Cool July!……so far

July 20th, 2014

What an unbelievable July!  Temperatures in the 70s for several days.  Unfortunately, a couple of those days we had a pretty good wind, so it actually felt cool at times!  We are heading back into the upper 80s and low to mid 90s.  Chances of rain Wednesday, and I think we may have a chance of rain over the weekend.  To be continued…..

Generation has been it’s normal erratic.  Not really off for the past three days.  Friday was one unit which ramped up to a low two around 5:00 p.m.  We have seen the equivalent of one to a little lower Saturday and today, Sunday.  Projection for tomorrow is no generation until noon, then 2 units for an hour, ramping to a low three, then four units by 2:00-3:00 p.m.  We will see four units for 5 hours.

Trying to get caught up a little at a time.  Stan on the water last Monday with Larry from Iowa.  They had a half day of catching fish on a yellow egg and the black midge with a copper head.  This was Larry’s first time with a fly rod and he did well. 

Tuesday, Stan took Mike and Clayton out for half a day.  These new fly fishers from Texas had a good day on the yellow egg and the holographic green crackleback.  There was only one unit on at about 1200 cfs for most of their time on the water.  Nice!    Carolyn had Jessica and Luis out for half a day. 

Luis - 7/15/14

Luis – 7/15/14

For his first time fly flinging, Luis did well.  He had a couple on stripping a ginger wooly bugger and a few on and off on the black copper tunghead midge.  Definitely was not a fast and furious day for these two, but it was a beautiful, cool July day.

Darrell took Mike from Michigan out Wednesday.  Weird day.  Normally we have been seeing water on during the afternoon.  Off, from midnight until noon or later the next day.  Wednesday, it was on at midnight and continued until 7:00 a.m. the next morning.  A slow day, but Mike boated some fish on the P&P midge. 

Thursday, Jim took Eric and Darren from Smithville, MO out for the day.  Pretty good day for these guys even though there was no best fly.  Darren was pretty new to the sport, so there was a bit of instruction for him while they were on the water.  Darrell and Gina had a two-boat group out for half a day.  Darrell took Dad, David, and Gina took the boys, Aaron and Tyler.  Not a bad day for everyone on the P&P, chartreuse egg, and size 18 gray scud.  Couple of neat fishing buddies, Tyler and Aaron. 

Aaron & Tyler - 7/17/14

Aaron & Tyler – 7/17/14


70s In July?!?

July 14th, 2014

Weather forecast says highs tomorrow will be in the upper 70s!  Thursday could be mid to low 70!  What month is this?  Wow!  Looks like some nice cool weather ahead.  Also have (still) slight chances of rain through the weekend.

Same old, same old generation schedule.  Nothing in the mornings, then coming on from 1:00 p.m. or after.  Generation for 5-6 hours then off again until the next day.

Fishing continues to be up and down.  Darrell on the water last Wednesday with Shannon from Kansas.  Caught a few fish, but certainly not a bang up day.  The ruby midge was their pattern.  Stan had Taisha and her father, Jim out for half a day.  They managed to find quite a few fish stripping the holographic green crackleback.

Friday, Jim took Will and Thomas out for half a day.  No best patterns, but they still managed to pull off a pretty good day.  Darrell, Carolyn and Stan took a group of six

Melissa - 7/11/14

Melissa – 7/11/14

out for half a day.  Carolyn had Melissa and Scott.  This was Melissa’s first time fly fishing and glad to say she did not get skunked!  Best pattern, if you can say that, was the P&P.  Darrell took Corey and Jack,  They fished the copper dun and P&P midges.

Jack - 7/11/14

Jack – 7/11/14

And, bringing up the rear was Stan with William and Scott.  P&P and egg pattern were their patterns for the morning.

Saturday, Carolyn took Dawn, aka, “The Stripper” out for the day.  Really slow start in the a.m.  We were below the root wad for a while in the morning and saw two fish caught.  Lots of fishers and not many fish being caught.  Late morning we started hooking a few fish on the P&P, but after the first unit came on and we found the right color bugger, it was wonderful stripping a ginger wooly bugger.  Third unit on, we move locations and started catching on the CQ streamer under a 3.9 ips sinking leader.  Finished off the day with a size 16 bead head hare’s ear under a size 16 red midge and drifted the high bank across from the Pointe.  Lost two good size fish and landed a nice, really fat, 16 incher.    Too bad he wasn’t as long as he was fat!

