Despite the rumors, the spring nor the Niangua flooded with this last round of storms. In fact, the water for both is still lower than average. As I just said, the Spring is pretty low right now. We are beginning to hear stories of great top water action. While nymph fishing is still the way to go for most of the day, a well timed Renegade may be just right on top water.
There has been very little grumbling about fish size lately. The stringers we are seeing are generally of decent sized fish. One angler, a Bennett Spring regular, has caught five lunkers (over two pounds for a Weaver's lunker) since opening day. Bruce said that this was the first time in his life he has ever been able to do this. For him, the Spring of 2015 will be a story to retell.
Here's a short article about the 'rules' of fly fishing that I found interesting.
Trout Fishing Dogma
Most aspects of human endeavor have collected their share of dogma and cant. Trout fishing is one sport where a short-sighted, blinkered view of how things could and should be done is rife amongst a self appointed ‘elite’.
There are some in this sport of ours, thankfully only a very few, that consider it some kind of duty to mystify and ritualize trout fishing. Most of these seem to be in the fly-fishing fraternity. They try to imbue trout fishing with an almost religious mysticism, complete with rituals and conventions. These ‘purists’ attach themselves to one form of trout fishing and will brook no deviation from this ‘pure’ practice. Bah and humbug! If you are new to fishing for trout and you encounter someone who tries to convert you to ‘one way’, quickly run one way – away.
But sometimes, it can take years for lessons learned on the water to filter through the dogma and cant that getting older seems to build up in the brain cells. We are supposed to get wiser with age. As my boys persist in reminding me, my broad mind and narrow waist have swapped places. I am struck more and more often by the realization that we humans love to make and apply rules to all sorts of activities, and fishing is no exception. Trouble is, we extend this desire to apply rules to try and cover creatures that have no knowledge of our rules. More damning of our arrogance is that we try to imbue wild animals, such as fish, with human traits that are derived from the human ability for abstract thought.
Abstract thought, the ability to link apparently disparate things together to form a whole, is supposed to be the thing that separates us from animals.So we go on perpetuating the dogma, cant and rules, forgetting one rule that has no exceptions. To do anything that is exceptional requires – by definition – breaking the ‘rules’. Catching an exceptional fish means doing something out of the ordinary, something outside the rules, something exceptional.
If we continue to do things as we have always done them, we can only expect to get the results we always have!
Article written by Tony Bishop
From the fly case:
Cracklebacks - turquoise, (this is really teal, to satisfy Wayne. We appreciate the input!), holographic blue
copper hot shot, olive or brown
pheasant tail nymph
gray/tan possum hair roaches
Zones one & two:
Marabou : Black & olive, ginger, pink and white, tiny white (ghost) with red collar
Glo Ball- Easter egg, gator, & original tri-color
bumble bee grub
rooster tails: tinsel fire tiger (yellow orange & chartreuse), black coachdog
white rooster tail (snow), silver blade
chunky cheese or salmon peach power bait
trout magnets, white & pink or pale pink
Orange Minnow Grub
Water Conditions for Bennett Spring and the Niangua River
As you can see from the pictures, the water clarity is a bit dingy, but not muddy at all. It's possible to see to the bottom in most areas. The rain did not affect the stream and the river is only slightly dirty from run off. The forecast, unless it changes, does not look like it will affect the water next weekend either.
May 11, 2015
Gage house level is 1.97 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
minimum 86 in 1934
25th percentile is 150
Median is 196
Mean is 238
75th percentile is 302
Max was 555 in 1973
May 11, 2015
Gage House reading is 2.24
Daily Discharge levels:
Today's reading is 268
minimum was 15 in 1997
25th percentile is 204
Median is 330
Mean is 834
75th percentile is 927
Max was 2740 in 2006
Kevin Roods from Springfield, MO
3-1/4 pounds on a cinnamon nymph in zone 2
Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
2 pounds, 2 ounces on a white mini jig ghost with red tie in zone 2
Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou inzone 2
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
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
"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."
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. for more info check out confedmo.org/trout-fest.
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
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Southeast wind 6 to 14 mph.
Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 69. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77.
Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.
Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.
Quote of the week:
There is no greater symbol of hope than an oversized fishing net.
Thanks for reading! Lucy