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Lots of New Fly Fishers!

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

A little rainy yesterday, and it looks like we might get a little more tonight.  Tomorrow looks nice with lots of sunshine.  Monday through Friday might have a little cooler temperatures then we have been having, but still in the upper 60s.  Just slight chances for moisture.

Glad to say that we continue to see lots of no generation time during the day.  Today the projection is zero all day.  Tomorrow they might fire up less than a full unit around 9:00 p.m. for one hour.  Monday afternoon will see a few hours of generation, but the morning looks like zero.

Jim took John and Jaimi out for a full day of instructional fishing on Wednesday.  They had a fun day of learning and catching on the tiger tail and a filoplume.  Lynn and Bret, also from Oklahoma (John and Jaimi are from OK) spent a good part of the day on the water learning

Lynn - 4/27/16

Lynn – 4/27/16

with Carolyn.  We almost had to drag Lynn off the water!  Good, fun day for these two on the lightning bug, black copperhead midge, ruby 2 midge, tiger tail and filoplume.

Bret - 4/27/16

Bret – 4/27/16

We tried to work on everything!

Thursday, Jim took Johnathan out for a full day of learning.  He had just finished the Orvis school at Dogwood Canyon and wanted to reinforce everything with a day on the water.  Still working on his hook set, but he had a lot better grasp of presentation techniques  after the day on the water fly fishing.  It was a tiger tail and filoplume day for him.

Still Seeing Lots of Wading Time

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Temperatures in the 70s and 80sthrough next weekend.  Rain has been threatening all day but seems to be moving into late tonight or early tomorrow morning.  Thursday looks dry, but rain rears its head again Friday and Saturday.  Slight chances from Sunday through Friday.

Water off most of the day.  Yesterday and again today, they started it up around 1:00 and ramped up some more an hour later.  Tomorrow’s projection is for no generation until 4:00 p.m. or so.

Mike from Kansas out on the water again with Stan last Friday.  Great day for Mike on a shad pattern and the holographic green crackleback.  He really had fun with the crackleback.

Saturday, Jim had Alex our for half a day.  He had a really good day too.  Gina and Carolyn were off contaminating a great group of ladies with the art of fly fishing.  MAKO Fly Fishing Club out of Joplin organized women’s clinic that was held at the Walter Woods Conservation Area just west of Joplin.  Nice meeting facilities and a POND with fish in it!  We are about to see several more ladies throwing nice lines on the river.

Rick and Bill spent most of Monday on the river with Stan.  Very good day for these guys even though they messed with the water all day.  One unit on for a while then off, then on again, etc. etc.  Jim had Randy and Doug from Oklahoma out on the up and down water.  They did well mainly on the Tiger Tail.

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Jim – 4/26/16

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Becky’s 1st on fly rod – 4/26/16

Gina out today with Jim, aka Wednesday Jim.  Only did half a day today as the water was coming on at 2:00 and it really has been trashing up when they first start up the water.   It was the black copperhead zebra midge or tan filoplume.  George and Becky spent the morning on the water with Carolyn.  George is pretty new to fly fishing and Becky is brand new.  We went through the normal routine of roll cast, then pick up and lay down cast, and some line management.  It seemed to be starting out a little slow in the early part of the morning, but things definitely picked up later in the morning.  We caught fish on soft hackles and a tan filoplume.  George’s almost last fish of the day was a nice 19″ plus rainbow

George - 4/26/16

George – 4/26/16


Great Weekend Ahead!

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Forecast is for great weather this weekend.   Upper 70s Saturday and 80s for Sunday.  Looks like the rain may stay away until Tuesday late, but Wednesday is still showing possibility of showers..  However, temperatures will be in the 80s all next week.

Pattern so far is a couple units on in the early a.m. for 2-3 hours then off until late in the day.  Back on for a few hours and off the remainder of the night.

Robert - 4/20/16

Robert – 4/20/16

Wednesday, Stan took Robert, from Kansas City out for half a day.  Robert’s father and brother were fishing with another guide and he decided he wanted to go fishing too!  Very good day for Robert which included an 18 inch plus rainbow.

Jim and Stan took a group of guys from Iowa out for half a day.  Stan had Mike and Tom.  They had a super day on the white grub and shad patterns.  Jim’s guys are new to fly fishing, so after a bit of instruction, they had a great day on the tiger tail and shad patterns.

Malcolm - 4/21/16

Malcolm – 4/21/16

Darrell had one of his long time regulars, Malcolm, on the water all day.  Fantastic day for Malcolm as you can see from his nice 24″ rainbow.


Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Weather is great.  Temperatures in the 70s today and Friday.  80s and sunshine are forecast for the weekend!  Next week looks like 80s but chances for showers start sneaking in with better chances starting Wednesday into the following weekend.

Generation continues to be off during most of the day.  With rain in the forecast for next week, this might change.

Awesome!  Fishing with the generators off has just been awesome.  Stan out last Saturday with Matt and his son, Matt.  This was young Matt’s first with a fly rod and he had a great time and caught a good number of fish.  Word was he out fished his Dad.

Sunday, Jim took Paul and Ryan out for a half day instructional trip.  They caught fish on the JQ and tiger tail streamers.  Jim, from Illinois spent half a day on the water with Stan.  Started out good on catching, but at 10:00 a.m., they turned on a generator and the water really turned to dirt!  That along with the high winds, finished off the day.

