Tuesday, April 14, 2015

How's Fishing



It was another great week here at Bennett Spring.  Fishing conditions continue to improve.  The waters are back to a normal level for this time of year and each day they are a bit clearer.  There are chances for occasional thunderstorms throughout the coming week, but nothing sever or prolonged.
The little possum hair roach continues to out perform anything else, for both fly rod and spin rod. Fishing deep still seems to be the way to go.  Cracklebacks, especially with the black hackle, are another good lure to try on your fly rod.  Quite a few anglers have switched to sinking line or sinking tip fly line for this time of year.

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Joel Fawcett in Game & Fish Magazine.  Most of you who are experienced with fishing at Bennett have found that even lighter line than the four pound he mentions in this article works better, but the process is the same.
He writes:
 Spring trout may not be as wary as they will be a few weeks down the road, but they are not about to commit suicide, either. The heavy monofilament quickly stiffens in cold water, often rising to the surface where you don’t want it. Neophyte anglers tie on an oversized sinker, which anchors the bait near the bottom where the trout are located. It also causes the bait to stop and flop about in the current in one place, something no natural bait can do in the spate flow of spring.

A more appropriate rig is an ultralight rod, a 4-pound-test monofilament line, a No. 6 or 8 bait hook, and one or two split shots fastened 10 or 12 inches above the hook. Adjusting the weight is necessary to keep the bait moving in the current by adding or subtracting split shots as needed. In the spring, trout lie about a foot or so above the bottom, so baits should drift along just above the stream floor or slightly below the rate of the stream flow. If the split shot is ticking the rocks along the bottom, and occasionally hangs up, your bait is just about where you want it. However, if you snag on the bottom rather frequently, you are probably using too much weight, and it’s time to lighten up. If the bait stops, set the hook immediately. At least half the time you will be snagged on a rock, but the other half you will likely be hooked into a hungry trout.

Light lines are hard for trout to see. This becomes important in the bright and clear water of summer, but light lines also pay off in the high roily waters of spring because it causes less drag than does heavy monofilament. Four-pound-test monofilament is practically drag-free, and makes it much easier to detect the soft strikes typical of trout in frigid water.



What's Working?

From the fly case:

Cracklebacks - especially the light turquoise or with Black hackle
copper john
Hare's ear
pheasant tail nymph
gray/tan rabbit hair roaches

Zone one & two:

john Deere
Marabou :  Gingersnap,red & white, black & yellow, white, pink & white
Glo Ball- light roe, white,  or anything with a red dot
white or brown red tail woolie with a hildebrandt spinner
olive roach
ginger woolie/ crackleback - weighted

Zone 3:
chunky cheese or pink power bait
 rainbow nugget power bait
florescent orange or pink worms
white worms
mouse tails, chartreuse with red , pink and white
pumpkin seed grubs



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:
The water is stained, but not badly for this time of year.
April 15, 2015
Gage house level is 2.00 feet
minimum 86 in 1936
25th percentile is 127
Median is 199
Current  200
Mean is 243
75th percentile is 297
Max was 783 in 1994

Niangua River:

April 15, 2015
Gage House reading is 2.70
minimum was 101 in 1914
25th percentile is 130
Today's reading is 199
Median is 277
Mean is 496
75th percentile is 733
Max was 2150 in 1994



Lunker Club

4-10-15

Norman Geary from Ashland, MO
2 pounds on a Mepps red spinner in zone 1

Paul Lane from Albany, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white glo ball in zone 1

4-11-15
Mark Britton from Granite City IL
3 pounds on a red & white marabou in zone 2

Leo Catanzaro from St Louis, MO
2 pounds on a gold crackleback with black hackle in zone1

4-12-15

Tony McElroy from Troy MO
2 pounds on a roe glo ball in zone 1

4-13-15
Jim Gerschutz from Custer, Ohio
5 pounds on a pink worm in zone 3



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 Weaver's

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 .



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
The red bud trees have flowered.  It's a welcome sight.  They always make it seem like Spring is actually going to happen.

Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 66. Wind chill values as low as 47 early. Southeast wind around 8 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.

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

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 67.



Quote of the Week

Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.

Author:  Ovid - Died around AD 17-18

Thanks for reading.  Lucy

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