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Old 03-04-2005, 02:12 PM
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Winter/Early spring trout

Hi guys, I just joined today, nice site. I've had a fly rod for some years but haven't had a lot of time to use it. I was wondering what the best kind of fly would be for trout in the middle of March. My spring break starts in a week so I'll have some time on my hands (sick of the tests ). The stream I fish does have a lot of scuds in it so I was thinking that would be a good pattern, but what other patterns would be good for cold water trout in North Iowa?

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Old 03-04-2005, 11:33 PM
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Welcome to the Forum. Looks like the weather there is still a little cold. You might stick with scuds or try an emerger pattern, but I think anything on the surface would be a bit questionable. So you haven't been out in a while? You might want to get yourself a new leader and some new tippet, and check your line and clean it if it needs. Then, grab some good music for the drive and let someone know where your going, and hit the river!......Have a great time! And let us know how you did!

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Old 03-05-2005, 07:36 AM
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Another option is Wollie Buggers. I very seldom use them but they work almost anywhere & anytime. I don't think they can be fished wrong. From stripping to dead drifting.
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Old 03-07-2005, 02:40 PM
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What about a small streamer? Fish it like a wounded minnow and you'll get some good strikes.
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Old 03-10-2005, 10:20 AM
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Try a small muddler minnow as the point fly and the scud as a dropper. Also you might get them to strike if you use a yellow soft hackle fly.
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Old 03-11-2005, 08:40 AM
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You're right, it's hard to beat scuds on Midwestern trout, especially in early spring. I've only fished Iowa trout once, we fished a couple of the better known streams in the northeastern corner of the state. We caught lots of fish on a variety of nymphs, but one thing I remember is the incredible number of cased caddis on the rocks and logs. So, you might want to try a "peeking caddis" or other caddis larva pattern.
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