Beautiful Morning!

September 14th, 2014
Early morning view at "take out"

Early morning view at “take out”

We had some much needed rain last week followed by a couple days of very slight drizzly.  Just enough to let you know there was “heavy dew” in the air.  Yesterday was cool.  I don’t think it got out of the 60s.  Today they are predicting upper 70s.  Monday will see another chance of showers and upper 70s with 70s the trend through Wednesday.  Looks like 80s through the weekend and slight chances of showers for the weekend.

Generation of some type every day last week.  The good news was this weekend.  No generation all day Saturday except for one unit on for about an hour in the early afternoon, and about the same thing will happen again today.  Monday looks like no generation until 1:00 p.m. and not as much as we have been seeing.

Tim - 9/8/14

Tim – 9/8/14

Stan out last Monday with Tim from Texas.  Not a bad day for them on the P&P midge.

Tuesday, Carolyn took Larry and Mel from the St. Louis area out for half a day.  A low two units running when we hit the water.  Made the guys work for their fish.  It was a mix of the size 16 red tunghead midge and lightning bug under the big ruby.

Carolyn took Mark out Wednesday morning.  His wife Fran was supposed to go with us, but she was under the weather.  ‘Hope you’re feeling better Fran!’  Much to our surprise, our best patter was a size 16 gold bead hare’s ear dropped from the big ruby.  Did catch a few stripping the holographic green crackleback.

Good day for Mel and Bill Friday when they went out with Stan.  It was the copperhead black zebra under the big ruby all the way.  They pulled fish with this combo on areas which usually do not fish well.

Couple of good days for Darrell Friday and Saturday.  Friday he took Malcolm and Ed out all day.  Lots of fish for these guys on the black copperhead midge under the big ruby.  Saturday it was Malcolm and Bob.  Another good day, but this time on the brown San Juan worm under the red midge.  The water was off all day Saturday except for a shot of “kick water” around noon.  They said this really helped the fishing.  It was almost like “deja vu” on the river.

Love This Weather!

September 8th, 2014

Mid 60s this morning when I walked out of the house to go to work!  No wind and a little overcast.  How refreshing!  Should hit the mid 80s today and lower 90s tomorrow.  Rain in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday with Thursday’s high in the upper 70s!  Temps look like lower 90s for Tuesday and Wednesday.  But, definitely a cool down from Thursday through the weekend, and continuing into next week.

We continue to see spastic generation patterns.  Off in the a.m. during the week and coming on somewhere from noon to 2:00 p.m.  On for several hours, then off again until the next day.  However, on the weekend!!!! they are running a low or full one unit all weekend.

Jim on the water last Wednesday with Mike from Kansas.  Good day for Mike on the P&P midge, B-bug, and white worm.  They stayed high as the water did not come on until late in the afternoon that day.  David fished with Darrell and caught fish on the white grub.

Wednesday and Thursday, Stan took George out for half a day each day.   She has been fishing with Stan for ten years.  Not a great day, but good day for George on the P&P midge and stripping the holographic green crackleback.

Mike - 9/4/14

Mike – 9/4/14

Mike, from Texas, spent most of the day on the water with Carolyn.  Fairly slow start early, but things picked up as the day went on,  and Mike caught fish on an egg pattern, San Juan worm, and best of all a 17 inch rainbow on the big ugly.

Jim and Darrell both out on Friday.  Jim took Bill and Jerry from California out for half a day.  Good day for these guys on the white grub.  Darrell had Ed from Kansas out again.  Their pattern was the brown San Juan worm.

Much Needed Rain!

September 3rd, 2014

Glad to say we received some much needed rain night before last and yesterday morning.  50/50 chance for some more on Saturday.  Otherwise, clear and nice temperatures once we get into the weekend and early part of next week.  Upper 70s to low 80s.  Sweet!

Not much change in the generation schedule.  Still off in the a.m. and cranking by noon or 1:00 p.m.    Today was a little different.  They ran a low one unit for about four hours this morning, then turned it off and it is scheduled to come back on at 1:00 p.m.

Not too busy this past week.  Probably just as well as fishing has been up and down.  Stan out Wednesday with Lester and Mike from Texas.  Best part of that trip was a 17 inch rainbow.  No good pattern.

Saturday, Stan had a couple guys from Illinois on the water.  Good day for them on the size 18 root beer, P&P and rusty midges.  Pretty rainy, foggy day.  As a matter of fact, I think the sky opened near the end of the trip and dumped rain on them as they were trying to get off the river.

