Tuesday, August 11, 2015

How's Fishing?

The Spring is getting lower and clearer every day. The rain that we got on Monday did not noticeably affect the stream.  The stream is very close to normal levels, although the current is still very strong.   Color continues to improve.  For most people, the fishing has been good to very good.  It's still the deeper fishing that results in more catches, but there is some top water action in the evening.  Stripping cracklebacks seems to be the favorite method of fishing at this point.
 Only one more weekend before school starts and it should be, weather wise, one of the nicest of the summer.  There is no rain forecast as well as moderate temperatures and less humidity.

What's Working?

From the fly box
Aqua or green holographic cracklebacks
weighted crackleback
woolly bugger- bead head, olive and brown or brown
mega or Weaver's Whopper worm
copper hot shot
Olive RGN's
griffith gnat

Zone one & two:
Possum roach
Marbou: ginger, gingersnap, olive, black & yellow, olive & orange
Glo Ball- jimi hendrix, easter egg or pink with red dot
rooster tails: bumble bee, Chartruese, pumpkin seed
john deere or gray deere
gray grub
Bumble bee grub

Zone 3:
Red worms, Power bait scented
Yellow or salmon peach PowerBait
mouse tails - pink & brown
trout magnet pink or purple
Gulp chunky cheese

Water Conditions 

August 9, 2015 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 2.23 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 83 in 2014
25th percentile is 105
Median is 130
Mean is 151
75th percentile is 152
current level is 221
Previous Max was 740 in 2013

August 9, 2015 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading is 2.36
Daily Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 17 in 2012
25th percentile is 32
Median is 53
75th percentile is 158
Mean is 265
Today's reading is 221
Max was 2350 in 2013

Lunker Club

Mike Behrman from Marcelane MO
2-1/4 pounds on a marshmallow in the Niangua

Fishing Times

August from 7:00 to 8:00
September from 7:30 to 7:15
October from 7:30 to 6:30

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 86.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 64.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 88.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 67.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 90.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 69.
Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 92.

Calendar of Events

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
It is utterly soothing to fly fish for trout. All other considerations or worries drift away and you couldn't keep them close if you wanted. Perhaps it's standing thigh deep in a river with the water passing at the exact but varying speed of life. You easily recognize this mortality and it dissipates into the landscape.

Author:  Jim Harrison     Published:  True North

Thanks for reading.

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