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    Brian Sloss got a reaction from grizwilson in Patrick Bridge CG   
    Blue ribbon extends to Patrick bridge, not Blair.  Here is a fun kicker there now, you will probably find some stripers in the deeper holes and a lot of them are 10 pounds or more.  Actually caught a 5lb channel cat on a fly rod when I was there a couple of weeks ago that ran up from the lake.  The day I was there the trout fishing was a little slow, but my friend who owns Sunburst, said a couple of days earlier it was fishing great and his wife caught a huge brown.  Been hearing more good reports on the trout fishing there, than bad ones. 
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    Brian Sloss got a reaction from trythisonemv in Patrick Bridge CG   
    Blue ribbon extends to Patrick bridge, not Blair.  Here is a fun kicker there now, you will probably find some stripers in the deeper holes and a lot of them are 10 pounds or more.  Actually caught a 5lb channel cat on a fly rod when I was there a couple of weeks ago that ran up from the lake.  The day I was there the trout fishing was a little slow, but my friend who owns Sunburst, said a couple of days earlier it was fishing great and his wife caught a huge brown.  Been hearing more good reports on the trout fishing there, than bad ones. 
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    Brian Sloss got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in 9/8/17   
    Took Max Drown and his brother Jared on a guide trip today. His 9th trip on the first Fri after labor day. I consider this the unofficial start of my busy guiding season. Fishing was good and the weather awesome. Max hooked a 12 inch trout who was chased and rammed 4 times by a 22 inch, huge trout, which was wild. Probably hooked 40 to 50 fish. Caught a lot of the fish on 1/16th oz marabou jigs, Pat's Rubber leg stones, prince nymphs and olive woolies.  Call my cell at 417 270 2497 to book a day
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    Brian Sloss got a reaction from bkbying89 in State Park = Changes?   
    They already tried and failed to pass something that would require the state to sell it off.  The latest ploy is to not develop it at all, which is what they are currently doing.  My guess is they will quietly try to sell it off in the future when people forget we have the land there.  Very short sighted not to develop it.  A state park in the poorest county in Missouri could really help the area, but instead they are being petty because they hate Jay Nixon and he bought the land.  Have not heard about the mining angle, but I would raise hell if they tried that as it would ultimately pollute the river downstream of Riverton.  The area below the Arkansas line is already stinking from the massive chicken operation they recently started. 
     
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    Brian Sloss got a reaction from NYMPH~o--- in State Park = Changes?   
    They already tried and failed to pass something that would require the state to sell it off.  The latest ploy is to not develop it at all, which is what they are currently doing.  My guess is they will quietly try to sell it off in the future when people forget we have the land there.  Very short sighted not to develop it.  A state park in the poorest county in Missouri could really help the area, but instead they are being petty because they hate Jay Nixon and he bought the land.  Have not heard about the mining angle, but I would raise hell if they tried that as it would ultimately pollute the river downstream of Riverton.  The area below the Arkansas line is already stinking from the massive chicken operation they recently started. 
     
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    Brian Sloss reacted to timinmo in State Park = Changes?   
    Brian, agree with everything you said.  You are closer to this situation than any of us I hope you will keep us updated on what is going on, so we can make our voices heard to our elected officials.  
    As you had suggested I called the Forest Service and asked for updates on the Thomasville and Cane Bluff access.  
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    Brian Sloss got a reaction from timinmo in State Park = Changes?   
    They already tried and failed to pass something that would require the state to sell it off.  The latest ploy is to not develop it at all, which is what they are currently doing.  My guess is they will quietly try to sell it off in the future when people forget we have the land there.  Very short sighted not to develop it.  A state park in the poorest county in Missouri could really help the area, but instead they are being petty because they hate Jay Nixon and he bought the land.  Have not heard about the mining angle, but I would raise hell if they tried that as it would ultimately pollute the river downstream of Riverton.  The area below the Arkansas line is already stinking from the massive chicken operation they recently started. 
     
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    Brian Sloss got a reaction from Greasy B in State Park = Changes?   
    They already tried and failed to pass something that would require the state to sell it off.  The latest ploy is to not develop it at all, which is what they are currently doing.  My guess is they will quietly try to sell it off in the future when people forget we have the land there.  Very short sighted not to develop it.  A state park in the poorest county in Missouri could really help the area, but instead they are being petty because they hate Jay Nixon and he bought the land.  Have not heard about the mining angle, but I would raise hell if they tried that as it would ultimately pollute the river downstream of Riverton.  The area below the Arkansas line is already stinking from the massive chicken operation they recently started. 
     
