Wednesday, June 26, 2013



June 27, 2013



How's Fishing?

The weather is perfect, the water is perfect, almost every lure is
working.  The best ones this past week seem to be small and green
*chartreuse crackleback, army green brassie, john deere) or small and
white (floss jig, mini marabou, chamois).  The fish are hitting top
water on occasion. The grasshoppers are thick this year, I have only
seen a few people buying the terrestrials, but that will probably
change shortly.  The river is a good place to fish if you want to
catch larger fish.  We have seen big browns pulled from there in the
last couple of weeks.



Did you Know?
This article is from Steve Hemkens, Manager of Orvis hunting and
fishing product development:. I found it interesting enough to share.

First thing I would say is use a rod that matched for the size of fish
you expect to catch. Most intermediate fisherman take a long time to
land fish because they don’t push the fish enough to really break
their spirit, which is really the key to getting a fish in before it’s
totally exhausted. You need to work different angles - pull with the
rod horizontal to the water rather than straight up in the classic
fish fishing pose, and make the fish work against the current. Also
just flat pull on the fish. If he ain’t pulling on you, you should be
pulling on him. Have the drag set as tight as you can get away with
for the tippet size you’re using, and use the heaviest tippet you can
get away with for the water clarity, fishing pressure, and technique.

If you have a fish on for a long time, and he’s a trophy:

1. Remember that fish don’t breath out of water. If you are in a boat,
wet your hands before handling so you don’t compromise their
protective slime.

2. Hold the net in the water boatside to remove the hook rather than
having the fish flop around in the net bag while the net is in the
boat.

3. Hold him up for a picture for the minimum amount of time and then
get the fish back in the net for a drink before taking another
picture.

4. Try to do everything possible to keep the fish from ending up doing
a header and flopping around in the bottom of the boat or on
streamside rocks.

5. When it comes time to release a fish, put him back in the net and
let him swim around a bit. Look to see how energetic he seems. If you
give him the option to swim out of the net and he can’t do it, looks
lethargic, have the guide pull the boat over to the side of the river
if possible. Get out. Cradle the fish with its head upstream. Let it
regain its equilibrium in clean moving water rather than water that’s
been mudded up by your feet. (How’d you like to run a 40-yard dash and
then recover in the smoking lounge in the airport?)

The most important thing for all fish, regardless of size, is to
realize that they are fragile living things that just experienced an
aerobic traumatic experience, and you should treat them with respect
and be conscientious.

Just a note - we are now St Croix dealers.  We have both the spin rods
and the fly rods in our store.  The fly tying section expands every
day.  It's Rick's pride and joy.  We also have one of the best
selections, at the best price possible, of single hook Rooster Tails
anywhere in the United States. Oh, and by popular request, we also now
sell cold beer to go



What's Working?
Fly Case: Cracklebacks, chartreuse, pearl grizzly, chamois, scuds -
tan in  16 or 18's, green mohair leech
Marabou - moss green, moss & brown, gingersnap, black & yellow, pink
Mini jigs - sparkle, john deere, white floss,
Brassies in red, red & white, or army green
Zone 2
super duper silver with red tip.  green frog
rattletrap jig, chrome

Zone 3
orange, white and yellow power baits
orange dough balls
Trout magnet mini jigs, reds and pinks


Lunker Club

6-13-13
Mike McAteer from O'Fallon, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a pink marabou

6-20-13
Stan Sales from Liberty, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white nymph in zone 2

6-22-13
Jay Slater from Quincy, IL
2 pounds in zone 2 on a red & white brassie

6-24-13
Jim Shortell from Lebanon, MO
5-1/2 pounds on bait in  zone 3

6-25-13
Richard Hunt from Manchester MO (also Fishing Tales RV Park, nice fish, Rich)
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou

Fishing Times
Regular Season for Trout Fishing at Bennett Spring is March 1st to October 31.

          June and July: 6:30 to 8:30
          August: 7:00 to 8:00
          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 June 25 is 228 CFS,The rate it is
flowing is a bit high for this time of year, but considering the
rainfall we have had, it's to be expected.
Minimum was 81 in 1934
The 25th percentile is 133, the median is 157 and the mean is 185 The
75th percentile is 212 and the max was 584 in 1935 The water level at
the Gage House is 2.28, Slightly lower than last week
The color is good, getting closer to that amazing gin-clear of late
summer every day.

