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No Generation — Happy Fish!…..Happier Fishers!

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Hot is about the only way you can describe the past several days and it looks like we have more of the same ahead of us.  At least mid 90s for the next week with no serious rain chances until a week from next Sunday.

For the most part, we have had a low one generator almost every morning, then ramping up to two or three in the early afternoon.  The only exception was this past Friday and Saturday when they turned the generators off from 6:00 a.m. until noon.  They were supposed to remove some cars that had been washed into the river and are sitting around the Fall Creek area.

Ali – 7/10/17

Allison – 7/10/17

Last Monday, James had Mike and his daughter, Ali on the river for half a day.  What a great start for this new fly fisher Ali.   I wonder who had the biggest smile….Ali or Dad.  Good day for them on the big ruby with either a cerise San Juan worm or size 16 P&P dropper.  Ali’s first fish on a fly rod.  Stan, Carolyn and Dana were out with a three boat group.  Dana took Dawn and Ashley.  They had a good day on the ruby 2, holographic green crackleback and the tiger tail.  John and Allison fished with Carolyn.  Fun and good day for they on the lightning bug but especially stripping the tiger tail.   Stan had Richard catching fish on the big ruby with the lightning bug dropper.

Tuesday, Steve and Jim spent half a day on the water with Stan.  It was the big ruby and either a lightning bug or ruby 2 dropper.  It was certainly HOT weather wise that day.  Carolyn had Dave and his friend Tom out fishing.  It was one of those days where the fish would hit a pattern two or three times and then nothing.  We’d change flies and get a few more hits, then nothing.  Probably the most consistent pattern was the tiger tail which Tom had fun working with.  Otherwise, we fished the big ruby, lightning bug, cerise worm and ruby 2.

Jim – 7/12/17

Wednesday Jim on the water with Gina for a long half day.  Too hot for a full day.  They had a very good day on the tiger tail and lightning bug.  Water was low until noon.   Don and his friend Terry spent the morning with Carolyn.  Don has been fishing for a while, but this was

Terry – 7/12/17

Terry’s introduction to fly fishing.  He did very well.  Both of them did very well.  Tiger tail and lightning bug.

If there was a day we would all say “you should have been here yesterday”, it was this past Friday.  They turned the generators off at 6:00 a.m. and kept them off until noon.  As I mentioned above, they were supposed to remove cars from the river and needed the water low.  We were all a little skeptical about how fishing was going to be and it

Dan – 7/14/17

turned out to be worry for nothing.  I guess the fish were happy to see no generation.  Each of our boats landed lots of fish and one could see bent rods of fishers standing up and down the river banks.  James had Dan and his

son Brandon on the water that morning.   Black copperhead, copper dun, ruby 2, and P&P

Brandon – 7/14/17

midges, or stripping the tiger tail.   Gina had Dan and Carissa from Kansas on the water.  Dan had fished with us before but this was Carissa’s first time with a fly rod.  What a day to start!  She wanted to know if it was always like this!  Ruby 2 and black copperhead midges were all the needed.  Kathy and Ron from Louisiana fished with Carolyn.  They have fished with us for many years and this was possibly one of the best numbers day they have had.  P&P, ruby 2 and black

Kathy – 7/14/17

copperhead midges.

Saturday was another no generation days from 6:00 a.m. to noon.  It was another really good days, but not quite a good as Friday.  Stan took John and Justin out for the morning.  They didn’t have to go far before they found fish.  Mainly the lower Rockin Chair area on the black copperhead early and then the P&P as the morning started getting brighter.  Great day for them.


We Will All Miss Darrell

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

   We are very sorry to let you know that Darrell Lundberg pass away yesterday afternoon after complications from his knee surgery.  If you are one of the fortunate ones to have know Darrell, you know that he will never be gone.  He will always be remembered as he left a lasting impression on each person who met him.   Our sincere condolences to his wife Diane and other members of his family.


Fishing Is Awesome! Don’t Believe The Phone No. (417-336-5083) On Actual Generation!!

