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It’s Feeling Like December!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

High today is 49 with lots of wind!  At least it’s sunny but the wind just sends s chill up your spine.  Looks like mid 50s tomorrow and Friday with the weekend showing chances of rain and temperatures in the mid to upper 40s.  Monday’s chances for rain are less, but that a whole four days away.  Temperatures next week are upper 40s early in the week and dropping to mid 40 and upper 30s by later in the week.

Generators off most of today.  There supposed to be off most of yesterday, but as I always say….the Monday projection is a “crap shoot”.  Thursday we will be three hours of generation from 7:00-9:00 and again from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Stan on the water the day after Thanksgiving with Brandon and his mother Brenda.  They have fished with Stan on this day for years in good or bad weather.  Very good day for them this year on the ruby 2 midge.  Brenda was supposed to send me a picture of her nice fish but I haven’t seen it yet.

Mike - 11/26/16

Mike – 11/26/16

Saturday, Carolyn took Mike out for most of the day.  We started a little late because of the generation schedule and the cool morning.  Very good day for Mike, especially early in the day, on the ruby 2 or blue poison midges.  As the day went on, fishing seemed to get a little slower and our normal patterns were not working.  We changed off to the white grub.  Several nice size fish for him that day.

How about this beautiful reflection of the trees in the water that I saw this morning!

Golden Morning

Golden Morning

Fishing Has Been Great

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

Weather is going to be beautiful today.  Sunny skies and temperatures in the mid to upper 50s.  Low 60s tomorrow and probably Sunday with sunny skies.  Lookes like chances (50% right now) for Monday then clearing back up for the rest of the week with temperatures in the mid to upper 50s.

Non-stop generation all week.  Yes, including Thanksgiving Day and again today.  Don’t know yet what they are planning this weekend.  Schedule will not be up until later this afternoon.  Good news is the generation level is only 35 mh which is wadeable in some areas.

Dale - 11/21/16

Dale – 11/21/16

Gina out Monday and Tuesday with Dale and Jay from Oklahoma.  This was Dale’s birthday and he celebrated his birthday on the water fishing!  The fish knew it was a couple of special days they certainly cooperated.

Jay - 11/21/16

Jay – 11/21/16

Great day and a half fishing for Dale and Jay on the ruby 2, burgundy and black midges dropped either under a size 16 ruby 2 or an egg pattern.  Happy Birthday Dale!!  Ron and Kathy from Louisiana spend all day Tuesday on the water with Carolyn.  Great day for these

Kathy - 11/22/16

Kathy – 11/22/16

two on the blue poison and ruby 2 midges.  As usual, Kathy out fished Ron.  But in Ron’s defense, he was in the back of the boat.

Wednesday Jim had a great day with Gina on, of course, Wednesday.  Still generating water and the bite was on.  Ruby 2 midge under a chartreuse egg was the ticket that day.

Jim - 11/23/16

Jim – 11/23/16


Carolyn had Bill and his father, Jerry, out for half a day.  Jerry was just going along for the ride as he is not a fly fisher.  Bill is getting started and we worked a little on casting, but mainly catching.  Great day for Bill on the ruby 2 or blue poison midges.

Bill - 11/23/16

Bill – 11/23/16

Worked with Jerry a little on casting and after seeing Bill catching so many fish, he decided he wanted to give it a try.  Think we have another fly fisher in the making.jerry-112316  First fish he hooked was a nice 17 inch rainbow.  Told him this doesn’t happen every day.     Everyone out over the three day period caught at least one 17 inch trout.  Maybe the lake is turning.  The dissolved oxygen readings are looking good.




Sunday, November 20th, 2016

The shop will be closed:  Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  We will be OPEN New Years Day.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Looks like more normal weather right now.  Highs in the upper 50s or low 60s and we have had some really cold mornings….20s!!  Monday looks nice with low 60s and sunshine.  Chances for rain later in the day Tuesday with low 60s.  Then sunshine through Thanksgiving and upper 50s or low 60s into the weekend.  Next chances for rain looks like Sunday and not really great.  Maybe these cold morning will get Table Rock cooled down so she can turn over.

The generation pattern has been a little off the wall the past few days.  Wednesday they was the pattern we have been seeing for a while….off in the a.m. then on late afternoon for a few hours then off again.  Thursday they ran water up and down all day.  Friday it was off in the a.m. then really cranked it on for about four hours or so.  Both Saturday and today and the projection for tomorrow is more of the same, we have water running up and down all day.  Guess we’re starting to get power needs for heat!

