Tuesday, June 10, 2014

How's Fishing?

Despite the rains we have had, the water is still amazingly clear and low.  The ground seems to be acting as a sponge and sucking all that rain up before it can get down to the aquifer or run off into the edges of the Spring branch.    
The fish continue to be reasonably sized and plentiful.  The basic stuff that we all love to use is working well. (Black & yellow marabou, renegades, cracklebacks, brassies, it's all good! )

What's Working?
Fly Box

Olive Crackleback, Blue crackleback, chartreuse Crackleback,
double trouble, renegade,
copper hot shot
Black Zebra Midge or WD40
Black Caddis

Zone 1 & 2

White Floss, White floss with red tail
Marabou - Salmon, Dark Green moss, olive,  Black & yellow, tuxedo, and white with red.
john deere and red eye gray deere
rooster tail: Yellow dalmatian, metallic gold spot

Zone 3
Cheese trout worms
trout magnet, white
gulp bubble gum trout worms
florescent white gulp salmon eggs
power bait - marshmallow.

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

June 10, 2014
minimum was 79 in 1977
Today's output is 104 cubic feet per second
25th percentile is 132
Median is 182
Mean is 212
75th percentile is 266
Max was 598 in 1937
Gage house level is 1.98 feet, slightly higher than last week but still very low for this time of year.

Niangua River

June 10, 2014
Gage House reading is 2.38
minimum was 41 in 2012
Today's (June 10) reading is 141
25th percentile is 144
Median is 486
Mean is 1110
75th percentile is 1010
Max was 6660 in 1995

Lunker Club
Keaton Smith from Higbee, MO
2-1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a white streamer

Susan Morris from Arnold, MO
2-1/4 pounds in zone 3 on a salmon peach marabou

Nathan Chaney from Palmyra, MO
3 pounds in zone 2 on black & yellow marabou

Quade Hill from Cameron, MO
3 pounds in zone 3 on orange plastic worm

Marki Brown from Lebanon, MO
2.10 pounds in zone 2 on a pink and white marabou
(note about this fish....her first lunker AND her first fish at Bennett. Congratulations Marki!)

Fishing Times
June/July from 6:30 to 8:30
August from 7:00 to 8:00
September from 7:30 to 7:15
October from 7:30 to 6:30

Weather Report

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

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

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Calendar of Events

Check out the latest issue of the Trout Talk for all the Hillbilly Days Events and Times on June 12 through the 15th.

June 13 and 14, 7 am to Noon : Garage sale at the Bennett Spring Fire Department Building on Highway 64

June 14 at Bennett Room on Highway 64, Bake Sale to benefit Bennett Spring Fire Dept.

June 15 weekend - Hillbilly Days

June 17 Fly Tying Forum at Weaver's Tackle

Learn to tie the Grizzly wulff and the Soldier Palmer.

June 24-25 moss cutting

June 24 - Fly Tying Forum at Weaver's Tackle Store

Learn to tie the Compara spinner and the Stimulator (orange)

July 29-30 moss cutting

August 19-20 moss cutting

September 16-17 moss cutting

October 14-15 moss cutting October 31 - last day of regular trout season November 14 first day of Catch & Release Season

February 9, 2015 - Catch and Release season ends

Quote of the Week

The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.


John Buchanan, Lord Tweedsmuir

Thanks for reading!

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