Monday, April 27, 2015

How's Fishing?



My favorite line for this week:  "Even grandma caught fish."

The water is stained, but not badly for this time of year. This provides a bit of 'forgiveness' for those of us who are not expert at the trout catching game.  For those who are catch and release anglers - it's good sized fish and plenty of them.
The Spring is running a little lower and slower than is typical for Spring. Although there is some rain in the forecast, nothing huge. No changes are anticipated for the rest of the week except warmer weather and clearer water each day!

 Moss was cut on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.



What's Working?

From the fly case:

Cracklebacks -  turquoise, holographic red, blue with black hackle
copper hot shot, olive or brown
Hare's ear
pheasant tail nymph
gray/tan possum hair roaches
variegated green wopper worms

Zone one & two:

john Deere
Marabou : Black & olive, ginger, red and white
Glo Ball- light roe with red dot, original tri color, white with a red dot
bumble bee grub
bumble bee rooster tail
white rooster tail, silver blade
white rooster with red sparkle tail
skunk rooster tail

Zone 3:

chunky cheese or salmon peach power bait
white worms
pumpkin seed grubs



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

April 26, 2015
Gage house level is 2.03 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
minimum 78 in 1934
Current 158
25th percentile is 164
Median is 222
Mean is 264
75th percentile is 312
Max was 1200 in 2011

Niangua River:

April 21, 2015
Gage House reading is 2.43
Daily Discharge:
minimum was 144 in 2012
Today's reading is 149
25th percentile is 257
Median is 455
75th percentile is 917
Mean is 1500
Max was 12900 in 2011



Calendar of Events for Bennett Spring

May 2 - Kids free fishing day. Kids 15 and under get a free daily tag on this day, plus there will be special attractions to delight the young anglers. Portions of the stream will be reserved for kids fifteen and under. Rainbow trout will be restocked all day long. Volunteers will be on hand to help kids fish. There will be exhibits, fly tying and fly-fishing classes, face painting, free hot dogs, soda, and other free items.

May 5 - 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 the Brown Caddis and Henryville Special. Topic is the Hatch Chart.

May 12 - 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 Humphy, Yellow and Black Grizzly Snatcher. Topic is Fly Proportion.

May 19 & 20 - Moss Cutting

May 19 - 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 Gray Wulff and Ruz Du. Topic is Tippets and Knots

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



Lunker Club 

4-19-15
Erica Leasor from Sullivan, MO
2 lbs on a red crackleback in zone 1



Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Light northwest wind becoming north 6 to 11 mph in the morning.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 69.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 73.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.



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



Quote of the Week

I doubt if I shall ever outgrow the excitement bordering on panic which I feel the instant I know I have a strong, unmanageable fish, be it brook trout, brown trout, cutthroat, rainbow, steelhead or salmon on my line.

Author: Edward Weeks

Published: Fresh Waters 1968

Thanks for reading!
Lucy

Tuesday, April 21, 2015




How's Fishing

The answer to the question "what are the bitin' on?"  is day by day and angler by angler.  There were stellar reports from a few anglers for last Saturday's fishing.  One experienced angler said he stopped counting at 50 and had to actually get out of the water and take a break because his arm was getting tired.  I asked about size (always a topic here at Bennett lately) and he said he was impressed with the size of the fish.  He didn't catch any big three pounders that day, but they were generally in that very acceptable range of a pound to pound and a half.   The lures that have been working well are, again, the possum hair roach, john deere, and gingersnap marabou.  Cracklebacks  and small brown woolies have also been working well.  Most popular Cracklebacks have been the blue with black hackle and the green or red holographic.  Fishing deep with sinking line or tippet has been the best recently.

If you are interested in seeing how files are tied, stop by Weaver's Tackle store this Saturday from 9am to 12pm to watch Wayne Simpson tie flies.
I asked Mike Ross, a long time friend of Wayne Simpson's, what he would say about him to  those who didn't know him.  This is what he had to say.
"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."



