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Agnew’s Black River Fish and Float

Posted by Al Agnew on August 28th, 2014

black river

I heard it explained one time that a 20% chance of thundershowers doesn’t so much mean that there’s a 20% chance that it will rain; it’s probably going to rain somewhere in the region, but there’s a 20% chance that it will rain on your head. I was thinking about that early in the afternoon yesterday as I watched a big thundercloud appear to the east of the part of Black River I was on. I don’t particularly like doing overnight floats when there’s a chance of thunderstorms, but the forecast had said that there was a 20% chance yesterday for the Lesterville area, and 60% today. I decided to take the chance on the 20% with the plan to get off the river by around noon today. read more…


First Smallie

Posted by Phil Lilley on August 28th, 2014

Meremec Smallmouth 2

On Fridays during the summer, my employer let’s you take a half day if you work an extra hour the rest of the weekdays, so with a forecast for sun and a heat index of 105 I figured what better way to spend it than by going fishing! Well I wasn’t too excited for the heat, but I’ve had things going on with the little ones at home the past couple of weekends and I hadn’t been out fishing for a while. Today fishing sounded good, regardless of the temps I was going to wet a line. read more…


First Norfork brown trout

Posted by Phil Lilley on August 28th, 2014

norfork brown

Took a little weekend trip with a few buddies of mine up to the White River last weekend. We decided to run up to the Norfork River one morning and fish it for a few hours. It was new waters for me, but I had a good farmer buddy show me the ropes. He was fishing in another boat ahead of me. We floated down from the darn ramp and fished about a mile and a half of the river. The dock hole I guess you could call it. My first brown on the Norfork. by Ccox1982 on OAF Forum


Hooper’s Beaver Lake fishing report, August 27

Posted by Phil Lilley on August 28th, 2014

beaver walleye

Started fishing Beaver Lake little before 6. Wish now that I had gotten out just a tad sooner. Ended around 8:30, had it been a weekend would have stayed out longer. read more…


Bice’s Beaver Lake fishing report, August 28

Posted by Phil Lilley on August 28th, 2014

Beaver Lake May 25

It is the last big hoorah of the summer season, but with the storm forecast the lake will either be a crowded or vacant all bets are off. read more…


Peter’s Creek Float, Alaska

Posted by Phil Lilley on August 21st, 2014

My recent trip to Alaska was a working trip. My friends scratch their heads and ask, “How can a trip to Alaska be working, when it comes to fishing?” Well, when you help guide a group of eight clients on a four-day, three-night float trip down a remote river, that’s work — albeit the most fulfilling kind for me!

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Lilleys’ Lake Taneycomo fishing report, July 24

Posted by Phil Lilley on July 24th, 2014

Perfect Chop

Generation patterns have held true here on Lake Taneycomo the last week, although our daytime temperatures have not. We’ve had nice hot days and nice cool days, but I don’t think anyone is complaining! Our water has been off most mornings and running hard in the afternoons and evenings. Some days a half unit is running in the mornings, then the flow is cranked up in the afternoons, but there’s no rhyme of reason for the difference. We’re taking whatever is given to us. read more…


Lilleys’ Lake Taneycomo fishing report, July 15

Posted by Phil Lilley on July 16th, 2014

Burckhardt 1 530

This weather is pretty sweet, isn’t it?! We keep thinking that any day now it’s going to turn into a “normal” summer and become blazing hot, but it hasn’t yet! One real nice thing about this cooler, drier weather is that there’s no fog on Lake Taneycomo early and late in the day. Some like the fog, but I like to fish early and late and don’t like driving through a wet, cold fog. That’s just me! read more…