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  1. I was out there in July for family vacation and had an experience very similar to Siusaluki. The park is so big and there are so many creeks to choose from that you really need to have a focused gameplan based on the amount of time you will have and what it is that you really want to accomplish. The camp spots within the park need to be reserved in advance, which I reserved one but didn't end up using. I bought a book (see below) that had very good maps and descriptions of all the streams both inside and outside the park as well as camping spots. This book really helped me be a little more realistic, because you can spend a full day or two just hiking to get to some of these spots. I didn't have that kind of time because the family wanted to do touristy stuff . . . . so I just decided to fish some creeks along the main road that goes up to Newfoundland Gap and over to Cherokee. I fished Walker Camp Prong and Road Prong on the Tennessee side, not more than 2 miles down from the Gap. I was determined to get a native brookie, but I really had to work for it. They are lightning quick in their takes, but what a blast it was to catch a couple of them in that tiny water. Skinned both my knees in pursuit. On the NC side, I fished the upper Oconaluftee and caught a bunch of small rainbows. There are so many good places to fish its a bit overwhelming. Every access I hit, I never saw another fisherman, and I felt like i was totally in the wilderness even though I was just a 20 minute hike back to my car along the road. As SIU said, there are bears everywhere, so keep your head on a swivel! Would be happy to mail this book to you if you would like to borrow it. Just PM me your address.
  2. Gotta love how the very mention of the subject on this here fishing website immediately draws an ad. https://www.tacticaltraps.com/hdcompact/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5duNwsi15AIVSmh-Ch0dEAihEAEYASAAEgJCS_D_BwE Gotta git me one of these here coffee tables!
  3. I say good for Wal-Mart! I'm wondering if the recent incident at the Wal-Mart in Springfield, MO didn't "trigger" this decision . . . pun intended. At least they are taking action instead of sitting on their hands like our good-for-nothing congressmen and senators who can't even come to a consensus that universal background checks are at least a very small starting point in the national epidemic we are facing. 35 shot in Chicago this past weekend, I would hazard a guess the vast majority by handguns. I think we can all agree that what this country needs is more idiots armed with handguns, right?. . . . . in order to protect ourselves from the bad guy idiots who are armed with handguns. I'm going to get one for my nightstand, the glovebox of each car, one for the kitchen counter, maybe one for the garage, two to keep on my person, one for the wife, and one for the dog.
  4. Nice report. its been 25 years since I've floated Bryant Creek.
  5. Got the same problem over here. Gus is a 10 months old golden doodle. . . . and there hasn't been a month yet since we've had him, where I haven't wanted to give this dam dog away. Only the wife and kids won't let me. He has left a path of destruction everywhere he goes . . . . tore through the screens in my screen porch, eaten whole bushes in back yard, a vacuum cleaner for deer poop which gives him diarrhea, claws that scratch the hell out of my new wood floors, and on and on. We've done obedience training. I take him on 2 1.5 mile walks each day. He is just too much dog. 65 lbs of stamina and relentless attention needing. I'm thinking of giving him some CBD oil . . .
  6. hahahhaha. Love it. This was you??? What the hell was that at 1:10? Wastewater discharge? Nice handling there, I wouldn't want to swim! Helluva a way to die, either by giardia or by drowning in a hydraulic on the River Des Peres, or Depress. Actually, I admire this adventure. A lot. Good job on the shuttle out and hose scrub of the fancy kevlar at the end. Ballz.
  7. Exactly. Entire length is the wrong question. Variety is the spice of life. And the quality of that variety. There are sections of the Eleven Point, Current, Meramec, Big River, Gasconade, Niangua . . . that I have no desire, or even mild interest to float. So why do it? I have seen their prettier and fishier portions, and don't want to be disappointed by something less. Could be talked in to seeing them, but I'd rather seek out the cool little out of the way places I've been, and do them over again, rather than, for example, . . . . .the Meramec from Valley Park down to the Mississippi, or Big River below Morse Mill. That would be depressing. Lets float the River Des Peres! Life is short is right, so why check off meaningless milestones? Swan Creek, Bull Creek, Flat Creek, Bryant Creek, Black River, Marble Creek, upper St. Francis, upper North Fork . . . . and all the many creeks and small rivers that I loved before and just haven't had a chance to get back to again . . . . I'd rather see again. And there are too many adventures that are far more interesting and unexplored. I could even do sections of the Missouri and Mississippi before I could be talked into putting a canoe in at say, the Gasconade at Jerome.
  8. Wow, that is impressive, Al. There are only a handful that I can think that I've done the entire length: Jacks Fork, Huzzah, Courtouis, Mineral Fork, Finley, Little Piney . . . Probably floated only 20% of the Meremac. And only 10% of the Gasconade. And only the upper 1/3rd of the Current. You're talking canoe and not jet-boat, right?
  9. What did you do to your knee?
  10. Hey Ness and Gavin - we need to put together another wild-trout round-up this fall. I'll be making quite a few trips to Rolla as Paul Dallas, Jr. is enrolled there this fall. Camp at Lane Spring where some of us can fish the LP, some can fish Mill Creek, and some can go fish the Spring Cr.
  11. The ultimate low blow . . . to be compared to Kenny Chesney. I might have went too far with that.
  12. Seriously dude . . . . that was awful. I had to look them up to make sure it wasn't Weird Al Yankovic doing a reggae spoof. It appears that stick Figure has borrowed from the play book of Vanilla Ice, or Eminem . . . . trying so hard to be authentic and so tough and serious . . . . . lets get high and play a reggae riff with a beach/tropical vibe as if that has never been done, only we're white and we'll sell it to some dumb kids who have never heard the real thing. The poor dog needs to find a new band! This might be worse than Kenny Chesney.
