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  1. How's Fishing?

    I fished Saturday morning and evening and then again on Sunday morning. Crowds were in full force. I would find something that would work for a fish or two and then turn completely off. In zone 1 i tried dries and nymphs along with skipping woolies and cracklebacks and the hits were few and far between. Went to the high bank hole yesterday morning and tried the same thing with a little better luck than the day before but most of the hits were on the nymphs (RGN & San Juan Worm). I did go to a Hopper/Dropper for a bit and had 2 fish attack the Hopper and miss but got a few on a midge i was trailing underneath. The fish are there but i am sure that with the big crowds shuffling around they have plenty of real food to eat and don't need our imitations.Fish are rising here and there but aren't hitting anything in particular that I could find. The Hoppers I saw around are green in color.
  2. Do i need waders?

    What type of fishing are you planning on doing? When at Bennett, if you are bait fishing in Zone 3 You don't need waders at all, there are plenty of places to fish that are shore based to fish from. Zone 2 has some pretty good bank access by the Dam and further down by the Whistle Bridge. The Fly water in Zone 1 is a little more limited in terms of bank fishing but it is possible. The spots in Zone 2 also for the most part aren't very deep in the wading areas so thigh deep at the worst is all you would be in. Zone 1 is much trickier wading is is considerably deeper in most stretches of when moving around the stream. I am not too familiar with the River access so I don't want to spread any wrong information about that but you can post in the Niangua section and I am sure OneShot or someone will help you out.
  3. Stream Conditions

    I fished down there this past weekend and had pretty good luck fishing it deep in any slower water that I could find. The Red San Juan worm is always my go to lure when the water is high and murky and it produced a large number of fish albeit none above about 12". As NoLuck said the key is getting a good deep drift and managing your mends to work with the current. I don't think a single fish I caught was further than 15' from the bank. There was a midge hatch on both Saturday and Sunday morning and there were a few fish looking up, hopefully as the water slows down the topwater bite will pick up but for now everything is deep. I think the reason most weren't catching fish this weekend is that they refuse to fish where the fish are holding and instead electing to thrown their fly/lure out as far as they possibly can. The crowd was light this past week, I expect it to pick up now that schools are getting out for the summer.
  4. Stream Conditions

    I was down there over the weekend but didn't fish at all. The water was still very high and off color. For perspective, it was still at the top of the whistle bridge. There were a few fisherman down there but hardly any fish being caught on Saturday at least. I walked the entire length of the stream round trip and saw one fisherman hooked up down in zone 3. Most of the flyfisherman were trying to fish the backwater areas above the Holland and Big Dam and the most fish I saw on a individual stringer was 2. From looking at the gauges it seems that the flow should be getting much closer to normal by the weekend time but with more rain in the forecast who knows what will be the case. The park seems to be ok though. the large campground by the river was open and there wasn't noticeable damage outside of a large tree down on the bank in Zone 1. It looks like a ton of effort was made to clean up the hatchery first as that was clean as a whistle. Kudos to Ben and his staff down there.
  5. Has anyone been by since they did the dredging? Unfortunately the only time I made it for C&R season was the very first weekend and work hadn't really started yet (plus i spent all my time in the best fly water in the park, Zone 3!). I am curious what changes they made to other spots on the stream outside of the hole directly above the dam. If anyone needs a fishing buddy I am planning to head down for opening weekend and will more than likely be the only guy in Zone 1 with an orange Denver Broncos hat on. 7 more days.....
  6. Colorado

    Pray that the snow season in Colorado ends early so that you miss any potential pitfalls with runoff, but i think you should be fine. The fishing around Gunnison is incredible and having lived in CO for 19 years maybe my favorite in the state. Chances are any guided trip you are on they will float the Gunnison River which is really good fishing, if you have a chance try to take a trip into the Black Canyon. The Gunnison is a big river with pretty fast flows and is fished best by boat or raft, wading is doable but i wouldn't recommend it. If you don't want to float or go on a guided trip the 2 main Tributaries of the Gunnison offer great fishing as well. First is the Taylor River- classic mountain freestone stream with pocket water everywhere. Lots of private water around, but the area right downstream from the Taylor River reservoir holds some MONSTER trout but they can be tricky to catch (Mysis Shrimp Patterns rule but I have also had success with wooly buggers, if you don't have any mysis, use a white mini jig ). It is easy access right next to the road into the water and therefore can be crowded at times especially on weekends. Google "Hog Trough Taylor River" for some pictures of the lunkers that it holds. There are other areas closer to Almont to fish but like i said a lot of it is private so access is tough. Second is the East River- Winding freestone river on much flatter ground. I suggest parking at the Roaring Judy hatchery and then taking one of the paths from there down to the river. Easily wadeable and a nice amount of fish. Almost all of the water in that location is public. There are a lot more runs and riffles and less pocket water than the Taylor. Also if you have kids with you, Roaring Judy has 4 stocked trout ponds. 2 of the ponds have smaller fish and they are pretty easy to catch and bait is allowed. The other 2 ponds are larger and harder to access but hold some nice browns. Enjoy your trip, there is so much to see and do around the areas you are headed. If you want a good spot to setup camp by the East and Taylor look to stay in Almont which is about halfway between Gunnison and Crested Butte. Crested Butte has a great old mountain town feel and a cool little 4th of July celebration with fireworks and a parade and the restaurants and bars aren't too overpriced for the area.
  7. Mobile Home Park (not RV) near Montauk?

    Thank you all for your answers, I guess this means a trip in the near future to check things out.
  8. My family has owned a mobile home near Bennett Springs for many years (35+) and have become more and more upset with what Bennett and their current campground have become. My simple question is: Are there any mobile home parks near Montauk? My google searches haven't led anywhere and I am hoping to find a new spot in the next year or so that we can purchase a new home for. Related question, does anyone have any experience (positive or negative) with any of the mobile home dealers in the area? I will cross post this in the Montauk section as well, feel free to delete if inappropriate. Thanks, BNorm
  9. My family has owned a mobile home near Bennett Springs for many years (35+) and have become more and more upset with what Bennett and their current campground have become. My simple question is: Are there any mobile home parks near Montauk? My google searches haven't led anywhere and I am hoping to find a new spot in the next year or so that we can purchase a new home for. Related question, does anyone have any experience (positive or negative) with any of the mobile home dealers in the area? I will cross post this in the Current River section as well, feel free to delete if inappropriate. Thanks, BNorm
  10. I just moved back to the St. Louis area after spending the past 19 years in Colorado. I did fish rather regularly at Bennett Springs however during that time as my family has had a place at Weaver's for the past 35 years. I regularly flyfish and have been successful in trying out some of the St. Louis trout hotspots as well. Been lurking around here for a month or so but wanted to drop a line and introduce myself and thank you all for the wealth of information that you have provided on so many fisheries around the region.
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