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March Fishing Went Out Like A Lion! Weather Like A Lamb!

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

Had some balmy weather a couple says last week with the weather.  Wednesday and Thursday were pretty brutal.  Lots of wind Wednesday and bitter cold Thursday with wind and some light rain.  Friday was a little nippy early, but sunny and warm to finish off the day and the month.  Today is gorgeous.  Mid 65s and party cloudy.  Think we might see some rain this evening which is predicted to go into early tomorrow and hang around until some time tomorrow afternoon or early evening.  Tuesday is looking like mid 70s and dry.  Wednesday, mid to upper 50s with showers later in the day and into the evening.  Thursday looks nice again.   Maybe l0w 60s but dry and the same for Friday.  So far, the weekend is looking really nice with temps in the upper 60s, low 70s and sunny.

The SWPA generation is now showing “0” when they are not projecting generation instead of the “35” we have been seeing for days.  Table Rock Lake has come up considerably with all the rain we have been having and is now sitting at 911′ plus.  This is good as it puts us only 4′ below normal power pool.  Water projection for this weekend was “0” and that is what we are seeing.  According to the schedule, they will turn on a couple units tonight around 7:00 p.m.  There is quite a bit of generation scheduled for tomorrow.

Really good days on the water this past week. Gina on the water last

Jim and colorful bow – 3/29/17

Wednesday with Jim.  As I mentioned, this was one of those windy days and a good drift was tough.  However, fishing wasn’t.  Good day for Jim stripping a tan filoplume.  They did catch some on the ruby 2 or black copperhead midges, but it was a filoplume day.

Jim and Gina had a group of guys out Thursday.  Jim took David and Terry and they were catching on the baby ruby and

Randall – 3/30/17

Gary – 3/30/`7

hot hare’s ear nymph.  All Jim could say is wind, rain  and cold!  Gina’s guys, Randall and Gary did great on the ruby 2 midge and stripping the tiger tail.

Friday we almost emptied the guide pool.  Stan was on the water half a day with Rick and Doug from Independence.  These two had a ball on the ruby 2 and copper dun midges.  Gina had one of her regular

Dale – 3/31/17

Earl & Karsten – 3/31/17

regulars, Dale on the water for half a day.  They always have fun and catch fish.  It was a ruby 2, then filoplume and JQ streamer day for them.  Carolyn was on the water with two new fly fishers, Earl and his son Karsten.  It just doesn’t get any better than seeing new fly fishers learning and best of all catching.  We started with the ruby 2 and black copperhead midges and before the day was over, Karsten was pulling them in on the Tiger Tail using a 3 ips sinking leader.  Trying to get them off the water at the end of the day, I finally said “last fish guys”.  Well, they complied by doubling up….both caught

Steve – 3/31/17

their last fish at the same time.   James had Steve and Chris from Kansas out all day Friday.  They also had a great day  on the ruby 2, black copperhead and P&P midges.  They had so much fun they went out again on Saturday.

Chris – 3/31/17

Saturday was only a half day, but they did a lot of harm on the copper dun midge, black copperhead and a size 18 tan scud.

Bottom line is that fishing is good.  Had two different groups come into the shop today and one group was having a great day on red or the red ass soft hackles.  Another group caught “lots of fish in a short time” on cracklebacks.


Good Days….Tough Days….Depends on the Water!

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Had a bit of heavy rain this morning and they are expecting more later tonight.  Tomorrow there is a 50% chance of rain (that’s the forecast right now, again, we’ll see).  Nice mid 60s Friday and 70s Saturday with rain moving back into the forecast for Sunday and Monday.  Then, slight chances for next week with temps in the 60s-70s.

Water a little spastic, especially yesterday.  Today it was fairly high early, but they shut it down to one unit early and then off.  Off right now but we’ll probably see some generation around 5:00 p.m.

Mike – 3/26/17

Great day on the water Sunday for Mike who spent half a day with James.  No generation so they fished from what was once the “Big Hole” down to the Rockin Chair.   It was the P&P, ruby 2 and tiger tail.

