Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How's Fishing?



The weather this year has been simply perfect and this fall is no exception.  There is only one more weekend in the regular season.  I hope you are able to join us for one more golden fishing trip.




What's Working at Bennett
From the fly box

Blue holographic crackleback has been super
ginger or golden olive crackleback
red or black zebra midge
red WD40
green RGN

Zone 1 & 2

jimi hendrix tri color glo ball
brown glitter or brown trout rooster tails
roaches - gray, brown & black
Marabou - white, gingersnap, and black & yellow
white floss
Peacock mini jig
Kapok

Zone 3

Zeke's white power bait
salmon peach power bait



Lunker Club

10-15-14
Jeff Mattes from Jacksonville, IL
3-1/8 pounds on a peacock herl jig in zone 1

10-18-14
Ben Ortbals-Steinkamp
House Springs, MO
2 pounds on a tri color glo ball in zone 2



10-19-14
Greg Hink from Gardner, Kansas
3.21 pounds on a #18 fleatermaous in zone 2

10-20-14
Bruce Baird from Bluford, IL
2 pounds 8 ounces on a kapok jig in zone 2



Water Conditions at Bennett Spring

Bennett Spring:
Gage house level is 1.83 feet
October 22, 2014
minimum was in 1938 - 75
25th percentile is 92
today - 86
Median is 113
Mean is 132
75th percentile is 143
Max was 390 in 1984



Niangua River:
October 22, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.81
minimum was 19 in 1993
25th percentile is 32
todays reading is 52
Median is 53
Mean is 86
75th percentile is 131
Max was 484 in 2010



Weather Forecast

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Wind chill values as low as 49 early. Southwest wind 5 to 11 mph.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 80.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 54.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 80.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.
Monday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.
Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 66.



Quote of the Week

The best fisherman I know try not to make the same mistakes over and over again; instead they strive to make new and interesting mistakes and to remember what they learned from them.
Author:  John Gierach
Published:
Fly-fishing the High Country

Thanks for reading!
Lucy

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


September 16, 2013



How's Fishing?

The fishing season is winding down.  Fewer families are fishing and more folks who have put their time in and now can enjoy what they love to do, when they want to do it.
There continues to be excellent fishing with quite a few fish over two pounds being brought up to our store.  The rain brought the spring up a little bit but still was relatively clear. The river caught more of the run off from the storms and it jumped up higher and was muddier.  After tonight, the rain should be clearing off. The late week and weekend look very mild and warm.
For those of you who have been asking for them - we finally got our order of blue holographic cracklebacks.  We also have a new locally tied fly case item - a golden olive wooly.  I am looking forward to seeing how this one does - from the way it looks, it promises to be a winner.

Now a short article about something I wondered about,  the X in the tippet size.

The mystery of the X in your tippet
By Jim Smoragiewicz of the Black Hills Fly Fishers in South Dakota

It was a passing thought that I had many times over the years but never took the time to look into it. What does the "X" on packages of tippet and leaders stand for? This was one of the things that I thought every fly fisher but me knew. As I came to discover, however, most other anglers didn't know the answer to this either, and prompted some research on my part.

A little history on some of our first mass produced tippet material. For some time early in the century, leaders were tied out of a silk strand that came from a caterpillar in Spain. The caterpillars were killed and then processed in chemicals to toughen their silk sacks. The silk sacks or "gut" were then removed from the caterpillar ( usually two caterpillar). This packet of silk was then stretched out, usually reaching a length of 12"-15". Lengths of silk longer than this were scarce, and brought a premium price.

The silk strands were uneven in diameter and needed to be uniform in diameter for use in building a leader. The way this evening process was accomplished was by using diamonds to cut away the excess material. The diamond that had a round hole drilled in it and was polished on one side to form a cutting edge on the hole. The silk strand was then soaked in a solution to soften it, and then drawn through the hole in the diamond with all excess silk being cut away.

This uniform piece of "silk cat gut" (gut from a caterpillar, and not a house cat) was considered to be 1x in size because it had been drawn through a diamond one time or 1x. Next it was drawn through a diamond with a smaller hole to reduce the diameter even further. This piece of silk was now a 2x in diameter, or drawn through diamonds 2 times. This was continued until a 5x tippet size was reached, the smallest most fly fishers felt was usable at the time.

