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Job Is Passion for Fly Fishing Hargrove -
There are no rivers in Brentwood, no trout streams, not even a lake nearby. And yet our town is home to the only two stores in the St. Louis area that are solely dedicated to fly-fishing. Both businesses have been around for decades and are located less than a mile apart on Manchester Road. But that’s where the similarities stop........More
Craig discusses fly fishing and its many facets with River Front Times.
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.
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.
It is fly fishing! Relax. Sit down at the tying table and take a vise for a test drive.
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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