Thursday, July 23, 2015


How's Fishing



There hasn't been a lot of large fish brought in lately, but generally the consensus is that fishing is better than just okay.  Interestingly, brassies have been one of the best things to fish with.  Yellow, red & white, pink & white. moss green, everyone seems to have their favorite color and swear that it's the ONLY one!  You can bring your fly rod to use again.  We have had angler after angler coming into our store to get their fly rods set up with new leader (often with sinking leader) and tippet.  A little bit of top action has been reported late in the day, but it's still those that are fishing deep that are catching fish.
Last week I shared a chapter from the book written by Jim Washabaugh titled "Fishing the Missouri Trout Parks".  The article was well received by you, the readers, so I am continuing on to the next chapter titled "Spin Fishing with Jigs".  Jigs are one of the most popular lures used at Bennett and hopefully there will be some small idea planted here to improve skills.

Marabou Jigs are highly effective and have taken many of the lunkers and record fish caught in the parks over the years.  Examples include the 15 pound rainbow caught by David Summers at Montauk in 1977, the 16 pound 12 ounce brown caught by Gilbert "Butch" Enke at Montauk in 1990.
As pointed out earlier, although marabou jigs are artificial lures, they meet the definition of "fly" under Missouri law.  They may therefore legally be used in "Flies Only" and "Fly Fishing Only" zones in the parks, regardless of the type of rod used.
The most effective jig colors to use are black and yellow in combination and solid white.  Other colors such as brown, beige, olive, and solid black are good, too.  Carry an assortment of sizes, ranging from heavy 1/16-ounce jigs down to tiny "Micro jigs" weighing only 1/128th or 1/256th of an ounce.
The weight jig  you use is determined by the current's speed, the depth of the water the trout are feeding at, and the distance you must cast to reach your target.  You should normally use the lightest jig that conditions allow.  When using a large jig, shorten the tail to just behind the hook.

Fishing a Jig Without a Float

To rig for fishing a marabou jig without a float, simply tie the jig on the end of your line (using tippet material when necessary).  If additional weight is necessary to achieve the casting distance you need, crimp a 3/0 split-shot on the line about 12 inches above the jig.
Thoroughly wet your jig to ensure it will have proper action, then make your cast.  In deep water let the jig sink to the bottom foot or so.  start by fishing the jig with a slow jerking retrieve that makes the jig's head bob and dive.  Then experiment with different retrieves until you find exactly what the fish want.  Try to impart action to the jig by vertically bouncing  your rod tip.  Remember not to bring the jig back too fast.  Entice the fish and give them time to hit it.  quickly set the hook when a strike is felt.
Trout usually hit jigs because they are hungry, but they will hit them in defense of their territory, too.  You can use this to your advantage when trying to catch a lunker you've spotted.
Carefully position yourself directly upstream from the sighted fish and drift your jig down to it.  Let the marabou flutter right in front of the trout. In areas where it's permitted, adding some Power Bait to the jig can help, as can adding Power Bait jelly or liquid trout attractant.  Make sure your jig act like it is a small fish invading the trout's territory.  Keep at it.  The big trout will eventually get tired of being teased and let the little challenger have it.  Then  you'll have a fight on your hands that  you'll be talking about for a long, long time.  (Note from Lucy - scented bait/lures are not allowed in zone 1 or 2 at Bennett Spring State Park)

Fishing a Jig with a Float

Park trout often will hit a dead-drifted jig more readily than one that is actively retrieved.  Like any other subsurface fly, the best way to dead-drift a jog with spinning tackle is to fish it under a float added to the line.  The amount of distance the float is from the jig depends upon current velocity and the depth of the water you are fishing.  A good starting point in waist-deep water is a distance of 3 or 4 feet.  Fishing the jig 2 feet or less off the bottom is usually best.
To fish, simply cast up an across then let the float and jog drift downstream in the current.  In very slow moving water it often helps if there is a light breeze to add a very slight action to the jig.  Lightly twitching your line every 10 feet or so often helps entice fish to strike.
Watch your float carefully. When it hesitates or moves unexpectedly, set the hook.  If greater casting distance is needed, add small split-shot directly above and below the float on the line.  If the float starts to sink under the additional weight, switch to a larger float.  Experiment with different colors and sizes of jigs, as well as the depth your are fishing them.



