Toto, I Think We’re Back in Kansas!

October 21st, 2016

Wow!  The wind the past two days has been brutal.  Felt like we were back in Kansas!  Today is cool (high will be in the low 60s) and sunny with VERY LITTLE WIND!  Saturday through Tuesday looks like mid 70s to low 80s with sunshine.  Light chances of rain Wednesday with increased chances by Wednesday.  Temps holding in the mid 70s.  Trees have turned a little more.  Need a few more cool nights.

No generation in the morning hours continues to be the norm.  Something coming on at 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. and staying on for 4-5 hours, then back off.  Today we will not see generation until 5:00 p.m.

Busy week.  Monday, Stan had Mike and his son, Steven out for half a day.  Pretty good day on the rusty midge.  it was pretty windy that day, but nothing like the past two days.  They had planned on a full day,

Mike - 10/17/16

Mike – 10/17/16

but when the generators came on at 1:00, it really dirtied up in a hurry.  So, it was a good half day.  Gina and Jim had a group of guys, Mike, Chuck and John out for half a day.  Good day for these guys too.  Mike was out with Gina and he caught on the Ruby 2 and P&P midges.  Chuck and John who were with Jim fished the P&P with a blood worm dropper.  Carolyn had Kathi and Bill out for half a day.  Pretty good day for them on the Hot Hare’s Ear, PYP and copper dun midges.

Everyone on the river again Tuesday.  Thomas from Minnesota spent the morning with Stan.  Slow morning for them.  Very slow bite but finally brought some fish to the net as the morning went on the olive midge.  Lynn and Bruce  were fishing with Jim.  Not going to repeat what he said about the fishing, but they too had a slow day.  No best fly as they did not have very many takes.  Gina had Kathi and Bill out again.  They didn’t get enough fishing on Monday.  Another pretty good day for them on the Ruby 2 and olive midges, and the olive JQ.  Knox and Gabrielle, from Illinois, were fishing with Carolyn.  It was Ruby 2 and copper dun midges most of the trip, then the holographic green crackleback when the water first came on.  Gabrielle really like this kind of fishing.

Wednesday….yes, Wednesday Jim fished with Gina.   Fast trip for Jim as he was on a time schedule, but

Jim - 10/19/16

Jim – 10/19/16

he caught fish and had fun….he always does on the ruby 2 midge.  Brad and Terry fished with Jim.  Pretty good day for them on the little ruby, P&P and blood worm dropper.  Fished best for them when the wind put a little chop on the water as the flow is sooooo slow.  Carolyn had Bob and his friend Mark on the water for the first day of their two half day fishing days.   First day was okay, but not as good as they did the second day.  Wednesday it was pretty much the Ruby 2 midge.  Gary and Bob were also on their first day of their two half day trips with Stan.  Fished pretty good for them on Wednesday on the P&P and olive midges.

Bob - 10/20/16

Bob – 102016

Thursday, fished very good for Bob and Mark.  Started out with a bang.  Mark brought a beautiful 18 inch rainbow to the net and we caught several other nice fish on the black copperhead midge in the a.m. then the Ruby 2 later in the morning up until they turned on the generators.   Tough day for Gary and Bob who were out with

Pam - 10/20/16

Pam – 10/20/16

Stan.  They could hardly find a bite and it was WINDY!.  Buddy and Pam fished with Jim.  They had a good day on the ruby midge with a blood worm dropper.

Trees Are Getting Some Color!

October 16th, 2016

Awesome October weather!  Sunshine and in the 80s yesterday.  Today and tomorrow will again be in the 80s with lots of sunshine.  80s through Wednesday when we also have a chance for showers.  Cool front so temperatures Thursday and Friday will be in the mid 60s then low 70s through the weekend and into Monday.  Sounds nice to me.

Continuing days of no generation in the morning and something coming on around 1:00-2:00 p.m. and staying on for 4-5 hours then off during the week.    This weekend, we had one unit on around 5:00 p.m. with the same scenario for today.  Back to the normal no generation until early afternoon, then on for several hours and back off is the schedule for Monday.  Sounds like more of the same this coming week.