Tuesday morning saw three units, 6500 cfs and a level of 706+ at put in for James and his two clients, Chris and Craig.  Especially tough morning and this was Craig’s first experience with a fly rod.

Craig – 3/28/17

However, as the day progressed, the water dropped some, then went up, and down, but they pulled off a good day on the tiger tail, big ruby with a black copperhead midge or a peach

Chris – 3/28/17

egg pattern.   Stan had another new fly fisher on the water, Jeff from Alabama.  In their half day outing, they caught some fish on the copper dun under the big ruby.

Dogwoods Are Blooming!!

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Good temperatures and we have been getting some much needed rain.  Didn’t think I would hear myself say that.  Table Rock has come up to 908.5′ as of this a.m.  This is almost a foot and a half in just a few days.  And, we have more in the forecast.  Currently, rain is predicted for tomorrow morning and again for Wednesday and Thursday.  Temperatures are remaining in the 60s and 70s.

Generation a little different this past week.  We actually had generation almost all day Thursday.  Friday it was off in the morning then on early afternoon and ran almost the balance of the day.  Same thing Saturday…turned it on at 2:00 p.m.  So far today, it is still off.

Teddy – 3/20/17

Stan and Carolyn took a family from Parkville out for half a day last Monday.  The only one who was a fly fisher was Bill, the father of the clan.  Carolyn had the ladies, Abby and Alex, and Stan took Bill and  Teddy.  Beautiful day with no generation but a little….sometimes more….wind blowing.  Much to Abby’s surprise, everyone, including her, caught fish.

Abby & Alex with a double – 3/20/17

We all had a great day on the ruby 2 or black copperhead midges.

Thursday, we all hit the water expecting it to drop around 19:00 a.m. or so.  Not.  Water did not turn off, and, in fact, increased around 1:00 p.m.  Gina had Stacy and his son, Devin out for half a day.  Great day for these two on

Devin – 03/23/17

the ruby 2 and red tunghead midges.  Devin brought both the first and last fish to the boat.   Dick, from Kansas, spent the day on the water with James.  A little slow

Stacy – 3/23/17

start in the early part of the morning, but things picked up around lunch time and they had a great day mainly stripping the tiger tail.  They also caught fish on the P&P under the big ruby.   Carolyn took Jim and Nancy from Illinois out for half a day.  Very good day for these guys too.  Started out with the black copperhead midge on one and the ruby 2 on the other….both under the big ruby.  After Jim

Jim – 3/23/17

caught his second fish on the black copperhead, it took two minutes to change out Nancy.  I think we all agreed this was one of our better days of catching for more nice fish.

GRRREAT Fishing Right Now!

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Last really cold day was last Monday.  Don’t think it got out of the 30s.  Since then, it has moved into the 60s, 70s, and we are expecting 80s tomorrow.  Tuesday has a 50% chance of rain with temperatures in the upper 70s.  Wednesday is a cool down,,,,,low 50s, but back to the low 70s Thursday.  Right now, Friday through Sunday shows 60s and chances of rain both Friday and Saturday.  To be continued…

Pretty much the same pattern on generation.  If they are going to run water, it has been in the morning then off the balance of the day.  We had one units on for three hours yesterday morning.  Kind of messed up fishing while the units were on and for a little while after they turned them off, but after that, it was “fish on”.

Monday, Carolyn took Paul and his two sons, Joseph (11) and Jacob (13) out for half a day.  Of course, this was the coldest day of the week.  We stayed out for a couple hours and they caught fish on the black copperhead midge, but we soon decided they were not having a good time.  Let’s roll them in and try again later in the week when it warms up….unanimous!  To the bank we went, loaded up and back to the shop.

Wednesday, and yes, Gina and Wednesday Jim were on the water.  Still a little cool on Wednesday, so they made it a noon start to let it warm up a little.    They had a good day on the ruby 2 midge and a red soft hackle.  Lots of fun despite lots of LDRs (long distant releases).  Walt, from Texas, spent the afternoon on the water with Stan.  Good day for them too, but on the black copperhead in the early part of the afternoon then the copper dun midge the balance of the afternoon.

