Thursday, April 25, 2013


April 25, 2013


How's Fishing?
It's finally, finally!, going to reach 70 degrees this weekend.  At this point, there is rain forecast for Friday, but less chance on Saturday and even less on Sunday.  If possible, I would suggest playing hooky on Monday.  It's going to be an exceptionally  beautiful day!  As I am writing this report it is raining again.  Many of you know that I grew up in Colorado, a place where the sun shines 360 day a year.  Personally, I love rain and am so thankful that the drought we experienced last year has been broken.  I realize for many of you, the stream is 'messed up', but I have been told by those who have been here for many years that it as a normal process and a small price to pay to live in a world that is green and blue instead of brown. 
As far as how that affects fishing, I can't guarantee a stream that is as low and clear as it can be in August, but I can assure you that we are seeing larger fish and larger stringers than we have all year.  For one thing, the murkier water  allows you to use a heavier line than you could use in less forgiving conditions.  We are seeing an increase in the sales of rooster tails, gingersnap marabou, and, for zone two,  lures such as the super duper.  Because the fish can't see as well, they may grab at what they would swim away from in clearer water conditions.  
This year is the 40th anniversary of Weaver's Tackle Store.  We are having some great anniversary sales coming up.  Watch for them in the Trout Talk or on our facebook page.
Kids Fishing Day is May 4th this year.  It's a great time to introduce a young friend to the sport.  There will be fly tying demonstrations as well as a chance for hands on experiences.  A lot of people volunteer, so even if you aren't the worlds' best angler, you should be able to find someone to help get your child started in the right direction.  These volunteers put in a lot of time in preparing for this event and we would like to thank them.  They help make it a great day for the kids.  


What's Working?

Zone 1 or 2

The weeks' big winner -  gingersnap marabou
blue crackleback, green crackleback, gold crackleback
 tan scud
San Juan worms, red or chartreuse 
brassies are working, but I haven't  noticed one color working better than the rest.
tinsel jig
brown roach
Original glo ball
brown glitter, solid black Roostertail

Zone 2

Kastmaster, silver blade
Super Duper Chrome & Red

Zone 3
Beetle spin - black & yellow, orange & black
white power bait eggs, orange eggs
white floating salmon eggs ( made by Gulp )



Lunker Club
4-14-13
Richard Krenning from Beaufort MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white tube jib in zone 3

4-16-13
Steve Saladino from Kansas City MO
3 pounds 2 oz on gold plated black & yellow marabou in zone 2

4-17-13
Mary Jane Potts from Carlyle Ill
2-1/4 pounds on a john deere in zone 2


Fishing Times

Regular Season for Trout Fishing at Bennett Spring is March 1st to October 31.
April: 7:00 am to 7:30 pm
May: 6:30 to 8:15
June and July: 6:30 to 8"30
August: 7:00 to 8:00 pm
September: 7:30 to 7:15
October: 7:30 to 6:30

Catch-and- release season is the second Friday in November through the 2nd Monday in February. Times for catch-and-release are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only.


Water Conditions

All measurements are in cubic feet per second (CFS) with the exception of the Gage House reading.
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on April 9th is 273 CFS, down from more than 300 a couple of days ago.
Minimum was 84 in 1981, 
The 25th percentile is 177, the median is 234 and the mean is 286. 
The 75th percentile is 332 and the max was 1200 in 1973.
The water level at the Gage House is 2.68.

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Patchy frost before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 62. Light west wind. 

Friday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a high near 59. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

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

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Calendar
If your group or activity would like to be included in this calendar, please let me know.
May 4 Kids Fishing Day

May 14 & 15 Moss Cutting

April 30th Fly tyers forum at Weaver's Tackle store at 7pm.

June 8 & 9 Free Fishing Weekend

June 25 & June 26 Moss Cutting

August 6 & 7 Moss Cutting

September 17 & 18 Moss Cutting

October 12 & 13 Holland Derby

October 31 end of Regular Season

November 8 Catch and Release Season begins

Quote of the Day
Handling a big trout in swift water is akin to flying a kite on a blustery day. The more line you let out, the more trouble you're going to have getting it back.
Author:   Jimmy D Moore



Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Tuesday, April 16, 2013




April 18, 2013




How's Fishing?

We didn't get nearly the rain that was predicted last week.  As a result, the stream is clearing nicely.  We do, however, have another weather system coming through midweek and another early next week.  Spring in Missouri.  Pollen and rain.   
The fishing seems to be good.  Nothing super big, but most people are catching their limit or, it they are catch and release anglers, letting enough go to enjoy the day.  Most of the action is pretty deep, 1-1/2 feet to 2 feet from the bottom, but I also talked with an angler who was using a renegade on top water, tossing into a little eddy, and getting a lot of hits on that.  



Lunker Club

Richard Krenning from Beaufort, MO
2-1/4 bounds on white tube jig in zone 3
4-16-13
Steve Saladino from KC MO
3 pounds 2 ounces on gold plated marabou, black & yellow

What's Working?

Zone 1 or 2
Gold Plated marabou - white, ginger, gingersnap and black & yellow.
blue crackleback, green crackleback
grey scud or tan scud
tinsel jig
peacock with tail
bumblebee fly
brown roach
easter egg glo ball
rainbow trout Roostertail
shell & white marabou, shell marabou
Zone 2
Kastmaster, silver blade                                        

Zone 3

yellow extra scent power bait
go getum trout bait
white floating salmon eggs ( made by Gulp ) 

Fishing Times

Regular Season for Trout Fishing at Bennett Spring is March 1st to October 31.
April: 7:00 am to 7:30 pm
May: 6:30 to 8:15
June and July: 6:30 to 8"30
August: 7:00 to 8:00 pm
September: 7:30 to 7:15
October: 7:30 to 6:30

Catch-and- release season is the second Friday in November through the 2nd Monday in February'. Times for this time of year are 8:am to 4:00 pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only.


