Monday, July 25, 2016


7-26-16



How’s Fishing?
The main story for this weekend has been the heat.  Next week offers us a cool down to more normal temperatures and should make the times before and after fishing more fun.  You may even want to put a campfire together for s’mores.
 As the season is progressing, so is the action on top water.  Renegades, ants, and mosquitoes are good choices.  Cracklebacks have come into their own as well.  The Bennett Blue continues to be the favorite crackleback.  The small weighted ginger or chartreuse woolies are perfect for these water conditions, too.

Of Interest

No moss cutting this week.
The water temperature, for those of you that have been checking, continues to hold at 57 to 58 degrees, despite the hot spell we are having, so we may be stressed by the heat, but the fish are not.



Fishing Times
July     6:30 a.m.  -   8:30 p.m.
August 7:00 a.m.  -
 8:00 p.m.
September 7:30 a.m.  -   7:15 p.m.
October 7:30 a.m.  -   6:30 p.m.

Water Conditions
Bennett Spring 7-25-16
Gage house level is 2.33 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1934
25th percentile is 111
Median is 135
Mean is 141
75th percentile is 160
current level  is 221
Max was 253 in 1995



Niangua River:7-25-16
Gage House reading (water level) is 3.58 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 17 in 2012
25th percentile is 36
Median is 69
Mean is 92
75th percentile is 85
Max was 387 in 2015
Today's reading is 541

What’s Working
From the fly box
Cracklebacks – Bennett blue, dark colors
Renegade
Mosquitoes
Red ants
Mega wopper worms
RGN
Dave’s hopper
Zone 1 and 2
Marabou –ginger,  brown & olive, salmon & brown, olive & black, gingersnap
Peach fur bug
Possum hair roach
Ginger or chartreuse wooly
John deere

Zone 3
Power bait, garlic green or salmon peach
Power bait worms, natural or brown


Lunker Club
7-20-16
Jan Jones from Springfield, IL.   6 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1
Bob Eveler from Jeff City, MO.  2 pounds on a john deere in zone 2
Fred Todd from Mexico, MO.  2 pounds on garlic green powerbait in the Niangua River
7-21-16
Russ Grobe from Hillsboro, MO.  2 pounds on a Black & yellow marabou in zone 2
Colby Hutson fromTroy, MO.  2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2
7-23-16
Wyatt Delcour from Richland, MO.  2-1/4 pounds on a hopper in zone 2
7-24-16
Edward Minor from Houstonia, MO.  3-1/4 pounds on salmon peach power bait in zone 3
Spencer Kendall from Arnold, MO.  2 pounds on a red crackleback in zone 1
7-25-16
Steve Hauser from Defiance, MO.  3 pounds, 12 ounces on a black & Yellow marabou in zone 2
Stacy Breeden from Lexington, MO.  2-1/4 pounds on bubble gum power bait in zone 3.

Calendar of Events
July 26th & 27th Moss cutting has been canceled
August 30th & 31st : Moss Cutting

October 4th & 5th : Moss Cutting
Saturday, October 8, 2016:
Holland Trout Derby, help raise some money for cancer society.
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

October 31st: End of Regular Season
November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017


Weather Forecast
Wednesday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88.
Thursday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88.
Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.
Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85.



Quote of the Week 
Don't tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don't tell them where they know the fish.
Author:
Mark Twain

Thanks for reading!  Lucy


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

July 20, 2016





How’s Fishing?
It’s truly amazing how quickly the Spring can recover from a high water event.  Just last week on July 14th, the water rose to over six and a half feet.  This is two and a half feet over flood level, and within four hours, it was back down to four feet, also back in its banks, and showing signs of clearing.  As I write this report, the water has clear edges, some murk in the center but the Spring is pumping out clean water.  Fishing has been good for most. The fish that are being caught and kept are of a decent size – between one and two pounds.  Lures are tending toward the dark side.  Black marabou or rooster tails.  The exception to this is anything that is salmon or peach, from dough bait to glo-balls.
The Niangua rose more slowly, reached a height of over twelve feet and receded by the end of the next day to four feet.
The best advice that I got from those that were actually catching fish was to fish the edges and the eddies.  Fish the far bank.  As long as you aren’t in the middle, you are going to do well.



Fishing Times
July                 6:30 a.m.  -   8:30 p.m.
August 7:00 a.m.  -   8:00 p.m.
September 7:30 a.m.  -   7:15 p.m.
October         7:30 a.m.  -   6:30 p.m.



