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  1. Float Report - May 26 - 28

    Thanks for the report, and interesting. What did you think as far as gravel bars? Any new or old ones now gone? Any other changes of note?
  2. With the JF closed the wife & I needed a back-up. We decided the Courtois as Plan B, and we were pleasantly surprised. Echoing Oz Hawksley, a clear water gem. And only 100 miles from St Louis. Rented from Bass River Resort - I give very high marks to the service. Traveled Berryman to Scotia over three nights. A bit short for that time but we slowed the trip down to account for it. Saw very few people, which was unexpected. I thought we would see many. I suspect had we gone a week or two later the number of people would have been higher. The river was flowing nicely. Fishing in general was good and one stretch we paddled back up we caught or had hits on every cast. I really enjoyed the top water bite. My wife caught her personal best 17 inch 2.7 lber. Had to portage around two trees - I suspect they will be cleared before long. Add the two low water bridges and that meant a lot of loading & unloading the canoe. A lot of trees in the water meant we lined quite a few times. Overall reminiscent of the upper JF in spots. A bit too many dirt/mud banks in my eye to give really high ratings for scenery, but not every stream can be the JF.
  3. Brian: Flood report please

    Check out Brian Sloss on Facebook. He has some pics posted.
  4. Eleven Point Float Trip in 1956

    Nice! Trying to figure if the reference to the the green hole at the base of a cliff is Stinking Pond? The third drawing could be if you take into account artistic license?
  5. High water

    That might be a post just to a bit of trolling and it might be perfectly legal but it's also selfish and greedy.
  6. Early Fall Float Trip

    Understood & thanks.
  7. Early Fall Float Trip

    Thinking of floating the 11P about the 20th or so of October. How would it be fishing at that time? Would think the trout like the cooler water, but would the smallies have moved out?
  8. What is This?

    Certainly an oddity for us. We have floated the 11P for five nights for the last 15 years and we have never caught one before. As a general note both were caught just a bit above 142.
  9. What is This?

    Clear water on a husky jerk. Reading on the skipjack this seems like an oddity in the 11p.
  10. Float Sun-Fri

    The annual float w/one of the brothers and his high school buddy. Always excellent service from Mike & Wendy (and Shorty) at Hufstedler's. Fishing was fair, with one nice fish. A 19 inch 3.3 lb pig of a rainbow. Caught on a marabou jig purchased from Lilly's Landing.
  11. What is This?

    Floated the 11P Sun-Fri. My brother caught two of these, this one being about a pound. Anyone able to identify? Not sure what it is.
  12. July 13-14 Fishing report

    Mark, what were you guys throwing at them?
  13. 6/10 float

    Just assume the jet boats will be out Saturday. Expect more than a couple that way if there are just a few you're pleasantly surprised! Not on the river until early August, so give a report so I can live through you for now.
  14. Hammock Camping?

    Is it legal to cut live wood on the JF?
  15. May 19-23 Float

    From the Prongs to Alley. Nothing much to report on the fishing. Fair at best over the trip although did pull a 17 incher. Many many people on Saturday, gravel bars must have been full. Unfortunate enough to have a group of three guys camp about 150 yards from us who talked in loud voices for six straight hours (geez, they liked John Wayne & MASH and complained about pay and their wives). It was very hard not to yell STFU, but thinking that would have not been overly positive. Pretty inconsiderate. Here are a couple of pics. Used different shutter speeds. The one of Jam-up in the afternoon as light gets back there plus I bought a couple of flashlights to light up the waterfall.
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