After three trips on the Missouri with Branden and advice from many on this board I finally decided I knew enough to try the river on my own this evening. My little 16 foot lowe jon boat did just fine. The 20 hp mercury was more than enough to push me against the current. The anchor several of you recommended held us in place with no slippage at all. We didn't catch any thing but it was still a blast trying. There was a nice breeze the entire time we were there. I didn't think it would be a good idea to stay on the river after dark with our limited experience so we came in at dusk. A couple of more trips and well be ready for some late nights. Thanks again for everyones help and opening my eyes to a hidden treasure!