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

No rain in the forecast until next Friday.  Until then, it looks like lots of warm, 90s, days.  Pretty sultry out there in the afternoon.

Also, we have had several folks come into the shop to pick up supplies and were quite surprises when we told them the generators were either off or running low.  They have been calling the real-time generation number, 417-336-5083 and hearing that four units are running at 9000 plus cfs.  This number has been incorrect for almost three weeks.  We have contacted several people regarding the problem.  Hopefully it will soon be corrected.  In the meantime, check the real-time charts on the website or give us a call.

We had a couple mornings, Thursday and Friday when the generators were off.  Yesterday, today and, (according to the projection) tomorrow, generation will be somewhere around 35 mwh.  Looking at the actual generation for today, it had been 40-some mwh as well as in the 30s.  This puts the tail water at a 704.9 to 704.2 level which is wadeable in some areas.  Not certain why we are seeing this low generation as all the lakes are still above power pool.  In any event, we are not complaining.

Fishing with no generation on Thursday and Friday was awesome.  Fishing yesterday with the low generation was awesome, and according to fishers coming into the shop to get flies, it is awesome again today.  Stan was on the water Friday with Dan and Shayle.  First time catching trout on a fly rod for Shayla.  They had a great day on the lightning bug and P&P.

Saturday, we had one generator at low flow.  We have not seen this level for a while so we were a bit apprehensive about what the day would bring.  Tori and Jeremy from the St. Louis area spent their first day fly fishing with Stan.  Good day for these two, especially after getting through all the “ins and outs’ of fly fishing on the lightning bug and big ruby.  Benjie spent half a day with Dana.  He had not fished here for a while, but after yesterday, he will probably be fly fishing here a little more.  Good day for him on the ruby 2.  Carolyn had a couple from Kansas, “Mo” and Ralph, on the water for half a day.  Mo is new to fly fishing so we got her started with the roll cast and mending.  Ralph boated the first two fish, but after that he had to work hard to catch a fish before Mo was bringing one into the boat.  What a fun day.  Several doubles, on lightning bug, and also stripping the tiger tail or holographic green crackleback.

You’re Not Going To Believe This!

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Looked at the water projection yesterday afternoon and it showed no generation for today until around 1:00 p.m.  Did not believe it.  Went to the dam this a.m. and guess what…..NO GENERATION!

Below outflow 6

Outflow 5

Lookout Island







Not sure why the generators are off, but not complaining.  Not only are the generators off here, but also at Beaver and Norfork.  Bull Shoals is running very low.  We’ll see what tomorrow brings!

Overcast this morning but it looks like it will sunny up around noon.  Tomorrow will see the low 90s and sunshine.  Mid 80s for Saturday and chances for showers show up on Sunday.  Next week looks pretty good.  Low 90s every day and no moisture in the picture until next weekend when it is a possibility on Saturday.  Long way off!

Gina on the water yesterday with Wednesday Jim.  Good day for Jim,

Jim – 7/5/17

especially on the Tiger Tail.  Caught a nice 19″ rainbow.  Nymphing was not too good, but wooly buggers, the JQ, crackleback or Tiger Tail were the best patterns.

Anxious to see how the trip goes this morning with the water off.  Jim is out with a couple from Florida.  They may have to take some detours in places where the lake has filled in our changed channels.  Every day is a new day on Taneycomo! !

Happy Forth of July !!

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

It is RAINING as I write with chances for rain on and off most of the day.  Nice cool down, however, as the high today will probably be mid to upper 70s.  More chances for rain tomorrow afternoon, slight chances Thursday and Friday and a little better chance again on Saturday.

We had low generation, 50 mwh, yesterday morning and again today.  Around noon, they project that it will go to 100 mwh.  With this low of flow (50 mwh), there are some places below the fish ladder that you can wade.  Probably bump it back up to 100 mwh after the holiday and are still running water 24/7.

