Tuesday, October 14, 2014

September 16, 2013

How's Fishing?

The fishing season is winding down.  Fewer families are fishing and more folks who have put their time in and now can enjoy what they love to do, when they want to do it.
There continues to be excellent fishing with quite a few fish over two pounds being brought up to our store.  The rain brought the spring up a little bit but still was relatively clear. The river caught more of the run off from the storms and it jumped up higher and was muddier.  After tonight, the rain should be clearing off. The late week and weekend look very mild and warm.
For those of you who have been asking for them - we finally got our order of blue holographic cracklebacks.  We also have a new locally tied fly case item - a golden olive wooly.  I am looking forward to seeing how this one does - from the way it looks, it promises to be a winner.

Now a short article about something I wondered about,  the X in the tippet size.

The mystery of the X in your tippet
By Jim Smoragiewicz of the Black Hills Fly Fishers in South Dakota

It was a passing thought that I had many times over the years but never took the time to look into it. What does the "X" on packages of tippet and leaders stand for? This was one of the things that I thought every fly fisher but me knew. As I came to discover, however, most other anglers didn't know the answer to this either, and prompted some research on my part.

A little history on some of our first mass produced tippet material. For some time early in the century, leaders were tied out of a silk strand that came from a caterpillar in Spain. The caterpillars were killed and then processed in chemicals to toughen their silk sacks. The silk sacks or "gut" were then removed from the caterpillar ( usually two caterpillar). This packet of silk was then stretched out, usually reaching a length of 12"-15". Lengths of silk longer than this were scarce, and brought a premium price.

The silk strands were uneven in diameter and needed to be uniform in diameter for use in building a leader. The way this evening process was accomplished was by using diamonds to cut away the excess material. The diamond that had a round hole drilled in it and was polished on one side to form a cutting edge on the hole. The silk strand was then soaked in a solution to soften it, and then drawn through the hole in the diamond with all excess silk being cut away.

This uniform piece of "silk cat gut" (gut from a caterpillar, and not a house cat) was considered to be 1x in size because it had been drawn through a diamond one time or 1x. Next it was drawn through a diamond with a smaller hole to reduce the diameter even further. This piece of silk was now a 2x in diameter, or drawn through diamonds 2 times. This was continued until a 5x tippet size was reached, the smallest most fly fishers felt was usable at the time.

This article was provided by the Federation of Fly Fishers. Visit their site for more articles and information about fly fishing. The Federation of Fly Fishers is a unique non-profit organization concerned with sport fishing and fisheries.

What's Working At Bennett?

From the fly box
 Blue holographic crackleback has been super
sulfur or original crackleback are also working well
red or black zebra midge
Golden olive wooly is new this week at Weaver's - looks really tasty.
copper weaver

Zone 1 & 2
original or red & white tri color glo ball
brown glitter or brown trout rooster tails
roaches - gray, brown & black
peach fur bug
Marabou -  white, gingersnap, and black & yellow
tinsel jig
white floss

Zone 3
Zeke's white power bait
salmon peach power bait

Lunker Club

Craig Hibdon from Warrensburg, MO
3 pounds on an orange fur bug in zone 2

Justin Montague from Kansas City, MO
2 pounds 1 ounces on a zebra midge in zone 1

Stefanie Pilkinton from Keokuk, Iowa
2-3/4 pounds on a white & red glo ball

Zach Ziolkowski from Edwardsville IL
3-1/4 pounds on a brown rooster tail in zone 1

Jason Keilholz from Philadelphia, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a gingersnap jig in zone 1

Jim Link from Foristell, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a white jig in zone 1

Jim Link from Foristell, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a white jig in zone 1(two different fish - same size & day)

Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a chamois in zone 1

Lucas Raps from Fulton, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a gingersnap  in zone 1

Guy Neiswender from Circleville, KS
2 pounds 14 ounces on yellow power bait in zone 3

Debbie Staton from California, MO
2 lbs, 7 oz, on a bedspread

Water Conditions at Bennett Spring

Bennett Spring:
Gage house level is 2.08 feet
October 14, 2014
minimum was in 1977 - 76
25th percentile is 99
 today - 113
Median is 114
Mean is 157
75th percentile is 134
Max was 1500 in 1977

Niangua River:
October 14, 2014
Gage House reading is 3.34
minimum was 19 in 1993
25th percentile is 33
Median is 50
Mean is 99
75th percentile is 128
Today's (October 14) reading is 351
Max was 485 in 2010

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 73. Southwest wind 3 to 8 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 70.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 67.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 67.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 66.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.

Quote of the Week 
(The cool thing is that for most of you who are reading this, your ' there ' is here at Bennett Spring.)

There: the angler's noun. There, every fisherman has one. Someplace on a river or stream. There, is seldom a generality, but a precise footing on a bend somewhere, a place where every riffle, every willow, every cloud is in place. You can be near there or around there, or by there, but there is no place like there. Easily dreamed, there. You can get there from an easy chair, or on a downtown bus. There is an exact passage from a fisherman's back pages, virtual reality without the helmet. There is the reason for being here.
Author:  Scott Waldie
Published:  Travers Corners: The Final chapters

Thank you for reading!

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