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  1. Next weekend I am driving to western MO to buy a MyPod camper (teardrop). I am wanting to use the camper on the way back home (SEMO), and would like to check out the Gasconade or Big Piney to do some wade fishing. A quick search of the Gasconade hasn't yielded much info on what the water levels are at accesses and wadeable water . I'll be travelling I44 but in no hurry and could take an alternative route home. Can anyone give me advice on a good campsite out of my vehicle and MyPod on the river where I would have a good stretch of wadeable water on the Gasconade, Big Piney,, or any other river? I've never fished any of the central MO rivers and just looking for some easy fishing for an evening and following morning before I head home. I have a 4 wheel drive truck but want an easy in/easy out spot and break up the drive instead of driving all day straight thru. Thanks in advance. Mark
  2. WOW still going after 20 pages!! Give it up boys!! The Trumpers are going to believe whatever The Don tells them to believe. I'm sure they still believe Russia had nothing to do with flooding the media with the Hillary email scandal 2 weeks before the election while Trump Organization buried the Stormy Daniels affair, still believe we've wiped out ISIS, still believe everyone of Trump's people indicted or appearing before Congress is lying, or still believe North Korea is not pursuing WMDs. Heck, Trumpers probably still believe Mexico is going to pay for the Trump Wall. They believe whatever the biggest liar in the history of our country says - hook, lines, and sinker.
  3. By all means, let's keep polluting !!! Ain't hurtin nuttin!!
  4. Funny stuff, Jerry! Collecting soda bottles was every kids first job - 2 cents, then 3 cents, then a nickel before aluminum cans too over. fishinwrench, you are correct, too, I remember all the trash in towns, shooting rats at the city dump, sewage running down the gullies to the creek, the chemicals we would dump anywhere, every factory I worked in back in the day had no regard for disposing of waste. liphunter - exactly right too. Too darn many people, and I believe I've read that the world pop will double by 2050. I believe Mother Nature will eventually have enough, and something like a worldwide pandemic is coming that will kill millions or billions, if nukes don't take care of it first. Don't think I will be around though. Hate to sound like a doomsdayer, but I do wonder what this planet will look like in 100 years, and if man don't change, it won't be pretty.
  5. I realize you all are having some fun but it does sadden me that we have polluted our planet more in the past 100-150 years than the entire previous history of mankind. The environmental legacy we are leaving our grandchildren is sickening. What's more - I am afraid we are past the point of no return when you look at the amount of industrial pollution coming out of China and India, let alone what the US is continuing to contribute. We can debate whether climate change is man made or a natural cycle until we are blue in the faces. There should be no debating that we have to stop polluting our planet. It makes me sad because our descendants are going to rightfully blame the generations that followed the industrial revolution (our generation, our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents) for destroying what God gave us to take care of for all of mankind. Laugh and poke fun, we are going to be the not so funny of a joke in the future.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. Wow, what an experience! Mary's a trooper!!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Good story Al, and sad.
  14. 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?
  15. Help Brian and others. No one on here seems to know for sure..
  16. 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."
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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?
  20. Actually, my long term plan is to buy a very small travel trailer for retirement and take 1-2 month trips.
  21. I've been to Montauk once, and that was enough of the trout parks for me. I call it "Six Flags of Fishing". I really don't see the sport in fishing trout parks anyway. The only night I camped there, we could hear the truck dumping trout in by the hundreds right next to our tents. Good place for kids and city slickers who like to brag about "limiting out". I'm thinking they do everything but put them on the stringer for you. I'll never go back.
  22. Thanks Podum. We've conversed before on the Lake City area. Just can't find anyone else to go with me. On my list for retirement. Definitely want to see area in the fall.
  23. Advice also needed on jet boats?? I cannot find info but thought I read at one time that the last few miles before entering the lake is jet boat accessible.
  24. My buddies are leaving our trip planning to me - none of us have been to NFOW. Need some first hand info with pressure on!!LOL What is the scenery like in that section? We want to be "in the woods." Looks like on the map that the area is outside of Mark Twain NF. Watched youtube videos and stream looked tree lined. But doesn't appear to be big hills and bluffs. Is the terrain starting to level out to a flood plain? With fall colors popping, we're wanting a stream that is scenic. Also aware that upper section thru canyon is thru NF, but guessing that section is low and maybe not the best time for smallies?? And buddies will want to trout fish. Also, it appears Red Ribbon Area starts at Blair bridge, correct?? We do like to harvest enough to eat one night. Red Ribbon is no bait restrictions too, right? Sorry to the purists, but we're "bait chuckers". Almost exclusively power eggs. I believe this section is stocked with browns, correct? Some alternative baits suggestions??? We occasionally will throw artificials. Bringing 1 canoe, buddies have jet boats. Should they leave boats at home? I believe I read they are only useful at the last section before entering the lake. Little advice there. please as well. But I'm thinking we can float from Blair to Patrick 3 miles, and Patrick to next access is 3 miles. That would be enough water to keep us happy for 2 days. Am I thinking right there?? Looks like easy shuttles so we could shuttle our own vehicles?? Thanks in advance. We fish almost exclusively on the Eleven Point, and hard for me to get my small group of buddies to go anywhere else, mainly because it's so scenic. small crowds, we always catch fish, and have a good time.
  25. Brian, heading down with another guy or two on Oct 7-9, and wanting to camp at a new site. Realize water is awful low right now and wondering about getting a jet boat (friend has jet, I will take my canoe to float one day) very far upstream or downstream from accesses. We have camped just about everywhere on the Turner to Whitten stretch and most familiar with that section, and want something new. If he launches boat at Turner, how far upstream will he be able to get and any good campsites we can get to. Or if he launches at Greer CG, how far downstream can we get and is there any good camp sites? OR if he launches at Whitten, how far down can we go downstream with the current low water level? Looking for some new scenery to camp. Advice appreciated. We need Rain!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mark
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