This article was provided by the Federation of Fly Fishers. Visit their site for more articles and information about fly fishing. The Federation of Fly Fishers is a unique non-profit organization concerned with sport fishing and fisheries.

What's Working At Bennett?

From the fly box
 Blue holographic crackleback has been super
sulfur or original crackleback are also working well
red or black zebra midge
Golden olive wooly is new this week at Weaver's - looks really tasty.
copper weaver

Zone 1 & 2
original or red & white tri color glo ball
brown glitter or brown trout rooster tails
roaches - gray, brown & black
peach fur bug
Marabou -  white, gingersnap, and black & yellow
tinsel jig
white floss
bedspread

Zone 3
Zeke's white power bait
salmon peach power bait



Lunker Club

10-8-14
Craig Hibdon from Warrensburg, MO
3 pounds on an orange fur bug in zone 2

10-10-14
Justin Montague from Kansas City, MO
2 pounds 1 ounces on a zebra midge in zone 1

Stefanie Pilkinton from Keokuk, Iowa
2-3/4 pounds on a white & red glo ball

10-11-14
Zach Ziolkowski from Edwardsville IL
3-1/4 pounds on a brown rooster tail in zone 1

Jason Keilholz from Philadelphia, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a gingersnap jig in zone 1

Jim Link from Foristell, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a white jig in zone 1

Jim Link from Foristell, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a white jig in zone 1(two different fish - same size & day)

Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a chamois in zone 1

10-12-14
Lucas Raps from Fulton, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a gingersnap  in zone 1

10-13-14
Guy Neiswender from Circleville, KS
2 pounds 14 ounces on yellow power bait in zone 3

10-14-14
Debbie Staton from California, MO
2 lbs, 7 oz, on a bedspread



Water Conditions at Bennett Spring

Bennett Spring:
Gage house level is 2.08 feet
October 14, 2014
minimum was in 1977 - 76
25th percentile is 99
 today - 113
Median is 114
Mean is 157
75th percentile is 134
Max was 1500 in 1977

Niangua River:
October 14, 2014
Gage House reading is 3.34
minimum was 19 in 1993
25th percentile is 33
Median is 50
Mean is 99
75th percentile is 128
Today's (October 14) reading is 351
Max was 485 in 2010



Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 73. Southwest wind 3 to 8 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 70.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 67.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 67.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 66.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.







Quote of the Week 
(The cool thing is that for most of you who are reading this, your ' there ' is here at Bennett Spring.)

There: the angler's noun. There, every fisherman has one. Someplace on a river or stream. There, is seldom a generality, but a precise footing on a bend somewhere, a place where every riffle, every willow, every cloud is in place. You can be near there or around there, or by there, but there is no place like there. Easily dreamed, there. You can get there from an easy chair, or on a downtown bus. There is an exact passage from a fisherman's back pages, virtual reality without the helmet. There is the reason for being here.
Author:  Scott Waldie
Published:  Travers Corners: The Final chapters


Thank you for reading!
Lucy



Thursday, October 9, 2014

How's Fishing?



Just a couple more weekends for this year's regular season.   It's been a good year at Bennett Spring.  There wasn't one time when the Spring rose significantly.  It's been low, clear and slow for the entire Season.  (Note that today is a new all time low).  Superb for those that like to sight fish.
 Tag sales have been up for the year by 4.74%.  This month was a little down from last year (-6.62%).   There were 13220 adult and 1071 kid tags sold during September.  There were 29806 fish released for a fish to tag ratio of 2.09.  This is one of the lowest Septembers for tag sales in the last 10 years.  Considering the improved fish size and the excellent weather, this surprised me.

The end of season meeting will be Friday at 6pm in the Nature Center at Bennett Spring.  A good time to voice your opinions and to find out what will be the plan for next year at Bennett Spring.





