June 27, 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
super duper silver with red tip. green frog
rattletrap jig, chrome
orange, white and yellow power baits
orange dough balls
Trout magnet mini jigs, reds and pinks
Mike McAteer from O'Fallon, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a pink marabou
Stan Sales from Liberty, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white nymph in zone 2
Jay Slater from Quincy, IL
2 pounds in zone 2 on a red & white brassie
Jim Shortell from Lebanon, MO
5-1/2 pounds on bait in zone 3
Richard Hunt from Manchester MO (also Fishing Tales RV Park, nice fish, Rich)
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou
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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
4th of July Salute to America NASCAR Show & Fireworks at the Lebanon
July 18 & 19th Bennett Spring Church of God is hosting a Vacation
Bible School. All are welcome. Call 417 532-7531 for more
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
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