  13. And this guy isn't stoned out of his gord? What is up with the trippy opening sequence of the dog between his legs? And why do I feel like I feel like I just vaped a diet root beer flavored synthetic CBD or some crap. Get you some Peter Tosh or Mr. Robert Marley if you want to get your reggae on.
  14. Was going to post a White Stripes deal, but thats too cliche. Digging on this duo more these days . . . .
  15. While we're on a roll with duets. This was a recent find . . . A bit sterile and scrubbed of any grit, but dammmb.
  16. C'mon, you're just jealous you can't dance like that. How about this one. Merle and Bonnie . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfuX1rc_f3s
  17. This can't be appreciated enough. I know, I know --- probably not the nicest dude and he beat his wives and stuff, but wow, what a talent.
  18. In your kayak?? I'd save the kayak for the creeks, small rivers and ponds. And #%^&@!, what did I tell you about the rooster tails? Go back and read STEP 1 of my 12-step program. I like Cedar Ridge or State Park better than Ruark. But rent a boat. Get some minnows and nightcrawlers. Work those big points out in about 30 feet of water. Either super early in the morning, or late in the evening after its dark.
  19. Its only 3 miles, so you should be able to fish that effectively in less than 4 hours
  20. Atta boy, Jimmy. I think we've all been a little too hard on the beaver . . . . . So I'm going to let him in on some secret spots around Springfield, so you don't have to go all the way to the Big Piney to find success. 1) James River ABOVE Hwy 60 bridge. Put your kayak in at the Joe Crighton Access which is on Farm road 164. And take out at Hwy 65 bridge. Call Uber or a buddy to take you back to your car. Fish with small buzz baits, ned rig in deeper holes. 2) Finely Creek above Hwy 125/Lindenlure. Good place for trespassing and some killer fishing if you don't mind walking through stinging nettles. 3) Bull Creek, Swan Creek, can't reveal secret spots . . . .but go just about anywhere you can access the creek 4) Osage Fork of the Gasconade. Go above Hwy 32.
  21. We should all reach out to help Jimmy on his journey. Who among us hasn't been skunked at Fellows Lake? or passed out from heat exhaustion under the Hwy 65 bridge on a blanket only to wake up in the morning with chigger bites on your junk and raccoons that got into your chicken livers and not catfish ? Raise your hand??!! ........... thats what I thought. Jimmy's story is a cry for help. Its not so much SAD, as it is HOPELESS. So I'm going to offer my services. What I think this calls for is a 12-step program to bring this newb out of the wilderness and into party rooms of stringer after stringer of big, big fish, tackle sponsors banging down your door, trophies, and of course cocaine, and all night parties with playboy bunnies. So, here we go: Step 1. Refund. If you still got the receipt on those rooster tails, take them back from whence they came. Or better yet, put them in a burlap sack tightly rubber banded to a dead house-cat and bury it in a cemetery at midnight. A road-kill armadillo will work in a pinch too. Step 2. Location. Quit going to the James River, Fellows Lake, and Lake Springfield, and Stockton. I'll let you in on a little secret . . . . . these places suck. Oh, and before you get tempted by exotic locales like McDaniel Lake, and Finley Creek they suck too. Now, Wilson Creek --- there's a creek you should seek out. shhhhh, don't tell anyone. Step 3. Proper Hydration. Start drinking Old Crow bourbon, heavily, at least an hour before each fishing trip. It gives you instinctive clarity and an edge, but more importantly, courage, to resist tying on a rooster tail or a treble hook with a goddam chicken liver on it. Old Crow bourbon in particular has some kinda fish-mojo pheromone. Step 4. Wear a lot of bug spray, especially on your junk. It only stings for the first few minutes. Step 5. Confidence. You need it bad. Get you some old Lee Marvin movies and watch them all. Step 6. Diet. Eat lots of Cashew Chicken and Mexican Villa (sancho, enchilada style) is especially good for keeping you regular and will help build muscle mass, particularly in the forearms, these foods will help you develop high reflex response - which comes in handy for setting the hook. I have a feeling you are missing a lot of bites because you are not setting the hook. Step 7. Rest. Sleep at night, under heavy medication, and during the summer, don't even bother to start fishing until about 1 p.m. Buy a 24 lb bag of ice and set it on your lap while you fish. This really works. Step 8. Quit reading fishing magazines while at the barber shop or waiting for an oil change. You are only reinforcing your own poor self esteem if you do this. Step 9. Make sure all your fishing rods are high modulus graphite and cost a lot. Same with your fishing reels. Nothing less than 10 ball bearings and Japanese. Skip the Johnny Morris signature series garbage. Step 10. Fishing Line. Buy this on sale at garage sales. They don't make good fishing line the way they used to. The Stren purple stuff, if you can find it in a big spool at some old codgers estate sale . . . . BUY IT. Step 11. Practice casting in front of a mirror. 3 hours a day. Step 12. Put more pressure on yourself. You have acknowledged that you are a terrible fisherman, and that is a good first step in recognizing that you need to significantly increase your expectations. Necessity is the mother of invention, so go ahead and get mad at yourself. Its okay to throw your fishing rod into the water at Montauk or Bennett Springs. Those fish don't respect you anyway, nor do they deserve your respect.
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