I'd hoped that warmer air temperatures would make the fish more active, but there just wasn't much going on at 2 Eagle Creek this trip. Maybe the unstable air temps and intermittent snow kept the water cool enough put the trout off the feed. Maybe the creek was fished out, as Iowa does very little stocking over the winter months, and I know for a FACT that certain Green Bay Packer fans hold to a superstition about eating trout on game day to ensure a win and so some folks have been keeping stockers for the dinner table. Note, It did not help. GO BEARS! Anyway -
Most of the water was extremely quiet. I saw a single surface rise the entire day, and only spotted fish being active near the surface in one place. A few things stood out that were worth discussing though.
In the last post about fishing this creek, I mentioned the section in the picture above. It is either an extremely slow run, or an extremely long pool. Either way, it narrows and shallows at the tailout It has produced for me on several trips, and I know that my buddy (the poor misguided Packer fan) typically gets great results from this section too. You can see in the picture and video that there aren't any good places to fish this section from the bank. It is wide, broad and high banked. There is a decent drop below the tailout, so an angler positioned there is much lower on the approach, making it the kind of terrain advantage perfectly suited for getting into casting position unseen. This is something to keep in mind when fishing Driftless creeks that are often largely devoid of good cover.
As I said, it was a slow day of fishing, but a great day to be out. Hawk cries and woodpecker percussion made for an excellent contrast against the calm quiet of the pasture creek. It was nice to be outside and stretching my legs, and when all is said and done, I did catch my first two trout of 2015!