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Brian Sloss

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    Eleven Point River fly fishing guide/cottage rentals417-270-2497
  • Birthday 12/09/1967

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    Alton, Mo
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    Fly Fishing and anything river related

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  1. Thanks Al. Was hoping more than 1 person had been to New Zealand fishing, but will look into your suggestion.
  2. Thinking of doing a New Zealand trip. I prefer to do a do it yourself trip by renting an Air B&B and maybe a guide a day or two and then fishing on my own. Anyone here ever fish over there? If so, what is better, North or South Island? Rivers and towns to look for lodging in? Any other advice?
  3. Got about 5 inches of snow. Roads are bit sketchy here and there now, but may be better by by Monday. The accesses on gravel roads will still be icy on Monday probably. River is up and a bit murky, but was fishing well the other day
  4. I have been catching fish, just make sure you are getting deep enough.
  5. Sorry been off grid for a while with family health issues. Yes it is open, just no boat ramp anymore, but you can launch canoes there
  6. On Saturday I was one of four guides taking folks from the Ozark Fly Fishers out on the North Fork of the White. Brian Wise was the lead guide and I thank him for including my boat on this trip. Brian has some of the best streamer tying videos on the internet, look him up at Fly Fishing the Ozarks. Anyway, I was assigned Bill and Jerry for the day and they were great guys. The river was up, but not quite an ideal level. The shoals were ripping with some pretty big waves. We concentrated on finding seams of current off the main channel, particularly towards the end where it deepend a little, just so we could get down to the fish. We didn't catch a ton of fish, but we certainly found some. The rainbows we caught were fat, pretty, hard fighting and wild. The North Fork can be challenging sometimes, but I love it and everyone should give it a try sometime. We also got a couple of brown trout and the bonus of the day was 3 smallmouth. On Sunday, Mel and Glenn, from the same group, joined me for a half day on the 11 Point. We met in the morning and got off the river right as about an inch of rain started to fall on the river. That said, fishing was red hot for the 4 hours we fished. It was nice to be home.
  7. On Saturday I was one of four guides taking folks from the Ozark Fly Fishers out on the North Fork of the White. Brian Wise was the lead guide and I thank him for including my boat on this trip. Brian has some of the best streamer tying videos on the internet, look him up at Fly Fishing the Ozarks. Anyway, I was assigned Bill and Jerry for the day and they were great guys. The river was up, but not quite an ideal level. The shoals were ripping with some pretty big waves. We concentrated on finding seams of current off the main channel, particularly towards the end where it deepend a little, just so we could get down to the fish. We didn't catch a ton of fish, but we certainly found some. The rainbows we caught were fat, pretty, hard fighting and wild. The North Fork can be challenging sometimes, but I love it and everyone should give it a try sometime. We also got a couple of brown trout and the bonus of the day was 3 smallmouth. On Sunday, Mel and Glenn, from the same group, joined me for a half day on the 11 Point. We met in the morning and got off the river right as about an inch of rain started to fall on the river. That said, fishing was red hot for the 4 hours we fished. It was nice to be home. This post has been promoted to an article
  8. Took couples Jon and Emily and then April and Jason out to catch some trout recently and we found plenty of fish. On both trips, the ladies had never fly fished before. Both got their first fish on a fly rod and then added a number of fish after their first ones. We even got a grand slam on one of the trips: Trout, smallmouth, goggle eye and pickerel. Both very good days with great people. www.elevenpointflyfishing.com
  9. Since the higher water has receded to fishable levels, I have been getting some guide trips in. The water remains up a bit and there is a stain to the river. I have done a trout trip and a couple of smallmouth trips. The trout has been ok, but the smallmouth are loving the stained water. Here are some highlights.
  10. Took Patrick out for a guided trip today and the fishing was on fire until 1:30 or 2. After that the fishing slowed quite a bit until the end of the trip, though we did get a more here and there. There were spots earlier in the trip where every other cast was producing a nice bow. Best fish of the day was a fat 19 incher. Great day and enjoyable company.
  11. Took Patrick out for a guided trip today and the fishing was on fire until 1:30 or 2. After that the fishing slowed quite a bit until the end of the trip, though we did get a more here and there. There were spots earlier in the trip where every other cast was producing a nice bow. Best fish of the day was a fat 19 incher. Great day and enjoyable company. This post has been promoted to an article
  12. Took Brad, Blake, Chris and Bruce on a full day guide trip on Sat and an half day on Sun with Denny guiding the 2nd boat. Fishing was solid on Sat, though it was a little hot and cold at times. Day 2 we mixed things up a bit and ran further downstream. Good decision, we really got into them. Though we caught fish on a variety of things, far and away, the marabou jig was king. Along with the trout, we also got a nice smallie.www.elevenpointflyfishing.com
  13. Took Mark on a guide trip today. The fishing was hot and cold as the fish were concentrated in certain areas due to the low water. Still scratched out about 25 fish, the highlight being a 23.5 inch trout (probably 7lbs). Mark hooked her in a deep hole and it took every bit of 10 minutes or more to land her on 5x tippet. We had to chase her about 100 yards downstream. After a couple quick pictures, she took off with the same fighting attitude she displayed during the fight. By the way, we both about lost our minds when she launched herself about 3 ft out of the water about a minute into the fight. www.elevenpointflyfishing.com
  14. Took Mark on a guide trip today. The fishing was hot and cold as the fish were concentrated in certain areas due to the low water. Still scratched out about 25 fish, the highlight being a 23.5 inch trout (probably 7lbs). Mark hooked her in a deep hole and it took every bit of 10 minutes or more to land her on 5x tippet. We had to chase her about 100 yards downstream. After a couple quick pictures, she took off with the same fighting attitude she displayed during the fight. By the way, we both about lost our minds when she launched herself about 3 ft out of the water about a minute into the fight. www.elevenpointflyfishing.com
  15. Starting tomorrow, it appears we are in for a bit of a warm up. The forecast is looking to be highs in the 40s and 5os for a while. Might be a good chance to get out and chase a few trout. You could also come and do a little floating or hiking. I can get you out in my drift boat for a little guiding or rent you a cottage if you want to do something on your own.https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/mo/alton/65606…www.elevenpointflyfishing.com
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