What's Working at Bennett Spring

From the fly box

Ginger crackleback - weighted or unweighted, both are effective
chartreuse  crackleback, gold crackleback
red or black zebra midge
RGN's, olive or brown

Zone 1 & 2

Hot pink, baby pink, jimi hendrix, peach, and white & cerise glo balls
original tri color glo ball
black glitter, orange or pink rooster tails
black wooly
roaches - gray, brown & black
john deere
peach fur bug
Marabou - pink & white, shell, white, gingersnap, and black & yellow

Zone 3

Zekes white power bait
salmon peach power bait


Lunker Club
10-4-14
Kevin Bean from Wentzville, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

10-5-14
Harold Griffin from Centralia, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Zack Ellison from Bowling Green, MO
2 pounds on a red & white marabou in zone 1

Kevin Bean from Wentzville, MO
2 pounds on a shell colored marbou in zone 1

10-6-14
Joe Barkwell III from Fulton, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a pink & white glo ball in zone 2



Water Conditions at Bennett Spring
Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.80 feet
October 8, 2014
minimum is today - 75
previous minimum was in 1933 - 81
25th percentile is 97
Median is 113
Mean is 135
75th percentile is 133
Max was 466 in 1987

Niangua River:
October 8, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.47
minimum was 19 in 1993
25th percentile is 33
Today's (October 8) reading is 39
Median is 55
Mean is 230
75th percentile is 219
Max was 1610 in 1995



Weather Forecast

Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. South wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday: Showers. High near 64. Northeast wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Saturday: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 59. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.

Columbus Day: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.

Tuesday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 69.



Quote of the Week

“In my opinion, fishing then becomes a mirror which reflects all of our being and our values in life – and in return our values determine how we fish. One goes into the other and the boundaries merge… Doing becomes being and being becomes doing; a magic circle with no beginning or end and our hearts always standing where they belong – directly in the centre.” Lani Waller

Thanks for reading.   Lucy

Thursday, October 2, 2014

November 2, 2014



How's Fishing?

With the weather moving in - I'm writing this on Wednesday of this week - there have been quite a few conversations in our store about fishing in rain.  Is it a good thing or a poor idea?  I found a blog that addresses this with practicality and good humor.

Flingin' in the Rain
   Posted by Brent Postal

Eager trout await those who don't mind getting wet.

You're fishing your favorite stream, completely focused on the rise-form ahead of you, when rain literally dampens your spirit and sends you into a frustrated funk. Do you pack it in or adapt to the situation? Personally, I choose the latter every time. Precipitation creates interesting predicaments for fly anglers, but it is not a deal breaker and you can catch foul-weather fish no matter how wet you are.

First Drops
At the first sight of rain, do not immediately clip off your dry fly. Patience in your fly selection is important. Most anglers abruptly switch to a subsurface imitation, but you'll be surprised at how many trout begin to look up after the rain starts.

Rainbow Trout In this stage of the shower, even though a hatch or spinner fall will continue until the rain increases, I invariably reach for my terrestrials box. Many hoppers, crickets, beetles, and ants meet their demise in a rainstorm. They lose their footholds on leaves and trees, and those on the ground are often helplessly washed into the trout's domain. Terrestrials vary from creek to creek, so be sure to have a good selection covering different sizes and colors.

During the first drops of rain, you should still be targeting the traditional fish-holding features—seams, eddies, and bends. Don't pass up weedy banks or brushy areas, as insects are most likely entering the stream there. An opportunistic trout might move to one of these spots, but most will stay put, especially if the rain is minimal.

Fly-fishing in the early stages of a rainstorm is a great time for experimentation. The disturbed surface of the water means that you can get away with sloppy casts, awkward wading, and creeping a little too close to your quarry. Plus, you can exploit the distorted vision of the trout and use a heavier leader and tippet.

On the Rise
With rain comes turbidity and an increase in flow, as well as temperature changes. Depending on the season, precipitation can either increase or decrease the stream's temperature, which can have both positive and negative effects on the trout, depending on which situation is occurring. A rare rain in the middle of winter will heat up the water, and arouse all types of activity. A cold summer shower, however, will probably do the opposite. For our purposes, we'll assume the rain has had a negligible influence on the temperature of the water.



Your dry fly pattern simply will not stay afloat when it's being pummeled by raindrops. When the fly gets forced underwater, keep it there, as this is exactly what's happening to the naturals. Remember, you're trying to imitate an insect that has drowned. If you see a fish reject the drowned presentation, impart a little movement to the fly to imitate a struggling bug.