Fred and his son, Troy, spent Sunday morning on the water with Stan.  Pretty slow day, but they did catch several fish on the P&P.

James Albert - 9/1/14

James Albert – 9/1/14

Monday, James Albert spent a great day with Darrell which included a brown and a nice 17 inch rainbow.  Best patterns were the white grub, egg and gray scud.


Fun Groups

August 28th, 2014

chances of rain tomorrow and possibly Saturday.  Temperatures in the low 90s through the weekend.  Next week looks like mid to upper 90s.  Slight chances for rain Tuesday.

Basically, no change in generation pattern.  Off in the a.m.  Two units on by 1:00 p.m. and all four by 2:00 p.m. for about seven hours.

Stan out last Wednesday with Glenn and Mel from the St. Louis area.  Good days for these guys on the P&P in the a.m. and then the crackleback when the water can on.

We emptied the stable Thursday for a group from Arkansas.  They were holding a meeting at the Chateau and got to enjoy in between meetings.  For the most part, all were new fly fishers with just a few

Carol - 082114

Carol – 8/21/14

who had thrown a rod before.  Stan had Warren & Donna.  I think it was Donna who brought in a 15″ rainbow.  Jason and Heather were with Jim and they brought in a 17″ rainbow.   Carolyn took Carol and Ed.  This was Carol’s first experience fly fishing and she brought in a 15-3/4″ rainbow.  Darrell had John and Cliff, and Dana took Mike and Jack.  Steve and Mark were wading with Gina.

Steve - 8/21/14

Steve – 8/21/14

Of course, they had their contests going for the most fish, the biggest, etc.  It was a win-win day for everyone as it turned out to be a nice day….not too hot yet.  They were not in a meeting!  and most were have a new experience learning how to fly fish!  Overall, the best patterns  were the JQ streamer, P&P midge, black copperhead midge, b-bug and a root beer midge.

Tuesday, Jim, Gina and Carolyn had the opportunity to take a group of veterans with Project Healing Waters out for the day.  Jim and Darrell also had them out again on Wednesday.  We thank each of you for what you have done or are still doing.  We hope you had as much fun as we did!!

Almost forgot, Darrell has Jerry and Gail from Texas out Tuesday.  They had a good morning on a size 14 brown San Juan worm

Gail - 8/26/14

Gail – 8/26/14


Too Hot!

August 24th, 2014

At least two days in a row of 100 degree temperatures and probably at least a couple more in the works!  Maybe into the mid to lower 90s later next week.  Yeah!  Also see a chance for rain maybe by Sunday.

No change in the generation schedule.  Off in the a.m. and on by noon or 1:00 p.m.  Two units to start then 1-2 hours later, two more units.  Lots of water.

Stan on the water half a day last Monday with Bill from Illinois.  Bill caught a few on a black soft hackle, but more were on either the P&P or Lil Ruby midge.  Carolyn had Ron and Sharon out again.  This day, we did not have any really good pattern.  A few on a gray scud, a few on the P&P.  The rise was pretty fast and furious so that did not fish well for us.

Rick - 8/19/14

Rick – 8/19/14

Tuesday it was a group from Texas that we have been taking out almost every year.  I think Stan’s boat took the prize for biggest fish with a 17″ rainbow (Alex and Chase.  Dana’s boat with Rick and David,  took most fish to the boat with mainly on the tan b-bug.  They also landed some on a size 16 tan scud and 18 copperhead black midge.   Lindi and Taylor fished with Darrell and their pattern was the P&P.   Jim had Max and Beau and they took caught on the P&P and a gray scud.

Davis - 8/19/14

Davis – 8/19/14

Carolyn had Renee’ and they caught a few on the black copperhead size 18 midge and the tan b-bug.   Hot day, but a fun time was had by all.

Renee - 8/19/14

Renee – 8/19/14

Hot! The Weather Certainly Is!

August 17th, 2014

It has been hot and humid the past few days and I think we have more in store for the next several days.  Mid to upper 90s and possibly hit 100 degrees by this coming weekend.  Good time to stand in the cold water!

Generation schedule has been pretty up and down all week.  It’s supposed to come on at 2:00 p.m……it comes on at noon.  It’s supposed to be on all day….they don’t turn it on until noon (that was the case today).  As I have said many times….that’s life in a tailwater!