What's Working?

From the fly box:
brown with red tip or Aqua cracklebacks
weighted crackleback
brown or black weighted woolly bugger with spinner
woolly bugger- bead head, olive and brown or brown
mega or Weaver's Whopper worm
possum hair roach

Zone one & two:
Possum roach
yellow brassie, red & white brassie
1/8 ounce marabou - pink & white, moss, gingersnap
Marbou: gingersnap, white, black & yellow, yellow
tinsel sparkle jig
Glo Ball- jimi hendrix,
rooster tails: bumble bee, many other colors

Zone 3:
Red worms, Power bait scented.
pink mouse tail
chunky cheese or chartreuse PowerBait



Lunker Club
July 12, 2015
Richard Hayes from Overland Park, Kansas
2 pounds on a jitterbug



Water Conditions

The Spring is getting lower and clearer every day. There is a bit of clearer water in zone 1 and very close to normal levels, although the current is still very strong. Color continues to improve.

July 22, 2015 for Bennett Spring

Gage house level is 2.56 feet - down from 9+ feet on July 2nd.
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1940
25th percentile is 111
Median is 134
Mean is 142
75th percentile is 159
current level is 306 - down from 15,000 on July 2nd.
Previous Max was 273 in 1994



July 22, 2015 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading is 2.91

Daily Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 17 in 2012
25th percentile is 41
Median is 72
Mean is 90
75th percentile is 116
Max was 276 in 2013
Today's reading is 345



Fishing Times
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

Friday             A 30%chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. South wind 6 to 8 mph.
Saturday        Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.
Sunday          Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92.
Monday          Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92.
Tuesday         Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.
Wednesday    Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

Calendar of Events

July 25th 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store. He will be tying Hoppers and Beetles and Spiders! (oh my!)

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.
Last class for this year!

August 8th  - Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association Kansas City Chapter       Trout Derby. Fund Raiser for Project Healing Waters and MTFA. Registration at Park Store Fri night 7 PM to close and Sat. morning until 7 AM.

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

Sure we have faster rods and better mono, but I like the fact you can't buy your cast.
Author:  Chico Fernandez

Thanks for reading,
Lucy

Monday, July 13, 2015

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring



How's Fishing?

The hatchery manager, Mike Mitchell, sent out the current tag and fish numbers for month and year comparison.  This year to date there have been 61151 tags sold compared to last  year when there were 60331 sold.  The month of June is down, however.  There were 18826 tags sold in June of 2014 and only 16221 sold in June of 2015.  The highest number of tags sold was 2002 when there were 24, 976 tags sold.
The number of fish stocked in 2015 was higher than 2014.  In June of 2014 there were 42976 (2.26 per tag) and in 2015 there were 38710 ( 2.39 per tag).

The biggest number of phone calls we have been getting here at Weaver's have been for an update on water conditions.  For the color and appearance of the water, a phone call is the best way to know this.  For those of you that have a computer and are computer literate there are a couple of sites that are very informative (and can be accessed any time and isn't grumpy when you want to know at 5 a.m. ) the USGS sites for Bennett Spring and the one for the Niangua River.  I use both in this report for the current conditions.  The interesting thing to me has been how the water level has gone down so dramatically but the discharge rate - how fast the water is flowing - has continued to be really high.  The Niangua is still very high as well as fast and is backed  up into the zone 3.  The water is beginning to clear in zone 1 but it will take a while before the entire Spring branch is the beautiful aqua blue that we love to see.
Despite this, those who are catching fish are catching bunches of them.  If you can find that little eddy or if you fish closer to the shore in the slower moving water, you may find where the fish are laying low.  One of the things that I have noted is that even some of the die-hard fly rod anglers are temporarily switching to their ultra light spinners.  I have a quote from the book 'Fishing the Missouri Trout Parks'  that talks a bit about some really excellent choices for the type of water we are experiencing now.

