Thursday, July 7, 2016

July 8, 2016

How's Fishing

The rain we have been getting has changed the color of the stream a bit.  As you can see from the pictures, the edges of the stream are still pretty clear, but there is some muckiness in the center.  The fishing has changed up a bit because of this.  While the grasshoppers and terrestrials are still working well, some of the smaller top water flies are not as effective at this time.  The exception to this would be the always excellent lure - the black caddis!  The deeper water seems to be a good place to place a lure and darker colors are the best to use, whatever kind you prefer.

 Fishing Times

July                      6:30 a.m.   -   8:30 p.m.
August              7:00 a.m.   -   8:00 p.m.
September      7:30 a.m.   -   7:15 p.m.
October              7:30 a.m.   -   6:30 p.m.

Water Conditions
A bit murky in the centers from rain run off. Edges are still clear in most areas.
July 7, 2016 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 2.37 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1934
25th percentile is 120
Median is 150
Mean is 169
75th percentile is 190
current level is 232
Max was 502 in 2015

July 7, 2016 for Niangua River: Moving well, back down from high levels on the 4th and 5th.  A little above average for discharge and levels.

Gage House reading (water level) is 2.72 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:

minimum was 20 in 2012
25th percentile is 47
Median is 106
Mean is 213
75th percentile is 282
Today's reading is 293
Max is 802 in 2015

What's Working?

From the Fly Box:

Possum hair roach
Copper hot shots, all colors
Black zebra midge
Black caddis

Zone 1 or 2
Pink mega worm
Rooster tail: bumble bee, brown glitter, or black glitter with gold spinner
Glo ball: original tri color, dark roe with orange spot
White floss
Possum hair roach
Brown roach
White mega worm
Olive wooly with spinner, brown wooly worm
marabou, black & yellow, fucia and black, black, and black & white
John deere

Zone 3
White trout magnet
Orange glitter or white power bait.
Pink and White Mice Tails
UV Salmon Eggs

Lunker Club

Larry Todd from Raytown, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a pink mega worm in zone 1

Glenn Mazuranic from High Ridge, MO
2+ pound brown trout on a brown wooly in zone 1

Ashley Steinkamp from Hillsboro, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Layne Mount from Clinton, MO
3-1/4 pounds on a hand tied jig in zone 1

Kathleen Feldewerth-Tilley from Wildwood, MO
2 pounds, 2 ounces on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Of Interest 

This e mail is reprinted from Ben Havens, the hatchery manager.  I would also like to add at this point, that this is the first year in seven that we have had to use a fourth sheet for the Lunker Club.  And it's only July.

From Ben Havens:

Another good month for the hatchery and around the park-

 Tag Sales for June, 2016 total 18,165.  Adults comprised 14,977 and there were 3,188 kids tags sold.  Last year the tags sales totaled 16,221.
For the entire year so far, there have been 66,122 sold compared to last year at this time of 61,151.

Attendance is up 12% over last June. Possibly due to weather, as last June we had several rises and off color water for most of the month.
Tag sales are still up 8% for the year over 2015.

Plenty of much needed rain to help us get through for a while longer-
Spring flow was at 25% level (70 MGD) for most of June, thankfully the rains the last couple weeks have bumped things up considerably! We are currently at 232 million gallons/day.

Weather Forecast
Anyone who has lived in MIssouri for any length of time could have written this forecast.  Hot, muggy and a chance of rain.

Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 7am. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Heat index values as high as 97. West wind 6 to 9 mph.

Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Southeast wind around 6 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.

Sunday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

Calendar of Events

July 26th & 27th Moss cutting

August 30th & 31st : Moss Cutting

October 4th & 5th : Moss Cutting

Saturday, October 8, 2016:
Holland Trout Derby, help raise some money for cancer society.
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

October 31st: End of Regular Season

November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017

Quote of the Week

A trip to the river is a series of actions and choices. Which fly? Where to cast - how best to reach the spot I am aiming for? Some days I don't catch a thing, some days quite a few. Fly fishing takes a mulish patience, a recognition of limits, a willingness to put up with mistakes, take them in, learn from them. On the river the world is neither perfect nor broken, but always fixable, adjustable, always ripe for restoration.

Author: Frank Soos
Published:  Bamboo Fly Rod Suite

Thanks for reading!   Lucy

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