Carolyn took John and his son Anthony out on Thursday.  Started out a little slow for us up near the Hatchery so we did not stay around there too long.  Move on downstream and hooked several on the black copperhead midge.  Worked the narrows below the boat ramp with the tiger tail and ruby 2 midge.  Finished off the afternoon with a bang.  Stan had Tim and Stephan out for a late a.m. start.  Great day for them on the ruby 2 midge.

Jacob – 3/17/17

Friday it was Paul and his two sons again.  This time on a warm day.  70s….yeah!  We went straight to the narrows as I wanted to let Paul some streamer work with the sinking leader and tiger tail.  Got him off to a good start with this set up.  Meanwhile, Jacob and Joseph were wearing me out with “fish on”.

Joseph in action – 3/17/17

Very good day for both of them on the ruby 2.

Stan took Matt and his son, Matthew out for the day Saturday.  Very good day for these guys on the ruby 2 midge.  Unfortunately, Matt lost the bet on most fish.  New sunglasses for Matthew or yardwork for Matt for a year.  Matthew is now wearing new sunglasses.  Tony from Kansas wanted to work on technique and was especially interested in drift boat fishing as he is getting ready to build a drift boat.  We had a good day on the black copperhead midge early, then the ruby 2 midge and stripping a tiger tail.  This was Tony’s first time to catch a trout on a fly rod.  Think he was hooked before but this finished him off.   Jarrod and his father Wayne spend the day on the water with Jim.  Very good day for them mainly on the hot Hare’s ear nymph.

Overall, we are hearing from fisher all up and down the river having very good days on the water.  I talked to one of our customers who was fishing down past Fall Creek and he was catching on the ruby 2 midge.



Lots Of Fishing Going On!…and Catching!

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

This great weather we have been having is going to come to an end, at least for a few days.  We have a severe thunderstorm watch in effect from 11:10 a.m. today through 7:00 p.m.  This is going to drop our temperatures into the mid 50s tomorrow.  Saturday will definitely be a jolt as the high might be upper 30s with rain and snow showers possible.  The good news is that Sunday will be in the low 50s with sunshine.  Monday through Wednesday look like 50s with various moisture possibilities.  But by Thursday, we’re back into the upper 60s going into the 70s Friday and through next weekend.

Generation continues to be a mystery.  I love a good mystery.  Although there has been a projection for water every day, from mid-day Friday until late Monday night, we had no generation.  Great weekend.  Tuesday they turned on a couple units for a little while in the morning, then off.  Late afternoon, they turned on a couple units again for a few hours, then off.  Yesterday we had three units going early and they dropped a little all morning but not enough to easily wade.  They finally turned it off at 1:00 p.m. and fired them back up at 4:00 p.m.  So far today, we seeing two units with a level of 705.0′ give or take a few inches either way.

Stan out last Friday with George from Wisconsin.  They had a good day on the black copperhead midge early, then the hot hare’s ear nymph, and finished up with the white grub worm.

David – 3/6/17

Monday, Jim took David and Scott out for half a day.  Good day for these guys on the ruby or P&P midges and the hot hare’s ear.  David caught a really pretty brown.  Carolyn had Jan and Dr. Mike…a vak pasas (this means “the blind guy” in Hungarian)  for half a day.  Really good day for them too on the black copperhead midge and stripping the filoplume or tiger tail.  As you can imagine, stripping is a much easier method for Dr. Mike as he is sight impaired and this way he can

Mike – 3/7/17

feel the take.  Jan started out midging, but we got her into stripping and she is going to master this method too.

Tuesday, Don and Steve from Illinois spent the day on the water with Stan.  Super good day for these guys on the black copperhead midge early then the P&P under the ruby 2.   Carolyn had Len and his friend Don, from the St. Louis area, out all day

Len – 3/8/17

Tuesday.  These guys had a great day stripping the filoplume early and when the fish shut down on this, we finished up the day with the Tiger Tail.

