Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Trout Fishing Nirvana

This past weekend of March 28, 2 groups of fly fishermen joined us at Sunburst Ranch. Despite the rain and cold everyone caught fish and several fishermen boasted of a career trip. Tom Hargrove of T. Hargrove's fly shop in St. Louis came down with about a dozen of his regulars and they enjoyed a weekend of consistent hookups of both rainbow and brown trout. I had the priviledge of fishing with Steve Farr in his drift boat on Monday, and we each had steady action all day long catching mostly brown trout between Patrick bridge and James bridge. The other group of fishermen were old college buddies from Missouri State that came from an area of Bella Vista, Arkansas to St. Louis to try out the trout fishing. This was their first time to fish the river and while the weather prevented them from floating they had two good days just fishing the water here in front of the campground. I have posted a picture of a 17" brown that Jeff caught right off the island on the upstream end of our property.

The water is flowing great right now and the fish are biting. Everyone stayed warm this weekend in one of our 5 cabins, which are still being rented at off season rates. We would love to have more fishermen down before the weather gets too warm, and the river gets busy. Thanks to everyone who was down for a great weekend and a fantastic fish fry we were invited to at the riverhouse.

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