Fly-Fishing at Roaring River

This past weekend, I went fly-fishing at Roaring River State Park in southwest Missouri. I camped with Jerod and his friend, Sarah. Ted and Alex camped Friday night, but did not fish. I caught one fish, but was pretty happy to have caught it on a fly-rod. It was a small rainbow trout. I caught it with my 5-wt. Cabella's fly-rod using a red San-Juan worm. I didn't have any other bites the whole weekend. I fished approximately 4 or 5 hours combined. That is not as much as I could have, or should have fished, especially if I want to get better. I bought some flies that were "recommended" at the lodge. These included the San-Juan worms, some cracklebacks and some pheasant tails. I decided that I need to learn more about the different types of flies so that I can identify them, and so that I can follow recommendations that I read about what is best to use. I began reading the Trout Fishing in North America book on the way home (as I stopped for a break). I read some of the history of fly-fishing. I thought that this was an interesting book. I'd like to read more of it.

I changed flies a few times, and tied some extra tippet onto my leader. I used knot that was on my "knot cheat sheet" that I carry in my fishing vest. I really should practice my knots. Sometimes it is necessary to change flies often, and to tie tippet, leader and fly-line together.

Jerod cleaned my fish, and cooked it. I tasted it, and it was pretty good. He cleaned some fish that he had caught with his spinning rod, using a spinner. He took that meat home with him. Cleaning a trout is pretty easy. Just cut off the head first, then slice down the middle of the belly. Once the belly is opened, gut the fish. Be sure to scrape out the black stuff at the top of the inside of the fish. Then, cut off the tail and the fins. That about does it. Then, just put some butter and spices inside it (after washing it clean, of course), put some foil over it, and grill it. Tasty! It is also easy to clean trout because they don't have scales. They are nice and smooth. I need to sharpen my fillet knife.

Here are some links on cleaning fish:

How to clean and cook trout

How to clean and skin a trout

Here is some information on San-Juan worms:

Defending and explaining san-juan worms

Fly-Fishing Worms

A blog entry about the merit of san-juan worms

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