Wednesday, August 24, 2016

6-25-16



How's Fishing?

The kids have gone back to school and things are quieter on the stream, especially during the week.  The front that went through this week apparently put the fish in a quieter mood as well.  The weather this week will continue to be unsettled off and on.  A chance of pop up thunderstorms all week.
Of course, there are always those who catch bunches of fish no matter what, but for most of us, the catching has been quite a bit slower.
There has been some nice evening fishing on top water using a pale evening dun, an Adam's Parachute, or a terrestrial such as a beetle.
Gray scuds or an RGN are also good choices for the fly rod as well as Walt's worm.
 Marabou jigs continue to be a good choice for everyone (except zone 3, of course) and the colors are fairly consistent.  Gingersnap and salmon colors.  Coincidentally the same colors - salmon peach or brown - that work in zone three using Power Bait.



Fishing Times

August             7:00 a.m.  -   8:00 p.m.

September        7:30 a.m.  -   7:15 p.m.

October             7:30 a.m. -   6:30 p.m.



Water Conditions  - the water continues to carry quite a bit of stain.  You won't see the super clear water or the low levels that are often found this time of year.  Yet even so, the conditions improve.  If we don't see too many big storms this week to our south, it may clear up quite a bit by the weekend.

For Bennett Spring
8-24-16
Gage house level is 2.04 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 72 in 1936
25th percentile is 99
Median is 127
Mean is 131
75th percentile is 148
current level is 148
Max was 224 in 2011

Niangua River
8-24-16
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.13 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:

Minimum was 18 in 2012
25th percentile is 31
Median is 34
Mean is 62
75th percentile is 106
Max is 177 in 2007
Today's reading is 173



What's Working?

From the Fly Case:
Adam's Parachute, 14s and 16.
Walt's Worm
Gray Scud
RGN & Copper Hot Shot
Pale Evening Dun, 14 or 16

Zone 1 & 2
Mega Worm
Brown Wooly Bugger
Kapok
Marabou: Shell & white, salmon, Gingersnap, red & yellow
Possum Hair Roach
White floss jig
Glo Balls: white with red dot, white,
john deere mini jig

Zone 3
Power Bait:  Salmon Peach or Brown



Lunker Club

8-19-16
Rosie Mertens from Jefferson City, MO
2-1/8 pounds on brown power bait in zone 3

8-21-16
Roberta Moore from Jefferson City, MO
2-1/2 pounds on brown power bait in zone 3



Of Interest

There has been a lot of talk recently about fishing with soft hackle flies.  Here is a short article on how to fish them from Louis Cahill on the website ginkandgasolline.com.
I have also had a beautiful book on the subject recommended to me called Tying & Fishing Soft-Hackled Nymphs by Allen McGee. If you are interested in learning more, this would be an excellent choice.  Christmas is right around the corner, it's never to early to drop hints.

  FISHING SOFT HACKLES
SOFT HACKLES ARE THE SHARKS OF THE FLY BOX.

Like the shark, the soft hackle is one of the oldest of its ilk, and like those ancient predators, it has evolved very little from its inception. Like the shark, it is a deadly design that could not be improved upon. Take, for example, the Kebari flies used by tenkara anglers for hundreds of years. Basically Soft Hackles with a reverse hackle. So effective, that traditional tenkara anglers only fish one pattern. Many modern fly anglers overlook traditional Soft Hackle patterns that are as effective today as ever.

There are two primary reasons for the effectiveness of the soft hackle. For starters, it’s the ultimate impressionistic pattern. It looks like almost everything on the aquatic menu. A fish who is looking for something specific is very likely to see it in a soft hackle. The second reason is, there’s just no wrong way to fish one. If you struggle with getting a drag free drift, a soft hackle is a very forgiving pattern. As long as it is in the water, it will produce fish.

