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

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