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Brian Sloss

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  1. I will be opening the cottages when I see medical professionals saying it is time. Hoping mid May or first of June. There will probably be policy and procedure changes based on CDC advisories. I will rely on medical advise though, not politicians.
  2. I am not currently renting my cottages out due to the virus. Please consider when you visit, you may be bringing the virus unknowingly. We have our 1st confirmed case. People have been packing in places like McCormack Lake, creating their own little village of people on weekends and popping into the grocery store. Please consider giving the area more time until the doctors (not politicians) give the all clear. If you live down the road and can get here without stops for gas or services, then enjoy. That has been my rule of thumb, get outside everyday, but I have been keeping myself in my home county for now. No long drives.
  3. For the 11 Point, if you decide to stay in Alton, I have lodging at www.elevenpointcottages.com and guide services at www.elevenpointflyfishing.com. For canoe rentals or shuttles, I would use Eleven Point Canoe rental at 417 778 6497. They also own Hufstedler's, but the Eleven Point Canoe location in Alton is better for floating the blue ribbon area. You can easily spend 2 or 3 days fishing different sections for trout. The Blue ribbon is great, but ignoring the white ribbon stretches simply because of their designation is cheating yourself. If I had just one day, I would choose the blue ribbon, but with multiple days, I am mixing it up. On the North Fork of the White, Sunburst is where I would go. There are 2 days worth of trout fishing floats there too.
  4. Mr Babler's fish was a wonderful accomplishment and I don't begrudge him getting it certified. Too bad it didn't make it, but hey, you tried and that is great. I will say, I wonder if triploid trout should be a different record than non-modified trout, but not losing any sleep over it. With 2 state records in one summer and triploids being stocked, prepare for a world record in the future and congrats in advance for whoever catches it. May come over this winter to try and catch one.
  5. Thanks Al. Was hoping more than 1 person had been to New Zealand fishing, but will look into your suggestion.
  6. 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?
  7. 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
  8. I have been catching fish, just make sure you are getting deep enough.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Looking for some info. Best place and time of year to fish for either redfish, tarpon or bone fish. Good guides that do fly fishing. Any help to get pointed in the right direction would be appreciated
  21. Got out and guided brothers Brian and Jeff on 12/29/17 and the fishing was good. Thankfully, we got a little bit of a respite from the bitterly cold weather of late. After fighting frozen guides in the morning, it warmed up to 40 degrees. The trout were hitting marabou jigs fished under an indicator way better than anything else we tried, though we didn't try too much else because it was working so well. Also caught was a smallmouth, pickerel and hog sucker. We had great day and the company was wonderful. By the way, we saw absolutely no one else on the river all day, though we did see lots of eagles. www.elevenpointflyfishing.com
  22. Got out today and fished with part of the gang that fished with me in Patagonia last winter for a few hours. The good news, the recent cold snap brought some smallmouth into some of their wintering holes. That said, the river is still way low, so they are pretty spooky. Regardless, we caught both trout and smallmouth today. If we get more rain, fishing will get only better and the trout fishing is pretty good now. More water and the smallies will get better. It was great getting out with Matt and Bryon today.www.elevenpointflyfishing.com
  23. Got out and guided David and Paul the last couple of days. On the first day we really had to work to get the fish to bite, at least it felt that way, but in the end we had boated around 40 trout. We caught most the fish on marabou jigs under an indicator and a few on stoneflies. Today I decided to go a little smaller, which is against the norm on the Eleven Point. We fished copper Johns today and from the get go the trout were all over them. Probably 50-60 fish today with a better average size. On a side note, we are very dry down here. Avoid campfires and don't throw cigs out the window. On the way out of Turner yesterday the forest service was fighting a small fire about 3 miles up the road from the river. This morning, we saw smoke down river when we first put in so we went back to the car and I called the forest service to see if the fire had gotten worse. At that point they said it was fine, but after a windy afternoon, when we pulled out the fire had made it an half mile from the Turner access. The fire crews were putting in some hard work. I heard we might get a little rain tomorrow,fingers crossed.www.elevenpointflyfishing.com
  24. waiting for next years budget, probably spring before anything done
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