Jim – 6/28/17

Lots of fishing and catching this past week.  Gina on the water with Wednesday Jim last week.  They had a good day on the holographic green crackleback and tiger tail.  Also caught some on the big ruby dropped from an egg pattern.

Thursday, Stan took Richard from Florida out for half a day.  Good day for them on the lightning bug or stripping the tiger tail.

Kelly and his son, Ethan, spent Saturday morning on the water with Stan.  Good, fun day for everyone.  Both were catching on the lightning bug under the big ruby or stripping the tiger tail.

Ethan – 7/1/17

Rob and his son-in-law, Jacob spent Sunday on the water with Gina.  This was Jacob’s first fly fishing experience and he did well.  Good day for them on the

Jacob – 7/2/17

crackleback and big ruby under an egg pattern.

Rob – 7/2/17

Dana had Mike, who was a guide in Louisiana, out for half a day.  They had a fun day fishing an ant pattern, swinging an olive soft hackle and stripping the crackleback.  Stan was out with Mike and his son, Anthony.  Both are pretty new to fly fishing so it was a day of refreshing.  Caught fish on the big ruby with the lightning bug dropper and stripping the tiger tail.

Mike and Anthony did not get enough on Sunday, so they were on the water with Stan again on Monday.  Pretty much the same patterns worked for them again.   James Albert had a couple salt water fishers, Arthur and Sandy, on the

Rigley – 7/3/17

water.  He was using the beadhead cerise San Juan worm under the big ruby.  It was a new experience for these guys to not strip set everything.  First time Sandy has caught a rainbow trout on a fly

Joe & Rigley – 7/3/17

rod.  Carolyn had a fun day with Joe and his 7 year old (excuse me, 7-1/2) son, Rigley.  Rigley was a fishing machine.  Pretty much the first time with a fly rod and both did very well from start to finish.  Best flies were the beaded cerise San Juan worm or the white grub under the big ruby.   Gina had one of her regulars, Dale, and his friend, Beth on the water most of

Beth – 7/3/17

the day.  This was Beth’s first time with a fly rod and she did very well.  She really liked pulling the crackleback.  Their other

Dale – 7/3/17

pattern was the big ruby.

Great past few days on the river.  Lots of nice fish and new fly fishers!

Rain Chances, Especially Friday!

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

A little warm today!  Expect to see upper 80s or low 90s.  Tomorrow, more of the same, but by Friday, we might see rain with temperatures in the mid 80s.  By Sunday, it should clear out.  Temperatures will remain in the upper 80s to low 90s and slight chances for showers are around almost every day.

No changes in the generation schedule.  Pretty much non-stop for a while.

Bart – 6/27/17

Glad to say, we continue to have good days on the water.  Gina had Derek and his son, Bart on the water yesterday.  Good day for them on the tiger tail, ruby 2 or lightning bug droppers and a chartreuse egg pattern.  Stripping was the best method, but they caught fish nymphing.   Bob, from Indiana, spent the morning with Stan.  They too, did best stripping.  Their pattern was the holographic green crackleback.  Also caught some on the lightning bug and a bright pink egg pattern.


Another Beautiful Day Today!

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

We have had some beautiful days!  Temperatures not too hot so it has just been pleasant.  Today should see the mid 80s and tomorrow and Thursday we are looking at upper 80s to low 90s.  Party is over.  By Friday and Saturday, rain seems to be sneaking back into the picture.  Next week looks hot and humid.

No change in the generation pattern.  Normal power pool for this time of the year is 917 feet.  We are just a little under 922 feet.  It’s going to be a while more before we can hope the generators stop.

Three boat group on the water last Friday. Most of them were new fly fishers.   Dana took Rod and his son, Rodney.  They had a good day on the holographic green crackleback and the lightning bug.  Stan took Jeff and Adam and they were fishing the lightning bug or cerise San Juan under the big ruby.  Carolyn’s guys, Denton and Aaron were catching on the cerise San Juan under the big ruby or stripping the tiger tail.  Everyone had fun and learned a lot.  Bad news of the day was a surprise storm that popped up while we were rowing out.  The wind and the force of the rain were unbelievable!!  We thought we had a tornado ripping up the river.  Glad to say everyone got off the river safely….a little wet, better yet, drenched, but safe.

