Wednesday, August 24, 2016


How's Fishing?

The kids have gone back to school and things are quieter on the stream, especially during the week.  The front that went through this week apparently put the fish in a quieter mood as well.  The weather this week will continue to be unsettled off and on.  A chance of pop up thunderstorms all week.
Of course, there are always those who catch bunches of fish no matter what, but for most of us, the catching has been quite a bit slower.
There has been some nice evening fishing on top water using a pale evening dun, an Adam's Parachute, or a terrestrial such as a beetle.
Gray scuds or an RGN are also good choices for the fly rod as well as Walt's worm.
 Marabou jigs continue to be a good choice for everyone (except zone 3, of course) and the colors are fairly consistent.  Gingersnap and salmon colors.  Coincidentally the same colors - salmon peach or brown - that work in zone three using Power Bait.

Fishing Times

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  - the water continues to carry quite a bit of stain.  You won't see the super clear water or the low levels that are often found this time of year.  Yet even so, the conditions improve.  If we don't see too many big storms this week to our south, it may clear up quite a bit by the weekend.

For Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.04 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 72 in 1936
25th percentile is 99
Median is 127
Mean is 131
75th percentile is 148
current level is 148
Max was 224 in 2011

Niangua River
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.13 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:

Minimum was 18 in 2012
25th percentile is 31
Median is 34
Mean is 62
75th percentile is 106
Max is 177 in 2007
Today's reading is 173

What's Working?

From the Fly Case:
Adam's Parachute, 14s and 16.
Walt's Worm
Gray Scud
RGN & Copper Hot Shot
Pale Evening Dun, 14 or 16

Zone 1 & 2
Mega Worm
Brown Wooly Bugger
Marabou: Shell & white, salmon, Gingersnap, red & yellow
Possum Hair Roach
White floss jig
Glo Balls: white with red dot, white,
john deere mini jig

Zone 3
Power Bait:  Salmon Peach or Brown

Lunker Club

Rosie Mertens from Jefferson City, MO
2-1/8 pounds on brown power bait in zone 3

Roberta Moore from Jefferson City, MO
2-1/2 pounds on brown power bait in zone 3

Of Interest

There has been a lot of talk recently about fishing with soft hackle flies.  Here is a short article on how to fish them from Louis Cahill on the website
I have also had a beautiful book on the subject recommended to me called Tying & Fishing Soft-Hackled Nymphs by Allen McGee. If you are interested in learning more, this would be an excellent choice.  Christmas is right around the corner, it's never to early to drop hints.


Like the shark, the soft hackle is one of the oldest of its ilk, and like those ancient predators, it has evolved very little from its inception. Like the shark, it is a deadly design that could not be improved upon. Take, for example, the Kebari flies used by tenkara anglers for hundreds of years. Basically Soft Hackles with a reverse hackle. So effective, that traditional tenkara anglers only fish one pattern. Many modern fly anglers overlook traditional Soft Hackle patterns that are as effective today as ever.

There are two primary reasons for the effectiveness of the soft hackle. For starters, it’s the ultimate impressionistic pattern. It looks like almost everything on the aquatic menu. A fish who is looking for something specific is very likely to see it in a soft hackle. The second reason is, there’s just no wrong way to fish one. If you struggle with getting a drag free drift, a soft hackle is a very forgiving pattern. As long as it is in the water, it will produce fish.

As I said, there is no wrong way to fish these flies, but there are some proven tactics you can employ. For starters, dead drifting the fly as a nymph is never a bad plan. The Soft Hackle is as effective in this role as any pattern. That said, the dead drift does not take advantage of some of the pattern’s unique properties.

Perhaps the most common and most productive presentation for a Soft Hackle is the swing. The hackle has a tendency to trap an air bubble making the fly a natural emerger pattern. There are tying techniques, which I will go into, that enhance this effect. When fished deep and swung to the surface, the glowing air bubble inside the hackle is more than any trout can resist. One of my favorite ways to rig this pattern is to drop it about sixteen inches behind a Wooly Bugger with some weight in front of the Bugger. Drift the team deep through a run then lift them to the surface or quarter them down and across and let then swing and hold on.

When fishing from a boat, it’s very effective to cast a Soft Hackle straight across the current and retrieve it slowly, about four inches at strip. A hand-twist retrieve works well. This is also effective when teamed with a Bugger. Even more fun, drop the Soft Hackle behind an Elk Haired Caddis and inch them back across the current. You’ll get some explosive takes on the dry. This team works very well with a drift and swing presentation as well. The Soft Hackle is always a good choice in a dry dropper team.

When rising fish refuse everything you offer, the Soft Hackle can often save the day. Treat it with some floatant and fish it in the film. As a floating nymph, it will entice the most selective of fish.

Weather Forecast

Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Heat index values as high as 95. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph.

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Southeast wind 3 to 7 mph.

Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84.

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

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

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

Calendar of Events

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

Spring creeks demand your time and attention like jealous their very nature, spring creeks allow no suspension of disbelief. What you see is what you get...they hold their share of secrets, but the presence or absence of feeding trout is seldom one of them. Because of the clarity and delicacy of these waters, experienced hands can usually determine at at glance whether the switch that tells flies to hatch and trout to feed is in the on position or not.

Author:  E Donall Thomas Jr.

Published:  Dream Fish and Road Trips

Thanks for reading.  Lucy

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