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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.
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    Current below Montauk 1/12

    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.
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    Current below Montauk 1/12

    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.
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    Unmarked trout stream

    Great fun to explore these treasures.
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    The tradition continues

    Outstanding photo ! Thanks for keeping us posted.
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    Boating on the River

    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.
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    Creek Level

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

    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.
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    Myrtle Access and Fishing Report

    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.
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    Hitting creek for a rainy Friday.

    Maybe I've been napping, but pretty sure that I need to see that "frenchy fly". Congrats on a great summer's day !
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    Hitting creek for a rainy Friday.

    Have fun ! We're rooting for you from Dallas.
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    2 or 3 night July float - Help

    Float Camps are designated spots managed by the US Forest Service. Most coincide with a creek feeding into the river. By design, each has a canoe landing (generally with tie up rings), fire pit, flat spot to pitch a tent, picnic table, and latrine. After a high water flood, it's not certain that all is matching the design. During my 1st times on the 11 Point (20 years ago), there were discrete signs on the river to point out the locations. Today, I fear most signs are absent. So you need to be following a map with topography clues and watching for a creek Inlet along the correct shoreline. Greenbriar is a small bluff overlooking the main river and Boze Mill is obvious from the large spring feeder. But the others are much more subtle. Can be fun to hunt them out along your way. Once you find the first one, it's easier to find the next.
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    2 or 3 night July float - Help

    Jeff, Significantly fewer gravel bars than you find on the Current. But there are a few good gravel pile ups along the shore that make nice campsites (inside Horseshoe Bend, across+downstream from Connor Spring), plus some decent Float camps (Stinking Pond, Greenbriar, Bose Mill) that Make for great river camping options. And if you float a 3rd day down to the Narrows at H142, the Morgan Springs float camp is my favorite with lots to see if you arrive early enough for a hike up to the top of the Narrows followed by a plunge into Morgan Spring back near river level.
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    Checking in on Progress.

    We stayed at the Sunburst Lodge in late June. Great accommodation if you've got a large group (14 or so). Absolutely no downside from the flood. The Hanger at Sunburst is also available for slightly smaller groups. Floated successive day trips from Sunburst (between Blair & Patrick Bridges) down to The Landing (just above Dawt). Water is a bit higher and faster than normal for this time of year, but crystal clear and refreshing. Plenty safe and enjoyable to float, but lots of trees down lining the banks that hid most of my landmarks. Caught a few nice browns, but didn't tie into big numbers. Need to learn more about fishing the Northfork when water is moving like that. Unfortunately, the Sunburst campground and everything with it near river level was totally swept away. Justin and Amy are well into their rebuilding plans and hope to have camping services and a bathhouse ready for next summer. They've got several fundraisers going and would certainly appreciate everyone doing what we can to support and to spread the word. River of Life was also seriously damaged. I know less about Myron's plans, but am sure they are also needing support from us river rats. Some of the historical access points are not (yet) viable. And one of my favorite spots of solitude, Althea Spring, caught a lot of washed in debris that made it almost unrecognizable when I hiked over. Last to report is the Riverstrong project, intended to establish support for a forward-looking strategy of trout conservation on the Northfork. Enjoyed catching up with river-friends at the successful June 15 Fundraiser event at Schafley's in StL. Thinking in hindsight that it would have been fun to disclose all of the OzarkAnglers pen-pals who happened to be attending so we could have met face-to-face. Folks can check here https://gladitood.com/projects/riverstrong#overview and elsewhere to learn more about Riverstrong. Bottom Line: Make no mistake, hardworking folks of all kinds were hit very hard and it will be a long recovery that needs support from all directions. But the river is a powerful force and is likely to surprise us with its resilience. James Bridge (SH-PP) - Before and After James Bridge (SH-PP) - River Level on 6/19/2017 Found: One River House - 1 mile Downstream and Across Back Porch - The Lodge @ Sunburst Fireplace Front Porch
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