MO-6 Autumn on the North Fork River
The North Fork is crammed with both rainbow and brown trout. The rainbow population is self-sustaining -- stocking ceased in 1964 but browns are stocked annually in the lower reaches. Stocked or wild, these fish have two things in common: both species reach husky sizes and pull really hard. In fact, browns here behave like wild trout soon after they're stocked. Twenty-inch fish are almost routine and occasionally a brown weighing over 10 pounds is landed. Expect to find the rainbows holding in quick-flowing riffles and the browns lurking in deep pools.