Water conditions

All measurements are in cubic feet per second (CFS) with the exception of the Gage House reading.
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on April 9th is 265 CFS, down from more than 300 a couple of days ago.
Minimum was 82 in 1981, 
The 25th percentile is 146, the median is 237 and the mean is 296. 
The 75th percentile is 398 and the max was 1290 in 1941.
The water level at the Gage House is 2.65.



Weather Forecast

Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. South wind 8 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. 
Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 66. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 21 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible. 
Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 47.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 58.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 62.
Monday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63.



Calendar

If your group or activity would like to be included in this calendar, please let me know.


May 4 Kids Fishing Day

May 14 & 15 Moss Cutting

April 2nd Fly tyers forum at Weaver's Tackle store at 7pm.
This group will continue to meet on Tuesday evenings during the season.

June 8 & 9 Free Fishing Weekend

June 25 & June 26 Moss Cutting

August 6 & 7 Moss Cutting

September 17 & 18 Moss Cutting

October 12 & 13 Holland Derby

October 31 end of Regular Season

November 8 Catch and Release Season begins



Quote of the Week

No one ever lost his breath examining a collection of rubber-bodied ants, but open a box brimming with classic wet flies, and the angler will stop in silent reverence.

Author::  Dick Talleur

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Tuesday, April 9, 2013




April 11, 2013



How's Fishing?

Last week, as you can see from the pictures,.there were anglers catching nice sized fish.  There was one notable exception to this.  If you were fishing zone two by the whistle bridge,  you probably weren't doing nearly as well.  We had several groups of  people come into our shop who were not catching very many fish  and all of them were fishing in that area.   The water has cleared pretty well from the rain last weekend and isn't running as fast.
As for fishing this week and this weekend...tomorrow and the next day will be stormy.  If you can wait a few days, say until Friday or Saturday, you won't be fighting the weather as you try to fish.  The forecast for the weekend will be sunny and, by Sunday, we should see some nice 70 degree temperatures.  We always have to wait and see just how much rain we do get, but by the weekend  the Spring will have time to clean herself up a little bit. 
Oh, and be glad you didn't plan that fishing trip to Colorado that you were thinking of. 19 degree and blizzarding. 



Who's Fishing?

 Missouri Western State offers a class titled Bait & Fly Casting.  The past few years we have seen students from this class that have come to Bennett for practical fishing experience.  This week, the  four students who came up to show us their  fish were Bethany Fude, Carly Compton, Lexy Hicks and Kathie Marquart. (I know there were a couple more of you from the class that I am not mentioning, and I apologize to you for not getting your names.) 
I asked them why they chose this class.  They seemed to agree that, besides filling the PE requirement, this class sounded like a lot of fun.  They all liked the idea of being able to actually practice what they had learned in class.  They also told me that their teacher, Caleb Gentry,  is one of their favorites at the school.  
It's not uncommon for inexperienced anglers to walk away with an empty stringer the first time they fish for trout.  Happily, everyone in this group earned their 'First Fish at Bennett' badges.  Thank you all for sharing your experience.  We look forward to seeing  you with your friends and family members in the future.


  
What's Working?
zone 1 or 2
blue crackleback, green crackleback
grey scud or tan scud
gingersnap marabou,
 pink & white marabou
peacock with tail
bumblebee fly
tinsel jig
kapok
zone 2
kastmaster, silver blade
zone 3
yellow extra scent power bait
go getum trout bait
white floating salmon eggs ( made by gulp ) 

Fishing Times

Regular Season for Trout Fishing at Bennett Spring 
is March 1st to October 31.
April:  7:00 am to 7:30 pm
May:  6:30 to 8:15
June and July:  6:30 to 8"30
August:  7:00 to 8:00 pm
September:  7:30 to 7:15
October:  7:30 to 6:30

Catch-and- release season is the second Friday in November through the 2nd Monday in February'. Times for this time of year are 8:am to 4:00 pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only.


Water Conditions

All measurements are in cubic feet per second (CFS) with the exception of the Gage House reading.
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on April 9th is 271 CFS, down from more than 300 a couple of days ago.
Minimum was 82 in 1936, 
The 25th percentile is 130, the median is 189 and the mean is 235. 
The 75th percentile is 303 and the max was 740 in 1929.
The water level at the Gage House is 2.67.



Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. West wind 8 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 69.



Calendar

If your group or activity would like to be included in this calendar, please let me know.
Our email is weavers.fishingtales@gmail.com


May 4 Kids Fishing Day

May 14 & 15 Moss Cutting

April 2nd Fly tyers forum at Weaver's Tackle store at 7pm.
This group will continue to meet on Tuesday evenings during the season.

June 8 & 9 Free Fishing Weekend

June 25 & June 26 Moss Cutting

August 6 & 7 Moss Cutting

September 17 & 18 Moss Cutting

October 12 & 13 Holland Derby

October 31 end of Regular Season

November 8 Catch and Release Season begins



Quote of the Week
Catching fish is not a mental game between fish and angler. A 'smart' trout is only smarter than other trout, not smarter than a fisherman. An angler must take the puzzle of the day's conditions, and matching those conditions and his knowledge of the fish come up with a good catch. He competes with a concept, not with a fish's brain.

Author::Lee Wulff

Published:  Some Fishing Basics in Rod and Reel Magazine, January 1981

Thanks for reading,  Lucy

Wednesday, April 3, 2013