Tuesday, May 19, 2015


How's Fishing?

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

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


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

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



Niangua River:

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

What's Working?

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

5-18-15

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

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



Fishing Times

May from 6:30 to 8:15

June/July from 6:30 to 8:30

August from 7:00 to 8:00

September from 7:30 to 7:15

October from 7:30 to 6:30







Calendar of Events

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

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

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

June 6th and 7th - free fishing weekend

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

June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting

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

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

July 28th & 29th - moss cutting

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

August 25th & 26th - moss cutting

September 22nd and 23rd - moss cutting

October 10, Holland Derby

October 20th and 21st - moss cutting

October 31st - end of regular fishing season

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

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


Weather Forecast

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 64.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 69.

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

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

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



Quote of the Day

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

Author:

W.D. Wetherell



Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Monday, May 11, 2015


How's Fishing?




Despite the rumors, the spring nor the Niangua flooded with this last round of storms.  In fact, the water for both is still lower than average. As I just said, the Spring is pretty low right now.  We are beginning to hear stories of great top water action.  While nymph fishing is still the way to go for most of the day, a well timed Renegade may be just right on top water.

There has been very little grumbling about fish size lately.  The stringers we are seeing are generally of decent sized fish.  One angler, a Bennett Spring regular, has caught five lunkers (over two pounds for a Weaver's lunker)  since opening day.  Bruce said that this was the first time in his life he has ever been able to do this. For him, the Spring of 2015 will be a story to retell.



Here's a short article about the 'rules' of fly fishing that I found interesting.

Trout Fishing Dogma

Most aspects of human endeavor have collected their share of dogma and cant. Trout fishing is one sport where a short-sighted, blinkered view of how things could and should be done is rife amongst a self appointed ‘elite’.

There are some in this sport of ours, thankfully only a very few, that consider it some kind of duty to mystify and ritualize trout fishing. Most of these seem to be in the fly-fishing fraternity.   They try to imbue trout fishing with an almost religious mysticism, complete with rituals and conventions. These ‘purists’ attach themselves to one form of trout fishing and will brook no deviation from this ‘pure’ practice. Bah and humbug!   If you are new to fishing for trout and you encounter someone who tries to convert you to ‘one way’, quickly run one way – away.
But sometimes, it can take years for lessons learned on the water to filter through the dogma and cant that getting older seems to build up in the brain cells. We are supposed to get wiser with age. As my boys persist in reminding me, my broad mind and narrow waist have swapped places.  I am struck more and more often by the realization that we humans love to make and apply rules to all sorts of activities, and fishing is no exception. Trouble is, we extend this desire to apply rules to try and cover creatures that have no knowledge of our rules. More damning of our arrogance is that we try to imbue wild animals, such as fish, with human traits that are derived from the human ability for abstract thought.
Abstract thought, the ability to link apparently disparate things together to form a whole, is supposed to be the thing that separates us from animals.So we go on perpetuating the dogma, cant and rules, forgetting one rule that has no exceptions. To do anything that is exceptional requires – by definition – breaking the ‘rules’. Catching an exceptional fish means doing something out of the ordinary, something outside the rules, something exceptional.
If we continue to do things as we have always done them, we can only expect to get the results we always have!

Article written by Tony Bishop



What's Working

From the fly case:

Cracklebacks - turquoise, (this is really teal, to satisfy Wayne. We appreciate the input!), holographic blue
copper hot shot, olive or brown
pheasant tail nymph
gray/tan possum hair roaches
black caddis

Zones one & two:
john Deere
Marabou : Black & olive, ginger, pink and white, tiny white (ghost)  with red collar
Glo Ball- Easter egg, gator, & original tri-color
bumble bee grub
 rooster tails: tinsel fire tiger (yellow orange & chartreuse), black coachdog
white rooster tail (snow), silver blade
olive leech

Zone 3:
chunky cheese or salmon peach power bait
trout magnets, white & pink or pale pink
Orange Minnow Grub

Water Conditions for Bennett Spring and the Niangua River
As you can see from the pictures, the water clarity is a bit dingy, but not muddy at all.  It's possible to see to the bottom in most areas. The rain did not affect the stream and the river is only slightly dirty from run off.  The forecast, unless it changes, does not look like it will affect the water next weekend either.



Bennett Spring:

May 11, 2015
Gage house level is 1.97 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
minimum 86 in 1934
Current 147
25th percentile is 150
Median is 196
Mean is 238
75th percentile is 302
Max was 555 in 1973

Niangua River:

May 11, 2015
Gage House reading is 2.24
Daily Discharge levels:
Today's reading is 268
minimum was 15 in 1997
25th percentile is 204
Median is 330
Mean is 834
75th percentile is 927
Max was 2740 in 2006


Lunker Club


5-9-15
Kevin Roods from Springfield, MO
3-1/4 pounds on a cinnamon nymph in zone 2

5-10-15
Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
2 pounds, 2 ounces on a white mini jig ghost with red tie in zone 2

5-11-15
Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou inzone 2



Fishing Times

May from 6:30 to 8:15

June/July from 6:30 to 8:30

August from 7:00 to 8:00

September from 7:30 to 7:15

October from 7:30 to 6:30

Calendar of Events

May 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



Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Southeast wind 6 to 14 mph.

Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 69. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

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

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.



Quote of the week:

There is no greater symbol of hope than an oversized fishing net.
Author: unknown

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Tuesday, May 5, 2015



How's Fishing?
What a great weekend it was for the kids fishing day last Saturday.  Tons of kids (1027 - it may be a record) and their parents were on hand to enjoy the event.  There were a lot of volunteers that helped with fishing as well as volunteers who set up booths with related topics of interest such as fly tying and wildlife education.  Our own Chelsea and her Aunt Priscilla were on hand for face painting - mostly drawing fish faces.  Very cute.
Our next generation of anglers will come from events such as this.  Thank you, Mike Perry, for heading up this great event.
As you can see from the lunker board, there were quite a few large fish caught, and not only by kids.

Rick mentioned that there are some little chartreuse caterpillars that are falling from the trees this morning.  Chartreuse midge or brassie may be an opportunity for you to try.  The water is much lower than it has been. It's not totally clear, but much clearer.  There has been more top water action than in the last couple of weeks..  We just got in some locally tied exquisite little soft hackle flies for you to try in the ripples. Black caddis and morning dun are still working, too.
The turquoise crackleback is also working right now and, of course, the popular copper hot shots - green has been a good choice.
It should be a good weekend again this week.  The temperature will hang in there about 80 degrees and there will be a few pop up thunderstorms, so bring your rain jacket.


What's Working?

From the fly case:
Cracklebacks - turquoise, holographic blue
copper hot shot, olive or brown
Hare's ear
pheasant tail nymph
gray/tan possum hair roaches
black caddis


Zone one & two:
john Deere
Marabou : Black & olive, ginger, pink and white, white
Glo Ball- easter egg, gater, & original tri color
bumble bee grub
White floss
bumble bee, watermelon, or black & gray with silver blade rooster tails
white rooster tail, silver blade
skunk rooster tail

Zone 3:
chunky cheese or salmon peach power bait
white worms
pumpkin seed grubs



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:
May 4, 2015
Gage house level is 1.96 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
minimum 84 in 1934
Current 145
25th percentile is 159
Median is 209
Mean is 264
75th percentile is 312
Max was 1200 in 2011

Niangua River:
May 4, 2015
Gage House reading is 2.02
Daily Discharge levels:
Today's reading is 96 - a new record low
minimum was 98 in 1992
25th percentile is 220
Median is 517
Mean is 261
75th percentile is 320
Max was 620 in 1983



Calendar of Events for Bennett Spring

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

4-28-15
Geno Cearlock from Vandalia, MO
2 lbs, 6 ounces on a mini carcass in zone 1

5-2-15
Luke Behymer from Peculiar, MO
2-1/2 pounds on black & yellow marabou

Dalton Jackson from Paola, KS
3.1 pounds on orange in zone 2

Christopher Sullivan from Harrisonville, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou

Gus Rickey from Villa Ridge, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou

Gus Rickey from Villa Ridge MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Ava Lawrence from Centralia, MO
2-3/4 pounds on black & yellow in zone 3

Karlie Cox from Arnold, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a a yellow dot rooster in zone 2

Treyvon Love from Wentzville, MO
2 pounds on power bait in zone 3

Camron Doering from Wentzville, MO
2 pounds on power bait in zone 3

Justin Henderson (age 14) from Florissant, MO
3 pounds 12 ounces on a marshmallow in zone 3

Kyle Aukamp from Vandalia, IL
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou

Elliot Schmeez from Union MO
2 pounds, 12 ounces on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Josh Ard from O'Fallon MO
3 pounds 1 ounce on bi color glo ball in zone 1

Carley Rothwell from Lebanon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on powerbait in zone 3

5-3-15
Wyatt Ramsey from Greenwood, MO
2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Evan Hey from Marthasville, MO (age 14)
2 pounds, 8 ounces on a black & olive mini jig

Andrew Tiefenauer from Park Hills, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou

5-4-15
Steven Himmelsehr from Osage Beach, MO
2 pounds on a blue rooster tail in zone 1



Weather Forecast

Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81.

Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79.

Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78.

Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 70.



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 - This one is for kids fishing day:

They were biting so much you had too turn your back to the water too bait your hook.

Author:  Un Noin

Here's hoping your next fishing trip is the quote above.
Thanks for reading,
Lucy

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