Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July 22, 2014

How's Fishing?

This summer sounds like a broken record - but one that we all like to sing along to.  The fishing is great, the water is clear and slow, and summer has arrived. 
For the fly rod angler, the black zebra midge, the dark green RGN, and the crane fly have been tops.  
Those who like to fish with a spin rod have a lot of choices - john deere is leading the pack, but anything from a brown rooster tail to a white grub to brown woolys with spinners are great choices.
Zone three has a group of classics working as well.  Salmon Peach power bait, hatchery brown gulp nuggets, and orange and white worms are all good.

The fishing is consistently good. Nice sized fish and plenty of them. 
  There are still those who are struggling.   In general the size of line - remember that the water is gin clear - matters.  It needs to be two pound line, three at the most.  That's a good first step to increasing your numbers.  There are lines that say they are clear ( not fluorocarbon) but are often more visible in the water at Bennett than some with  blue/yellow/green coloring to them.  Fluorocarbon is invisible in water and that makes it a dandy tippet material, but it has a drawback in that it doesn't cast well, so it's not great for the entire reel.  A tippet can also be used on a spin rod with good success and is a way to adapt a rod that you typically use for larger fish good for trout.

What's Working?
Fly Box
zebra midge
red or blue holographic Crackleback,
pale evening dun
tan caddis
crane fly

Zones 1 & 2

Marabou -salmon & brown, moss, white. black & yellow
rooster tail: brown sparkle body, brown tail
super duper, gold with red tip
tinsel jig
Brown woolie
white grub, white jig
brassie - red, army green
gray deere or john deere
green & white mini marabou

Zone 3

power bait - salmon peach
hatchery brown gulp nuggets
gulp florescent minnow grub

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

July 22, 2014
minimum was 78 in 1940
Today's output is 93 cubic feet per second
25th percentile is 111
Median is 137
Mean is 143
75th percentile is 159
Max was 273 in 1994
Gage house level is 1.90 feet

Niangua River

July 22, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.54
minimum was 17 in 2012 
25th percentile is 45
Today's (July 22) reading is 46
Median is 82
Mean is 94
75th percentile is 122
Max was 276 in 2013

Lunker Club
Geno Cearlock from Vandalia IL
2-1/4 pounds on a carcass fly in zone 1

Cindy Wallcut from Deepwater MO
2 pounds on a red thread jig in zone 2

Brandon Beard (age 13) from Union City, TN
2 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

Tammy Tate from Durham, MO
2 pounds 12 ounces on yellow cheese in zone 3

Calendar of Events
 July 22 - fly tying group at Weaver's Tackle Store. They will be typing a Disco Midge and a Mayfly Emerger. 

July 29-30 moss cutting

July 29 - Fly tying group at Weaver's Tackle Store. Learn to tie a scud and Baler boy.

August 9th 
Kansas City Chapter of the Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association will be hosting a Derby 
Entry fee is a donation that will be used to help support Project Healing Waters, and Casting for a Cure
Registration is at the Park Store beginning 7pm Friday evening - August 8.

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

Weather Forecast
Clear and hot.  Summer has arrived.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. East wind around 8 mph. 

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 84.

Quote of the Week
I used to like fishing because I thought it had some larger significance. Now I like fishing because it's the one thing I can think of that probably doesn't.
Author:  John Gierach
Thanks for reading!  Lucy