Calendar of Events

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

July 2: Fly tyers forum at Weaver's Tackle store at 7pm.
check facebook page - Fly Tyer's Forum - at Weaver's or email fly.forum@aol.com

June 25 & June 26 Moss Cutting

June 30 - Community Baptist Church hosts a fireworks display at 9:30
pm.  Church Service with Pastor Allen Reeves begins at 5pm, followed
by a picnic and games at 6pm.  Please call 417-532-8421 for more
information.

July 3rd
4th of July Salute to America NASCAR Show & Fireworks at the Lebanon
I-44 Speedway.

July 18 & 19th  Bennett Spring Church of God is hosting a Vacation
Bible School.  All are welcome.  Call 417 532-7531 for more
information.

The 45th Annual Brumley Gospel Sing Scheduled for Jul. 31 - Aug. 3rd!

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 begin


Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. Heat index values as
high as 101. Northwest wind 3 to 5 mph.

Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly
sunny, with a high near 89.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 86.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a
high near 80.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.


Quote of the Week

Between them, the old men must have created hundreds of trout flies
and insect mutants as bizarre and seductive as any to drop from a fly
tier's vise. With perhaps two exceptions, none of their titillating
offerings ever stirred a trout's interest, a fact that didn't bother
them at all.
Author: Harry Middleton
Published: The Earth is Enough 1989

Thanks for reading, Lucy


Wednesday, June 19, 2013


June 20, 2013



How's Fishing?
Summer is officially here.  Anglers and friends of anglers are
flocking to the streams of Missouri.  We had a pretty good amount of
rain a couple of days ago and the stream lost some clarity, but it
didn't change the flow of the stream as much as it could have and, by
later this week, it should be in good shape.  The old familiar lures
that you love are still working well.   John Deere and pink & white or
Gingersnap marabou (size 1/32 and 1/64 ounce) are working well.  Size
12 Cracklebacks in tan or chartreuse are a good choice.  The midges
from the last week or two are giving way to renegades, gnats and
mosquitoes
This weekend is forecast for hot and dry weather with a few pop-up
storms.  A good excuse to stand in the stream and fish away.

A Special Thanks

We would like to thank all who donated this past weekend to the bake
sale held in the Family Crossing Bennett Room,  Deb and Corky
Hinkle,are the new owners of Family Crossing - we appreciate their
generosity in allowing the use of the room.  In addition, George
Sharon Franks, our web page photographer, donated quite a few framed
photographs of the Bennett Spring area which sold very well.  Thanks
to the new Bennett Spring Fire Department auxiliary leaders, Guy and
Margie Miller, who put it all together.  Thank you to Phyllis Scott
who knocked on doors for donations, and all who baked the yummy
treats.  The important work that the Bennett Spring Volunteer Fire
Department does was brought home to us with the recent events in the
park (four condos burned to the ground a couple of weeks ago - See the
story in a previous fishing report.).  When there is a medical
emergency, the first ones on the scene are members of the Bennett
Spring Fire Department.   If you ever got a hook in your hand, you
probably know Ed Elersic.  The Bennett Spring Fire Department is also
the First Responder for this area.  From a heart attack to kids
getting too crazy on the River, they answer the calls.  I have
mentioned a lot of people here and have left out twice as many.  If
you are reading this but don't have the privilege of living in this
area, I hope you never meet any of them.  But know that if you do,
they are a caring and capable group of people and when you are asked
for a donation to the Fire Department, please be generous.



















What's Working?

Zone 1 & 2
Bedspread, John Deere and white floss
brown woolies, black wooly bugger
Marabou: black & yellow, gingersnap, pink & white, orange, orange &
yellow, christmas tree
Glo Balls: Easter egg
Rooster Tails: Brown trout, brown with orange tail, bumblebee.
white with red tip brassie
Crackleback chartreuse and chartreuse grizzly, olive green, tan

Zone 3
Berkley Power Bait, orange, white extra scent, Chunky Cheese
Berkley pink worms

Lunker Club
6-11-13
Jake Anthony from Lebanon, MO
2-1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a black wooly bugger

6-12-13
Josh Mesmer from Kansas City, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & gold marabou

Riley Boyd (age 7) from Lebanon, MO
3 pounds on cheese dough bait in the Niangua River

6-13-13
Michael McAteer from O'Fallon, MO
2 pounds on a pink & white Marabou in zone2

6-14-13
Carl Cannell from Fulton, MO
2-1/4 pounds on gulp Salmon Eggs, white, in the River



Fishing Times

Regular Season for Trout Fishing at Bennett Spring is March 1st to October 31.

