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I am in the middle of planning trip, and I have it narrowed down to few different sections on 3 different rivers.Current river options are as follows: Option #1 is rocky creek to van buren, and option#2 is jerktail landing to painted rock bluff. Now I'm looking for information about which float would have more smallies than trout, because that is going to be the main species we are targeting. Also wondering what the jet boat traffic will be like, since we will be in canoes. Anyone have an opinion of which stretch is more scenic if at all.

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Put in at Pulltite on sunday floated about 15 miles before setting up camp on a perfect gravel bar. Spent less time fishing than I'd of liked due to having to paddle the canoe with all of the gear. Ca

Not to churn up an old thread, however, I beg to differ about the trout. They are down there, just not as many as upstream, however much more wild so to speak. This one was caught by a buddy of

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It's a beautiful River. You'll be trout free in the section you're talking about fishing. On the weekend, there will be jet boat traffic. During the week, it usually isn't too bad. After school goes back in, it isn't nearly so crowded at all.

I'm quickly falling in love with the Current. For better or worse, I live far enough away that I'll only fish in a few times a year.

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The Current is great from Baptist to Big Springs. I prefer the upstream sections. Not many trout downstream of Akers; smallmouth throughout. The downstream sections tend to be wider and slower. I can't comment on picking between your options, but would probably consider ease of access.

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The Current moves along fairly well until you get below Van Buren, so it's not much of a problem doing that distance except in VERY low water levels. I will mention, though, that the accesses at Paint Rock Bluff and Rocky Creek are not normally used accesses, and not always easy to get to.

We looked for Painted Rock to use as a take out for a good long while and NEVER found it. Lol

The river flows and flows and flows. 10-12 miles is the pace I would suggest planning on.

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If you want to fish real hard, consider setting up base camp at Two RIvers, then float D1 from Jerktail to Two Rivers (6 mi), and D2 Two Rivers to Powdermill (8 mi) [plus a short hike to Blue Springs]. You can also make a nice D3 fishable float upstream the Jacks Fork from Eminence down to Two Rivers (8 mi).

I would expect good smallmouth in each stretch.

Two Rivers is one of my favorite PUBLIC campgrounds (less traffic, convenient river access).

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Thanks again for the input. Good the know that both put in accesses are not ideal. The Two Rivers area is where our stopping point would be on D1. Jerktail to powder mill sounds good as does adding the JF to the mix. Now I'm thinking maybe put in at Eminence on the JF to Two Rivers on D1. Two Rivers to Powder mill in D2. This will be my first trip to the Current in almost 15 years, and my first to the JF. I'll follow up with a report whether I choose this float or one of the other options.

Mike

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