Wednesday, July 24, 2013

July 25, 2013

How's Fishing/

Fishing on the weekends continues to be great.  During the week there
seems to be more anglers struggling for fish.  Not all, of course, and
I really don't have a good idea of the reason for those that are
(although I do hear opinions from almost everyone, and they are rarely
the same.)   Even during the week there are groups of families and
friends enjoying each others' company and they still have stringers of
fish with enough for fish fries in the evenings.
 We are looking forward to the cool down this week.  It been a golden
summer.  The temperatures have been moderate and we have had just
enough rain to discourage wild fires.  Snow in May?  I've already
forgotten it.

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 23, 2013 is 204 CFS. There was
a little blip in the levels on Saturday and Sunday, but the water is
back down to more normal levels and visually clearer.
Minimum was 78 in 1934
The 25th percentile is 110
The median is 130 and the mean is 139.
The 75th percentile is 157 and the max was 266 in 1995 The water level
at the Gage House is 2.18,  The color is a slight blue-green and it's
not murky.

What's Working?

Marabou :Black & Yellow, gingersnap, pink & white, creamsicle (shell and white)
Cracklebacks: blue holographic, green,  grizzly pearl
Zebra Midge Copper John fly, pheasant tail nymph
White Floss jig, John deere jig Glo balls - #4 tri-color, white, hatchery brown
Glo balls - cheese with red dot, all of the tri-colors
rooster tails - tinsel rainbow fly, White with red tip

Zone 2
Gold Super Duper with red tip, frog Super Duper

Zone 3
Power Bait - orange trout nuggetsornage and white Mouse Tails
orange worms, orange dough bait.
Gulp florescent orange or white salmon eggs

Did You Know?

How To Choose the Right Fly Line Weight
Let me begin by saying that rod manufacturers design rods for the
average person to use under average conditions. So unfortunately, most
fly fishermen use only one weight of line on their favorite rod.

Written on the rod blank or handle is a code number which indicates
the line that the rod manufacturer suggests is best for most
customers; i.e., 6 line. To most fly anglers, this means that they
should use nothing but a 6 weight line with this rod. But to get the
full potential from different fishing situations, you may want to
consider using several line sizes on your rod — perhaps varying as
much as two line sizes from the one suggested on the rod.

Manufacturers know your rod may be used in a host of fishing
situations, but they can’t judge your casting style and fishing
skills. So when they place a recommended line number on your rod, it
is implied that it’s for average fishing conditions. First, understand
that you’re not going to damage a fly rod using fly line a little
lighter or heavier than is recommended. Certainly, at times, the rod
will fish better if different line sizes are used.

Match line weight to conditions
Let me cite several examples of when you might want to use various
line weights on the same rod for different fishing conditions you may

First, if you fish a swift, tumbling mountain brook, you can use a
rather short leader with a dry fly. A leader of 7-1/2 feet in length
would probably do the best job. But if you fish for trout with the
same outfit and dry fly on a calm spring creek, beaver pond or quiet
lake, that short leader could prevent you from catching many fish.
While many fishermen automatically know that on calmer water they have
to use longer leaders, many of them don’t really probe any deeper into
"why" they need a longer leader.

It isn’t the leader’s length that’s so important. In calm water, what
frightens the trout is the line falling to the surface. The longer the
leader, the farther away from the fly is the splashdown of the line.

But with a longer leader, the more difficult it is to cast and there
is a reduction in accuracy. Thus, a 9-foot leader is more accurate and
easier to turn over than a 15-footer. Considering this, plus the fact
that the splashdown of the line is what is frightening the trout,
there is a simple solution. Use a fly line one size lighter than the
rod manufacturer recommends. Jim Green, who has designed fly rods for
years and is a superb angler, mentioned to me more than three decades
ago that he almost always used a line one size lighter when fishing
dry flies where the trout were spooky or the water was calm. I tried
it and have routinely followed his advice. So, for example, if you are
using a six weight rod, you can drop down to a five weight line with
no problem. In fact, in very delicate fishing conditions, I often drop
down two sizes in line weights. There is a reason.

Weight and speed need to vary
Fly rods are designed to cast a particular weight of line — with a
good bit of line speed. If you drop down a line size, you benefit in
two ways. One, the line is going to alight on the water softer than a
heavier line. Two, because it is not as heavy, it doesn’t develop as
much line speed. A line traveling at high speed often comes to the
water with a heavier impact than one that is moving slower. Even with
a line two sizes lighter, you can still cast a dry fly or nymph far
more distance than what is called for in delicate trout fishing
situations. So you don’t hamper yourself at all by using a line
lighter than the rod suggests. Best of all, you can now use a shorter
leader, since impact on the surface has been lessened.

There is a second situation where a lighter than normal line will help
you if you are a fairly good caster. The wind is blowing and you need
to reach out to a distant target. Many try to solve this common
problem by using a line one size heavier. The usual thinking is that a
heavier line allows them to throw more weight and, they hope, get more
distance. Actually, going to a heavier line means that they complicate
the problem.