At this point, if you're not having consistent success with a dry, add a dropper to your rig. Nothing fancy: I prefer bead-head versions of classics such as the Hare's Ear Nymph, Prince Nymph, and Pheasant Tail Nymph. Ideally, you want the dry just under the surface and the nymph drifting just above the bottom. The nymph will appeal to those trout that are put off by the surface confusion the rain brings.

Soaked and Swollen
Once the water becomes truly murky, tie on a double-nymph setup and look for deep water near cover, such as sunken logs and bridge structure. Also target deep eddies and other calm water areas where the bottom is not visible. I'll usually trail a classic bead-head behind something with a little more pizzazz, such as a big stone-fly or burrower-mayfly imitation.

Try fishing your nymph rigs on a slight downstream swing in the rain, conveying as little actual movement to the imitations as possible. This method allows you to control where they drift, and you can feel the slightest movement of the line with your line hand. Be prepared to lose a fly or two with this technique as you probe the depths of the water column. If all else fails, bring on the Woolly Buggers— a bulky black pattern offers a good silhouette underwater.

I've caught some superb trout in the rain, and more often than not I have the entire creek, stream, or river to myself. So the next time you're at a crossroads in the rain, consider the alternatives—paperwork, housecleaning, and so on. Exciting fishing comes to those who leave the rain checks at home. After all, you can't catch fish if you don't wet a line.



Who's Fishing?

THE BENCH
BY
MATTHEW EILENSTINE

As many of you fisherman have seen on the southwest side of the dam, there is a new bench that has been placed.   The bench symbolizes many things for the Kansas Clan, but the most important thing it symbolizes is the life of Mr. Mike Moss.  Mike was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to all of us from the Kansas Clan. Last December we lost Mike after a long battle with cancer.  Exactly one year ago, Mike was determined to make one last trip to his favorite fishing spot, and he did it!  With the carpentry skills of Keith Rogers, he decided to place THE BENCH in honor of Mike.   Coming to Bennett Spring was one of Mike’s most treasured activities and, of course, THE BENCH had to be painted in John Deere Green in honor of Mike’s favorite fly that he used at Bennett Spring.  Everyone from the Kansas Clan signed the bottom of THE BENCH to honor Mike and lift him up to heaven.  As each one of us meets Mike as we pass on, our names will be placed on the top with his.  So when you sit on THE BENCH, please know that Mike is looking down on you with that big ol’ grin, and he is with all of you fisherman!  We miss you Uncle Mike and your memory at Bennett Spring will live on forever!





What's working at Bennett?



From the fly box
Ginger crackleback - weighted or unweighted, both are effective
Hares ear - 12's and larger
original crackleback, green holographic crackleback
san juan worm -brown or red

Zone 1 & 2
Chartreuse red dot glo ball
original tri color glo ball
bumblebee, rainbow trout rooster tails
brown wooly
roaches - gray, brown & black
john deere
peach fur bug

Zone 3
trout magnet worms, salmon or gold
rainbow power bait
yellow extra scent powerbait
trout magnet light orange mini worms




Lunker Club

9-24-14
Brad Strawhun from Imperial, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a bedspread in zone 1

9-23-14
Brandon Davidson from Lyman, SC
4.25 pounds on a copper hot shot in zone 1

9-25-14
Erma Altris from Kearney MO
2-1/4 on zeke's power bait in zone 3

Mike McAuley from Wellsville KS
2-1/2 pounds on an Apricot glo ball in zone 1

Ken Langston from Lebanon, MO
3 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Rick Strawhun from Imperial MO
3 pounds on a black & yellow marabou

Laverne Harfst from Grays  Summit, MO
2 pounds on corn power bait in zone 3

Edward Cantwell from Derby, KS
3 pounds on a white marabou jig in zone 2

9-26-14
Connie Hangartner from St. Joseph MO
2-3/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Kenny Greer from St. Peters, MO
3-1/4 pounds on a white glo ball in zone 1

Hugh Rose from Bennett Spring, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white mini jig in zone 2

Brandon Viera from Farmington, MO
2-3/4 pounds in zone 1 on a white & pink marabou