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    Brian Sloss got a reaction from grizwilson in Greer to Turner Mill?   
    Every trip is different, just because you caught more fish between Greer and Turner last time, does not mean that would be the case this time.  Regardless, just getting in your canoe and floating from Greer to Turner is currently averaging 2 hours.  With fishing, how long it takes is up to you.
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    Brian Sloss got a reaction from timinmo in Greer to Turner Mill?   
    Every trip is different, just because you caught more fish between Greer and Turner last time, does not mean that would be the case this time.  Regardless, just getting in your canoe and floating from Greer to Turner is currently averaging 2 hours.  With fishing, how long it takes is up to you.
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    Brian Sloss got a reaction from grizwilson in Thomasville to Cane how is it?   
    Both those access points are still closed since the floods due to damage.  Probably wont get funding to repair them until the new year.  Thomasville area still has tangles of trees everywhere in the river.  Check with the forest service at 573-996-2153 and tell them you want to get in there some time, the more people they hear from, the quicker they will move
     
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    Brian Sloss got a reaction from NYMPH~o--- in Thomasville to Cane how is it?   
    Both those access points are still closed since the floods due to damage.  Probably wont get funding to repair them until the new year.  Thomasville area still has tangles of trees everywhere in the river.  Check with the forest service at 573-996-2153 and tell them you want to get in there some time, the more people they hear from, the quicker they will move
     
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    Brian Sloss got a reaction from awhuber in Thomasville to Cane how is it?   
    Both those access points are still closed since the floods due to damage.  Probably wont get funding to repair them until the new year.  Thomasville area still has tangles of trees everywhere in the river.  Check with the forest service at 573-996-2153 and tell them you want to get in there some time, the more people they hear from, the quicker they will move
     
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    Brian Sloss got a reaction from NYMPH~o--- in State Park = Changes?   
    People have been floating it since Memorial Day.  I have an outfitter and have not seen any more problems than we normally have with floaters having mishaps.
     
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    Brian Sloss got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in State Park = Changes?   
    People have been floating it since Memorial Day.  I have an outfitter and have not seen any more problems than we normally have with floaters having mishaps.
     
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    Brian Sloss got a reaction from Luke G. in State Park = Changes?   
    People have been floating it since Memorial Day.  I have an outfitter and have not seen any more problems than we normally have with floaters having mishaps.
     
