Wednesday, June 24, 2015

How's Fishing?


This could be one of the best weekends of the summer to visit Bennett!  There is a chance of showers on Friday, but Saturday and Sunday are forecast for the low 80's with clear skies and less humidity.  The moss will not be cut this week because of the higher water levels.  I will let you know if I hear that it will be cut before the scheduled date next month. Water levels continue on a steady downward trend.  The dingy color is getting less and less all the time.


Water Conditions

The Spring is still running pretty fast, but it is slowing and clearing every day.  We can not, of course, predict what it will be like after several days, but we can guess.  With only one day with a chance of rain forecast for the next week, it will probably be in much, much better shape by the weekend and beginning of next week.

Watch the Facebook page - Weavers Tackle Store - for updates or check out  the usgs site:  http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?site_no=06923500. (usgs bennett spring - if you want to enter a search for the site). The USGS gives you real time water levels as well as history for the last 50 years,

June 23, 2015 for Bennett Spring

Gage house level is 3.03 feet down from 4.7 on June 19th.
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 83 in 1934
25th percentile is 126
Median is 157
Mean is 190
75th percentile is 217
current level is 460
Max was 815 in 1935





June 15, 2015 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading is 3.67, down from 15 on June 20th
Daily Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 38 in 2012
25th percentile is 72
Median is 117
Mean is 174
75th percentile is 273
Max was 414 in 2008
Today's reading is 582 - the new max


What's Working?

blue with black hackle, Aqua, or pink cracklebacks
weighted crackleback
zonkers - black or white
gray or brown RGN's

Zone one & two:

white sparkle jig
rabbit hair roach
1/8th ounce marabou jig - tri color, moss or moss and black with gold head
Glo Ball- jimi hendrix, easter egg, chartreuse
rooster tails: orange spot , brown sparkle, black sparkle
orange or brown wooly with spinner
floss jig- orange, moss

Zone 3:

pink mouse tail
sherbet or chartreuse PowerBait


Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. Heat index values as high as 100. Southwest wind 5 to 13 mph

Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 92. Southwest wind 13 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.



Fishing Times

June/July from 6:30 to 8:30

August from 7:00 to 8:00

September from 7:30 to 7:15

October from 7:30 to 6:30

Calendar of Events

June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting has been cancelled due to higher water

June 27th - 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store
"Wayne is an avid fly tier and has been tying flies for a lot of years. He's known around the Bennett Spring area as the soft hackle king because he loves to tie and fish with soft hackle flies. These flies have been around for a lot of years and are still great flies to fish with today. Stop in and watch Wayne tie, and listen as he effortlessly hands out priceless knowledge as he does. Wayne is one fine fly tier and loves to share what he knows about fishing and the flies he ties."

June 30th - Fly tying class at Weaver's will be cancelled this week due to a blessed event that is happening in Ron's family.

July 7th - Fly tying classes resume at Weaver's Tackle, this weeks fly will be a wooly bugger (class for beginners starts at 6:30) followed by a March Brown Paradun and a Gray Hackle.  All materials for flies tied are provided and classes are free.

July 14th - Fly tying class at Weaver's Tackle, Baby Doll, zug bug, and johnny rotten will be the flies tied.  All are welcome.  No charge for class or materials used in class.

July 21 - Fly tying class at Weaver's Tackle, black ant, adams Parachute, and a sparkle spinner will be the flies tied.  All are welcome.  No charge for class or materials used in class.
July 25th 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

July 28th & 29th - moss cutting

July 28th - Fly tying class at Weaver's Tackle, Tenny Nymph, Lime Trude -df,  will be the flies tied.  All are welcome.  No charge for class or materials used in class.

August 22nd - 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

August 25th & 26th - moss cutting

September 22nd and 23rd - moss cutting

October 10, Holland Derby

October 20th and 21st - moss cutting

October 31st - end of regular fishing season

November 13th - start of catch and release for 2015/16

February 8th, 2016 end of catch and release season 2015/16


Quote of the Week

Of course fly-fishing is not proof against craziness. In fact, spending what can easily become serious money and endless time to catch fish you mostly release would by most measures prove craziness.

Author:  James R Babb

Published:  River Music

Thanks for reading, Lucy

Thursday, June 18, 2015


 How's Fishing?