Linda Helfrich from Union, MO
2 pounds, 2 ounces on salmon power bait in zone 3

Zach Davis from Peculiar, MO
3 pounds on a green mini jig in zone 1

Devin Wiekhorst from Lebanon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a brown & olive wooly in zone 1



9-27-14
Edward Cantwell from Derby KS
3 pounds, 8 ounces on a white marabou in zone 2

9-28-14
Chad Kohlbusch from New Haven, MO
2-1/2 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Nick Odom from Lebanon, MO
10 pounds 1 ounce on a zebra midge in zone 2

Cheryl Rader from Leavenworth, KS
2-3/4 pounds on bumblebee rooster tail.

10-1-14
Nick Odom from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds on a red zebra midge in zone 2



Water conditions At Bennett Spring
Please watch for updates - the weather during the next couple of days may change the conditions.
Bennett Spring:
Gage house level is 1.81 feet, same as last week
October 1, 2014
minimum 76 in 1939
Current level is 77
25th percentile is 96
Median is 108
Mean is 138
75th percentile is 253
Max was 6350 in 1987

Niangua River:
October 1, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.50
minimum was 30 in 1992
25th percentile is 34
Today's (October 1) reading is 41
Median is 48
Mean is 117
75th percentile is 113
Max was 3567 in 1994



Calendar of Events

October 11 -12 Holland Derby

October 14-15 moss cutting

October 31 - last day of regular trout season

November 14 first day of Catch & Release Season

February 9, 2015 - Catch and Release season ends

Quote of the Week

“As with a faint star in the night’s sky, one can better understand fishing’s allure by looking around it, off to the side, not right at it”

- Holly Morris

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September 23, 2014



How's Fishing?
I love Autumn.  The beautiful colors, cool mornings and warm afternoons, slower pace....it makes for such a pleasurable fishing experience.  As far as the fishing, it seems to be a little slower than it has been for some anglers than it has been most of the summer.  Others are standing side by side these people and catching like crazy.
 I understand this is a time when spawning occurs and the fish have more important things to think about than food.  The colors that are working right now reflect this - ginger, light roe, and orange.   The black caddis, ants, and crane flies are also doing well.  























What's Working?

Fly Box
RGN's
Copper Hot shot - brown size 18
Original or green holographic crackleback
Ginger crackleback - weighted or unweighted,  both are effective
Hares ear - 12's and larger
original crackleback, green holographic Crackleback
Zone 1 & 2
Chartreuse red dot glo ball
original tri color glo ball
bumblebee rooster tail
brown wooly
roaches - gray, brown & black
Zone 3
trout magnet worms, salmon or gold
rainbow power bait
yellow extra scent powerbait
trout magnet light orange mini worms























Water Conditions

The water is very low, very clear and slow. 

Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.81 feet
September 23, 2014
minimum 66 in 1937
Current level is 77
25th percentile is 97
Median is 110
Mean is 134
75th percentile is 145
Max was 570 in 1970



Niangua River:

September 23, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.89
minimum was 49 in 2006
25th percentile is 141
Today's (September 23) reading is 153
Median is 185
Mean is 372
75th percentile is 251
Max was 3590 in 2009


Calendar of Events
October 11 - Holland Derby

October 14-15 moss cutting

October 31 - last day of regular trout season

November 14 first day of Catch & Release Season

February 9, 2015 - Catch and Release season ends

Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 77. South wind around 7 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. South wind around 6 mph. 

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.



Quote of the Week
(or - Why I Love Fishermen)

I am almost certain fishermen possess a peculiar bend to their makeup. Fisherman are optimists, and the fish in the future is always preferable to the fish at hand. Even the best fishermen catch fish only a small percentage of the time, which means we persevere in a sport that features failure as its main ingredient. Truly great days, when the fish hammer the fly as soon as it lands on the water are rare.

Author:  Joseph Monniger

Published:  Home Waters

Thanks for reading!  Lucy


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How's Fishing?