Beautiful 4th of July!

July 6th, 2014

Great weather for the 4th of July!  Not too warm, little wind, and no rain!!!  And, the water was off most of the day.  Upper 80s for today and cloudy.  Looks like 90s tomorrow and Tuesday with slight chances of rain.  Wednesday through Friday, upper 80s to low 90s and getting hot for next weekend.  Good news, no rain in the forecast for next weekend at this time.

Past few days, we have had no generation almost all day.  In the afternoon, anywhere between 1:00 p.m and 3:00 p.m. it’s a low one unit for one to 2 hours.  Same pattern today, but tomorrow, we are going to get two units at 1:00 p.m. and then four units for four hours.

John - 6/30/14

John – 6/30/14

Last Monday, Stan had Peter from North Carolina and John, from Rhode Island out for half a day.  These salt water fly fishers had to make some quick adjustments to this trout fly fishing!  Fun day on the holographic green crackleback on the sinking leaders.

Jay and Derek, from Springfield fished with Stan on Tuesday.  Caught a few fish on the copper dun midge, but overall, it was a tough day.

Karsen - 7/2/14

Karsen – 7/2/14

Gina and Darrell introduced Keith’s family to fly fishing last Wednesday.  Gina had Kristen and Karsen.  Karsen landed this nice rainbow on a size 24 P&P dropped from a Big Ugly on a 7X tippet!  Way to go Karsen!  Looks like a couple more fly fishers in the works!  Darrell took Keith and Korey.  It was the P&P midge and an egg pattern for them.


Kristen – 7/2/14

Sam and his son, Nick fished with Carolyn on Friday.  Pretty steady day for these two on the CQ streamer.  Fished and caught on the P&P midge for a little while, but the CQ was pulling fish almost everywhere we tried.

Saturday, Stan had another salt water fisher and his wife on the water.  Jan and Athens live in Florida.  This was Athena’s first time fly fishing for trout.  New experience.  Copper Dun and P&P midges were the patterns for the day.  Carolyn was down fishing with Mike and his family at Pointe Royale.  Slow in the morning.  We decided we should have stayed in bed until around 11:00 a.m.  Just like clock work, around 11:00 a.m. you started seeing fish in the water and, of course, catching them.  Everyone caught fish on the P&P midge, a egg pattern or a chartreuse 100th oz. jig.  Fun family!



Ketchup Time Again!!

June 29th, 2014

Let’s try something new!  Zero chances of rain tomorrow.  However, slight chances come back on Tuesday through Friday, and they are projecting at this time, zero chances for Saturday, with 60-70% chances by Sunday and Monday.

No generation during the morning hours and water coming on around 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. each afternoon.  Would not be too bad, but they have actually run four generators many days and that really trashes up the water!  Off until 2:00 both today and projected the same for tomorrow.

Way behind in trips.  Ron and Sharon on the water with Carolyn last Saturday.  Good day for Sharon on the CQ streamer on the sinking leader.   We also caught some on the holographic green crackleback stripping it subsurface in the shallow water.  Not a great day, we caught several fish and had a great time!   Jim had Ray and Cameron, from Texas out for half a day.  Cameron is pretty new to fly fishing, so Jim worked with him a little.  They caught fish on the rusty midge, blood worm and hot hare’s ear nymph.

Sunday, Stan took Drs. Jim & Jack from Springfield out for the day.  These two are new to fly fishing, so it was a learning curve with knots, casting, mending, and all that other neat stuff that goes with fly fishing….including bring in a good number of fish.  Patterns were the size 12 big ruby (2 units at put in and 2 more before they got off the river), P&P and crackleback.

Jim took one of his regulars, Dwan out for half a day on Monday.  Pull a good number of fish on the rusty midge and micro scud.