This is from a section called "Spin Fishing with Artificial Lures" written by Jim Washabau.
Since bait fishermen are excluded from much of the water in the trout parks, it is important for you to be able to fish with artificial lures if you want to fully enjoy all that the parks have to offer.
The following artificial lures are highly effective:
Rooster Tail
 Original Worden's Rooster Tails are in-line dressed spinners made by the Yakima Bait company of Granger, Washinton.  These reasonably  priced lures come in various colors and sizes, either with a single-point hook or a treble hook.  The Rooster Tail's heavy body makes it easy to cast long distances and enables it to quickly sink down to where the trout are located in deep, fast moving water.  Although white is hard to beat, also carry other colors such as yellow, pink, and brown in 1/8, 1/16-, 1/24-, and 1/32- ounce sizes.
Woolly Worm and Spinner.
A wet fly with a small Colorado spinner added to it, the Woolly Worm & Spinner combination effectively imitates a minnow swimming through the water.  Lighter than a Rooster Tail, it is better suited for use in shallow water.  Brown, black and gray woollies all perform well.  When fishing in bright sunlight, gold colored blades are most productive.  Under low-light conditions, silver spinner blades are best.  Additional flash under low-light conditions can be achieved by combining a silver spinner blade with a woolly worm that has a body tied with silver tinsel.
These lures are proven performers in the trout parks, with good reason.  In addition to being highly visible, they make vibrations that trout feel in their lateral lines and are extremely easy for fish to locate.  Since there is no slack in the line when they are being retrieved, strikes are easily felt and a very  high percentage of hits result in hookups when they are used.  Heavier line can usually be used with these lures with no noticeable decrease in the number of strikes received.  Fewer fish hooked are therefore lost due to break-offs.  These lures are particularly well suited for use in the parks during the very productive early morning hours.
The main difference between these two lures is that the Rooster Tail is weighted and the Woolly Worm & Spinner is not.  You usually need to add split-shot to the line above the Woolly Worm & Spinner when spin fishing to add weight necessary for casting and to get it down to the right depth.  Split-shot needs to be added to the line above a Rooster Tail only in very heavy current or when additional casting distance is required.  When adding split-shot to the line, crimp it on between 12 and 18 inches above the lure.  The amount of weight you use depends upon water conditions, but a single 3/0 split-shot is a good starting point.  As with other fishing techniques, trout depth and current velocity determine precisely how you rig your system.
The Rooster Tail and the Woolly Worm & Spinner are both fished basically the same way.  Cast your spinner across the stream and let it swing downstream as it sinks.  When it has reached the necessary depth, give the rod a jerk to start the blade spinning as you begin the retrieve.  Retrieve the lure at a slow constant speed that is just fast enough to keep the blade spinning.
When you are fishing blind, as is often the case early in the morning, it is important to cover the area you are fishing very systematically.  When fishing a spinner across a strong current, your lure travels through the water in a downstream arc as you retrieve it.  In order to cover the maximum amount of water from one casting location, on each subsequent cast you should vary the length of the cast and the angle you are casting across the current.  You will achieve best results when your are able to determine the exact depth the fish are feeding in the water column and concentrate your efforts there.
In addition to the Rooster Tail and the Woolly Worm & Spinner, there are a variety of other lures that can be used to catch trout n the parks.  These include Mepps and Panther Martin spinners and tiny Rapala and Flatfish plugs, among others.



What's Working?
from the fly box
red or blue holographic, or Aqua cracklebacks
weighted crackleback
brown or black weighted woolly bugger with spinner
mega worm
possum hair roach

Zone one & two:
1/8 ounce marabou - pink & white, moss, gingersnap
Brown roach
Marbou: gingersnap, white, black & yellow, peach
tinsel sparkle jig
Glo Ball- jimi hendrix, easter egg, white with red dot or pink dot, dark red
rooster tails: brown sparkle, black sparkle

Zone 3:
Red worms
pink mouse tail
chunky cheese or chartreuse PowerBait


Water Conditions

The Spring is getting lower and clearer every day. There is a bit of clearer water in zone 1.  The Niangua is still very high and the lower part of the Spring branch is backed up and high.  