There are still quite a few people fishing this week despite (or because of) the cooler temperatures.  The fishing has been very good.  There are not a lot of lunkers being caught, but quite a few decent sized fish.  The stringers may, in general, be lighter than earlier in the season, but that is typical for this time of year.  This is also the time of year when a top water angler comes into his own.  The black caddis is doing very well, along with renegade - 18's, or pale evening dun - 20's.  
Moss cutting was done on the 16th and 17th of this months, by the way.

 I have been including information that I find interesting in the fishing report.  I have had several positive comments on this so I will continue to do this on random reports.  Please feel free to skip to the next section - or just look at the terrific pictures - if what I find is not of interest to you.
Here at Weaver's we are often asked for input on what materials to use for fishing at Bennett.  The discussion of mono-filament vs fluorocarbon comes up regularly.  This article was taken from the website of a world wide fly fishing outfitter called Deneki Outdoors.

Mono vs Fluoro

Visibility

The visibility, or better put, the “invisibility” of fluorocarbon line is most likely the best selling point of fluorocarbon when compared to standard nylon mono-filament line. The light refractive index of fluorocarbon is very similar to that of fresh water (much more so than mono-filament. In other words, when placed in water, it is less visible than mono-filament.

Not convinced? You can see for yourself. Take strands of equal diameter of both fluorocarbon and mono-filament and dip them in a glass of water. Notice the difference in transparency of the materials in water.

Strength

When talking about strength, there are several dimensions to consider. In the short term, fluorocarbon is a much harder material than mono-filament. This results in higher abrasion resistance that is useful in situations such as nymphing or fishing around heavy structure. Also, most fluorocarbon line is thinner in diameter than mono-filament line of the same breaking strength. However, this is not always the case from company to company.

Fluorocarbon is also non-permeable to water and therefore does not absorb water throughout the fishing day. This may not seem like a big deal but most do not realize how much water nylon mono-filament actually absorbs throughout the day. Over time, this causes mono-filament to weaken.

Over the long term, fluorocarbon is extremely resistant to the elements as well, unlike mono-filament. Overtime, U.V. rays, rain and humidity, and extreme temperatures (both hot and cold) can cause mono-filament to break down and lose strength. Fluorocarbon is much more resistant to these conditions over the long term. For most of us, these conditions are the norm during a fishing day. This is worth considering before pulling out that dusty tippet spool you bought on sale two years ago.

On that note: due to the fact that fluorocarbon does not break down very readily, please take care when disposing of it. Any pieces clipped off and thrown into the river will be there for a very, very long time.

Density

For you trout fisherman out there, the density of your leader material is actually very important. Fluorocarbon is actually denser than water. In other words, it sinks. This is great when dredging the bottom with nymphs or stripping streamers. However, if dead drifting or skating flies on the surface, this is the last thing you want. Nylon mono-filament on the other hand actually suspends in water. If fishing dries, especially in very small sizes, filament is a clear winner here.

Stretch

Most anglers are aware that mono-filament is a relatively “stretchy” material. Just grab your leader from both ends and pull; you will see it stretch. While a certain degree of stretch is advantageous to help absorb the shock while fighting a fish, less stretch results in higher sensitivity for detecting those subtle takes. Fluorocarbon is said to have less stretch than most nylon mono-filaments, however there has been some debate among differing manufacturers.

Knotability

Knotability is often overlooked by anglers when selecting a leader or tippet material, but it is very important. The knot is always the weakest link in your setup and therefore it is important to choose a material that knots well.

Nylon mono-filament is far superior here as it is suppler than fluorocarbon. For this reason, nylon mono-filament is often the choice when tying big game leaders that require extremely large diameter lines. Due to the stiffness of fluorocarbon, knots do not always seat as easy and must be coaxed into lying just right. Take your time when tying knots into fluorocarbon materials and ensure the knot seats correctly to avoid knot slippage or breakage.

Summary

While fluorocarbon seems to have a great deal of advantages over traditional mono-filament, there are certain situations where the extra cost is not necessary. Evaluate what situations best fit you and buy accordingly. Also, it is important to mention that not all materials are created equal. Fluorocarbon or mono-filament is often times very different between competing manufacturers.



What's Working?

