Cold Weather Sneaking In!

October 29th, 2014

We have had several days this past weekend and week of nice weather.  Today is beautiful and I think tomorrow is projected to be in the 70s, so once last nice day before we start cooling down.  Friday and Saturday looks like 50s , but moving into the 60s by Sunday through the rest of the week.  Really, just more seasonal weather.  We’ve been luck this Fall.

Generation off the past two days.  Ran non-stop the the previous four days.  Tomorrow’s projection has not yet been posted.  Let’s hope for very low or no generation.

Pete and Bella - 10/24/14

Pete and Bella – 10/24/14

What a fun day I had last Friday.  Pete and Ellen took our two-day fly fishing school in 2007.  They both fell in love with fly fishing and have been fly fishing ever since then.  No surprise there!  They recently decided that they wanted their grand daughter, Bella, to get an introduction to fly fishing, so they spent the day on the water with me last Friday.   What a neat young lady!  Before the day was over, she was casting, mending and getting a great drift (even with 2-3 units running), recognizing a strike, setting the hook and playing the fish like she had been doing it all her life.  I really think Pete and Ellen have a new fly fishing buddy to take along on their trips.   Gina had a fun day with a couple of her regulars, Marlene and

Marlene - 10/24/14

Marlene – 10/24/14

her brother Craig.  They fished the JQ streamer, San Juan tan worm and a pink micro San Juan.

Mike and Jan didn’t get enough of Carolyn on Thursday (really, Jan didn’t catch enough fish!), so they went out for half a day more on Saturday.  Water running that morning, so we fished the UV gray scud with a black copperhead midge dropper.  Hooked a few below Lookout Island on the holographic green crackleback, but probably did best with the black size 16 midge on the high bank drifting out.  Darrell had Pat from Oklahoma on the water for about 2-1/2 hours.  Pat had a wedding or meeting to go to at 10:00 a.m. but had to go fishing!  Doug and Laura were on the river with Dana.  They caught a few on the cerise San Juan worm.

Monday, Bob fished with Stan all day.  One of those tough days.  Good quality fish, but they worked hard for them.  Big ruby and the P&P were their patterns for the day.

Stan - 10/28/14

Stan – 10/28/14

Stan and Sally from Georgia took a half day trip with Carolyn on Tuesday.  Once we could find some moving water, we caught fish on the root beer midge or some form of it (holographic red body with black wire spiraled around the body and a copper tunghead).  Slowed down where we were, so rowed upstream to below the root wad and tied on a P&P.  Back to catching again.  Stan caught a nice 18 inch rainbow up there, and they both had a good number of hook ups using this.

I have been seeing some pictures of really nice rainbows and browns being caught up in the Hatchery area.  One picture of a beautiful brown caught this morning.  I believe he said it was 16 pounds.



Fun Days On The River

October 26th, 2014

Some nice weather the past few days.  Looks like more tomorrow and into the coming week.  80s tomorrow, then 70s for a few days with 60s over the weekend. 

Pretty solid generation the past three days.  Projection for tomorrow is more of the same.  We’ll just have to wait and see what the week brings.  Goods news for today was that they kept it at a level that was wadeable in some areas. 

Colin - 10/19/14

Colin – 10/19/14

Scott and his son, Colin, spent last Sunday morning on the river with Carolyn.  We worked hard for a respectable day.  Colin is a fairly new fly fisher, but he throws a nice line and is well on his way to becoming a good fly fisher.  Best patterns were the tiger tail and the black copperhead midge.     

 Monday, Stan took Jim, from Virginia, out for the day.  One unit on almost all day and it was a good day for them.  Best patterns were the P&P, big ruby, and peach egg.  Darrell’s guys, Mike and Nick also had a good day Monday.  The ruby midge was their ticket for the day.  

