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It's been a mighty long time since I have seen or heard of a big (lunker class) brown being caught in the Niangua... Anyone care to expound on these stories a bit? I'd sure love to hear a confirmed recent story or see a pic of a "big brown" from the Niangua..

Anyone?

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It's been a mighty long time since I have seen or heard of a big (lunker class) brown being caught in the Niangua... Anyone care to expound on these stories a bit? I'd sure love to hear a confirmed recent story or see a pic of a "big brown" from the Niangua..

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That was always a mystery to me as well. Years ago, we just waited until they moved into zone 3 during july and august. Where they came from, I have no idea, they just started appearing as the river water warmed up. We could use doctored flies back then, now we can't, so I haven't fished for them since the reg changes. Many a large brown started showing up in zone 3 during the late 80's. Many large browns were caught and released by fly fishermen. Not so much by the bait guys. I know they are still there, but I have no desire to fish for them with anything other than flies, which of course are illegal now thanks to Jim Rodgers.

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but I have no desire to fish for them with anything other than flies, which of course are illegal now thanks to Jim Rodgers.

Can you expand on this?????

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According to Jack Bushacker, who attended the discussion on the regulation changes, Jim R was a leading proponent pushing for the reg changes. His influence as concessionaire may have had some bearing on the outcome. We are not sure why he pushed so hard for the changes. We can only speculate that some of his zone 3 buddies were behind the push and original proposal.

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That was always a mystery to me as well. Years ago, we just waited until they moved into zone 3 during july and august. Where they came from, I have no idea, they just started appearing as the river water warmed up. We could use doctored flies back then, now we can't, so I haven't fished for them since the reg changes. Many a large brown started showing up in zone 3 during the late 80's. Many large browns were caught and released by fly fishermen. Not so much by the bait guys. I know they are still there, but I have no desire to fish for them with anything other than flies, which of course are illegal now thanks to Jim Rodgers.

And that's the history as I recall it too.. During that time period (and into the mid 90's) fishermen who are greater than I were reporting large (3+ lb) browns as far down as Prosperine (rarely, but they WERE there, I've hook a few and seen others on gigging trips) I recall one fishing trip in 1997 when I caught one that was 22 inches.

I've heard of folks hooking them in Zone three recently, but I can't drum up one report (local or otherwise) of a "big brown" out of the river itself since the 1997-1998 area, not even the giggers I know. (and yes, they would tell me, these guys are strict C&R of gamefish, we grew up together)

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It's been a mighty long time since I have seen or heard of a big (lunker class) brown being caught in the Niangua... Anyone care to expound on these stories a bit? I'd sure love to hear a confirmed recent story or see a pic of a "big brown" from the Niangua..

Anyone?

Lunker class, I don’t know, but a couple of pretty nice fish from this spring. Brown one has a stoneroller and sculpin sticking out of his mouth. Pretty cool, this fish was so aggressive it had more than it could swallow in its mouth and still attacked my bugger. That fish also had twin vertical scars on each side. Maybe gig marks? My nephew Art is holding Brown two. I guess these fish have held over for a couple of years, probably against great odds. My apologies, I think I may have had one of these pictures in a previous post.

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His father touches the Claw in spite of Kevin's warnings and breaks two legs just as a thunderstorm tears the house apart. Kevin runs away with the Claw. He becomes captain of the Greasy Bastard, a small ship carrying rubber goods between England and Burma. Michael Palin, Terry Jones, 1974

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