Monday, February 09, 2009

North Fork Trip Report

I fished with my good friend Kyle Kosovich for the last two days on the North Fork of the White river in southern Missouri. We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to fish at the River of Life Farm. Saturday night, we fished near the fals and caught several Rainbows on various nymphs including stoneflys and olive mohair leeches. Kyle was swinging a mohair and I was polish nymphing with a stone and a gold bead olive body nymph. At dark we deicided to call it a night and refuel for the next days long float.

Sunday morning came early and we were quick to assemble gear and grab Tommy, Kyle's brother in law. We put in at Kelly and started fishing the riffle just below the put in. We managed several fish coming on the same nymphs the day before. It is always good to knock the monkey off the back early. We noticed that the river was constantly rising--most likely due to the spring pumping out more water from the snow and ice this area had recieved in the previous week. All is well as the fish didnt seem to mind. Several riffles later, we were back to RoLF. We ate a quick lunch and I quickly tied a few flies to replace the ones I had lost to rocks, as we still had several miles of river to float.

The second session of the float was from RoLF to Blair Bridge. The fishing turned out to be just as good as the first part. Pretty SLOW. We managed 10 fish between the 3 of us Which came on stoneflys and caddis emergers. We saw many Bald Eagles (immature and mature) and even saw a family of otters near blair bridge.

It was a excellent day to be out especially with the 60 degree weather in February.