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.
Posted by Byron Haugh at 10:35 PM