Happy Father's Day!  I have repeatedly told the story of fishing with my Dad and Granddaddy who were both fly fishermen.  I didn't really care that much about fishing, but spending uninterrupted time with my Dad was priceless.
By Saturday, the skies will clear and stay clear for the next week.  We all know that conditions on the stream will not be perfect, but I am assuming there are quite a few people out there who, like me, really enjoy spending time with, or in memory of, their Dad.  The little article that follows is to give you the best advice possible to catch the fish that are there.


 Fishing the big muddy -

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 or deep 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


  Water Conditions
We have had repeated calls to our store asking about stream conditions.  At this point the Spring is receding but we are anticipating at least some rain in the next couple of days.  The water will be muddy from side stream runoff. The spring is pumping out some pretty fast water which is much clearer.
Watch the facebook page - Weavers Tackle Store - for updates or the usgs site which is waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?site_no=06923500.  (usgs bennett spring - if you want to search the site).  The USGS gives you real time water levels as well as history,

June 15, 2015 for Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.15 feet Down from 3.25 only 14 days ago
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1977
25th percentile is 127
Median is 170
Mean is 196
75th percentile is 229
current level is 216
Max was 754 in 1935

June 15, 2015 for Niangua River:
Gage House reading is 3.32 feet, down from 3.5 on May 31
Daily Discharge levels measured in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 61 in 2012
25th percentile is 125
Median is 249
Today's reading is 332
75th percentile is 420
Mean is 355
Max was 1520 in 2008



What's Working?

From the fly box
 aqua crackleback
weighted crackleback
black or red zebra midge
zonkers - black or white
mohair leech - dark colors

Zone one & two
white sparkle  jig
rabbit hair roach
bumble bee mini jig
Marabou :salmon, ginger, ginger snap, moss, black
Glo Ball- jimi hendrix, easter egg
rooster tails: white, tinsel fire tiger, skunk, brown glitter, black
larger - size 6 -orange or brown wooly with spinner

Zone 3:
pink mouse tail
sherbet power bait

Lunker Club

6-9-15
Evan Fuhrmann from Collinsville, IL
2 pounds on a brown globall in zone 1

Justin Laughlin from Arthur, IL
2 pounds on a skunk rooster tail in zone 2

Felix Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Noah Daniel from Indianapolis IN
2.3 pounds on a red and white marabou in zone 1

6-12-15

Margie Bratz from St. Charles, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a florescent red power bait worm

Kim Cearlock from Vandalia, IL
2 pounds on a white and pink marabou

6-12-15
Ellie Gast (9 years old and first trout!  Where to go from here?)
from Lenexa, KS
2-1/4 pounds on a tan with gold head marabou

6-14-15
Lonny Todd from Lee Summit MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou

Keaton Smith from Higbee, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a white chenille

6-16-15
Melissa Maness from St. Peters MO
2 pounds on a white glitter jig in zone 1

6-17-15
Chase Baker (age 12) from Chatham, IL
2 pounds on a john deere in zone 2


Weather Forecast

Friday: Periods of showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 76. East wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Southwest wind 5 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 91.



Fishing Times

June/July from 6:30 to 8:30

August from 7:00 to 8:00

September from 7:30 to 7:15

October from 7:30 to 6:30


Calendar of Events

June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting

June 27th - 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store
"Wayne is an avid fly tier and has been tying flies for a lot of years. He's known around the Bennett Spring area as the soft hackle king because he loves to tie and fish with soft hackle flies. These flies have been around for a lot of years and are still great flies to fish with today. Stop in and watch Wayne tie, and listen as he effortlessly hands out priceless knowledge as he does. Wayne is one fine fly tier and loves to share what he knows about fishing and the flies he ties."

July 25th 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

July 28th & 29th - moss cutting

August 22nd - 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

August 25th & 26th - moss cutting

September 22nd and 23rd - moss cutting

October 10, Holland Derby

October 20th and 21st - moss cutting

October 31st - end of regular fishing season

November 13th - start of catch and release for 2015/16

February 8th, 2016 end of catch and release season 2015/16


Quote of the Week

Experience usually is what you get when you don't get what you want, but if there were no such thing as optimism, there would be no such thing as fishing.

Author: Micheal McIntosh

Thanks for reading!

Monday, June 8, 2015

June 9, 2011



How's Fishing?
It was a great weekend here at Bennett.  The first annual Conservation Federation of Missouri Trout Fest was held at Bennett Spring and was a great success.  The presenters were an amazing group of anglers.  You would be hard pressed to find a  more experienced and knowledgeable group of people to tell you about fishing in general, and Bennett Spring specifically.  If  you didn't get a chance to listen to them and visit with them, I hope you will take advantage of the opportunity next year during the Second Annual CFM event.  And, although I didn't get to try them, I heard the ribs at the food pavilion were to die for!

