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Roaring River 2013 Opening C&R

Posted by Phil Lilley on November 12th, 2013
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by Tim Homesley, OAForum. Water is still low and clear, C&R season starts November 8th this year and should open with great fishing conditions, the water will be clear, not much rain expected the first few weeks in November. Usually the hatchery stocks some nice fish and this year will not be different, the 100 or so 3-6 lb rainbows are ready to be stocked, and on top of that there will be several thousand more 12-16″ trout stocked for the lucky anglers that fish during the winter C&R season. Big flies are good the first day or so, I usually start with a good sized woolybugger and then san juan worms and glo-balls will work all day, if you like nymphing then a pheasant tail, gold ribbed hares ear, copper john or a burlap in sizes #14-#18’s will be very effective all day long. Still expect to see some good hatches all winter, we have midge activity everyday, small #20 and smaller para adams, or griffiths gnat in the same sizes will work for most of the midges.  There will be Caddis, Blue wing olives and even a few sulphurs coming off most every day. Roostertails with a single hook and some feathers are legal during the C&R season, as are jigs and glo-balls, every year I hear that someone is fishing roostertail and they are irritated because they think it is illegal, well it isn’t Missouri has a very broad interpretation of what a fly can be. You can spin fish anywhere you want in the park, during the winter C&R season, as long as you have a fly on the end of your line. I recommend 2,3 or 4lb line the first weekend or two of C&R, as the fish become more wary we will all have to drop to 2, or 3 lb line, if you are fishing a spin rod, avoid braided, or flo. colored monofiliment lines, if you are fly fishing almost any of the fly leaders out there will work, remember cheap leaders in 2lb are often not 2lb dia. make sure if you are fishing a leader that is a 6X it tapers down to .005 and if it is a 7X it tapers down to a .004, if not it won’t work well.  I’m using 9′ leaders all the time, I rarely use shorter leaders. Remember all plastic lures and rubber lures are illegal to use, no powerbait is legal and no lure with treble hooks is allowed during the C&R season.  So, no plastics, no rubber and no treble hooks.  Dropper flies are allowed. Only zones 1 and 2 are open during the C&R season, stay out of zone 3, it is closed November 1st-feb. 28.  Good luck this year, the water looks good and should be a great C&R opening this year. More Reports from OAForum Jasper fly fisher – Biggest rainbow of his trip:

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