On a cast, the line unrolls toward the target in a loop form. The
larger the loop, the more energy is thrown in a direction that is not
at the target. When fishermen overload a fly rod with a line heavier
than the manufacturer calls for, they cause the rod to flex more
deeply, which creates larger loops on longer casts. Overloading the
rod wastes casting energy by not directing it at the target.

If you switch to a lighter line, you may not have enough weight
outside the rod tip to cause the rod to load or flex properly — if you
hold the normal amount of line outside the rod during casting. But if
you extend this lighter line about 10 feet or a little more outside
the rod than you normally would for this cast under calm conditions,
you can cast a greater distance into the wind. By extending the
additional amount of lighter line outside the rod, you cause it to
flex as if you were false casting the normal length of the recommended
line size.

Since the rod is now flexing properly, it will deliver tight loops,
but the lighter line is thinner. This means that there will be less
air resistance encountered on the cast.

If you are forced to cast a longer distance into the wind, switch to
one size lighter line and extend a little more line outside the rod
tip than you normally would. This means, of course, that you need to
be able to handle a longer line during false casting. But the line
that is lighter than the rod calls for will let you cast farther into
the breeze.

Heavier line is often necessary
There are situations where using a line heavier than the rod calls for
will also aid in casting and catching fish, such as when fishing small
streams for trout. Where pools are short and casts are restricted in
distance, a heavier line can be just the right answer. For example, on
many brook trout streams, the pool may be only 10 or 15 feet long and
you are forced to use a leader that is at least 7-1/2 feet long. That
means that only a few feet of your fly line — the weight that loads or
flexes the rod — is outside the rod tip. When fishing where distance
is very short and only a few feet of fly line are outside the rod tip,
it is important to switch to a line that is heavier. For example, if
you were using a rod designed for a four-weight line and had to cast
most of the time at targets less than 20 feet, placing a five- or even
a six-weight line on the rod would let you load the rod, and casting
would be much easier.

This same principle applies when you are bass fishing in the southern
swamps. Often, you are casting in small, winding creeks, or where
there is a lot of brush immediately behind you. This also holds true
when fishing the backcountry of Florida for snook, where you are close
to the target and backcast area is limited. If you are using a rod
designed to throw an eight-weight line and you’re fishing at 30 to 40
feet from the target area and the backcast area is less than that, a
nine-weight line will permit you to cast much better because the
heavier line will load up the rod and let it flex.

Heavily weighted lines, like the Wet Cel III or Uniform Sink +, can
and should often be used in one to two sizes heavier than the rod
calls for because, for some reason, a line one size heavier seems to
improve distance casting. Try one and you’ll see what I mean.

Use shooting TAPERS for greater distance
Finally, consider shooting tapers (also called "heads"), which are
generally used to obtain greater distance. When casting with normal
line, if you cast well, you never hold just 30 feet of line outside
the rod tip to get distance. Instead, you false cast with considerably
more than 30 feet of line outside. When using a shooting head, try
using one that’s a size heavier than you usually do and you’ll be
pleasantly surprised at the distance you gain.

So don’t limit yourself to the standard guidelines given by rod
manufacturers. Experiment with different line weights for special
fishing conditions. You will be pleased with the results.

What's Working?

Marabou: :Black & Yellow, gingersnap, pink & white, creamsicle (shell and white)
Cracklebacks: blue holographic, green,  grizzly pearl
Zebra Midge,  Copper John fly, pheasant tail nymph
White Floss jig, John deere jig
Glo balls - cheese with red dot, ALL of the tri-colors
rooster tails - tinsel rainbow fly, white with red tip, hatchery brown
Rooster Tails,

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

Zone 3 - orange is the color!
Power Bait - orange trout nuggets, orange and white Mouse Tails
orange worms, orange dough bait.
Gulp florescent orange or white salmon eggs

Lunker Club
Julian Schmiedeke from Sedalia, MO
2 pounds in the Niangua River on natural power bait

Cody Tumlin from Ozark, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Donnie Mount from Clinton MO
2-1/4 pounds on a pink & white jig in zone 1

Sarah Miles from Mount Moriah, MO (age 9)
2-1/4 pounds on a white roach 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.

Community Calendar

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 85. Southeast wind 5 to 9 mph.

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly
cloudy, with a high near 77. Southeast wind 8 to 11 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

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

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a
high near 87.

Quote of the Week (another tidbit from Lefty Kreh)

Allowing the fly to sink to the fish's level, the angler makes a
retrieve. The fly comes directly at the fish, which suddenly sees its
approach. As the small fly get nearer, the fish moves forward to
strike, but the tiny fly doesn't flee at the sight of the predator.
Instead it continues to come directly toward the fish. Suddenly the
fish realizes intuitively that something is wrong(its never happened
before), so it flees until it can assess the situation. An opportunity
for the angler has been lost.
Author:  Lefty Kreh
Published:  Advanced Fly Fishing Techniques

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

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