August 30, 2016
The season is winding down, one more big weekend for all of us to enjoy.
Top water fishing (I know a lot of people really like this type of
fishing the best) continues to improve despite the continuing
murkiness of the water. Try your personal favorites, of course, or
perhaps a renegade. Griffiths gnats and pale evening dun are also
good choices this time of year. Scuds, tan or gray, and RGN's -
lighter colors - are doing well, too.
After Wednesday, rain has been taken out of the forecast and should
give the stream, as well as the river, a chance to recoup.
September 7:30 a.m. - 7:15 p.m.
October 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
The water levels at Bennett Spring continue to be a little on the high
side and receding very slowly. The Niangua has been more impacted by
the rains we have had locally. It's high, but not excessively so.
For Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.03 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 68 in 1968
25th percentile is 103
Median is 128
Mean is 126 75th percentile is 143
current level is 145
Max was 202 in 1979
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.25 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 19 in 1993
25th percentile is 23
Median is 33
Mean is 46
75th percentile is 67
Max is 117 in 2007
Today's reading is 199
From the Fly Case:
Adam's Parachute, 14s and 16.
RGN, golden, light olive or brown, rust
Pale Evening Dun, 14 or 16
Zone 1 & 2
Brown Wooly Bugger
Marabou: Shell & white, salmon, Gingersnap, red & yellow
Possum Hair Roach
White floss jig Glo Balls: white with red dot, white,
john deere mini jig
peach fur bugs
Power Bait: Salmon Peach or Brown
mouse tails, pink & white for Niangua
tan scented Power Bait Worms
Jayne Mount from Clinton, MO
2.5 pounds on a hand tied pink & white
Luong Hink from Gardner, Kansas
2-1/4 pounds on a chamois worm.
Saturday the Missouri Fishing Community lost a Pioneer and the architect of the Trout Program in our state. I found a nice article that I copied from the Mid Missouri Trout Unlimited Newsletter that was written by Jim Low. He tells a bit about the man and his work in framing the programs that are in place today. Our condolences go out to his family and his many friends. He will be missed.
Spencer E. Turner: Iron Man in Chest Waders by Jim Low.
Everyone leaves tracks. A few blaze trails and open new
Anyone who has attended an annual conference of the Outdoor Writers Association of America knows that it is a group of memorable characters. The
Communicators' craft demands a capacity for attracting attention. When an author
types "end" at the close of his or their career, they have left tracks in the sand. Not all blaze trails, however, and fewer still will be able to look back and see, as Spencer E. Turner can, that they opened new frontiers.
Spence, as his friends know him, took a while to find his calling. Before, during and after serving the U.S. Air Force, he attended various universities, starting out as a business major. But while stationed in Alaska he studied at the University of Alaska and decided he needed to be outdoors, not behind a desk. Accordingly, he changed his major to fisheries science, eventually earning a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin at Stephens Point. He says he struggled with some of his fisheries classes, but he went on to earn a master's degree from Colorado State University. His thesis topic was Microhabitat of Hatchery Rainbow Trout. On the strength of this work, in 1969, he landed a job with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), where he would spend his entire career.
Turner belongs to a cohort of resource scientists who entered wideopen fields of
inquiry in the mid20th century. Little was known about the biology, behavior, food
habits or habitat needs of fish and wildlife at that time. They plunged into these
uncharted fields, exploring the terra incognita of fish and wildlife management.
Among the groundbreaking studies Turner conducted were:
Evaluating the growth and harvest of stocked trout at Lake Taneycomo
Developing Missouri's brown trout stocking program
Evaluating effects of artificial lure regulations on trout survival
Evaluating effects of introducing redband trout to Missouri waters
Evaluating the stocking triploid (sterile) brown trout as a strategy for
increasing growth rates and trophy fishing potential
Developing methods of improving trout habitat in unstable streams
Launching MDC's ongoing efforts to improve smallmouth bass fishing in
The work of Turner and his cohort created an unprecedented body of knowledge
that has served as the basis for managing the fish and wildlife they studied. That was their next challenge. In Spence's case, this meant melding his knowledge of trout and smallmouth bass with stocking/recruitment rates, length and creel limits, fishing method restrictions and other factors to ensure sustainable yields of fish for anglers, then developing management strategies to produce wild and trophy trout and smallmouth bass fisheries.
