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Carolyn Parker studies the water for signs of trout Tuesday morning.
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A uniquely tied woolly bugger is a special fly sold at Parker's fly shop.
Carolyn Parker laughs as she prepares to remove a nasty tangle from fishing line.
Carolyn Parker, left, gets ready to help Jerrod Pearce land a trout Tuesday morning on Lake Taneycomo.
Carolyn Parker works to achieve the perfect knot to attach two pieces of tippet.
The dam that holds back Table Rock Lake sprouts Lake Taneycomo.
Lake Taneycomo is actually a section of the White River, below Table Rock Lake.
Carolyn Parker untangling a knotted leader.
Carolyn Parker looks over a selection of flies, searching for the best out of dozens of possibilities.
Carolyn Parker tries a stretch of deep water after beaching her drift boat.
Carolyn Parker readies a section of tippet that's perfect for a recommended fly.
The Parkers were awarded the "Outfitter of the Year" by Orvis in 2006.
Carolyn Parker, one of the few female fly-fishing guides in Missouri, tries some casts at Lake Taneycomo. She's recognized as one of the lake's top anglers.
Carolyn Parker readies a drift boat for a morning of fishing. She and her husband own River Run Outfitters.
Retired anglers rest int the shade as they wait for fishing conditions to improve at Lake Taneycomo.
An angler fights a nice trout on a fly rod at Lake Taneycomo Tuesday morning.
Record rains brought record floods to Lake Taneycomo last year, and challenged anglers and business owners.
River Run Outfitters headquarters, near Branson.
A great blue heron tries some trout fishing at Lake Taneycomo.
Decades of experience helps Carolyn Parker pick the right fly, for the right conditions, like this crackleback fly.
Carolyn Parker looks at a fly box of streamers.
Fly-fishing guide Carolyn Parker has the finesse to tie the sturdy knots in tiny tippets, and enough strength of handle rowing drift boats.
Carolyn Parker handles the drift boat as Jerrod Pearce works a streamer for trout.
Several decades of fly-fishing Lake Taneycomo has helped Carolyn Parker become one of Missouri's top fly-fishing guides. Here, she points to a prime casting spot for Jerrod Pearce.
Carolyn Parker's fly anglers usually catch trout that average 14 inches, and up to 80 per day, per pair of anglers.
Carolyn Parker with an average-sized rainbow trout from Lake Taneycomo.
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