Wednesday Jim and Gina out all day.  Water generation funkie this day, but they had another great day on the Ruby 2, Tiger Tail and a peach egg pattern.  Beautiful day, especially in the a.m.  Started getting a little wind later in the day.  Carolyn had Len and Don on the water again.  This time it was just for half a day as they wanted to get back home before dark.

Another wonderful day!  Since water was running pretty good, most of our good stripping places were gone. So, Len and I worked on Don’s midging technique.

Don – 3/8/17

Mastered!  Well he is making great progress with this method.  Tried several patterns and the Ruby 2 was the fly of the day.  We did find a spot below Lookout Island where Len pulled in some fish on the Tiger Tail.  Needless to say, Len came back to the shop and purchased materials to make the filoplume and Tiger Tail!  Stan had one of his favorite ladies, George, on the river Wednesday the afternoon.  She had a wonderful time catching on the Ruby 2 midge.  She has a place at Bennett Springs but enjoys fishing Taney for a nice change.

Spey/switch rod clinic – March 25, 2017  – Call to sign up.

More Pretty Weather Coming!

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Looks like 60s and 70s throughout the next ten days or better.  Tomorrow is sunny and lower 70s.  Upper 60s over the weekend and low 70s for the early part of next week, then upper 60s.   Not seeing any winter weather anywhere in the forecast!!

Still the same generation pattern.  Either no generation all day, or a couple units on in the morning for a couple hours, then off until late afternoon when we might see one or two units come on again for a couple hours.

Jim – 3/1/17

Wednesday Jim had a fun and productive day on the filoplume early, the JQ later and then the red soft hackle late in the afternoon.  Lots of wind yesterday…..blew them off anchor several times and they were fishing in white caps on occasion.  The fish didn’t mind.

Good reports coming from fishers on the river.  Most everyone catching nice and several fish, and lots of different patterns seem to be working.  Better go fishing!!


Friday, February 24th, 2017

Wonderful weather, wonderful fishing…..what more could one ask for.  We had an unbelievable weather so far this month.  It looks like Spring here.  Flowers are blooming everywhere as well as the forsythia and several different trees!  Yesterday we hit the 80s.  I had the air conditioning on at the fly shop!  We are now in for a few days of more normal February weather.  High today will be in the upper 50s with the weekend into Monday in the low to upper 50s.  Still now bad.  Monday and Wednesday look like chances for rain with temperatures in the upper 50s.  After that, we go back into the 60s again.

The generation schedule……..  We talked to SWPA to try and find out what they are thinking with their 35 mwh generation schedule.  As I mentioned in jest a couple times in my earlier reports… 35 mwh must be SWPA’s norm for zero.  Well, this is somewhat true.  Not getting into too much detail, what they told us was that they are in a conservation mode right now as all the lakes are down.  Unfortunately for us, Table Rock Dam is the designated source if there is a power need somewhere in the states to which they provide power so they are showing the possibility of generation throughout the day so there are surprises.  What we are really experiencing here on Taneycomo is zero generation almost all day every day.  Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, they fired up a couple units for just a couple hours.  If in doubt, give us a call and we’ll let you know what the actual trend has been.

Fishing has been wonderful too.  James on the water all day Tuesday with Paul from here in Missouri.  Paul racked up the fish on a gray scud, ruby 2 and black copperhead midges, and a red soft hackle.  This was Paul’s first time swinging soft hackles.  We think he liked it.

Yesterday, Barry and Norm from Kansas spent half a day wading the area with Gary.  Lots of action for these guys on red soft hackles and hot hare’s ear nymph.  Norm is pretty new, but he is definitely “hooked”.  Meanwhile, Stan was drifting “Doc” from Oklahoma up and down the river.  Good day for Doc on the ruby 2 early, then the hot hare’s ear.

