I do not recall whether the angler posted his real name, but one of the follow-up threads is here:
I realized I have caught 33 species in Iowa on flyfishing gear, using artificial flies only. They are NOT all the same species as the ones in the list in the link above. I did NOT accomplish this in just a single year, although I have caught at least 25 species in a single year. I’ve caught at least an additional 4 species on spinning gear in Iowa (Musky, Tiger Musky, Flathead Catfish, and Orangespotted Sunfish), plus Warmouth and Sauger in other states. I’ve also caught 3 saltwater species (Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Hardhead Catfish) and 4 exotic freshwater species (Peacock Bass, Oscar, Spotted Tilapia, Mayan Cichlid) on flyfishing gear.
So, apples-to-apples, I can’t compare to my fellow angler’s single-year accomplishment. That was and is outstanding! But my accomplishment taken for what it is…flyfishing with artificials only… I think it’s pretty cool. And I’m always hoping to add more species to this flyrod list (like Longnose Gar, Orangspotted Sunfish, Flathead Catfish, etc).
Here’s pictures of each of my IOWA flyrod-caught species.
Hybrid Striped Bass (“Wiper”):
Hybrid Sunfish (I catch these fairly frequently, naturally occurring, and from nearly every body of water I fish. I treat them as a separate species because they behave and fight very different from the purestrain fish.):
Walleye (This one I caught in Canada. I haven’t photographed any of the ones I’ve caught in Iowa yet):
Golden Redhorse Sucker: