Perfect Day, Perfect River

I spent a stunningly beautiful October day on the Maquoketa River in NE Iowa with a canoeing & fishing buddy recently.   The river was crystal clear, cold, with a sand and gravel bottom, perfect for wading and fishing in shorts and sandals.  Eagles and ospreys swooped overhead, pileated woodpeckers squawked, the smallmouth bass were biting our lures, it was heaven.

Smallmouth bass (caught & released).

Smallmouth bass (caught & released).

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