I'd received a couple of outdoor/fly fishing products in the mail recently and had been hoping for a rainy weekend to test out & review a wet/dry backpack. Kate's and my curves land on opposite areas of the body and if we could be merged together, one might come up with the measurements of a Playboy Bunny! So, I really wanted her opinion on the fit and comfort of the backpack - an item often designed with the average male in mind. She was game & the review is forthcoming.
We elected to fish Trout River, located southeast of Decorah, IA. The next day we planned to fish N. Bear but those plans were thwarted by the potential of snow, ice, and wind. Instead, we explored and fished Twin Springs, Decorah's urban trout fishery. By Sunday, that stream was the color of milk chocolate, flowing high and fast.
The stream had not likely seen many recent fly angling visitors.
Unluckily, I did not convert on many strikes that day and had a few 3 second fights which ended with finned winners. I know Kate landed fish and I enjoyed watching her land her day's first rainbow at the same wide, slow hole where I had previously seen her land a trout on her first-ever day on this stream back in May. I landed 6 fish total. Unluckily & strangely enough, 3 were foul hooked on my sz 18 dropper. I did not photograph the beautiful brown I landed in that manner. Two rainbows, and my largest brookie to date all measured about 11-12 inches. One bow was beautifully marked and the brookie, well, looked great like brookies always do.
Conditions must have been prime, because these fish fought harder than I've ever felt them fight on this stream! The bows hit my big nymph and the brookie went for the sz 18 scud. All 3 fish had to be unwrapped from the dropper's tippet and one feisty fish managed to tie a couple of overhand knots in the tippet. Later that night at a Mexican restaurant, Jackfish tongue-tied an overhand knot into a Maraschino cherry stem. However, I think a twice-fin-tied overhand knot trumped her feat…