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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can we stay in the area?

Red Cedar Lodge

1880 Gilbert St

Charles City, IA


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The Barn Loft

Dorchester, IA

Terrific location for access to streams!

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Trout River Log Cabin

2336 Trout River Rd


(563) 419-5634


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Decorah High Point Cabins

284 Old Spruce Dr
Decorah, IA 52101



What should I wear when on a guided trip?

It depends on the season...


Summer includes zip-off hiking pants, closed toed sandals or wading boots, Buff, and breathable tops. 


Fall, early winter and spring may include breathable waders, and layers!


Winter fishing requires heavy socks, appropriate headwear, multiple layers and jacket, plus fingerless gloves or mittens.


What should I bring?

Let's start with what we provide:

  • Rods

  • Reels

  • Leader

  • Tippet

  • Flies

  • Bug spray/sunscreen

  • Lunch (full day only)


So make sure to bring:

  • Iowa fishing license (w/trout stamp)

  • Your own rod/reel, if you wish

  • Hat/sunglasses

  • Appropriate attire (see above)

  • Snacks and water

  • Great attitude, willingness to learn, and have fun!