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  1. joeD

    What's Cooking?

    Didn’t cook this evening.
  2. We spend thousands and thousands of dollars to catch nice trout in exotic locations and that’s okay. Some class warfare grumbling aside, no one blinks. Someone catches a monster in our backyard, and apparently a crime has been committed. As if he(us) , and the fish, is somehow undeserving of our respect and good will. Once again, I’d rather laugh with the sinners, than cry with the saints.
  3. Did pretty much the same trip with my son and 2 brothers-in-law years ago. No fish pictures. Never been back. About sums it up for me. Still. You gotta give things a shot or you’ll never know.
  4. Ahh. Not native. Eating stuff that “pure trout “ don’t. The Mark McGwire of trout. An insult to “natural “ fish everywhere. Therefore, I object. And, will never fish Taneycomo. Imagine. Trout in Missouri living in a river below a dam. The very idea.
  5. There is a banquet of smallmouth all over Missouri, yet some insist on voluntarily starving...
  6. Yeah, Mr Wrench, the preacher's daughter as an untamed firecracker, ahem, is most often, again, a myth. The whorehouse, however, produces, without fanfare or fuss. And can, in the right circumstances, be SUBLIME.
  7. The pursuit of a smallmouth Shangri La on some unnamed, hard to get, stream in Missouri in 2019 is a myth. Sure, one can catch 6 inch fish on some little esoteric tributary. Ooops, sorry. I forgot some people like to drive hours to catch minnows. (FU joeD, it's the experience, no, the JOURNEY, that matters). I don't get it. There is a smorgasbord of great smallmouth fishing in public, easy to access areas, yet, for apparently many, it is preferable to suffer in the name of "exploring," to spend hours researching and driving and going to streams that might produce a little fish or two. ( oh, sorry again, you had a 2 weight with a home made fly. Gawd). Oh, ...Oh... oh....now I get it. PRIVATE = SPECIAL SMALL= EXTRA SPECIAL SMALL PRIVATE EXTRA SPECIAL= SUBLIME FISHING EXPERIENCE HMM.......
  8. The pursuit of a smallmouth Shangri La on some unnamed, hard to get, stream in Missouri in 2019 is a myth. Sure, one can catch 6 inch fish on some little esoteric tributary. Ooops, sorry. I forgot some people like to drive hours to catch minnows. (FU joeD, it's the experience, no, the JOURNEY, that matters). I don't get it. There is a smorgasbord of great smallmouth fishing in public, easy to access areas, yet, for apparently many, it is preferable to suffer in the name of "exploring," to spend hours researching and driving and going to streams that might produce a little fish or two. ( oh, sorry again, you had a 2 weight with a home made fly. Gawd). Oh, ...Oh... oh....now I get it. PRIVATE = SPECIAL SMALL= EXTRA SPECIAL SMALL PRIVATE EXTRA SPECIAL= SUBLIME FISHING EXPERIENCE HMM.......
  9. Look at that tan swinger! Fabulous! In shape, wearing a wristwatch. Classic swimwear. Making things happen. BINGO!
  10. Poor buzz baits. They're like the neglected toys in the Toy Story movies. Still have 'em and use 'em.
  11. Shuttle was $10. Friday wasn’t charged. Just a tip for the driver. Who is the owner and very helpful.
  12. We're fishing. But, let's be real. The proverbial ball has to get rolling. An innocuous Friday started with a 3 miler about 4pm.( Did the same float last October with excellent results paddling upstream from the put-in, fishing a longish pool in rainy 50 degree temps.) No such luck this time. Beauty riffle half mile above put in produced fish . We turned around and headed downstream. Out of nowhere,( unpredicted on weather apps) (no signal btw in Saddle), a squall line descended upon us, while we were in a long slow and deep hole the middle of the river. The noise of the wind and the steady violent movement of the trees making its way upstream towards us made fishing moot and we tried to scurry to the bank. Too late. Heavy wind gusts actually tipped us over. We were close enough to the mud/tree bank to get to safety. My partner, however, lost two rods in the debacle. With wind and thunder and lightning around us, M bailed water out of the canoe while I dove into the stream to find his rods. And I did find one of them. After 45 minutes. Then, after bailing the water out of the canoe, my partner took off his wading boots and walked out into the stream with just wading socks, hoping to get a better feel of the bottom and recover his number 1 (and most expensive) outfit. He did. We laughed and shook our heads. Everything recovered, nothing lost, and most importantly, we're safe and unharmed. And we moved downstream. Caught fish too. A lot them. Nothing huge, but steady and healthy. Topwater action deluxe. Saturday was a 9 miler. A lot for us. The water level . We didn't know. There were quite a number of sporty, butt clencher rocky, tricky rapids. But we made it. If the water level and cfs were lower, it would actually have been worse. Getting out and dragging all the time on slippery rocks. Regardless, we caught so many fish. Lost just as many. Topwater action on fire. This stream just has so many personalities/characteristics its not funny. And fish. It's just different than Missouri. Part of it, I think, is the structure of the bottom, rocks and more rocks and slab rocks. They don't have the moveable gravel and mud that Missouri does. Whatever. Our Sunday plans amounted to packing up and leaving. F***! Rain. And more rain. Which turned out to be the right call, since the stream rose 6 feet. Some pix, Great trip. We caught so many fish Saturday, especially on top . This post has been promoted to an article
  13. About 18 inches. We caught easily 30 of these. Between 15 and 19 inches. They fought like gangbusters. They always had two or three just like them checking out the commotion as they were expertly brought to the canoe for release. We just cackled with laughter after awhile. Didn't bother with pix. An extraordinary day on a stream that still, to me, remains undefeated and untied as the best in Missouri.
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