A Great Fishing Trip: Trout Fishing in Missouri

| 3/23/2011 11:46:00 AM

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A photo of the author, Caleb ReganThe second weekend of March, the weather broke just enough for me and a couple of family members to get out on a spring-fed creek (called Spring Creek, actually) and catch several pounds of trout while fly-fishing in southern Missouri, near Rockbridge.

I was skeptical at the outset, to say the least. My wife has been going down to this particular place for years, and she assured me I’d love it.

My skepticism was rooted more in hatchery fishing in general than any lack of trust I have in her outdoor pursuits. I’ve watched Gwen put myself and another guy (I’ll let him remain nameless) to shame dropping dove out of the southeast Kansas morning sky.

But with hatchery fishing, I’ve travelled several times down to Cassville, Missouri, and fished the Roaring River. I’ve also travelled further east and south, down near Alton, Missouri, to fish the Eleven Points River, which boasts the largest number of native trout in Missouri.

But I can’t think of a more discouraging feeling in all of my fly fishing and trout fishing experience – not getting skunked on the Arkansas River in Colorado, the Deschutes in Oregon, or the Yellow Breeches Creek in Pennsylvania; not watching a fisherman just down stream hauling them in; not even breaking the tip off my fly rod – than the times at Cassville on the Roaring River when I’ve hooked up with a fish, and as I’m playing it out, there’s four or five other guys shuffling in and casting into the hole I’m pulling the fish out of.

It’s the only thing – combat fishing – that can make me truly mad while I’m fishing, because it doesn’t feel like fishing at all. It displays a total lack of respect for each other and for fishing in general that goes against how I choose to interact with nature.

4/5/2011 4:46:26 PM

No way, Dave, I'm a Zebco rod and reel guy myself! I grew up fishing a Zebco 33 in our farm pond for crappie. Fly fishing is just another way of going after that stringer-full, I love it all. Stay Golden! - Caleb R.

Nebraska Dave
3/26/2011 1:43:08 PM

Caleb, I'm not a fly fisherman but I am a trout fisherman. I know that's almost sacrilegious but trout are fun to catch even with a Zebco rod and reel. Ok you can stop grimacing now. My annual trout fishing trip is in September in Northern Nevada. It's a cold water lake called Wild Horse reservoir. There's nothing better than eating trout cooked on the shore line while listening to the bird sounds and the water lapping on the shore. I'm guessing there might be another trip to Missouri to trout fish again. Have a great outdoors fishing day.

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