Belinda - 6/25/14

Belinda – 6/25/14

Tuesday, Stan and Carolyn took two couple out for the morning.  Of course, Carolyn took the ladies, Belinda and Laura and Stan had the guys, Barry and Joe.  Don’t know about the guys, but us gals had a good time.  Best pattern was the holographic green crackleback on the sinking leader for both of the ladies.  Belinda also caught a couple nice fish on the copper dun midge.

Laura - 6/24/14

Laura – 6/24/14


Jim also on the water Tuesday.  He had tom and Nancy from Independence out for the day.  Fished tough, but they brought in several fish a variety of patterns.  As Jim said, “fished everything, no good one pattern”.

Jackson - 6/25/14

Jackson – 6/25/14

Wednesday, Stan had David and Jackson out for half a day.  They wanted a full day, but the way the generators have been trashing the water when it comes on, we encouraged they to take a half day.  After they saw the water when it came on, they were happy with this decision.  David has been on several guide trip and he finally caught his first trout on a fly rod!  Good day for these new fly fishers on the copper dun and Lil ruby midges and the holographic green crackleback.  Darrell also out with a father-son duo, Tim and Nathan.  They had a good day on the copper dun and black zebra midges.

Fishing is slower than normal for this time of the year.  Yes, you will catch some fish if you stick with it, change patterns enough times or find that special spot where they are feeding.  Some days they hit best pulling streamers, next day they will only take midges, scuds or some other patterns.  Don’t complain.  We are spoiled as fishing is generally much better here than many of the other places we fish!

Whole Lotta Fishing Going On!

June 23rd, 2014

Days have been pretty warm to down right hot!  Almost every day has had a chance for showers and some days we would get a few sprinkles and some days not.  Continued warm through the week, with temperatures moving into the 90 by the weekend.  Of course, we have a chance for showers every day until next week when it looks like zero chances for a few days.

No generation almost every morning last week.  Yesterday was the exception as they ran water almost all day and a lot of it yesterday afternoon.  It is off this morning, as projected, and should come on around 3:00 this afternoon.  We are at power pool, so we might see the same pattern this week as last….off during the morning and coming on some time in the afternoon.  Will have a better feel for this later today when we see tomorrow’s projection.

Lots of trips over the past several days.  Last Wednesday, Stan had Ron and his son, Brian out for half a day.  Good day for these guys on the copper dun, fire fly and P&P.  Jim had Ed and Don, from Arizona out all day.  They had a good day pulling the CQ streamer.   Jeff and Aaron fished with Darrell.  The big ruby was their bug for the trip.

Thursday, a couple guys from Oklahoma, Lynn and Jason spent the morning with Jim.  Pretty good day on the CQ streamer, the copper dun midge and a blood worm.  Stan had Gary and Bob, also from Oklahoma, out for the first day.  They went out again on Friday.  Good day for these two on the copperhead black midge, copper dun and P&P midges.

We emptied the shop Friday.  Dana had Fred and Ruth from Texas out for the morning.  P&P and crackleback for these fishers.  Carolyn took Wanda.  Almost all her fish were on the blood worm dropped under the peach fur bug and a few on the copper dun midge.  Mike from Oklahoma had the morning with Jim.  P&P, blood worm and hot hare’s ear were their patterns.  Darrell and Gina had a group from Texas.  Karl floated with Darrell and they did best on the P&P midge.  Marsha and Bonnie were with Gina.  They were throwing the copper dun & P&P midges.  Marsha’s brand new to fly fishing and it was Bonnie’s second time .

Bonnie - 6/20/14

Bonnie – 6/20/14



Slower Than Normal

June 18th, 2014

Still see chances for rain in the forecast through the coming weekend and into next week…..30-40%.  Temperatures seem to be hanging in the upper 80 to lower 90 range.

No generation last weekend, but they certainly dumped some water Monday and Tuesday.  Peaked out both days with over 12,000 cubic feet per second before noon.  Today they projected a higher flow than we are experiencing.  Maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel?

