Lots of Fly Fishing Going On!

May 23rd, 2016

Unfortunately, there are chances of rain almost every dy this week.  Sunny this morning, but chances of scattered showers this afternoon and into tonight.  Tomorrow looks like more of the same.  Wednesday has a 50% chance of scattered thunderstorms in the morning.  Thursday the best chances are later in the day.  Right now, Friday has the best chance for rain.  We will see what happens.  As you know, our weather forecast are maybe 50% right and 50% wrong!

No chance in the generation pattern.  30 mwh, which comes out to 2400- 3700 cubic feet per second as they never stay right with the 30.  It fluctuated up and down, so we get less and more during the day.  This keeps the tail water level somewhere in the 704 to maybe low 705 range.

Travous - 5/19/16

Travous – 5/19/16

Fairly new fly fishers on the water Thursday.  Travous and his wife, Karen took a one day fly fishing class.  We started with the normal classroom coverage of line, leaders, other equipment, bugs, etc.  After lunch it was to the water for the roll cast and regular cast.  Did let them fish for a short time so we could go through nymph and streamer work.  Fun day and they are well on their way to enjoying this great sport.

Saturday, Darrell had Bryan from Alabama on the water in the morning.  Bryan caught fish on the red San Juan worm and a small ruby midge.  Carolyn had a greatLea 052116 lady, Lea, out for the morning.  What a fun time.  This 88 year old lady could cast rings around many casters and what a delight to take fishing.  She caught fish on the chartreuse egg and the white grub.  Dale spent the day on the water with Jim.   This was his birthday gift from his wife, Cheryl.  Good birthday fishing day for Dale catching on the tiger tail, peach egg and the ruby midge.  Dale and Jim always have a fun day on the water.  Last, but not least, Stan took Vince from Arkansas out for the morning.  Caught several fish, but really did not hone on “the” fly.  Stan said it was a fish per fly day.  Good news, no wind and temperatures in the upper 70s.

Sunday was another busy day for trips.  Jim out with Paul and Jeff from Kansas.  This was Jeff’s first time,

Nick 5/22/16

Nick 5/22/16

so there was a bit of training going on.  They caught fish on the tiger tail, ruby midge and peach or yellow egg patterns.  Gina has out a couple young men from Kansas, Jordan and Nick.  Jordan took our fly fishing school in 2013

Jordan - 5/22/16

Jordan – 5/22/16

and they both fished with Gina in 2014.  Back for more.  They caught fish on the tiger tail, white grub and pink worm.   Darrell and Carolyn had a father and his three, grown sons on the water for the morning.  This was part of Dad’s retirement celebration.  Darrell had John and Andrew.  They were catching on the red San Juan worm.  Carolyn took Aaron and Adam.  Our best pattern most of the morning was the red San Juan worm under the big ruby.

Adam - 5/22/16

Adam – 5/22/16

Later, we started stripping the tiger tail with another streamer trailer.  For a while it was the tiger tail.  As the day got brighter, we tied on the holographic green crackleback as

Aaron - 5/22/16

Aaron – 5/22/16

the trailer, and they started hitting that.  Again, last but not least, Stan on the water with Rodney from Kansas.  They had a good day on the white grub, and things were back to normal….it was windy!

No Rain For A Few Days

May 19th, 2016

Looks like we are out of the rain pattern until Monday.  Very slight chance Sunday, but by early next week, we are getting a run of several days with a 60% chance of rain.  Beautiful today with temperatures in the low 70s and lots of sunshine.  That will be the trend through the weekend.

We continue to see a low to full one generator.  Today the projection is for nothing running for three hours beginning around 10:00 a.m.  That would be nice.  They they will turn back on a low one for the balance of the day.

Richard - 5/15/16

Richard – 5/15/16

Stan on the water with Richard from Maine, this past Sunday.  Richard had a wonderful day.  Re4d San Juan worm and white grub.   Gary, from Oklahoma, spent all day on the water with Darrell.  They also had

Gary - 5/15/16

Gary – 5/15/16

a wonderful day.  Their best patterns were the chartreuse egg, red San Juan worm and the holographic green crackleback.

Monday, Jim was doing a “stop the rain” dance.  He had Dan and Ryan out for the morning and it rained all morning.  However, the fish don’t mind a little water so the guys pulled fish stripping the bug eyed bugger and tiger rail.

Where Is Our Warm Weather?

