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  1. Fishing/Trip Report 7/28-7/31

    The boys were so great on that trip that we had a new adventure for them this week. We took the 2 younger boys fly fishing for the first time in Southwest Colorado. We did an exhausting amount of hiking on a 12 hour fishing excursion but it was totally worth it. We all caught tons of fish! I am not sure who is more lucky, those 2 boys or their dads! What a way to end the summer!
  2. The second annual Andy Hart Memorial Fishing Trip was last week. A group of 8 (4 dads and their sons) got on the river on Wednesday around 1:00PM at Alley Spring. Our plan was originally to take out on Friday at Roberts Field and recreate a 2011 float that I took with my friend Andy who passed away suddenly a year and a half ago. (I posted about that trip on this board as well back in 2011.) Due to the spring flooding, Roberts Field was no longer an option forcing us to make the 31 mile journey to the Logyard. We floated and fished all afternoon on Wednesday and had a great time. The fish were biting steadily but only a few of any size. We did most of our fishing from the canoe as the current pushed us along. We camped that night on a gravel bar downstream from Eminence. Unfortunately one of us forgot a tent in the car back at Harvey’s Alley Spring Canoe Rental but fortunately on Wednesday night the sky was clear and the moon was nowhere to be seen so the stars were out in force. We stayed up a little later than necessary Wednesday night so Thursday morning came early. Because we had cell reception I could see that a storm that had rocked Kansas City and a lot of western Missouri was headed our way. Wanting to sleep more but knowing that we needed to pack up our gear before the rain started, we reluctantly began to break down camp. The forecast for Thursday looked very wet…and it was. Knowing that the day and night ahead looked to be rainy, we called Harveys to ask if they could deliver the tent that was left behind to Two Rivers. It rained lightly but steadily all morning long and there was a great deal of fog on the river throughout the day giving my 9-year-old son reason to belt out the Deep Purple riff of duh-duh-duh, duh-duh-da-na, duh-duh-duh-dunt-da from “Smoke on the Water” (he is a drummer in a rock band). I didn’t even know he had heard the song! Again on Thursday the fishing bite was steady but one canoe dominated the fishing from beginning to end on this trip and unfortunately it was not my canoe. As morning turned to afternoon we started to get an unexpected break in the weather and even some sunshine in the mid to late afternoon. Harvey’s very graciously helped us out and met us at Two Rivers at 1:00 that afternoon to deliver the tent that was left behind. But after Two Rivers the weather became increasingly favorable and we thought that we may have dodged a very big, wet bullet. We continued to float and fish and have a few cold beers here and there. We stopped to throw the Frisbee and play some catch with a water bouncer. The sunshine (and those beers) helped to make us complacent about any urgency to set camp early even though the forecast in the morning indicated rain until well after dark. When we got to Blue Spring we tied up the canoes at the riverside trailhead and walked up to see the beautiful, crystal-clear water – always a must see on this stretch of river. Upon returning to our canoes we noticed that it was starting to look a little dark again. Because it was getting late in the day, we discussed that we probably should have already made camp but we wanted to get past Blue Spring. It was probably close to 7:15 by this time and we had not been able to look at any forecast since early that morning so we didn’t know what was about to hit us. It quickly became very dark and then the skies opened up. There was almost no wind and there was no lightning or thunder. But the rain poured and poured hard! Our group of 4 canoes paddled down river in close proximity and thoroughly enjoyed the soaking we received. We laughed and shrugged it off as we paddled our way through the rain. It was coming down so hard that the canoes quickly began to take on water. As we started to discuss a need to stop to empty the canoes of water, the rain finally began to relent. We continued to make our way down river while looking for a good gravel bar on which to camp. As the rains came to a stop, we found a great spot around 8:15 or so, just in time to set up camp before dark. We then made a late dinner and even managed a meager fire to stare at for a couple of hours. Fortunately we had no more rain for the rest of the night and everything seemed to work out for us just right. We discussed that our friend Andy was messing with us and taking care of us on this trip to remember him. We spoke of him often and laughed at his expense just as we would have done had he been there with us physically. We lamented his passing and drank to his memory. It was what he would have wanted. It was perfect. We were able to get a little more sleep on Friday morning and have a more leisurely breakfast and camp break. We were back on the water again on Friday morning heading toward the Logyard. Friday was a beautiful day that was partly cloudy and comfortable all day. Again, it was more of the same. Steady fishing for one canoe with occasional fish for the other 3. As Friday wore on our peaceful river was more frequently being interrupted by the sound and the wake of the jetboats that flew by us and our trip was coming to an end. Great trip! Great Kids! Great friends! Great fun! I can’t wait until the next one!
