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Fishing/Trip Report 6/29-7/1


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My closest friend since first grade and I had an annual tradition of taking a multi-day float/fishing trip on an Ozark river.  The two of us would plan the trips together and try to get others to join us.  Many years we did get others to join, a few years it was just the two of us.  He would travel from San Francisco every year just for the trip. My friend passed away suddenly in December so this year I headed up a group for a river trip as part of a memorial.  For the First Annual Andy Hart Memorial Float Trip we went down the Buffalo River.  We started out as a group of nine at Tyler Bend on Wednesday and we were joined by 2 more at our camping spot just up from Glibert.  5 of our group departed at Maumee and 6 finished off the trip on Friday at Spring Creek.

Several of us brought our sons along on the trip and it was a first of its kind for each of them. The weather was fantastic for late June, early July and the water was low as expected.  We all caught fish but we did our best to make sure our boys had the most success - and they did.  My son caught over 20 fish in 3 days and several of those he caught were very nice sized fish.  Crawdad baits of all kinds were the most successful with top-waters working well in the mornings and evenings.

It was a beautiful trip with many memories and tears.  We also had some adventure when a storm rolled through camp on night 2.  I still have many rivers to visit in the Ozarks but I have yet to find one nearly as beautiful as the Buffalo.  But next time I will bite off fewer miles and have more time to fish.




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I'm sorry to hear of the circumstances,  but I believe that he would be honored.


Good times.  

Money is just ink and paper, worthless until it switches hands, and worthless again until the next transaction. (me)

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I agree. We should memorialize people we love by doing what they love to do.

Which is not mumbling hymns in a church followed by a pot luck dinner. (sorry. if you like that sort of thing, gosh bless and happy trails.)


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There is nothing he loved to do more.  I attached a photo of him from the Buffalo in 2013.  This photo couldn't have been more than 50 feet from where my son caught his biggest fish of the trip.  In both photos Red Bluff is in the background.

I forgot to say in my original post that I am so grateful that his brother made the trip along with another friend all the way from San Francisco.


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