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The Blue Ribbon water on the Current River. It is full of brown trout, but midday during a summer heat wave isn't the best time to find them.
The Blue Ribbon water on the Current River. It is full of brown trout, but midday during a summer heat wave isn't the best time to find them.
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Part of the spring branch that feeds into the Current in Montauk Park. This section is quite pretty..but also allows bait fishing. It's too crowded to be worth a fly fisherman's time for the most part.
Part of the spring branch that feeds into the Current in Montauk Park. This section is quite pretty..but also allows bait fishing. It's too crowded to be worth a fly fisherman's time for the most part.
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Sorry for the low quality photo.....but this is the catch and release stream in Montauk State Park.
Sorry for the low quality photo.....but this is the catch and release stream in Montauk State Park.
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Finding fish is not difficult on the catch and release section.......
Finding fish is not difficult on the catch and release section.......
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A spring-fed pond in Montauk State Park
A spring-fed pond in Montauk State Park
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A side channel on the Current's Blue Ribbon section
A side channel on the Current's Blue Ribbon section
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The Ozark hills rising above the swampy waters of a spring-fed pond
The Ozark hills rising above the swampy waters of a spring-fed pond

Report at a Glance

General RegionOzark mountains
Specific LocationCurrent River
Time of DayPretty much all day....little gap in the afternoon when it was too hot
Fish Caughtstocked rainbow trout
Conditions & HatchesVery hot-morning temperature in 80s, but quickly rose up in the mid to high 90s range. Some morning tricos but that was about it in the hatch department, and few fish rising to them anyway. Water temp-didn't take it but it is always in the high 50s to low 60s

Details and Discussion

MotroutSeptember 2nd, 2013, 9:42 pm
Posts: 319
I got out this weekend on the upper Current River. Now Labor Day weekend is not the best time to hit the Current because it fills up with floaters something beyond what you would believe, and they are not for the most part well behaved either. So for the most we fished within Montauk State Park where floating is banned to get away from the party crowd. Montauk is blessed with a long fly fishing only area and even some catch and release water. As you may guess fly fishing is not so popular in Missouri, so this allows one to have a good time and have good chunks of water to yourself even on summer weekends.

I started in the fly fishing only section of Montauk State Park Saturday morning. Fishing does not open until 7 AM, so it was full light by the time I was able to start casting. But it was well worth the wait. The fly water was lightly fished at that early hour, and I had my pick of the abundant bouldery pocket water it had to offer. Nymphing produced well for the rainbows as it always does.

After a good while fishing the waters of Montauk Park, we did (very) briefly make it down to the main river, more to take in the scenery and get a few pictures than to fish honestly. This is a place we love to fish in fall, winter, and spring. We went to an access in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways along the Current's blue ribbon trout section. This section is prime brown trout water. It holds up fine during the summer but it just doesn't have the same feel. We did scare up a few browns but the heat was terrible for both man and fish and we did not even give it an honest effort.

After that we did make it back up into the fly water of the park for the evening bite. The section we fished earlier that day was the extreme upper reaches of the Current River. The stretch we fished in the evening is actually a small, short spring branch tributary. This water has the benefit of also being catch and release only. The fish are larger and more plentiful here than anywhere else, which is saying something. It looks and fishes like a classic chalk stream, but these are stocked fish which does take away a certain part of the ambiance. The fishing was pretty good though, and the country is pretty. I'll let the pictures tell the rest.
"I don't know what fly fishing teaches us, but I think it's something we need to know."-John Gierach
http://fishingintheozarks.blogspot.com/
TaxonSeptember 2nd, 2013, 10:15 pm
Site Editor
Plano, TX

Posts: 1286
Very nice, Motrout. Thanks for sharing.
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com
MotroutSeptember 2nd, 2013, 10:30 pm
Posts: 319
No problem, thanks.
"I don't know what fly fishing teaches us, but I think it's something we need to know."-John Gierach
http://fishingintheozarks.blogspot.com/
Jmd123September 3rd, 2013, 12:12 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2354
Hey MO, been through some of that area and it is BEAUTIFUL. Plenty of trout to be had, but you're right, this isn't the time of the year for MO's trout waters, unless you can find some spring-fed reaches without bait fisherman (Crane Creek, been there and it's lovely with wild rainbows, catch & release only!). When you get back there during cooler weather, show us some fishies from the Ozarks! I've been posting pics lately because almost no one else has and I know everyone's been doing at least SOME fishing!

Thanks for the memories!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
MotroutSeptember 3rd, 2013, 8:55 am
Posts: 319
When it gets cooler I plan to post some reports from our wild trout creeks. That's where my heart truly lies but 95 degree weather is not the time. October is usually one of the best months to fish them so hopefully I'll get on a few then!
"I don't know what fly fishing teaches us, but I think it's something we need to know."-John Gierach
http://fishingintheozarks.blogspot.com/
Feathers5September 3rd, 2013, 10:14 am
Posts: 287Thanks for the report. I get a kick out of seeing waters I'll probably read about and never get to fish.
CrepuscularSeptember 3rd, 2013, 10:15 am
Boiling Springs, PA

Posts: 917
Nice

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