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1/23/2008 Fishing Report

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No not really But I guess I might be a little harsh but lets really think about it isn't that what makes a great fisherman some one that can adapt to any enviroment. I bet there would be alot of people out there that would be lost just not Leonard. So Yes again might be a little harsh.

But I will still stand by this statement that I bet Trav is a lot better fisherman than Leonard. Just going on what I have read on this site.

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Trav..... a legend in his own mind.... :lol:

Couldn't have said it better. I'm continually amazed at what he writes.

Greg

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I usually don't respond to posts when there is mud slinging involved but will this time. I don't know Leonard or Trav personally, but I assume each is a good fisherman in his own right. I don't look at trout fishing as a competition between anglers. From reading this forum, it seems like Leonard has went out of his way to help other anglers catch fish. He has guided people on this forum, fished as a non-guide with people on this forum, and given his secret fly to people on this forum and gave them the info on how to fish it. Trav is a legend in his own mind, he is probably a great fisherman but hasn't helped many people on this forum catch fish. I'm not saying he has to help me or any other person on this forum, thats his choice. But when you get down to it, this forum was designed so people could post reports and helpful tips to help each other. If I was to go to Taney, I think I would fish with Leonard anyday. Trav might be a better fisherman, who knows, but his boat is not big enough for him, his ego, and me. JMHO

Dennis

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But I will still stand by this statement that I bet Trav is a lot better fisherman than Leonard. Just going on what I have read on this site.

Who really cares who is the better fisherman? I certainly don't. They fish 2 completely different areas of the lake and fish 2 entirely different areas. It's an apples to oranges comparison.

That's why Trav's statements regarding "coming down to the lower lake" and putdowns of the upper lake are pointless. Most of us that fly fish the upper lake have no interest in fishing the lower lake. I certainly don't. I enjoy what I do irregardless of not catching these "monster browns". Like a lot of fly fisherman on Taney I generally catch average sized trout with the occasional 20" or above brown or rainbow thrown in for excitement. I'm content with that because for me it's the quality of the entire fishing experience not the size of the fish. I make a good living and could certainly afford a boat to fish the lower lake but I'm just not interested.

Greg

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I would rather catch dinks allday on one of my flies than to catch a so called monster on powerbait. Thats just my opinion though

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OK maybe they both are great FISHERMAN at least Trav is not re-naming lures that he is buying. Let me think oh yes PMS,TNS both flies are sold world wide in shops. Not for sure who first tied the Pine marabou sculpin but I know for sure it was not Leonard because I have fished it for about 15 years. I first picked it up up in a shop out west in Yellowstone. I picked it up thinking that it would be a great small mouth fly

Second is the TNS I wonder what Mr. Story from St. Louis would say, I'm sure he would say whatever but for most of us we know the truth and he should start telling it.

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John

Haha

I appreciate your knowledge of the obvious and am glad you came to my defense.

Although Leonard makes a valid point. There are big fish all over the lake. I was just trying to convey that your odds of catching more of them increase in deeper water.

As far as his pics, I catch fish of that caliber on a weekly basis. My guess is that neither one is over 6 pounds. But photos can be decieving.

Anyway, Anybody can catch fish above branson. It takes a little "time-in-grade" to go below roark creek and do the same. I dont have to emphasize that fact. Just ask anyone who knows the lake and they will agree.

To all you demurring sorts........

When it comes to my ego, or any self-inflating perceptions I may have, you can say what ever you want to justify the way you handle your own covetousness.

My notion is, until you can say you spent 2000 hours a year on Taneycomo, upper or lower, Your opinions of my abilities are absolutley insubstantial.

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