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    Default Iowa Driftless Area Trout (Pic Heavy)

    A friend and I just got back from a 4 day fishing trip to the "hills" of NE Iowa referred to as the Driftless Area. The area is a geographical phenomenon caused by the glaciers "drifting" past the area. The streams are spring fed and crystal clear.

    Iowa has done a fantastic job working with land owners to improve the quality of the streams and now most of the streams support a sustainable wild trout population, mostly browns with several steams holding 2000 trout per mile and on some steams more. All brown trout caught were wild as the state only stocks rainbows and brooks.

    We fish 4 hard long days and caught over 100 trout. If you are ever in the area and enjoy trout fishing give it a try, beautiful country, a lot of wildlife and great fishing!
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    Sweet..... I have an open invitation to fish the Driftless area of MN. Most likely will never make it up there.
    Red X angler

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    One of the streams we fished started in MN, Waterloo Creek. 100 yards from the truck there was a long flat run about 50 yards long with fish rising every where. Caught a few small browns on BWO but boy were they skittish. Hope you can make up that way some day.

    PSA- watch out for the wild Parsnip, my right forearm is ate up from it. IT'S EVERYWHERE!

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    Trout don't live in ugly places. Thanks for posting!
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    Great photos and some nice catches. Thanks for sharing.
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    Tight lines,
    Andrew

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    Looks like a beautiful area. I never see hills when I think of Iowa. I guess that shows my ignorance. This is definitely a place I would like to check out.
    Nice pics. Thanks for sharing.

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