Sharon - 10/21/14
Sharon – 10/21/14

 On Tuesday, Sharon from Kansas scratched one more thing off her “bucket list”.  She had wanted to learn how to fly fish, so she spent the morning on the water with Carolyn learning the roll cast, regular cast, knots and even catching a few fish!  Fun day with best patterns being the copperhead black midge, the holographic green crackleback and an egg pattern.  Think she likes it!

Stan had Chris from Illinois out Wednesday.  Good day for these guys on the P&P and copper dun midges. 

Doug and James fished with Stan all day Thursday.  Good day for these guys too on the P&P and black copperhead midges. 

Friday was a little tougher day.  Heard from some of the fishers out that day that it was very good early….before 8:30 a.m., but went south after that.  Of course, about the time Carolyn hit the water with Mike and Jan.  We pulled off a respectable day, but can’t say any one pattern was best.  Started out great…I thought.  Mike picked two fish right off the bat with the tiger tail.  After that, no more hits for him but Jan started catching on the black copperhead midge.  After that, I think we threw the whole fly box at them!  Gina has Mike from Iowa out for the morning and I think they tried a little of everything.  Their best patterns were a rock green soft hackle, #18 grey scud and the black copperhead midge.

Looking A Lot Like Fall Out There!

October 22nd, 2014

Last weekend was just down right miserable.  Fortunately, we have since has some nice, warm, sunny days.  Today is no exception.  Sun is shining and we are expecting upper 60s.  Tomorrow through Wednesday, looks pretty much with temperatures in the low to mid 70s.

What can I say about the generation schedule?  Off most of the week during the day, then running all day yesterday, today and I think, tomorrow!!!  So much for the weekend fishers.  However, it was as a level yesterday, and is projected to be at that same level today, for waders to get out in various places and throw a line.

Last Saturday was one of those miserable day.  But, we had a few “die hards”

Andrea - 120/11/14

Andrea – 120/11/14

who braved the cold, windy, wet, 52 degree day.   Bobbie and Andrea were out with Gina.  this was Andrea’s first trout on a fly.  Unfortunately, it was too bitter for them, so they came off early….to be continued….on a better day.  Stan had Gary and Dennis out all day.  These crazy guys made it through the day and had a good day on the red midge and L’il Ruby.

Sunday was definitely a better weather day, and Stan took first Kris and Lisa out for the morning.  Lisa drew the right cards, so in the afternoon, it was Lisa and Steve.  Good day for these guys and definitely a good, informative day for all.  They caught fish mainly on the P&P midge almost all day.

Much better day last Tuesday, other than the wind!,  when Stan took Chuck out all day.  Good catching day, on the P&P and black zebra midges.  No generation all day!

Brad - 10/15/14

Brad – 10/15/14

Very good day for Brad from Kentucky on Wednesday.  he spent the day on the water with Gina, catching and learning.  Best patterns were the black copperhead midge, JQ streamer and grey scud.

Thursday, Darrell took Tom, from Kansas out for half a day.  Not a bad day for Tom on the P&P and black copperhead midges.


Patrick – 10/18/14

Got to keep Darrell out of trouble so we put him back on the water Saturday with Patrick.  Good day for Patrick on the ruby and black copperhead midges.  Mike, from Oklahoma had not fished for a

Mike - 10/18/14

Mike – 10/18/14

while, so he spent the morning with Stan.  Good day for Mike on the black copperhead and P&P midges.  Dana had a full day with Rusty and Mike.  They caught fish on the JQ streamer, size 12 gray scud and both the holographic green and pumpkin cracklebacks.

Rusty - 10/18/14

Rusty – 10/18/14


I Think It’s Fall!

October 12th, 2014

It was definitely a “nippy” day yesterday.  Temperatures in the 50s and drizzle almost all day.  Shiver!.  Might hit 63-64 today, but it has been overcast most of the day.  Forecast for tomorrow is more rain.  We got dumped on Friday and, like I said, drizzle or something almost all day yesterday.  Looks like 100% chances of rain tomorrow, 50% the next day and cool.  These rest of the week is clear with temperatures moving back into the 70s into the weekend.  Next weekend is looking promising

So far, Table Rock not not come up a full foot yet with all the rain we have had.  Still some runoff, so we might make it.  No problem, as we were 7 inches under power pool for this time of the year.  Generation pretty much off the past two days.  One for one hour at noon yesterday and scheduled to come on for an hours this evening.  Schedule says we will see the same pattern for Monday.

