Copyright 2013 James Marsh
Fly Fishing The Current River Missouri
The Current River is a part of the Ozark National Scenic
Riverways. It's a beautiful trout stream that flows through
some very scenic landscapes. It begins in the Montauk
State Park. Downstream of the park, there's nine miles
of what the state calls Blue Ribbon trout water. Fly
fishing the Current River can continue through a
different type of regulated area for eight more miles.
This stream is best fished by drifting it. There's few road
access points. The bluffs along the stream add to its
beauty. You have seventeen miles of water that you can
fish from a small drift boat.
The Blue Ribbon area runs from the Montauk State Park
boundary downstream for nine miles to the Cedar Grove
Bridge. It includes all tributaries within that area. Artificial
lures and flies only may be used. Artificial lures cannot
include soft plastic lures. You are only allowed to keep
one trout that's a least 18 inches long.
The Blue Ribbon area has a good population of both
rainbows and brown trout including some that are wild.
Fly fishing the Current River is best in this section.
There are some trout better than 18 inches.
You don't have to float the Current River to fish it.
Access for wading is available in some areas. One area
is from the Montauk State Park campground. There's a
good trail and it is noted by signs where the park ends
and the Blue Ribbon section starts. If you exit the park at
the rear entrance you can follow a unpaved road to the
Tan Vat access It's best to hike downstream a ways to
reach the best water. There's also a Baptist Camp
Access, Parker Access and Cedar Grove Access. It's
best to acquire a map of the area to find these locations.
Hiking your way downstream is often difficult or
impossible. There a lot of deep water and some areas
where the stream is surrounded by steep bluffs.
There are three access points to the White Ribbon
section of the Current River. Cedar Grove, Welch Spring
and Akers Ferry. This section cannot be accessed
entirely by hiking. Some of the water is too deep to
wade. You an drift the stream in a small pontoon type
watercraft or a canoe.
Fly fishing the Current River is good year-round.
Winter fishing is can be good on warm days.
Springtime is the best time to fish the river but you
should make sure you check the water level.
Since the water is cooled by springs, it stays cool
enough to provide good fishing opportunities year-round.
Fall may be the best time to fish the Current River.
There's less canoes and fishing pressure.
Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies
Current River Missouri
Free Shipping Continental U. S.
100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
|Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us with the dates you will be
fishing this stream and we will send
allow up to 24 hours for a response.
2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will
help you decide which flies you need.
3. Call or email us with a budget for
flies and we will select them and get
them to you in time for your trip.
Shipping is free in the U. S. Orders
over $50 are shipped Priority Mail.