What's Working?

From the fly case:
Cracklebacks - red, blue with black hackle
copper john
Hare's ear
pheasant tail nymph
gray/tan possum hair roaches

Zone one & two:
john Deere
Marabou : Black & yellow, Gingersnap, red and white, orange & white
Glo Ball- light roe, white, or anything with a red dot
brown woolie
white or brown red tail woolie
bumble bee rooster tail
white rooster tail, silver blade
white rooster with red sparkle tail
brown glitter rooster tail
Kapok

Zone three:
chunky cheese or salmon peach power bait
rainbow nugget power bai
white worms
mouse tails, chartreuse with red , pink and white
pumpkin seed grubs



Water Conditions
Bennett Spring:
The water is stained, but not badly for this time of year. It's running a little lower and slower than is typical for Spring. There is some rain in the forecast, but nothing huge. Moss cutting happened on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
April 21, 2015
Gage house level is 2.10 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
minimum 79 in 1981
25th percentile is 170
Median is 232
Current  172
Mean is 302
75th percentile is 388
Max was 1220 in 1966

Niangua River:
April 21, 2015
Gage House reading is 2.60
Daily Discharge:
minimum was 87 in 2014
25th percentile is 218
Today's reading is 178
Median is 326
Mean is 447
75th percentile is 636
Max was 1210 in 1995


Bennett Spring Calendar of Events

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

May 2 - Kids free fishing day. Kids 15 and under get a free daily tag on this day, plus there will be special attractions to delight the young anglers. Portions of the stream will be reserved for kids fifteen and under. Rainbow trout will be restocked all day long. Volunteers will be on hand to help kids fish. There will be exhibits, fly tying and fly-fishing classes, free hot dogs, soda, and other free items.

May 5 - 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 the Brown Caddis and Henryville Special. Topic is the Hatch Chart.
May 12 - 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 Humphy Yellow and Black Grizzly Snatcher. Topic is Fly Proportion.

May 19 & 20 - Moss Cutting

May 19 - 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 Gray Wulff and Ruz Du. Topic is Tippets and Knots

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

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.

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

Lunker Club

4-15-15
Michael Denn from Holden, MO
2 pounds on a black, yellow and red marabou in zone 2

4-16-15
Bruce Baird from Mt Vernon, IL (three lunkers in one week, nice fishing, Bruce!)
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

4-18-15
Bruce Baird from Mt Vernon, IL
2-1/8 pounds on black & yellow marabou in zone 2

4-19-15
Jim Mosley from Chesterfield, MO
2 pounds, 1 ounce on a black & yellow Marabou in zone 1

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

Fishing Times
April from 7:00 to 7:30

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



Weather Forecast

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 62. Southeast wind 6 to 11 mph.

Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 68.


Quote of the week
When you come right down to it, taking a trout on a dry fly is about as simple a process as you can find in all fly fishing. Stream insects hatch, ride the surface film for a short time, and trout rise to snatch them before they take to the air. Well-tied dry flies imitate these insects with enough realism to fool many waiting trout. You just float them among rising fish, give them no action and let nature take its course.
Author:  Harold Blaisdell
Published:  Tricks that Take Fish - 1954

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

How's Fishing



It was another great week here at Bennett Spring.  Fishing conditions continue to improve.  The waters are back to a normal level for this time of year and each day they are a bit clearer.  There are chances for occasional thunderstorms throughout the coming week, but nothing sever or prolonged.
The little possum hair roach continues to out perform anything else, for both fly rod and spin rod. Fishing deep still seems to be the way to go.  Cracklebacks, especially with the black hackle, are another good lure to try on your fly rod.  Quite a few anglers have switched to sinking line or sinking tip fly line for this time of year.

