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Extremely skinny water. IGFA Trout Royal Slam Club

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As I pulled into the driveway I was instantly filled with memories of my youth.  I was back in Iowa, in the middle of the neighborhood I had grown up in.  I got my first taste of freedom riding my bicycle down this trail.  I had no idea at the time what fishing was, or that it would someday consume so much of my life.  I used to ride this path for hours, back and forth from home to downtown Cedar Rapids.  It was odd I thought to myself, that I spent so much time here and never attempted to catch the fish all around me. I was here to catch a brook trout, the smallest trout on the list for the IGFA Trout Royal Slam Club.      I had only recently discovered that brook trout were located here.  As I headed down the trail with my St Croix ultralight rod in hand I was suddenly aware of the extremely narrow creek I had pedaled by so my times over the years.  I had always assumed that the creek was empty.  After all you can jump across it in most places.  How could a place like this hold fish? …

Battle of the Ponds 2014 Scout Fishing Derby

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This years fishing derby started with absolute chaos.  My family is going through a cancer struggle so my wife and strongest supporter has been out of town.  Meanwhile my daughter was spending the weekend camping with her girl scout troop so we were on the road all morning.  My son and I scrambled to get the signs placed at the street corners so people could find this little known park more easily.  Then it was off to the local tackle shops to pick up the prize donations. My buddy Pat agreed to arrive early and help with the setup.  This year we were expecting a bigger turnout since we had opened it up to all scouts.  Just as I finished setting up the sign in table, the first of the scouts started to arrive.  Pat and I were kept busy with questions like, "how do you tie the hook on" and "why would a fish even want to eat a worm?"  We fielded the questions and helped them get there rods rigged up and it was time to start fishing. It didn't take to long and I heard…

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