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Fished 6-22-07


DeepDiver75

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Drove down from KC for the day to fish on Friday. I spent most of my time in the park but I did go down to the main access and fish for about an hour. Started at the riffle in front of the canoe launch and worked my way downstream to just before the boat ramp. Started off with a san-juan(red) point fly with a copper john dropper. No bites so I started switching up the dropper and adjusting my depth and weight trying to find the right combination. Never found it today, ended up with only one small rainbow where normally I have done better. Still enjoyed the fishing, the fish just won this round. Off topic, but are there any of you that float the river in a personal pontoon when the canoe traffic isn't bad? I have just purchased one recently and was looking for someone to float with. I figure the Niangua would be a good moving water for a beginner like me (under normal flows).

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Thanks for the report. Fishing the Niangua on my kick boat is my "home water" and usual tatic. Im from KC and typically go alone (not by choice; I always go during the week) and the kick boat was the perfect solution since I am not the best at handling a canoe alone. It works great except for a few long slow pools that require paddling. The stretch from the Bennett access to NRO or NRO to the take out just after Barclay are both good day floats if you fish the fishy spots pretty hard. Send me a private message and we can exchange numbers if you want to try and make a trip together.

How was the water? I am hoping it has had time to clear up some, I need to get down there this week!

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I floated it a week and a half ago in a canoe. I had taken my pontoon on a canoe trip with some friends and family. However, my pontoon was massively slow in comparison. So I didn't take it to the Niangua the next week. However, I would imagine it would fish great. The water is pretty high. You could check in with NRO and I'm sure they would shuttle you up river for very little. It's a good stretch from Bennet to their pick up spot to their camp- probably 5 or 6 miles. You could float tube it in four or five hours and have time to stop for all the honey holes.

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