Roaring River State Park, Missouri Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Roaring River State Park, Missouri Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Had a great morning fishing on Roaring River today, the river is in great shape, water is running at a normal flow and is clear, making for some great fly and spin fishing, I'm still using 6X tippet on my fly rod when using nymphs or buggers, and I'm using 7X when fishing dry flies. My best fly this morning, early was a black woolybugger, I landed 12 on a #8 bugger, and after the bugger bite slowed, I put on a green/grizzly crackleback and landed 8 more rainbows. About 11:00 the blue wing olives started hatching and it was pure fun, a #20 blue wing olive drew a strike on almost every cast for an hour or so, I think I landed another 12 on the B.W.O. and then I put a small #16 caddis on and it worked very well for an hour or so, then it slowed down, by this time I was ready to quit, and I did. Good flies to use right now are #14-#22 Adams, #14-#22 blue wing olives, #14-#20 caddis zebra midges #18's and smaller, pheasant tails, copper johns, burlaps, sow bugs and hares ears all #14's and smaller. I used a 9' leader this morning on my 7' 4wt bamboo rod, the 4 wt was needed because of the wind, I would like to have had my 2 wt out, but too windy. I know the black, brown, and the olive Rooster Tails have been working well, as have the small Colorado woolie spinner combos, I have had a lot of good reports on orange, white, ane flo. yellow poer eggs, power bait has a lot of new eggs out this year and a few of them look good. Plastic worms in orange, cheese, pink, and orange peal were good all last week and unless we get a water change these colors should remain good. Marabou jig fishing is a lot of fun right now, you can really see the fish and it makes for some good sight fishing. On a spin or casting reel, you will need 2 or 3 lb line, p-line, maxima, or mean green will work well, avoid fluorescent lines like Tri-lene and Stren. Still using #10 hooks on the worms and #12 and smaller for the plastic eggs. 3/0 and BB sized sinkers will work best for you right now. Zone 3 is fishing good on PowerBait paste, white has been good and orange has been working also corn, nightcrawlers and natural eggs have been working. Good luck on the river, fishing has been great. Fishing report compliments of Tim's Fly Shop
Fishing Report Last Updated:
4 / 15 / 2014
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Roaring River State Park is currently Fish somewhere else this week

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
River Run Outfitters

Water flow: 182cfs

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 55 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Best stretch: Any place in the park since the fishery is stocked daily in the spring, summer, and fall season. Winter season is catch and release only with artificial lures and fflies.

Best access point: Most points along Roaring River are bank accessible. Handicapped areas are available in several places. A short section between the fish cleaning station and the bridge on Hwy F is designated for catch and release and wading. Wading is not allowed in some sections.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Blue winged olive, mayflies, caddis, tricos.

Fish species:

Fishing season: March 1 through October 31; Winter catch and release,weekends, Nov through Feb

Nearest airport: Springfield Branson Regional, Springfield, MO

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Roaring River State Park Description

By the early 1900s, Roaring River had been discovered as an ideal place for fishing retreats. In 1928, Thomas Sayman, a St. Louis businessman, bought 2,400 acres surrounding the river and, within a month, donated the land to the state. Many of the park's existing facilities were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s, including some of the buildings that make up Camp Smokey, the park's ...

Techniques & Tips

Right now, emerger fishing should be good with the warm weather. Pulling streamers, especially a black or olive wooly bugger with or without an intermediate sink tip will produce. Nymphing is always good.

7-Day Forecast

Weather certainly looks like it will cooperate for the coming week. With this in mind, all of the patterns fished this past week will still be working well.

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