Rockbridge, just a hoot and a holler north of Gainesville, MO, is the perfect place to take a kid fishing. It’s the perfect place for anyone who likes to catch big, dumb trout. Sort of like sending a struggling young ballplayer down to the minors to get his confidence back.
With a picturesque old mill, modern cabins, and an excellent restaurant it’s a relaxing place to spend a few days. The stream, a tributary of Bryant Creek, is stocked with rainbow trout and you must keep every fish you catch. A guy cleans and packages them and you pick them up when you check out. You pay for your fish by the pound and if you’re a competent fisherman it can get expensive. But it’s worth every penny.
Raleigh Eggers of Manhattan, KS and I spent two days there recently. Old geezers like me wear out easily so I never fished more than an hour at a time. Using a #12 beadhead olive & black woollybugger I caught all the trout I wanted.
Check it out at www.rockbridgemo.com .