Stan on the water last Thursday, Friday and Saturday with Richard and Susan from Kansas.   Brand new fly fishers who wanted to learn everything they could about fly fishing.  They certainly experienced the variety of water flows we get here on Taneycomo.  Fun days for these two learning and catching.

Saturday, Dawn and Carolyn spent the day throwing the holographic green crackleback and stripping it just under the surface.  This was probably our best pattern of the day.  It was not fast and furious, but pretty consistent.  Just before the generator came on in the afternoon, the hot hare’s ear nymph under the black copprhead midge or an apricot egg pattern were the ticket.

Newly weds from Kansas, Daniel and Rachael, spent Tuesday morning out with Stan.  First time for her and it had been a while for him.  Fun day for these two on the big ruby midge even with 3 units and when they started and 4 units before they got off the water!

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

June 11th, 2014

So far, this is our first day without rain for several days.  Only 10% chance today, but looking at the sky, I’m getting worried.  80% chance for rain tomorrow.  Friday and Saturday look pretty safe with temperatures in the 80s.  By Sunday, slight chances are back into the picture for a couple days.  Can’t believe my eyes right now.  I see “O” chances from next Wednesday through Friday!… be continued.

Of course, with all this rain, you can guess what the water has been doing.  Ran all day Sunday, off for a little while early Monday and we have seen non-stop since then.  We are slightly above power pool right now, so MAYBE in a couple days we might see low or no generation?!?

Had a few slower than we have been experiencing days fishing last week.  Last Wednesday, Darrell had Don and Dennis out for half a day.  They caught fish on the black copperhead and P&P midges.  Couple new fly fishers, Josh and Jessica, went out with Stan.  Missed as many as they caught on the P&P and copper dun midges.  At least it was not raining!!!

Last Saturday was a bummer day!  Schedule said zero generation, so Dana and Carolyn took a group of four guys who were here for a wedding out for a wade trip.



I think we had guys from both the east coast and the west coast.  We had no sooner gotten through learning the roll cast and started working on the pick up and lay down cast when a horn blew.  Okay guys, get in the boats.  Despite the ups and downs…..literally, it was a fun day.  The red midge, CQ, crackleback and black midge under the big ruby were the bugs for the morning.


Amit - 6/7/14

Amit – 6/7/14

Jim was out with Scotty and Rizzo.  He was grunching too because of the fluctuation of the water.  They caught fish, mainly on the CQ streamer, but it certainly was not one of his better days!

We have now had several days of pretty steady generation.  this should have the fish moved in to their normal holding patterns for the high water.  Unfortunately, about the time they do this, they’ll turn the generators off.  Oh well, that’s life in a tailwater!!

Good Days Out Number The Tough Days!

June 4th, 2014

Will these “spring rains” ever quit?  80% chance for showers tomorrow.  Temps ranging from low 80s down to upper 70s by Sunday into Monday.  Every day has a chance for showers.  Although tomorrow and next Friday seem to be the biggest chances.  So far, they have not been real heavy rains, but enough to get you wet!

Generators off every day until 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  I think they are scheduled to come on today at 2:00 p.m.   Nice trend.  Better get out and enjoy it.

We seem to be having a run of several very good days of fishing followed by one or two tough days.  You’ll catch some fish on the tough days, but certainly not the numbers you can get on the very good days.  I guess that’s why it is called fishing.

Carolyn had Peter and JoDee on the water last Friday on one of those tough days.  It was one of those days where there was absolutely no water movement.  The water was so still there was a film on the surface.  We finally found a little moving water and hit the jackpot with a hot hare’s ear nymph.  Can’t let this happen….on came the horn and the water started rolling with all kinds of junk in it.  Did find a clean spot at Lookout Island for a little while and pulled out a few more on the holographic green crackleback.