Just a reminder.  We have a spey/switch rod casting clinic on March 25.  This is a neat way to get your line out there with minimal effort.  Give us a call if you’re interested in attending this clinic.



Getting Tired of Temperatures in the 70s LOL!!

Monday, February 20th, 2017

February and we are having days of temperatures in the 70s.  This weekend, it was in the upper 70s and we are expecting that again this coming week.  Wednesday and Thursday look like upper 70s.  Back to the 60s Friday, and probably upper 50s over the weekend, then back into the 60s next week.  What a February!

No generation since last Friday night.  Friday they actually ran less than 40 mwh early in the day, then shut down for a few hours and again less than 40 mwh at 4:00 p.m. which ran for a few hours.  Today, the projection was 35 mwh most of the day, and as we stated in a report last week, 35 mwh much be their new norm for “zero” actual generation as they are not running anything right now.

Jim and gorgeous bow – 2/15/17

Wednesday Jim hit the last cool day last week.  But, he had a very good day and caught some nice fish.  Jim and Gina spent the day on the was fishing the ruby 2, black copperhead midge and stripping tiger tail.  Several smaller fish, which we have seen a bunch of the last couple weeks, but a colorful 19″ male and fat, colorful 18″ female made up for the “dinks”.

Stan had John from Oklahoma on the water Friday afternoon.  Good day for John on the P&P and Ruby 2 midges.  John is pretty new to the sport and he wanted to hone his midge fishing techniques.  Fish were definitely taking midges Friday.

Lots of fishers on the water this weekend.  Weather was awesome and the fish were happy.  Lots of good reports on gray scuds, ruby 2 midges, tiger tail. and the P&P.  One guy came in and he had had a good day on the rusty midge.  Oh, and don’t forget the red soft hackle.



You Should Have Been Here Yesterday!!

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Great weather we are having.  Definitely cooler today than over the weekend, especially Saturday when it was in the 80s, but we are still having great weather for this time of the year.  Today, tomorrow and Wednesday will probably be the coolest days we have for over a week.  I see lots of 60s and even 70s in the forecast.

Although the generation projection published over the weekend called for low generation all day, both days, we had zero generation.  Today they projected generation all day with it ramping up this morning for a few hours then backing off to the equivalent of one for the balance of the day.  So far today, they are pretty much on target.

Yes, you should have been here over the weekend.  As I mentioned, the weather was great and  fishing was the same.  The pattern of the day or I should say days, was the Tiger Tail.  I know folks were catching on other patterns, but several fishers came in to tell me they had caught, in some cases, over 100 fish this weekend on the Tiger Tail.  I went out and fished for a couple hours and had an excellent time of solid catching on the Tiger Tail.  Walked off the river with a smile on my face.

Better Be Outside This Weekend!

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

I heard on the weather channel this morning that we might break records this weekend with our high temperature which should be in the mid 70s!!!  Friday is no dog with temperatures!  Hard to believe this is February.  We will probably get hit with some cold weather pretty soon, but it better hurry up.  The next two weeks look great.  The only cool days in the two week forecast are today and tomorrow.  Otherwise, we’re looking at 50s & 60s with the closest chances for rain popping up week after next.

I think the new norm of zero generation is 35 mwh.  Every day for the past four or five days, we have seen 35 mwh at the minimum with higher numbers usually in the morning.  Every day, at some point during the day, they have turned the generators off so there has been no generation.  Only thing flowing is the in-house generator at 20 cfs.  Not complaining, but it would be nice to have a better clue at what they intend to do.

Fishing has been very good to very bad, depending on where you are fishing.  Talked to several fishers who were out yesterday and they all had a great day……just a few said it was tough.  Fishing different areas.  If you’re not catching up in the hatchery area, move on downstream.

Everyone has been concerned and talking about how low Table Rock Lake is right now.  Just as a bit of trivia, the lowest Table Rock Lake has every been is 881.54′ on December 5, 1965.  Stan and I remembered another low, 893.55′ set March 26, 1981.  We thought that was low!  Fun site if you want to keep track of this kind of information click on: