New Listing Coming Soon! – Prairie Song Farm, Iowa
By: Tate Jarry, Broker
If you are like me, an avid fly fisherman who often plans a seasonal trip to a destination trout fishery, I would venture to guess that Iowa is not on your short list of states to spend time wetting a line. It certainly didn’t make my list unless we are talking about fly fishing with a 10-weight for musky. A recent visit to the northeast corner of the state and a 2-day fishing experience on the spring creeks of Prairie Song Farm have changed my opinion of the fly fishing opportunities found in the Midwest as well as my list of destination trout fisheries.
Here are a few pictures of my recent trip and depiction of the fishery located on Prairie Song Farm.
Prairie Song Farm is a true spring creek resource with over a mile of fishable water on 3 separate spring creeks, all of which are easily waded. Undercut banks and large deep runs provide ample cover for the dense population of browns, rainbow and brook trout that thrive in the insect-rich, limestone creek bottoms. In 2 days, my guide and I conservatively landed over 100 fish – all on top water – with various patterns ranging from tricos, caddis to larger terrestrial patterns like the chubby Chernobyl ant, a popular western fly pattern. In all, the fish ranged greatly in size with the average fish size in the 14”range, however a good number that were pushing 20”. A recent fish shocking survey conducted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, offered an estimate of 4,500 fish per mile and a brown trout that was tapped at 23” long on the property.
As a Broker with Live Water Properties for over 10 years, my focus is primarily on properties that lie within the Rocky Mountains and more specifically within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which contains large numbers of cold water fisheries and numerous “blue ribbon” trout streams. Rarely do I consider listing a property outside of these parameters, however I believe Prairie Song Farm to be the exception.
Details of this property will be available in the days to come. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding this property please feel free to contact me at 307.413.2180 or the local co-listing agent: Barb Smed of Smed and Associates Realty in Waukon, Iowa, at 563.568.7159.