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Roaring River has recovered from the flood,fishing has been very good for the past two weeks, still not much dry fly fishing but woolybuggers, streamers Copper Johns,pheasant tails, Zebra midges in bright colors,  have all been doing very well bright, pink bright, yellow bright orange, and bright red, San Juan  worms are also doing very well as are egg patterns in orange,orange/ white ,pink and, chartreuse 

 I think most people are catching the biggest fish on power bait in zone 1 I have been fishing with sinking lines, on my 8 and 6 wt. fly rods. River is in pretty good shape not clear yet the clearing quickly.

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So where do the big browns come from?  I remember when they started stocking stocker size back in the mid 80s, they seemed to really stand out to me.  Would be surprised if something that big would last too long in a stream that small.  Would stand out like a  big ole log I would think.  

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The MDC usually stocks 12-14 inch browns, and you would be surprised at

how many make it to 18".

and we see 5-8 pound browns every year, and the MDC only stocks a few each year at RR

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They are elusive.  Remember they would come up to a dry fly, circle around it then drop back down or go ahead and take it, not just pounce on it.  You could tell they were really pondering what it was they were looking at.  Need to get back down there one day.   

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The Folly family fished RR trout park today. Water was still pretty dingy and the fishing was pretty slow. Livie caught both banded and Ozark sculpins. The one Ozark sculpin had a surprise in store, another smaller sculpin that it had eaten. The small sculpin was still alive, but just barely. When Livie let the two of them go, she swears that the large one ate the small one again.

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I did catch a couple of nice trout on white and also on salmon colored 1/125 oz microjigs with a small split shot above the jig.

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