Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September 23, 2014



How's Fishing?
I love Autumn.  The beautiful colors, cool mornings and warm afternoons, slower pace....it makes for such a pleasurable fishing experience.  As far as the fishing, it seems to be a little slower than it has been for some anglers than it has been most of the summer.  Others are standing side by side these people and catching like crazy.
 I understand this is a time when spawning occurs and the fish have more important things to think about than food.  The colors that are working right now reflect this - ginger, light roe, and orange.   The black caddis, ants, and crane flies are also doing well.  























What's Working?

Fly Box
RGN's
Copper Hot shot - brown size 18
Original or green holographic crackleback
Ginger crackleback - weighted or unweighted,  both are effective
Hares ear - 12's and larger
original crackleback, green holographic Crackleback
Zone 1 & 2
Chartreuse red dot glo ball
original tri color glo ball
bumblebee rooster tail
brown wooly
roaches - gray, brown & black
Zone 3
trout magnet worms, salmon or gold
rainbow power bait
yellow extra scent powerbait
trout magnet light orange mini worms























Water Conditions

The water is very low, very clear and slow. 

Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.81 feet
September 23, 2014
minimum 66 in 1937
Current level is 77
25th percentile is 97
Median is 110
Mean is 134
75th percentile is 145
Max was 570 in 1970



Niangua River:

September 23, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.89
minimum was 49 in 2006
25th percentile is 141
Today's (September 23) reading is 153
Median is 185
Mean is 372
75th percentile is 251
Max was 3590 in 2009


Calendar of Events
October 11 - Holland Derby

October 14-15 moss cutting

October 31 - last day of regular trout season

November 14 first day of Catch & Release Season

February 9, 2015 - Catch and Release season ends

Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 77. South wind around 7 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. South wind around 6 mph. 

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.



Quote of the Week
(or - Why I Love Fishermen)

I am almost certain fishermen possess a peculiar bend to their makeup. Fisherman are optimists, and the fish in the future is always preferable to the fish at hand. Even the best fishermen catch fish only a small percentage of the time, which means we persevere in a sport that features failure as its main ingredient. Truly great days, when the fish hammer the fly as soon as it lands on the water are rare.

Author:  Joseph Monniger

Published:  Home Waters

Thanks for reading!  Lucy


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How's Fishing?




There are still quite a few people fishing this week despite (or because of) the cooler temperatures.  The fishing has been very good.  There are not a lot of lunkers being caught, but quite a few decent sized fish.  The stringers may, in general, be lighter than earlier in the season, but that is typical for this time of year.  This is also the time of year when a top water angler comes into his own.  The black caddis is doing very well, along with renegade - 18's, or pale evening dun - 20's.  
Moss cutting was done on the 16th and 17th of this months, by the way.

 I have been including information that I find interesting in the fishing report.  I have had several positive comments on this so I will continue to do this on random reports.  Please feel free to skip to the next section - or just look at the terrific pictures - if what I find is not of interest to you.
Here at Weaver's we are often asked for input on what materials to use for fishing at Bennett.  The discussion of mono-filament vs fluorocarbon comes up regularly.  This article was taken from the website of a world wide fly fishing outfitter called Deneki Outdoors.

Mono vs Fluoro

Visibility

The visibility, or better put, the “invisibility” of fluorocarbon line is most likely the best selling point of fluorocarbon when compared to standard nylon mono-filament line. The light refractive index of fluorocarbon is very similar to that of fresh water (much more so than mono-filament. In other words, when placed in water, it is less visible than mono-filament.

Not convinced? You can see for yourself. Take strands of equal diameter of both fluorocarbon and mono-filament and dip them in a glass of water. Notice the difference in transparency of the materials in water.

Strength

When talking about strength, there are several dimensions to consider. In the short term, fluorocarbon is a much harder material than mono-filament. This results in higher abrasion resistance that is useful in situations such as nymphing or fishing around heavy structure. Also, most fluorocarbon line is thinner in diameter than mono-filament line of the same breaking strength. However, this is not always the case from company to company.

Fluorocarbon is also non-permeable to water and therefore does not absorb water throughout the fishing day. This may not seem like a big deal but most do not realize how much water nylon mono-filament actually absorbs throughout the day. Over time, this causes mono-filament to weaken.

Over the long term, fluorocarbon is extremely resistant to the elements as well, unlike mono-filament. Overtime, U.V. rays, rain and humidity, and extreme temperatures (both hot and cold) can cause mono-filament to break down and lose strength. Fluorocarbon is much more resistant to these conditions over the long term. For most of us, these conditions are the norm during a fishing day. This is worth considering before pulling out that dusty tippet spool you bought on sale two years ago.