As I said, there is no wrong way to fish these flies, but there are some proven tactics you can employ. For starters, dead drifting the fly as a nymph is never a bad plan. The Soft Hackle is as effective in this role as any pattern. That said, the dead drift does not take advantage of some of the pattern’s unique properties.

Perhaps the most common and most productive presentation for a Soft Hackle is the swing. The hackle has a tendency to trap an air bubble making the fly a natural emerger pattern. There are tying techniques, which I will go into, that enhance this effect. When fished deep and swung to the surface, the glowing air bubble inside the hackle is more than any trout can resist. One of my favorite ways to rig this pattern is to drop it about sixteen inches behind a Wooly Bugger with some weight in front of the Bugger. Drift the team deep through a run then lift them to the surface or quarter them down and across and let then swing and hold on.

When fishing from a boat, it’s very effective to cast a Soft Hackle straight across the current and retrieve it slowly, about four inches at strip. A hand-twist retrieve works well. This is also effective when teamed with a Bugger. Even more fun, drop the Soft Hackle behind an Elk Haired Caddis and inch them back across the current. You’ll get some explosive takes on the dry. This team works very well with a drift and swing presentation as well. The Soft Hackle is always a good choice in a dry dropper team.

When rising fish refuse everything you offer, the Soft Hackle can often save the day. Treat it with some floatant and fish it in the film. As a floating nymph, it will entice the most selective of fish.



Weather Forecast

Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Heat index values as high as 95. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph.

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Southeast wind 3 to 7 mph.

Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.



Calendar of Events

October 4th & 5th : Moss Cutting

Saturday, October 8, 2016:
Holland Trout Derby, help raise some money for cancer society.
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

October 31st: End of Regular Season

November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017



Quote of the Week

Spring creeks demand your time and attention like jealous lovers...by their very nature, spring creeks allow no suspension of disbelief. What you see is what you get...they hold their share of secrets, but the presence or absence of feeding trout is seldom one of them. Because of the clarity and delicacy of these waters, experienced hands can usually determine at at glance whether the switch that tells flies to hatch and trout to feed is in the on position or not.

Author:  E Donall Thomas Jr.

Published:  Dream Fish and Road Trips

Thanks for reading.  Lucy

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


August 17, 2016


How's Fishing

Fishing has been really good this whole season.  The fish may be a tad smaller, not noticeably so, with the exception of the super big lunkers that were caught this week.  The water continues be high and somewhat discolored.   Usually by this time of year the water has receded and is gin clear.  This is an upside down year with those conditions happening the first part of the season and typical spring conditions happening now.
The best success has been fishing deep with dark lures such as a Walt's worm or an RGN.  Copper Hot shots and brassies are also doing well.
As far as top water action, terrestrials do well this time of year, and the murky water hides a less than perfect cast.  All fun!



Fishing Times

August        7:00 a.m.                   -   8:00 p.m.

September   7:30 a.m.                  -   7:15 p.m.

October       7:30 a.m.                   -   6:30 p.m.




Water Conditions
8-17-16
For Bennett Spring

Gage house level is 2.21 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 75 in 1941
25th percentile is 101
Median is 125
Mean is 133
75th percentile is 154
current level  is 190
Max was 295 in 2013

Niangua River

Gage House reading (water level) is 2.67 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:

Minimum was 11 in 2007
25th percentile is 27
Median is 47
Mean is 61
75th percentile is 72
Max is 240 in 2013
Today's reading is 281



What's Working?
RGN, all colors, darker are the best
Walt’s Worm
 Copper Hot Shot
Crane Fly
Salmon fur bug, no bead

Zone 1 or 2

• Marabou – gingersnap, orange and black, orange, white, salmon
• Brassies, orange, brass
• Glo-balls: original tri color, jimi Hendrix, champagne glo-ball
• orange rooster tail
• ‘spoons’
• White floss

Zone 3

• Power bait: orange, rainbow, brown
• zeke's corn yellow bait
• bubble gum Mouse tails
• Orange Berkley Gulp Minnow Grubs


