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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Midwest Fishing Trip


Returned from a fly fishing trip to the trout stream near my hometown in Lebanon, Mo. Had a fine fishing trip. The stream is in Bennett Spring State Park. It is less than 2 miles long and is fed by a single spring head which produces 100,000,000 gallons of cold water each day. The stream is spit into 3 "zones". Zone 1 is fly fishing only; Zone 2 is artificial only; and Zone 3 is for bait fishing. All seem to coexist peacefully - though quite crowded on weekends. Luckily, we were there for a full week beginning on a Monday, so it wasn't very crowded. The stream is stocked with rainbows and maintains a number of carry-over fish as well.

The stream ends in the Niangua River which can be great fishing as well - just downstream from the confluence with Bennett Spring.

On one partial day of fishing, I caught and released 14 healthy rainbows. Largest was about 16 inches.

The most productive fly was a size 14 or 16 Zebra Midge. The fish loved them!

This was the "dining table" in our small cabin.


  1. Saw this on flytyingforum...should we leave alone what is on the table? Hee hee

  2. Keep up the good work and share more interesting stuff with us..

  3. Beautiful glimpse of the nature, i love all the pics.

  4. Urban creeks are usually under appreciated, overlooked opportunities that provide great fun.