Fishing is great, catching is a bit slower. The fish we are seeing have been a decent size, on the up side.
The traditional lures are working well. If you start the day with a black & yellow marabou, when that slows, switch to a gingersnap. Next option is to throw out a john deere or bedspread mini jig and end your day with some fun top water terrestrials or a zonker, you should do pretty well. Because of the water conditions – murky and a bit high, your small mistakes will be, shall we say, forgiven.
The weather forecast if for hot and dry days, with only a few storms at the beginning and end of the week. School starts in a couple of weeks so grab all the kiddos and go fishing! It will be the perfect end to a great summer.
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.
The water is murky and off color. We had some rain last night but the weather forecast is for sunny and warm, so gradually, and probably by next weekend, the stream should see a marked improvement.
Bennett Spring 8-1-16
Gage house level is 2.24 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 83 in 2014
25th percentile is 110
Median is 191
Mean is 154
75th percentile is 174
current level is 196
Max was 588 in 1988
Gage House reading (water level) is 3.09 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 18 in 2012
25th percentile is 41
Median is 53
Mean is 85
75th percentile is 78
Max is 454 in 2013
Today's reading is 759
From the fly box
• Bennett blue crackleback
• Mega worm
• RGN, all colors, darker are the best
• Walt’s Worm
• Copper Hot Shot
• Scuds, gray or green
Zone 1 or 2
• Marabou – brown & olive, black & olive, salmon & brown, red & white, ginger
• Peach fur bug
• Brassies, gold or red
• John deere or bedspread mini jig
• Glo-balls: baby pink, jimi Hendrix
• Possum hair roach
• White grub with tail or bumble bee
• Black & white rooster tail
• Power bait: hatchery brown, salmon peach, bubblegum
• Tan power bait worms
Stacy Breeden from Lexington, MO. 2-1/4 pounds on bubblegum power bait in zone 3
Arden Fahning from St. Louis, MO. 3-3/4 pounds on a red jig in zone 1
Cindy Luebbering from Taos, MO. 2 pounds on brown dough bait in zone 3
David Woods from Lawson, MO. 2 pounds on a white jig in zone 1
Nathan Reece from Lee’s Summit, MO. 2-1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a brassie
Amanda Carey from Blue Springs, MO. 2-1/2 pounds on a brassie in zone 1
Michael Gregory from Houstonia, MO. 2-1/4 on a black & white rooter tail in zone 2
Shannon McQuerrey from Plattsburg, MO. 2 pounds on crawdad crankbait in the Niangua River
Jason Pauley from Sweet Springs, MO. 2-1/8 pounds on a self tied fly in zone 1
Wednesday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.
Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.
Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.
Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87.
Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87.
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Calendar of Events
August 13: Kansas City Chapter Trout Derby. A fund raiser for Project Healing Waters and MTFA. Donations are appreciated. Registration at Park store staring 7pm on Friday – August 12th until store close and Saturday, August 13 from store opening until 7 am. Derby rules available when you register.
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
Okay, the water is dingy and moving fast. Now what? Go home and veg out or give the fishing a try. Here are some suggestions if you decide to do the latter.
Have you ever pulled up to a stream after a heavy rain, ready to fish, but canceled your fishing plans because the water looked too high and dirty? I’ll be the first to admit there are times when this is the case, but very often anglers scratch their fishing plans when they should instead, have Fished-ON. The fact is, trout can see a whole lot better than we think, and if you fish the right kinds of fly patterns, and target the right water, in many cases you can do pretty darn good fishing in these water conditions. Even better, your odds at catching a trophy fish are increased, because the dingy water will both mask your approach and keep big educated trout from being able to scrutinize your fly patterns. So go ahead, call those anglers you despise and tell them the waters blown out, and you’ll have a good chance of having the water to yourself and wailing on fish all day long.
Tip 1. Target the Right Kinds of Water
So you’ve decided to take my advice and fish on, good for you. The first thing you need to do when fishing high and dirty water is target high percentage water. I search out the slower moving seams close to the banks, long stretches of fast shallow water that are followed by buckets ordeep water where the fish will stack up, and eddies behind boulders or lay downs. These are all safe havens that trout search out refuge in during high water. They all allow trout to save energy by staying out of the excessive current, while capitalizing on the large influx of food sources drifting. Increased flows and rising water increases the amount of food available for trout. Many aquatic insects get flushed off the bottom of the stream, while others emerge from the freshly submerged stream banks. Examples of this are big stoneflies that are normally found hiding away in clumps of debris and under rocks, and cranefly larva that get washed in from the high water flowing along the banks.
Tip 2. Choose Larger and Brighter Fly Patterns
The second thing an angler needs to do to increase their success rate while fishing high and dirty water is choose the right kinds of fly patterns to fish. This is the one time when I feel I don’t have to carry my entire arsenal of gear. I’ll gladly leave my fly boxes with all my tiny fly patterns and light tippet spools at the vehicle. I’ll rig up a 9′-12′ 3x-4x fluorocarbon leader and carry only my fly boxes with large nymphs, bright attractors (eggs and san juan worms), and streamers. What ever you do, don’t be afraid to go big with your fly selection. For instance, larger than average egg patterns work really well in dirty water. The larger profile and bright colors allow the fish to pick them up quickly in the low water clarity. I also like to use big bulky nymph patterns, like Kevin Howells, “Big Nasty”. Any rubberleg stonefly patterns in black or brown will work. If you want to try something a little different you can fish streamer patterns dead drifted under an indicator, like white zonkers, which can be deadly. Most anglers do not realize how well white shows up in dingy water. Your standard Grey woolly bugger work fantastic for imitating cranefly larva, or you can take a more realistic approach using, “Barr’s Cranefly Larva”.
Tip 3. Don’t Be Shy with Your Split-Shot, Fish Water Thoroughly, Try Streamers
One things for sure, make sure you pack plenty of split-shot and don’t be afraid to use it. The higher water is going to call for adding more weight to your nymph rig to get your flies down in the strike zone. Be sure to take more time to fish pieces of water more thoroughly before you move on. Your going to have to get the flies closer to the fish for them to see them, and they usually won’t get spooked from repeated casts. Overall, I find nymphing most productive for me during high water, but you can also catch some really nice fish with streamers as well. Try pounding the banks with streamers patterns that push a lot of water. Rubber legs, some flash here and there, and rattles incorporated into your streamers, can increase their effectiveness. Lastly, your retrieve speed should generally be slower rate than what you would normally retrieve in normal flows and water clarity.
So there you go, that’s my tips for fishing high and dirty water for trout. I hope it persuades the anglers out there to FishON that normally avoid fishing these water conditions.
Keep it Reel,
Gink & Gasoline
Quote of the Week
Often, I've been exhausted on trout streams, uncomfortable, wet, cold, briar-scarred, sunburned, mosquito-bitten, but never, with a flyrod in my hand, have I been unhappy.
Thanks for reading! Lucy