  3. The second annual Andy Hart Memorial Fishing Trip was last week. A group of 8 (4 dads and their sons) got on the river on Wednesday around 1:00PM at Alley Spring. Our plan was originally to take out on Friday at Roberts Field and recreate a 2011 float that I took with my friend Andy who passed away suddenly a year and a half ago. (I posted about that trip on this board as well back in 2011.) Due to the spring flooding, Roberts Field was no longer an option forcing us to make the 31 mile journey to the Logyard. We floated and fished all afternoon on Wednesday and had a great time. The fish were biting steadily but only a few of any size. We did most of our fishing from the canoe as the current pushed us along. We camped that night on a gravel bar downstream from Eminence. Unfortunately one of us forgot a tent in the car back at Harvey’s Alley Spring Canoe Rental but fortunately on Wednesday night the sky was clear and the moon was nowhere to be seen so the stars were out in force. We stayed up a little later than necessary Wednesday night so Thursday morning came early. Because we had cell reception I could see that a storm that had rocked Kansas City and a lot of western Missouri was headed our way. Wanting to sleep more but knowing that we needed to pack up our gear before the rain started, we reluctantly began to break down camp. The forecast for Thursday looked very wet…and it was. Knowing that the day and night ahead looked to be rainy, we called Harveys to ask if they could deliver the tent that was left behind to Two Rivers. It rained lightly but steadily all morning long and there was a great deal of fog on the river throughout the day giving my 9-year-old son reason to belt out the Deep Purple riff of duh-duh-duh, duh-duh-da-na, duh-duh-duh-dunt-da from “Smoke on the Water” (he is a drummer in a rock band). I didn’t even know he had heard the song! Again on Thursday the fishing bite was steady but one canoe dominated the fishing from beginning to end on this trip and unfortunately it was not my canoe. As morning turned to afternoon we started to get an unexpected break in the weather and even some sunshine in the mid to late afternoon. Harvey’s very graciously helped us out and met us at Two Rivers at 1:00 that afternoon to deliver the tent that was left behind. But after Two Rivers the weather became increasingly favorable and we thought that we may have dodged a very big, wet bullet. We continued to float and fish and have a few cold beers here and there. We stopped to throw the Frisbee and play some catch with a water bouncer. The sunshine (and those beers) helped to make us complacent about any urgency to set camp early even though the forecast in the morning indicated rain until well after dark. When we got to Blue Spring we tied up the canoes at the riverside trailhead and walked up to see the beautiful, crystal-clear water – always a must see on this stretch of river. Upon returning to our canoes we noticed that it was starting to look a little dark again. Because it was getting late in the day, we discussed that we probably should have already made camp but we wanted to get past Blue Spring. It was probably close to 7:15 by this time and we had not been able to look at any forecast since early that morning so we didn’t know what was about to hit us. It quickly became very dark and then the skies opened up. There was almost no wind and there was no lightning or thunder. But the rain poured and poured hard! Our group of 4 canoes paddled down river in close proximity and thoroughly enjoyed the soaking we received. We laughed and shrugged it off as we paddled our way through the rain. It was coming down so hard that the canoes quickly began to take on water. As we started to discuss a need to stop to empty the canoes of water, the rain finally began to relent. We continued to make our way down river while looking for a good gravel bar on which to camp. As the rains came to a stop, we found a great spot around 8:15 or so, just in time to set up camp before dark. We then made a late dinner and even managed a meager fire to stare at for a couple of hours. Fortunately we had no more rain for the rest of the night and everything seemed to work out for us just right. We discussed that our friend Andy was messing with us and taking care of us on this trip to remember him. We spoke of him often and laughed at his expense just as we would have done had he been there with us physically. We lamented his passing and drank to his memory. It was what he would have wanted. It was perfect. We were able to get a little more sleep on Friday morning and have a more leisurely breakfast and camp break. We were back on the water again on Friday morning heading toward the Logyard. Friday was a beautiful day that was partly cloudy and comfortable all day. Again, it was more of the same. Steady fishing for one canoe with occasional fish for the other 3. As Friday wore on our peaceful river was more frequently being interrupted by the sound and the wake of the jetboats that flew by us and our trip was coming to an end. Great trip! Great Kids! Great friends! Great fun! I can’t wait until the next one! This post has been promoted to an article
  4. June 9th Prongs to Eminence