His research debunked the widely accepted notion that brown trout could not be
overharvested, because they were too difficult to catch. His field work demonstrated that under Missouri's then existing regulations, most brown trout were harvested before they reached trophy size. He also demonstrated that use of natural and soft baits resulted in unacceptable mortality of undersized trout, a fact that led to implementation of regulations prohibiting such baits in trophy trout areas.
Spence's field work also turned up a population of rainbow trout in southwest
Missouri that were descended from trout brought to the ShowMe State from the
McCloud River in California in the 1800s. This was significant because this strain of trout had been hybridized out of existence in its original home waters. You can now catch pure McCloud rainbow trout at Wire Road Conservation Area in southwest
If imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery, Turner must feel extremely flattered that several Eastern and Southern states have modeled their own fisheries management programs after the ones he devised.
ROCKING THE BOAT
Some communicators are made, while others are born. Turner seems to have bee
of the latter variety. In 1977 he sent a memo to the chief of MDC's Fisheries Division, advocating a formal communication plan to ensure continued public support for Missouri's burgeoning conservation program. A few months earlier, Missourians had voted to create a 1/8 of 1 percent sales tax for conservation. The tax hardly had taken effect when Turner received a call from one of the supporters of the sales tax initiative, asking why he had heard nothing about implementation of promised programs.
"I believe this is a symptom of a much larger problem," Turner wrote to his
supervisor's boss. "Individuals in our work generally are introverts...we know more
about the effects of our programs on the animals than the effects on the people using the resource. We are also reluctant to inform the public about out programs unless specifically asked...we have to become more involved at the grassroots level and more aggressive politically...The lines of communication from the public to the Conservation Department must be opened."
Turner went on to suggest ways of keeping citizens informed and engaged
and advocated offering seminars to build conservation employees' communications skills. He also suggested that public outreach should be included in MDC employees' annual performance evaluations.
Apparently unwilling to wait for others to act, Turner took the ball and ran with it. He organized public meetings, public service announcements, radio interviews,
newspaper feature stories, cooperative promotions with the University of Missouri,
the University Extension Service, the Missouri Farm Bureau, civic club apearances
and PTA presentations. He created an annual Day with Wildlife event to raise his
agency's public profile and inform and involve the public in budding conservation
efforts. Later that year he corresponded with U.S. Sen. John C. Danforth about
potential improvements to a trout stream.
To further build the Conservation Department's public credibility, Turner became a
fixture at meetings of groups such as the Ozark Fly Fishers, helped organized Trout Unlimited (TU) chapters in Kansas City, Bennett Spring, St. Louis, and Columbia, and met with the Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association and Conservation Federation of Missouri. These citizen conservationists were eager for knowledge about and involvement in trout management.
When his best efforts were stalled by institutional inertia or politics, Turner
occasionally was canny and bold enough to feed inside information and tactical
advice to citizen conservationists. These contacts outside government were not
beholden to state officials for their paychecks. It may have looked fishy to his
supervisors, but Turner's fingerprints were hard to find. Agency leadership might not always have been thrilled to follow Spence's activist lead, but he sometimes left them little choice.
One of the greatest challenges for any fisheries or wildlife research biologist is
getting the public to support his or her carefully thought out plans and persuading
policy makers to implement them. Spence had his share of challenges in this regard, but he enjoyed more success than many. This was largely because he possessed more than scientific acumen and missionary zeal. He had a gift for framing a convincing argument.
WednesdayA 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly
cloudy, with a high near 83.
ThursdayA chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a
high near 82.
FridayMostly sunny, with a high near 83.
SaturdayMostly sunny, with a high near 85.
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
Advanced fly tying techniques aren't about knowing the obscure,
they're about understanding the simple.
Author: Neil Patterson
Thanks for reading,