Lunker Club

8-11-16

Charlie Richards from Festus, MO
2 pounds on champagne glo-ball

8-12-16

Nick Wray from Harrisonville, MO
5 pounds, 13 ounces on a white marabou in zone 1
           
Shannon Wray from Harrisonville, MO
3 pounds, 8 ounces on black & white spinner in zone 2

Nick Wray from Harrisonville, MO
8 pounds, 2 ounces on a white marabou in zone 1

Kevin Goucher from Warsaw, MO
2 pounds 2 ounces on a salmon marabou in zone 1

Nick Lock from Jefferson City, MO
2 pounds on home made bait in zone 3

8-13-16
Chase Palmer from Center MO
4 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Charlie Baker from Kansas City, MO
2-1/2 pound brown trout on brown power bait in zone 3



Calendar of Events

October 4th & 5th : Moss Cutting

Saturday, October 8, 2016:
Holland Trout Derby, help raise some money for cancer society.
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

October 31st: End of Regular Season

November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017



Quote of the Week

I've gone fishing thousands of times in my life, and I have never once felt unlucky or poorly paid for those hours on the water.

Author:
William Tapply

Published:
A Fly-Fishing Life

Thanks for reading!  Lucy


Monday, August 8, 2016



8-8-16


How’s Fishing?
Fishing has been really, really good these last few days.  Our store seems to be a good barometer of the Bennett Spring anglers’ happiness.  If the fish are fussy and reluctant, we see bunches of people rambling about the store asking each other and us “what are they bitin’ on?” Today everyone has come in saying “I was using (fill in the blank here) and it was really hot!”
One angler made me laugh today.  She said that she had caught and released so many fish that she was exhausted!   Hard to feel sorry for her, isn’t it?
Maybe the fish got hungry, maybe the cool front coming through has helped, I’m not sure.  All I know is that fishing is good.



Fishing Times
August 7:00 a.m.  -   8:00 p.m.
September 7:30 a.m.  -   7:15 p.m.
October    7:30 a.m.  -   6:30 p.m.



Water Conditions
The water continues to have a bit of murkiness.   We are expecting some rain this week, and because of this, we probably won’t see the stream clear up totally.

Bennett Spring 8-7-16

Gage house level is 2.36 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 84 in 2014
25th percentile is 106
Median is 128
Mean is 144
75th percentile is 155
current level  is 229
Max was 626 in 2015

Niangua River
8-7-16

Gage House reading (water level) is 3.09 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:

Minimum was 18 in 2012
25th percentile is 35
Median is 44
Mean is 260
75th percentile is 153
Max is 2013 in 2013
Today's reading is 318

 What’s Working
From the fly box
RGN, all colors, darker are the best
Walt’s Worm
Copper Hot Shot
Cinnamon ant
Zone 1 or 2
Marabou – orange and black, salmon, black & white.
Brassies, red, gold, or copper
John deere or bedspread mini jig
Glo-balls:  original tri color, jimi Hendrix
orange rooster tail
‘spoons’
White roach
Zone 3
Power bait: hatchery brown, yellow, or salmon peach
Tan power bait worms
Minnows
Pink and White Mouse tails
Orange Berkley Gulp Minnow Grubs

Lunker Club
7-30-16
Gary Carpenter from Warrensburg, MO.  2-1/4 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3
7-31-16
Kevin McGrath from Warrensburg, MO.  3 pounds on a white roach in zone 2
8-2-16
Jack Kraft from Bethel, MO.  2-1/8 pounds on carpet bug in zone 1
Aaron Artz from St. Louis, MO.  2-1/8 pounds on a minnow in zone 3
8-6-16
Dillon Elliott from Belton, MO.  2-1/4 pounds on an orange rooster tail in zone 2
8-7-16
Jay Stuart from Perry, MO.  2-1/2 pounds in zone 2
Frank Dubach from Winfield, MO.  2-1/4 pounds on a cinnamon ant.
James Oyler from Lee’s Summit, MO.  2-7/8 pounds on a black & white marabou.



Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 91.

Thursday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.


Calendar of Events
August 13:  Kansas City Chapter Trout Derby.  A fund raiser for Project Healing Waters and MTFA.  Donations are appreciated.  Registration at Park store staring 7pm on Friday – August 12th until store close and Saturday, August 13 from store opening until 7 am.  Derby rules available when you register.
August 30th & 31st : Moss Cutting
October 4th & 5th : Moss Cutting
Saturday, October 8, 2016:
Holland Trout Derby, help raise some money for cancer society.
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM
October 31st: End of Regular Season
November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017



Quote of the Week
Rainbow trout lie in fast water, brown trout lie in slow water, and fishermen lie almost anywhere, any time
Author:  unknown


Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Monday, August 1, 2016

8-3-16


How’s Fishing?
 Fishing is great, catching is a bit slower.  The fish we are seeing have been a decent size, on the up side.
The traditional lures are working well.  If you start the day with a black & yellow marabou, when that slows, switch to a gingersnap.  Next option is to throw out a john deere or bedspread mini jig and end your day with some fun top water terrestrials or a zonker, you should do pretty well.  Because of the water conditions – murky and a bit high, your small mistakes will be, shall we say, forgiven.
 The weather forecast if for hot and dry days, with only a few storms at the beginning and end of the week.  School starts in a couple of weeks so grab all the kiddos and go fishing!  It will be the perfect end to a great summer.

Fishing Times
August 7:00 a.m.  -   8:00 p.m.
September 7:30 a.m.  -   7:15 p.m.
October        7:30 a.m.  -   6:30 p.m.



Water Conditions
The water is murky and off color.   We had some rain last night but the weather forecast is for sunny and warm, so gradually, and probably by next weekend, the stream should see a marked improvement.
Bennett Spring 8-1-16

Gage house level is 2.24 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 83 in 2014
25th percentile is 110
Median is 191
Mean is 154
75th percentile is 174
current level  is 196
Max was 588 in 1988



Niangua River

Gage House reading (water level) is 3.09 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:

minimum was 18 in 2012
25th percentile is 41
Median is 53
Mean is 85
75th percentile is 78
Max is 454 in 2013
Today's reading is 759



What’s Working
From the fly box
Bennett blue crackleback
Mega worm
RGN, all colors, darker are the best
Walt’s Worm
Copper Hot Shot
Scuds, gray or green
Zone 1 or 2
Marabou – brown & olive, black & olive, salmon & brown, red & white, ginger
Peach fur bug
Brassies, gold or red
John deere or bedspread mini jig
Glo-balls:  baby pink, jimi Hendrix
Possum hair roach
White grub with tail or bumble bee
Black & white rooster tail
Zone 3
Power bait: hatchery brown, salmon peach, bubblegum
Tan power bait worms



Lunker Club
7-25-16
Stacy Breeden from Lexington, MO.  2-1/4 pounds on bubblegum power bait in zone 3
7-26-16
Arden Fahning from St. Louis, MO.  3-3/4 pounds on a red jig in zone 1
Cindy Luebbering from Taos, MO.  2 pounds on brown dough bait in zone 3
David Woods from Lawson, MO.  2 pounds on a white jig in zone 1
7-27-16
Nathan Reece from Lee’s Summit, MO.  2-1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a brassie
Amanda Carey from Blue Springs, MO.  2-1/2 pounds on a brassie in zone 1
Michael Gregory from Houstonia, MO.  2-1/4 on a black & white rooter tail in zone 2
7-29-16
Shannon McQuerrey from Plattsburg, MO.  2 pounds on crawdad crankbait in the Niangua River
7-30-16
Jason Pauley from Sweet Springs, MO.  2-1/8 pounds on a self tied fly in zone 1



