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02-08-2011, 01:22 PM
I will be in the Branson area a few days the third week in May.
1) Are there any wadable trout streams for just a one day outing in the area?
2) Are there, within a few hours drive, any modestly priced trout stream-side accomodations suitable for a spouse and with internet (Facebook) access to keep her company while I'm wade fishing?
02-08-2011, 02:30 PM
Taneycomo is right there in Branson. It is the tailwaters of Table Rock Lake. Great access right by the hatchery, however, water levels can be a problem. Nymph with grey scuds or san juan worms.
Check with these people, they are GREAT to work with.
02-08-2011, 05:24 PM
You will be very very close to the White River in Arkansas. Stetsons, located in Fairview, is RIGHT on the White River. They have very nice cabins, with full kitchens, and at a reasonable price. You can walk out of your cabin, go 75 yards, and you're wade fishing for bows & browns. They also have jon boats to rent, and they have guides available if you want to be guided for a 1/2 or full day. They have a fly shop with all of the local flies, and AR fishing licenses. My wife & I have stayed at Stetsons a number of times, and have had a great time flinging flies. Check them out, and here is the link:
At Cotter, which is another great place to fish on the White, visit the Mountain River fly shop for anything your heart desires.
02-09-2011, 01:40 PM
Bill & Heavynets, thanks for the excellent info. I sure hope to make one of these. My oldest brother, who introduced me to flyfishing and managed to fish a stream in all fifty states, says his best trip of all was drifting the White River.
02-09-2011, 03:06 PM
Been a few years but Taneycomo is your closest and a good option if the river is wadeable. Check the release schedule.
Heavynets recommendation of river run outfitters is right on. Husband and wife shop and they are great. They can probably get you tuned in to the most recent release schedules. They are located just below the dam and next to the river. They also run drift boats from there if you are interested. If it is wadeable, there is a series of parking lots right there at the hatcherey, which in of itself is worthy of some time visiting. The couple times I have been I go to the lowest parking lot and ramp area. There down I have done well. There is a small trail along the river, excuse me lake, where you can get in and out. Definitely nymph fishing. Scuds and midges were best for me though as I said it has been a few years since I have been there.
03-19-2011, 12:15 PM
Very helpful, Hoosier. Thanks.
Has anyone tent camped at Bull Shoals-White River State Park (http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/bullshoalswhiteriver/)?
03-20-2011, 02:13 PM
Joe, it's been more than a few years for me, but I cut my teeth fishing on Taneycomo Tailwater. It can be an incredible fishery. Football sized fish. Scuds, midges and sowbug patterns work best. Also the night fishing can be incredible. Definatley check out River Run Outfitters, also Lilley's Landing is a great place to stay right on the River and they also rent John boats if the water is running. The owner is an avid fisherman, he does both spin and fly but is very knowledgeable. http://www.lilleyslanding.com/
Also, be aware that personal fishing space is much smaller on Taney that what most consider here in Tennessee. However you can still find plenty of places to get a bit away from the crowds. Good luck and if you have any other questions you can all give me a shout at the shop.
03-20-2011, 06:34 PM
Thanks, Kris. I just now booked lodging at Lilleys' Landing. My nephew, a fly angler, is getting married in the Branson area in May. The next day I plan on flinging some scuds, midges and sowbugs at Taneycomo for a few days. I will definitely contact you.
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