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.



Lots of Water!

July 26th, 2014

Not too much I can say about the weather except HOT!right now it is 98 degrees.  Tomorrow will again be in the 90s, but next week looks like mid to upper 80s.  Yeah!

This past week they fired up all four generators several days.Monday it hit 14,000 cfs, Tuesday was almost 11,000 cfs and Wednesday and Thursday almost 13,000 cfs.  That’s a lot of water.

Last Tuesday, Stan took Bob from Michigan out for possibly a full day trip.  With the projections on generation as high and coming on as heavy as they have been, we  don’t guarantee a full day.  Why spend all that money.  We just come off early and adjust for the time.  Why burn up and have hard fishing if you don’t have to?  They had a descent day on the holographic green crackleback.

Elliot - 7/22/14

Elliot – 7/22/14

Frances and her son, Elliot, booked a full day float with Carolyn.  Again, due to the bad water, we opted to turned it into a half day.  These two had fly fished a little before and caught fish on a white San Juan worm, a cerise San Juan worm and the holographic green crackleback.  They both liked stripping the crackleback.


Frances - 7/22/14

Frances – 7/22/14

Jim had Jack and his grandson, Zac out for half a day.  This was Zac’s introduction to fly fishing so Jim spent a lot of time working with him on casting and line management.  They also fished with Jim most of the following day.  Best patterns were the CQ streamer, black zebra midge and a gray scud.

Stan had Walt and his son, Payton out on Wednesday afternoon for a half day.  This was the worst of all conditions….hot, water ripping.  Unfortunately, other commitments only allowed this window for them to go fishing.  They brought in a few fish on the cerise San Juan worm.

Thursday, Carl and Paul spent half a day with Jim.  It was the CQ streamer and a black zebra midge for these guys.  Not a bad day.   Carolyn took a family of three out for an instructional wade trip with catching a few fish a bonus.

Kyle - 7/24/14

Kyle – 7/24/14

After going through the paces of roll casting, the regular cast, and a little on all the “stuff” you need to fly fish such as leaders, tippet, flies, indicators, fly line, etc. we headed out to learn a little on presentation.  It was a P&P day although two of them caught fish on the crackleback when we worked on stripping.  Kyle was the first one to land his first trout on a fly rod.  Dad, Bob, was the second.

Bob - 7/24/14

Bob – 7/24/14

At last, Kay caught her first fish on a fly rod.  While Carolyn was trying to get it in a position to hand to Kay to take a picture, Kay had cast her fly back into the water and hooked another!  Chaos for a few minutes.  Needless to say, we lost her first fish, but did get a picture of her second fish on a fly rod!

Kay - 7/24/14

Kay – 7/24/14

Stan had Jeff and Sam out for half a day on Thursday and a full day Friday.   They had a fun couple outings on the copper dun and P&P midges in the morning, then the holographic green crackleback in the afternoon Friday.  Hot day!!

Crazy Generation and Some Hot Days!!

July 25th, 2014

Low 90s predicted for today and tomorrow and Sunday look like scorchers….upper 90s!  Mid to upper 80s projected for all next week and chances of rain are pretty slim.

Ran water both days last weekend, the turned it off for Monday morning.  Mid-day then turned it on and cranked it!  Tuesday and Wednesday, lower float in the a.m. but bumped it up early afternoon.   We did have until noon yesterday before they turned it on, but boy when they did.  All four units (they were supposed to ramp it up) and it dirtied up big time!  Off today until 10:00 a.m. and, so far, they are doing pretty much what they projected.

Sistie - 7/18/14

Sistie – 7/18/14

Ketchup time!  Gina had Roger and Sistie out last Friday.  Good day for these two on a UV gray scud, size 16 black copperhead midge and the peach egg.  This is Sistie’s second time fly fishing and it just gets better.

Roger - 071814

Roger – 071814

Stan had Phil and Nick out for the day.  They had a good day on the holographic green crackleback and a peach egg with the black copperhead midge dropper.  Kathy and Ron from Louisiana, were in the area with family.  They couldn’t stand it and had to go fishing Friday.  Pretty good day for them, especially on the holographic green crackleback.  Bad news was that Ron caught one more fish than Kathy!  Oh well, he was about due.  Jim had David, from Oklahoma out all day.  David just finished the Orvis School and wanted to practice what he had learned.  Think he learned a whole lot more that day and caught fish!  It was the CQ streamer, copperhead black midge and gray scud for them.  Darrell

Charlie - 7/18/14

Charlie – 7/18/14

had Charlie and Sam out for half a day.  Tough day for these guys.  Pattern was the P&P midge.

Last Monday was a whole new game on the water.  Good day of generation as the heavy water did not come on until 3:00 p.m.  What a difference.  Ron and Sharon fished with Carolyn.  Great day!

Ron - 7/21/14

Ron – 7/21/14

Started out up by the root wad and caught a few on the black copperhead midge.  Pulled a couple more on the CQ streamer.   Knew the water was coming on just after lunch so we headed downstream, had lunch and fished the rise when they turned on two units.  Fast and furious hooking, missing and catching on the red San Juan worm dropped from a peach egg pattern.  Wore them out!  Stan took Katie and her boyfriend, Beau out for the day.  Katie finally caught a fish on a fly rod plus several more!  They both had a very good day on the crackleback and a rockworm caddis softhackle….the highlight of the day!  Especially for Katie as that was what she caught her first fish on.

Cool July!……so far

July 20th, 2014

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

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

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

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

Luis - 7/15/14

Luis – 7/15/14

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

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

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

Aaron & Tyler - 7/17/14

Aaron & Tyler – 7/17/14


70s In July?!?

July 14th, 2014

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

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

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

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

Melissa - 7/11/14

Melissa – 7/11/14

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

Jack - 7/11/14

Jack – 7/11/14

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

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

Beautiful 4th of July!

July 6th, 2014

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

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

John - 6/30/14

John – 6/30/14

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

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

Karsen - 7/2/14

Karsen – 7/2/14

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


Kristen – 7/2/14

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

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



Ketchup Time Again!!

June 29th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Belinda - 6/25/14

Belinda – 6/25/14

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

Laura - 6/24/14

Laura – 6/24/14


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

Jackson - 6/25/14

Jackson – 6/25/14

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

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

Whole Lotta Fishing Going On!

June 23rd, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Bonnie - 6/20/14

Bonnie – 6/20/14



Slower Than Normal

June 18th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

June 11th, 2014

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

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

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

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



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


Amit - 6/7/14

Amit – 6/7/14

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

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