On that note: due to the fact that fluorocarbon does not break down very readily, please take care when disposing of it. Any pieces clipped off and thrown into the river will be there for a very, very long time.

Density

For you trout fisherman out there, the density of your leader material is actually very important. Fluorocarbon is actually denser than water. In other words, it sinks. This is great when dredging the bottom with nymphs or stripping streamers. However, if dead drifting or skating flies on the surface, this is the last thing you want. Nylon mono-filament on the other hand actually suspends in water. If fishing dries, especially in very small sizes, filament is a clear winner here.

Stretch

Most anglers are aware that mono-filament is a relatively “stretchy” material. Just grab your leader from both ends and pull; you will see it stretch. While a certain degree of stretch is advantageous to help absorb the shock while fighting a fish, less stretch results in higher sensitivity for detecting those subtle takes. Fluorocarbon is said to have less stretch than most nylon mono-filaments, however there has been some debate among differing manufacturers.

Knotability

Knotability is often overlooked by anglers when selecting a leader or tippet material, but it is very important. The knot is always the weakest link in your setup and therefore it is important to choose a material that knots well.

Nylon mono-filament is far superior here as it is suppler than fluorocarbon. For this reason, nylon mono-filament is often the choice when tying big game leaders that require extremely large diameter lines. Due to the stiffness of fluorocarbon, knots do not always seat as easy and must be coaxed into lying just right. Take your time when tying knots into fluorocarbon materials and ensure the knot seats correctly to avoid knot slippage or breakage.

Summary

While fluorocarbon seems to have a great deal of advantages over traditional mono-filament, there are certain situations where the extra cost is not necessary. Evaluate what situations best fit you and buy accordingly. Also, it is important to mention that not all materials are created equal. Fluorocarbon or mono-filament is often times very different between competing manufacturers.



What's Working?

Fly Box
RGN's - light olive or olive
Copper Hot shot - brown size 18
Original or green holographic crackleback
Ginger crackleback
zebra midge
Zone 1 & 2
Chartreuse red dot glo ball
original tri color glo ball
snow rooster tail
rainbow, snow or Brown glitter RoosterTail
Zone 3
Orange or pink Power Bait worms
Trout Magnet in Salmon or meal worm
Yellow Xtra Scent Power Bait




Water Conditions
The water is very low, very clear and slow.

Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.81 feet
September 16, 2014
minimum 64 in 1937
Current level is 77
25th percentile is 98
Median is 117
Mean is 137
75th percentile is 141
Max was 546 in 2008

Niangua River:

September 16, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.52
minimum was 27 in 1996
25th percentile is 32
Today's (September 16) reading is 42
Median is 47
Mean is 487
75th percentile is 420
Max was 3870 in 2010



Lunker Board

9-9-14
Don Harris from Lee's Summit, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a zebra midge in zone 1

9-10-14
David Woods from Lawson, MO
2 pounds on a  fore&aft  in zone 1

9-12-14
Larry Tucker from DeSoto, MO
2 pounds on a white mini jig in zone 1

9-13-14
Lundy Cearlock from Paducah KY
2-1/4 pounds on a 1/80th ounce black & yellow marabou

9-14-14
Adam Kopp from Washington, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a chartreuse with red dot glo ball

9-16-14
Bruce Baird form Mt. Vernon, IL
2-1/4 pounds on kapok in zone 2




Calendar of Events

October 11 - Holland Derby

October 14-15 moss cutting

October 31 - last day of regular trout season

November 14 first day of Catch & Release Season

February 9, 2015 - Catch and Release season ends



Weather Forecast
Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 74. Southeast wind around 9 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

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

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 76.



Quote of the Week
Perhaps I should not have been a fisherman, he thought. But that was the thing that I was born for.

Author:
Ernest Hemingway

Published:
The Old Man and the Sea

Thanks for reading!   Lucy

Thursday, September 11, 2014




How's Fishing?

Last week's report mentioned a ginger crackleback that was really a wooly.  I got enough questions and grilling on this one that I went to the source and am reprinting a blog by the late Ed Story,  legendary angler and creator of the crackleback,  where he  tells how to tie a 'real' crackleback.    Ed Story was the original owner of the St. Louis based fly shop, Feather-Craft.
  This was from the Ozarkflyfishers web site.  I found it very interesting and (for me) educational.
 I also approached one of our local tiers to make some for us to see (and sell) in our store.

