Tuesday, July 9, 2013

July 11, 2013

How's Fishing?

It has been a great weekend for anglers.  The water is clear and,
although not as low as some years, it's a very nice place to be.
I thought it was interesting how many young people were fishing.
There were quite a few of them with nice stringers of fish or lunkers.
 I've made a point of adding the ages of the kids who caught lunkers
this week.  The traditional lures are still going strong. The black
and yellow marabou is leading the pack.  The white thread jig has also
been really good this week, partly because of moss cutting.  Speaking
of that, the moss cutting machine broke last week and had to be
repaired. Moss cutting was finished this week.  Not really important
at this point, but now you know that it has been done.

Did You Know?

This subject is not specific to fishing, but concerns all of us who
spend time outdoors.  My husband, Rick ended up in the emergency room
and had to spend a night in ICU after experiencing a severe allergic
reaction.  He has recovered completely but a blood test revealed that
he has developed an allergy to beef, pork, venison, and lamb as a
result of a bite from a lone star tick.  The symptoms appear
approximately 3 hours after eating meat, so it's hard to diagnose.
This may seem like an odd thing to find in the fishing report, but if
it helps even one person, it was worthwhile.  .
 The following is from NPR reporter Gretchen Kuda Kroen:
Some people are allergic to peanuts, others to shellfish, fruits, or
wheat. But this rare allergy is a carnivore's worst nightmare: A tick
bite that can cause a case of itchy red hives every time you eat meat.
Yup, get bit by one of these buggers and you may be saying farewell to
your filet Mignon.

For some people around the country, this is no nightmare, it's a
reality – and it may be coming to your neck of the woods.

The meat allergy, known as alpha-gal for a sugar carbohydrate found in
beef, lamb, and pork, produces a hive-like rash – and, in some people,
a dangerous anaphylactic reaction – roughly four hours after consuming
the meat. It's caused by antibodies to the alpha-gal sugar that are
produced in humans after they are bitten by common Lone Star ticks.

Allergy researcher Thomas Platts-Mills of the University of Virginia
has been studying alpha-gal since 2002 and was among the first to
describe it in in the scientific literature. He also consults for
Viracor-IBT. He says the increasing number of cases may also be
explained in part by the sheer number of bites inflicted by this
particular species. "This tick is very aggressive. Its larval forms
will bite humans, whereas none of the other American tick larvae will
do that," he says.

Platts-Mills and his colleagues now believe that there is something in
the tick saliva that causes humans to develop the alpha-gal
antibodies, but he says so far no one is sure exactly what that
substance is.

"Tick saliva is brilliant stuff – it has loads of substances – but if
you ask me which substances are critical, I don't know. It's something
we are working on," Platts-Mills says.

In the meantime, ACAAI President Stanley Fineman wants to spread the
word so that people can avoid triggering the allergy. Fineman says too
few people are aware of the allergy, or don't make the connection
between a case of hives and the meal they had much earlier in the day,
and so they never get tested. "It takes four to six hours to see a
reaction, so many people don't correlate that to their meat, or
hamburger or something – it's easy to miss," Fineman says.

The bottom line? Preventing the tick bites is the only way to stop the
allergy before it starts. So regardless of where you live, if you're
going to be outdoors and you love meat – bring along a bottle of DEET.

What's Working?


Marabou :Black & Yellow, gingersnap, pink, pink & white,
Cracklebacks, blue holographic, pink, pearl grizzly
 Daves Hopper
 White Floss jig, John deere, Glo balls #4: ,
White & Pink Rooster Tails - white & white blade Rooster Tail, red
with trout face gold blade Rooster Tail
Zone 2
Gold Super Duper with red tip

Zone 3

Power Bait - orange or yellow extra scent, regular scent rainbow Trout Magnet,
Pink & White Mouse Tails

Choices for River Fishing

Power Bait, extra scent orange or white
beetle spins, yellow or green
plastic beetles and crickets
Mouse Tails, all colors

Lunker Club

Ethan Karas (age 15) from Wildwood MO
2-3/4 pounds on a white thread jig in zone 2

Paige Graeler (age 10) from O'Fallon MO
2 pounds on a brown glo-ball in zone 2

Paul Warterbee from Omaha NE
2 pounds on a Black & gold marabou in zone 1

Jake Anthony from Lebanon                                                  

2-1/4 pounds on a white marabou in zone 2                                 

Steve Hansen from Defiance MO
2-1/8 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Madison Genge from Peavley MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Jeremy Burk from Marcelline MO
2-1/8 pounds on a bedspread with tail in zone 1

Trent Thompson from Roeland Park Kansas
3 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Mark Brown from Bethany IL
2 pounds on a white fur bug in zone 1

Mike Howard from Bethany IL
2 pounds on a white fur bug in zone 1

Josh Wear from Lawrence KS
2 pounds on a black & yellow rooster tail in zone 1

Nick Odom from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds on a zebra midge in zone 2

Cyrus Meere (age 7) from Bedford IA
2-1/4 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

Jeff Harres from New Berlin IL
2 pounds on a tri-color glo-ball #4 in zone 1

Fishing Times
Regular Season for Trout Fishing at Bennett Spring is March 1st to October 31.

          July: 6:30 to 8:30
          August: 7:00 to 8:00
          September: 7:30 to 7:15
          October: 7:30 to 6:30

Catch-and- release season is the second Friday in November through the
2nd Monday in February. Times for catch-and-release are 8:00 am to
4:00 pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only.

Water Conditions

All measurements are in cubic feet per second (CFS) with the exception
of the Gage House reading.
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on July 9, 2013 is 209 CFS. The rate
it is flowing is a bit high for this time of year.
Minimum was 78 in 1934
The 25th percentile is 117, the median is 145 and the mean is 161 The
75th percentile is 178 and the max was 376 in 1995
The water level at the Gage House is 2.20, Slightly lower than last week
The color is good, getting closer to that amazing gin-clear of late
summer every day.

Community Calendar of Events
July 18 & 19th Bennett Spring Church of God is hosting a Vacation
Bible School. All are welcome. Call 417 532-7531 for more information.

The 45th Annual Brumley Gospel Sing Scheduled for Jul. 31 - Aug. 3rd!

August 6 & 7 Moss Cutting

September 17 & 18 Moss Cutting

October 12 & 13 Holland Derby

October 31 end of Regular Season

November 8 Catch and Release Season begin

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. East wind 5 to 8 mph.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 87.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 88.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 91.

Quote of the Week

Fly-fishing is solitary, contemplative, misanthropic, scientific in
some hands, poetic in others, and laced with conflicting aesthetic
considerations. It is not even clear if catching fish is actually the

Author:John Gierach

Published::Dances With Trout - 1994

Thank you all for reading, Lucy

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