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Joel Fawcett in Game & Fish Magazine.  Most of you who are experienced with fishing at Bennett have found that even lighter line than the four pound he mentions in this article works better, but the process is the same.
He writes:
 Spring trout may not be as wary as they will be a few weeks down the road, but they are not about to commit suicide, either. The heavy monofilament quickly stiffens in cold water, often rising to the surface where you don’t want it. Neophyte anglers tie on an oversized sinker, which anchors the bait near the bottom where the trout are located. It also causes the bait to stop and flop about in the current in one place, something no natural bait can do in the spate flow of spring.

A more appropriate rig is an ultralight rod, a 4-pound-test monofilament line, a No. 6 or 8 bait hook, and one or two split shots fastened 10 or 12 inches above the hook. Adjusting the weight is necessary to keep the bait moving in the current by adding or subtracting split shots as needed. In the spring, trout lie about a foot or so above the bottom, so baits should drift along just above the stream floor or slightly below the rate of the stream flow. If the split shot is ticking the rocks along the bottom, and occasionally hangs up, your bait is just about where you want it. However, if you snag on the bottom rather frequently, you are probably using too much weight, and it’s time to lighten up. If the bait stops, set the hook immediately. At least half the time you will be snagged on a rock, but the other half you will likely be hooked into a hungry trout.

Light lines are hard for trout to see. This becomes important in the bright and clear water of summer, but light lines also pay off in the high roily waters of spring because it causes less drag than does heavy monofilament. Four-pound-test monofilament is practically drag-free, and makes it much easier to detect the soft strikes typical of trout in frigid water.



What's Working?

From the fly case:

Cracklebacks - especially the light turquoise or with Black hackle
copper john
Hare's ear
pheasant tail nymph
gray/tan rabbit hair roaches

Zone one & two:

john Deere
Marabou :  Gingersnap,red & white, black & yellow, white, pink & white
Glo Ball- light roe, white,  or anything with a red dot
white or brown red tail woolie with a hildebrandt spinner
olive roach
ginger woolie/ crackleback - weighted

Zone 3:
chunky cheese or pink power bait
 rainbow nugget power bait
florescent orange or pink worms
white worms
mouse tails, chartreuse with red , pink and white
pumpkin seed grubs



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:
The water is stained, but not badly for this time of year.
April 15, 2015
Gage house level is 2.00 feet
minimum 86 in 1936
25th percentile is 127
Median is 199
Current  200
Mean is 243
75th percentile is 297
Max was 783 in 1994

Niangua River:

April 15, 2015
Gage House reading is 2.70
minimum was 101 in 1914
25th percentile is 130
Today's reading is 199
Median is 277
Mean is 496
75th percentile is 733
Max was 2150 in 1994



Lunker Club

4-10-15

Norman Geary from Ashland, MO
2 pounds on a Mepps red spinner in zone 1

Paul Lane from Albany, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white glo ball in zone 1

4-11-15
Mark Britton from Granite City IL
3 pounds on a red & white marabou in zone 2

Leo Catanzaro from St Louis, MO
2 pounds on a gold crackleback with black hackle in zone1

4-12-15

Tony McElroy from Troy MO
2 pounds on a roe glo ball in zone 1

4-13-15
Jim Gerschutz from Custer, Ohio
5 pounds on a pink worm in zone 3



Fishing Times

April from 7:00 to 7:30

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



New at Weaver's

Weaver's will be hosting fly tying demonstrations by Wayne Simpson this season. Wayne is very entertaining and it's always a fun and special thing to see someone who is really good tying flies. See the calendar of events for dates and times.

There are a couple of new developments here at Weaver's. One is that we now have an on line store. It is a work in progress and we know still have items to add, but if you need something sent to you, check it out at Weaverstackle.com .



Calendar of Events

April 21 & 22 - Moss Cutting

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

May 2 - Kids free fishing day. Kids 15 and under get a free daily tag on this day, plus there will be special attractions to delight the young anglers. Portions of the stream will be reserved for kids fifteen and under. Rainbow trout will be restocked all day long. Volunteers will be on hand to help kids fish. There will be exhibits, fly tying and fly-fishing classes, free hot dogs, soda, and other free items.