CrackleBack
Origin;
Without question, the CRACKLEBACK is the most popular fly from my personally developed collection of trout fly patterns. I have been tying the pattern since the late 1950's. It’s a take-off from a popular wet-woolly of the time, tied with a chenille body and a natural raffia pulled over the back, full length of the hook-shank. In the early 1960's I named the fly after a bass plug made by Bill Walters of Jasonville, Ind. It too had a pale olive body with a crinkly-green back."
Ed Story…Feather-Craft Corp.
Original Materials:
Hook: Mustad 94840 (size #10 - original) or TMC 5210
Thread: Danville 6/0 pre-waxed, color #100 black
Hackle: India Furnace saddle hackle, or Furnace neck hackle for the small sizes
Crackle Back: Two strands of Peacock Herl
Body: SPECTRUM #20 pale olive
[Note: Now tied with various shades of yellow-olive dubbing or goose quill]
Original Tying Instructions:
1. Tie the thread in and run it to the end of the hook-shank.
2. Select a long narrow India "furnace saddle hackle. Size and prepare it, then tie it in at the end of the end (sic) of the hook-shank,
dull-side facing you.
3. Tie in 2-strands of peacock herl at the end of the hook-shank...and tie them in so they are on-top of the end of the hook-shank.
4. The thread is still at the end of the hook shank and we are now going to dub with SPECTRUM. You will see that SPECTRUM
is a continuous synthetic, very soft fiber. Other body materials can be used with the latest being turkey quill.
5. Tease off from the hank a sparse continuous piece (strand). You now should have a sparse strand of SPECTRUM a little over
two inches long.
6. Lay the SPECTRUM piece under the thread close to the hook-shank and with moistened fingers roll the end close to the hook
shank onto the thread. Roll it in one direction only. The balance of the strand is hanging loose.
7. Where it’s now rolled on the thread.. push it up to the hook shank, and using your bobbin, make two thread wraps around the
hook shank.. locking the SPECTRUM to the end of the hook-shank.
8. With your E-Z MINI Hackle PLIER, grab the other end of the SPECTRUM-STRAND and the thread AT THE SAME TIME.
Firmly hold the bobbin out to your chest, making a shaft of the thread.
9. Spin the E-Z MINI-HACKLE PLIER COUNTER-CLOCKWISE (like a propeller) around the thread. Instantly you have a fly
body spin-dubbed on the thread.
10. Now pinch the SPECTRUM and thread with your left hand fingers, while you remove the hackle-plier and shift the "pinched"
thread and new fly body to your right (tying-hand).
11. Wrap the now dubbed fly body on the hook shank and up to just behind the hook-eye. Tye it in with a few thread wraps. Cut
away waste.
12. Lay the two strands of peacock herl over the top of the fly body and tye in behind the hook eye. Do not pull the peacock strands
to (sic) tight as we are going to wrap the hackle over them. Leave a tiny amount of slack in the herl.
13. Palmer-wrap the furnace saddle hackle forward in wide-wraps so plenty of fly body color shows thru the wraps. And notice
because we used a furnace hackle, the fly body automatically has a black rib. Tye the hackle in just behind the hook-eye, finish
the fly head and whip-finish.
Variations:
Club member Joseph Aimonette says that any Crackleback not tied using the original or similar materials and colors is not really a
Crackleback. This look-a-like fly is really a dry woolly. Whether it is called a Crackleback or a dry woolly, a good variation of the
Crackle back is tied with a green holographic body and a palmered grizzly hackle. It is tied similar to the Crackleback and fished in
the same manner. Joe calls this variation the Green Ghost.
Fishing techniques:
Fishing the Fly - "...Dress the fly with silicone-gel and fished as a "dry" as intended. If the fly sinks in fast water, it’s simply
"skipped" under the surface with the rod tip. On the next cast, it'll float again. Frankly, this is the method used by most fly fishers.
Fish it as a dry, if you don't get a hit jerk the fly under and skip it along with your rod tip."



What's Working?
Zones 1 & 2

Brassies, assorted colors, red or olive green are especially good.
possum fur roach
black zebra midge
copper weaver, black
blue holographic, ginger, orange with brown hackle crackleback
white or  brown san juan worm - fished deep
pheasant tail nymph
marabou, pink & white, white, red & white
tinsel jig

Zone 3
Balls of Fire salmon eggs
rainbow power bait
trout magnet light orange mini worms



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

Color continues to be clear.  Water running slowly.
Gage house level is 1.84 feet
September 10, 2014
minimum 66 in 1937
Current level is 80
25th percentile is 96
Median is 121
Mean is 124
75th percentile is 140
Max was 246 in 1994