Stan on the water last Tuesday with Jack and Mary Kay.  Tough day.  The good

Wayne - 10/7/14

Wayne – 10/7/14

news was that it was a beautiful day, so they all enjoyed the day.  Keith and Wayne  from Illinois, spent the morning with Carolyn.   Caught several fish right off stripping the holographic green crackleback and tiger tail on the 2.6 ips sinking leader.  After catching several fish, we decided to go look for some larger ones.  Pulled some more on the mini sculpin various other patterns, but nothing really big.  Most of the fish we caught, however, were good quality fish, in the 15-17 inch range.  Last nice fish of the day was on the pumpkin crackleback stripping subsurface in shallow water.

Back on the water for Stan Wednesday.  Much better day for Gene from Kansas,

Carolyn - 10/8/14

Carolyn – 10/8/14

mainly on the white grub.  Carolyn and Leon were out with Carolyn.  Carolyn had a good day on the pumpkin crackleback, holographic green crackleback, tiger tail and big ugly.  Carolyn had her “first”….pulling a couple nice fish on a dry…. the big ugly.  Dana took David and his son, Zac out for half a day.  Good days for these guys on the red San Juan worm, pumpkin crackleback and big ugly.  Jim was down stream from all of us with Marg and Price.  they had a good day on the JQ streamer and white grub.

Dale got to use the gift certificate his wife bought him for a full day float with Jim on Thursday.  They had a good day on the JQ, holographic green crackleback and white “thing” grub.  Jim commented that the fish were “picky” at low water and I think we can all agree with this.  Stan had Bob and Waldo from Texas out.  They had a good day on the white grub in the early part of the morning and the P&P later that morning.

Way Behind!

October 9th, 2014

Looks like we are in for some rain.  Projection for tomorrow is 100%.  Sounds pretty positive to me!  Chances again on Saturday with temperatures in the upper 50s or low 60s.  A brief reprieve on Sunday with low 70s and only a 20% change of rain.  Monday back into the 60s and 80% chance.  After Monday, it back to sunshine and 70s.

Generation seems to be tapering off a little.    Steady low flow this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday.   Monday went back to off in the morning and early afternoon then one or two units for just a few hours.  Tuesday, it came on around 3:00 p.m. and they moved some water, but we saw lower flow in the afternoon yesterday and, again, for just about four hours.  Today we are supposed to have some type of generation for seven hours later today.

Am I behind?!?!?  We finished up the Orvis 301 Clinics almost two weekends ago on Sunday, September 28.  Stan had Jo and Jeff from Kansas.  Pretty good day for these guys on the big ruby and a tiger tail.  Water was running all day and

Max - 9/28/14

Max – 9/28/14

really got ugly around 2:00 when they fired up everything.  Gina had Cap and Max.  They had a good day on the big ruby and a root beer midge.

Cap - 9/28/14

Cap – 9/28/14

Both are good fly fishers.  Darrell had Max’s father, Mark.  Their best pattern was the JQ streamer.

September 29, Stan Jan and Pam out for what turned out to be half a day.  They had a good day on the black tunghead midge, and the holographic green crackleback.  Pam just went along for the ride and to take pictures.   Tim, from Texas spent the morning on the water with Darrell.  Really fun day for Tim as he has not been fishing for some time.  They caught on the black copperhead midge and a San Juan worm.

September 30, Dana had Roger from Illinois out for half a day.  Good day for Roger on a micro fly, copperhead black midge and white grub.  One of our regulars from Kansas, Mike was out with Stan.  Some quality fish on the the white grub.

