Montauk State Park

Montauk Park fishing report, Oct 12-13

Posted by Phil Lilley on October 14th, 2013
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I arrived at Montauk State Park on Saturday shortly after noon for a noon meeting with representatives from Trout Unlimited, Mid Mo Chapter, Gateway Chapter and the Missouri Council.  John Wenzlick, Garry Teeple, Jeff Witten, Bill Lamberson, Matt Tucker and Spence Turner were there at the lodge cafe.  We took care of T.U. business and adjourned about 2:30 p.m..

I headed up the hill to Reed’s Cabins and checked in to my cabin, visited with Kelly and Dakota at the fly shop and then drove back down to the park to meet Darrell Bentley who was fishing just above the dam.

There was a fair number of people wading in the area but room to step in.  Trout were all over the place, cruising the slow moving river and taking small insects under the surface and on top.  Darrell handed me an olive Caddis Emerger which worked well.  I varied my retrieves from dead drift to stripping fast/pause and they took both.  Nothing big but it was fun.

The next morning we met at the lodge for breakfast at 8:30 and headed to the upper springs about an hour later.  We walked up from the hatchery parking lot to where, Darrell said, the Current River starts.

If you haven’t been there, Pigeon Creek meets the springs and forms this very nice trout stream, one like you’d see in Colorado.  The first fast riffle was full of rainbows.  Darrell spotted a couple large bows holding close to a log laying in the fast current.  He tried for them, drifting several bugs by the pair to no avail.  I drifted a combo of flies- a #18 Primrose and Pearl and a #16 Green Butt soft hackle using 6x fluorocarbon tippet, no float and a small split shot.  I caught 7 rainbows before losing the flies on a stick on the bottom.  They took both flies equally.

Moving down, I switched from nymphs and drifting with and without an indicator to using a #18 brown or olive Elk Hair Caddis, depending on how I saw the trout moving and feeding.  If the pools were slow and deep, I’d tie on something I could dead drift.  I did well using a #24 red blood midge as well as a #24 black thread midge.  I also caught rainbows on a Miracle fly (egg pattern) and a Mega Worm (white yarn worm) under an indicator.  I followed Darrell’s instructions and let the fly sink to the bottom, then move it slowly and the trout would pick it up.

We had hatches all throughout the day including blue wings, brown caddis and midges.

This whole stretch is fairly east to wade and there were trout throughout.  Darrell said it was awesome to fish during the catch and release months.  Might have to go try it!

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