Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How's Fishing?



The weather this year has been simply perfect and this fall is no exception.  There is only one more weekend in the regular season.  I hope you are able to join us for one more golden fishing trip.




What's Working at Bennett
From the fly box

Blue holographic crackleback has been super
ginger or golden olive crackleback
red or black zebra midge
red WD40
green RGN

Zone 1 & 2

jimi hendrix tri color glo ball
brown glitter or brown trout rooster tails
roaches - gray, brown & black
Marabou - white, gingersnap, and black & yellow
white floss
Peacock mini jig
Kapok

Zone 3

Zeke's white power bait
salmon peach power bait



Lunker Club

10-15-14
Jeff Mattes from Jacksonville, IL
3-1/8 pounds on a peacock herl jig in zone 1

10-18-14
Ben Ortbals-Steinkamp
House Springs, MO
2 pounds on a tri color glo ball in zone 2



10-19-14
Greg Hink from Gardner, Kansas
3.21 pounds on a #18 fleatermaous in zone 2

10-20-14
Bruce Baird from Bluford, IL
2 pounds 8 ounces on a kapok jig in zone 2



Water Conditions at Bennett Spring

Bennett Spring:
Gage house level is 1.83 feet
October 22, 2014
minimum was in 1938 - 75
25th percentile is 92
today - 86
Median is 113
Mean is 132
75th percentile is 143
Max was 390 in 1984



Niangua River:
October 22, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.81
minimum was 19 in 1993
25th percentile is 32
todays reading is 52
Median is 53
Mean is 86
75th percentile is 131
Max was 484 in 2010



Weather Forecast

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Wind chill values as low as 49 early. Southwest wind 5 to 11 mph.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 80.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 54.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 80.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.
Monday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.
Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 66.



Quote of the Week

The best fisherman I know try not to make the same mistakes over and over again; instead they strive to make new and interesting mistakes and to remember what they learned from them.
Author:  John Gierach
Published:
Fly-fishing the High Country

Thanks for reading!
Lucy

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


September 16, 2013



How's Fishing?

The fishing season is winding down.  Fewer families are fishing and more folks who have put their time in and now can enjoy what they love to do, when they want to do it.
There continues to be excellent fishing with quite a few fish over two pounds being brought up to our store.  The rain brought the spring up a little bit but still was relatively clear. The river caught more of the run off from the storms and it jumped up higher and was muddier.  After tonight, the rain should be clearing off. The late week and weekend look very mild and warm.
For those of you who have been asking for them - we finally got our order of blue holographic cracklebacks.  We also have a new locally tied fly case item - a golden olive wooly.  I am looking forward to seeing how this one does - from the way it looks, it promises to be a winner.

Now a short article about something I wondered about,  the X in the tippet size.

The mystery of the X in your tippet
By Jim Smoragiewicz of the Black Hills Fly Fishers in South Dakota

It was a passing thought that I had many times over the years but never took the time to look into it. What does the "X" on packages of tippet and leaders stand for? This was one of the things that I thought every fly fisher but me knew. As I came to discover, however, most other anglers didn't know the answer to this either, and prompted some research on my part.

A little history on some of our first mass produced tippet material. For some time early in the century, leaders were tied out of a silk strand that came from a caterpillar in Spain. The caterpillars were killed and then processed in chemicals to toughen their silk sacks. The silk sacks or "gut" were then removed from the caterpillar ( usually two caterpillar). This packet of silk was then stretched out, usually reaching a length of 12"-15". Lengths of silk longer than this were scarce, and brought a premium price.

The silk strands were uneven in diameter and needed to be uniform in diameter for use in building a leader. The way this evening process was accomplished was by using diamonds to cut away the excess material. The diamond that had a round hole drilled in it and was polished on one side to form a cutting edge on the hole. The silk strand was then soaked in a solution to soften it, and then drawn through the hole in the diamond with all excess silk being cut away.

This uniform piece of "silk cat gut" (gut from a caterpillar, and not a house cat) was considered to be 1x in size because it had been drawn through a diamond one time or 1x. Next it was drawn through a diamond with a smaller hole to reduce the diameter even further. This piece of silk was now a 2x in diameter, or drawn through diamonds 2 times. This was continued until a 5x tippet size was reached, the smallest most fly fishers felt was usable at the time.

This article was provided by the Federation of Fly Fishers. Visit their site for more articles and information about fly fishing. The Federation of Fly Fishers is a unique non-profit organization concerned with sport fishing and fisheries.

What's Working At Bennett?

