Early January found me back on the Niangua River, taking my brother-in-law, Bob Weber, on his first fly fishing trip. Bob’s dad, Dan, joined us for this trip as well. It was a cold morning start, but the temps warmed up pretty quickly. We ended up sticking with the same Bennet Spring State Park Boat Ramp to NRO float that I have been doing and again, the fishing did not disappoint, even with a couple of new fly fisherman in the boat. Bob hooked up with his first trout on a fly rod early in the day, and Dan was able to stick a couple when we got out of the boat to wade fish in a few spots. All in all, it was another good day on the Niangua River, and it keeps me coming back for more.
Somehow, someway, I was able to talk my Dad into trout fishing with me at a family function the previous weekend. He and I hadn’t fished together in quite some time, well to be more exact, we haven’t fished together since I have taken up fly fishing. I picked up my Dad and Dan Weber (my sister’s future father-in-law) up at my parent’s house at 4:30am and we were headed down to the river. We arrived at the entrance to the Trout Park shortly after the whistle blew and purchased our trout tags and headed for the water. I was a step ahead today and had planned on playing guide to my father and his friend for the day, so I had 3 rods rigged (since they weren’t paying me, I was going to fish) and we headed to the top of the park. I had them drifting a bh larva lace midge near the top of the park. As I took on of thier rods to show them what they needed to do, I quickly caught a fish on my first drift. I don’t think that I have seen them laugh so hard. It was a blast to watch them fish the water near the top. As the day wore on, we decided to move downstream and around the park. Not much to report although in the limited about of time that I fished, I caught 4 decent sized rainbows — the biggest being 16″ all on a midge of some sort. We took off from fishing about 12pm and headed towards the I-44 traffic (man do I hate that traffic)……..