May 15th, 2016

Temperatures in the 60s both yesterday and today.  60s tomorrow and Tuesday with rain chances both days.  I see some sunshine for Wednesday and Thursday, then chances for showers creep in Friday and low 70s.  Right now, the weekend is looking good….80s and sunny.

Still running a low something 24/7.  Today has been consistently the lowest we have seen.  Flows are in the low 2000 to upper 1000 range.  Monday’s projection  is more of the same; 30 mwh all day.

Stan on the water Friday with one of his long time regulars, Bob from Michigan.  Hew has been fishing with Stan since 2001.  Bob and his wife are working at moving to the Branson area some day.  They bought a house here last year and plan to make it a permanent one in the future.  They had a pretty good day on the white grub and chartreuse egg pattern.  Jim had one of his regulars out too.  David is from Oklahoma.  Good day for these guys on the tiger tail, bug eyed bugger and peach egg.

Newly weds Chris and Tiffany spent Saturday morning on the water with Stan.  What a way to get started!  Fun day for the newly weds and new to fly fishers.  It was a red San Juan worm and the chartreuse egg pattern.  Congratulations!  Carolyn had out another couple of new fly fishers….Tammi and Darrell, from Oklahoma.  What a fun day we had.  After we went through the basics of roll casting, line management and hook and play, we started fishing.  Tammi had

Tammi's 1st on fly rod - 5/14/16

Tammi’s 1st on fly rod – 5/14/16

Darrell down 4 to zip for a while, but Darrell started making a come back.  We drifted down to Lookout Island where we got out and worked on the regular cast.  After Darrell got the regular cast down, I put him on a sinking leader with the tiger tail and he finished up his day!

 

 

60s?

May 13th, 2016

Sunny sky and low 80s today.  But, a cold front is coming through and we will see mid 60s over the weekend and low 60s Monday….with a chance for rain by Monday.  70s and back into the 80s by next weekend with chances for rain scattered throughout the week.

Still running two units at the equivalent of one more or less.  Some time during the day, it will be less than one unit, but also some time during the day it will be more.  The past couple days they have cranked it up around 2:00 p.m. to a healthy two units or even a low three.  Today is supposed to just be a low one all day.  Don’t know yet what the weekend will bring.

Jim on the water Tuesday with Ken from Kansas.  No best pattern but what they caught was pretty much on the chartreuse egg pattern.

Wednesday, Jim took a family of three out for an instructional trip.  These guys were from Michigan so they hit it off right away.  Jim took them down to Lookout Island so they could all get into the water where it was easier for him to work with them on casting or other necessary skills to stick a fish.  Successful day as everyone was getting their flies into the water and catching some fish.  They caught some on the chartreuse egg pattern, ruby and, of course, he had them pulling streamers so they caught a few on the tiger tail.  Carolyn had Wanda out for the first time this year.  Not

Wanda - 20 incher - 5/11/16

Wanda – 20 incher – 5/11/16

a ton of fish, but one of the ones she brought to the boat she thought weighed a ton. It gave her a good 15 minute fight!  Best pattern was the chartreuse egg.

Thursday, Gina and Jim were on the water for a half day.  Pretty good day for them on

Jim - 5/12/16

Jim – 5/12/16

the peach or chartreuse egg with a root beer midge dropper.   Carolyn had Mike and Kathy from Arkansas out for most of the day.  Mike has been fishing Taneycomo and with us for several years.  Kathy is just getting

Kathy & Carolyn - 5/12/16

Kathy & Carolyn – 5/12/16

started and this was her second time with a fly rod.  We had a fun day on the chartreuse egg, white grub and, stripping the holographic green crackleback.

Mike - 5/12/16

Mike – 5/12/16

 

It’s Been A Little Tough1

May 8th, 2016

Great three days we have had this week.  However, it looks like we might get some rain, especially tomorrow….even severe.  Tuesday looks nice with slight chances for rain and temperatures in the upper 80s.  Wednesday shows increased for rain again with temperatures remaining in the 80s.  Thursday and Friday look dry and warm.  By the weekend and into early next week, 50/50 chances for rain again.

Non-stop generation for the past four days.  It has been fairly low during that time period with only one or two units running and when they have had two units going, it has always been less than a full two.  The projection for tomorrow is more of the same; less than a full unit all day until 2:00 p.m. when they will ramp up to two units for 3-4 hours.

With this low flow we have been having, we knew it was make for a great drift speed and probably some good fishing.  However, it has been tough.  Stan was on the water Friday with Chuck from the Sikeston area.  Half a day and they worked hard for their fish.  The best pattern was the white grub.