Stan spent last Monday morning on the river with Jack and Mary Kay from Texas.  Fun day with those two on the P&P and olive

Richard - 10/10/16

Richard – 10/10/16

midges.  Greg and Terry from Alabama spent the whole day with Jim.  Good day using the blood worm dropper on either the P&P or Ruby midges.  Still having our best fishing further downstream below the Trophy Run area and down.  Carolyn had Richard and Barbara out again.  Good day for them on the P&P

Barbara - 10/11/16

Barbara – 10/11/16

and copper dun midges.

Tuesday, Jim took a couple of his long-time customers, Price and Marge out for half a day.  They always have fun and even caught fish….thanks to Marge!  P&P with the blood worm dropper or stripping a size 10 bug-eyed bugger.  Carolyn had a couple guys she once worked with at Bayer many moons ago, John and Dave.

John - 10/11/16

John – 10/11/16

Had a slow start, but finished with a bang!  Nothing real big, but several in the 15 inch range.  We started out in the morning with the rusty midge, changed to the P&P, and finished up on the

Dave - 10/11/16

Dave – 10/11/16


Ruby 2.   Stan had Gil and his friend Randy out.  They caught fish on the copper dun and P&P.

Wednesday Jim had a good day with Gina this past Wednesday.  Ruby 2, egg pattern and rusty midge.  Another one of those days where fishing got better the further down stream you went.


Kirsten’s 1st on fly rod – 10/14/15

Another anniversary couple celebrated on the river together.  Derek and Kirsten spent half a day learning a little more about fly fishing with Carolyn.  They are good friends of another couple Carolyn took out in September who were celebrating their fifth (I think) anniversary.  Copper dun midge was the ticket early in the day.  Derek picked a few on the Tiger Tail, but the hot hare’s ear

Derek - 10/14/16

Derek – 10/14/16

nymph was the winning ticket that day.  Stan had Larry on the water.  He is a Judge in Johnson County so they had a lot to talk about with Stan having been a Sheriff’s Officer out of the Johnson County court house.  Good day for Larry on the copper dun midge.  Another slow start, but certainly picked up later in the morning g.  Jim had a couple from Canada out, John and Phyllis.  Best pattern was the baby ruby.

Andi-s 1st on fly rod - 10/15/16

Andi’s 1st on fly rod – 10/15/16

Hopefully, another woman fly fisher in the making.  Don and Andi spent Saturday morning on the water with Carolyn.  Don has been fishing for a few years, but this was Andi’s first experience.  Carolyn worked with her on the roll cast, regular cast, and some line management work.  Glad to say, she is took the normal route.  Casting was looking good, but after hooking the first fish, it all disappeared for a while.  Best day we have had for a while just below the boat ramp.  We started our trip a

Don - 10/15/16

Don – 10/15/16

little later in the morning and started hitting fish shortly after we got in the water on the P&P midge.  Don tried several other patterns, but always came back to the P&P.  Jim had Chris and Jeff out for an instructional trip and they did a good job.  Good day on the blood worm dropper under the P&P.  Stan’s couple, John and Teresa from Kansas, are fairly new fly fishers.  They did well on the copper dun and P&P.  It is really nice right now and should even get better, standing in the water looking at the trees along the river.  They are starting to show signs of coloring up.  Better get out and fish!


Feast or Famine!

October 9th, 2016

Beautiful weather!  Crisp mornings in the 40s with highs during the day of mid 70s.  Looks like more of the same for the next few days.  Chances of rain for Wednesday but still nice temperatures.

No significant change in generation pattern.  Off during the morning, then something on in the afternoon for a few hours during the week.  Over the weekend, it has just been a unit late in the afternoon for an hour.

Fishing continues to be slow, but every once in a while we have a good day in there.  Just the difference in the dissolved oxygen levels or where we find the fish.

A week ago this past Saturday….yes, I know I’m behind again!….Stan and Carolyn took a group from Kansas out for half a day.  Stan had Bob and his grandson Seth.  Carolyn had Bill and his father-in-law, Corky.  Great half day for these guys on the P&P, copper dun and olive midge

Next day, Sunday, not quite as good, but a really good day for right now,  Stan had John and Dawn out for half a day.  It was the olive or P&P midges.

Tom and his brother John fished with Carolyn on Monday.  They worked hard and caught several fish, mainly as we got further downstream, on the P&P and olive midges.