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    Brian Sloss got a reaction from Luke G. in State Park = Changes?   
    Without a head to the parks dept for the state, don't expect anything to happen there.  Parks are obviously not a priority for the Gov or he surely would have hired someone by now.  The position has been vacant for months.  Due to the existing easements, even when opened and developed, I wouldn't expect any changes to the river corridor. 
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    Brian Sloss got a reaction from NYMPH~o--- in State Park = Changes?   
    Without a head to the parks dept for the state, don't expect anything to happen there.  Parks are obviously not a priority for the Gov or he surely would have hired someone by now.  The position has been vacant for months.  Due to the existing easements, even when opened and developed, I wouldn't expect any changes to the river corridor. 
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    Brian Sloss got a reaction from NYMPH~o--- in 5/17/17 post flood report   
    11 Point: Got permission from the forest service to run from Greer to Riverton yesterday 5/17/17 to look for danger spots. I caught a ride from the Jone's in their john boat and did sort of a Hufstedler's/Eleven Point Canoe Rental scout trip. Here is the long and short of what we found. Starting at Greer, the first island, the the right fork is clear, but caution is needed. As you are going around the island you will come to a fairly sharp bend to the left, it is clear and easy and coming out of the bend I would stay in the center and go over the shallower center part of the river (the right and left bank have logs that can be troublesome. Then there will be a sharp right turn and you need to hug the inside bend as there are downed trees that can get you on the outside bend. Continuing downsteam, the next island, stay on the right fork the whole way, it is open, but the left has lots of trees down. Below Turner at fish Dam (normally 45 minutes below Turner, now probably 25-30 minutes), there is a big tree and root wad in the river that looks pretty nasty, but before entering that swift water, there is a small fork to the right that is clear, take it. Hall Bay shoals (the big rapid down from Boze Mill) has very big waves in it, stay far to the right or you will swamp your canoe in those waves. There was a tree all the way across the river, right before Riverton, but that is clear now. We are starting back tomorrow, but here are some general tips. The water is still high and quite swift, if you have kids or are not a good paddler with experience, you should wait a little longer for levels to drop. Stay in the bigger forks at splits in the river, except for the fish dam exception I laid out earlier. If a spot looks ify, stay away from it, don't go for it. Give trees in the river a wide birth. Greer, Whitten, Riverton and 142 will be open. Hopefully we can have Turner opened again soon. They had a big crew there grinding up trees yesterday, but it will be a while still. Thomasville and Can Bluff will remain closed until further notice. Hope this helps everyone.
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    Brian Sloss got a reaction from JimmyV in 5/17/17 post flood report   
    11 Point: Got permission from the forest service to run from Greer to Riverton yesterday 5/17/17 to look for danger spots. I caught a ride from the Jone's in their john boat and did sort of a Hufstedler's/Eleven Point Canoe Rental scout trip. Here is the long and short of what we found. Starting at Greer, the first island, the the right fork is clear, but caution is needed. As you are going around the island you will come to a fairly sharp bend to the left, it is clear and easy and coming out of the bend I would stay in the center and go over the shallower center part of the river (the right and left bank have logs that can be troublesome. Then there will be a sharp right turn and you need to hug the inside bend as there are downed trees that can get you on the outside bend. Continuing downsteam, the next island, stay on the right fork the whole way, it is open, but the left has lots of trees down. Below Turner at fish Dam (normally 45 minutes below Turner, now probably 25-30 minutes), there is a big tree and root wad in the river that looks pretty nasty, but before entering that swift water, there is a small fork to the right that is clear, take it. Hall Bay shoals (the big rapid down from Boze Mill) has very big waves in it, stay far to the right or you will swamp your canoe in those waves. There was a tree all the way across the river, right before Riverton, but that is clear now. We are starting back tomorrow, but here are some general tips. The water is still high and quite swift, if you have kids or are not a good paddler with experience, you should wait a little longer for levels to drop. Stay in the bigger forks at splits in the river, except for the fish dam exception I laid out earlier. If a spot looks ify, stay away from it, don't go for it. Give trees in the river a wide birth. Greer, Whitten, Riverton and 142 will be open. Hopefully we can have Turner opened again soon. They had a big crew there grinding up trees yesterday, but it will be a while still. Thomasville and Can Bluff will remain closed until further notice. Hope this helps everyone.
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    Brian Sloss got a reaction from timinmo in 5/17/17 post flood report   
    11 Point: Got permission from the forest service to run from Greer to Riverton yesterday 5/17/17 to look for danger spots. I caught a ride from the Jone's in their john boat and did sort of a Hufstedler's/Eleven Point Canoe Rental scout trip. Here is the long and short of what we found. Starting at Greer, the first island, the the right fork is clear, but caution is needed. As you are going around the island you will come to a fairly sharp bend to the left, it is clear and easy and coming out of the bend I would stay in the center and go over the shallower center part of the river (the right and left bank have logs that can be troublesome. Then there will be a sharp right turn and you need to hug the inside bend as there are downed trees that can get you on the outside bend. Continuing downsteam, the next island, stay on the right fork the whole way, it is open, but the left has lots of trees down. Below Turner at fish Dam (normally 45 minutes below Turner, now probably 25-30 minutes), there is a big tree and root wad in the river that looks pretty nasty, but before entering that swift water, there is a small fork to the right that is clear, take it. Hall Bay shoals (the big rapid down from Boze Mill) has very big waves in it, stay far to the right or you will swamp your canoe in those waves. There was a tree all the way across the river, right before Riverton, but that is clear now. We are starting back tomorrow, but here are some general tips. The water is still high and quite swift, if you have kids or are not a good paddler with experience, you should wait a little longer for levels to drop. Stay in the bigger forks at splits in the river, except for the fish dam exception I laid out earlier. If a spot looks ify, stay away from it, don't go for it. Give trees in the river a wide birth. Greer, Whitten, Riverton and 142 will be open. Hopefully we can have Turner opened again soon. They had a big crew there grinding up trees yesterday, but it will be a while still. Thomasville and Can Bluff will remain closed until further notice. Hope this helps everyone.