Fortunately, Sunday was a much better day.  Several fishers had registered for the Orvis 301 program offered by their Leawood, Kansas store.  Neat program where they spend the day on the water with a guide, learn a little and catch some fish.  Darrell had Trent and Dan.  Very good day for these guys on the black coperhead midge, P&P and a black zebra midge.  Gina had Jim and Rob.  Good day for these guys, on the same midges plus an egg pattern with a midge dropper.  They also worked on stripipng buggers, crackleback, filoplume and soft hackles.   Jim worked with Paul and

Rob - 6/1/14

Rob – 6/1/14

and Leo.  They did well on the CQ streamer or a black midge with a blood worm dropper.  Craig fished with Stan.  It was the P&P and black copperhead midge for them.  All in all, everyone had a great day!   Monday, Jim took a couple of his regulars, Price and Marg out.  It seems that for the past 2-3 years, when they come, it always rains.  This year was no exception.  They spent the morning fishing in the rain, but the good news was it was another catching day.  CQ streamer, copper dun, blood worm dropper and the hot hare’s ear nymph.Stan had Doug, from Texas, out in the rain.  Very good day for Doug on the black copperhead and P&P midges.  Kathi and Bill, from Kansas, fish with Gina on Tuesday.  Pretty good day for these guys on the P&P, black copperhead midge and peach king egg.  It was a

Kathi - 6/3/14

Kathi – 6/3/14

bit tough in the early morning as the water was flat again, but they persevered and caught fish!  Stan took Gary and Jerry from Ohio out for half a day.  Very good day for these guys on pretty much the same patterns.

Lots of Wading Opportunities!

May 28th, 2014

Not much change in the weather.  Still looking at 80s through the weekend and into next week.  Also still looking at chances for showers almost every day except next Monday and Tuesday.  We have not had as much rain as we thought we might have the past few days.  Sprinkles for a little while yesterday and again today.

Lots of opportunity to get out there and do some wade fishing.  Water off today until 2:00 p.m. and it is projected to be off again tomorrow.  One unit coming on at 2:00 p.m. for four hours. 

Jim out Sunday with a couple young men from Oklahoma, Preston and Grayson.  Both new to fly fishing and wanted to learn how.  As you can imagine, Jim took them through the paces.  They were plum tuckered out when then came back to the shop.  He also let them catch a few fish on the CQ streamer, ruby midge and the hot hare’s ear. 

Tuesday, Mike from Iowa spent the morning on the river with Stan again.  They were out Sunday and had a great day, and Tuesday was more of the same.  Great day on the copper dun and copperhead black midges.  Jeff and Jim, from Wisconson spent the day with Jim.  Very good day for these guys.  Jim was pretty new so Jim worked with him on casting and technique.  They caught a lot of fish, including a nice 18″ rainbow on the CQ, copper dun midge and blood worm dropper.

Mike & 19" Bow - 5/28/14

Mike & 19″ Bow – 5/28/14

Mike and Ethan spent Wednesday morning on the river with Stan.  Ethan has been fly fishing a pond at home with his fly rod for blue gill and other warm water fish.  This was both of their first experiences fly fishing for trout.  Learned the importance of mending and how quickly the trout “hit and run” before you realize you just had a hit.  Very good day for these guys on the black copperehead midge early in the day and then the copper dun later into the morning and early afternoon.  

Ethan and 1st trout on fly rod - 5/28/14

Ethan and 1st trout on fly rod – 5/28/14

This was Ethan’s first trout on a fly rod followed by many more.  Dad did welll catching a nice 19″ rainbow.

The Bite Was Certainly On!

May 25th, 2014

Got some rain yesterday afternoon around 2:00 p.m.  The guys who were on the water might say we got “a lot of rain”.  It did dump for a little while.  Beautiful, sunny day today.  Chances for an isolated afternoon storm possible.  Still forecasting 80s through all of next week and into the weekend with chances of showers scattered throughout the entire time.

One low unit running today, as projected.  No generation Monday except for one unit late in the day.  Tuesday’s projection is no generation until 2:00 p.m. when one unit will come on for a couple hours, then two units for a couple hours.

The bite was certainly on yesterday.  Jim had Aaron and his son Will out for half a day.  Great day for these buys on the CQ streamer, Copper dun and blood worm dropper.  Mike from Iowa spent half a day with Stan.  It was the copperhead black zebra in the early morning switching to the copper dun as it brightened up and fish on all day.  They only lost one fly and that one was in a nice fish that kept going south.