Return of the Meramec River Brown Trout
Bill Cooper

Return of the Meramec River Brown Trout

Avid St. James, Missouri angler Lyle Staab began my love affair with brown trout over 40 years ago. In the mid-1970’s Staab’s photograph appeared on the front cover of an outdoor magazine. He held a […]

Tips for an All Day Deer Hunt
Bill Cooper

Tips for an All Day Deer Hunt

Deer hunters are a fidgety lot. Most realize that sitting on a stand all day long maximizes their chances of scoring on a big buck. However, few hunters can complete an all-day sit on a […]

Six Flies for Winter Time Trout Fishing
Bill Cooper

Six Flies for Winter Time Trout Fishing

Winter is by far my favorite time to fish for trout. The crowds of summer are gone from our Ozark Streams, biting insects are non-existent, the air is cool and fresh and the water cold […]

Fly Fishing the Niangua River
Bill Cooper

Fly Fishing the Niangua River

Fly Fishing the Niangua River Bill Cooper for 12-`13-23 The Missouri Ozarks are famous for cold, clear, spring-fed rivers and the 125-mile long Niangua, a tributary of the Osage, is no exception. Recently I spent […]

Are Red Morel Mushrooms Edible
Bill Cooper

Are Red Morel Mushrooms Edible

It’s no joke, mushroom I.D. mistakes can be fatal. There is a great deal of controversy in the Ozarks surrounding false, or red morels. Make an informed decision before you decide for yourself, and do […]