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Buddy and I looking to do a 2 day trip this weekend on Current, kayaks.  He will probably need to rent one, I hopefully will have a new one by then.  We've done most/many Ozark streams, but Current is always too busy in the summer, so first time for an overnight.  Looking to put in Friday afternoon, camp Friday/Saturday night, off by noon Sunday.  I'm eyeballing Round Spring to Two Rivers.  We will be fishing leisurely and don't want to have to hurry, but also don't want to be done too fast, and prefer as much solitude as possible. Prefer smallmouth over trout if given the choice, but not a big deal either way.  Any suggestions both for the area to float and outfitter that has decent kayaks?  Thank you in advance!

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After reading a few trip reports, worried about jet boats on that stretch, although maybe February would be OK?  Any 20ish mile stretch that is better?  I know water levels will be low.  We will pay to have cars ferried to take out as well.  Thanks.

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Akers to Pulltite sucks in terms of fishing but it is a very scenic float.  Pulltite to Round usually produces better but not great. Round to Two Rivers is the better water. 

 

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If it were me, I'd think twice about starting at Pulltite if you're seriously fishing.  This time of year, you have about 6 or 7 hours a day of prime fishing time...it is seldom very good before 9 AM or after 4 PM, and you'll want to be setting up your camp by 5 PM at the latest.  And the lures and techniques you use will take time, because even though we're supposed to get decent weather all this week, the fish will still most likely hit something fished slowly. You should be paddling through a lot of water to fish the bigger, deeper pools. Round Spring to Two Rivers would be all I'd want to do for a 2 plus day trip this time of year. 

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We did Pulltite to Two Rivers weekend before last.  Weather was pretty good, although unexpected rain starting late Friday night lasted until mid-day Saturday, causing it to be quite a bit chillier than predicted.  I agree that is a long float with a south wind if you wanted to fish much.  River was great, pretty easy going, only saw a couple boats.  The band of horses galloped right by, which was quite awesome.  Fish weren't biting, but the beer was cold, fire was warm and conversations were great.  New Asend kayak worked out well, could do 4 or 5 days with the gear we brought no problem.

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