Saturday, Dana took Todd and Matt, from Texas, out all day.  Good day for these guys on the lightning bug or stripping the crackleback.  Stan out with Cary and his father, Sherrod all day.  They had a fun, good day on the crackleback, an egg pattern and the tiger tail.

Bryce and his father, Randy, spent Sunday morning with Dana.  It was the olive filoplume or crackleback that day.




Blue Bird Day Today!

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Absolutely gorgeous day today!  Sun is out, very light wind and it is 76 degrees at noon.  It might make 80!  More nice weather for the rest of the week….70s and 80s.  By the weekend, we see some chances for showers.

No change in water flow.  Still 24/7.  Some mornings it has been 50 mwh so there is a little opportunity for wading up near the Hatchery.  However, it doesn’t last all day.  Some time during the morning they will bump it up to 100 mwh and usually 150 later in the day.  ‘

Jeff 6/17/17

Still seeing lots of trips.  Last Saturday, James Albert took Jeff, from Oklahoma, out for half a day.  Good day for Jeff on the big ruby with a beadhead Cerise San Juan worm dropper, or stripping the filoflume.  Jeff caught his first fish stripping on this trip.  Fun!   Doug and Dixie spent the morning on the water with Jim.  They are fairly new, so Jim spent time working with them on skills.  They caught their fish on the pink San Juan worm and stripping the tiger tail.  Dana had Martin on the water.  He was catching on the holographic green crackleback, lightning bug and orange egg pattern.  Not only did he catch trout, but he also caught a couple blue gills!  Gary and Jerry spent the day on the water with Stan.  Good day for these guys on the big ruby with a lightning bug dropper or stripping the crackleback.

Sunday, Jeff and Brett fished late in the morning with Stan.  We had some unexpected rain show up that morning, so they waited until around noon before going out.  First time fly fishers, but they both brought in fish on the Big ruby with a ruby 2 dropper.

Keith – 6/19/17

Keith and Bill from Wisconsin fished all day with Gina on Monday.  Very good day for them on the big ruby, an egg pattern

Bill – 6/19/17

and stripping the crackleback.  These two were here fore the Vietnam Vet reunion.  Thank you guys!!  Jim and Stan had a group of guys, one of whom we know was from Pennsylvania on the water.  Rick and Jason were with Jim.  Jay and his son, Gus were with Stan.  Really good day for all of them on the tiger tail, cerise San Juan worm, big ruby, lightning bug and crackleback.  Jay and Gus became new strippers.  Really liked it.

Gina – 6/21/17

Wednesday, Gina and Bill fish with Carolyn again.  Gina had just retired and was enjoying it.  Good day on the cerise San Juan worm under the big ruby and stripping the tiger tail.

Good day for everyone on Thursday when we took a group of guys here on a corporate gathering.  Dana had Scott and Paul.  Plenty of fish for them on the lightning bug, and beaded

Chris – 6/22/17

cerise San Juan worm.  John fished with Carolyn.  Of course, he got to strip.  We pulled the tiger tail and did well on that.  Also caught several on the big ruby and beaded

cerise San Juan.  James had a couple of new fly fishers, Chris and Kelly.  They did great,

Kelly – 6/22/17

especially for new guys, on the big ruby and beaded cerise San Juan.




Lots Of Fishing Going On!

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Rain the past two mornings, but it looks like this might be over for the next several days.  Kind of a pleasant change as the last week was a pretty warm week!.  Monday will be mid 80s and then we start to steam again with temperatures in the low 90s until the weekend.

No major change in generation.  Still running 24/7.  However, they have been running it a little lower (50 mwh) in the morning, then jumping up to 100 mwh around 9:00 or 10:00 a.m.  I am pretty sure we will continue to see some type of flow all day for several more days.

