Driftless Area - IA

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Mat Wagner's Tip of the Week

Fish a foam fly with a dropper early in the day, then switch over to ants and caddis in the afternoon when you see rising fish.

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Map of Driftless Area

5-Day Outlook as of 5/17/22

Great trout weather! Partly cloudy and cooler. Caddis have been bonkers in the evenings.

Techniques & Tips as of 5/17/22

Move your flies! Caddis are very active bugs and the fish respond to twitches and skitters.

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


Black Caddis Tan Caddis Olives Midges Leeches

Best Time to Fish:

All day