Jim out last Monday with Barry and his son,  Brandon.  New fly fishers and a tough day.  I think Brandon was the fish lander that day.  Dad was happy to watch him catching on the red midge, miracle scud and copperhead black midge.

Tuesday, Jim took Larry and Jim out for half a day.  It was a P&P and blood worm day.

Thursday, Ted from Kansas took a short half day with Jim.  Another touch day, but they managed to land some on the P&P.

get-attachment_editedSaturday, Stan took Dennie and his grandson, John out for the day.  Slow start in the a.m, but about 11:00 a.m. the fish decided it was time to eat.  Good day, mainly on the P&P and then the holographic green crackleback on the sinking leader once the water started moving a little more.   Jim had Brent and David out for half a day.  These new fly fisher caught a few fish, but Jim said there was no best fly for them.

Two New Eagles!

August 10th, 2014

90s today with slight chance for rain.  We did get some rain yesterday afternoon.  Mid to upper 80s predicted for all week into the weekend with chances for rain creeping back into the pictures by the weekend.

Boy, you can’t count on anything!  Yesterday, the projection was for one unit to come on around 200 p.m.  Hooha!  Came on at noon.  Today we were supposed to have a low one unit until noon……it’s OFF!  The generation schedule has been a bit erratic this past week.  Monday, off in the morning then four units in the afternoon.  Tuesday, low one in the a.m., then fired up around noon.  Back to no generation on Wednesday morning then four units in the afternoon.  Low, then a little more, then back down Thursday and Friday was up and down and finally up.  We had one unit on yesterday for 3-4 hours.

Fishing continues to be slower than we would like to see for this time of the year.  Darrell on the water Friday with Matt and Brad from Parkville.  They caught a few fish on the tan flashback scud and an egg pattern.  Jim had Randy, from Kansas out for an instructional half day.  Also a few fish on the tan flashback scud, a red midge and the copperhead black midge.

Saturday, Stan took Scott and his son Justin out for half a day.  New fly fishers caught fish on the copperhead black midge early in the day then the P&P midge.

I forgot to mention that the highlight of a trip I had out earlier in the week with Dawn and Albert, was spotting two immature eagles in the trees about a half mile above Fall Creek.  We could hear them calling back and forth across the river.  One immature was on one side of the river and the other on the other side with either Mom or Dad.  Really a great finish to a fun day!



Kinda Tuff Out There!

August 7th, 2014

Lots of rain this morning.  We might get some more this afternoon, but tomorrow is predicted to pretty nice and sunny with temperatures in the low 90s.  Still looking at 40-50% chance of rain through the weekend with temperatures in the low 90s.  Upper 80s to low 90s for most of next week.

No generation yesterday morning.  Today they started the day with low generation, 1100 cfs then ramped it up a little at 9:00 a.m.  11:30 a.m. and we are seeing 2 units at 705.3 feet and 3805 cfs running.   Supposed to increase that some more this afternoon.  Not certain what they will do tomorrow.  We are definitely below power pool.

It’s been a little tough out that the past few days.  Talked to some fishers who were wade fishing yesterday while the water was off and they were catching a few, but they were certainly working for them.

Tuesday, Jim had Mark and his son Ben out for half a day.  Ben is a new fly fishers and it had been many years since Mark had been fishing so it was a catchup and learning day for these guys.  Mission accomplished and they caught fish on the red midge and hot hare’s ear nymph.  Carrell and Carolyn had the Louisiana family out.  These good fishers worked for their fish that day.  Can’t really say we had a best fly, but the red San Juan worm was probably best during the rise from the second unit.  At least it was a beautiful day and we all had fun!

Robert and his son, Logan took a half-day instructional trip with Jim on Wednesday.  They caught a few fish, but it was another “no best fly” day.

Great Days…Tuff Days….Guess That’s Fishing!

August 4th, 2014

Looks like more normal weather pattern is here.  90s tomorow and Wednesday with Thursday and Friday in the upper uo and a 50% change of rain.  The weekend has low to mid 90s and again, changes of rain.  A little more on Saturday with Sunday and Monday in the 40% range.

Generation schedule continues to be no generation in the a.m. and something, usually 1-2 units, coming on at noon t0 1:00 p.m. and ramping up to 3-4 shortly thereafter.  Low generation over the weekend, about one unit, for 4 hours or so.  Today, they fired up all four at noon!  Lots of water!  The projection for tomorrow is a low one unit until noon, then a low two for an hour, full two for an  hour then three units for four hours.  Should have it back to a low one unit by 10:00 p.m. or so.