Andrew – 6/12/17

Lots of fishing last week.  Carolyn started out the week with Andrew from the St. Louis area.  Good day for him on the ruby 2 under the big ruby or stripping the holographic green crackleback.   Tom, from New Haven, spent half a day with Stan.  They did well on the big ruby with a lightning bug dropper.  He really enjoyed pulling the crackleback on the sinking leader.

Tuesday, Knox and Gabrielle, who were out with Carolyn, hit everything right.  Most fish Knox has caught so far on one outting during his fishing life.

Knox – 6/13/17

Lightning bug or ruby 2 dropper under the big ruby, and you guessed it…..stripping the holographic green crackleback.  This was Gabrielle’s best technique that day.

Wednesday Jim was on the water all day Wednesday with Gina.  A bit tougher that day.  Water was pretty dirty, and the fish were spotty.  But, they had a good day on the

Jim – 6/14/17

crackleback and lightning bug.  Carolyn had a couple new fly fishers on the water, Beth and Frank.  First hook set and I knew Frank was a bass fisher!  Fun day working with them and getting them into a few fish.  So, Frank caught his first fish on a fly rod.  We started with the big ruby and a lightning bug dropper.  As soon as we could find a good seam, we started stripping the crackleback.

Frank – 6/14/17

I loved Beth’s last statement before we started heading in for the day….”just one more cast!”

Beth – 6/14/17

Thursday, James and Stan had a group of geologist who were attending a function in the Branson area.  James had John and Rex and Stan had Jerry and Rich.  They were from all over, Kansas, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and I think the other one was from Missouri….maybe.  Anyway, they all had a fun morning catching on the big ruby, beadhead cerise San Juan worm, and lightning bug.

Rex – 6/15/17

Carolyn had a mother/son pair on the water.  Gina is just learning and her son, Jase, has done some fly fishing.  We had a fairly slow start to the morning, but did catch some on the normal big ruby with a dropper.  Finally decided

Gina – 6/15/17

we needed more action and the water was at a level where we could do some wading, so we hit some good water and started stripping the crackleback.  Finished up the day strong.  Lots of fun

Jase & Gina – 6/15/17

for both of them and Gina was throwing a pretty good line before we were done.

Beth’s (Wednesday trip) uncle, John and her brother Bruce fished with Carolyn on Friday.  Bruce has spent a lot of time fishing the streams in Colorado so he got to do a lot of dry fly fishing.  A little culture shock here fishing

Bruce – 6/16/17

with midges and pulling other critters.  Good day and he had fun with the streamer stripping after he got the hang of it.  John and Bruce did some major

Bruce, Carolyn & John – 6/16/17

damage on the fish that day.

Chances For Rain By Next Thursday

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

It is feeling a whole lot like summer.  Temperatures have been in the mid to upper 80s the past several days and we see more of the same for next week with some 90s scattered in for good measure.  Best chance for rain shows up next Thursday into Friday.  Little ways off….we’ll see.

No change in generation.  Four units still 24/7.  We are still eight feet above normal power pool for this time of the year.  The tailwater level is +/- 708′.

Trips out last Wednesday.  Jim took a fairly new fly fisher from the Branson area out and gave him lots of good instruction.  They had a very good day stripping the tiger tail and nymphing the red midge and/or hot hare’s ear nymph.  James took Clint from Colorado out for half a day.  Clint fished a lot when he lived in Colorado but never as many as they caught Wednesday.  It was the big ruby with the lightning bug dropper for them.

Friday, Stan was out with Jim, who is also a fairly new fly fisher.  He wanted to expand his knowledge of fly fishing and catch some fish!  Mission accomplished.  Jim had a good day on the big ruby with the lightning bug dropper, and stripping the holographic green crackleback.  Had so much fun he is out again today.  Jim had his regular, regular, David out for half a day.  Very good day for them.  Nice 22″ brown stripping the tiger tail.  Also caught several fish on the ruby midge and the hot hare’s ear nymph.