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  1. Montauk 3/19/18

    Fished Montauk Monday and it poured in the morning but we all did well including one big hook-jawed pig one of my friends landed. We had the stream to ourselves in the morning. After lunch, other fishermen came out in force. It was a pretty nice day even with the rain. Bill
  2. Fly fishing for Musky and Gar.

    Thanks for the information. I'll pass it along. Bill
  3. Recently a member of another forum from out of town inquired about the Musky and Gar fishing On Pomme De Terre and I directed him to the Ozark Angler Site knowing this group is often helpful to visitors. I have never fished this lake and don't fish lakes much anymore. Is the Musky worth chasing here? Bill
  4. Looking for new fishing spots...

    I have found that if you can go a little upstream in the morning and then downstream in the afternoon that fishing accesses where the floating crowd put in helps avoid the partiers.
  5. 2/6 Report

    We have been conditioned to fish "Over there" make a shorter cast and you will be further ahead so you don't get tangled in the mess of lines "over there". Bill
  6. Fished two of our Blue Ribbon Creeks yesterday with a friend. We started with Mill Creek in Bohigan Wildlife area. I haven't fished Mill much. The other times I fished it was low, yesterday it was more of a torrent. We were able to wade and it was fishable but the water moving as fast and murky as it was made it hard work and fishing tough. We managed a few but all small. I think the recent rains changed the creek some but I am not as familiar with it as I am Blue Spring Creek. Blue Spring Creek was second, I think of this as my home creek as it was the first of the Blue Ribbon areas I fished after beginning to fly fish again. I think that's funny because parts of this creek are as far from fly fishing type water as I can think of. Anyway, My friend did well catching a half dozen fish with one nice kicker. I caught a few but I was struggling to hook up. The weather was great, so anytime outside today was a plus. It was nice to fish without a heavy coat. Bill
  7. She's blowing out

    Well, at least since last year. The gauge at Steelville has been dropping but the CFS is still pretty strong. By next week I may be able to wade below the springs. Unless it rains more. Bill
  8. 2/6 Report

    Spoonbill snagging outfit works best for that. Bill
  9. Fly rod recommendations?

    You didn't say how much you are willing to spend so I will tell you what I would buy. Since your new to fly fishing I would recommend a Sage Pulse 9 foot 5 weight, fast but not to fast for a beginner. A decent reel, Waterworks-Lamson makes some with decent drags that can be found at STP on clearance at a great price. The line, this is where you need to spend some good money. The line will make fly fishing easier or harder so don't balk here. I have an Air-Flo Elite on my 8 1/2 foot 4 weight Pulse and really like it. The Scientific Angler MPX would be good as well. I tried a Rio Gold and thought it was great on the Pulse 5 weight. Try the lines out and see which one works best for you. If the price on the Pulse is more than you want to spend I would consider a Remington Vice, still a fastish action or a TFO Profesional II as solid Medium-fast that will serve for years, line either of those with Rio Gold. I hope your feeling better soon enough to get back on the water soon. Bill
  10. Current below Montauk 1/12

    From the hatchery manager at Meramec springs. we do have did have two strains of browns I am not sure we still do but some or all came from Utah. Browns may lay eggs but the water isn't cold enough for the eggs to hatch. At least that is my understanding from the presentation. Bill
  11. Suicide Hill report

    I know they have been releasing a lot of Browns into the river below the park but where they go after release is a mystery. It seems like we catch more rainbows than browns when I fish it and they all escape from the park. Bill
  12. Current below Montauk 1/12

    I got my hatchery and fish mixed up. rainbows come from Neosho, not browns. Bill
  13. Current below Montauk 1/12

    You may be right about the Browns. I was told that the fish released into the Meramec is a strain from Virginia that may be able to survive better. They certainly don't look like the Browns in the Current. Bill
  14. Bored so I went Fishing

    I was down at the Springs Thursday and stayed until the end and did miserably. I saw very little activity. I was way off my game and the only thing I caught was a cold. I did see a really nice size trout, all red and beat up. It looked like there was a huge gouge on its side ( A bite mark?) and the fins were almost worn and ragged. The hatchery Manager said they were going to release some trout this last Friday. They release fish throughout the season to replace the ones mishandled by fishermen. I see a lot of guys trying to be conscientious about releasing their fish but you will always lose a few. Bill
  15. Current below Montauk 1/12

    Where do the Brown trout in our streams come from? I believe it was that the Browns in Taneycomo come from the federal hatchery. Are they the same as the browns in the Current? I know the Browns we chase in the Meramec River are a strain from Virginia, they come from the hatchery at the Springs. They are there to help manage the Copepods that attack the rainbows. They look more silvery with fewer spots than the ones we catch in the Current. Bill

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