Water Conditions
Bennett Spring 7-19-16

Gage house level is 2.38 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1934
25th percentile is 112
Median is 191
Mean is 154
75th percentile is 174
current level  is 238
Max was 588 in 1988

Niangua River

Gage House reading (water level) is 3.09 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:

minimum was 10 in 1997
25th percentile is 141
Median is 191
Mean is 230
75th percentile is 283
Max is 931 in 2015
Today's reading is 866



What’s Working
From the fly box
Cracklebacks in dark colors, original
Black zonkers, streamers
Zone 2
Marabou – white & yellow, black & olive, pink & white, red & black, peach, black & yellow with gold head and red thread
Peach fur bug
White grub, white grub with tail
Peach fur bug
Zone 3
Power bait, bubble gum or salmon peach





Lunker Club
7-15-16
Matthew Powell from Bethel, MO, 2-1/2 pounds on a peach fur bug
James Oyler from Lee’s Summit, MO, 2+ catch & release on black & orange marabou in zone 2
Kyle Eggers from Rogers, AR, 2.25 pounds on a black & olive marabou in zone 2
7-16-16
Jeremy Bedell from Kansas City, MO, 2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3
7-18-16
Russ Grobe from Hillsboro , MO, 3 pounds on a ginger in zone 2
Drew Sanders from Glasgow, MO, 2 pounds on a chamois in zone 2
7-19-16
Renae Hampton from Festus, MO, 4-1/4 pounds on a peach marabou in zone 1
Jim Asher from Atchison, KS, 2 pounds on a black & gold marabou in zone 2
Brian Dolan from St. Louis, MO. 2 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 2



Weather Forecast
Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph.
Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95.
Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95.
Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.
Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90

Spring Hole during high water


Of Interest
The flood was the most interesting thing that has happened for a while.  I’m just going to let the pictures speak for the event.

zone 1 July 14,2016










Roller Dam, July 14, 2016













Quote of the Week (thanks to the nice ladies in our shop that approved this one!)
Bass fishermen watch Monday night football, drink beer, drive pickup trucks and prefer noisy women with big breasts. Trout fishermen watch MacNeil-Lehrer, drink white wine, drive foreign cars with passenger-side air bags and hardly think about women at all. This last characteristic may have something to do with the fact that trout fishermen spend most of the time immersed up to the thighs in ice-cold water.
Author:  Not Known
Published:  New Yorker Magazine, June 13, 1994

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

July 13, 2016

How's Fishing?

Run-off from the last rain that we had continues to cloud the water a little bit.  You can see from the pictures that is it mainly in the center and that the sides are clear.  There are less large fish being caught, but in general the fishing has been very good.  Even the inexperienced anglers seem to be doing ok.  As I walked around the park this morning (Monday) I saw quite a few fish being caught and released. One -obviously experienced - angler reeled in three fish in the five minutes I was watching.
As far as which lures to use, if it's yellow - it's working!  A Yellow & white 80th ounce marabou, bedspread mini jig, or pale yellow chenille mini jig have been leading this group.  A second color choice is white or pink and white in a marabou or mini jig.
Small (16 to 18) Black Caddis or tan caddis are doing well.  Blue wing olive (20's) are another good choice.


Fishing Times
July                    6:30 a.m.         -   8:30 p.m.
August                7:00 a.m.         -   8:00 p.m.
September        7:30 a.m.         -   7:15 p.m.
October                7:30 a.m.       -   6:30 p.m.



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring 7-12-16
Gage house level is 2.07 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1934
25th percentile is 118
Median is 143
current level is 153
Mean is 163
75th percentile is 187
Max was 501 in 2015

Niangua River 7-12-16
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.72 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 19 in 2012
25th percentile is 45
Median is 106
Today's reading is 131
Mean is 177
75th percentile is 210
Max is 858 in 2015



What's Working?

From the Fly Box:
Blue wing olive
Black zebra midge
Black  or tan caddis
Renegade

Zone 1 or 2

Rooster tail: bumble bee
Glo ball: yellow & black dot, white, white with red or pink dot
Olive wooly with spinner, brown wooly worm
marabou, black & olive, yellow, yellow & white, pink & white
John deere

Zone 3

White and red trout magnet
salmon peach or yellow power bait.
root beer worm


Lunker Club

7-7-16
Kierra Stringer from Salisbury , MO
3 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 2

7-8-16
Ellie Anderson (age 8) from Jefferson City, MO
2-1/4 pounds on brown dough bait in zone 3

Cody Haeker from Savannah, MO
3-3/4 pounds on salmon marabou in zone 1

7-9-16
Jared Lootens from Jeff City, MO
3 pounds on home made dough bait in zone 3

7-10-16
Angie Oyler from Lee's Summit, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a green & white marabou in zone 2

Michael Cameron from Hermann MO
2 pounds on a jimmi hendrix glo ball in zone 2

7-11-16
Don Whitsell from Easton, MO
3-1/4 pounds on a root beer worm in zone 3

Wyatt Pine from Lebanon, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 1

Jim Lucas from O'Fallon, MO
6-1/2 pounds on salmon powerbait in zone 3



Of Interest 
Several companies have very good options for cleaning and conditioning your fly line.  The take away  is that you should clean your fly line regularly and that you should use a product that is made to do this, not one for making your car shine, for example.   The following happens to be a conversation with a representative from Scientific Angler, so these are the products he is familiar with.