Fishing continues to be very good.  For the most part, there are decent sized fish and quite a few of them.  Occasionally the top water fly is effective, but most fish are caught at a depth of three to five feet.  Today the lure that people are asking for is a peacock grub.  We have several variations of this, and I'm sure you have a favorite of  your own.  The aqua or turquoise crackleback continues to be hot, as well as a bead head crackleback.  A sinking tip fly line or leader is a good choice at this point, too.
 
Tag sales continue to grow.  Last year for May the number of tags sold was 16,326.  This year there were 17,214.  This 888 tags sold is a 5.44% increase.  The breakdown of the numbers is 14,892 adult tags and 2322 kids tags.   Interestingly, the number of kids tags sold was up almost 10%.  Perhaps this was due to the excellent weather we had for Kids Fishing Day.    I'll watch it and see if this trend continues through the summer months.   The number of fish stocked per tag was 2.32 this year, compared to 2.41 in 2014.
 



Water Conditions
More than the depth of the water, the flow of the water is what is making fishing difficult for some.  Keep in mind that you may need to adjust for the swiftness of the water and the depth that the fish are resting.  The color continues to be blue-green and a little bit murky.

June 7, 2015 for Bennett Sping
Gage house level is 2.55 feet  Down from 3.25 only 6 days ago
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 79 in 1977
25th percentile is 130
Median is 179
Mean is 206
75th percentile is 225
current level is 279
Max was 548 in 1994

June 7, 2015 for Niangua River:
Gage House reading is 3.14, down from 3.5 on May 31
Daily Discharge levels:
minimum was 42 in 1997
25th percentile is 140
Median is 217
75th percentile is 318
Mean is 277
Max was 858 in 2013
Today's reading is 910 - new record high

What's Working
From the Fly Box
Chartreuse, green holographic or aqua crackleback
weighted crackleback
renegade
seductive midge
John's soft hackle

Zone one & two:
peacock grub
white thread jig
rabbit hair roach
plated tinsel jig
bumble bee mini jig
Marabou :salmon, white, red & white, black & yellow, tequila sunrise, yellow, marabou
Glo Ball- pink lady, original tri color, chartreuse with dot
gray deere
rooster tails: white, tinsel fire tiger, skunk
brown or brown/green wooly with spinner
white thread jig

Zone 3:
yellow garlic and salmon peach power bait
yellow power bait salmon egg

Lunker Club
6-3-15
Randy Crah from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds on cheese in zone 3
6-4-15
Chris Niewald from O'Fallon, MO
2-3/8 pounds on a rooster tail in zone 2
6-6-15
Andrea Ayers from Topeka, KS
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou

Avery Epperson from New London, MO (age 13)
3-1/2 pounds on a pink & white jig in zone 2

Jarrod Pragman from Higginsville, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou

Mike Murzynski from St. Robert, MO
2 plus on a weighted crackleback



Fishing Times

June/July from 6:30 to 8:30

August from 7:00 to 8:00

September from 7:30 to 7:15

October from 7:30 to 6:30



Calendar of Events

June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting

June 27th - 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store
"Wayne is an avid fly tier and has been tying flies for a lot of years. He's known around the Bennett Spring area as the soft hackle king because he loves to tie and fish with soft hackle flies. These flies have been around for a lot of years and are still great flies to fish with today. Stop in and watch Wayne tie, and listen as he effortlessly hands out priceless knowledge as he does. Wayne is one fine fly tier and loves to share what he knows about fishing and the flies he ties."

July 25th 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

July 28th & 29th - moss cutting

August 22nd - 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

August 25th & 26th - moss cutting

September 22nd and 23rd - moss cutting

October 10, Holland Derby

October 20th and 21st - moss cutting

October 31st - end of regular fishing season

November 13th - start of catch and release for 2015/16

February 8th, 2016 end of catch and release season 2015/16



Weather Forecast

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. West wind 3 to 7 mph

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

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

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82.


Quote of the Week

Certainly no aspect of fly-fishing is as enjoyable as those which have a good, firmly based and well established myth or two for company
Author:  Conrad Voss Bark
Published:  A Fly On The Water 1986



Thanks for reading,
Lucy

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June 2, 2015

How's Fishing?




