After a summer of rain and lots of high water, the stream has finally, as they say, straightened up. It's running at a very moderate speed - just a bit more than what is historically a 25th percentile rate - and is clear enough for sight fishing.
For some people, the following is good news.....the moss will not be cut this week. There is a part broken on the cutter that must be ordered.
The fishing has been good. The things you love to fish with are going to be working for you. If they aren't, keep in mind that this is a spawning period for trout. Because the stream bed and temperatures are not optimal in the Bennett Spring branch, most spawning behavior is instinctual and ends up being just for show. However, this has increased the effectiveness of almost anything that is peach or salmon colored. You could use an egg-with-red-dot glo-ball for example. The hatchery is currently working on the spawning and it is going well. There are fish that are slated for being released into the stream all the way into 2017.
September 21, 2015 for Bennett Spring:
Gage house level is 1.84 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 18 in 1996
25th percentile is 49
current level is 55
Median is 74
Mean is 200
75th percentile is 189
Max was 1500 in 1993
September 21, 2015 for Niangua River:
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.97 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 13 in 1996
25th percentile is 29
Median is 47
Today's reading is 67
75th percentile is 198
Mean is 522
Max was 4900 in 2008
From the fly box:
Aqua cracklebacks - still at the top of the list
light or dark brown RGN (fished 2 to 2.5 feet - dead drift)
Pale Evening Dun
peach or light pink colored scuds
Zone one & two:
Marabou: gingersnap, salmon & white, shell & brown, black & yellow
Glo Ball: chartreuse, original tri color, jimi hendrix,, white with red dot
mini jig - bumble bee, peacock grub with tail. peach fur bug
rooster tail - brown glitter, grasshopper, yellow dalmatian
yellow glitter or salmon peach power bait
trout magnet, green with red sparkle
Bob Menzel from St. Louis, MO
5-1/2 pounds on a gold & black jig in zone 2
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 80.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 81.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.
September from 7:30 to 7:15
October from 7:30 to 6:30
Calendar of Events
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
There is no use in your walking five miles to fish when you can depend on being just as unsuccessful near home.
Author: Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Thanks for reading!