    I agree that a shorter float will be more enjoyable for you. 39 miles will not be a float, it will be a paddle with no time for fishing.
  5. Fishing/Trip Report 6/29-7/1

    There is nothing he loved to do more. I attached a photo of him from the Buffalo in 2013. This photo couldn't have been more than 50 feet from where my son caught his biggest fish of the trip. In both photos Red Bluff is in the background. I forgot to say in my original post that I am so grateful that his brother made the trip along with another friend all the way from San Francisco.
  6. My closest friend since first grade and I had an annual tradition of taking a multi-day float/fishing trip on an Ozark river. The two of us would plan the trips together and try to get others to join us. Many years we did get others to join, a few years it was just the two of us. He would travel from San Francisco every year just for the trip. My friend passed away suddenly in December so this year I headed up a group for a river trip as part of a memorial. For the First Annual Andy Hart Memorial Float Trip we went down the Buffalo River. We started out as a group of nine at Tyler Bend on Wednesday and we were joined by 2 more at our camping spot just up from Glibert. 5 of our group departed at Maumee and 6 finished off the trip on Friday at Spring Creek. Several of us brought our sons along on the trip and it was a first of its kind for each of them. The weather was fantastic for late June, early July and the water was low as expected. We all caught fish but we did our best to make sure our boys had the most success - and they did. My son caught over 20 fish in 3 days and several of those he caught were very nice sized fish. Crawdad baits of all kinds were the most successful with top-waters working well in the mornings and evenings. It was a beautiful trip with many memories and tears. We also had some adventure when a storm rolled through camp on night 2. I still have many rivers to visit in the Ozarks but I have yet to find one nearly as beautiful as the Buffalo. But next time I will bite off fewer miles and have more time to fish.
  7. Sounds like a wonderful trip! I spent 6 months in New Zealand with my (now) wife. It was the greatest 6 months of adventure in my life. Unbelievably beautiful scenery and incredibly friendly people. Trip of a lifetime! I can't believe I haven't been back in 15 years now! Looking forward to seeing some photos!
  8. First find of 2015

    My experiment showed that, of the ones I was looking at, most indeed got larger for several days before beginning to show signs of decay. A couple of them did not get any biger however. But the big ones have been popping up this week. Today's haul was my best yet. It is nice that i can wait to pick them until the afternoon on a day that i know I can go home and cook them up. This cool, wet weather over the last week seems to be doing wonders for these guys in the Tulsa area.
  9. First find of 2015

    Very interesting video Ness. I think I will hold off picking the little guys but I still am not sure how I am going to make a determination on when to pick. Luckily these guys grow in the forrest behind my office so I can go out there anytime, andy day.
  10. I have been scouring the same section of woods everyday for the last week and I finally found some morels! I found these this morning in the Tulsa area. Does anyone know when the best time to pick a morel is? Meaning, will the little guys get any bigger if I wait to pick them? Or should I assume that any morel I see is as big as it will get? As an experiment, I left 2 behind and took a picture of them next to a marker. I am going to go back this afternoon to see if they are any bigger.
  11. Holiday Float

    I agree that the rules (no cans without floating coozies on them, no loose empties, strapped or bungeed coolers, etc.) and the fines that they dish out in AR a big difference maker. But when floating the kings and Buffalo I feel like I see people actively filling their canoes with any garbage they find. I try to do that where ever I float but it just seems like it is a bigger problem in AR and MO. I am not sure what you consider local but I think anyone not looking for a floating party know to avoid most bodies of water on weekends in the summer. However, most of us do it from time to time anyway.
  12. Holiday Float

    I was there last Tuesday and the fishing was very good (I should go post a little report even though I'm late). But the thing I kept thinking was how disappointing it was to see how much trash is just discarded into that beautiful river. I had the same thought while floating the Illinois on Father's day. I feel like people in Arkansas are so much more interested in taking care of the rivers than the Okies and Missourans.
  13. Two Killed And A Couple Injured

    It does not take many jet boats on an Ozark river to make it a dangerous place to be. I try to avoid rivers on Saturdays in general but I do not, will not float on any river that holds jet boats on a Saturday. Many here are saying that this tragedy is a predictable outcome of the current state of our rivers. If it is predictable then it is preventable - at least to some degree. So what are reasonable measures that can reduce the likelihood of these tragedies? Isn't the best solution the one that looks out for the best case for the most people?
  14. Ramps By Dam?

    There is also one between the spillways just to the east of Disney.
  15. Overnight Float Trip

    When I go on an overnight I live in luxury. I bring an inflatable mattress, plenty of water, real food, snacks and plenty of fishing gear. If I was planning on a 3+ night trip then, and only then, I would be busting out the dehydrated stuff and filtering water. But that's just me. There is something very enjoyable about traveling light as well (some say "its the only way to fly") so I'm not judging. Enjoy!
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