Weather Forecast
Wednesday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87.
You are looking at multiple stringers

Calendar of Events
August 13:  Kansas City Chapter Trout Derby.  A fund raiser for Project Healing Waters and MTFA.  Donations are appreciated.  Registration at Park store staring 7pm on Friday – August 12th until store close and Saturday, August 13 from store opening until 7 am.  Derby rules available when you register.
August 30th & 31st : Moss Cutting
October 4th & 5th : Moss Cutting
Saturday, October 8, 2016:
Holland Trout Derby, help raise some money for cancer society.
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM
October 31st: End of Regular Season
November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017



Of Interest
Okay, the water is dingy and moving fast.  Now what?  Go home and veg out or give the fishing a try.  Here are some suggestions if you decide to do the latter.
Have you ever pulled up to a stream after a heavy rain, ready to fish, but canceled your fishing plans because the water looked too high and dirty? I’ll be the first to admit there are times when this is the case, but very often anglers scratch their fishing plans when they should instead, have Fished-ON. The fact is, trout can see a whole lot better than we think, and if you fish the right kinds of fly patterns, and target the right water, in many cases you can do pretty darn good fishing in these water conditions. Even better, your odds at catching a trophy fish are increased, because the dingy water will both mask your approach and keep big educated trout from being able to scrutinize your fly patterns. So go ahead, call those anglers you despise and tell them the waters blown out, and you’ll have a good chance of having the water to yourself and wailing on fish all day long.
Tip 1. Target the Right Kinds of Water
So you’ve decided to take my advice and fish on, good for you. The first thing you need to do when fishing high and dirty water is target high percentage water. I search out the slower moving seams close to the banks, long stretches of fast shallow water that are followed by buckets ordeep water where the fish will stack up, and eddies behind boulders or lay downs. These are all safe havens that trout search out refuge in during high water. They all allow trout to save energy by staying out of the excessive current, while capitalizing on the large influx of food sources drifting. Increased flows and rising water increases the amount of food available for trout. Many aquatic insects get flushed off the bottom of the stream, while others emerge from the freshly submerged stream banks. Examples of this are big stoneflies that are normally found hiding away in clumps of debris and under rocks, and cranefly larva that get washed in from the high water flowing along the banks.
Tip 2. Choose Larger and Brighter Fly Patterns
The second thing an angler needs to do to increase their success rate while fishing high and dirty water is choose the right kinds of fly patterns to fish. This is the one time when I feel I don’t have to carry my entire arsenal of gear. I’ll gladly leave my fly boxes with all my tiny fly patterns and light tippet spools at the vehicle. I’ll rig up a 9′-12′ 3x-4x fluorocarbon leader and carry only my fly boxes with large nymphs, bright attractors (eggs and san juan worms), and streamers. What ever you do, don’t be afraid to go big with your fly selection. For instance, larger than average egg patterns work really well in dirty water. The larger profile and bright colors allow the fish to pick them up quickly in the low water clarity. I also like to use big bulky nymph patterns, like Kevin Howells, “Big Nasty”. Any rubberleg stonefly patterns in black or brown will work. If you want to try something a little different you can fish streamer patterns dead drifted under an indicator, like white zonkers, which can be deadly. Most anglers do not realize how well white shows up in dingy water. Your standard Grey woolly bugger work fantastic for imitating cranefly larva, or you can take a more realistic approach using, “Barr’s Cranefly Larva”.
Tip 3. Don’t Be Shy with Your Split-Shot, Fish Water Thoroughly, Try Streamers
One things for sure, make sure you pack plenty of split-shot and don’t be afraid to use it. The higher water is going to call for adding more weight to your nymph rig to get your flies down in the strike zone. Be sure to take more time to fish pieces of water more thoroughly before you move on. Your going to have to get the flies closer to the fish for them to see them, and they usually won’t get spooked from repeated casts. Overall, I find nymphing most productive for me during high water, but you can also catch some really nice fish with streamers as well. Try pounding the banks with streamers patterns that push a lot of water. Rubber legs, some flash here and there, and rattles incorporated into your streamers, can increase their effectiveness. Lastly, your retrieve speed should generally be slower rate than what you would normally retrieve in normal flows and water clarity.
So there you go, that’s my tips for fishing high and dirty water for trout. I hope it persuades the anglers out there to FishON that normally avoid fishing these water conditions.
Keep it Reel,
Kent Klewein
Gink & Gasoline
www.ginkandgasoline.com
hookups@ginkandgasoline.com



