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Kudos to Danny Barker-Wifey and I do return Ozarks Trip 9 -11-22 to 9-19-22

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Wifey and I took our annual(maybe semi-annual soon)Ozarks trip and we had no idea we were gonna be able to squeeze in two guided trips!!As fate and luck would have it,our first trip,with well-known and EXPENSIVE guide service,same exact one we used last year,did not go nearly as well as we had hoped for and not sure to what we can attribute that to(Wifey even made teal and sausage gumbo for our guide)and from the get-go,we could sense something was amiss.We started off using fresh crawfish tails(I have NEVER been a bait-tosser)and went with the flow,literally and figuratively and we did catch quite a few decent,not big rainbows and our plans were to have a shoreline lunch and somehow that got BOTCHED up and it did not happen AND we could sense our guide not happy and also he was NOT happy that we wanted to take an afternoon trip after our shore lunch did not happen and guess Wifey could readily detect some animosity(paid $500 for what should have been all-day trip-ended mercifully at 3 PM)and I will NEVER use this EXPENSIVE guide service.As God would have it,Tuesday,the day before this trip took place,we went to Buffalo City(where the White and Buffalo Rivers meet)and we met quite a character,turns out he is from Baton Rouge and quite the jokester,Paul Shuffler,I believe I got dat spelling correct.Paul gave us the business card of another character,Danny Barker,of Buffalo City Guide Service,and I was utterly shocked and amazed when I reached Danny and he told me Paul was correct in his fee of $250(half the price of other Cotter guide service)and we not only paid half the price(other guide service wanted $400 for half-day)and we did fish a LITTLE in afternoon with other guide service BUT Wifey gave me dat look on our Wed trip dat said it all-take us back,we had MORE than enough grief for a lifetime(not sure if our guide having bad day or got into argument with owner but we aint going back to DAT guide service)!!!Paid half the price and had twice the fun.Danny started us off with egg sac flies with barb-less hooks and Wifey and I both nabbed a ton of small to medium rainbows and Danny was excellent,telling us he was immediately releasing a ton of these rainbows as he said we could do MUCH better and the second part of our trip,we tossed hand-tied jigs that looked like minnows,very much our cup of tea and it was game-on!!!By the time we finished up around 12:30,we had boxed 10(2-person limit)and caught over 45 and a few highlights was me watching quite a few feisty rainbows nail the jigs as we either jigged them or paused and twitched the lures and I did nab a fine and fat rainbow with nasty lamprey attached to right side of his head and Danny removed stubborn lamprey and we saw quite a scar from where this pest had attached himself to side of rainbow!!!Got us best guide out there,uses NO BAIT,and is not only incredibly personable(maybe he can give our previous guide some lessons)but an incredible teacher!!!Gonna book him EVERY Ozarks trip we make and we are quite certain one day gonna make Ozarks permanent home.We always meet the most incredible folks on the planet and NO ONE is sorry they relocated to the Ozarks,what a tribute to the Natural State!!

Mandevillian
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Glad report went through FIRST time.Attaching pics from trip-awesome scenery and can't wait for return fishing with none other than Danny Barker!!!

Mandevillian
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