Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
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Weaver's Tackle Store

September 20, 2016

How's Fishing?

The rain came, the water rose, fishing was great!  The Niangua rose a
great deal more than the Spring, both were up and running fast.  The
Spring branch stayed surprisingly clear and there were even reports of
top water action this weekend.  Dave's Hopper, Madam x, and even
renegades were all working at certain times.  In general, fishing
deeper and with heavier lures worked more consistently.  You could put
almost anything brown on the end of your line and have success.  Brown
marabou, brown woolies with or without spinners, brown RGN's, and if
it had just a bit of flash to it, it worked even better.   Even the
brown power bait was good for zone three.

Fishing Times
September        7:30 a.m.   -   7:15 p.m.
October            7:30 a.m.   -   6:30 p.m.

Water Conditions

For Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 1.95 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second minimum was 68 in 1937
 25th percentile is 97
 Median is 111
 Mean is 131
 75th percentile is 143
 current level is 279
 Max was 389 in 2008

Niangua River  -  The river rose, briefly, to eight feet on September 17th.
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.52 feet Discharge levels in
cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 25 in 1995
25th percentile is 38
Median is 51
Mean is 118
75th percentile is 158
Previous record high max was 700 in 1993
 Today's reading is 530

What's Working?

From the Fly Case:

Adams - dry fly
RGN dark brown
white mega worm
zebra midge, red or black
black zonker
Chamois worm

Zone 1 & 2

Red brassie
Marabou: Shell & brown, yellow
Possum Hair Roach
Glo Balls: yellow, jimi hendrix, easter egg, original tricolor, salmon
with red dot, hatchery brown
 john deere mini jig
 peach fur bugs
wooly worm, brown
wooly bugger, sculpin olive

Zone 3
Brown power bait worm
Power Bait: Salmon Peach, White, or Brown

Lunker Club

Don Denner from Hannibal, MO
2-1/8 pounds on salmon peach power bait in zone 3


George Clark from Wentzville, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

John Greer from Sweet Springs, Mo
2-1/2 pounds on a chamois worm

Of Interest

A bit about Fly Fishing,  With permission, I am reprinting a blog
written by Walt Fulps of

All fishing is enjoyable, but catching a trout on an artificial fly is
one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences one can imagine.
Those that appreciate fly fishing in its purest sense are the same
sort of folks that prefer bowhunting to rifle hunting, backpacking to
pay-site camping, and wilderness areas to state parks. This doesn't
mean that a fly fisherman never rifle hunts, camps at a pay site, or
visits a state park. It's just that their hearts usually lie
elsewhere. If you are one of those people that enjoy the journey more
than the destination, then you should give fly fishing a try.

For the fly fishing purist, the act is more of a religious experience
than a hobby. And while we're fly fishing, there is a sense of
following in some great historical person's footsteps, reliving
someone else's notable experience, a feeling of being tied into
something more significant than just trying to catch a fish. And these
nondescript feelings are actually amplified when we fish in utter
isolation. It's the sense that we're actually doing something truly
breathtaking. However, if you define a successful day of fishing as a
day when you can fill your freezer, then perhaps fly fishing is not
for you. There's no right or wrong in it, it's just a matter of
preference. Fly fishing is not for everyone.

Many people don't realize that fly fishing in some form has existed
for thousands of years. An ancient Roman historian by the name of
Claudius Aelianus, who made his reputation as a military writer (think
"war correspondent" for the Roman army), documented fly fishing by the
Macedonians more than 1800 years ago in the following manner:

"They do not use flies for bait, for if a man's hand touch them they
lose their natural color, their wings wither, and they become unfit
food for the fish. Instead, they fasten crimson wool around a hook and
fix on to the wool two feathers that grow under a cock's wattles and
which in color are like wax. Their rods are six feet long, and their
line is the same length. Then they throw their snare, and the fish,
attracted and maddened by the color, comes straight at it, thinking
from the lovely sight to gain a dainty mouthful. However, when it
opens its jaws, it is caught by the hook and enjoys a bitter repast as
a captive."

Is that cool, or what? Of course, no can be certain, but it also
appears as if they were actually trout fishermen. Claudius Aelianus
described the fish as having a "spotted exterior", and he identified
the river in question as the Astracus River, which holds brown trout
to this day.
Fast forward 1890 years or so. Fly fishing is somewhat popular, but
not yet considered terribly romantic. And then... THE MOVIE is
released, and all hell breaks loose. Once the "girlfriends" started
swooning over Norman and Paul Maclean and their Montana fly fishing
adventures, the "boyfriends" started buying new equipment, running out
to the rivers to slap the water with their El Cheapo brand plastic
flyline. Of course, it didn't help that Brad Pitt was in the movie.
For all we know, the real Norman and Paul could have been butt ugly,
but noooo, they had to cast Brad Pitt!

A River Runs Through It (the movie more so than the book), did a
spectacular job of explaining the allure of fly fishing to those who
knew nothing about it. Without clouding the action with words, the
movie made it very clear what the fisherman was seeing, thinking and
feeling, and the rationale behind the problem-solving and
decision-making was all communicated by facial expressions and pause.
It somehow managed to explain to many exactly why folks like us are
obsessed. Many thousands of non-fishing spouses exclaimed, "Oh! Now I
get it!" And to us obsessed fly-fishermen, this was a beautiful sound.

