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.
From the fly case:
Cracklebacks - turquoise, holographic red, blue with black hackle
copper hot shot, olive or brown
pheasant tail nymph
gray/tan possum hair roaches
variegated green wopper worms
Zone one & two:
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
chunky cheese or salmon peach power bait
pumpkin seed grubs
April 26, 2015
Gage house level is 2.03 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
minimum 78 in 1934
25th percentile is 164
Median is 222
Mean is 264
75th percentile is 312
Max was 1200 in 2011
April 21, 2015
Gage House reading is 2.43
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
Erica Leasor from Sullivan, MO
2 lbs on a red crackleback in zone 1
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.
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
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