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Not sure where to post this but will try here. Has anyone fished Windrush this year? This is a private area near Cook Station, Mo where you can supposedly pay for a day of catch and release. I'm not sure they are still in operation. At one time they also owned a nearby place called Sprinrise but it is now private. Just wondered if anyone has fished Windrush and if so how was it?

Thanks

Dave

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Dave,

are you talking about that place down by Steelveel Mo.?

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The one south of Steelville was Springrise. It's now private. Windrush is near a small town called Cook Station and is about 20 or so miles south of St James. They were both owned by the same family at one time I believe. I'm told Windrush is still open but have never talked to anyone who has actually fished there so was trying to get a little info on it.

Dave

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I think Windrush is still open and it hasnt changed hands. Fished there last winter but I'm not sure what there current hours of operation are. If they dont return your call, talk to Tom Hargrove and see if he can get you in.

As for the old "Dude Ranch", "Springrise" operation...it was sold and closed for awhile..Its know called "Westover Farm" they have added cabins & sporting clays, etc and its open for C&R fishing a couple days a week. Cheers.

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As for the old "Dude Ranch", "Springrise"

Thats good gavin..."Dude Ranch"... sure you spelled dude right i.e. "Dud"...all kidding aside got a laugh outta that one.

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Three of us went to springrise (Westover) Saturday before last. We caught in excess of 200 trout. Lots of 6" to 8" fish, but 9 or 10 over 18". There are several fish in there from 4-6 pounds. Chamois worms, small jigs and roostertails did the best.

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Turp,

I thought Springrise was now private.

Dave

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westoverfarms.com

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Itis, but my buddy has been going there for years and they let us fish. They are making it a corporate retreat, building cabins all over. I don't know how long we can keep going there.

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Just viewed the link to " Westover farms" given by Terrapin Station.

Definately some big money being spent there by someone or several in what is in my opinion an endeavor to emulate...for lack of better words..."The way it used to be".

IMO these type facilities I fear will be one of the few options my grandson will have as he gets older.

Their website is attractive but to me is just a nicely presented sales pitch which is what it is meant to be...I would do the same in the same position.

You have to market your product or it is not much of an attempt for success.

It is a good honest, expensive attempt to offer the "best of both worlds" and I would say will be highly successful. Some will pay big bucks for this type of recreation.

At least it's their choice and their own money they are spending...which imo is not always the case.

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I wonder the daily cost for C&R as well as the quality of the trout fishing!

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The cost isnt outrageous...think its around $50 a day, and the prosti-trouts are ready and willing..Lots of fish if thats what you want, and some wicked huge fish too. Both are fun places to take a beginner for a couple hours. Cheers.

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The cost isnt outrageous...think its around $50 a day, and the prosti-trouts are ready and willing..Lots of fish if thats what you want, and some wicked huge fish too. Both are fun places to take a beginners for a couple hours. Cheers.

At that rate the return shouldn't take too long...seems high to me but I am not a wealthy man...guess money doesn't matter to thoses who have a ton of it, I'll never know, lol.

Not being a smarty gavin but what do you mean by 'wicked'

Guess it bothers me to have to pay for fishing period...due to state regs. we already are paying...I know less than most states but still...

This being private must one possess a fishing permit / trout stamp or do you know, just curious ?

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I detect a bit of class envy in your posts. You pay for what you get, but its not much different than fishing in any other trout park. Though I have to admit that its usually a more pleasant experience.

As for wicked huge fish..If you look for them its not hard to spot a 5lb plus fish, and occassionally you might see one or two in the 10-12lb rangs. Most of the fish run in the 15-18" range (2-3lb ave). Cheers.

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Nice...I may take a trip there this summer. $50 is ok for a pay to play kind of thing, but I almost prefer our wild trout streams to catching hundreds of fish.......

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I detect a bit of class envy in your posts. You pay for what you get, but its not much different than fishing in any other trout park. Though I have to admit that its usually a more pleasant experience.

As for wicked huge fish..If you look for them its not hard to spot a 5lb plus fish, and occassionally you might see one or two in the 10-12lb rangs. Most of the fish run in the 15-18" range (2-3lb ave). Cheers.

No envy at all gavin...sorry if i projected that...just wondered about the word 'wicked' not 'huge fish' and was curious about how the regs. applied it being private.

I have only boughten 1 tag for the parks many years ago and I understand to each their own...just was not the experience I was looking for.

cheers to you too my friend !

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No worries, meant to put an LOL, after the class envy remark, but forgot to do it.

It's private water, most choose to fly fish but bait is ok too...Most folks fly fish and C&R, but your paying by the pound, (or kill one accidentally) you pay the property manager for them and your paid reciept will allow you to transport your fish home (no limit on pay by the pound, no fishing license required).

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I fished Westover several weeks ago, so I can tell you a little about it. It's a really nice place, but I think that they are spending their money in some of the wrong places. Lots of 6 inches in the river, so many that you couldn't cast without getting a hit. This makes it hard to drift down for the big boys though. We did catch our fair share of decent fish, but honestly I expected a little more. The biggest fish seen all day was probably 4 lbs, I was hoping to see a few over 10 lbs. We asked the guy working and they said the biggest fish they raise were about 6 lbs last year.

Don't get me wrong those 4-6 lbs are nice, but when I'm paying $50.00 to fish I at least want a chance at some monsters. We only seen about a handful of those fish also. Needless to say we paid for a full day and left at 1:00 P.M..

Overall the stream has some potential, but not unless they change some things. I'm not knocking the place, but I expected too much. Just my honest opinion.

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I hear ya. It is what it is...you pay 50 bucks at the door and with a wink and a nod you get your rod bent for as long as you want. I do go for the fix once a year or every other year. But afterwards, I usually feel cheap and dirty ;-)

I haven't been since the new ownership, but it looks like they are pumping some serious cash into the place. I do think they'll do quite well however. Especially with the corporate retreat angle. Just thinkin' that most of us aren't the target market...

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JR and Terrapin,

Was that Windrush or Westover you were fishing. One is south of Steelville and the other is south of St James at a small town called Cook Station.

Dave

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Oooops, sorry Dave. Guess we went off on a tangent. I've fished both quite a few times over the years. Yes, Windrush is near Cook Station and owned by the Drennans and well worth visiting. IMO I've always preferred Windrush for its natural stream setting. The place formerly known as Springrise always felt too manicured for my tastes. Kinda like fishin on a golf course.

Looks like they are closed until September 14 and then only open on Fri-Sat-Sun.

http://www.windrushfarms.com/

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just checked westover out, and i can't say i'm impressed with their shooting operation, but the stream looks pretty nice and i wouldn't mind fishing it. $50 for a day of fishing is just real hard for me to justify right now.

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Randall, did you go by there? I know what you mean about parting with $50, that's a tough one to take. Just wondering, Thanks.

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I am pretty interested in both places as well. They are considerably closer to Kansas City than some of the other options. I dont mind the $50. Sometimes paying an extra $50 in gas to drive another couple hours, only to end up with 3 fish stings the ego. It is the type of place I would take a friend that is starting to show interest in fly fishing. Generally I am done early or sight fishing the bigger fish and I get to teach a bit. Hopefully I can get them hooked and then move them out to Taney for a weekend.

Every year Windrush seems to peak my interest about this time of year when I am starting to plan fall trips to Taney for the browns. I start to get that itch, I check their site, and they are closed for 2 months....

-Jerod

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vanven,

You wouln't be saving much time from KC to hit either of those places rather than Montauk/upper current or closer yet, the upper Meremac.

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