Saturday, Stan took Larry and Jackie from Virginia out for half a day.  Another tough day but they did catch fish….again on the white grub.  Jim’s guy, Henry, from Michigan spent the day on the water with the tiger tail, shad pattern and white grub.  Not a bang up days, but they brought several fish to the boat and had a good time.

Connie - 5/8/16

Connie – 5/8/16

Sunday was another day.   Carolyn took Connie and David, from Oklahoma out for half a day.  First 45 minutes to hour was totally nothing.  I’m drifting areas I haven’t drifted for a long while.  Tried several patterns with nothing.  What’s the brightest thing in the box?  Chartreuse egg pattern!  Yes, our water is still off colored.

David - 5/8/16

David – 5/8/16

Put one on David’s line and I think it was his first cast and we finally brought a fish to the boat.  After a minor disaster was taken care of (lost the anchor) Connie got a chartreuse egg and the catch was on.  Several of the fish were so fat we had a hard time getting our hands around them.  Good day on the water.  But as we were saying earlier in the day when nothing was happening, any days on the water is a good day….catching fish or not!

Holographic Green Crackleback

May 5th, 2016

Weather has been beautiful.  Upper 60s to mid 70s with sunny skies.  We are looking at more of the same through the weekend.  After today, we will see 80s through Sunday.  Unfortunately, Monday through Wednesday have rain chances each day.  Temperatures are still holding in the 80s, but it might be a weight 80s.

No generation in the a.m. both Tuesday and yesterday.  We do have a low one unit running today, but it probably is not enough to really mess up the fishing.  Hoping we will se no generation tomorrow and again this weekend.

Several of our customers have been coming in to restock on the holographic green crackleback.  Seems they are hitting that pattern really well, especially just drifting it in the film with an occasional strip.  Also working on the sink tip stripping it, but not as well as just in the film.

More of the same coming off the guide trips.  Absolutely awesome days.  Bob and his wife, Sandy, fished with Stan again this year.  They went out on Monday and definitely topped the very good time they had on their last trip.

Tuesday, Stan took Brooks and his son Brad out for almost a full day.  They started up the generators around 7:00 a.m. so we knew the water was trashed.  We suggested they wait for a little while, so the guys hung around the shop for a  couple hours after their scheduled 8:00 a.m. start and got to the water until 10:00 a.m.  Great plan.  The generators had turned off and the water was dropping.  Wonderful day for Brooks and Brad.  A tan filoplume and white grub were their best patterns.

Dana took Jeff out Wednesday morning for half a day.  Crackleback, tan filoplume and white grub were their patterns.  Another really outstanding trip.  It’s going to slow down some time, but in the meantime, we are certainly enjoying it.

If you see the schedule is for the water to be off, you better get out there and fish.  You will not be sorry.

 

What A Day!

May 1st, 2016

Beautiful day yesterday.  And, we are having another one again today!  Very slight chances for rain tomorrow morning.  Then, cloudy most of the day with temperatures in the mid 60s.  Tuesday the sun starts peeking out with temperatures in the upper 6os and by Wednesday through Saturday, it’s lots of sunshine and 70s to 80s are back.

As of May 1 power pool on Table Rock went to 916.0 feet.  So, we are currently just a little under power pool.  Unless we get a bunch of rain or it starts warming up somewhere to require power, we should continue to see some off time on the generators.

It has been fishing very good here over the past few weeks.  However, yesterday was exceptionally hot as far as fishing goes.  Jim had a couple guys from here in Missouri, Kevin and Steve, out for most of the day.  A bunch of fish, including a nice 20″ rainbow.  Most were on a shad pattern or the tiger tail.  Stan’s guys, Gary and Gerry, also had a bunch of fish day including a 17-1/2 incher.  Fun day for everyone and I bet everyone slept well last night as they were worn out!

Just a reminder – If you know of anyone who would like to get a good start with fly fishing, we are having a full day fly fishing clinic May 14.  We start from the beginning with equipment, then knots, a little about bugs and reading water.  After lunch, it’s off to the river to learn basic casting and line management.  Everyone will learn at least two different presentation methods – nymphing and streamers.  Check under http://www.riverrunoutfitters.com/fly-school/ for more information

 

Lots of New Fly Fishers!

April 30th, 2016

A little rainy yesterday, and it looks like we might get a little more tonight.  Tomorrow looks nice with lots of sunshine.  Monday through Friday might have a little cooler temperatures then we have been having, but still in the upper 60s.  Just slight chances for moisture.

