Driftless Area - IA

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


Mat Wagner's Tip of the Week

Rains have pulled us almost completely out of the 3 year drought! Things are far better than the past couple of seasons right now!

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Map of Driftless Area

5-Day Outlook as of 6/17/24

VERY HOT until Wednesday. The water temperatures will hopefully stabilize after some clouds and rains Tuesday night and into Wednesday, but we could see a brief spike in water temps.

Techniques & Tips as of 6/17/24

Evening light colored mayfly hatches are picking up. During the day watch for caddis and craneflies. Otherwise, beetles with a dropper.

Local Species Available

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    Rainbow and Brook Trout

Mat Wagner's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Tunghead Pheasant Tail Jig N/A 18

Tunghead Pheasant Tail Jig

You'll want this proven jig fly pattern on hand at all times.

Mat Wagner's Recommended Gear

Description: About Driftless Area

Driftless Area of NE Iowa

Nearest Airport:

La Crosse Wisconsin, Madison Wisconsin, Decorah Municipal


Caddis Spring Stoneflies Olives

Best Time to Fish:

All day