Monday, June 11, 2018

How's Fishing

Last week we mentioned RGN's.  We would like to revisit this, since there have been a few questions about what they look like and what RGN means.  RGN stands for Ross' Glitter Nymphs named after the individual that makes them locally. They are a fairly simple fly to tie, but are available here at Weavers for purchase.

The stream is stocked to the gills, pun intended.  Fishing has been great in all the zones and the Niangua River.  Free fishing weekend was very successful with many people enjoying Bennett Spring.  The water is low due to the lack of rain, so far this season and the clarity is getting better with each passing day.

Of Interest:
Lucy here...I would like to introduce you all to Devin.  She will be the guest writer of the fishing report.  She has written a couple of reports with my 'guidance' and seems to have a handle on what you all are looking for in the report.   I hope you all will let her know how much you appreciate her efforts, just as you did for me!  When you visit our store, be sure to chat with her about your successes and struggles.  She absolutely loves to fish and will appreciate  your input for the report.
Rick and I won't be around as much as we have been, but we will be here off and on.  We have accepted the next phase of our life which is to be more fishing, more golf and more art.  Sounds rough, but I think we are up to it.  (joke) .  We so appreciate all the support and, yes, the love, you have given us over the years and hope you will continue to stop in and shop.  We are giving the next generation a chance to shine.  We are counting on our son, Eric, his wife Chelsea, and Dan and Devin to continue to give you the best customer service possible.

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
June 10, 2018
Gage house level is 1.88
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 79.0 in 1977
25th percentile is 131
Current level is 101
Median is 182
Mean is 209
75th percentile is 255
Max was 598 in 1937

Niangua River

Niangua River conditions
June 10, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.06 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 41.2 in 2012
25th percentile is 137
Median is 329
Today's reading is 77.1
75th percentile is 740
Mean is 871
record high max was 6680 in 1995

What's Working

From the fly case

Bennett blue crackleback
Black, tan, white, megaworms
Chartreuse, white/pink, tan mop flies
crane flies

Zone 1 or 2

pink or white thread jigs
John Deere
John Deere yellowtail
tinsel jigs
peach globalls
marabous -black and yellow, peach and brown, ginger, white

Zone 3

rainbow doughbait
salmon fix trout magnets
Lucky Lady white or black/yellow rubber worms

Fishing Times

June        6:30 A.M-.8:30 P.M.

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.

Weather Forecast

Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 88.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 89.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Lunker Club


Spencer Kendall from Arnold, MO
 2 1/8 pounds on an olive woolly bugger in zone 1


Chris Horley from Mexico, MO
3 1/8 pounds on a pink thread jig in zone 1


Sharon Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2 1/4 pounds on a black and yellow marabou in zone 1


Rick Sabath from Lenexa, KS
2 1/2 pounds on a black and yellow marabou in zone 1

Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
2 1/16 pounds on a green crackleback in zone 2


Dan Voelker from Waterloo, IL
2 pounds on a salmon fix trout magnet in zone 3

Chester Hill from Grafton, MO
2 pounds on a white rubber worm in zone 3

Ruth Todd from Raytown, MO
3 3/4 pounds on a black megaworm in zone 1

Dave Matkin from St. Louis, MO
2 1/16 pounds on a white jig in zone 2


Julia Diehl from Steelville, MO
2 1/8 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 1

Tom Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2 1/4 pound on a peach globall in zone 2

Chase Bresler from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds on a tan mop fly in zone 1

Stanley Barnes from Edwardsville, IL
2 1/4 pounds on a white megaworm in zone 1


Toni Starman from Clarksville, MO
2 pounds on white powerbait in zone 3

Drew Sabath from Olathe, KS
2 1/4 pounds on black and yellow marabou in zone 1

Robert Moore from Lebanon, MO
2 1/2 pounds on a nightcrawler in zone 3

Calendar of Events

8 PM   Where Eagles Soar 
Celebrate our national emblem by joining us at the Nature Center to learn the importance of the Eagle in Missouri.  We’ll describe some steps being taken to bring this majestic bird back from the brink of endangerment.

2 PM  What’s the Buzz? 
It’s national pollinator week.  Meet at the Nature Center.  Come discover the importance of pollinators in our environment and identify some creatures that are pollinator pros.  We will be using recycled materials to craft a temporary home for some pollinator friends.

8:30 PM  Going Batty
Wear comfortable shoes, bring your flashlight and meet at Shelter A.  We’ll keep our eyes open and learn about the structures they use to find their prey while going on a night hike to find some bats to observe.

June 27 & 28 Weed Cutting

7 PM  Nature Center Scavenger Hunt
It’s national camera day! Bring your cellphones/cameras to the Nature Center as we talk about some things you can find here in the park.  Make sure you wear appropriate footwear as we will hit the trails to find many of the things we’ve discussed.

10 AM – 2 PM   Basic Outdoor Hazard and Safety Awareness Display    -  Nature Center
Program 2 PM – 3 PM 
Learn more about the outdoor hazards a person can encounter when exploring the great outdoors through a display at the nature center.  Knowing more about basic outdoor safety and awareness will assist in making outdoor activities more enjoyable.  There will also be a presentation on Basic Outdoor Hazards and Safety.  Learn more about enjoying the great outdoors with bats, poison ivy, snakes stinging insects, ticks and chiggers, spiders and wildlife.  The presentation is being presented by Springfield Missouri Master Naturalist and Jr. Leaders.

August 8 & 9 Weed Cutting

Sept 19 & 20 Weed Cutting

September 29 Ladies Fishing Day
Activities from 11AM to 2PM
Fishing and Fly Casting Instruction
Girls Fish Free!

October 13 & 14 Holland Derby

Quote of the Week

The sporting qualities of a fish are dependent neither on its size nor its weight, but on the effort of concentration, the skill and mastery the fish demands from the fisherman.


Charles Ritz

Thanks for reading!

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