Tuesday, July 16, 2013

July 17, 2013

How's Fishing?

Fishing continues to be really good.  The stringers we are seeing are
substantial. Very few anglers, even those with less experience, are
complaining about not catching fish or about the fish size.  The water
level is very close to normal but the flow is greater than it has been
in previous years. The stream is very clear with the familiar
blue-green cast.  The moss has finally been cut and the weather
forecast is for warm sunny days with only the occasional pop-up
shower.  Hard to believe that summer is more than half over.  We look
forward to seeing you!

Did You Know

Best Fluorocarbon Fishing Line
Posted on June 6, 2013 by Mark Thompson
Before we consider what is the best fluorocarbon fishing line let us
discuss the properties and characteristics of this leader material.

When it comes to fly fishing the introduction of fluorocarbon may be
one of the most outstanding developments since the creation of fly
fishing itself. I joke, but it really has made a large difference to
fly fishing catch rates and fun to be had by anglers of all ages and
skill level.

Fluorocarbon has many properties but the one that makes it ideal for
fishing is that light refracts through it the same way as water and so
the fish (or so it is believed) can’t see it. This is especially
evident in still water fisheries as trout are usually leader shy and
will move away from traditional mono filament lines. This is were the
fluorocarbon has helped get extra takes.

In river fishing especially fast water the light passing through it is
refracted and distorted in numerous ways and the trout can’t see you
or the line as easily as in calm still water so it is not that
important but the other benefits make it ideal in these conditions

A tendency to be brittle!

Some fluorocarbon lines are very brittle but his can be compensated by
getting the diameter that is correct for your type of fishing. There
are many brands and breaking strains so it may be a bit of testing to
see what is ideally suited but we will discuss that later.

Fluorocarbon is usually a lot stiffer than mono and is great for
turnover on casts which helps in reduction of wind knots, tangles and
bad casting. This makes it good for a beginner who is trying to learn
and also very good on weighted flies that have a tendency to drop on
the forward cast and catch the loop.

There is usually a lack of stretch in fluorocarbon at least it
stretches a lot less than mono and so keeps you in better contact with
your fly or lure. This also helps set the hook quicker when a takes
The one draw back is you can be broken easily if a trout takes hard
while you are pulling especially on smaller breaking strengths so its
important to be careful as the line gets closer to you during the
retrieve. However with fluorocarbon the fact that it is virtually
invisible in water you can get away with using slightly stronger and
thicker strengths so snap offs can be reduced. This all depends of
course on the size of fly you are using as a twelve pound line will
not go through the smallest of hook sizes.

Does It sink without applying sink-it ?

Fluorocarbon sinks in water and is good to get weighted flies down to
the bottom of a lake quickly. It is also great on dry flies when using
smaller diameters as the leader sinks without applying sink-it while
the fly floats which is the desired effect. Some anglers prefer mono
in this case as it will not pull the dry fly under without constant
re-application of float-ant.

Fluorocarbon is very tough and abrasive resistant when scrapping off
rocks or underwater hazards which makes it ideal for fishing rivers
and lakes. If by chance the line gets kinked on anything a rub with a
cloth or piece of leather will usually get the kink out. Another good
reason to use it. With mono you would end up having to tie or change
to a new leader.

How do you make fluorocarbon leaders?

Making a leader with fluorocarbon is similar to mono apart from the
fact that the material is slightly more slippery and because of such
knots need to be well secured. Some anglers put on a spot of angling
glue to the knot for this although a good idea I don’t feel it is
necessary if you use the correct knots and tie them well.

As with all knots lubrication is even more crucial to fluorocarbon to
avoid burn and weakening of the knot. I use water or surgeons knots
for droppers and putting a loop on the end ready for tightening to the
fly line by loop to loop. When tying on the flies I use blood knots
with the end tucked in leaving the tag slightly longer than when using
mono for slippage.

Fluorocarbon leader length!

Leader length is down to the type of fishing, the where and the when,
but ideally you want the leader to be the same length of the rod or in
some cases slightly longer. So for a trout rod of ten feet you would
be looking for a combined length of nine to ten feet of leader and
tippet. If dry fly fishing you can extend this out to about fourteen
or fifteen feet but you will need to taper it down a few times to get
the proper turnover.

This can be a process of trial and error to see what length you can
cast properly with the conditions you are fishing. For instance if it
is particularly a windy day a long leader will become tangled very
quickly and it would be better to fish one fly on a shorter leader
maybe seven to eight feet that try to proceed with a longer one and
spend a lot of time fixing wind knots and tangles.

Written by Mark Thompson
To see the full article, go to http://howtotroutfish.org/

What's Working

Zone 1
Marabou :Black & Yellow, gingersnap, pink & white,
 Cracklebacks: blue holographic, chartreuse grizzly,
Copper John fly
pheasant tail nymph
 White Floss jig, John deere jig
Glo balls -  #4 tri-color, white, hatchery brown
 Rooster Tails - tinsel rainbow fly, whtie with red tip, white blade

 Zone 2
Gold Super Duper with red tip, frog super duper, gold kastmaster.

Zone 3

Power Bait - white extra scent power bait
orange trout nuggets
regular scent rainbow Trout Magnet,
 Pink & White Mouse Tails
power bait flatworm, natural.

Lunker Club

Trace Thompson from Glasogow MO (age 13)
2-1/8th pounds on a white marabou in zone 2

Fred Hangartner from St. Joe, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou

Eldora Yoder from Versailles MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Tad Headrick from Salem, MO
3 pounds 9 ounces on brown bait in zone 3


Andrew Bridges from Marshall, MO
2 pounds on white power bait in zone 3

Justin Molitor from Foristell MO
2-1/8 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 2

Jesse Brelsford from Lathrop MO
2 pounds on a cheese worm in zone 3

Kyle Renfro from Tipton, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a bedspread in zone 1

Norman Black from Edgar Springs, MO
10 pounds on a sculpin fly in zone 2

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 16, 2013 is 204 CFS. The rate
it is flowing is a bit high for this time of year.

Minimum was 78 in 1934

The 25th percentile is 114,
The median is 136 and the mean is 149.
 The 75th percentile is 169 and the max was 204 in 1995
The water level at the Gage House is 2.18, This is again slightly
lower than the previous week
The color is good, getting closer to that amazing gin-clear of late summer every day.

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

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 and hot, with a high near 93. Heat index values
as high as 98. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.
Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95.
Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a
high near 90.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92.

Quote of the week

There should be little doubt as to the finest trout stream. It flows
through paper birches and fern; through lodgepole pines and sagebrush;
through the sounds of the drumming grouse and smells of a tamarack
swamp. You drive there after work; you fly there every summer. It is
where you caught your first trout, it's where your children will catch
theirs. It is your stream, and it's the best trout stream in America.

Author::  Lawrence Sheehan

thanks for reading.  Lucy


  1. As an enthusiast angler, I believe that fluorocarbon is a low-stretch line. However, it stretches effectively compared to nylon. Even though, some people complain about the force needed to get fluorocarbon stretching. See more on fishing experience here: http://wildernessmastery.com/fishing/how-to-tie-fishing-knots.html