July 3, 2013
Very, very little complaining. And we all know that people love to complain. Most fish caught are in the 1 to 1-1/2 pound size, with very little mention of 'dinks'. (extra small fish). There are not the large amount of lunkers that may have been seen in the past, but the total experience is reportedly good for most anglers.
.The water is still higher than what is considered normal for this time of year, but smaller lures, such as brassies, have gained a foothold. For those of you fly fishermen who are planning to come to Bennett in the next couple of weeks, the black and tan caddis should be hatching, along with the blue wing olive. Very popular right now is a fly called 'daddy long legs'. or crane fly. It is a very convincing pattern and really fun to fish.
After a rocky Spring, the weather now is amazing. Warm days in the 80 to low 90's and cooler evenings. Just right for sitting around a campfire telling some tall tales about the days catch..
Did You Know?
Comments on Furled Leaders by Jim Cramer (author of an article on furled leaders in Fly Fisherman magazine) ....
Over the past 10 years I have made well over a thousand furled leaders and have published several articles on them so I consider myself qualified to answer questions about furled leaders.
Design and Material
......... As with most things, not all furled leaders are created equal. Both material choice and construction can dramatically change a leader's performance. Monofilament and thread are the two most common materials used. Further, each brand or type of thread or monofilament will produce a leader having different characteristics; sometimes vast differences. Kevlar thread, for example, will produce a much stiffer leader than most other threads while Danville thread yields a softer leader than many others.
Monofilament, although widely used for these leaders, is not my material of choice except for salt water applications. Leaders made of monofilament retain some memory, are not as supple as those made of thread, and do not have the soft presentation of leaders made of thread. After much experimentation and hundreds of leaders, Uni Thread is my material of choice for fresh water applications.
Presentation is the key to success and the furled leader excels at gentle lay down, improved accuracy, and reduced drag, all important factors in the presentation. While these leaders can be used for many fly fishing situations they excel for dry fly fishing. Being soft and supple with no memory, they are quite a departure from the common monofilament leader. On flat spring creek waters reduced micro drag and a very gentle presentation make them ideal for dry fly work. The accuracy resulting from the positive turnover makes the leaders a joy to use in fast pocket water. Fine tippets are protected by the leader's natural elasticity. Delicate presentation reduces the need for extremely long leaders which in turn increases casting accuracy.
Furled leaders by nature of their design lend themselves to positive floatation. Let me explain. The thread or monofilament from which the leader is constructed is slightly heavier than water and by itself will not float once it is wet and the surface tension is broken. Taking a very close look at the actual form of the leader reveals grooves much like the grooves on a rope. If these grooves are filled with a lighter than water paste such as Mucilin or common paste floor wax, the effect is to increase the leaders volume and create a lighter than water leader. Water proofing the leader with any of the available water proofing products will not provide the same effect and is not recommended.
Despite their many advantages furled leaders are not without their drawbacks. Positive turnover increases the difficulty of making curve and other trick casts. Knots are extremely difficult to remove, and heaven help the angler whose backcast tangles in the brush. The soft limp leader can be the devil to untangle. Scum covered waters and dirt will soil the thread leaders reducing their effectiveness until they have been well washed in hot soapy water. When faced with fishing such waters I'll return to the knotless tapered monofilament leader and save my furled leaders for cleaner waters.
One of the greatest advantages of thread furled leaders is also the one thing that causes the greatest concern among those seeing a thread furled leader for the first time. Anglers who have never seen or used anything but solid monofilament leaders are often concerned with a colored leader spooking the fish. If truth be known the fish can see the monofilament leaders as well and a colored leader with a monofilament tippet has little adverse effect on the fish. Trout and other fish are continually exposed to flotsam and inert objects and are not spooked unless such objects move, cast sudden shadows, or act threatening manner. If fish were to spook from every strange object on the water, they would soon starve to death. Consider also that when a trout rises to a dry fly its window of vision is diminished to the point that the furled section of the leader is never seen. From the anglers point of view however, a visible leader is a huge asset when tracking small dry flies in adverse light conditions.
When fishing wets or nymphs the highly visible leader serves as a drag and strike indicator.
Marabou :Black & Yellow, gingersnap, pink, pink & white, white
Cracklebacks, blue holographic, pink, pearl grizzly
Crane Fly (Daddy Long Legs)
White Floss jig
peach fur bugs
Glo balls: salmon egg, white, pink
rooster tails - white & white blade, yellow bumble bee,
Sonic Rooster - rainbow trout or white
bedspread mini jig
silver with red tip super duper
Power Bait - orange or yellow extra scent, regular scent rainbow
Trout Magnet Crawdads
Black & yellow beetle spins
Pink & White Mice Tails
Choices for River Fishing
Power Bait, extra scent orange or white
beetle spins, yellow or green
plastic beetles and crickets
Brooke Jasinski (age 11) from St Peters, MO
2 pounds,plus, bedspread in zone 1
Jason Jasinski from St Peters, MO
+2 pounds white bedspread in zone 1
Lisa Jordan from Hattisburg MS
+2 on orange power bait in zone 3
Glen Jordan from Hattisburg MS
+2 on a cranefly in zone 2
Cathy Page from Palmyra MO
2 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3
John Picone from Blue Springs MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1
Nolan Beal from Lebanon MO
2 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1
Patrick Beffa from Jefferson City, MO
2 pounds on a white jig in zone 2
Regular Season for Trout Fishing at Bennett Spring is March 1st to October 31.
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 July 3, 2013 is 214 CFS. The rate it is flowing is a bit high for this time of year.
Minimum was 78 in 1934
The 25th percentile is 127, the median is 155 and the mean is 178 The 75th percentile is 195 and the max was 507 in 1977
The water level at the Gage House is 2.22, Slightly lower than last week The color is good, getting closer to that amazing gin-clear of late summer every day.
Community Calendar of Events
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
Independence Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. South wind 5 to 7 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.
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 86.
Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82.
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