May 5 - 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 the Brown Caddis and Henryville Special. Topic is the Hatch Chart.
May 12 - 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 Humphy Yellow and Black Grizzly Snatcher. Topic is Fly Proportion.

May 19 & 20 - Moss Cutting

May 19 - 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 Gray Wulff and Ruz Du. Topic is Tippets and Knots

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

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.

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
The red bud trees have flowered.  It's a welcome sight.  They always make it seem like Spring is actually going to happen.

Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 66. Wind chill values as low as 47 early. Southeast wind around 8 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74

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

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 71.

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

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 67.



Quote of the Week

Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.

Author:  Ovid - Died around AD 17-18

Thanks for reading.  Lucy

Tuesday, April 7, 2015






How's Fishing?

Despite the high, cloudy water and the overcast skies, the fishing was fairly good last weekend.  The surface water is moving fast and dirty, so fishing deep has been the answer for many anglers.  There is a little rabbit hair roach that has been working well for both fly and spin rods.  Again, the deeper presentation is working better.
The crowds were very light this weekend,  typical for an Easter weekend.  Perhaps partly because of this, the fishing has been really good today.
We have been selling quite a few glo-balls and other simple jigs.
Tag sales for the past month are up from last year.  Last year there were 14,182 with 3.16 fish per tag.  This year there were 16,248 total tags with 2.66 fish per tag.  Of those tags 13,993 were adult and 2,255 were kids' tags.  There were a total of 44,755 fish stocked this year to the end of last month.


What's Working?

From the fly case:

RGN - green or brown
zebra midge - black or red
gray scud
San Juan worm, brown or white
gray/tan rabbit hair roaches

Zone one & two:
Red spinner
Bedspread mini jig,
john Deere
Marabou : Brown, Gingersnap, black & yellow, white, pink & white
Glo Ball- flame tri color,
Brown or Olive Woolie bugger - or woolie with spinner
white floss
white biggie worm
olive roach
ginger woolie/ crackleback - weighted

Zone 3:
yellow or rainbow power bait
florescent orange or pink worms
white worms



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

April 6, 2015
Gage house level is 2.71 feet
minimum 77 in 1936
25th percentile is 130
Median is 202
Mean is 227
75th percentile is 264
Current level is 328
Max was 674 in 1939

Niangua River:

March 30, 2015
Gage House reading is 3.86
minimum was 111 in 1995
25th percentile is 137
Median is 296
Mean is 328
75th percentile is 494
Today's reading is 530
Max was 689 in 1994



Lunker Club

3-30-15

Elaine Munro from Trenton, IL
2 pounds, 1 ounce on a brown marabou in zone 2

4-3-15
Brian Reeves from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

4-4-15

Korey E. Clements from O'Fallon, IL
2 pounds, 1 ounce on a Black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Jeremy McWhirter from Kalkaska MI
2 pounds on a black wooly in zone 1

4-5-15

Lucas Bremer from W. Frankfort, IL
3 pounds on a john deere in
 zone 1

4-6-15
Ruthie Powell from Kirksville, MO
3 pounds plus (C&R) on a red spinner in zone 2


Fishing Times
April from 7:00 to 7:30

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

New at Weavers

Weaver's will be hosting fly tying demonstrations by Wayne Simpson this season. Wayne is very entertaining and it's always a fun and special thing to see someone who is really good tying flies.   See the calendar of events for dates and times.

There are a couple of new developments here at Weaver's. One is that we now have an on line store. It is a work in progress and we know still have items to add, but if you need something sent to you, check it out at Weaverstackle.com .

The other thing that is new is that we have an additional four cabins available to rent this year. There are already dates that we are completely booked, but if you are interested in staying at Fishing Tales Resort ( aka Weaver's), call us at 417-532-4618 and we will let you know what is available.  For the weekend of April 18th we have a special rate of $69 per night with a two night minimum.  That's a $40 savings for the two night stay.  Mention that you saw the rate on the fishing report to get the special pricing.










