The Natural Gait - Northeast Iowa Log Cabin Lodging


Fly Fishing

Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Smallmouth Bass can rip the line off of your reel and get your heart thumping. You'll settle into the quiet serenity of the Yellow River as you float or wade casting your fly into a pool or eddy below the white water rapids. Surrounded by overhanging Willows and towering Cottonwoods on a long stretch of quiet water your mind is at peace. Suddenly on your right, a bank of cool air floats toward you and a dark shady vertical limestone bluff towers above and descends into the river. The vertical rock wall is like a fairy tale scene come true with ferns, mosses, lichens, and wildflowers covering the wet dripping rock. You stop and cast a dry fly along the edge of the deep clear water cut and watch as a huge Brown Trout inhales the tiny fly.

Visit us at The Natural Gait and experience your own fly fishing adventure on the Yellow River in northeastern Iowa.

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Fly fishing on the Yellow River
Fly fishing on the Yellow River

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Mississippi River Fishing

Nearby the Mississippi awaits you and lures you into the heart of some of the best backwater fishing in America nestled between the steep bluffs of Marquette, Iowa and Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. After launching your fishing boat, slowly and quietly you maneuver into a backwater lake just to the left of the fog laden side channel. The entrance of the lake is narrow and almost unnoticeable. A gentle soft current flows cottonwood log stands sentry at the entry point of this large backwater lake covered with blooming water lilies and lotus. The morning is still and as the mist rises and filters sunlight into a beautiful glow, a great blue Heron stands on one leg perched and ready to get its' breakfast. The air is fresh and it fills your lungs. Coming to a dead stop, thankfulness fills your soul as you experience this creation of nature. Few people will ever have this experience and tears come to your eyes as you stare in awe at the glorious scene looming in the still morning and your heart is filled with joy. Your first cast with your floating frog lands him on top of a water lily. Just as you twitch it off the lily pad and as it hits the water, there is a sudden explosion of a 4 pound Largemouth Bass that has been fooled by your "look alike frog".

Around noon your family meets you back at the launching ramp. After a picnic lunch, every one is ready to meet the afternoon. After a short ride in the boat you and your family find yourselves anchored and sitting idly under the shade of an Old Willow tree in the maze of backwater sloughs. A cast into the deep shade offered by the willow sends the bobber and bait to a good looking niche. The bobber makes a little bounce and disappears as a big Bluegill struggles to tangle the line in a maze of logs and roots but to no avail as your son smiles and laughs. He adds this little scrapper to the live well and makes another cast to the same honey hole.

Later in the day in the maze of backwater sloughs, everyone looses track of time and where they are but who cares because your family is having fun. What a life this is!

As the sun sets and the sky turns a pink red, your memories of today's fishing experience will be fond and never forgotten. When the darkness of the cricket filled night engulfs you and the fog and mist fill the Mississippi valley, your dreams about tomorrow ill fill your sleep as vivid images paint pictures of your destiny tomorrow, a Hugh Northern Pike just hooked over a clear water weed-bed. Yes what a life and what a fishing trip!

* Some short videos on Invasive Weeds and how you can help prevent the spread of them into our natural world.

Fishing on the Mississippi River
Educational Videos on Invasive Plants

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These are short videos that are very informative and easy to follow for both kids and adults. Some neat wildlife shots.

Fishing the Yellow River and the Mississippi River at The Natural Gait