This could be one of the best weekends of the summer to visit Bennett! There is a chance of showers on Friday, but Saturday and Sunday are forecast for the low 80's with clear skies and less humidity. The moss will not be cut this week because of the higher water levels. I will let you know if I hear that it will be cut before the scheduled date next month. Water levels continue on a steady downward trend. The dingy color is getting less and less all the time.
The Spring is still running pretty fast, but it is slowing and clearing every day. We can not, of course, predict what it will be like after several days, but we can guess. With only one day with a chance of rain forecast for the next week, it will probably be in much, much better shape by the weekend and beginning of next week.
Watch the Facebook page - Weavers Tackle Store - for updates or check out the usgs site: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?site_no=06923500. (usgs bennett spring - if you want to enter a search for the site). The USGS gives you real time water levels as well as history for the last 50 years,
June 23, 2015 for Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 3.03 feet down from 4.7 on June 19th.
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 83 in 1934
25th percentile is 126
Median is 157
Mean is 190
75th percentile is 217
current level is 460
Max was 815 in 1935
June 15, 2015 for Niangua River:
Gage House reading is 3.67, down from 15 on June 20th
Daily Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 38 in 2012
25th percentile is 72
Median is 117
Mean is 174
75th percentile is 273
Max was 414 in 2008
Today's reading is 582 - the new max
blue with black hackle, Aqua, or pink cracklebacks
zonkers - black or white
gray or brown RGN's
Zone one & two:
white sparkle jig
rabbit hair roach
1/8th ounce marabou jig - tri color, moss or moss and black with gold head
Glo Ball- jimi hendrix, easter egg, chartreuse
rooster tails: orange spot , brown sparkle, black sparkle
orange or brown wooly with spinner
floss jig- orange, moss
pink mouse tail
sherbet or chartreuse PowerBait
Wednesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. Heat index values as high as 100. Southwest wind 5 to 13 mph
Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 92. Southwest wind 13 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.
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
Calendar of Events
June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting has been cancelled due to higher water
June 27th - 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 30th - Fly tying class at Weaver's will be cancelled this week due to a blessed event that is happening in Ron's family.
July 7th - Fly tying classes resume at Weaver's Tackle, this weeks fly will be a wooly bugger (class for beginners starts at 6:30) followed by a March Brown Paradun and a Gray Hackle. All materials for flies tied are provided and classes are free.
July 14th - Fly tying class at Weaver's Tackle, Baby Doll, zug bug, and johnny rotten will be the flies tied. All are welcome. No charge for class or materials used in class.
July 21 - Fly tying class at Weaver's Tackle, black ant, adams Parachute, and a sparkle spinner will be the flies tied. All are welcome. No charge for class or materials used in class.
July 25th 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store
July 28th & 29th - moss cutting
July 28th - Fly tying class at Weaver's Tackle, Tenny Nymph, Lime Trude -df, will be the flies tied. All are welcome. No charge for class or materials used in class.
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
Quote of the Week
Of course fly-fishing is not proof against craziness. In fact, spending what can easily become serious money and endless time to catch fish you mostly release would by most measures prove craziness.
Author: James R Babb
Published: River Music
Thanks for reading, Lucy