Calendar of Events

April 21 & 22 - Moss Cutting

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

May 2 - Kids free fishing day. Kids 15 and under get a free daily tag on this day, plus there will be special attractions to delight the young anglers. Portions of the stream will be reserved for kids fifteen and under. Rainbow trout will be restocked all day long. Volunteers will be on hand to help kids fish. There will be exhibits, fly tying and fly-fishing classes, free hot dogs, soda, and other free items.

May 5 - 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 the Brown Caddis and Henryville Special. Topic is the Hatch Chart.

May 12 - 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 Humphy Yellow and Black Grizzly Snatcher. Topic is Fly Proportion.

May 19 & 20 - Moss Cutting

May 19 - 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 Gray Wulff and Ruz Du. Topic is Tippets and Knots

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

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.

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

Wednesday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. South wind 7 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 64.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 71.

Quote of the Week

But ah, to fish with a worm, and then not catch your fish! To fail with a fly is no disgrace: your art may have been impeccable, your patience faultless to the end. But the
  philosophy of worm-fishing is that of results, of having something tangible in your basket when the day's work is done.

Author:  Bliss Perry

Published:  Fishing With A Worm - 1904


Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Monday, March 30, 2015

Bennett Spring Trout Fishing Report April 1, 2015




How's Fishing?

The Niangua River is high and moving fast.  The Spring is higher than it has been, but not flowing as high as the river.  In fact, it is just at a normal level for this time of year. The volume of the river, however, is backing some water up into zone three.  
Even with the heavy rains, the stream is lower and clearer than it could be for this time of year. The additional rain that is forecast for this Thursday will doubtfully make the stream flood.  If you are able to make it to Bennett for the weekend, it will be sunny and in the mid 60's. 
There is more silt in the water than we have seen for a couple of years, but not to the point of making it            un-fishable. In fact, it probably is just enough to make it harder for the fish to figure out what you are up to!  
Although the Spring is no where close to being flooded, it is running a bit faster than it has been.  You might try the heavier marabou such as a gingersnap or white jig with an 1/8 ounce head.  If you are on a fly rod, the scuds (gray is good) and midges are doing great.  There are also a couple of sweet, fluffy little roaches tied with rabbit fur that are working very well.  Seems appropriate for the Easter weekend!  

What's Working?

From the fly case:
Black Caddis 
RGN - green
zebra midge - all colors
gray scud
copper john
pheasant tail nymph
San Juan worm, brown or white
gray/tan rabbit hair roaches

Zone one & two:
Bedspread mini jig, 
Marabou : Gingersnap, white, pink & white
Glo Ball- flame tri color, 
Brown or Olive Woolie bugger - or woolie with spinner
white floss or mega worm

Zone 3:
florescent orange or red  power bait
florescent orange or pink worms
white worms

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

March 30, 2015
Gage house level is 2.31 feet
minimum 84 in 1936
25th percentile is 140
Current level is 156
Median is 207
Mean is 261
75th percentile is 303
Max was 1420 in 1985

Niangua River:

March 30, 2015
Gage House reading is 3.17
Today's reading is 308
minimum was 84 in 1936
25th percentile is 158
Median is 309
Mean is 425
75th percentile is 595
Max was 1270 in 12013



Lunker Club

3-26-15
Gary Madole from Lebanon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

3-28-15
Steve Vincent from Olathe, KS
2 pounds on a mega worm in zone 2

New at Weaver's Tackle Store for 2015

There are a couple of new developments here at Weaver's. One is that we now have an on line store. It is a work in progress and we know still have items to add, but if you need something sent to you, check it out at Weaverstackle.com . 

The other thing that is new is that we have an additional four cabins available to rent this year. There are already dates that we are completely booked, but if you are interested in staying at Fishing Tales Resort ( aka Weaver's), call us at 417-532-4618 and we will let you know what is available. 