From the fly box
 Blue holographic crackleback has been super
sulfur or original crackleback are also working well
red or black zebra midge
Golden olive wooly is new this week at Weaver's - looks really tasty.
copper weaver

Zone 1 & 2
original or red & white tri color glo ball
brown glitter or brown trout rooster tails
roaches - gray, brown & black
peach fur bug
Marabou -  white, gingersnap, and black & yellow
tinsel jig
white floss
bedspread

Zone 3
Zeke's white power bait
salmon peach power bait



Lunker Club

10-8-14
Craig Hibdon from Warrensburg, MO
3 pounds on an orange fur bug in zone 2

10-10-14
Justin Montague from Kansas City, MO
2 pounds 1 ounces on a zebra midge in zone 1

Stefanie Pilkinton from Keokuk, Iowa
2-3/4 pounds on a white & red glo ball

10-11-14
Zach Ziolkowski from Edwardsville IL
3-1/4 pounds on a brown rooster tail in zone 1

Jason Keilholz from Philadelphia, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a gingersnap jig in zone 1

Jim Link from Foristell, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a white jig in zone 1

Jim Link from Foristell, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a white jig in zone 1(two different fish - same size & day)

Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a chamois in zone 1

10-12-14
Lucas Raps from Fulton, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a gingersnap  in zone 1

10-13-14
Guy Neiswender from Circleville, KS
2 pounds 14 ounces on yellow power bait in zone 3

10-14-14
Debbie Staton from California, MO
2 lbs, 7 oz, on a bedspread



Water Conditions at Bennett Spring

Bennett Spring:
Gage house level is 2.08 feet
October 14, 2014
minimum was in 1977 - 76
25th percentile is 99
 today - 113
Median is 114
Mean is 157
75th percentile is 134
Max was 1500 in 1977

Niangua River:
October 14, 2014
Gage House reading is 3.34
minimum was 19 in 1993
25th percentile is 33
Median is 50
Mean is 99
75th percentile is 128
Today's (October 14) reading is 351
Max was 485 in 2010



Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 73. Southwest wind 3 to 8 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 70.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 67.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 67.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 66.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.







Quote of the Week 
(The cool thing is that for most of you who are reading this, your ' there ' is here at Bennett Spring.)

There: the angler's noun. There, every fisherman has one. Someplace on a river or stream. There, is seldom a generality, but a precise footing on a bend somewhere, a place where every riffle, every willow, every cloud is in place. You can be near there or around there, or by there, but there is no place like there. Easily dreamed, there. You can get there from an easy chair, or on a downtown bus. There is an exact passage from a fisherman's back pages, virtual reality without the helmet. There is the reason for being here.
Author:  Scott Waldie
Published:  Travers Corners: The Final chapters


Thank you for reading!
Lucy



Thursday, October 9, 2014

How's Fishing?



Just a couple more weekends for this year's regular season.   It's been a good year at Bennett Spring.  There wasn't one time when the Spring rose significantly.  It's been low, clear and slow for the entire Season.  (Note that today is a new all time low).  Superb for those that like to sight fish.
 Tag sales have been up for the year by 4.74%.  This month was a little down from last year (-6.62%).   There were 13220 adult and 1071 kid tags sold during September.  There were 29806 fish released for a fish to tag ratio of 2.09.  This is one of the lowest Septembers for tag sales in the last 10 years.  Considering the improved fish size and the excellent weather, this surprised me.

The end of season meeting will be Friday at 6pm in the Nature Center at Bennett Spring.  A good time to voice your opinions and to find out what will be the plan for next year at Bennett Spring.





What's Working at Bennett Spring

From the fly box

Ginger crackleback - weighted or unweighted, both are effective
chartreuse  crackleback, gold crackleback
red or black zebra midge
RGN's, olive or brown

Zone 1 & 2

Hot pink, baby pink, jimi hendrix, peach, and white & cerise glo balls
original tri color glo ball
black glitter, orange or pink rooster tails
black wooly
roaches - gray, brown & black
john deere
peach fur bug
Marabou - pink & white, shell, white, gingersnap, and black & yellow

Zone 3

Zekes white power bait
salmon peach power bait


Lunker Club
10-4-14
Kevin Bean from Wentzville, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

10-5-14
Harold Griffin from Centralia, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Zack Ellison from Bowling Green, MO
2 pounds on a red & white marabou in zone 1

Kevin Bean from Wentzville, MO
2 pounds on a shell colored marbou in zone 1

10-6-14
Joe Barkwell III from Fulton, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a pink & white glo ball in zone 2



Water Conditions at Bennett Spring
Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.80 feet
October 8, 2014
minimum is today - 75
previous minimum was in 1933 - 81
25th percentile is 97
Median is 113
Mean is 135
75th percentile is 133
Max was 466 in 1987

Niangua River:
October 8, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.47
minimum was 19 in 1993
25th percentile is 33
Today's (October 8) reading is 39
Median is 55
Mean is 230
75th percentile is 219
Max was 1610 in 1995



Weather Forecast

Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. South wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday: Showers. High near 64. Northeast wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Saturday: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 59. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.

