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    Took the afternoon off work yesterday. Caught...

    Took the afternoon off work yesterday. Caught some Smallmouth Bass. Biggest was 16".
    https://s0.gifyu.com/images/AB867EB2-00F9-4FBB-BBC9-6950C45FDED8.jpg

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    I'd heard GameChangers tied with a mop-tail swim...

    I'd heard GameChangers tied with a mop-tail swim very good. Plus...I wanted to tie a slightly smaller yellow one for smallmouth bass. Smallies LOVE yellow.
    So, I tied one up Tuesday evening....
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    Flyfished for bass yesterday evening after the...

    Flyfished for bass yesterday evening after the rain stopped. Visited 2 ponds. Caught 2 smaller bass at the first pond. Another angler showed up and blocked me from fishing the better 1/2 of the...
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    Flyfished Saturday morning. Caught some bass on...

    Flyfished Saturday morning. Caught some bass on topwaters. The 2 largest were
    20.5":
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    Yeah, I was enjoying it even before finally...

    Yeah, I was enjoying it even before finally catching some fish. :)
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    Took the afternoon off work to wade a river for...

    Took the afternoon off work to wade a river for Smallmouth. The river was high but wadable...and stained. They didn't go for my topwater. I waded a 0.7 mile stretch of water. After fishing...
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    Nice! Around here, we gotta keep the bullhead...

    Nice! Around here, we gotta keep the bullhead and green sunfish waters top secret....otherwise the flathead catfish guys swoop in to catch bait!
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    Thanks Dale! :D

    Thanks Dale! :D
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    That's pretty cool!

    That's pretty cool!
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    Back to actual warmwater fishing... Flyfished...

    Back to actual warmwater fishing...
    Flyfished Sunday morning. Hit 2 ponds. Caught some bass and a green sunfish.
    Biggest bass was this 20-incher, caught on a Howitzer head popper....
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    Thanks! Yes, Iowa does have some streams with...

    Thanks! Yes, Iowa does have some streams with naturally reproducing trout populations. And there are also streams that get stocked weekly. Each stream seems to have its own personality, as do the...
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    Went to another part of the stream, caught more...

    Went to another part of the stream, caught more browns. It was HOT. Jay and I wore longsleeve sun shirts for protection. We had both drank all the water we'd brought along with us (we had more in...
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    Another post that really isn't warmwater, nor...

    Another post that really isn't warmwater, nor central Iowa...but it is NE Iowa, and it is flyfishing so.... here goes.

    My buddy Jay and I went back up to NE Iowa for 2 days this week. Saw lots of...
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    Flyfished Saturday morning. Hit 3 ponds. Caught...

    Flyfished Saturday morning. Hit 3 ponds. Caught mostly bass. Biggest two were 17.5" and 18.25", both on topwater:
    https://s3.gifyu.com/images/D88B5BB9-C427-475D-88D8-241B0331F304.jpg

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    Thanks Dale & Lee! :D Absolutely. For the...

    Thanks Dale & Lee! :D


    Absolutely. For the carp and catfish, I was using a John Montana's Hybrid Carp Fly variant.
    For bass lately, because of the weeds and algae around the edges of the...
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    I'm working today (Friday July 5), and got out...

    I'm working today (Friday July 5), and got out during lunch to do some flyfishing.
    27" Carp:
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    20" Channel Catfish:...
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    Not intentionally. Some scents used in bass...

    Not intentionally.
    Some scents used in bass fishing, like garlic, obviously aren't meant to attract the fish. Why would bass be attracted to garlic?? They are mainly designed to mask other...
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    While flyfishing on Sunday, I heard some...

    While flyfishing on Sunday, I heard some scratching sounds in the tall grass behind me. I put my cell phone camera on "video" and held it up over the grass. These are screen captures from the...
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    Flyfished Friday evening for @ 45 minutes to an...

    Flyfished Friday evening for @ 45 minutes to an hour. Caught some bass. Biggest 2 were 18" and 19".
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    Green Sunfish:...

    Green Sunfish:
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    I've caught this bass once or twice already this year...I recognize it from the "spot". 17"....
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    Lunchtime today, after the morning of rain. 27"...

    Lunchtime today, after the morning of rain. 27" long, 15.5" girth....I'd swear it looked like it would weigh more, but the math says 8.1 lbs. Haven't caught one on a fly in a while, although I've...
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    Speaking of being caught before... Yesterday I...

    Speaking of being caught before...
    Yesterday I took the day off work and went flyfishing. I actually left Ankeny and hit some public ponds in a nearby Des Moines suburb.
    First pond I went to...
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    https://s3.gifyu.com/images/4C8ECC04-4C45-4AE6-A3A...

    https://s3.gifyu.com/images/4C8ECC04-4C45-4AE6-A3A0-EE81B197F485.jpg


    Looks like this one's been caught before.
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    For Monday's trip, a black 1/80th oz microjig set...

    For Monday's trip, a black 1/80th oz microjig set @ 18" under an indicator caught everything. Despite a number of snags....above water and below water...re-bending of the hook that was required...
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    My buddy Jay and I have been wanting to get our...

    My buddy Jay and I have been wanting to get our watercraft out, and I've been wanting to try for some Redear Sunfish. So that's what we did.
    We fished a lake I've fished a few times before. Its...
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