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Tom

T. Hargrove
Fly Fishing, Inc.

In a town gone crazy with baseball there are a few people in St. Louis that regard the Cardinals as mere amusement, and something to occupy their time while driving to some of the most under-rated fly fishing streams in the lower 48 states. Many of those drives start at T. Hargrove Fly Fishing Inc., tucked off Interstate 44 along the commercial sprawl of Manchester Road. A quick drive gets you to the interstate artery that leads to all directions from St. Louis. Hargrove's is the last stop for a fishing license and supplies prior to the road trip.

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In a long forgotten depression era house, converted into a fly shop over 24 years ago, Tom Hargrove holds court among the regulars, the "just-in town and need a fly fishing fix," or the caring spouses picking up a gift card, because everything with a price tag on it is alien to them.

Hargrove's is the epitome of the bar "Cheers". The regulars are there waiting at the door before they open, and often close the shop down at night. All are willing to help a stranger get an advantage on the fish.

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Open the door and there is an old church pew, a tying table that has never been cleared, and a wood burning stove with simmering beans, chili, or a hearty soup. Welcome! Come in and have a bowl. All of the senses are filled here, the walls are covered with product and if not, with product posters - as well as the ceilings. While you settle into your bowl of chili, Tom's electic vinyl record collection spins on the turntable: tunes such as Electricity by Captain Beefheart, or some Exotica music from Les Baxter.

It is fly fishing! Relax. Sit down at the tying table and take a vise for a test drive.

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There is no hurry here. Check out the latest rods, reels, or a pair of waders. Grab a rod and cast alongside the cars traveling up and down the busy Manchester Road. You will get some looks, but you also need to know how the rod cast in a breeze. If you don't see what you are looking for, Hargrove probably has it stashed somewhere in the basement. The basement is a whole other story.....

Tom and Craig Stephens who works in the shop, tie, fish, and build rods. If you can cast a fly to a fish in Missouri, these two can point you to a creek, river, or lake to try and a fly that will catch the fish, whether it is a Trout, Bass, Carp, Catfish or Alligator Garr. Sure you can buy tippet at the label fly shops or chain stores, but to glean a tidbit of info about a stream with some wild trout, or where to wade for smallies, take some time and a bowl of chili at Hargrove's

You will find all the same brands in fly tackle, fly tying materials, clothing, and even some custom hand-tied flies, if you need them.


The article was written for the magazine Drake On Line by Tim Scott. Tim is a former resident of Imperial MO. and a graduate of Mizzou. He lives in South Bend Indiana; just two blocks off the St. Joseph River, and spends his time writing, photographing and fishing Northern Indiana and Michigan. He has photo and writing credits in the Drake Magazine and Catch Magazine. Currently, he is president of St. Joseph River Valley Fly Fishers (FFF).

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MUST HAVE BOOK FOR FISHING MISSOURI TROUT

Now In Stock
The Book On Every Serious Missouri Angler's Bookshelf

Chuck's book is your ticket off the beaten path to Missouri pristine spring creeks and to hundreds of miles of clear Ozark streams.


Trout
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Mo&Ark

Flyfisher's Guide to Fishing
Missouri & Arkansas
Larry Kinder & Dan Limbaugh

Missouri and Arkansas have fabulous flyfishing for trophy trout in the tail waters of the White River and the Arkansas and Red Rivers.
Each year brown trout over 10 pounds are taken.

Larry and Dan cover all of the fisheries, both rivers and lakes, and how and when to fish them.

There are over 70 detailed maps of all the waters showing milage, boat accesses, etc. Included as in all the WAP guide books is travel information (places to stay, eat, fly shops, sporting goods stores, etc.)

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Missouri Fly Selections

Here are two essential fly selections for Missuri's most important species. Each are available at the fly shop now. One or both make great gift ideas for your favorite fly fisher man or woman.

Both collections are in Hargrove embossed fly boxes with ripple & flat foam inside.

Trout Flies Smallmouth Flies
Trout Smallmouth
$25.00 + tax $30.00 + tax
North Fork Special Copper John Rainy's Hopper Zonker
Bead Head Prince Black & Yellow Jig Orange Sneaky
Pete
White Clouser
Tri-color Juvenile    Pre-emergent Captain Dave's
Bugger
Near-nuff Sculpin Whitlock Crayfish
Blond Mohair
Leech
Canadian Brown    Mohair Leech Chartreuse Clouser Woolly Bugger
Black Beetle Dry Woolly/
Crackle Back
Chartreuse Sneaky Pete
Elk Hair Caddis Adams
Renegade Humpy
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