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  1. As with any fishing trophy, particularly among familiars, there should be a terrific amount of ceremonial reverence, certainties, and backstabbing. So glad this has settled out - and particularly along the banks of such a well-revered fishery as the Eleven Point River. I am fairly confident that my siblings ( AND parents) would have devolved into more serious settlement strategy over who had the most enjoyable river experience. My work buddy and I resorted to dollar coins for each category of besting - not nearly so well organized. glad you are having so much fun with this amazing treasure of a watershed ! wonderful to keep extending such a legacy !
  2. DKMan - Walkup Stealth is EVERYONE’s challenge at Crane. I’m convinced it is > 80% of the game. Have never seen pike at Crane. My only Missouri catches have been on the ElevenPoint as mentioned elsewhere. But I’ve caught a ton up in Minnesota and Ontario, so will tell all to avoid getting fingers near the teeth. Can really do some nasty damage. When intentionally fishing for pike, we would use steel leaders. If you hook one -always change your Tippett.
  3. I got checked a few weeks back at Crane Creek, of all places. Great Conservation Agent, professional, interesting discussion, and some good fishing tips exchanged. Realized that he had hiked the trail maybe a mile from the Swinging Bridge parking lot to observe me wade fishing downstream, but waited until I fished my way back up to the lot before interrupting my solitude. After checking my license, asked me to show him the empty beer can he had seen me drinking earlier. Happened to have a fishing vest full of recovered cans, plastic bottles, styrofoam worm containers, and even a can of carburetor cleaner - plus a freshly emptied Busch can ! Glad to have them out visible and helping us protect our treasures.
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    Crane in May

    All advice here is spot on. Just to reiterate a few themes important from my perspective: A short rod ( not just lightweight) can be helpful to avoid hang ups. Stealth is more important than fly selection. I select from what I have more on demands of the current and depth, rather than anything else. each different section has its own charm. Enjoy it all. dont get too bummed if your initial outing is less than stellar. This is a challenging venture. I enjoy this creek just because I know it exists. Let us know what you find from your first time out. PS - Realize this has the potential to ruin trout parks for you.
  5. Thank you for the follow up. Surprised that rainbow are reproducing in the upper Current and totally amazed that there might be browns reproducing as well. Understand the beds and trying, but success goes against what I thought, but wonderful to contemplate. wonder if the fry are escapees from last spring’s flood out ? The rainbow in photo have nice part marks to indicate freshness. But the report of brown fry goes against everything I have heard in my indoctrination. Haven’t heard that Montauk is raising Browns.
  6. Beautiful photos ! Are those stream-born rainbow ? I didn’t expect to see any stockers with parr marks; but also didn’t think the Current was cold enough to support natural spawning.
  7. Outstanding photo ! Thanks for keeping us posted.
  8. This is a “kick-posterior” river for world-class wild trout fishing. Gavin is an SME. Follow his advice. I will also tell you that there are wild experiences to be had all along. If you need a place to stay, you can’t go wrong with Justin & Amy at Sunburst Ranch - right in the middle of the best trout waters.
  9. 2sheds

    Creek Level

    Stealth is the skill. Once you learn, you can master this outrageously wonderful place. have fun with it !
  10. 2sheds

    Creek Level

    True, there are several tressels to consider. When in the dry season, I like to park at the ballfields and fish downstream. Alternately, You can hike down the RR track from the ballfields and engage Crane Creek at a tressels, but be advised there are only about 100 yards or so of water before you hit private marked (purple) property. even more water if you park at the CCA lot on Swinging Bridge Rd (off Gresham Ford) and fish downstream.
  11. Thanks for the photos, Phil. Great to see semblance of normal access returning for those of us who love this riverway. Here's the deal about bridges. Most of the designed structure (and cost) is intended to to protect the forces pushing DOWNWARD. Smart to let gravity help the design. iIt is incredibly more expensive to add features that would prevent damage by substantial LATERAL forces (say something almost unheard of, as if a bunch of huge trees were yanked loose, floated up to the top of the river, and then became battering rams at at height of 40-50 feet while trying to knock the bridge off its sideways anchors). Never would have thunk it - significant taxpayer cost impact. Dang it, turned out that's exactly what happened ! 500-year event, according to current data+statistics. IMHO, this is the right design for Hammond & James. Also tells us why Patrick was "passed-over" by the "angel of death to bridges". I'm much more concerned about what our campground hosts and outfitters need to restore their livelihoods. We need to keep our eyes focused in that direction.
  12. My standard 11 Point float has been Greer to Myrtle. Thanks for the update on this access. Great to know you are finding the bronzebacks. We have also caught a few walleyes in that section on spinners drug very slow, but pound-for-pound the smallmouth are my favorites.
  13. Maybe I've been napping, but pretty sure that I need to see that "frenchy fly". Congrats on a great summer's day !
  14. Have fun ! We're rooting for you from Dallas.
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