Niangua River:
September 10, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.55
minimum was 17 in 1996
25th percentile is 35
Today's (September 10) reading is 44
Median is 56
Mean is 122
75th percentile is 115
Max was 570 in 2007


Lunker Board
9-4-14
Jeanine Beach from Nevada, MO
2-1/2 pounds on yellow power bait in the river

9-6-14
Ralph Chrismer from Imperal MO
2-1/4 pounds  on a white grub in zone 1

Austin Wiekhorst from Scottsbluff NE
2 pounds, 2 ounces on a tinsel jig in zone 1

9-7-14
Jake Schaefer from ST. Louis, MO
4.5 pounds on a yellow & black marabou in zone




Calendar of Events
September 16-17 moss cutting

October 11 - Holland Derby

October 14-15 moss cutting

October 31 - last day of regular trout season

November 14 first day of Catch & Release Season

February 9, 2015 - Catch and Release season ends


Weather Forecast

Thursday: A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 72. North wind 7 to 9 mph.

Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. North wind 6 to 10 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 66.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 72.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 75.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.





Quote of the Week

I get all the truth I need in the newspaper every morning, and every chance I get I go fishing, or swap stories with fishermen to get the taste of it out of my mouth.

Author:   Ed Zern

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

fishing report for 9-3-14



How's Fishing?

This morning, and all weekend long, the fishing has been super.  Not a bunch of lunkers brought in, but reasonably sized fish and plenty of them.  At this time it seems that zones one and two are better places to be than zone three.  That could all change, as you well know, by the time you get here.
The winner in the lures department for this week has been the ginger crackleback.  Technically this fly is a wooly, but the size and shape have most anglers describing it as a crackleback.  I'm not going to argue at this point, the thing is working!  Another super lure this week is the San Juan worm.  The best is a white or ginger worm fished deep with a shot just about a foot above it.  We have also been getting good reports from the copper weaver.  It's a black body and hackle wet fly with a bit of copper flash.  Very good for these conditions.
My prediction for next week - black ants.



Mike Mitchell, the hatchery manager at Bennett Spring, shared with us  the tag sales for August. This year there was a 20.24% increase in total tag sales for August.
 Last year there were 13,635 adult and 2,740 kids' tags sold in August.   In 2014 there were 16,304 adult and 3,386 kids' tags sold.  The number of fish stocked was 44,300 this year and 38,165 last year.   That comes to 2.25 fish per tag in 2014 and 2.33 fish per tag in 2013.  The total tag sales for the year are 98,207 for 2013 compared to 104,598 for 2014.  2013 was the lowest tag sale  year of the last 15 and 1999 was the highest with 27,762.  If you would like more information about this or if you have any other questions pertaining to hatchery operations, contact Mike Mitchell. His phone is 417 532 4418. His email is Michael.Mitchell@mdc.mo.gov.



What's Working?

ginger crackleback
black zebra midge
copper weaver, black
blue holographic crackleback
crane fly
white or  ginger san juan worm - fished deep

Zones 1 & 2

Brassies, assorted colors, red or olive green are especially good.
Marabou -black & yellow, ginger (also tied as a wooly with a gold head), gingersnap
Ginger grub, bedspread
possum fur roach
glo- balls - easter egg, jimi hendrix
Kapok

Zone 3
Gulp salmon eggs, florescent orange or white
Balls of Fire salmon eggs
yellow glitter power bait



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

Color is slightly elevated but still running clear despite the nearly five inches of rain we got on Monday night
Gage house level is 2.01 feet
September 3, 2014
minimum 77 in 1936
25th percentile is 101
current level is 101
Median is 123
Mean is 144
75th percentile is 144
Max was 938 in 1931

Niangua River:
September 3, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.77
minimum was 22 in 1996
25th percentile is 31
Today's (September 3) reading is 62
Median is 39
Mean is 201
75th percentile is 145
Max was 1740 in 2010



Lunker Board

8-25-14
Sheri Seabaugh from Gays IL
3-1/2 pounds on a worm in the Niangua River

8-30-14
Bill Sullivan from Silex MO
3-1/2 pounds on a yellow fur bug in zone 1

Calendar of Events
September 16-17 moss cutting

October 11 - Holland Derby

October 14-15 moss cutting

October 31 - last day of regular trout season

November 14 first day of Catch & Release Season

February 9, 2015 - Catch and Release season ends




Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 92. Heat index values as high as 98. Southwest wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89.
Friday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.
Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 82.
Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84.



Quote of the Week

Fishing consists of a series of misadventures interspersed by occasional moments of glory.

Author:
Howard Marshall

Published:
Reflections on a River 1967

Thanks for reading!
Lucy