This article is by Brian Kozminski:
     How often do you clean your line? Be honest. I’m not talking Cash-line register somebody dropped a $5 bill you’re going to give it back to him honest, I’m talking deep down inside honest. Do you clean your line every time you go out or every other time you go out? Or even, ‘gasp‘- once a month?
I have noticed a dramatic increase in casting ability when I clean my line at least every other trip. This totally depends on the type of water I am casting into. Whether it is millpond weed frog scum-slime-slick slow  water or if I’m in a nice clean riffle filled stream, it can make a difference. There are still millions of micro particles that stick to your line every time you go out, and they accumulate. Over time, they will not only deteriorate your casting, but your line as well.

Recently, I had the opportunity to cast and fall in love with the new SharkWave from Scientific Anglers. When I lined up all my rods from a heavy week of casting into hoards of spent mayflies, I was concerned with ‘how’ and ‘how often’ I should be cleaning and conditioning this line that has improved my cast and has assisted other anglers reach that twenty incher they might not otherwise have a chance at. Is there a difference between merely cleaning the line and conditioning it? What about these household remedies I hear other anglers recommend, like Amor-All or Rain-X for their line cleaning? What is the best method for the long life and care of my line? So I sent out a few e-mails and got a rather quick and surprising response from Erick Johnson at Scientific Anglers:

Erick at SA:  The bottom line is we cannot guarantee what is in other dressing or products and how it will react with our lines. A perfect example of this is ArmorAll. For years people said that ArmorAll could be used to clean and condition fly lines. What we know now is that they actually reduce the effective lifespan of the line. This is due to the chemicals in ArmorAll reacting with the plasticizers in our coating and actually drying it out. This can lead to premature cracking and line failure. ~ Erick Johnson at Scientific Anglers

Brian K:  How often should I clean my line?

Erick at SA:  Regarding frequency, it really depends on the water type and the amount of debris/dirt/grime/sludge in that water. The obvious answer is “whenever it needs it” and you notice a significant decrease in performance but that is hard to quantify. A good guidance rule would be every 4-5 outings in cleaner ‘trout’ water and probably every 2-3 outings in dirtier, warmer water. The BEST way to “deep clean’ your line is to put a small amount of hand soap on a wet cloth and run your line through it. Rinse it and wipe it clean in freshwater and it’s good to go once it is dry. This method is a little more time intensive than the bucket method, but it does a much better job.



Bryan :  What about with Textured Line?

Erick:   Great question! The short answer is that we never want to use any line dressing or conditioner on any textured lines, including the SharkWave. By applying a dressing or conditioner it actually clogs the texturing and attracts dirt and grime which actually renders the line less effective.

  A good way to clean any line is by using a small about of HAND soap(not dish detergent) in a bucket of warm water. You can then put the line in the soapy water and agitate it for a few minutes. Rinse your line off with fresh, cool water and set it out in loose coils to air dry. Once your line is dry you have two options depending on whether your line is smooth or textured (such as SharkWave, Mastery Textured or Sharkskin):
For textured lines:
Ensure you line is completely dry. It can then be run through a Fly Line Cleaning Pad . This actually buffs the surface of the line and exposes fresh AST (Advanced Shooting Technology) which is our proprietary additive in the coating itself. The line is good to fish at this point.

For smooth lines:
The process is very similar. Likewise, ensure your line is completely dry and then run it through a Fly Line Cleaning Pad to also buff it and expose fresh AST. At that point the line can be dressed with our conditioner using the foam pad applicator. The line is now ready to fish.

Bryan:   What about these so-called Home remedies? Like AmorAll?

Erick:  I get a lot of questions from users about different techniques and “home remedies” to use on their lines. The bottom line is we cannot guarantee what is in other dressing or products and how it will react with our lines. A perfect example of this is ArmorAll. For years people said that ArmorAll could be used to clean and condition fly lines. What we know now is that they actually reduce the effective lifespan of the line. This is due to the chemicals in ArmorAll reacting with the plasticizers in our coating and actually drying it out. This can lead to premature cracking and line failure. That is why we recommend using our Line Dressing. We can guarantee the contents are safe to use with our lines.



Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Southwest wind around 8 mph.

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.




Quote of the Week

The curious thing about fishing is you never want to go home. If you catch anything, you can't stop. If you don't catch anything, you hate to leave in case something might bite.

Author:  Gladys Taber - 1941

Thanks for reading.
Lucy

Thursday, July 7, 2016

July 8, 2016



How's Fishing

The rain we have been getting has changed the color of the stream a bit.  As you can see from the pictures, the edges of the stream are still pretty clear, but there is some muckiness in the center.  The fishing has changed up a bit because of this.  While the grasshoppers and terrestrials are still working well, some of the smaller top water flies are not as effective at this time.  The exception to this would be the always excellent lure - the black caddis!  The deeper water seems to be a good place to place a lure and darker colors are the best to use, whatever kind you prefer.



 Fishing Times

July                      6:30 a.m.   -   8:30 p.m.
August              7:00 a.m.   -   8:00 p.m.
September      7:30 a.m.   -   7:15 p.m.
October              7:30 a.m.   -   6:30 p.m.



Water Conditions
A bit murky in the centers from rain run off. Edges are still clear in most areas.
July 7, 2016 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 2.37 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1934
25th percentile is 120
Median is 150
Mean is 169
75th percentile is 190
current level is 232
Max was 502 in 2015



July 7, 2016 for Niangua River: Moving well, back down from high levels on the 4th and 5th.  A little above average for discharge and levels.

Gage House reading (water level) is 2.72 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:

minimum was 20 in 2012
25th percentile is 47
Median is 106
Mean is 213
75th percentile is 282
Today's reading is 293
Max is 802 in 2015



What's Working?

From the Fly Box:

Hoppers
Possum hair roach
Copper hot shots, all colors
Black zebra midge
Black caddis
Renegade


Zone 1 or 2
Pink mega worm
Rooster tail: bumble bee, brown glitter, or black glitter with gold spinner
Glo ball: original tri color, dark roe with orange spot
White floss
Possum hair roach
Brown roach
White mega worm
Olive wooly with spinner, brown wooly worm
marabou, black & yellow, fucia and black, black, and black & white
John deere

Zone 3
White trout magnet
Orange glitter or white power bait.
Pink and White Mice Tails
UV Salmon Eggs



Lunker Club

6-30-16
Larry Todd from Raytown, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a pink mega worm in zone 1

Glenn Mazuranic from High Ridge, MO
2+ pound brown trout on a brown wooly in zone 1

7-2-16
Ashley Steinkamp from Hillsboro, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

7-3-16
Layne Mount from Clinton, MO
3-1/4 pounds on a hand tied jig in zone 1

7-5-16
Kathleen Feldewerth-Tilley from Wildwood, MO
2 pounds, 2 ounces on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1




Of Interest 

This e mail is reprinted from Ben Havens, the hatchery manager.  I would also like to add at this point, that this is the first year in seven that we have had to use a fourth sheet for the Lunker Club.  And it's only July.

From Ben Havens:

Another good month for the hatchery and around the park-

 Tag Sales for June, 2016 total 18,165.  Adults comprised 14,977 and there were 3,188 kids tags sold.  Last year the tags sales totaled 16,221.
For the entire year so far, there have been 66,122 sold compared to last year at this time of 61,151.

Attendance is up 12% over last June. Possibly due to weather, as last June we had several rises and off color water for most of the month.
Tag sales are still up 8% for the year over 2015.

Plenty of much needed rain to help us get through for a while longer-
Spring flow was at 25% level (70 MGD) for most of June, thankfully the rains the last couple weeks have bumped things up considerably! We are currently at 232 million gallons/day.



Weather Forecast
Anyone who has lived in MIssouri for any length of time could have written this forecast.  Hot, muggy and a chance of rain.

Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 7am. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Heat index values as high as 97. West wind 6 to 9 mph.

Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Southeast wind around 6 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.

Sunday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.



Calendar of Events

July 26th & 27th Moss cutting

August 30th & 31st : Moss Cutting

October 4th & 5th : Moss Cutting

Saturday, October 8, 2016:
Holland Trout Derby, help raise some money for cancer society.
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

October 31st: End of Regular Season

November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017


Quote of the Week

A trip to the river is a series of actions and choices. Which fly? Where to cast - how best to reach the spot I am aiming for? Some days I don't catch a thing, some days quite a few. Fly fishing takes a mulish patience, a recognition of limits, a willingness to put up with mistakes, take them in, learn from them. On the river the world is neither perfect nor broken, but always fixable, adjustable, always ripe for restoration.

Author: Frank Soos
Published:  Bamboo Fly Rod Suite

Thanks for reading!   Lucy