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Took a trip down to the park for a few days with some friends and family. Before i went down I had challenged myself that i would only use the fly rod in an effort to see if this was something for me or i should go back to my spinning rod ways. It had been a while since i had fly fished for trout and the conversion back from bass fishing was a tough one for me, a lot of missed strikes and hook sets that left a fly in the mouth of some unwary fish. The group I was with did well with rooster tails and marabou jigs under indicators. For me the best flies were Glow bugs in pink and yellow although i got a few strikes and rises (that i missed) on caddis's and daves hoppers. i also picked up a few nice trout in the catch and release zone on an olive wolly bugger. all in all by the 2nd day i had my mojo back and while i still need alot of work felt pretty good about the fishing on the whole.

The first day we got down was the day after kids fishing day and the park was still fairly well packed, we rolled in and started fishing around 10 and i really think the amount of pressure had put a lot of the fish off

saw a great amount of wildlife including my first armadillo the wasn't smashed on a road and over 40 box turtles on the roads on the way down. we also had a indigo bunting that hung around camp all weekend. there were a TON of snakes out, mostly harmless but i did come across one or two water moccassins up near the hatchery by the catch and release zone and the pools downstream of it.

wanted to get down to the blue ribbon section but just couldnt find the time

was going to attach a few pics but they are too big to attach ...maybe ill figure it out doubt it

Fish always lose by being "got in and dressed." It is best to weigh them while they are in the water. The only really large one I ever caught got away with my leader when I first struck him. He weighed ten pounds.

—Charles Dudley Warner

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Nice report, thank you. I like your method of getting back into fly fishing. I am still new to it, I have caught 1 small bass on it, but nothing else yet. I am getting better, but it only gets used a couple of times a year.

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i was tempted a few times to pick up the spinning rod, but once you hook into one trout on a fly rod its tough to ever go back

i forgot to mention i met some really fantastic people who gave me a lot of good advice on flies and techniques while walking the fly fishing and campground sections, really fantastic that they wanna help out a younger guy who is clearly a novice still...so if it was any of you on here thanks!

Fish always lose by being "got in and dressed." It is best to weigh them while they are in the water. The only really large one I ever caught got away with my leader when I first struck him. He weighed ten pounds.

—Charles Dudley Warner

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Took a trip down to the park for a few days with some friends and family. Before i went down I had challenged myself that i would only use the fly rod in an effort to see if this was something for me or i should go back to my spinning rod ways. It had been a while since i had fly fished for trout and the conversion back from bass fishing was a tough one for me, a lot of missed strikes and hook sets that left a fly in the mouth of some unwary fish. The group I was with did well with rooster tails and marabou jigs under indicators. For me the best flies were Glow bugs in pink and yellow although i got a few strikes and rises (that i missed) on caddis's and daves hoppers. i also picked up a few nice trout in the catch and release zone on an olive wolly bugger. all in all by the 2nd day i had my mojo back and while i still need alot of work felt pretty good about the fishing on the whole.

The first day we got down was the day after kids fishing day and the park was still fairly well packed, we rolled in and started fishing around 10 and i really think the amount of pressure had put a lot of the fish off

saw a great amount of wildlife including my first armadillo the wasn't smashed on a road and over 40 box turtles on the roads on the way down. we also had a indigo bunting that hung around camp all weekend. there were a TON of snakes out, mostly harmless but i did come across one or two water moccassins up near the hatchery by the catch and release zone and the pools downstream of it.

wanted to get down to the blue ribbon section but just couldnt find the time

was going to attach a few pics but they are too big to attach ...maybe ill figure it out doubt it

Montauk is the only place I've ever seen an indigo bunting in MO (well, once in Rolla when I was a student.) But at Montauk in April/May you will see many.

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