Fishing Times

April from 7:00 to 7:30

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

April 21 & 22 - Moss Cutting

May 2 - Kids free fishing day. Kids 15 and under get a free daily tag on this day, plus there will be special attractions to delight the young anglers. Portions of the stream will be reserved for kids fifteen and under. Rainbow trout will be restocked all day long. Volunteers will be on hand to help kids fish. There will be exhibits, fly tying and fly-fishing classes, free hot dogs, soda, and other free items. 

May 19 & 20 - Moss Cutting

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. 

June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting

July 28th & 29th - moss cutting

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

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. South wind 8 to 13 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph. 

Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 62.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.





Quote of the Week

If all the fish in the world suddenly disappeared, I know of many fly tyers who would go right on tying flies as if nothing had happened, myself included!

Author:  Jimmy D Moore

Published:  Outdoor Memories 1999

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March 25, 2015



How's Fishing?

The fishing continues to be spotty, ranging from "this was the literally best day of fishing I have ever had in my entire life!" to a shrug of the shoulders and a "meh".
 As you can see from the pictures, there are fish, and decent sized ones at that, that are being caught.  The water continues to be very clear, especially considering the time of year.  It's running a little faster and there are a couple of storms moving in today as I write the report. That may change things up a bit, but if  your trip is planned for the weekend, the water color should return to normal and levels should be good.
The gingersnap and the olive wooly with the gold plated head have been two of the strongest lures right now.  We have also seen a strong interest in black caddis and pale morning dun.  Cracklebacks in the more muted colors such as olive or the original, have been good, as well as the renegade.  Another trend we have seen here at Weaver's is the color salmon.  Marabou, mini jig, or power bait...if it's salmon colored, it's good.



What's Working

From the fly case:
Morning Dun, Black Caddis
crane fly
original crackleback, ginger crackleback
renegade
gray scud
copper john

Zone one & two:
Bedspread mini jig, brown mini jig
Marabou : Gingersnap, salmon & brown, white, pink & white
Glo Ball- Jimi Hendrix, white. white with red, salmon with red dot
Brown or Olive Woolie bugger - or woolie with spinner
Rooster tails - bumble bee, white with red, trout, buff
glo balls - white with red dot, salmon with red dot, jimi hendricks, orange, white
white floss

Zone 3:
florescent orange or white with glitter power bait
salmon & white worms, orange and white worms, brown & green worms

New at Weaver's Tackle Store for 2015
There are a couple of new developments here at Weaver's. One is that we now have an on line store.  It is a work in progress and we know still have items to add, but if you need something sent to you, check it out at Weaverstackle.com .
The other thing that is new is that we have an additional four cabins available to rent this year.  There are already dates that we are completely booked, but if you are interested in staying at Fishing Tales Resort ( aka Weaver's), call us at 417-532-4618 and we will let you know what is available.



Lunker Club

3-19-15
Brandon Kidd from O'Fallon, MO
3.5 pounds on a jimi hendrix glo ball

3-20-15
John Ziegler Jr. from Raymore, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a orange glo ball in zone 2

Brian Tumlin from LaPlata, MO
2 pounds on a brown mini jig in zone 2

3-21-15
Justin Perry from Sedalia, MO
2.25 on a buzbug in zone 2

3-22-15
Pam Todd from Lee's Summit, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a buff rooster tail in zone 1

Riley Despress (age 13) from Taylor, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou with gold head

Danny Smith from Darnell, MO
3-1/2 pounds on a marabou in zone 1



Fishing Times

March from 7:30 to 7:00 pm
April from 7:00 to 7:30
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

March 24 & 25 2015 - Moss Cutting
April 21 & 22 - Moss Cutting
May 2 - Kids free fishing day.   Kids 15 and under get a free daily tag on this day, plus there will be special attractions to delight the young anglers. Portions of the stream will be reserved for kids fifteen and under. Rainbow trout will be restocked all day long. Volunteers will be on hand to help kids fish. There will be exhibits, fly tying and fly-fishing classes, free hotdogs, soda, and other free items.
May 19 & 20 - Moss Cutting
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.
June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting
July 28th & 29th - moss cutting
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



Water Conditions

The water currently is running well with little color.