Fly Box
RGN's - light olive or olive
Copper Hot shot - brown size 18
Original or green holographic crackleback
Ginger crackleback
zebra midge
Zone 1 & 2
Chartreuse red dot glo ball
original tri color glo ball
snow rooster tail
rainbow, snow or Brown glitter RoosterTail
Zone 3
Orange or pink Power Bait worms
Trout Magnet in Salmon or meal worm
Yellow Xtra Scent Power Bait




Water Conditions
The water is very low, very clear and slow.

Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.81 feet
September 16, 2014
minimum 64 in 1937
Current level is 77
25th percentile is 98
Median is 117
Mean is 137
75th percentile is 141
Max was 546 in 2008

Niangua River:

September 16, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.52
minimum was 27 in 1996
25th percentile is 32
Today's (September 16) reading is 42
Median is 47
Mean is 487
75th percentile is 420
Max was 3870 in 2010



Lunker Board

9-9-14
Don Harris from Lee's Summit, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a zebra midge in zone 1

9-10-14
David Woods from Lawson, MO
2 pounds on a  fore&aft  in zone 1

9-12-14
Larry Tucker from DeSoto, MO
2 pounds on a white mini jig in zone 1

9-13-14
Lundy Cearlock from Paducah KY
2-1/4 pounds on a 1/80th ounce black & yellow marabou

9-14-14
Adam Kopp from Washington, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a chartreuse with red dot glo ball

9-16-14
Bruce Baird form Mt. Vernon, IL
2-1/4 pounds on kapok in zone 2




Calendar of Events

October 11 - Holland Derby

October 14-15 moss cutting

October 31 - last day of regular trout season

November 14 first day of Catch & Release Season

February 9, 2015 - Catch and Release season ends



Weather Forecast
Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 74. Southeast wind around 9 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

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

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 76.



Quote of the Week
Perhaps I should not have been a fisherman, he thought. But that was the thing that I was born for.

Author:
Ernest Hemingway

Published:
The Old Man and the Sea

Thanks for reading!   Lucy

Thursday, September 11, 2014




How's Fishing?

Last week's report mentioned a ginger crackleback that was really a wooly.  I got enough questions and grilling on this one that I went to the source and am reprinting a blog by the late Ed Story,  legendary angler and creator of the crackleback,  where he  tells how to tie a 'real' crackleback.    Ed Story was the original owner of the St. Louis based fly shop, Feather-Craft.
  This was from the Ozarkflyfishers web site.  I found it very interesting and (for me) educational.
 I also approached one of our local tiers to make some for us to see (and sell) in our store.