Glad to say that we continue to see lots of no generation time during the day.  Today the projection is zero all day.  Tomorrow they might fire up less than a full unit around 9:00 p.m. for one hour.  Monday afternoon will see a few hours of generation, but the morning looks like zero.

Jim took John and Jaimi out for a full day of instructional fishing on Wednesday.  They had a fun day of learning and catching on the tiger tail and a filoplume.  Lynn and Bret, also from Oklahoma (John and Jaimi are from OK) spent a good part of the day on the water learning

Lynn - 4/27/16

Lynn – 4/27/16

with Carolyn.  We almost had to drag Lynn off the water!  Good, fun day for these two on the lightning bug, black copperhead midge, ruby 2 midge, tiger tail and filoplume.

Bret - 4/27/16

Bret – 4/27/16

We tried to work on everything!

Thursday, Jim took Johnathan out for a full day of learning.  He had just finished the Orvis school at Dogwood Canyon and wanted to reinforce everything with a day on the water.  Still working on his hook set, but he had a lot better grasp of presentation techniques  after the day on the water fly fishing.  It was a tiger tail and filoplume day for him.

Still Seeing Lots of Wading Time

April 26th, 2016

Temperatures in the 70s and 80sthrough next weekend.  Rain has been threatening all day but seems to be moving into late tonight or early tomorrow morning.  Thursday looks dry, but rain rears its head again Friday and Saturday.  Slight chances from Sunday through Friday.

Water off most of the day.  Yesterday and again today, they started it up around 1:00 and ramped up some more an hour later.  Tomorrow’s projection is for no generation until 4:00 p.m. or so.

Mike from Kansas out on the water again with Stan last Friday.  Great day for Mike on a shad pattern and the holographic green crackleback.  He really had fun with the crackleback.

Saturday, Jim had Alex our for half a day.  He had a really good day too.  Gina and Carolyn were off contaminating a great group of ladies with the art of fly fishing.  MAKO Fly Fishing Club out of Joplin organized women’s clinic that was held at the Walter Woods Conservation Area just west of Joplin.  Nice meeting facilities and a POND with fish in it!  We are about to see several more ladies throwing nice lines on the river.

Rick and Bill spent most of Monday on the river with Stan.  Very good day for these guys even though they messed with the water all day.  One unit on for a while then off, then on again, etc. etc.  Jim had Randy and Doug from Oklahoma out on the up and down water.  They did well mainly on the Tiger Tail.

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Jim – 4/26/16

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Becky’s 1st on fly rod – 4/26/16

Gina out today with Jim, aka Wednesday Jim.  Only did half a day today as the water was coming on at 2:00 and it really has been trashing up when they first start up the water.   It was the black copperhead zebra midge or tan filoplume.  George and Becky spent the morning on the water with Carolyn.  George is pretty new to fly fishing and Becky is brand new.  We went through the normal routine of roll cast, then pick up and lay down cast, and some line management.  It seemed to be starting out a little slow in the early part of the morning, but things definitely picked up later in the morning.  We caught fish on soft hackles and a tan filoplume.  George’s almost last fish of the day was a nice 19″ plus rainbow

George - 4/26/16

George – 4/26/16

 

Great Weekend Ahead!

April 25th, 2016

Forecast is for great weather this weekend.   Upper 70s Saturday and 80s for Sunday.  Looks like the rain may stay away until Tuesday late, but Wednesday is still showing possibility of showers..  However, temperatures will be in the 80s all next week.

Pattern so far is a couple units on in the early a.m. for 2-3 hours then off until late in the day.  Back on for a few hours and off the remainder of the night.

Robert - 4/20/16

Robert – 4/20/16

Wednesday, Stan took Robert, from Kansas City out for half a day.  Robert’s father and brother were fishing with another guide and he decided he wanted to go fishing too!  Very good day for Robert which included an 18 inch plus rainbow.

Jim and Stan took a group of guys from Iowa out for half a day.  Stan had Mike and Tom.  They had a super day on the white grub and shad patterns.  Jim’s guys are new to fly fishing, so after a bit of instruction, they had a great day on the tiger tail and shad patterns.

Malcolm - 4/21/16

Malcolm – 4/21/16

Darrell had one of his long time regulars, Malcolm, on the water all day.  Fantastic day for Malcolm as you can see from his nice 24″ rainbow.


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