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  1. Mark

    Buffalo River Trip (need Advice)

    Yeah I've watched the youtube video, it's good to know stay left. Looks doable, just checking. I'm retiring Al, Buffalo and Jacks Fork are at the top of my bucket list. How's the pan fishing on the lower Buffalo? My problem with pan fishing Ozark streams is I can't keep the pumpkin seed off. I've read you will catch about anything on lower Buff. And I know I've read the regs - thinking it is 2 smallies over 16"? - do hope to eat fish, don't really care what kind.
  2. Mark

    Buffalo River Trip (need Advice)

    Question: It sounds like the Clabber Creek shoals are about the only tricky spot in the lower river. Correct? I always have a long rope attached to front of the canoe, and walk around tricky spots especially early in the trip and a full canoe - wet sleeping gear sucks!! Usually at shoals or tricky turns, one side of the river will be wadeable. Is it possible to get out with a rope and walk thru the shoals at Clabber? I consider myself an above average navigator and can probably handle Clabber with the advice to stay left, but still would rather error on the side of caution and would probably walk thru my first trip. At the risk of being shunned by some, I take a radio for morning weather updates and Cardinal baseball around the campfire, but NOT blaring music on the river or at camp.
  3. Mark

    Eleven Point Everything

    Read the pinned thread above your thread - Float Trip Planning Questions - to answer many of our questions. Be advised - the river is extremely low right now. Expect to have to get out of canoe and pull thru some low sections. While not an abundance of gravel bars to camp on, at this time of year you will not have much problem finding a place to camp as long as you start keeping an eye out early.
  4. Mark

    Hwy 106 to Van Buren

    You will enjoy the Current River. Easy floating and enough fishing to keep your interest. For coon problems, leave some onions and/or garlic on top of your coolers and food. Sure fire method to keep critters out11
  5. Mark

    Salmon River Epic

    Wow, what an experience! Mary's a trooper!!
  6. Mark

    Lyric's heard wrong

    Amazed at so many anti Beatles fans. The music stands the test of time. I'm not a fanatic and always considered The Beatles and The Rolling Stones tied for the greatest rock and roll bands of all time.
  7. Mark

    Toothy Sucker Fish!

    Just missed you, JD. 3 of us camped at Whites Creek last Mon/Tues/Wed. Fishing was fair to good for us - esp. good in evenings. Lots of 12-14", and a few 16" fish. Beautiful camping weather before this heat set in. Floods have really hurt the Eleven Point. Good campsites on the river are harder to find. Use to love Stinking Pond with lots of good wading water. But sand and pea gravel has washed away, and trees downed. Same as my other fav spot - Tumbling Shoals. Areas with long sections of trees wiped out. Lots of places where 6-8' dirt bank exposed with serious erosion taking place. Some good holes now filled in with gravel. Mother Nature taking her course I guess. Still a beautiful river and one of MO best kept secrets. One day saw about 10 other people, busiest day maybe 25.
  8. Mark

    Demise of a creek

    Good story Al, and sad.
  9. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/05/19/mountain-lion-cougar-panther-attack-kills-man/626259002/ Wowser!! I can't imagine the terror!! I saw my first and only bobcat in nature a couple years ago. She was sitting on edge of woods. I was in my car on a dirt road. I stopped about 40 yards away. We had a stare down for a good 10 minutes. She never moved and I drove off. Later a local buddy who said "Oh Yeah! Saw her too. She's been guarding her litter for a couple days". Definitely wouldn't want to tangle with her. Can't imagine a mountain lion. I believe there are a few in Missouri now, correct?
  10. Help Brian and others. No one on here seems to know for sure..
  11. Mark

    I thought I might pass this on.

    Good story!! I often think of some of the people I grew up with - some have done quite well in life and some not so well, financially speaking. Some just never had much ambition and bounced from job to job. These guys all tend to be outdoorsman. A job is just a means to support their hunting and fishing, and pay the living bills. A couple of them have probably never been more than 100 miles from home 20-30 times in their life. No need to - they have everything they need within 20-30 minutes of home. They look just like you would imagine a country boy outdoorsman would look. I often think "So what!! They are happy!! And at the very end, we're all ending up the same way, and all the money in world isn't going to change that."
  12. Mark

    Dry Camping at accesses

    I may have asked a similar question on here before but searched and cannot find the responses. And anyway, this question is a little different. I am thinking of renting a little Tear Drop camper for a week this summer to see how I like it. Thinking of spending a week on the Buffalo if possible. Are there any accesses where people take small campers and dry camp for free? I realize I would probably have to keep the camper off the water 100' or so, I'm cool with that part. I would love to have a stretch to wade fish during the day, and will probably want to float a couple days but head back to base camp and my bed in the Tear Drop. (Afraid my tent camping days are about over, esp. more than 1-2 nights.) I realize it will not be like some of the places in Missouri where you can practically pull a camper up to the water's edge. Any place anyone have in mind would be appreciated. Would be my first trip to the area so not familiar with how dispersed camping around accesses works. Thanks in advance, Mark
  13. I have read that some people float the lower 23 mile section in a johnboat. At normal early June water levels, is it possible without hassle of pulling thru shallow riffs? And the big question, is it legal to use a johnboat with a jet prop attached on it as long as you don't use the jet?? Is current enough to push a johnboat along ok without a lot of paddling and work? Buddies have jet boats and no longer like getting in and out of a canoe all day, plus the extra space would be ideal for hauling camping gear in a johnboat. Thanks in advance.
  14. Mark

    sold canoe rental

    Mike and Wendy Jones are great and will go above and beyond to accommodate customers. Did they sell Huffstedler's or they running both operations?
  15. Mark

    Southern Colorado in September - Part Two

    Actually, my long term plan is to buy a very small travel trailer for retirement and take 1-2 month trips.

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