Eve - 10/4/16

Eve – 10/4/16

Eve spent two days with Carolyn last year about this time and she came back for more on Tuesday and Wednesday.  The first day was pretty good, but the second day they turned the water on early and everything trashed up.  Fun couple of days on the P&P, copper dun and ruby 2 midges.  Jim had Jim and Steve from Clinton on the water all day.  Pretty good day on a micro scud dropped under the P&P midge.

Stan out Wednesday with Noel from here in Branson.  This was his first time with a fly rod.  Tough day for them, but he did land a few on the copper dun  and P&P midges.  Roger and Teddy from Florida spent the morning with Jim.  Jim’s feelings were “very slow”, and it was.  Caught a few on a gray scud, the baby ruby and P&P midge.

Thursday, Joshua from Oklahoma fished half a day with Gina.  Josh is fairly new to the sport,

Joshua - 10/6/16

Joshua – 10/6/16

so Gina spent some time working with him on casting and other necessary skills.  He had a fun day and caught fish on the UQ streamer and ruby 2 midge.  Cheryl and Jamie, who are best friends, have fished with River Run a few times over the past years but not together.  It was time for both of them to get on the river together and they spent half a day with Carolyn.  Not a lot

Cheryl - 10/6/16

Cheryl – 10/6/16

of fish, but a fun day on the P&P and copper dun midges.   Cheryl pulled in her best fish yet; a nice 17 inch rainbow.  John and Jamie spent half a day with Jim.  Slow day for them but they had fun and worked on skills.  Stan had Ken from Colorado out all day.  They caught most of their fish on the P&P midge.

Friday, the guys had a group of orthodontist out for half a day.  Jim had Joe and Hardy.  Dana was with Mark and Al.  And, Stan had Monte and Tom.  Everyone caught fish.  Jim was on the ruby and blood worm dropper.  Dana fished the ruby 2, white grub and an orange egg pattern.  Stan was fishing the copper dun and P&P midges.

Dave and Chris from Kansas spent half a day with Dana Saturday.  A size 22 P&P, the orange egg pattern and the ruby 2 were their patterns for the day.  Nothing very large, but they did bring in some fish.

So, we have had some pretty good days, especially for this time of the year when the DO is low, and some pretty tough days.  Have to remember….it’s fishing…..not catching!








Good Days On The River!

October 2nd, 2016

Still enjoying his picture-perfect weather.  Nice crisp mornings with temperatures during the day in the upper 70s, light (most of the time) wind, and mostly sunny skies.  Looks like more of the same for a couple more days, then chances for rain creep in on Wednesday.  By next weekend, we’re back to the 70s and sunshine again.

No major change in the generation pattern.  Off almost all day then on for one to three hours in the afternoon.  Sometimes that kick water in the afternoon can get the fish happier for a while.

Doug with 1st on fly rod - 9/29/16

Doug with 1st on fly rod – 9/29/16

Last Sunday, James Albert took Isaac and Doug from Mississippi out for the morning.  This was Doug’s first time with a fly rod.  Good day for these guys on a size 18 or 20 tan scud under a size 14 sow bug.

Isaac - 9/29/16

Isaac – 9/29/16

Isaac brought in a nice 18 inch rainbow.

Jeff with 1st fish on fly rod - 9/26/16

Jeff with 1st fish on fly rod – 9/26/16

Jeff and his brother Dan from Illinois fished with Stan on Monday.  They wanted to learn a little more about fly fishing, where, how and what to fish.  ots of fish on the copper dun & P&P midges, including a nice 17 incher caught by Dan.

Gina took Bill out on Tuesday.  His wife, Anne rode went along for the ride and to enjoy the river.  They got a little kick water and the fish went happy, happy.

Bill - 9/27/16

Bill – 9/27/16

Really good day for Bill on the copper dun midge.  Carolyn had Carl and his friend Brian out for half a day.  Carl’s first time fly fishing was in August with Carolyn, and this was Brian’s first time with a fly rod.  Good, fun day for these

Brian - 9/27/16

Brian – 9/27/16

guys on the copper dun, P&P and Ruby 2 midges.  A bit tough start, but we finally found some fish.