July 7, 2015 for Bennett Spring

Gage house level is 3.10 feet - down from 9+ feet on July 2nd.
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1934
25th percentile is 117
Median is 143
Mean is 156
75th percentile is 183
current level is 544 - down from 15000 on July 2nd.
Previous Max was 322 in 1995

July 7, 2015 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading is 5.88 and heading steadily down from 11.5 feet on July 10th.

Daily Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 48 in 1996
25th percentile is 135
Median is 168
Mean is 232
75th percentile is 311
Max was 753 in 2006
Today's reading is 3290 -over 4 times the highest record for this date.



Fishing Times

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 

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

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.

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

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

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



Calendar of Events

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. Beginners start at 6:30, regular class at 7pm. All materials for flies tied are provided and classes are free.

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.  He will be tying Hoppers and Beetles and Spiders!  (oh my!)

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

The angler is never a has-been. He enjoys a lifetime of participation which continues through noon, then on into the sunset, and even into the eventide of life.

Author:
Charles K.Fox

Thanks for reading,
Lucy

Tuesday, July 7, 2015



How's Fishing?
The weather and the potential for flooding continues to be a leading topic of conversation at Bennett Spring as well as the surrounding areas.  Of course, I don't have any more insight into the future than anyone else, but I can drive down to the stream and see for myself what the conditions are.  That being done, the water is running fast, the color is somewhere between dingy and chocolate milk,and it is a bit high.  The forecast for the weekend looks very promising, but there is more rain forecast for this area tonight (Tuesday) so I don't anticipate that the conditions will be substantially different for at least a couple of weeks.  For those of you that only fish when the water is low, slow and clear, this is not your season.  It may be that way by August, and probably will be in September, but for now, those that are willing to adapt to the water conditions are the anglers that are catching fish.  And catching fish they are!   This is an especially good time for the less experienced anglers because the conditions allow for heavier line and small imperfections in casting and retrieval are not as obvious.
We will keep you updated as conditions change.



What's Working?

red or blue holographic, or  Aqua cracklebacks
weighted crackleback
zonkers - black or white
mega worm
possum hair roach

Zone one & two:
Brown roach
Marbou: gingersnap, white, black & yellow, salmon
tinsel sparkle jig
Glo Ball- jimi hendrix, easter egg, chartreuse with red dot
rooster tails: brown sparkle, black sparkle
floss jig, white
Jakes lure with red dots

Zone 3:
Red worms
pink mouse tail
chunky cheese or chartreuse PowerBait



Lunker Club

6-30-15
Jacob Knowlton from Dallas TX
2 pounds on a bedspread in zone 1

6-30-15
Ben Steinkamp from Hillsboro, MO
2 pounds on a Jimi Hendrix glo ball in zone2

7-3-15
Larry Mueller from Fults IL
2 pound on salmon egg red dough bait in zone 3

Ethan Shimer from Highland, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a white marabou jig in zone 2



Water Conditions

The Spring is getting lower and clearer every day. That being said, the Spring is still pushing hard and fast and it will take a while - perhaps a couple of weeks - before we see a dramatic improvement.

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,

July 7, 2015 for Bennett Spring

Gage house level is 3.10 feet - down from 9+ feet on July 2nd.
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1934
25th percentile is 120
Median is 150
Mean is 162
75th percentile is 184
current level is 490 - down from 15000 on July 2nd.
Previous Max was 471 in 1995

July 7, 2015 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading is 3.82 down from 18 feet on July 2, 2015

Daily Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 20 in 2012
25th percentile is 46
Median is 89
Mean is 168
75th percentile is 232
Max was 585 in 1992
Today's reading is 637



Fishing Times

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: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming southwest in the morning.
Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 69.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 70.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 89.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 71.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 91.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 71.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91



Calendar of Events

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.  Beginners start at 6:30, regular class at 7pm.  All materials for flies tied are provided and classes are free.
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
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
Author:  Holly Morris

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

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