Tuesday, April 7, 2015






How's Fishing?

Despite the high, cloudy water and the overcast skies, the fishing was fairly good last weekend.  The surface water is moving fast and dirty, so fishing deep has been the answer for many anglers.  There is a little rabbit hair roach that has been working well for both fly and spin rods.  Again, the deeper presentation is working better.
The crowds were very light this weekend,  typical for an Easter weekend.  Perhaps partly because of this, the fishing has been really good today.
We have been selling quite a few glo-balls and other simple jigs.
Tag sales for the past month are up from last year.  Last year there were 14,182 with 3.16 fish per tag.  This year there were 16,248 total tags with 2.66 fish per tag.  Of those tags 13,993 were adult and 2,255 were kids' tags.  There were a total of 44,755 fish stocked this year to the end of last month.


What's Working?

From the fly case:

RGN - green or brown
zebra midge - black or red
gray scud
San Juan worm, brown or white
gray/tan rabbit hair roaches

Zone one & two:
Red spinner
Bedspread mini jig,
john Deere
Marabou : Brown, Gingersnap, black & yellow, white, pink & white
Glo Ball- flame tri color,
Brown or Olive Woolie bugger - or woolie with spinner
white floss
white biggie worm
olive roach
ginger woolie/ crackleback - weighted

Zone 3:
yellow or rainbow power bait
florescent orange or pink worms
white worms



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

April 6, 2015
Gage house level is 2.71 feet
minimum 77 in 1936
25th percentile is 130
Median is 202
Mean is 227
75th percentile is 264
Current level is 328
Max was 674 in 1939

Niangua River:

March 30, 2015
Gage House reading is 3.86
minimum was 111 in 1995
25th percentile is 137
Median is 296
Mean is 328
75th percentile is 494
Today's reading is 530
Max was 689 in 1994



Lunker Club

3-30-15

Elaine Munro from Trenton, IL
2 pounds, 1 ounce on a brown marabou in zone 2

4-3-15
Brian Reeves from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

4-4-15

Korey E. Clements from O'Fallon, IL
2 pounds, 1 ounce on a Black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Jeremy McWhirter from Kalkaska MI
2 pounds on a black wooly in zone 1

4-5-15

Lucas Bremer from W. Frankfort, IL
3 pounds on a john deere in
 zone 1

4-6-15
Ruthie Powell from Kirksville, MO
3 pounds plus (C&R) on a red spinner in zone 2


Fishing Times
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

New at Weavers

Weaver's will be hosting fly tying demonstrations by Wayne Simpson this season. Wayne is very entertaining and it's always a fun and special thing to see someone who is really good tying flies.   See the calendar of events for dates and times.

There are a couple of new developments here at Weaver's. One is that we now have an on line store. It is a work in progress and we know still have items to add, but if you need something sent to you, check it out at Weaverstackle.com .

The other thing that is new is that we have an additional four cabins available to rent this year. There are already dates that we are completely booked, but if you are interested in staying at Fishing Tales Resort ( aka Weaver's), call us at 417-532-4618 and we will let you know what is available.  For the weekend of April 18th we have a special rate of $69 per night with a two night minimum.  That's a $40 savings for the two night stay.  Mention that you saw the rate on the fishing report to get the special pricing.










Calendar of Events

April 21 & 22 - Moss Cutting

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



Weather Forecast

Wednesday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. South wind 7 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 64.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 71.

Quote of the Week

But ah, to fish with a worm, and then not catch your fish! To fail with a fly is no disgrace: your art may have been impeccable, your patience faultless to the end. But the
  philosophy of worm-fishing is that of results, of having something tangible in your basket when the day's work is done.

Author:  Bliss Perry

Published:  Fishing With A Worm - 1904


Thanks for reading!  Lucy

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