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    Brian Sloss got a reaction from bkbying89 in 5/17/17 post flood report   
    11 Point: Got permission from the forest service to run from Greer to Riverton yesterday 5/17/17 to look for danger spots. I caught a ride from the Jone's in their john boat and did sort of a Hufstedler's/Eleven Point Canoe Rental scout trip. Here is the long and short of what we found. Starting at Greer, the first island, the the right fork is clear, but caution is needed. As you are going around the island you will come to a fairly sharp bend to the left, it is clear and easy and coming out of the bend I would stay in the center and go over the shallower center part of the river (the right and left bank have logs that can be troublesome. Then there will be a sharp right turn and you need to hug the inside bend as there are downed trees that can get you on the outside bend. Continuing downsteam, the next island, stay on the right fork the whole way, it is open, but the left has lots of trees down. Below Turner at fish Dam (normally 45 minutes below Turner, now probably 25-30 minutes), there is a big tree and root wad in the river that looks pretty nasty, but before entering that swift water, there is a small fork to the right that is clear, take it. Hall Bay shoals (the big rapid down from Boze Mill) has very big waves in it, stay far to the right or you will swamp your canoe in those waves. There was a tree all the way across the river, right before Riverton, but that is clear now. We are starting back tomorrow, but here are some general tips. The water is still high and quite swift, if you have kids or are not a good paddler with experience, you should wait a little longer for levels to drop. Stay in the bigger forks at splits in the river, except for the fish dam exception I laid out earlier. If a spot looks ify, stay away from it, don't go for it. Give trees in the river a wide birth. Greer, Whitten, Riverton and 142 will be open. Hopefully we can have Turner opened again soon. They had a big crew there grinding up trees yesterday, but it will be a while still. Thomasville and Can Bluff will remain closed until further notice. Hope this helps everyone.
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    Brian Sloss got a reaction from evilcatfish in 5/17/17 post flood report   
    11 Point: Got permission from the forest service to run from Greer to Riverton yesterday 5/17/17 to look for danger spots. I caught a ride from the Jone's in their john boat and did sort of a Hufstedler's/Eleven Point Canoe Rental scout trip. Here is the long and short of what we found. Starting at Greer, the first island, the the right fork is clear, but caution is needed. As you are going around the island you will come to a fairly sharp bend to the left, it is clear and easy and coming out of the bend I would stay in the center and go over the shallower center part of the river (the right and left bank have logs that can be troublesome. Then there will be a sharp right turn and you need to hug the inside bend as there are downed trees that can get you on the outside bend. Continuing downsteam, the next island, stay on the right fork the whole way, it is open, but the left has lots of trees down. Below Turner at fish Dam (normally 45 minutes below Turner, now probably 25-30 minutes), there is a big tree and root wad in the river that looks pretty nasty, but before entering that swift water, there is a small fork to the right that is clear, take it. Hall Bay shoals (the big rapid down from Boze Mill) has very big waves in it, stay far to the right or you will swamp your canoe in those waves. There was a tree all the way across the river, right before Riverton, but that is clear now. We are starting back tomorrow, but here are some general tips. The water is still high and quite swift, if you have kids or are not a good paddler with experience, you should wait a little longer for levels to drop. Stay in the bigger forks at splits in the river, except for the fish dam exception I laid out earlier. If a spot looks ify, stay away from it, don't go for it. Give trees in the river a wide birth. Greer, Whitten, Riverton and 142 will be open. Hopefully we can have Turner opened again soon. They had a big crew there grinding up trees yesterday, but it will be a while still. Thomasville and Can Bluff will remain closed until further notice. Hope this helps everyone.
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    Brian Sloss got a reaction from Phil Lilley in 5/17/17 post flood report   
    11 Point: Got permission from the forest service to run from Greer to Riverton yesterday 5/17/17 to look for danger spots. I caught a ride from the Jone's in their john boat and did sort of a Hufstedler's/Eleven Point Canoe Rental scout trip. Here is the long and short of what we found. Starting at Greer, the first island, the the right fork is clear, but caution is needed. As you are going around the island you will come to a fairly sharp bend to the left, it is clear and easy and coming out of the bend I would stay in the center and go over the shallower center part of the river (the right and left bank have logs that can be troublesome. Then there will be a sharp right turn and you need to hug the inside bend as there are downed trees that can get you on the outside bend. Continuing downsteam, the next island, stay on the right fork the whole way, it is open, but the left has lots of trees down. Below Turner at fish Dam (normally 45 minutes below Turner, now probably 25-30 minutes), there is a big tree and root wad in the river that looks pretty nasty, but before entering that swift water, there is a small fork to the right that is clear, take it. Hall Bay shoals (the big rapid down from Boze Mill) has very big waves in it, stay far to the right or you will swamp your canoe in those waves. There was a tree all the way across the river, right before Riverton, but that is clear now. We are starting back tomorrow, but here are some general tips. The water is still high and quite swift, if you have kids or are not a good paddler with experience, you should wait a little longer for levels to drop. Stay in the bigger forks at splits in the river, except for the fish dam exception I laid out earlier. If a spot looks ify, stay away from it, don't go for it. Give trees in the river a wide birth. Greer, Whitten, Riverton and 142 will be open. Hopefully we can have Turner opened again soon. They had a big crew there grinding up trees yesterday, but it will be a while still. Thomasville and Can Bluff will remain closed until further notice. Hope this helps everyone.
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    Brian Sloss got a reaction from JimmyV in Brian: Flood report please   
    Hoping to run the river in a john boat this week.  Forest service still has the river closed off
     
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