Bennett Spring:
March 24, 2015
Gage house level is 2.02 feet
minimum 86 in 1934
25th percentile is 133
Current level is 101
Median is 188
Mean is 219
75th percentile is 281
Max was 526 in 2013


Niangua River:
March 24, 2015
Gage House reading is 2.54
Today's reading is 168
minimum was 43 in 1996
25th percentile is 182
Median is 310
Mean is 468
75th percentile is 596
Max was 1110 in 2012

Weather Report
Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 52. North wind 10 to 13 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.
Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 51.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.



Quote of the Week

My wants are simple. I have no desire to latch onto a monster symbol of fate and power and prove my manhood in titanic piscine war. But sometimes I do like a couple of cooperative fish of frying size.
Author:  John Steinbeck

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


How's Fishing?



There has been a hatch of black caddis recently, as well as what I think looks like a pale morning dun. Most people are fishing deeply, as deep as six feet, using zebra midges, hares ears and scuds.  We have been also selling a lot of holographic cracklebacks and brown or olive woolies.  The salmon colors work well whether you are fishing a marabou jig, a mini jig, or power bait.
The numbers of fish caught has been very good and the size seems to be just what was predicted by the Hatchery manager.  As far as size of fish, most fish are running to just under 12 ounces which is about an inch per ounce.  As summer progresses we usually see fatter fish as they put on weight from the food that becomes available in the stream.
 It's going to be a great weekend for fishing!  The temperature is going to 'soar' into the high 60's and maybe even as high as 70 degrees.  We are all so happy to see Spring this year.  It's been a long winter.



What's Working?

From the fly case:
Morning Dun, Black Caddis

.Zebra midge - red , black also

original crackleback, ginger crackleback

San Juan worm - red or pink

Hare's ear

Zone one & two:

Bedspread mini jig

Marabou : Black & yellow, Ginger, Gingersnap, white, pink & white

Glo Ball- Jimi Hendrix, white. white with red, salmon with red dot

Brown or Olive Woolie  bugger - or woolie with spinner

Rooster tails - bumble bee, white with red, Orange

white floss

Zone 3:

Salmon Peach or white with glitter  power bait



Fishing Times

March from 7:30 to 7:00 pm

April from 7:00 to 7:30

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




Lunker Club

3-8-15

Eddie Crain from Boliver, MO
3 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

3-11-15

Leta Sapp from Strafford, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a chamois in zone 1

3-14-15

Braden Kidd from O'Fallon, MO
2 pounds on a white glo ball in zone 2

3-1715

William Pry from Pleasant Hill, MO
3-1/2 pounds on a gold plated black & yellow woolie in zone 1



Calendar of Events

March 24 & 25 2015 - Moss Cutting

April 21 & 22 - Moss Cutting

May 2 - Kids free fishing day

May 19 & 20 - Moss Cutting

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.

June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting

July 28th & 29th - moss cutting

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

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 62. North wind 3 to 7 mph.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 63.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

March 18, 2015
Gage house level is 2.21 feet
minimum 80 in 1936
25th percentile is 133
Current level is 135
Median is 180
Mean is 273
75th percentile is 300
Max was 2240 in 2008


Niangua River:

March 18, 2015
Gage House reading is 3.10
Today's reading is 291
minimum was 47 in 1996
25th percentile is 99
Median is 248
Mean is 1460
75th percentile is 515
Max was 10800 in 2008



Quote of the Week

. . perhaps the greatest satisfaction on the first day of the season is the knowledge in the evening that the whole rest of the season is to come.

Author: Arthur Ransome

Published:  The First Day At The River - 1929

Thanks for reading,