Jim on the water last Tuesday with John and his grandson Cole from Louisiana.  Fun day for John watching his grandson catch fish.  CQ streamer, P&P midge and micro scud.  Ron and Sarah from Kansas, were out with Stan.  These new fly fishers had a good day on the P&P.  Nice 18 inch rainbow for

Sandra - 7/29/14

Sandra – 7/29/14


Thursday. Carolyn took Michael and Kirk out for half a day.  They fished with Stan on Wednesday, but he had a trip scheduled with Bob from Michigan on Thursday, so the drew Carolyn for their second day.  Miserable day Wednesday as they had high water and lots of rain Wednesday.  These guys are both new to fly fishing so Thursday, they went through the paces.  Lots of casting and fast mending as we fished the rise (two generators came on around 11:00 a.m.) with the red San Juan worm dropped from the big ruby.  We caught a few earlier in the morning with the black copperhead midge, but the action was the water rise.  Stan and Bob were out for the morning.  Good day for Bob on the black copperhead midge, then a size 20 black soft hackle.  This was especially fun for him as he was breaking in his new 10 foot, 4 weight Access rod!  They finished up the day with an olive wooly bugger.   Nick, from South Carolina fished with Jim.  CQ, copperhead black midge and blood worm dropper were their patterns for the day.   Soft takes and tuff to keep the fish on the hook!

Saturday, Mike and his daughter, Amanda fished with Stan. They are owners/operators of Lakeshore Resort.  Great day on the copper dun and P&P midges.  Carolyn went fishing with Dawn from Louisiana.  We had a fun day stripping the holographic green crackleback in the shallows.

Lots of learning for Don and Larry from Kansas.  They spent half a day with Jim.  Both came back to the shop babbling.  CQ streamer, black zebra midge and blood worm dropper.  Fun and fishy day for these guys.  Stan had John and his son, Joel out for most of the day.  These good fly flingers had a great day on the black zebra midge early, then the P&P.    Think John is coming back in September!

Busy Weekend!

July 29th, 2014

Hot weekend, but what a wonderful start to this week.  Yesterday was in the low 80s and that is what we are getting again today!  Chances of scattered showers tomorrow with temperatures in the mid 70s.  Thursday through Saturday go from mid 80s to upper 80s, and back in the low 90s by Sunday.

Generation over the weekend was mean.  Saturday we started the day with no generation.  By noon, they fired up all four units and everything went south!  Lots of water and lots of stuff floating in the water.  Sunday was a little better.  They did not turn on as much water.  Yesterday it came on at 1:00 p.m. and they blew through a good four units.  Today we were expecting generation by 10:00 a.m.  It is after noon and we are still waiting.  Ahh!  Life in a tailwater!  Think I have said that before.

Beth - 7/26/14

Beth – 7/26/14

Lots of trips out this weekend.    Dana had Beth and Wes out Saturday.  Good day for these two on the holographic green crackleback and a size 22 rusty

Wes - 7/26/14

Wes – 7/26/14

midge.  Bill and Ron, from Kansas were on the water with Jim.  They did well pulling a size 12 CQ streamer.  Darrell had Karen and Jeremy from the Kansas City area.  They did best on a brown San Juan worm and the P&P midge.    Stan took David and Steve, both from the

Karen - 7/26/14

Karen – 7/26/14

Overland Park area out for the day.  Like everyone, considering the conditions, not a bad say on the P&P midge and a holographic green crackleback.

Paula - 7/27/14

Paula – 7/27/14

Sunday, Darrell was out again.  This time with David and Billy Crupper.  Good day for these guys on the San Juan worm and P&P midge.  Billy caught a nice 19 inch brown.

Billy - 7/27/14

Billy – 7/27/14

Gina had Paula and Chris out for the day.  Not a bad day for them either on the big ruby and the black copperhead midge.   Sunday, Stan had Steve and Woody out for the day.   It  was a big ruby day for these two guys.  Steve caught a nice 17-1/2″ rainbow that looked (in the below picture) that he was trying to get away.

Steve - 7/27/14

Steve – 7/27/14

Ed from Kansas and Bob from the Jefferson City area, were out with Dana.  CQ streamer, red San Juan worm and red midge were their patterns for the day.

Full day trips are still very “iffy” right now because of how they are turning on the generators and because there is so much algae in the water.  All four at once…dirty, dirty, dirty.  If they ramp them up one or two at a time, it is not so bad and you can usually get in a descent day.