Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How's Fishing?

There are still quite a few people fishing this week despite (or because of) the cooler temperatures.  The fishing has been very good.  There are not a lot of lunkers being caught, but quite a few decent sized fish.  The stringers may, in general, be lighter than earlier in the season, but that is typical for this time of year.  This is also the time of year when a top water angler comes into his own.  The black caddis is doing very well, along with renegade - 18's, or pale evening dun - 20's.  
Moss cutting was done on the 16th and 17th of this months, by the way.

 I have been including information that I find interesting in the fishing report.  I have had several positive comments on this so I will continue to do this on random reports.  Please feel free to skip to the next section - or just look at the terrific pictures - if what I find is not of interest to you.
Here at Weaver's we are often asked for input on what materials to use for fishing at Bennett.  The discussion of mono-filament vs fluorocarbon comes up regularly.  This article was taken from the website of a world wide fly fishing outfitter called Deneki Outdoors.

Mono vs Fluoro


The visibility, or better put, the “invisibility” of fluorocarbon line is most likely the best selling point of fluorocarbon when compared to standard nylon mono-filament line. The light refractive index of fluorocarbon is very similar to that of fresh water (much more so than mono-filament. In other words, when placed in water, it is less visible than mono-filament.

Not convinced? You can see for yourself. Take strands of equal diameter of both fluorocarbon and mono-filament and dip them in a glass of water. Notice the difference in transparency of the materials in water.


When talking about strength, there are several dimensions to consider. In the short term, fluorocarbon is a much harder material than mono-filament. This results in higher abrasion resistance that is useful in situations such as nymphing or fishing around heavy structure. Also, most fluorocarbon line is thinner in diameter than mono-filament line of the same breaking strength. However, this is not always the case from company to company.

Fluorocarbon is also non-permeable to water and therefore does not absorb water throughout the fishing day. This may not seem like a big deal but most do not realize how much water nylon mono-filament actually absorbs throughout the day. Over time, this causes mono-filament to weaken.

Over the long term, fluorocarbon is extremely resistant to the elements as well, unlike mono-filament. Overtime, U.V. rays, rain and humidity, and extreme temperatures (both hot and cold) can cause mono-filament to break down and lose strength. Fluorocarbon is much more resistant to these conditions over the long term. For most of us, these conditions are the norm during a fishing day. This is worth considering before pulling out that dusty tippet spool you bought on sale two years ago.

On that note: due to the fact that fluorocarbon does not break down very readily, please take care when disposing of it. Any pieces clipped off and thrown into the river will be there for a very, very long time.


For you trout fisherman out there, the density of your leader material is actually very important. Fluorocarbon is actually denser than water. In other words, it sinks. This is great when dredging the bottom with nymphs or stripping streamers. However, if dead drifting or skating flies on the surface, this is the last thing you want. Nylon mono-filament on the other hand actually suspends in water. If fishing dries, especially in very small sizes, filament is a clear winner here.


Most anglers are aware that mono-filament is a relatively “stretchy” material. Just grab your leader from both ends and pull; you will see it stretch. While a certain degree of stretch is advantageous to help absorb the shock while fighting a fish, less stretch results in higher sensitivity for detecting those subtle takes. Fluorocarbon is said to have less stretch than most nylon mono-filaments, however there has been some debate among differing manufacturers.


Knotability is often overlooked by anglers when selecting a leader or tippet material, but it is very important. The knot is always the weakest link in your setup and therefore it is important to choose a material that knots well.

Nylon mono-filament is far superior here as it is suppler than fluorocarbon. For this reason, nylon mono-filament is often the choice when tying big game leaders that require extremely large diameter lines. Due to the stiffness of fluorocarbon, knots do not always seat as easy and must be coaxed into lying just right. Take your time when tying knots into fluorocarbon materials and ensure the knot seats correctly to avoid knot slippage or breakage.


While fluorocarbon seems to have a great deal of advantages over traditional mono-filament, there are certain situations where the extra cost is not necessary. Evaluate what situations best fit you and buy accordingly. Also, it is important to mention that not all materials are created equal. Fluorocarbon or mono-filament is often times very different between competing manufacturers.

What's Working?

Fly Box
RGN's - light olive or olive
Copper Hot shot - brown size 18
Original or green holographic crackleback
Ginger crackleback
zebra midge
Zone 1 & 2
Chartreuse red dot glo ball
original tri color glo ball
snow rooster tail
rainbow, snow or Brown glitter RoosterTail
Zone 3
Orange or pink Power Bait worms
Trout Magnet in Salmon or meal worm
Yellow Xtra Scent Power Bait

Water Conditions
The water is very low, very clear and slow.

Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.81 feet
September 16, 2014
minimum 64 in 1937
Current level is 77
25th percentile is 98
Median is 117
Mean is 137
75th percentile is 141
Max was 546 in 2008

Niangua River:

September 16, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.52
minimum was 27 in 1996
25th percentile is 32
Today's (September 16) reading is 42
Median is 47
Mean is 487
75th percentile is 420
Max was 3870 in 2010

Lunker Board

Don Harris from Lee's Summit, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a zebra midge in zone 1

David Woods from Lawson, MO
2 pounds on a  fore&aft  in zone 1

Larry Tucker from DeSoto, MO
2 pounds on a white mini jig in zone 1

Lundy Cearlock from Paducah KY
2-1/4 pounds on a 1/80th ounce black & yellow marabou

Adam Kopp from Washington, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a chartreuse with red dot glo ball

Bruce Baird form Mt. Vernon, IL
2-1/4 pounds on kapok in zone 2

Calendar of Events

October 11 - Holland Derby

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
Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 74. Southeast wind around 9 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 76.

Quote of the Week
Perhaps I should not have been a fisherman, he thought. But that was the thing that I was born for.

Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea

Thanks for reading!   Lucy

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