CrackleBack
Origin;
Without question, the CRACKLEBACK is the most popular fly from my personally developed collection of trout fly patterns. I have been tying the pattern since the late 1950's. It’s a take-off from a popular wet-woolly of the time, tied with a chenille body and a natural raffia pulled over the back, full length of the hook-shank. In the early 1960's I named the fly after a bass plug made by Bill Walters of Jasonville, Ind. It too had a pale olive body with a crinkly-green back."
Ed Story…Feather-Craft Corp.
Original Materials:
Hook: Mustad 94840 (size #10 - original) or TMC 5210
Thread: Danville 6/0 pre-waxed, color #100 black
Hackle: India Furnace saddle hackle, or Furnace neck hackle for the small sizes
Crackle Back: Two strands of Peacock Herl
Body: SPECTRUM #20 pale olive
[Note: Now tied with various shades of yellow-olive dubbing or goose quill]
Original Tying Instructions:
1. Tie the thread in and run it to the end of the hook-shank.
2. Select a long narrow India "furnace saddle hackle. Size and prepare it, then tie it in at the end of the end (sic) of the hook-shank,
dull-side facing you.
3. Tie in 2-strands of peacock herl at the end of the hook-shank...and tie them in so they are on-top of the end of the hook-shank.
4. The thread is still at the end of the hook shank and we are now going to dub with SPECTRUM. You will see that SPECTRUM
is a continuous synthetic, very soft fiber. Other body materials can be used with the latest being turkey quill.
5. Tease off from the hank a sparse continuous piece (strand). You now should have a sparse strand of SPECTRUM a little over
two inches long.
6. Lay the SPECTRUM piece under the thread close to the hook-shank and with moistened fingers roll the end close to the hook
shank onto the thread. Roll it in one direction only. The balance of the strand is hanging loose.
7. Where it’s now rolled on the thread.. push it up to the hook shank, and using your bobbin, make two thread wraps around the
hook shank.. locking the SPECTRUM to the end of the hook-shank.
8. With your E-Z MINI Hackle PLIER, grab the other end of the SPECTRUM-STRAND and the thread AT THE SAME TIME.
Firmly hold the bobbin out to your chest, making a shaft of the thread.
9. Spin the E-Z MINI-HACKLE PLIER COUNTER-CLOCKWISE (like a propeller) around the thread. Instantly you have a fly
body spin-dubbed on the thread.
10. Now pinch the SPECTRUM and thread with your left hand fingers, while you remove the hackle-plier and shift the "pinched"
thread and new fly body to your right (tying-hand).
11. Wrap the now dubbed fly body on the hook shank and up to just behind the hook-eye. Tye it in with a few thread wraps. Cut
away waste.
12. Lay the two strands of peacock herl over the top of the fly body and tye in behind the hook eye. Do not pull the peacock strands
to (sic) tight as we are going to wrap the hackle over them. Leave a tiny amount of slack in the herl.
13. Palmer-wrap the furnace saddle hackle forward in wide-wraps so plenty of fly body color shows thru the wraps. And notice
because we used a furnace hackle, the fly body automatically has a black rib. Tye the hackle in just behind the hook-eye, finish
the fly head and whip-finish.
Variations:
Club member Joseph Aimonette says that any Crackleback not tied using the original or similar materials and colors is not really a
Crackleback. This look-a-like fly is really a dry woolly. Whether it is called a Crackleback or a dry woolly, a good variation of the
Crackle back is tied with a green holographic body and a palmered grizzly hackle. It is tied similar to the Crackleback and fished in
the same manner. Joe calls this variation the Green Ghost.
Fishing techniques:
Fishing the Fly - "...Dress the fly with silicone-gel and fished as a "dry" as intended. If the fly sinks in fast water, it’s simply
"skipped" under the surface with the rod tip. On the next cast, it'll float again. Frankly, this is the method used by most fly fishers.
Fish it as a dry, if you don't get a hit jerk the fly under and skip it along with your rod tip."



What's Working?
Zones 1 & 2

Brassies, assorted colors, red or olive green are especially good.
possum fur roach
black zebra midge
copper weaver, black
blue holographic, ginger, orange with brown hackle crackleback
white or  brown san juan worm - fished deep
pheasant tail nymph
marabou, pink & white, white, red & white
tinsel jig

Zone 3
Balls of Fire salmon eggs
rainbow power bait
trout magnet light orange mini worms



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

Color continues to be clear.  Water running slowly.
Gage house level is 1.84 feet
September 10, 2014
minimum 66 in 1937
Current level is 80
25th percentile is 96
Median is 121
Mean is 124
75th percentile is 140
Max was 246 in 1994

Niangua River:
September 10, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.55
minimum was 17 in 1996
25th percentile is 35
Today's (September 10) reading is 44
Median is 56
Mean is 122
75th percentile is 115
Max was 570 in 2007


Lunker Board
9-4-14
Jeanine Beach from Nevada, MO
2-1/2 pounds on yellow power bait in the river

9-6-14
Ralph Chrismer from Imperal MO
2-1/4 pounds  on a white grub in zone 1

Austin Wiekhorst from Scottsbluff NE
2 pounds, 2 ounces on a tinsel jig in zone 1

9-7-14
Jake Schaefer from ST. Louis, MO
4.5 pounds on a yellow & black marabou in zone




Calendar of Events
September 16-17 moss cutting

October 11 - Holland Derby

October 14-15 moss cutting

October 31 - last day of regular trout season

November 14 first day of Catch & Release Season

February 9, 2015 - Catch and Release season ends


Weather Forecast

Thursday: A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 72. North wind 7 to 9 mph.

Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. North wind 6 to 10 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 66.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 72.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 75.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.





Quote of the Week

I get all the truth I need in the newspaper every morning, and every chance I get I go fishing, or swap stories with fishermen to get the taste of it out of my mouth.

Author:   Ed Zern

Thanks for reading!  Lucy