          June and July: 6:30 to 8:30
          August: 7:00 to 8:00
          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 June 18 is 211 CFS,The rate it is
flowing is normal for this time of year.
Minimum was 80 in 1977.
The 25th percentile is 127, the median is 156 and the mean is 193 The
75th percentile is 223 and the max was 660 in 1985
The water level at the Gage House is 2.34, It has dropped about
2/10ths of an inch since last week.
The difference can be more or less significant in different parts of the stream



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

 June 25: Fly tyers forum at Weaver's Tackle store at 7pm.
check facebook page - Fly Tyer's Forum - at Weaver's or email fly.forum@aol.com

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 begin



Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 83. North wind around 8 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Southeast wind 6 to 10 mph.

Saturday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly
sunny, with a high near 89.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a
high near 85.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a
high near 84.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.



Quote of the Week

Love affairs, viewed from the sanctuary of middle age and bittersweet
memory, are almost impossible to document, because human emotion is a
merciful thing. It is different with trout. Trout are absolutely
unique in that a man's initial involvement seldom becomes a wry memory
dismissed as the folly of youth. It is simply love at first sight,
perpetuated and strengthened through a lifetime. One's affection for
this lovely creature steadily increases as the years slide by.
Author::  Frank Woolner
Published::  Trout Hunting - 1977

Thank you for reading.  Lucy


Wednesday, June 12, 2013


June 13, 2013




 How's Fishing?

 The list of lures that I use for "what's working"  is taken, in part,
from a consensus of what people say is working and what I see them
buy.   You will notice that that the section is short today.  This
doesn't mean that nothing is working, but that almost anything is.
Fishing has been, in a word, good.


What's Working?
Zone 1 & 2

Bedspread, John Deere and white floss have been strong
brown woolies, black wooly bugger
Marabou: black & white, red & black, gingersnap, black & green, white  

with red or pink, orange & yellow.
Glo Balls: Easter egg,  jimi hendrix
Rooster Tails: Brown with brown tail, brown with orange tail, white
with red stripe and black strobe.
red or gold brassie
olive green crackleback (an alternate suggested method is to put
floatant on and fish on top)
Zone 2
Super duper, gold with red stripe
Zone 3
Berkley Powerbait, orange, white extra scent or yellow,
Salmon eggs

Lunker Club

6-5-13
Felix Owens from chesterfield, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & White marabou in zone 1

6-8-13
Randy Herder from Lee Summit MO
4-1/4 pounds on a bedspread in zone 2

6-9-13
Greg Mallory from Overland Park IL
2+ pounds, catch & release (from picture) in zone 1 on a green fly of his own

Jason Grosse from Herman, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a red & white marabou in zone 1

6-10-13
John Peterson from Lebanon, MO
3 pounds, 14-1/2 ounces on red soft hackle

Ryder Rhodes from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds on orange power bait in the river

6-11-13
Jake Anthony from Lebanon, MO
2-1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a black wooly bugger


Fishing Times
Regular Season for Trout Fishing at Bennett Spring is March 1st to 

October 31.
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 June 13 is 221 CFS,The rate it is
flowing is normal for this time of year.
Minimum was 80 in 1977.
The 25th percentile is 130, the median is 186 and the mean is 220
The 75th percentile is 273 and the max was 645 in 1985
The water level at the Gage House is 2.38,   It has dropped almost
half a foot in one week.
The difference can be more or less significant in different parts of the stream


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

June 14th & 15th Hillbilly Days sponsored by Circle J campground.  for
information call 417-532-4430
June 14, 15 & 16 - food booths at Family Crossings' Bennett Room
 - hot dogs, frito pies, beans, cornbread and corn on the cob starting
at 10 am each day.

June 16th 10 am to 3 pm Doc McAlister Car & Bike show at Family
crossing's Bennett Room.  Craft booths and food
Bake Sale to benefit the Bennett Spring Volunteer Fire Department.
532-4550 for more information

June 18 & June 25: Fly tyers forum at Weaver's Tackle store at 7pm.
check facebook page - Fly Tyer's Forum - at Weaver's or email fly.forum@aol.com

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 begin



Weather Forecast
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 83. North wind around 8 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Southeast wind 6 to 10 mph.

Saturday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly
sunny, with a high near 89.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a
high near 85.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a
high near 84.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.



Quote of the Week

Whenever a bilious angler has no luck and nothing to do, he sits down
and concocts a new swindle in feathers...and at once every angler in
the country rushes in and pays two dollars a dozen for the samples.
Author:  Mayvis Orvis Marbury
Published::  Favourite Flies and Their Histories 1892

thanks for reading!  Lucy