Virginia 9/29/16

Thursday was Happy Birthday to Virginia.  She spent half a day on the water with Gina.  What a wonderful birthday.  This beautiful 17-1/2 inch rainbow just had to top off the day for her! Stan had Bob from Kansas out all day Thursday.  Bob had fished with us before and he came back!  Good day for Bob on the Ruby 2 and P&P midges.  Carolyn  started the first day of the two-

Bob - 9/29/16

Bob – 9/29/16

day fly fishing school with Phillip and his wife Laura.  This was to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.  Looking for something neat to do together.  Classroom work in the morning, then casting pond in the afternoon.

Laura & Phillip - 9/30/16

Laura & Phillip – 9/30/16

Friday it was to the river for Laura and Phillip.  They rigged up their gear (no guide help here) and caught fish nymph-style on the P&P, copper dun and Ruby 2 midges.  We went through the dry fly presentation and a little on emerger presentation.  The finale of catching for the day was stripping the crackleback on a sinking leader.  I think they have found something neat to do together.  Happy Anniversary guys and many, many more!



Gorgeous Days On The Water!

September 28th, 2016

What a beautiful day!  Maybe upper 70s, lots of sunshine and just enough wind to keep you comfortable and keep a little chop on the water.  We are basically looking at several more days of weather like this.  Maybe a little warmer, in the low 80s, and no rain chances until the middle of next week.

No big chance in generation pattern.  Off all morning then on maybe by noon or sometime after noon for a couple hours then back off again.

We have to remind ourselves what time of the year it is.  Fishing right now is pretty much normal for this time of the year.  Good days, tough days.  Dissolved oxygen better on some days than others, and some places on the river are a little more favorable than others for holding fish.  Now is the time we really have to fish a little and not catch all the time like we do in the Spring.  Yes, we will see and catch some nice fish this Fall during the spawn.

Ketchup time again!  Dana on the water a week ago this past Sunday with Ed and Kate from Illinois.  The morning was slow.  By late morning the bite started picking up and they caught fish on the copper dun, rusty midge and black copperhead midges.  Also caught some stripping the JQ streamer.

George - 9/21/16

George – 9/21/16

George had to get a fishing fix Wednesday so she spent a few hours on the water with Stan.  She was a happy lady when she came off the water.

Thursday,   Carolyn took Susan and Joel from Connecticut out for a half day instructional trip.  They wanted to learn as much as they could in that time about fly fishing.  From leaders to tippet sizes to fly line configuration and weights to rod lengths.  We covered a lot of ground and they also got a pretty good handle on the roll cast as well as the pick up and lay down cast.  The icing on the cake were some fish they caught on the ruby 2 midge.  I think they are hooked!

Friday we had three boats on the river.  Gina had Max from Oklahoma out for the morning.  He is still in the learning mode and she worked with him on casting, mending and other good tips of the trade.  Fished the ruby 2 and scud.  Clayton

Mark - 9/23/16

Mark – 9/23/16

and Mark were out with Stan.   Their pattern was the size 18 copper dun midge.

Saturday, Gina and Carolyn spent the day in Iola, Kansas.  We did the fly casting portion of their Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW) program.  What a neat organization and great opportunity for these ladies to learn everything from handling guns to archery, setting up a duck blind and decoys and, of course, fly fishing.    We left all the guys here to run trips.  Stan took Tom from Nebraska out.  They caught fish on the copper dun, then the P&P midge, including a nice 17 inch rainbow.  Ed and Rick spent the morning with Dana.  Pretty good day on a size 22 P&P, the copper dun and stripping the golden variant sculpin and a brown JQ.

Keeping remembering to make certain your fish are ready for release.  Low DO will take its toll!!

Lots of No Generation Days!

September 18th, 2016

Beautiful day today.  Low 80s for a high, no rain and the sun is coming out.  A little overcast most of this morning.  Rain chances look pretty low until next Saturday and we know how much stock to put in that at this time.  Temperatures mostly in the upper 80s to low 90s.

No generation the past five day in the morning.  Maybe a unit or two on late in the day for 1 to 3 hours.  Today, however, we have a low 1 unit running most of the day.  It is scheduled to be off again tomorrow until about noon or 1:00 then 2-3 units will come on for a while.  Who would think they would run on Sunday???

