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    Default Dodging the Runoff (Day 2) TR

    Continuing the search for some clear, running water. Guy in the local flyshop lets on that a stream just down the road (relatively speaking) is high, but clean and THE big bugs are coming off. I file that away as probable B.S.; why would someone tell that to a perfect stranger unless he?s running a misdirection or is planning to jump me on the stream, steal my sorry collection of gear and bury my remains in a shallow grave along the Interstate? After the tailwater adventure of the previous day, though, some action a bit closer to home base seems in order and the chance to toss some topwater stuff seals the deal.

    Part 1

    More like bwo weather but you take what you get




    different kind of speed goat, 1970 vintage (I think)




    pretty valley




    upper reaches are clear, as advertised; 2 more days and they?re fishable, too






    a little farther down; looks good, but still not legal






    starting the countdown



    someone?s got a problem with 19



    the magic number


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    Part 2


    two feet visibility. not going in much deeper; river's honkin along pretty good and the softer water along the banks looks to be the place for dries



    started with a big orange thing, got 1 refusal and a toilet-flush rise that I was late on. saw a few skwalas crawling around so switched out and started hooking up; browns, nothing heroic but nice and caught the way Tom Whiting and the guy who invented craft foam intended



    move downstream a bit, skwala seems to be losing it's edge. look up, see the swallows going crazy and the first of the armored hummingbirds make their appearance; switch back to the orange thing and for 4 hours life is very good. browns and 'bows, none of the run-ups but bigger than anything I normally see on this water

    beating around the bushes








    I feel like a peeping Tom










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    Part 3


    river is alive with bugs - caddis, March Browns, stoneflies big-and-small, all which would probably draw interest, but it's so much fun fishing the perch float I see no need to change.

    before



    after




    Things finally wind down about the time the sun drops below the cliffs so I pack it up and drive out. Pretty big water down low (only folks I see on the river all day are kayaking through here)








    maybe not snow-capped peaks but pretty country in it's own way











    looks like Sauron's eye







    my apologies to Josh for doubting him




    Regards,
    Scott

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    Between oil change / tire rotation and balancing and the months-early monsoonal thunderstorm of the day, I broke down and took the fly rod to the gravel pit lake down in the valley, chasing a carp. Never even had a grab, but I caught a half dozen bass, a half dozen crappie, two trout, two gills, and one green sunnie. Enough to take the edge off for a day or two.

    Local trib is in full runoff mode, will be a couple weeks before I can get across it to the river again. Oh well.

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    Didn't mention any stream names. On anything besides the Madison, Missouri or any of the other big name water that everybody and their siblings know about, that's considered hotspotting; bad form and not something I care to do.

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    Scott

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