Quote of the Week 
Often, I've been exhausted on trout streams, uncomfortable, wet, cold, briar-scarred, sunburned, mosquito-bitten, but never, with a flyrod in my hand, have I been unhappy.
Author:
Charles Kuralt

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Monday, July 25, 2016


7-26-16



How’s Fishing?
The main story for this weekend has been the heat.  Next week offers us a cool down to more normal temperatures and should make the times before and after fishing more fun.  You may even want to put a campfire together for s’mores.
 As the season is progressing, so is the action on top water.  Renegades, ants, and mosquitoes are good choices.  Cracklebacks have come into their own as well.  The Bennett Blue continues to be the favorite crackleback.  The small weighted ginger or chartreuse woolies are perfect for these water conditions, too.

Of Interest

No moss cutting this week.
The water temperature, for those of you that have been checking, continues to hold at 57 to 58 degrees, despite the hot spell we are having, so we may be stressed by the heat, but the fish are not.



Fishing Times
July     6:30 a.m.  -   8:30 p.m.
August 7:00 a.m.  -
 8:00 p.m.
September 7:30 a.m.  -   7:15 p.m.
October 7:30 a.m.  -   6:30 p.m.

Water Conditions
Bennett Spring 7-25-16
Gage house level is 2.33 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1934
25th percentile is 111
Median is 135
Mean is 141
75th percentile is 160
current level  is 221
Max was 253 in 1995



Niangua River:7-25-16
Gage House reading (water level) is 3.58 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 17 in 2012
25th percentile is 36
Median is 69
Mean is 92
75th percentile is 85
Max was 387 in 2015
Today's reading is 541

What’s Working
From the fly box
Cracklebacks – Bennett blue, dark colors
Renegade
Mosquitoes
Red ants
Mega wopper worms
RGN
Dave’s hopper
Zone 1 and 2
Marabou –ginger,  brown & olive, salmon & brown, olive & black, gingersnap
Peach fur bug
Possum hair roach
Ginger or chartreuse wooly
John deere

Zone 3
Power bait, garlic green or salmon peach
Power bait worms, natural or brown


Lunker Club
7-20-16
Jan Jones from Springfield, IL.   6 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1
Bob Eveler from Jeff City, MO.  2 pounds on a john deere in zone 2
Fred Todd from Mexico, MO.  2 pounds on garlic green powerbait in the Niangua River
7-21-16
Russ Grobe from Hillsboro, MO.  2 pounds on a Black & yellow marabou in zone 2
Colby Hutson fromTroy, MO.  2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2
7-23-16
Wyatt Delcour from Richland, MO.  2-1/4 pounds on a hopper in zone 2
7-24-16
Edward Minor from Houstonia, MO.  3-1/4 pounds on salmon peach power bait in zone 3
Spencer Kendall from Arnold, MO.  2 pounds on a red crackleback in zone 1
7-25-16
Steve Hauser from Defiance, MO.  3 pounds, 12 ounces on a black & Yellow marabou in zone 2
Stacy Breeden from Lexington, MO.  2-1/4 pounds on bubble gum power bait in zone 3.