Columbus Day: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.

Tuesday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 69.



Quote of the Week

“In my opinion, fishing then becomes a mirror which reflects all of our being and our values in life – and in return our values determine how we fish. One goes into the other and the boundaries merge… Doing becomes being and being becomes doing; a magic circle with no beginning or end and our hearts always standing where they belong – directly in the centre.” Lani Waller

Thanks for reading.   Lucy

Thursday, October 2, 2014

November 2, 2014



How's Fishing?

With the weather moving in - I'm writing this on Wednesday of this week - there have been quite a few conversations in our store about fishing in rain.  Is it a good thing or a poor idea?  I found a blog that addresses this with practicality and good humor.

Flingin' in the Rain
   Posted by Brent Postal

Eager trout await those who don't mind getting wet.

You're fishing your favorite stream, completely focused on the rise-form ahead of you, when rain literally dampens your spirit and sends you into a frustrated funk. Do you pack it in or adapt to the situation? Personally, I choose the latter every time. Precipitation creates interesting predicaments for fly anglers, but it is not a deal breaker and you can catch foul-weather fish no matter how wet you are.

First Drops
At the first sight of rain, do not immediately clip off your dry fly. Patience in your fly selection is important. Most anglers abruptly switch to a subsurface imitation, but you'll be surprised at how many trout begin to look up after the rain starts.

Rainbow Trout In this stage of the shower, even though a hatch or spinner fall will continue until the rain increases, I invariably reach for my terrestrials box. Many hoppers, crickets, beetles, and ants meet their demise in a rainstorm. They lose their footholds on leaves and trees, and those on the ground are often helplessly washed into the trout's domain. Terrestrials vary from creek to creek, so be sure to have a good selection covering different sizes and colors.

During the first drops of rain, you should still be targeting the traditional fish-holding features—seams, eddies, and bends. Don't pass up weedy banks or brushy areas, as insects are most likely entering the stream there. An opportunistic trout might move to one of these spots, but most will stay put, especially if the rain is minimal.

Fly-fishing in the early stages of a rainstorm is a great time for experimentation. The disturbed surface of the water means that you can get away with sloppy casts, awkward wading, and creeping a little too close to your quarry. Plus, you can exploit the distorted vision of the trout and use a heavier leader and tippet.

On the Rise
With rain comes turbidity and an increase in flow, as well as temperature changes. Depending on the season, precipitation can either increase or decrease the stream's temperature, which can have both positive and negative effects on the trout, depending on which situation is occurring. A rare rain in the middle of winter will heat up the water, and arouse all types of activity. A cold summer shower, however, will probably do the opposite. For our purposes, we'll assume the rain has had a negligible influence on the temperature of the water.



Your dry fly pattern simply will not stay afloat when it's being pummeled by raindrops. When the fly gets forced underwater, keep it there, as this is exactly what's happening to the naturals. Remember, you're trying to imitate an insect that has drowned. If you see a fish reject the drowned presentation, impart a little movement to the fly to imitate a struggling bug.

At this point, if you're not having consistent success with a dry, add a dropper to your rig. Nothing fancy: I prefer bead-head versions of classics such as the Hare's Ear Nymph, Prince Nymph, and Pheasant Tail Nymph. Ideally, you want the dry just under the surface and the nymph drifting just above the bottom. The nymph will appeal to those trout that are put off by the surface confusion the rain brings.

Soaked and Swollen
Once the water becomes truly murky, tie on a double-nymph setup and look for deep water near cover, such as sunken logs and bridge structure. Also target deep eddies and other calm water areas where the bottom is not visible. I'll usually trail a classic bead-head behind something with a little more pizzazz, such as a big stone-fly or burrower-mayfly imitation.

Try fishing your nymph rigs on a slight downstream swing in the rain, conveying as little actual movement to the imitations as possible. This method allows you to control where they drift, and you can feel the slightest movement of the line with your line hand. Be prepared to lose a fly or two with this technique as you probe the depths of the water column. If all else fails, bring on the Woolly Buggers— a bulky black pattern offers a good silhouette underwater.

