Monday, June 8, 2015

June 9, 2011

How's Fishing?
It was a great weekend here at Bennett.  The first annual Conservation Federation of Missouri Trout Fest was held at Bennett Spring and was a great success.  The presenters were an amazing group of anglers.  You would be hard pressed to find a  more experienced and knowledgeable group of people to tell you about fishing in general, and Bennett Spring specifically.  If  you didn't get a chance to listen to them and visit with them, I hope you will take advantage of the opportunity next year during the Second Annual CFM event.  And, although I didn't get to try them, I heard the ribs at the food pavilion were to die for!

Fishing continues to be very good.  For the most part, there are decent sized fish and quite a few of them.  Occasionally the top water fly is effective, but most fish are caught at a depth of three to five feet.  Today the lure that people are asking for is a peacock grub.  We have several variations of this, and I'm sure you have a favorite of  your own.  The aqua or turquoise crackleback continues to be hot, as well as a bead head crackleback.  A sinking tip fly line or leader is a good choice at this point, too.
Tag sales continue to grow.  Last year for May the number of tags sold was 16,326.  This year there were 17,214.  This 888 tags sold is a 5.44% increase.  The breakdown of the numbers is 14,892 adult tags and 2322 kids tags.   Interestingly, the number of kids tags sold was up almost 10%.  Perhaps this was due to the excellent weather we had for Kids Fishing Day.    I'll watch it and see if this trend continues through the summer months.   The number of fish stocked per tag was 2.32 this year, compared to 2.41 in 2014.

Water Conditions
More than the depth of the water, the flow of the water is what is making fishing difficult for some.  Keep in mind that you may need to adjust for the swiftness of the water and the depth that the fish are resting.  The color continues to be blue-green and a little bit murky.

June 7, 2015 for Bennett Sping
Gage house level is 2.55 feet  Down from 3.25 only 6 days ago
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 79 in 1977
25th percentile is 130
Median is 179
Mean is 206
75th percentile is 225
current level is 279
Max was 548 in 1994

June 7, 2015 for Niangua River:
Gage House reading is 3.14, down from 3.5 on May 31
Daily Discharge levels:
minimum was 42 in 1997
25th percentile is 140
Median is 217
75th percentile is 318
Mean is 277
Max was 858 in 2013
Today's reading is 910 - new record high

What's Working
From the Fly Box
Chartreuse, green holographic or aqua crackleback
weighted crackleback
seductive midge
John's soft hackle

Zone one & two:
peacock grub
white thread jig
rabbit hair roach
plated tinsel jig
bumble bee mini jig
Marabou :salmon, white, red & white, black & yellow, tequila sunrise, yellow, marabou
Glo Ball- pink lady, original tri color, chartreuse with dot
gray deere
rooster tails: white, tinsel fire tiger, skunk
brown or brown/green wooly with spinner
white thread jig

Zone 3:
yellow garlic and salmon peach power bait
yellow power bait salmon egg

Lunker Club
Randy Crah from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds on cheese in zone 3
Chris Niewald from O'Fallon, MO
2-3/8 pounds on a rooster tail in zone 2
Andrea Ayers from Topeka, KS
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou

Avery Epperson from New London, MO (age 13)
3-1/2 pounds on a pink & white jig in zone 2

Jarrod Pragman from Higginsville, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou

Mike Murzynski from St. Robert, MO
2 plus on a weighted crackleback

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

Calendar of Events

June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting

June 27th - 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store
"Wayne is an avid fly tier and has been tying flies for a lot of years. He's known around the Bennett Spring area as the soft hackle king because he loves to tie and fish with soft hackle flies. These flies have been around for a lot of years and are still great flies to fish with today. Stop in and watch Wayne tie, and listen as he effortlessly hands out priceless knowledge as he does. Wayne is one fine fly tier and loves to share what he knows about fishing and the flies he ties."

July 25th 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

July 28th & 29th - moss cutting

August 22nd - 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

August 25th & 26th - moss cutting

September 22nd and 23rd - moss cutting

October 10, Holland Derby

October 20th and 21st - moss cutting

October 31st - end of regular fishing season

November 13th - start of catch and release for 2015/16

February 8th, 2016 end of catch and release season 2015/16

Weather Forecast

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. West wind 3 to 7 mph

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82.

Quote of the Week

Certainly no aspect of fly-fishing is as enjoyable as those which have a good, firmly based and well established myth or two for company
Author:  Conrad Voss Bark
Published:  A Fly On The Water 1986

Thanks for reading,

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