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  1. Al, it sounds like you are so close that it would be such a loss for the whole community to not to finish it. I know that you are very detail oriented and that it would be very hard for you to publish something that is not quite up to date. The access / river information would be great, but I am just as interested in the unique history of the area. If you made a downloadable format on your blog site, then I would definitely purchase a copy. However, it would be very nice having the opportunity to purchase a hard copy as well. Thanks for all the information you provide!
  2. Al, I totally agree with the fact that the setting is one of the most important factors in the experience. I love to catch all fish and to just be outdoors, but there's nothing better than stream smallmouth. I bought a jet boat a couple of years ago and am still amazed with the shallow running capabilities; however, there's just something about sitting on top of the water on a paddlecraft and feeling the pull of a large smallie that can't be beat. Sharing those experiences and helping others find success is very rewarding. I always pick up something new from your pos
  3. Thank you so much MoFishwater! I have learned so much here that I just try to give back when I can. Sometimes hearing about unsuccessful trips helps me as much as anything else. Thanks for the support!
  4. A little back story I forgot to mention - My Grandfather bought the property on the Meramec while my Dad was young in prospect of having lakefront shoreline when the dam was completed. After they moved to the land, my Grandpa fell in love with the river so much that he was actually glad the Dam was never constructed. Guess those genetics were passed down to me! Dad also showed me the area where he killed his 1st deer along the Meramec. He said that back then it was a really big deal to even see a deer. So glad there were conservation minded people back then!
  5. A little back story I forgot to mention - My Grandfather bought the property on the Meramec while my Dad was young in prospect of having lakefront shoreline when the dam was completed. After they moved to the land, my Grandpa fell in love with the river so much that he was actually glad the Dam was never constructed. Guess those genetics were passed down to me! Dad also showed me the area where he killed his 1st deer along the Meramec. He said that back then it was a really big deal to even see a deer. So glad there were conservation minded people back then!
  6. My father and I were able to get out last weekend on a 2 night 3 day float / fishing trip on the upper-mid section of the Meramec. The fishing was great, the weather was perfect, and the fall foliage was gorgeous! The quantity of bass wasn't huge, but the quality was fantastic. I caught about 32 bass total, but at least 11 of them were 12+ inches with several in the 14-16 inch range. It was definitely an early morning and evening bite. The fishing was pretty difficult during the day with the low water and bluebird skies. Even though the water was low, we had minimal difficulty
  7. I respect your effort and determination. Don't give up because it will eventually click. That is the part that makes fishing so rewarding. I got out of fishing consistently when my children were young, but now I'm an addict! I would give you advice, but it sounds like you have already tried everything I would recommend. I'm not familiar with that water, but it sounds like you should be catching fish with everything you've tried. You may explore some different areas - this is where a kayak / boat definitely helps. It's been so hot lately, that most of my river fish have been caught
  8. Nice report. Thanks for posting! Nothing surprises me at the ramps any more. I'm more surprised if there isn't a unique experience at the ramp on my trips. I try to see the humor in the events so it doesn't take away from my outings. My theory on the walleye is that they may be migrating up river from Table Rock because of the high water we've been having the last couple of springs. There has been a lot of good walleye reports on Table Rock recently. However, I recently read a report where guys were catching a lot of small walleye up the Meramec River as well so maybe it has somet
  9. Looks like a great trip! Thanks for the report!!
  10. Hey Seth, I know just a couple of weeks ago the water was still pretty much at the top of the ramp at the blunks. I think the lake level has a lot to do with the water in this area even though the galena gauge is reading average. I'm sure it's floatable, but there may not be the shoals visible that you are used to. Doesn't look like theres any significant increase in flow at the boaz gauge so I bet the water up river would be good too. Good luck buddy!
  11. Looks like a great trip. Thanks for the report!
  12. I always enjoy reading about your adventures. What a great way to celebrate the life / memories of a loved one. Thanks for posting!
  13. Mntransplant you dont have to get a high-end kayak either to have success. I consider my kayak as a vessel to just get me and my gear to the fishing holes. I just use a sit on top 10ft ascend. I upgraded the seat a little and made a fishing crate for it with rod holders. You can often find them for a steal at the bass pro outlet store. If you ever want to borrow mine to try it out, I would be more than happy to lend it to you.
  14. Mntransplant I would really enjoy to float with you sometime. If you can catch those taneycomo trout, then you can catch these fish no problems. I've had great fishing trips on the James all the way from Wilson's Creek to Galena. I mostly catch small fish, but occasionally I'll get some pretty nice ones. I just like to catch fish and be on the river so I really dont care about the size. The main factors that help me are the water levels and the time of year. I enjoy fishing the most when the gauge at Galena reads 400-600 cfs. The standards I prefer are a little off
  15. Great story! Experiences like that are why I love float fishing in current so much. There are so many dynamics involved and such natural, untamed beauty on the rivers. Please keep the reports coming and thanks for sharing!!
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