The answer to the question "what are the bitin' on?" is day by day and angler by angler. There were stellar reports from a few anglers for last Saturday's fishing. One experienced angler said he stopped counting at 50 and had to actually get out of the water and take a break because his arm was getting tired. I asked about size (always a topic here at Bennett lately) and he said he was impressed with the size of the fish. He didn't catch any big three pounders that day, but they were generally in that very acceptable range of a pound to pound and a half. The lures that have been working well are, again, the possum hair roach, john deere, and gingersnap marabou. Cracklebacks and small brown woolies have also been working well. Most popular Cracklebacks have been the blue with black hackle and the green or red holographic. Fishing deep with sinking line or tippet has been the best recently.
If you are interested in seeing how files are tied, stop by Weaver's Tackle store this Saturday from 9am to 12pm to watch Wayne Simpson tie flies.
I asked Mike Ross, a long time friend of Wayne Simpson's, what he would say about him to those who didn't know him. This is what he had to say.
"Wayne is an avid fly tier and has been tying flies for a lot of years. He's known around the Bennett Spring area as the soft hackle king because he loves to tie and fish with soft hackle flies. These flies have been around for a lot of years and are still great flies to fish with today. Stop in and watch Wayne tie, and listen as he effortlessly hands out priceless knowledge as he does. Wayne is one fine fly tier and loves to share what he knows about fishing and the flies he ties."
From the fly case:
Cracklebacks - red, blue with black hackle
pheasant tail nymph
gray/tan possum hair roaches
Zone one & two:
Marabou : Black & yellow, Gingersnap, red and white, orange & white
Glo Ball- light roe, white, or anything with a red dot
white or brown red tail woolie
bumble bee rooster tail
white rooster tail, silver blade
white rooster with red sparkle tail
brown glitter rooster tail
chunky cheese or salmon peach power bait
rainbow nugget power bai
mouse tails, chartreuse with red , pink and white
pumpkin seed grubs
The water is stained, but not badly for this time of year. It's running a little lower and slower than is typical for Spring. There is some rain in the forecast, but nothing huge. Moss cutting happened on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
April 21, 2015
Gage house level is 2.10 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
minimum 79 in 1981
25th percentile is 170
Median is 232
Mean is 302
75th percentile is 388
Max was 1220 in 1966
April 21, 2015
Gage House reading is 2.60
minimum was 87 in 2014
25th percentile is 218
Today's reading is 178
Median is 326
Mean is 447
75th percentile is 636
Max was 1210 in 1995
Bennett Spring Calendar of Events
April 25th - 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store
May 2 - Kids free fishing day. Kids 15 and under get a free daily tag on this day, plus there will be special attractions to delight the young anglers. Portions of the stream will be reserved for kids fifteen and under. Rainbow trout will be restocked all day long. Volunteers will be on hand to help kids fish. There will be exhibits, fly tying and fly-fishing classes, free hot dogs, soda, and other free items.
May 5 - Fly Tyer's Forum meets in Weaver's Tackle store at 6:30 to 8:20. Free to all, no need to pre-register. Tying the Brown Caddis and Henryville Special. Topic is the Hatch Chart.
May 12 - Fly Tyer's Forum meets in Weaver's Tackle store at 6:30 to 8:20. Free to all, no need to pre-register. Tying Humphy Yellow and Black Grizzly Snatcher. Topic is Fly Proportion.
May 19 & 20 - Moss Cutting
May 19 - Fly Tyer's Forum meets in Weaver's Tackle store at 6:30 to 8:20. Free to all, no need to pre-register. Tying Gray Wulff and Ruz Du. Topic is Tippets and Knots
May 26 - Fly Tyer's Forum meets in Weaver's Tackle store at 6:30 to 8:20. Free to all, no need to pre-register. Tying Light Spruce and the Madam X. Topic is Leaders, fly lines and cleaners.
May 30 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store
June 6th and 7th - free fishing weekend
June 6th and 7th - Inaugural CFM Trout Fest. This event is sponsored by the Conservation Federation of Missouri, and is put on in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Conservation. There will be many attractions and activities, including a traditional trout park derby where tagged fish will be stocked and prizes awarded to the anglers who catch them.
June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting
June 27th - 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store
July 25th 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store
July 28th & 29th - moss cutting
August 22nd - 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store
August 25th & 26th - moss cutting
September 22nd and 23rd - moss cutting
October 10, Holland Derby
October 20th and 21st - moss cutting
October 31st - end of regular fishing season
November 13th - start of catch and release for 2015/16
February 8th, 2016 end of catch and release season 2015/16
Michael Denn from Holden, MO
2 pounds on a black, yellow and red marabou in zone 2
Bruce Baird from Mt Vernon, IL (three lunkers in one week, nice fishing, Bruce!)
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2
Bruce Baird from Mt Vernon, IL
2-1/8 pounds on black & yellow marabou in zone 2
Jim Mosley from Chesterfield, MO
2 pounds, 1 ounce on a black & yellow Marabou in zone 1
Bruce Baird from Mt Vernon, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a kapok in zone 2
April from 7:00 to 7:30
May from 6:30 to 8:15
June/July from 6:30 to 8:30
August from 7:00 to 8:00
September from 7:30 to 7:15
October from 7:30 to 6:30
Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 62. Southeast wind 6 to 11 mph.
Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Saturday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.
Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 68.
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