Fishing from a river bank offers more than just fish

I get occasional urges to leave my boat and mountain of tackle plus must-have accessories at home, so I can spend a day — or, far more likely, part of a day — slogging along the usually muddy banks of one of the many small to medium sized rivers that wend their way across the landscape north of the Ozarks before joining the Missouri or Mississippi Rivers. If that sounds like a stubborn refusal to turn fishing into a major — or even a minor production — that’s because it is.

Even so, somewhere deep in my heart of hearts lurks a fear I’ll be struck by lightning if I ever get within 50 feet of water, carrying only one rod. Therefore, I always take two 6-foot medium heavy rods paired with spinning reels spooled with 20-pound test monofilament.

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