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  1. If you want a raft type craft and don't want to row, check out a Water Master. One person raft that you sit on with your feet dangling in the water, so you control the boat with swim fins, but it has a set of oars for getting somewhere more quickly or running rapids. You can stop in fairly shallow water just by standing up and wearing the thing like a doughnut around you, and fish there for as long as you want. The only problem is wearing swim fins and trying to get out of the thing and wade or walk. I tried some high dollar swim fins that fold up again.st your shins, but they pretty much suck. Still trying to find a solution to that. But the thing is really sweet on the Yellowstone (I keep my Water Master in Montana).
  2. Well, I actually do that when I'm fly fishing for trout, unlike the way I fish for smallmouth. I agree with you completely about the good spots, and the only good way to fish them is to get in there with them. I have a friend who used to guide on the North Fork out of a big johnboat, and from June through mid-September he spent most of his time in the water at the back of the boat, not in the boat, holding it in the current so his clients could fish those fast water areas without getting out of the boat and possibly drowning. He's a good sized lad and strong, so he could hold that boat in the middle of a rapid, or hold it in water up to his neck in the perfect spot to really pound a good run.
  3. I have a friend who does nothing but fly fishing for trout, and is as good at it as anyone I've ever seen. From what he's said, the North Fork was just about the best trout river in the state for a several year period until the huge flood that tore out those bridges. It hasn't fished anywhere near as well since...in fact, he says it's maybe one fifth as good as it was before. And when I fished it with him summer before last, the last time I was on it, I really noticed the lack of tree cover along the banks through most of the trout water. This was still early, like late May, and the water temps were already well up into the 70s by the time you got to Dawt Mill; that lack of shade was really messing up the river. He said that the best fishing was now within the first few miles below the springs. I actually gave up on the trout about halfway through our float down to Dawt, and started fishing for bass (it wasn't all that great, either). There are just too many people fishing for them these days, though, and the word gets out about one stream fishing well and then it gets pounded by everybody at once. Current River was amazing with big browns a few years back...then some guys who kept every big one they caught started pounding it, plus a hot summer moved some of the big browns up into Montauk, where the nimrods cleaned them out. It hasn't fished the same since. I know where I'd fish for trout right now, but I ain't telling.
  4. “Where you going? Oh, you men are all alike. Seven or eight quick ones and then you’re out with the boys to boast and brag.” "Ohhh, sweet mystery of life at last I've found youuu!" "darn your eyes!" "Too late."
  5. LAUNCELOT: We have the Holy Hand Grenade. ARTHUR: Yes, of course! The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch! 'Tis one of the sacred relics Brother Maynard carries with him! Brother Maynard! Bring up the Holy Hand Grenade! [singing] How does it, uh... how does it work? LAUNCELOT: I know not my liege. ARTHUR: Consult the book of armaments. MAYNARD: Armaments, Chapter Two, Verses Nine to Twenty-One. BROTHER: "And Saint Atila raised the hand grenade up on high saying, 'Oh, Lord, bless this thy hand grenade that with it thou mayest blow thy enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy.' And the Lord did grin, and people did feast upon the lambs, and sloths, and carp, and anchovies, and orangutans, and breakfast cereals, and fruit bats, and large --" MAYNARD: Skip a bit, Brother. BROTHER: "And the Lord spake, saying, 'First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, nor either count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out! Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thou foe, who being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it.'" MAYNARD: Amen. ALL: Amen. I have to admit to being bad sometimes...when I get into an argument on non-Biblical subject on the internet and somebody starts quoting Scripture that has only marginal relevance to the subject, I always come back with the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch verses
  6. GUARD: I'm French! Why do think I have this outrageous accent, you silly king! GALAHAD: What are you doing in England? GUARD: Mind your own business! ARTHUR: If you will not show us the Grail, we shall take your castle by force! GUARD: You don't frighten us, English pig-dogs! ---Go and boil your bottoms, sons of a silly person. I blow my nose at you, so-called Arthur-king, you and all your silly English knnnniggets. Thppppt! GALAHAD: What a strange person. ARTHUR: Now look here, my good man! GUARD: I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper!...... I fart in your general direction! . Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries! GALAHAD: Is there someone else up there we could talk to? GUARD: No, now go away or I shall taunt you a second time-a!
  7. Not that it matters much, but I talked to Corey today and he said it was 6.4--well, actually 6.38. That really isn't far off the state record of 7 lb. 2 oz...12 ounces off. It was 22.5 inches.