Calendar of Events
July 26th & 27th Moss cutting has been canceled
August 30th & 31st : Moss Cutting

October 4th & 5th : Moss Cutting
Saturday, October 8, 2016:
Holland Trout Derby, help raise some money for cancer society.
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

October 31st: End of Regular Season
November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017


Weather Forecast
Wednesday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88.
Thursday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88.
Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.
Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85.



Quote of the Week 
Don't tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don't tell them where they know the fish.
Author:
Mark Twain

Thanks for reading!  Lucy


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

July 20, 2016





How’s Fishing?
It’s truly amazing how quickly the Spring can recover from a high water event.  Just last week on July 14th, the water rose to over six and a half feet.  This is two and a half feet over flood level, and within four hours, it was back down to four feet, also back in its banks, and showing signs of clearing.  As I write this report, the water has clear edges, some murk in the center but the Spring is pumping out clean water.  Fishing has been good for most. The fish that are being caught and kept are of a decent size – between one and two pounds.  Lures are tending toward the dark side.  Black marabou or rooster tails.  The exception to this is anything that is salmon or peach, from dough bait to glo-balls.
The Niangua rose more slowly, reached a height of over twelve feet and receded by the end of the next day to four feet.
The best advice that I got from those that were actually catching fish was to fish the edges and the eddies.  Fish the far bank.  As long as you aren’t in the middle, you are going to do well.



Fishing Times
July                 6:30 a.m.  -   8:30 p.m.
August 7:00 a.m.  -   8:00 p.m.
September 7:30 a.m.  -   7:15 p.m.
October         7:30 a.m.  -   6:30 p.m.



Water Conditions
Bennett Spring 7-19-16

Gage house level is 2.38 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1934
25th percentile is 112
Median is 191
Mean is 154
75th percentile is 174
current level  is 238
Max was 588 in 1988

Niangua River

Gage House reading (water level) is 3.09 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:

minimum was 10 in 1997
25th percentile is 141
Median is 191
Mean is 230
75th percentile is 283
Max is 931 in 2015
Today's reading is 866



What’s Working
From the fly box
Cracklebacks in dark colors, original
Black zonkers, streamers
Zone 2
Marabou – white & yellow, black & olive, pink & white, red & black, peach, black & yellow with gold head and red thread
Peach fur bug
White grub, white grub with tail
Peach fur bug
Zone 3
Power bait, bubble gum or salmon peach





Lunker Club
7-15-16
Matthew Powell from Bethel, MO, 2-1/2 pounds on a peach fur bug
James Oyler from Lee’s Summit, MO, 2+ catch & release on black & orange marabou in zone 2
Kyle Eggers from Rogers, AR, 2.25 pounds on a black & olive marabou in zone 2
7-16-16
Jeremy Bedell from Kansas City, MO, 2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3
7-18-16
Russ Grobe from Hillsboro , MO, 3 pounds on a ginger in zone 2
Drew Sanders from Glasgow, MO, 2 pounds on a chamois in zone 2
7-19-16
Renae Hampton from Festus, MO, 4-1/4 pounds on a peach marabou in zone 1
Jim Asher from Atchison, KS, 2 pounds on a black & gold marabou in zone 2
Brian Dolan from St. Louis, MO. 2 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 2



Weather Forecast
Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph.
Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95.
Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95.
Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.
Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90

Spring Hole during high water


Of Interest
The flood was the most interesting thing that has happened for a while.  I’m just going to let the pictures speak for the event.

zone 1 July 14,2016










Roller Dam, July 14, 2016













Quote of the Week (thanks to the nice ladies in our shop that approved this one!)
Bass fishermen watch Monday night football, drink beer, drive pickup trucks and prefer noisy women with big breasts. Trout fishermen watch MacNeil-Lehrer, drink white wine, drive foreign cars with passenger-side air bags and hardly think about women at all. This last characteristic may have something to do with the fact that trout fishermen spend most of the time immersed up to the thighs in ice-cold water.
Author:  Not Known
Published:  New Yorker Magazine, June 13, 1994

Thanks for reading!  Lucy