My ‘honey hole’ is in Alton, Mo

When an angler starts out on a well-planned fishing trip, his or her instincts hope to find a “honey hole.” 

So, just what is a “honey hole”? Generally, an angler envisions a fairly well-defined body of water (creek, stream or lake) where catching fish is really great.

Wikipedia offers these definitions for honey hole:

• Slang for a location that yields a valued commodity or resource.

• In fishing, a honey hole could be a particular spot in a body of water (or used as a general term for the entire body of water) where conditions are ideal for catching fish.  

Such a spot could be the leading edge of a hump, a depression, or a bend in the channel.

My definition of a honey hole has a larger meaning… it is everything that makes for a wonderful fishing adventure. A few years ago, I found just such a place — the community of Alton, Missouri, and the surrounding area that has the first federally-designated National Wild and Scenic River… also springs, outfitters, historically significant gems, lodgings, restaurants, and friendly folks.

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