  8. Let's see...20 inch rainbow from the Eleven Point, 22 inch brown from Current, 18 inch rainbow from Little Piney, 21 inch rainbow from Mill Creek. Also add in a 22 inch brown from the Meramec. Haven't caught anything big from the North Fork, though other guys in the boat with me have. Biggest I got from Crane was 13 inches, but I only fished it once. Biggest from Blue Springs Creek was 8 inches. Fished the trout section of the Niangua once, caught a couple 14 inchers. Have fished Taneycomo once, nothing over 12 inches, and have only fished the White incidentally when floating into it from the Buffalo, and have caught a few average trout there. Caught a couple big ones during the winter season at Maramec Spring and Montauk, but that's kinda cheating. Caught some that were probably 18 inches at Spring Rise (Westover Spring) and in Dry Creek below it, also kinda cheating. Also caught a couple trout in Huzzah Creek, probably from Dry Creek. I think that's the limit of my Ozark trout catching.
  9. Yep, if you caught an 18 inch or better trout out of all those locations, then it would be an accomplishment...though come to think of it, I've caught 18 inch or better trout out of four of them as it is. Does that qualify for anything?
  10. I'm up to seven of them...only two I haven't caught a trout (or fished) are Barren Fork and Spring Creek.
  11. Waiting for what Snagged's biggest is...mine was 22 inches, and that was before I started fly fishing; caught it on a deep diving crankbait. A buddy of mine caught a 29 incher, a couple days after he'd caught a 29 inch rainbow...well, he was fishing with big streamers after dark.
  12. Al Agnew


    Scariest thing about hospitals is the MRSA infections that seem to breed there. Doctors in hospitals are being a lot more careful about keeping patients as sterile as possible, but there's still the chance that you go in for surgery on something and end up dying of that nasty infection. We always get flu shots. Haven't gotten an actual flu in a few years, but this winter got a nasty cold, horrific cough, lasted longer than usual, about two weeks, three weeks of healthiness, then last week I got it again. Just now over it. I was coughing so hard I got woozy a few times. Mary was about to kick me out of the house because neither of us could sleep.
  13. Yes, the USGS site may be wrong. I've very seldom seen the USGS sites being wrong, but it happens, especially if the river changes at the gauge after a flood, and since the creek has been pretty stable for a while, it would make sense that it's the lower flow. If the river is at 280 cfs, that would be very good. I actually like a winter flow that's a little above normal, because it reduces the number of places the fish will be. If you know what a given height in feet signifies on Crooked Creek, it makes sense to keep using it. But as I said in the other thread, flow in cfs is a universal language, the same for every stream. A given height in feet on one stream is NOT the same as that height in feet on another, but 200 cfs is 200 cfs no matter which stream you're looking at.
  14. Don't know whether you followed the discussion on the USGS gauges in the smallmouth fishing forum, but again I'd recommend going by the flow in cfs, not the level in feet, which means nothing unless you're already familiar with what a given level in feet means on that particular river. The flow right now is 865 cfs, not 300. And that's a LOT of water. Maybe fishable, maybe not, but a lot more water than I'd like, considering the normal flow (the median flow in the table on the USGS gauge website) is 163 cfs this time of year. 165 cfs is a nice, easily floatable flow on ANY stream the size of Crooked Creek at Kelly's Slab. 300 cfs is okay, not too big and fast. 500 is really pushing it, and I would really hesitate to float it at more than 800 cfs. Since it's been fairly stable the last few days, it might be clear enough to fish, but you're going to be really working to slow down enough to fish effectively, especially given that you need to fish very slowly in the winter.
  15. Several years ago I began writing a book on the Meramec River system. It was a project that proceeded by fits and starts; I finished the preliminary writing fairly quickly but then spent a lot of time rewriting, adding to, changing, and getting the book read by a friend who is a writer to get suggestions on changes. At present the writing part is more or less complete, but I'm still collecting photos and illustrations, and exploring possibilities of publishing it. It has been a lot of fun doing. Today I decided to put the opening chapter on my blog, with some of the photos and illustrations I plan on using in that chapter. So if you want to get a sneak peak at my working cover and the opening chapter, you can go to riversandart.blogspot.com and read it. I still don't know when it will be completed and published, or how I'm going to publish it. But let me know how you like the first chapter. There will be chapters on each floatable river; Meramec above Maramec Spring, Maramec Spring to Onondaga, Onondaga to Meramec State Park, Meramec State Park to the Bourbeuse River, and lower river. Upper Big River (down to Washington State Park), lower Big River, upper Bourbeuse, lower Bourbeuse, Huzzah and Courtois, and a chapter on selected smaller streams within the basin. There will chapters on history, geology, ecology, and environmental challenges. The history of the Meramec Dam and other dams once planned for the rivers is in there.
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