Monday, Stan was on the water all day with Robert from Illinois.  Robert started fishing with us back on 2007.  He missed a couple years, but he’s back and really enjoyed his day on the water.  Morning started out sloooow, but it picked

Kilby - 11/14/16

Kilby – 11/14/16

up and he was catching on the Ruby 2 and P&P midges.  Carolyn had Rob and Kilby out for the day.  We had the same slow start, but finally started catching on the Ruby 2.

Rob and Kilby spent Tuesday on the water with Stan.  Another tough morning.  They started up the water early and ran it for an hour, then off.  Fished terrible on the drop.  Finally got better when it settled down.  Carolyn had Tom out for half a day.  During the rise, it was a

Tom - 11/15/16

Tom – 11/15/16

cerise San Juan worm.  This worked for a while but when the water settled out, it was back to the Ruby 2 midge.  Caught a couple stripping the holographic silver crackleback.

Jim was out with Gina on Wednesday.  Beautiful weather and good day fishing.  Best pattern was the burgundy

Jim - 11/16/16

Jim – 11/16/16

midge, then the P&P and Ruby 2 midges.

Thursday, Stan took Mike and his friend John out for half a day.  This was a birthday present for Mike.  Another slow start, but it turned out to be a pretty good day on the burgundy and Ruby 2 midges.  Howard and his friend Richard were out with Carolyn.  They too had a slow start, but we managed to have a pretty good day too on the burgundy and Ruby 2 midges.  They also caught some tripping the JQ streamer below Lookout Island.

Friday was brutal!!!  Stan and Carolyn had a group of guys who hunt or play golf in all kinds conditions and they even said it was brutal!  Wind was blowing almost non stop with gusts at what seemed like 30-40 mph!  Carolyn had Jeff and Bob, and Stan took John and

Jeff - 11/18/16

Jeff – 11/18/16

Dave.  The chop on the water was so bad I’m certain we missed several soft takes.  All in all, it turned out to be a good day.  Carolyn’s guys had fun stripping the Tiger Tail or filoplume and catching fish.  Both boats caught on the Ruby 2, P&P and burgundy midges.


Shiver! 30 Degrees This Morning!

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Burr.  Checked the temperature this morning while I was getting ready to come to work and it was 30 degrees!  We have been wanted it to cool down, but now I’m not sure I’m ready for it!   Yes, we need it to cool down the lake so it will turn and we can get some oxygen coming through the gates.

We continue to see no generation during the morning and early afternoon hours.  Generally one or two units come on in the late afternoon for 2-5 hours then off the balance of the night and not back on until late the next afternoon.

Jim had a couple of his regulars, Wayne and Coleen, from Hawaii out both Saturday and Monday this past week.  He didn’t think they would go our Monday as it was rainy, cold and miserable.  They came to fish and fish they did.  Good couple days for them on the baby ruby with the blood worm dropper.  Caught a few stripping the JQ or tiger tail.  Chris went out late morning with Stan for half a day.  Fortunately, they caught fish early as the generators came on earlier than projected.  Trashed up the water pretty good so Chris was cleaning his flies with every cast.  They caught fish on the ruby 2.

Thursday, Stan had Jeff and Sheila, from Texas out for half a day.  Good day for them on the P&P and Ruby 2 midges.  Carolyn was giving Sam, also from Texas, a crash refresher course in casting.

Sam - 11/10/16

Sam – 11/10/16

Now that Sam had a refresher course, he was ready to go fishing on Friday.  His wife Joyce rode along and really enjoyed being on the water and enjoying the outdoors.  It was a beautiful day.  Very little wind and lots of sunshine with temperatures in the mid to upper 60s.  Sam had a good day casting and catching on the Ruby 2.   Jim had Frank out for the day.  He was catching on the baby ruby or P&P with a blood worm dropper.


Fun Weekend!

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Nice weather we are having.  Daytime temperatures are in the upper 60s.  Nippy in the morning but temperatures in the 40s.  It’s about time.  We are ready for some cooler weather, if nothing else to get Table Rock Lake to turn over.

Pretty much the same generation patterns.  However, this weekend, they cranked on a unit both Saturday and Sunday mornings which was not projected.  The projection was for a unit in the afternoon….which they did not do yesterday.  Not sure what will happen this afternoon.  It was okay as it certainly helped fishing!

Stan on the water Wednesday with Doc and Terry from Tulsa.  Very good day for these two guys on the ruby 2 midge.