Lots of trips out the past week so I am trying to get caught up.  Stan on the water last Monday with a couple from Switzerland.  Juan and Dena

Dena - 9/12/16

Dena – 9/12/16

work in Geneva Switzerland.  Juan is on the police force there so he and Stan had a lot to talk about.  Dena is a security officer at the airport.  This was Dena’s first fly fishing experience.  She did very well and really liked it.

Juan - 9/12/16

Juan – 9/12/16

What a way to get started as she landed a beautiful 18-1/2″ brown on a copper dun midge.

Tuesday, Stan took James and Betty our for half a day.  The water was off and fishing was very slow.  They did bring in a few fish on the copper dun.

Merle and Mike from Iowa, spent Wednesday morning on the water with Stan.  Definitely fished better than the day before.  It was still a copper dun day.  Wednesday Jim was out with Gina and they fished the copper dun as well as the P&P and a blood worm.  Slow morning start but things eventually picked up as they went further down stream.

Thursday, Carolyn had Dan and Roxanne on the water.  They both took the two-day fly fishing school in March.  Got rained out on the

Roxanne - 9/15/16

Roxanne – 9/15/16

fishing day so they came back in July to finish up.  We had to deal with 2-3 units going then, but they caught fish and worked on technique.  Glad they came back as it was a good day for them.  They  both caught fish and Dan caught a nice 21″ rainbow.  It was a copper

Dan & 21" Rainbow - 9/15/16

Dan & 21″ Rainbow – 9/15/16

dun and ruby 2 day.  Colby and Cory from Kansas were on the water with Jim.  They were experiencing soft takes making hook up hard.  Caught a few fish on the copper dun with a blood worm dropper.

Friday, Dan from Arizona fished with Jim.  They had a fun day, but really could not come up with a best pattern.  Stan took Glen and Alan out for what was to have been a full day which they turned into a half day when the generators came on…..early!  Pretty good day on the copper dun midge.  Carolyn had Bob and Edward out for most of the day.  We picked a few fish early on the copper dun and ruby 2 midges but decided to stay with it when the water came on.  Stripping the holographic green crackleback trailing the Tiger Tail was the ticket.  Pretty good action for a while until the water was too high and the fishing went south.  Picked a few more drifting in on the hot hare’s ear.

Saturday, Edward and Bob fished with Stan.  They had a pretty good

Scheryl - 9/17/16

Scheryl – 9/17/16

day on the copper dun and ruby 2 midges.  Scheryl and Matt were fishing with Carolyn.  Even though Matt felt he was picked on by us two gals, we let him catch a nice 19-1/2″ rainbow.

Matt - 9/17/16

Matt – 9/17/16

Matt caught most of his fish on the ruby 2 and Scheryl caught most of her fish on the copper dun.

Overall, fishing is pretty darn good.  Over the past few weeks, we have had to look for the fish.  They have not been where we expected to find them.  Not a lot of fish hanging in their normal haunts.  But, with moving around, we can find them here and there and pull off some good and definitely fun days.  It is that time of the year when the dissolved oxygen (DO) level is dropping and the fish are thinking about spawning.  Thus, the numbers of fish caught on a given day are definitely less than in the Spring when the (DO) is very good making for happy fish.  With this in mind, let’s remember to take some additional time to make certain the fish are well oxygenated when we release them.

Beautiful Weekend!

September 11th, 2016

We had some rain come through Friday night, but by Saturday morning it was gone.  What a beautiful day followed by another one today.  Today we expect the low 80s, then upper 80s for tomorrow; low 90s Tuesday and back to upper 80s Wednesday.  Chances for rain on Thursday after which the temperatures will see low 80s or upper 70s.  Nice!

We have actually see no generation the past four days!!!  Thursday and Friday they kept the water off until noon or 1:00 p.m.  Both Saturday and today the water is off almost all day.  Yesterday they ran one unit for an hour at 2:00 p.m. and today it will be off except for an hour later this afternoon.