Danny pic 100114

Danny – 10/1/14

Finally made it to October!  Last Wednesday, Darrell took Dennis and Eric out for half a day.  Kind of slow this day, but they did boat some fish on the P&P midge.   Carolyn was on the water on an instructional trip with Danny and Melinda from Texas.  Fun day and fun couple.  We worked on everything, including catching fish.  It was the black tunghead midge, P&P, and holographic green crackleback.

Last Thursday, Dana took Tony and John from California out all day.  Tough day.  Tony’s first time stripping and caught a nice rainbow on the gold varient sculpin.

Bill, from Colorado, spent half a day on the water with Stan last Friday.  Not a barn burner day, but pretty good.  Bill’s best fish was a 17-1/4″ rainbow caught on the black copperhead midge under the big ruby.  One unit was running then they put in.

Joan - 10/6/14

Joan – 10/6/14

Carolyn had Lyle and Joan on the water Monday.  Their son had fished with us before and bought them a guide trip and night’s stay in one of our cabins.  This was Joan’s first time with a fly rod.  Not sure who caught the most, but we fished the black copperhead midge, JQ streamer and holographic green crackleback and had a lot of fun.

Lyle - 10/6/14

Lyle – 10/6/14



Up and Down!

September 30th, 2014

Still having beautiful weather!  Looks like it is going to stay around for a few more days.  Wednesday has a hint of rain in the forecast and Thursday looks very promising….80% chance.  Temperatures holding in the mid 80s through Wednesday then dropping into the mid 70s into the weekend, and upper 70s by Sunday.

Generation schedule, just like the fishing, has been up and down all week.  Off Thursday, Friday, Saturday mornings, and running all day Monday.  Today it came on at noon with two units.

Not a bad half day last Thursday for Bobby and Alex who fished with Stan.  As a matter of fact, the half day was probably better than the full day.

Saturday, Darrell, Dana and Stan were all out with groups for the Orvis 301

Kevin - 9/27/14

Kevin – 9/27/14

Clinic.  Darrell had Marvin from Kansas.  They had a good day on the P&P.  Dana’s guys, Bill and Kevin, also from Kansas. did well on the tan flashback scud, the white grub and a tan b-bug.   Craig and Chris from Kansas were with Stan for the day.  They also had a good day on the P&P as well as stripping the tiger tail.  Everyone would agree that the morning was pretty slow, but things definitely picked up later in the morning and especially when they turned on a couple generators.

Bill - 9/27/14

Bill – 9/27/14

Beautiful Weather!

September 24th, 2014

How refreshing to walk out of the house in the morning to fresh, crisp air.  Days have been clear, warm (70s) with lots of sunshine.  And, it looks like we have more of the same through this coming weekend.  Monday there appears to be a chance of showers in the forecast.

Spastic water the past few days.  Monday we had no generation until 2:00 p.m. when it was to have ramped up.  Full four on like gang busters!  Yesterday it was to have been a low one for the morning then ramp up to eventually two units.  Two units on in the a.m. at a full one or more, then down, then up….and on and on.  Today, so far, it is a low one as projected, but the projection is for up and down water most of the day.  Look forward to seeing what they have in store for tomorrow.

Betsy's 1st trout on fly rod - 9/20/14

Betsy’s 1st trout on fly rod – 9/20/14

Another new fly fisher was born Saturday.  Thanks to her friend Terrie, who booked a trip with Carolyn for the two of them, Betsy is well on her way to becoming a fly fisher!   It was a beautiful, crisp morning with very little wind and no generation.  Just being on the water was a great experience Saturday.  For a weekend, there were not even a lot of fishers on the water so it was very quiet and relaxing….other than a “yeah!” every once in a while when a fish made its way to the boat.  Betsy went from a nice 1st fish to a beautiful 17 inch rainbow as the morning progressed.

