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Old 01-07-2010, 06:10 PM
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Default Spring Fishing at Bennett Spring and Maramec Spring in MO

Didn't know if this post would work better here or in another sections. Move it if necessary.

Need a list of good flies to tie for the trip in the first week of April. Starting early so I can purchase the materials from Bass Pro with the Gift Cards I received for gifts this holiday.

Any advice (besides ask the local fly shop) would be appreciated, especially from those who fish those locales frequently.

Also posted on Yahoo Answers if you're on there:
Tying flies Spring Break trip to Bennett Spring and Maramec Spring in MO? - Yahoo! Answers
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Default Re: Spring Fishing at Bennett Spring and Maramec Spring in MO

Expect a crowd.


Dries- Elk hair caddis (tan and olive, #14-16), Griffith's gnat, small (18-20) parachute adams, crackleback (14-16). May want to throw in some BWO's, Hendricksons, and Cahills just in case.

Nymphs- Pheasant tail Nymph (#14-20), Caddis larvae and pupae(#14-20), Pat's Rubberleg Stonefly (#4-8), Prince Nymph/Zug Bug (#10-16), scuds, San Juan Worms, egg patterns.

Streamers- Wooly bugger- black, ginger, olive (#6-10), Mohair Leech- olive and ginger (#6-10), Crayfish patterns in sizes 6 and 8.

That should round you out.
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Default Re: Spring Fishing at Bennett Spring and Maramec Spring in MO

Thanks for your reply.

It will be cool to go back to Bennett Spring where I first saw real fly fishing in action (my dad always took the fly rod to the lake, but you couldn't call what he did real fly fishing, more like fly flopping or something).

Just wondering why you didn't mention terrestrials. Last year the local fly shop was sold out of black foam beetles, which they were apparently feeding the trout at the time. Any recommendations there?
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Default Re: Spring Fishing at Bennett Spring and Maramec Spring in MO

I would first pick which park you want to go to. Bennett is a good hour and ahalf or so drive from the mac if I remember correctly. Now Montauk is about 20 miles south from Mac. I have a few buddies that fish all of them and Mac and Montauk are their favorite spots. Bennett gets pounded hard in the summer season from what everyone says.

I have only fished at Maramec as I am new to trout, and i've only fished in the Catch and release winter season going on right now. But from what I have learned from the local shop and my buddies always carry some small BWO, Hares ears, and a few nymphs and dries in 18-22's as they still are good patterns for summer. I'm not sure on the terrestrials are good for april.
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Just wondering why you didn't mention terrestrials. Last year the local fly shop was sold out of black foam beetles, which they were apparently feeding the trout at the time. Any recommendations there?[/QUOTE]


Not sure, haven't fished Bennett much in April. That time of year though Box Elder bugs are out along streambank vegetation doing the nasty, and I'd imagine they plop into the stream and trout key in on them. A black or iridescent green foam beetle in #14 would work.

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Default Re: Spring Fishing at Bennett Spring and Maramec Spring in MO

A fellow Hoosier. I'm originally from Angola, not far from you.

I fished the Current River from the Baptist Camp access back in late November. It might be an option if the parks are crowded. I think from Baptist Camp you could walk a bit and avoid crowds. It is just below Montauk. I enjoyed my limited time there.
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Default Re: Spring Fishing at Bennett Spring and Maramec Spring in MO

Thanks for the tips on Montauk and the Current River.

Last year Bennett wasn't too crowded when we went, but, if I remember right, it was closer to the middle of the summer. I don't like the idea of fishing shoulder to shoulder with other fly anglers, because I'm definitely not a master caster.

We'll just have to play it by ear. The people at the fly shop right up the road (the name leaves me at the moment) are very friendly in person and on the phone, so we can give them a call and see how crowded it is or is becoming.
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Default Re: Spring Fishing at Bennett Spring and Maramec Spring in MO

Stop at Weavers and Larry's just outside of the park. April about anything will work. You will have to figure the water conditions when you get there. This last year top water was almost null and void.

WollyBuggers, crackle backs...
Micro Jigs like John Deer, Bead Spreads, and Brown Roaches work well all the time.

I use doubles all the time. Flashback hares ears followed by zebra's or copper johns #20's works well as well.

Below the dam seams to work well this year. Spring was horrible. I don't understand why either.

Good luck. Also there are several posts on this site about Bennett and Merimac

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Default Re: Spring Fishing at Bennett Spring and Maramec Spring in MO

Im sure glad to see this thread....i am jsut starting over again fly fishing and working on getting gear and so on and hearing of patterns on Bennet Springs has been a huge help....that was the first place i have really went fly fishing at and im excited to go again...hopefully ill get down there soon since its only bout a little over an hour from my house to the park...hopefully i can get out and fish some here soon
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Good choice I must agree.
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