Big doin's this weekend!  The conservation Federation of Missouri is hosting the first annual Trout Fest at Bennett Spring.  On both Saturday and Sunday there will be events all day.  If you catch a tagged fish, you can take it to the CFM tent at the whistle bridge for a prize.  Demonstrations and information about fishing will be located at shelter B in the Park.  There's even a movie at 8:30 pm in Shelter B.  Appropriately, the film that is being shown is A River Runs Through It.  For more information see the flyers that are posted around the park and the local stores, or scan the QR code on this report to upload times and events to your phone.
The weather seems to be cooperating as well.  Temperatures in the low 80's with a chance for rain on Friday and Sunday. Overall, very nice weather is forecast.

Water Conditions
The water continues to be pretty murky in places at this time.  It's been dropping steadily from a high of 3.49 on May 30 to today's level of 2.70.  This measurement is taken at the gage house.  For those of you not familiar with what the numbers mean, the number that indicates the level we have been used to seeing this year is closer to 2.0 feet.  We are currently seeing about 3/4 of a foot above that.  It should be down to a very fish-able level by this weekend.

Bennett Spring:
Highest level on 5-31-15
June 2, 2015
Gage house level is 2.70 feet

Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1936
25th percentile is 143
Median is 189
Mean is 223
75th percentile is 259
current level is 325
Max was 898 in 1935

Niangua River:
June 2, 2015
Gage House reading is 2.02

Daily Discharge levels:
minimum was 66 in 2014
25th percentile is 134
Median is 238
Today's reading is 376
75th percentile is 652
Mean is 800
Max was 4410 in 2007



What's Working?
From the fly box
Chartreuse or aqua crackleback
tube jig, white
renegade
seductive midge
brown or gray possum roaches
John's soft hackle

Zone one & two:
white thread jig
john Deere
Marabou :salmon, white, red & white, black & yellow marabou
Glo Ball- pink lady, original tri color, chartreuse with dot
gray deere
rooster tails: white, tinsel fire tiger, skunk
brown or brown/green wooly with spinner
white thread jig

Zone 3:
white, yellow, or rainbow power bait
red salmon egg
trout magnet- red & white, pink & white



Lunker Club 

5-28-15
Brian Tumlin from La Plata MO
2-1/2 pounds on a chartreuse crackleback in zone 2

5-29-15
Wyatt Kelley from Freeburg, IL
2 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

5-30-15
Joshua Unger from Springfield, MO\
2-1/4 pounds on a salmon marabou in zone 1

Michelle Kee from Olathe, KS
6-3/4 pounds on a black & white marabou in zone 1


Fishing Times
June/July from 6:30 to 8:30

August from 7:00 to 8:00

September from 7:30 to 7:15

October from 7:30 to 6:30



Calendar of Events

June 6th and 7th - free fishing weekend

June 6th and 7th - Inaugural CFM Trout Fest. This event is sponsored by the Conservation Federation of Missouri, and is put on in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Conservation. There will be many attractions and activities, including a traditional trout park derby where tagged fish will be stocked and prizes awarded to the anglers who catch them. for more info check out confedmo.org/trout-fest.

June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting

June 27th - 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store
"Wayne is an avid fly tier and has been tying flies for a lot of years. He's known around the Bennett Spring area as the soft hackle king because he loves to tie and fish with soft hackle flies. These flies have been around for a lot of years and are still great flies to fish with today. Stop in and watch Wayne tie, and listen as he effortlessly hands out priceless knowledge as he does. Wayne is one fine fly tier and loves to share what he knows about fishing and the flies he ties."

July 25th 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

July 28th & 29th - moss cutting

August 22nd - 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

August 25th & 26th - moss cutting

September 22nd and 23rd - moss cutting

October 10, Holland Derby

October 20th and 21st - moss cutting

October 31st - end of regular fishing season

November 13th - start of catch and release for 2015/16

February 8th, 2016 end of catch and release season 2015/16



Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 6 to 8 mph.

Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

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

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.



Quote of the Week
A trip to the river is a series of actions and choices. Which fly? Where to cast - how best to reach the spot I am aiming for? Some days I don't catch a thing, some days quite a few. Fly fishing takes a mulish patience, a recognition of limits, a willingness to put up with mistakes, take them in, learn from them. On the river the world is neither perfect nor broken, but always fixable, adjustable, always ripe for restoration.
Author:  Frank Soos
Published:  Bamboo Fly Rod Suite

Thanks for reading,
Lucy


Tuesday, May 26, 2015


How's Fishing?

