Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September 23, 2014

How's Fishing?
I love Autumn.  The beautiful colors, cool mornings and warm afternoons, slower pace....it makes for such a pleasurable fishing experience.  As far as the fishing, it seems to be a little slower than it has been for some anglers than it has been most of the summer.  Others are standing side by side these people and catching like crazy.
 I understand this is a time when spawning occurs and the fish have more important things to think about than food.  The colors that are working right now reflect this - ginger, light roe, and orange.   The black caddis, ants, and crane flies are also doing well.  

What's Working?

Fly Box
Copper Hot shot - brown size 18
Original or green holographic crackleback
Ginger crackleback - weighted or unweighted,  both are effective
Hares ear - 12's and larger
original crackleback, green holographic Crackleback
Zone 1 & 2
Chartreuse red dot glo ball
original tri color glo ball
bumblebee rooster tail
brown wooly
roaches - gray, brown & black
Zone 3
trout magnet worms, salmon or gold
rainbow power bait
yellow extra scent powerbait
trout magnet light orange mini worms

Water Conditions

The water is very low, very clear and slow. 

Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.81 feet
September 23, 2014
minimum 66 in 1937
Current level is 77
25th percentile is 97
Median is 110
Mean is 134
75th percentile is 145
Max was 570 in 1970

Niangua River:

September 23, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.89
minimum was 49 in 2006
25th percentile is 141
Today's (September 23) reading is 153
Median is 185
Mean is 372
75th percentile is 251
Max was 3590 in 2009

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

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 77. South wind around 7 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. South wind around 6 mph. 

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Quote of the Week
(or - Why I Love Fishermen)

I am almost certain fishermen possess a peculiar bend to their makeup. Fisherman are optimists, and the fish in the future is always preferable to the fish at hand. Even the best fishermen catch fish only a small percentage of the time, which means we persevere in a sport that features failure as its main ingredient. Truly great days, when the fish hammer the fly as soon as it lands on the water are rare.

Author:  Joseph Monniger

Published:  Home Waters

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

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