Jim out last Wednesday when they still had a low one unit running in the morning.  He took Cam and Diana from Utah out for half a day.  Pretty good day for these guys on the gray scud, size 14 P&P and stripping the Tiger Tail.  Wednesday Jim spent the morning on the water with Gina.  After a little slow start in the early part of the day, they started picking up fish on the copper dun and ruby 2.  Interesting day as they caught most of their fish in places they rarely fish or catch fish.  Guess the fish are trying to keep us on our toes!

No generation Saturday and Stan had Corey and Scott out all day.  A little slow first thing, but then they started catching on the copper dun midge and finished up stripping the holographic green crackleback.

McKenzie & Justin - 9/10/16

McKenzie & Justin – 9/10/16

Carolyn had a couple from Oklahoma on the water.  This was their five year anniversary.  What a great way to celebrate….standing in the water fly fishing together!  Congratulations!  And, they had a very good day on the water.

McKenzie - 9/10/16

McKenzie – 9/10/16

McKenzie has been fly fishing once or twice, but has not been in the water.  This was her first experience with wade fishing.  She definitely managed to avoid the tripping rocks, got comfortable with the process and caught a good number of rainbows on the copper dun midge and eventually moved on to stripping the holographic green crackleback trailing the Tiger Tail.  I think we even caught a couple on the Tiger Tail.  Of course, Justin was having a good day too on the copper dun midge and stripping the Tiger Tail.  I think Justin

Justin - 9/10/16

Justin – 9/10/16

even caught a few on the Ruby 2 midge.

Spoke with several fishers yesterday and it sounds like it was a good day to be on the water.  Up near the Hatchery one fishers was catching on the shammy worm, or the miracle scud.  Another fisher further down above the boat ramp was catching on the rusty midge.  Today, the crackleback was not working as well below the boat ramp but the copper dun was still a hot fly.


Ready For This Heat Wave To End!

September 8th, 2016

The past few days have been hot…in the upper 90s with humidity to match.  Looks like relief is in sight with upper 70s by Saturday .  60% chance of rain tomorrow.  Mid to low 80s are in the forecast through the end of next week.  Chances of showers popping back up by mid next week .

Low generation in the morning continues.  Increasing up to three or four units by 1:00 or 2:00 p.m.  More of the same today.  Seems like we are in a rut!

Lots of trips over the holiday period.  Stan on the water last Thursday with John from Florida.  John has fished all over the world and, of course, fishes for tarpon.  Good day stripping the tiger tail and nymphing the black copperhead midge under the big ruby.

Friday, Stan Ed and his friend Paula out for half a day.  Ed had fished with Stan before, but this was Paula’s first time with a fly rod and she did a good job.  They caught fish on the Ruby 2 early on the trip then the P&P as the sun got higher in the sky.

A couple of Jim’s regulars, Scotty and Rizzo, spent both  Saturday and Sunday mornings with him.  Seemed like a “soft take” day as there were lots of missed and lost fish.  Don’t get me wrong, they did bring in fish on the P&P with a blood worm dropper, a P&P with the Miracle Scud dropper, or stripping the Tiger Tail.  Dana had David and Robin

Megan - 9/6/16

Megan – 9/6/16

out both mornings too.  Tough day Saturday but they brought in some fish Sunday on the Ruby 2 midge.  Carolyn had a new to fly fishing couple, Megan and Shawn, from Texas on the water Sunday.  Good start for these two.  One of Megan’s first fish on a fly rod was a 17 inch brown which she caught on the Hot Hare’s Ear dropped under the

Shawn - 9/6/16

Shawn – 9/6/16

Big Ruby.  They also caught several stripping the Tiger Tail.

Monday, JT and his son, Caleb spent the morning with Jim.  New fly fishing, so it had a lot of instruction going on.  They had a good, fun day on the gray scud, P&P and Ruby midges, and the Tiger Tail.   Carolyn had another father/son combo, Jonathan and Camden.  Good day for these two.

Camden - 9516

Camden – 9516

Our best pattern, almost all morning was the copper dun under the big ruby.  Water came on and it got dingy, so we changed to the white grub on the float out and caught a few more fish.  Camden’s best and first to the boat was a nice 17 inch rainbow.  Ron and Parker were on the river with Stan.  Good day for them on the P&P, Hot Hare’s Ear, and stripping the Tiger Tail.

