Tuesday, July 28, 2015

How's Fishing?

The moss is getting cut this week and the water levels are getting back to normal.  By the weekend stream should be in the best shape it's been for a month.  Top water action is still very limited, but with the moss cutting and the improved clarity of the water it's only matter of time before those hoppers and caddis are working again.  Today's special was a red or yellow bodied madam X fly. The temperatures for the week are going to be a bit more moderate as well, low 90's or high 80's.  That should be a welcome relief for almost everyone.

What's Working?
From the fly box:
madam X - red or yellow body
brown with red tip or Aqua cracklebacks
weighted crackleback
woolly bugger- bead head, olive and brown or brown
mega or Weaver's Whopper worm
copper hot shot

Zone one & two:
Possum roach
yellow brassie,  or red & white brassie
Marbou: gingersnap, white, black & yellow, yellow
Glo Ball- jimi hendrix, easter egg and apricot supreme
rooster tails: bumble bee black & white
brown (trout nugget) glo ball

Zone 3:
Red worms, Power bait scented.
red meal worms
chunky cheese, yellow or salmon peach PowerBait

Lunker Club
Richard Hayes from Overland Park, KS
2 pounds on a jitterbug in zone 2

Harold Dehner from Lewistown, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a minnow in zone 3


Tam Adams from Columbia, MO
2-3/4 pounds on Salmon Peach Power Bait in zone 3

Laong Laan Garcia from St. Louis, MO
3 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

John Green from Sweet Springs MO
2-1/4 pounds on a chamois worm in zone 2


Larry Wright from Independence MO
3 pounds on a trout nugget glo ball in zone 2

Water Conditions
The Spring is getting lower and clearer every day. There is a bit of clearer water in zone 1 and very close to normal levels, although the current is still very strong. Color continues to improve.

July 28, 2015 for Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.43 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1934
25th percentile is 111
Median is 128
Mean is 141
75th percentile is 158
current level is 271 .
Previous Max was 253 in 1981

July 28, 2015 for Niangua River:
Gage House reading is 2.71
Daily Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 17 in 2012
25th percentile is 35
Median is 58
Mean is 67
75th percentile is 78
Max was 198 in 2013
Today's reading is 295

Fishing Times

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

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Northeast wind 5 to 7 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 89.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 90.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 91.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Calendar of Events
August 8th - Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association Kansas City Chapter Trout Derby. Fund Raiser for Project Healing Waters and MTFA. Registration at Park Store Fri night 7 PM to close and Sat. morning until 7 AM.

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

Quote of the Week - this one is for my friend, Jim.

My wife wonders why all women do not seek anglers for husbands. She has come in contact with many in her life with me and she claims that they all have a sweetness in their nature which others lack.
Author:  Ray Bergman

Thanks for reading!

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