Despite the off-and-on rain, there were a whole bunch of people fishing this last weekend.  For the three day period, there were 2543 adult tags plus 679 kids tags sold.  On Saturday alone there were over 1700 tags purchased.
The fish size continues to be decent.  We had a lot of fish being brought up to Weaver's to be weighed, but most were just under the two pound requirement for our lunker pins.  Still, nice fish!  A pound and a half is a decent fish to take home.

Neither the stream or the Niangua is flooded like some of the other waterways are to the south of us.  We will watch the levels and let you know if there are any significant changes to the stream conditions.

With the water in such good condition, the classic lures and flies are working well.  Black and yellow marabou never goes out of style.  Renegades and the suductive midge are a couple of good top water choices.  The cracklebacks, especially olive and, when we can get them, aqua, are working great as well.  Now that the moss is cut, the possum hair roach is working again.  It works great on a sinking line or  tippet just above the weeds.
If you fish the Niangua, Rooster Tails - especially white - are just perfect.  A brown wooly with a spinner is also a good choice.


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

May 26, 2015
Gage house level is 1.93 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
minimum 82 in 1936
Current 142
25th percentile is 140
Median is 217
Mean is 273
75th percentile is 320
Max was 2150 in 1990



Niangua River:

May 26, 2015
Gage House reading is 2.02
Daily Discharge levels:
Today's reading is 90
minimum was 51 in 2012
25th percentile is 155
Median is 322
Mean is 442
75th percentile is 551
Max was 1370 in 2011



What's Working?
From the fly case:
Cracklebacks - aqua or olive
tan caddis, black caddis
tube jig, white
pale morning dun
renegade
seductive midge
brown rabbit roaches
white thread jig
white mega worm

Zone one & two:
Chartreuse, aqua or red brassie
john Deere
Marabou :black & yellow, black head and thread, tiny white (ghost) with red collar
Glo Ball- peach with red dot, original tri color
black & yellow marabou
gray deere
rooster tails:white (snow)
brown or brown/green wooly with spinner
white thread jig

Zone 3:
white, yellow, or chunky cheese power bait
red salmon egg
trout magnet- red & white, pink & white




  Lunker Club
5-22-15
Reka Behrman from New Cambria, MO
2 pounds on white power bait in zone 3

5-23-15
Larry Todd from Raytown, MO
2 -1/2 pounds on a white mega worm in zone 1

Hannah and Addison Watkins (team effort, you go, girls!)
from Bolivar MO
2 pounds on a white thread jig in
 zone 1

5-24-15
Phillip Perry from Lebanon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on white/orange dough bait in the Niangua River.

5-25-15
Lane Glenn from Kearney, MO
2 pounds on a trout magnet in zone 3


Fishing Time

May from 6:30 to 8:15

June/July from 6:30 to 8:30

August from 7:00 to 8:00

September from 7:30 to 7:15







Calendar of Events
May 30 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

"Wayne is an avid fly tier and has been tying flies for a lot of years. He's known around the Bennett Spring area as the soft hackle king because he loves to tie and fish with soft hackle flies. These flies have been around for a lot of years and are still great flies to fish with today. Stop in and watch Wayne tie, and listen as he effortlessly hands out priceless knowledge as he does. Wayne is one fine fly tier and loves to share what he knows about fishing and the flies he ties."

June 6th and 7th - free fishing weekend

June 6th and 7th - Inaugural CFM Trout Fest. This event is sponsored by the Conservation Federation of Missouri, and is put on in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Conservation. There will be many attractions and activities, including a traditional trout park derby where tagged fish will be stocked and prizes awarded to the anglers who catch them. for more info check out confedmo.org/trout-fest.

June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting

June 27th - 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

July 25th 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

July 28th & 29th - moss cutting

August 22nd - 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

August 25th & 26th - moss cutting

September 22nd and 23rd - moss cutting

October 10, Holland Derby

October 20th and 21st - moss cutting

October 31st - end of regular fishing season

November 13th - start of catch and release for 2015/16

February 8th, 2016 end of catch and release season 2015/16

October from 7:30 to 6:30


Weather Forecast

Thursday:  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday:  Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 77.

Sunday:   A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69.

Monday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 73.



Quote of the Week
This one is for all of those fly tying maniacs out there....

The trout makes the angler the most gentlemanly and readiest sport of all other fishes. If you fish with a made fly, this is the chief pleasure in angling.
Author:  Lawton
Published:  1613

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


How's Fishing?