I've caught some superb trout in the rain, and more often than not I have the entire creek, stream, or river to myself. So the next time you're at a crossroads in the rain, consider the alternatives—paperwork, housecleaning, and so on. Exciting fishing comes to those who leave the rain checks at home. After all, you can't catch fish if you don't wet a line.



Who's Fishing?

THE BENCH
BY
MATTHEW EILENSTINE

As many of you fisherman have seen on the southwest side of the dam, there is a new bench that has been placed.   The bench symbolizes many things for the Kansas Clan, but the most important thing it symbolizes is the life of Mr. Mike Moss.  Mike was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to all of us from the Kansas Clan. Last December we lost Mike after a long battle with cancer.  Exactly one year ago, Mike was determined to make one last trip to his favorite fishing spot, and he did it!  With the carpentry skills of Keith Rogers, he decided to place THE BENCH in honor of Mike.   Coming to Bennett Spring was one of Mike’s most treasured activities and, of course, THE BENCH had to be painted in John Deere Green in honor of Mike’s favorite fly that he used at Bennett Spring.  Everyone from the Kansas Clan signed the bottom of THE BENCH to honor Mike and lift him up to heaven.  As each one of us meets Mike as we pass on, our names will be placed on the top with his.  So when you sit on THE BENCH, please know that Mike is looking down on you with that big ol’ grin, and he is with all of you fisherman!  We miss you Uncle Mike and your memory at Bennett Spring will live on forever!





What's working at Bennett?



From the fly box
Ginger crackleback - weighted or unweighted, both are effective
Hares ear - 12's and larger
original crackleback, green holographic crackleback
san juan worm -brown or red

Zone 1 & 2
Chartreuse red dot glo ball
original tri color glo ball
bumblebee, rainbow trout rooster tails
brown wooly
roaches - gray, brown & black
john deere
peach fur bug

Zone 3
trout magnet worms, salmon or gold
rainbow power bait
yellow extra scent powerbait
trout magnet light orange mini worms




Lunker Club

9-24-14
Brad Strawhun from Imperial, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a bedspread in zone 1

9-23-14
Brandon Davidson from Lyman, SC
4.25 pounds on a copper hot shot in zone 1

9-25-14
Erma Altris from Kearney MO
2-1/4 on zeke's power bait in zone 3

Mike McAuley from Wellsville KS
2-1/2 pounds on an Apricot glo ball in zone 1

Ken Langston from Lebanon, MO
3 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Rick Strawhun from Imperial MO
3 pounds on a black & yellow marabou

Laverne Harfst from Grays  Summit, MO
2 pounds on corn power bait in zone 3

Edward Cantwell from Derby, KS
3 pounds on a white marabou jig in zone 2

9-26-14
Connie Hangartner from St. Joseph MO
2-3/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Kenny Greer from St. Peters, MO
3-1/4 pounds on a white glo ball in zone 1

Hugh Rose from Bennett Spring, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white mini jig in zone 2

Brandon Viera from Farmington, MO
2-3/4 pounds in zone 1 on a white & pink marabou

Linda Helfrich from Union, MO
2 pounds, 2 ounces on salmon power bait in zone 3

Zach Davis from Peculiar, MO
3 pounds on a green mini jig in zone 1

Devin Wiekhorst from Lebanon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a brown & olive wooly in zone 1



9-27-14
Edward Cantwell from Derby KS
3 pounds, 8 ounces on a white marabou in zone 2

9-28-14
Chad Kohlbusch from New Haven, MO
2-1/2 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Nick Odom from Lebanon, MO
10 pounds 1 ounce on a zebra midge in zone 2

Cheryl Rader from Leavenworth, KS
2-3/4 pounds on bumblebee rooster tail.

10-1-14
Nick Odom from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds on a red zebra midge in zone 2



Water conditions At Bennett Spring
Please watch for updates - the weather during the next couple of days may change the conditions.
Bennett Spring:
Gage house level is 1.81 feet, same as last week
October 1, 2014
minimum 76 in 1939
Current level is 77
25th percentile is 96
Median is 108
Mean is 138
75th percentile is 253
Max was 6350 in 1987

Niangua River:
October 1, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.50
minimum was 30 in 1992
25th percentile is 34
Today's (October 1) reading is 41
Median is 48
Mean is 117
75th percentile is 113
Max was 3567 in 1994



Calendar of Events

October 11 -12 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

Quote of the Week

“As with a faint star in the night’s sky, one can better understand fishing’s allure by looking around it, off to the side, not right at it”

- Holly Morris

Thanks for reading!  Lucy