Justin - 11/4/16

Justin – 11/4/16

Friday,. Stan took Rick and Justin, from Kansas, out for the day.   Slow start to the day, but it certainly picked up.  How about this beautiful rainbow?  It was the P&P and olive midges.

Dana and Stan had a group out Saturday celebrating Denny’s birthday (it was last month).  Dana took John and Adam.  Really good day for these guys on the Ruby 2 and black copperhead midges.  Stan had

John - 11/5/16

John – 11/5/16


Adam - 11/5/16

Adam – 11/5/16

Denny and Doug.  They too have a good day mainly on the ruby 2 midge.



Mean Bunch of Fly Fishing Women!

Mean Bunch of Fly Fishing Women!

River Runners Women’s Fly Fishing Club invaded Taneycomo this weekend.  What a group of fly fishing ladies.  17 women were fishing Saturday and everyone caught fish on everything from the ruby 2 midge to “pre-emergers”.  Fun day with five drift boats on the water.  Good thing as they cranked on one unit in the morning which limited the wading area.

Fishing Is Good!

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Still seeing unbelievable weather.  Temperatures in the low 80s or upper 70s.  Slight chance of some rain late tonight and possibly into early Thursday, but back into the 70s by Friday.  Pretty much the trend for the following week.

No change in the generation pattern.  We have a couple mornings where they turn on the equivalent of one unit for an hour then shut it down.  Getting the normal two to three units on in the afternoon for several hours.

Fished with Sheila this past Sunday.  She and Jerry used to fish with me and Jerry passed away in June of 2015.  This past Sunday would have been Jerry’s 69th birthday and she wanted to remember him on the river where he loved to be.  He would have been proud.  Sheila had a great day on the river catching on the Ruby 2, P&P and stripping the filoplume on a sinking leader (Jerry’s favorite).  She caught enough for both of them.

Jim and Stan on the water Monday Ryan, Ryan and Robert.  Stan took the new fly fisher, Ryan.  Quick learner and he had a very good day, despite the water being messed with most of the day.  Up and down, up and down…..  It was the Ruby 2 and P&P midges.  The other Ryan and his grandfather, Robert, were with Jim.  They were using the baby ruby, P&P and a blood worm dropper.  Good day for these guys too.

Yes, I’m Ready For Some Cool Weather!

Monday, October 31st, 2016

We continue to see temperatures in the 70s and lots of sunshine.  It’s hard to believe this is Halloween!  It almost always is cold and even rainy for Halloween.  I am ready for some cool weather.  We need to cool down the take so it will turn over!

Not much change in the generation patterns.  Maybe a unit on for an hour in the a.m., but generally it has been on for a little while in the late afternoon and off all day.  No complaints there!

Jim and Stan on the water this past Monday with Meredith and a group of his friends from the Indiana area.  Jim had Bob and Mary and Stan took Meredith and Warren.  Monday fished a little slow, but they all caught fish. Jim’s was on the baby ruby with either a gray scud or blood worm dropper.  Stan fished the Ruby 2.

Tuesday, Carolyn took Bob and Mary and Stan fished again with Meredith and Warren.  This was one of the days when they fired up a unit for an hour as they had to raise the water level so a pontoon boat could go up stream with some guys to work on the dam.  What a difference this ‘kick water’

Mary - 10/25/16

Mary – 10/25/16

did for the fish.  It was like someone flipped a switch.  Great day for everyone on the Ruby 2 and P&P midges.  Mary had three fish to the boat before I could get Bob ready and in the water.  What a fun day.  Bet you could hear us all over the river!   Jim took Leonard and Curtis out for half a day.  They were catching on the bug eyed bugger and baby ruby with the blood worm dropper.

Wednesday, Jim and Charles went out with Jim for half a day.  Some weather moved in so Jim came off early.  They did catch a few fish on the baby ruby and blood worm dropper.  Stan and his guys John and his nephew Richard.  They stuck it out and caught fish mainly on the ruby 2.  This was a new experience for Richard.

Joe and Steve fished half a day

Steve - 10/28/16

Steve – 10/28/16

with Carolyn on Friday.  Very good day for these guys on the black copperhead midge, ruby 2 and even stripping the tiger tail.  A few tangles, a few misses, but a fun day.  Jim had Tom and Kelly out.  Pretty new fishers, so Jim was in instructional mode.  They caught fish on the P&P, baby ruby and blood worm dropper.

