9-01-03 - Sayin' goodbye to some new friends and
then finding a hidden GEM!
Waters Fished: Waterloo, Patterson Creek, and
MP's Secret Creek.
Fish Caught: 2/12 on Waterloo, 10/21 on my secret creek
Outing Date: 9-01-03
Air Temp: 50's at night, highs in the lower 70's, a decent breeze
Water Temp: N/A
Water Level: All Seemed Normal
Water Color: All pretty clear
Fish Species: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
Pattern Fished: Tucker Nymph
Pattern Color: gray & gold
Fishing Quality: FAN-FRIGGIN-TASTIC!
Another early morning with MS2 and L! Bart had
left last night, finishing up his trip by fishing the fly only section
while we targeted the stockers. This morning, time for more stockers!
We headed out around 6:30 am, as MS2 and L only had until 9:00 am
before heading home.
I managed two in the misty morning, and by about
8:00 other folks started showing up so we decided to move. The double-secret
spot was filled, so we ended up far upstream at a hole ASM, Brennon
and I had found the week before. Not exactly an easy hole..high
banks and no cover make the fishing just a bit more challenging.
While we were fishing, I noticed my second bald
eagle out in the distance. I was content to let L try her look with
MS2 on the pool so I started snapping shots. I was just about to
hike upstream when L hooked up!
Talk about fun..the 'bow got stuck in the weeds;
we almost had to break it off. Somehow, between the three of us,
we got the fish free and landed! Talk about a team effort! Well,
after that I continued to stalk my newest prey with a camera!
I probably got about 1/2 of the distance closed
when I got to a good spot to shoot more pictures...through the branches
of a tree. After a dozen or so, I wanted to get to a more open spot
and try again. But the flipside was that the shoreline trees were
masking my approach..somewhat. All it ended up taking to send my
quarry to wing was a bit more rustling along the bank and he decided
he was outta there!
I came back and tried my luck again at the hole,
but the fish just weren't that interested! Besides, it was after
9:00 am; MS2 and L were running late! So we said our goodbyes and
At this point I headed back and did some cleaning
up at the FAT Trailer and grabbed some absolutely inexpensive, and
delicious, breakfast at the Sportsman's Motel in Dorchester. Eggs,
Bacon, Toast, all for like $2.50. Eating at the Sportsman's Motel
is one of the best deals you'll find in town!
After I finished up, I had to decide what to do...I
could drive home and get an early start on the reports (yeah, right).
I could start heading back and hit some WI streams along the way
(better idea). Or, the best idea, I could stick around in Iowa for
a bit longer!
I ended up staying around, mainly because I had
overheard some interesting news about the temperature sensitive
streams....they were already stocked? Well, it sounded like Silver
Creek was full of holdover rainbows as those being caught had a
lot of color. COOL. Patterson was also supposed to be holding fish.
Since I had already fished Silver, I decided I'd
hit the Patterson. I figured since it kinda shares a namesake (Patterson,
Pedersen) it might be nice to me. Well, the first thing I can tell
you is that I found the stream long before I found the access points.
The stream was running surprisingly clear and cold...I would've
thought that a temperature sensitive stream would have been warmer!
Right off the bat I must say I didn't notice any
fish, so I figured I was in for a hike. I headed upstream first,
traversing cattle land to get to a noteably deep hole. Tons of fish
were holding here, but it turns out that they were all creek chubs.
I had one substantial hit that might have been a trout, but really
nothing for sure.
I walked upstream quite a ways from the hole, but
didn't see ANY trout. The water ran flat through the sun for a long
time...not the kind of water I like to fish. I didn't come here
to waste my time, so I turned around and headed back.
Well, I got back to the car and then noticed downstream
access, so I gave it a shot. Again, most of the stream was flats
running through the fields, but i came upon a nice little pool that
was lined by a rock wall plunging into the water. Underneath, and
undercut in the rock just looked so fishy!
Most of the fish in this pool were suckers, but
I distinctly saw 1 rainbow (the blue ghost look gives it away).
However, it spooked within my first cast and went running for cover,
not to be seen the rest of the day. There were a few other bolder
trout in the hole, namely 2 browns. The largest was extremely aggressive
towards the suckers..periodically coming out from the undercut to
chase away some intruders. I got one look from him, but after that
he simply ignored the Tucker Nymph. Other options such as a Griffith's
didn't succeed in getting any attention either!
RAT's. Patterson wasn't performing up to snuff,
yet. A long drive along the creek showed some additional entrance
points, but by this time I was done fishing Patterson. At least
I had another stream under my belt.
Well, where next? It was just after high-noon,
I still had my aforementioned choices. Perhaps start heading HOME
and hit the streams around 76? Bloody Run maybe? Or a quick jog
down to Sny Magill?
As it turned out, I looked on the map for a while
and found a stream that I hadn't hit that was on my wishlist (there
are a lot). And I'll tell you now, the steam WILL NOT be named.
It took over an hour of driving to get there, find the access spot,
and start fishing. If you recognize it from the picture I've included,
good for you..KEEP THE NAME to yourself. It's a honey and you know
So let me start by saying this wasn't my original
take on the stream when I first saw it. FN TINY! But, being Labor
Day, this one probably wasn't getting much, if any pressure. At
first it didn't even look like there was any access...rather it
looked like nothing but private land with "no-tresspassing"
signs was all that I'd find.
It took four passes before I found the public access
point. It was well worth it. After walking for a while, I found
what we all would refer to as "a HONEY HOLE". Now, most
of you who've been troutfishing are familiar with the sight of a
pool full of fish that, upon closer examination, are suckers. When
I came to this pool that's what I thought I was seeing. Turns out
I was wrong...they were ALL trout. HUNDREDS of them.
Apparently this pool is fished a lot be folks who
know it's there because the bank was worn down to the point of begin
a dirt path like you see on Trout Run. A few test casts (this was
a technically challenging hole) and I was ready to start fishing....WHACK
on my Tucker Nymph! A trout rocketed out of the water. SWEET! 5
MORE JUMPS! INSANE. I brought it to net to find a stunning wild
brown around 9-10"! Awesome!
The next few casts got me a good tug, this one
was running deep. At first I was thinking rainbow, but when I got
it to shore I had a great chunky stocker brown! COOL! A few more
casts, another leaping battle, and another stunning wild brown!
This can't be happening?!?!
It kept on going like this for 2 hours...wild fish...stocker
fish...wild fish...stocker fish. After 2 hours I was 10/21! Along
in there I landed a HUGE stocker, a measurement showed about 15"!
I was truly hard pressed to decide what to do..I
could've stayed right in this spot all day. Resting the pool for
a bit every hour or so would have been all I needed to do to keep
the bite going....and make it to a 30 fish day. After some serious
consideration, I decided to stop at 10 on this stream. I knew that
if I went for the 30 and didn't get it, I'd be frustrated. I also
knew that this time on this pool would be the perfect memory to
take with me and tide me over until next year when I again return
So if you know where "MP's Secret Stream"
is, then you know how fantastic it can be. If you find it with persistence
and dilligence and my report helps at all in that department, good
for you! If anyone fishes this stream, I highly encourage Catch
and Release on the wild browns. Keep all the stockers you want,
that's what they're there for. But let the wild ones go! These wild
fish are one of the main reasons this stream was so productive and
I left Iowa around 4:00 pm...wondering what I'd
do next time I came back? I hadn't been planning on returning until
the late spring of 2004...but after a day like this, the tug of
the 365 Open Trout season on the fantastic Iowa Streams will probably
get me back there by late November!
See you soon Iowa! And, just around the corner,