The moss was cut this week.  With the low water levels that Bennett has been experiencing over the last couple of years, the moss has become more of a problem than it  has been in the past.  When the light can reach the plants, they grow faster.  It can be an inconvenience when the cutting is actually happening, but it's very necessary for the overall health of the stream and the fishing experience.  As far as your lures getting caught on moss, try using the little white floss jig - it works especially well right after the moss has been cut. I was told that it resembles the crustaceans that grow on the weeds, and when the weeds are cut, they end up floating down stream along with the cuttings.  If someone knows that this is not correct, please feel free to 'school' me.
Fishing continues to be good...there is a chance of showers off and on all week so the conditions will require some adaptability.  Not as hot as it has been some years, for some of us that's a real plus!  Overall, should be a great weekend.

I would like to say thank you to all those who are reading  who have served, or had family who have served, to protect our county.  Even if you are not told every day, we appreciate you for giving us the privilege of our freedom.


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

May 11, 2015
Gage house level is 1.94 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
minimum 85 in 1977
Current 142
25th percentile is 143
Median is 214
Mean is 271
75th percentile is 330
Max was 1330 in 1981



Niangua River:

May 18, 2015
Gage House reading is 1.94
 Daily Discharge levels:
Today's reading is 81
minimum was 72 in 2012
25th percentile is 165
Median is 556
Mean is 749
75th percentile is 759
Max was 2730 in 1993

What's Working?

From the fly case:
Cracklebacks - orange
gray scuds
copper hot shot, olive or brown
pheasant tail nymph
pheasant soft hackle
brown rabbit roaches

Zone one & two:
Chartreuse or white brassie
john Deere
Marabou :black & yellow, black head and thread,  tiny white (ghost) with red collar
Glo Ball- Easter egg, gater, and original tri color
Bedspread mini jib
ruby G grubs
rooster tails: tinsel fire tiger (yellow orange & chartreuse), pumpkin seed

Zone 3:
orange power bait
trout magnets, white & pink or pale pink
Pumpkin seed Grub



Lunker Club
5-11-15
Patrick Senter from McKinney, Tx
2 pounds on a brown Mepps Aglia

5-12-15
Loren Vinson from Lees summit, MO
2 pounds on a yellow wooly in zone 2

5-17-15
Leland Fisher from Jefferson City, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL (is that 6 this year, Bruce?)
2-1/4 pounds on a deer hair lure in zone 2

Josh Bogan from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

5-18-15

Nathan Wadlow from Washington, MO
2 pounds on powder blue marabou in zone 2

Linda Hay from Augusta, MO
2.3 pounds on a black & olive mini jig



Fishing Times

May from 6:30 to 8:15

June/July from 6:30 to 8:30

August from 7:00 to 8:00

September from 7:30 to 7:15

October from 7:30 to 6:30







Calendar of Events

May 26 - Fly Tyer's Forum meets in Weaver's Tackle store at 6:30 to 8:20. Free to all, no need to pre-register. Tying Light Spruce and the Madam X. Topic is Leaders, fly lines and cleaners.

May 30 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

"Wayne is an avid fly tier and has been tying flies for a lot of years. He's known around the Bennett Spring area as the soft hackle king because he loves to tie and fish with soft hackle flies. These flies have been around for a lot of years and are still great flies to fish with today. Stop in and watch Wayne tie, and listen as he effortlessly hands out priceless knowledge as he does. Wayne is one fine fly tier and loves to share what he knows about fishing and the flies he ties."

June 6th and 7th - free fishing weekend

June 6th and 7th - Inaugural CFM Trout Fest. This event is sponsored by the Conservation Federation of Missouri, and is put on in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Conservation. There will be many attractions and activities, including a traditional trout park derby where tagged fish will be stocked and prizes awarded to the anglers who catch them. for more info check out confedmo.org/trout-fest.

June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting

June 27th - 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

July 25th 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

July 28th & 29th - moss cutting

August 22nd - 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

August 25th & 26th - moss cutting

September 22nd and 23rd - moss cutting

October 10, Holland Derby

October 20th and 21st - moss cutting

October 31st - end of regular fishing season

November 13th - start of catch and release for 2015/16

February 8th, 2016 end of catch and release season 2015/16


Weather Forecast

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 64.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 69.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77.

Memorial Day: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75.



Quote of the Day

The difference between hunting and fishing is that hunters seek their prey while fishermen try to become prey; they do their best to make their lures look attractive and vulnerable so that fish will attack them.

Author:

W.D. Wetherell



Thanks for reading!  Lucy