Fishing has been good.  They are still spotty.  We have had to move around to find them, but usually when we do, we can find a good number of fish.  We are seeing quite a few dead fish on the bottom as we drift down stream.  Remember, the dissolved oxygen is low and take more time to revive the fish before you release them.  Watch them as they swim away as they might swim away for 10-15 feet and flip over again.


This Is October?!

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Unbelievable weather we are having for October.  I think the weather channel said this was the third warmest Octobers since they started keeping records.   Slight chances for rain today with temperatures in the mid 70s.  Upper 70s tomorrow and back into the 80 Friday through the weekend.

More of the same generation pattern we have seen so far.  Yesterday, they worked on the dam so they turned on the equivalent of two units for an hour so the pontoon boat could get up river to the dam.  Then they turned in on again when they were finished.  Today we will have the equivalent of two units on around 5:00 p.m. for four hours then off.

Eric and Gary on the water with Stan last Friday.  Good day for them on the Ruby 2.

Saturday, Jim took David and his daughter, Cassie out for half a day.  They worked for fish, but had a good day on the baby ruby, with either a gray scud or blood worm dropper.  Stan and Carolyn took a group out celebrating a birthday.  George, the birthday fisher and his son, Chase fished with Carolyn.  John, George’s older brother and George’s other son, Drake, fished with Stan.  All except John were new fly fishers.  Fun day and everyone caught fish….mainly on the Ruby 2 midge.  Happy Birthday George!

Toto, I Think We’re Back in Kansas!

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Wow!  The wind the past two days has been brutal.  Felt like we were back in Kansas!  Today is cool (high will be in the low 60s) and sunny with VERY LITTLE WIND!  Saturday through Tuesday looks like mid 70s to low 80s with sunshine.  Light chances of rain Wednesday with increased chances by Wednesday.  Temps holding in the mid 70s.  Trees have turned a little more.  Need a few more cool nights.

No generation in the morning hours continues to be the norm.  Something coming on at 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. and staying on for 4-5 hours, then back off.  Today we will not see generation until 5:00 p.m.

Busy week.  Monday, Stan had Mike and his son, Steven out for half a day.  Pretty good day on the rusty midge.  it was pretty windy that day, but nothing like the past two days.  They had planned on a full day,

Mike - 10/17/16

Mike – 10/17/16

but when the generators came on at 1:00, it really dirtied up in a hurry.  So, it was a good half day.  Gina and Jim had a group of guys, Mike, Chuck and John out for half a day.  Good day for these guys too.  Mike was out with Gina and he caught on the Ruby 2 and P&P midges.  Chuck and John who were with Jim fished the P&P with a blood worm dropper.  Carolyn had Kathi and Bill out for half a day.  Pretty good day for them on the Hot Hare’s Ear, PYP and copper dun midges.

Everyone on the river again Tuesday.  Thomas from Minnesota spent the morning with Stan.  Slow morning for them.  Very slow bite but finally brought some fish to the net as the morning went on the olive midge.  Lynn and Bruce  were fishing with Jim.  Not going to repeat what he said about the fishing, but they too had a slow day.  No best

Kathi - 10/18/16

Kathi – 10/18/16

fly as they did not have very many takes.  Gina had Kathi and Bill out again.  They didn’t get enough fishing on Monday.  Another pretty good day for them on the Ruby 2 and olive midges, and the olive JQ.  Knox and Gabrielle, from Illinois, were fishing with Carolyn.  It was Ruby 2 and copper dun midges most of the trip, then the holographic green crackleback when the water first

Bill - 10/18/16

Bill – 10/18/16

came on.  Gabrielle really like this kind of fishing.

Wednesday….yes, Wednesday Jim fished with Gina.   Fast trip for Jim as he was on a time schedule, but

Jim - 10/19/16

Jim – 10/19/16

he caught fish and had fun….he always does on the ruby 2 midge.  Brad and Terry fished with Jim.  Pretty good day for them on the little ruby, P&P and blood worm dropper.  Fished best for them when the wind put a little chop on the water as the flow is sooooo slow.  Carolyn had Bob and his friend Mark on the water for the first day of their two half day fishing days.   First day was okay, but not as good as they did the second day.  Wednesday it was pretty much the Ruby 2 midge.  Gary and Bob were also on their first day of their two half day trips with Stan.  Fished pretty good for them on Wednesday on the P&P and olive midges.