Betsy's 17" rainbow - 9/20/14

Betsy’s 17″ rainbow – 9/20/14

Good day for everyone and Terrie had her day on the river too with several

Terrie - 9/20/14

Terrie – 9/20/14

nice rainbows.  Best patterns were the red midge with copper head and black wire, egg, and red San Juan worm.  Gina was on the water with Scott and Cindy from Oklahoma.  They worked hard, had a fun day, and caught a few fish on the black copperhead midge and the red midge.  One really nice fish on when the water started rising, but it just kept right on going.

Sunday, Stan, Jim and Carolyn took a party of six out.  Whew!  Another one of those “tuff” days.  Carolyn’s ladies, Julie and Staci, caught one stripping the holographic green crackleback and a few more hitting the bank with a tan hopper pattern.  Stan had Cole and Fred and they caught their fish on the P&P midge.  Jan and another Fred were with Jim, and they caught several different patterns.

Monday, Wanda went out with Carolyn and for a while thought the river was void of trout.  Finally, we pulled several out of a hole with the egg pattern.  The good news was that it was again, a beautiful day to be on the water.   Ron, from Texas, spent the day on the water with Stan.  Slow bite but they managed to pull off a good day on the egg pattern.

Better day Tuesday with the water running for Gina who took  Kathi and Bill, from Kansas, out for half a day.  Not much nymphing, but did best stripping the crackleback, JQ, and especially the tiger tail streamer.  Another beautiful day!

Good Days and Tough Days….no such thing as bad days!

September 23rd, 2014

Beautiful weather.  Beautiful, sunny day today and temperatures probably in the low 80s.  A little breezy, especially if you’re trying to keep a drift boat in line.  Looks like more of the same all the way through the coming weekend!

No change in the generation this past week.   they have turned on 2 to 4 units every afternoon for several hours.  They were supposed to turn it on today at 1:00 p.m. and so far, (it’s going on 3:00 p.m.) nothing has happened.  Same plan for tomorrow, something coming on in the early afternoon.

David - 9/19/14

David – 9/19/14

Friday, Stan and Carolyn took Penelope and Art, now from Missouri and David, from Texas out for half a day.  What a hoot and what a group.  It was a beautiful overcast day and there was no wind or generation when we put in.  Art and Penelope had a good day on the root beer midge and the P&P.  David was with Carolyn and he also had a good day.  We started with an egg pattern.  After catching fish on that, it was the root beer midge and we finished off the morning fishing the rise with the red San Juan worm.  I think David enjoyed this the most.  He had not yet experienced fishing the rise.  Fast and furious!  Jim had Dave and Beth, from Kansas, on the water all day.  They had a good day on the JQ streamer and the white grub.  This was a first for Beth, so she is progressing through the learning curve of fly fishing.



A Little Color Showing!

September 18th, 2014

This rain we have had yesterday and today will certainly help the trees color up instead of turning brown.  I had been noticing quite a bit of brown in the trees, but today I noticed a faint yellow.

Looks like rain chances most of today.  Slight chances tomorrow and increasing Saturday, especially Saturday night into Sunday morning.  Temperatures in the 80s until Monday when we will see the rain chances go away and temperatures in the upper70s to mid-week, then low 80s.

No generation almost all weekend and how great it was!  Lots of reports of great fishing.  Couple of ladies who fish regularly here landed 60 plus fish between them on the black copperhead midge and an egg pattern.  I fished a couple days in a row for just a few hours each day, and had a wonderful time just stripping the holographic green crackleback right under the film.  Erratic strips and stopping every once in a while.  Many of the fish took it while it was just sitting or drifting.  What fun!!

Stan on the water Tuesday with Bob, from Arizona.  Very good day for Bob on the black copperhead midge and Lil ruby midge.   No generation that morning.  That day the fish were tolerating a 6X tipped on the drift.

Yesterday, Stan had Paul from Texas out for the morning.  No 6X tippet yesterday!  They wanted 7X on the drift.   Once they discovered this, Paul started getting hits and fish on the P&P midge.


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.