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Looking for advice for a fishing float on the BP this coming spring and summer. A couple of old farts (60 - 70) in kayaks wanting to do a day trip. Were strictly catch and release and not concerned with trophy as much as with action. Any thoughts on stretches to fish or shuttle services or any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

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You are limited on shuttle services. Rarely use one, but think that boiling spring, rich’s last resort, wilderness ridge and Route 66 canoe are still in business. Andy @ Route 66 will run about anything you want during the week.

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Treehouse was really a character.  One time a buddy and I were going to float the entire Courtois Creek from up at Cub Creek down to Scotia, where Treehouse lived and had his canoe rental.  We drove into the area the night before, planning on seeing if Treehouse would shuttle us the next morning, but we were going to spend the night at an MDC campground across the creek from Treehouse's place and up the road a ways.  Just before dark, here came Treehouse in his old beat up truck into the campground.  We were the only ones there, since it was the middle of the week.  He told us the weather forecast was for big storms, and it wasn't a good idea to stay in that campground, since the little creek flowing through it was prone to flooding and we might be stuck in there half the next day.  He said, "Why don't you men come and stay in my campground.  Ain't nobody there now and I won't even charge you."

So we did, and he must have wanted somebody to talk to, because as soon as we set up camp, he came down with a big cooler full of beer and told us stories half the night...and wiped out the whole cooler of beer.

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Yes.  Quite a while back.  That documentary was made a long time ago...I'll have to ask Tom Shipley when it was made the next time I see him.  It was published on Youtube a year ago, but I think it was originally made back in the 1980s or 1990s.  Certainly Treehouse looked that old when we spent that night with him, and that was back in 1983.  The Scotia Bridge in the documentary was still the old wooden bridge, and it's been a concrete bridge for 30 years or so.

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Candy and I bought Brewer and Shipley's album: Cimarron River; while seeing them at The Focal Point some time back.  The song: Treehouse Brown, is on it.  It is interesting to learn for whom the song is written.

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