2015(UTC)
Posts: 170
Location: Ely, IA

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I haven't been able to get up to the "good streams" in Iowa yet this year due to a lot of travel for work. Today I couldn't take anymore in the office and escaped to McLeod run. It isn't much of a stream, as it winds right by I-380 in Cedar Rapids. While having a natural cold spring source, and the dubious distinction of being Iowa's "only urban trout stream" there is a lot of storm drainage along it's path to Cedar Lake. The DNR does a huge dump of fingerlings and a few catchables in early May, but I didn't want to wait.

Usually, it is a lunch hour spent getting the winter rust out of my casting without much to be said for fish. Today, I was blessed by the trout lords and had my first brown of the year on a dry.

She isn't big, she isn't shiny, but damn it felt good to reel her in and see her spots! I hope this is an omen of a great year to come.



*not pictured, the overwintered rainbow I caught that looked like it had been rolled in a razorblade-filled canvas bag. It had 2 or 3 open sores on it's side and a cloudy eye. Nasty.
No thing created by man is infallible.
#2 Posted : Friday, April 22, 2016 9:46:47 AM(UTC)
Rank: Dragon Fly

Joined: 5/23/2011(UTC)
Posts: 418
Location: WI, IA

Nice. McLoud is pretty cool, with all 3 species available. Definitely not the same feeling as being off the beaten path in NE Iowa, but there are solid stream-reared fish to be had.
#3 Posted : Friday, April 22, 2016 12:26:06 PM(UTC)
Rank: Midge

Joined: 1/6/2016(UTC)
Posts: 18
Location: Wyoming State of Mind

Very cool that numero uno came off the top. Sweet work.
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