Jonathan - 9/5/16

Jonathan – 9/5/16

Stan took Jim, from Wisconsin out on Tuesday.  Jim had fished with Stan a few time off and on since we opened the shop in 1999.  Jim’s best flies were the Copper Dun and P&P under the peach egg pattern.  Ramona and Bryan, from the St. Louis area were on the water with Carolyn.  Bryan has fished Taneycomo with Carolyn several times over the past few years, and wanted to introduce

Ramona - 9/6/16

Ramona – 9/6/16

Ramona, who is a fairly new fly fisher, to the fishery.  Bryan has been working with Ramona on her fishing and has done a great job.   Good day for Ramona.  Of course, she had the front of the boat.  Best pattern for the entire trip was the Copper Dun under the Big Ruby.  Yes, we let Bryan catch some fish too!



Picture Perfect Holiday Weekend Weather!

September 1st, 2016

Can’t get much better as far as this weekend’s weather forecast.  Temperatures in the upper 80s through Sunday, and low 90s for Monday.  By Tuesday, however, chances for rain pop up again….but through Labor Day looks great!

Low generation in the mornings continues with a bump up to usually the equivalent of three units by noon or 1:00 p.m.  Anxious to see if there will be any change for the long weekend.  Could we wish for no generation one or two of the days?

Stan had Andy from New Jersey on the water this past Thursday and Friday.  Tough two days.  They had a few hits and caught a few fish but it was work!  One of those “no best fly” days.

Sunday, Jim took Anita and Mike out for the morning.  They had a pretty good day stripping the JQ and Tiger Tail streamers or drifting a P&P with a scud dropper.  Stan had Randy out and they fished the red midge and a couple different soft hackles.

Ken wanted to prepare for red fish trip he is taking later this month, so he and Stan hit the water Tuesday and worked on the strip set, casting by the clock and accuracy.  Fun day and they caught fish on the big ruby with the red tunghead midge…in between practicing.

Wednesday Jim was out with Gina yesterday.  Tough morning, but when the water came on, they found a nice seam and started stripping lots of stuff…..tiger tail, filoplume, soft hackle.  Fun day.

Nice, Overcast Day!

August 26th, 2016

Enjoying these slightly cooler days.  Upper 80s with a few low 90s forecast for the coming week into next weekend.  Of course, we have chances for showers scattered throughout this period.  Most of the time they have gone around us…..but all it take is one.

Generation flow continues with the equivalent of one unit (using two) in the morning, then ramping up to usually the equivalent of three.  We understand most of the powers is coming through Table Rock as they cannot release much, if any from Bull Shoals as the level in Newport it too high.  Complicated system to say the least.

Jim on the water this past Sunday with Mike and Tracy.  Fairly new fly fishers, so he worked with them on all the techniques and even let them catch some fish on the Miracle Scud and the P&P midge.  Stan had Mac and his friend Bob out for half a day.  They had a good day on the Ruby 2 and the P&P midges.

Richard from Oklahoma, called and said he had to just get on the water, so Stan took him out Monday afternoon.  With the generators coming on at noon, we knew it would be a tough afternoon, but he caught fish got his fix!  Ruby 2 was the pattern.

Jim - 8/25/16

Jim – 8/25/16

Gina out with Wednesday Jim.  first fish to the boat was an 18 inch rainbow.  Ruby 2 under an egg pattern.  Carolyn had Chad and his father, Roy out for the morning.  Chad worked in the Branson area for a few years and discovered fly fishing on Taneycomo in 2007.  He was hooked and continues to fish in his home state of Tennessee.  It was a nice father/son day and we all

Chad & Roy - 8/24/16

Chad & Roy – 8/24/16

had fun.  It was also Roy’s day to out fish his Chad.  Guess Chad usually takes the lead.  One of Roy’s first fish to the boat was a nice 18 inch rainbow.  Yep!  Ruby 2 under an egg pattern.  Most of our fish this trip were caught in the lower part of the upper area.

Roy - 8/24/16

Roy – 8/24/16


Thursday, Jim took Billy from Arkansas out for half a day.  His wife Julia went along for the rode and to enjoy the out doors and river.  Fortunately it was a nice day.  Fishing was tough.  Billy is pretty new to fly fishing so Jim worked with him on skills.  They did catch a few fish on the Miracle scud and the P&P midge.