Bob - 10/20/16

Bob – 102016

Thursday, fished very good for Bob and Mark.  Started out with a bang.  Mark brought a beautiful 18 inch rainbow to the net and we caught several other nice fish on the black copperhead midge in the a.m. then the Ruby 2 later in the morning up until they turned on the generators.   Tough day for Gary and Bob who were out with

Pam - 10/20/16

Pam – 10/20/16

Stan.  They could hardly find a bite and it was WINDY!.  Buddy and Pam fished with Jim.  They had a good day on the ruby midge with a blood worm dropper.

Trees Are Getting Some Color!

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

Awesome October weather!  Sunshine and in the 80s yesterday.  Today and tomorrow will again be in the 80s with lots of sunshine.  80s through Wednesday when we also have a chance for showers.  Cool front so temperatures Thursday and Friday will be in the mid 60s then low 70s through the weekend and into Monday.  Sounds nice to me.

Continuing days of no generation in the morning and something coming on around 1:00-2:00 p.m. and staying on for 4-5 hours then off during the week.    This weekend, we had one unit on around 5:00 p.m. with the same scenario for today.  Back to the normal no generation until early afternoon, then on for several hours and back off is the schedule for Monday.  Sounds like more of the same this coming week.

Stan spent last Monday morning on the river with Jack and Mary Kay from Texas.  Fun day with those two on the P&P and olive

Richard - 10/10/16

Richard – 10/10/16

midges.  Greg and Terry from Alabama spent the whole day with Jim.  Good day using the blood worm dropper on either the P&P or Ruby midges.  Still having our best fishing further downstream below the Trophy Run area and down.  Carolyn had Richard and Barbara out again.  Good day for them on the P&P

Barbara - 10/11/16

Barbara – 10/11/16

and copper dun midges.

Tuesday, Jim took a couple of his long-time customers, Price and Marge out for half a day.  They always have fun and even caught fish….thanks to Marge!  P&P with the blood worm dropper or stripping a size 10 bug-eyed bugger.  Carolyn had a couple guys she once worked with at Bayer many moons ago, John and Dave.

John - 10/11/16

John – 10/11/16

Had a slow start, but finished with a bang!  Nothing real big, but several in the 15 inch range.  We started out in the morning with the rusty midge, changed to the P&P, and finished up on the

Dave - 10/11/16

Dave – 10/11/16


Ruby 2.   Stan had Gil and his friend Randy out.  They caught fish on the copper dun and P&P.

Wednesday Jim had a good day with Gina this past Wednesday.  Ruby 2, egg pattern and rusty midge.  Another one of those days where fishing got better the further down stream you went.


Kirsten’s 1st on fly rod – 10/14/15

Another anniversary couple celebrated on the river together.  Derek and Kirsten spent half a day learning a little more about fly fishing with Carolyn.  They are good friends of another couple Carolyn took out in September who were celebrating their fifth (I think) anniversary.  Copper dun midge was the ticket early in the day.  Derek picked a few on the Tiger Tail, but the hot hare’s ear

Derek - 10/14/16

Derek – 10/14/16

nymph was the winning ticket that day.  Stan had Larry on the water.  He is a Judge in Johnson County so they had a lot to talk about with Stan having been a Sheriff’s Officer out of the Johnson County court house.  Good day for Larry on the copper dun midge.  Another slow start, but certainly picked up later in the morning g.  Jim had a couple from Canada out, John and Phyllis.  Best pattern was the baby ruby.

Andi-s 1st on fly rod - 10/15/16

Andi’s 1st on fly rod – 10/15/16

Hopefully, another woman fly fisher in the making.  Don and Andi spent Saturday morning on the water with Carolyn.  Don has been fishing for a few years, but this was Andi’s first experience.  Carolyn worked with her on the roll cast, regular cast, and some line management work.  Glad to say, she  took the normal route.  Casting was looking good, but after hooking the first fish, it all disappeared for a while.  Best day we have had for a while just below the boat ramp.  We started our trip a

Don - 10/15/16

Don – 10/15/16

little later in the morning and started hitting fish shortly after we got in the water on the P&P midge.  Don tried several other patterns, but always came back to the P&P.  Jim had Chris and Jeff out for an instructional trip and they did a good job.  Good day on the blood worm dropper under the P&P.  Stan’s couple, John and Teresa from Kansas, are fairly new fly fishers.  They did well on the copper dun and P&P.  It is really nice right now and should even get better, standing in the water looking at the trees along the river.  They are starting to show signs of coloring up.  Better get out and fish!