The movie really helped the sport. Our trout streams are now more
likely than ever to be protected by our legislatures, because there
are now many more voices screaming for just that very thing. And, it
forces us old-timer fly fishermen to seek out more secluded, wild and
challenging waters to avoid the crowds of newbies. And our wives now
think we're just a little bit more like Brad Pitt. All in all, it's a
win-win situation. Thank you Robert Redford.
Want to try your hand at fly fishing? Other than enrolling in one of
my fly fishing classes or booking some private lessons, here's what
you need to get started. Start with an inexpensive graphite fly rod
and a simple fly reel. If you look around, you can probably find a
painfully cheap fiberglass flyrod combo hanging on a peg in a big box
store for less than $75, and that's not a bad idea if you're buying a
rod just out of curiosity. If you are seriously interested, though,
you should try something a bit higher in the quality department.
Regardless of where you purchase your first outfit, expect most combos
to have nylon backing and some ordinary fly line included -- the
backing is tied to the reel, and the fly line is tied to the backing.

You'll also need to buy some leader material, which can actually be
pretty confusing. Your fly line is big, bulky and easily seen by fish.
The leader, which is simply specialized fishing line, attaches to the
end of the fly line by way of a prefabricated loop, an inserted metal
eyelet, or a simple nail knot (not that a nail knot is simple). Your
leader should taper down in down size with the thickest portion (the
butt end) attaching to the fly line and the thinnest portion attaching
to the fly.

If you're fishing most Missouri waters, you can get by with a 7-1/2
foot tapered leader in size 4x. For more challenging waters or more
difficult fish, you'll want to use a longer leader -- it's your first
weapon against edgier fish. Onto the end of the leader, you'll attach
an additional length of line in 5x using a triple surgeon's knot, a
blood knot, or nested clinch knots. This additional line you add to
your leader is called your "tippet."

The purpose of tapering your leader is three-fold. First, it allows
for the fly to roll over properly when you cast. Second, it helps your
fly tumble naturally in the current like a real bug. Third, if a fish
(or tree) breaks your line, it will break at the weakest point,
meaning it will break closer to your fly, thus saving most of your
leader. The smaller the fly you're using, the smaller your tippet
should be. A 5x tippet will work fine casting flies size 8 through 16,
but with a 7x tippet, you can fish flies down to a size 24 or so. If
you're fishing a fly smaller than a #24 in Missouri waters, you're
just making your life too difficult.

This brings us to the fly, of course. There's a favorite debate that
fly fishermen apparently enjoy. If you could only have "x" number of
flies, what would you keep in your box? Well, if I didn't know where I
was going to fish in Missouri, and I could only carry 10 fly patterns,
here is what I'd take:

Adams dry fly #12-22
Elk Hair Caddis dry fly #14-20
Pheasant Tail nymph #14-18
Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear nymph #10-16
Stonefly nymphs 8-16 (various colors)
Wooly Bugger  #6-12 (various colors)
Scud #12-18 (various colors)
Dave's Hopper #8-12
Glo-bug wet flies #10-14 (various colors)
Soft Hackle wets #12-18 (various colors)

If you're an avid fly-fisher, some of your favorite patterns are
certainly not listed here, but a box stocked with this menu of flies
will catch you fish on pretty much any Missouri trout stream.

Aside from these basic requirements, you'll, of course, need some
additional equipment and accessories. You'll need a decent pair of
waders, a vest, some fly boxes, some polarized sunglasses, and perhaps
a landing net. Big box stores in trout country should have these items
in stock, but if you seek out an actual fly shop, you'll get some
extra perks for giving them your business. Aside from free tips and
advice, many offer fly tying lessons and casting lessons free or
cheap. Not to mention, they need your support! There's an old fly shop
joke: If you want to be a millionaire fly shop owner, start with two
million dollars.

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 88.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 87. South wind 5 to 7 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 86.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a
high near 80.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a
high near 74..

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a
high near 74.

Calendar of Events

The Nature Center Programs are Saturdays (Exception-No programs on October 22nd)

9 a.m. – Guided Hike on the Spring Trail (2/3 mile).  The hike will start at the nature center.  Bring Water!  Directly afterward we will participate in the cultural tradition of raising the American and Missouri flags.  Symbols on the Missouri flag will be discussed.  Once inside the nature center, watch the indoor aquarium fish being fed.

11 a.m. – Ms. Patty Storytime with Activity near the picnic and playground area diagonally across from the                  park store.

2 p.m. – Family Program and Movie in the Nature Center Classroom followed by games to be played                         outdoors!

               • Owls-The Night Shift (October 1st)

               • Why Bats Matter (October 8th,15th, 29th)

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
I make it a rule never to weigh or measure a fish I've caught, but simply to estimate its dimensions as accurately as possible, and then, when telling about it, to improve these figures by roughly a fifth, or twenty percent. I do this mainly because most people believe all fishermen exaggerate by at least twenty percent, and so I allow for
the discounting my audience is almost certain to apply.
Author:  Ed Zern
Published:  Are Fishermen really Liars? (1977)

Thanks for reading.

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