Terry - 4/19/16

Terry – 4/19/16

Terry from Oklahoma decided he wanted to learn how to fly fish.  So, Tuesday, he spent the morning in the water with Carolyn.   We worked on the roll cast, basic cast and a little on shooting line  Terry’s efforts paid off as he started catching fish with his first cast.  Really good day for Terry  Ruby II, holographic green crackleback, and the tiger tail were his flies for the morning.  I think he’s “hooked”.  “Going home and practice!”




Darn Those Generators!

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Upper 70s and clouds moving in and out today.  Tomorrow it looks like a 70% chance for rain with temperatures in the lower 70s.  That trend seems to be running through Wednesday of next week.  By Thursday, the chances for showers drop dramatically (20%) with temperatures in the mid 70s.  Friday through the weekend are great!  Upper 70s Friday and mid 80s Saturday and Sunday.  Time to hit the water!

Not sure what to say about the generation.  Yesterday, and again today, they had no generation until 10:00 a.m. when they turned on one unit.  That is scheduled to remain on until 8:00 p.m.  However, yesterday they cut it way back around 4:00 p.m. then shut it off at 9:00 p.m.  Monday they are projecting two units on for three hours beginning at 7:00 a.m. then off until 6:00 p.m.

Jim - 4/14/16

Jim – 4/14/16

Stan again on the water with Jim and Marie on Thursday.  A little tougher on Thursday as the

Marie - 4/14/16

Marie – 4/14/16

water was going up and down, but they pulled off another very good day.

Both Friday and Saturday, Carolyn had JP and his father, George on the water for half a day.  Friday, one unit was running all day.  With the water being stable all day, it certainly fished well for us.  We floated the boat ramp bank several times with great results.  Several 16″ to 19″ healthy, fat rainbows.  Saturday, we got on the water before the generator started.  It was a hoot.  Since the water was off, we found a good looking spot and got out of the boat.  Good water for streamers,

JP- 4/15/16

JP- 4/15/16

so JP was stripping the tiger tail with a filoplume as a second fly.  At one time, he hooked up with a fish on both flies at one time!  George was just a little

George - 4/16/16

George – 4/16/16

below him stripping the holographic green crackleback and catching as many or more, but with only one fly, he never got a double!  Another fun day until the horn blew.  After that, it was over an hour before we finally picked up a few more fish.  Dana had Brent and his wife, Jackie on the water for what was to have been a full day.  This was their first time with a fly rod and Jackie caught her first brown and a nice 17 inch rainbow.  She is hooked!  Unfortunately, after the water came on and fishing turned south, Dana decided it best to have lunch and call it a day.  If they had not turned on the generator, it would have been an outstanding day!


Friday, April 15th, 2016


Gina on the Missouri - 4/8/16

Gina on the Missouri – 4/8/16

Yes, our trip to Montana was Great!  We had a great day on the Missouri River.  Lots of nice fish, great weather and lots of fun!

The Orvis Rendezvous was excellent.  Well attended and very good programs and speakers.

Carolyn on the Missouri - 4/8/16

Carolyn on the Missouri – 4/8/16


We certainly have been having some great weather here.  Today is a bit overcast, but temperatures will be in the low 70s.  Saturday and Sunday will see 70s and sun peeking out on Sunday.  Next week temperatures will remain in the 70s to 80s by mid week.  Chances of showers Tuesday and Wednesday.

Lower generation has been the rule for the past couple days.  Since Sunday, we have seen no or one unit for most of the day, especially after 10:00 a.m.  We are definitely at power pool on Table Rock.

Dana, Darrell and Stan took the Texas gang out the past Sunday.  Good day for all the guys.  Dana had Lou and Rich.  It was a shad pattern, white grub and white jig for them.  Darrell’s guys. Richard and Larry, mainly caught on a shad.  Stan had Dan and Tom.  This was Tom’s first experience in a drift boat and they had a pretty good flow going that day.

Tuesday, Jim’s regulars, Marge and Price, spent the morning on the water with him.  Very good day for these two stripping the tiger tail.  I think this was one of our no generation days!  Stan had Marie and Jim, from Florida out for the day.  Really good day for them too on a green Copper John, shad, and ruby 2.

Jan - 4/13/16

Jan – 4/13/16

Mike and Jan, from Oklahoma, fished with Carolyn on Tuesday.  These two have fish with me for over 10 years now.  Both are very good fishers and just love to catch fish, so we did just that.  Right out of the chute Jane caught a nice on their first day.  More certainly were to follow.  Wednesday, we continued to catch nice fish and they doubled up at least twice.

Jan & Mike - 4/14/16

Jan & Mike – 4/14/16




Heading For Montana

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Looks like the weather will continue to be pretty nice.  Low 70s tomorrow with upper 60s Friday and Saturday.  No rain.  By Sunday and Monday we are looking at pretty good chances for rain and temperatures in the 70s.  After that, next week looks nice…upper 60s and sunshine.  Friday is sunny and mid 70s but rain is showing up again for the weekend.  Oh well…that’s a ways away.

We continue to see two to three units most every day for at least part of the day.  Today they ran two units all day and they are supposed to run three units for a while tomorrow morning then cut it back to one unit for several hours.

It’s been a busy guide week.  Stan on the water Monday with Marv & Rich.  Despite the 3 units and high wind, they managed to pull some fish on a big ruby or various shad patterns.

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Jim – 4/5/16

Yesterday we have four boats on the water.  Gina had her Wednesday Jim out on Tuesday?!  Think he decided the weather every Wednesday was always terrible so he’d try a different day.  They had a good day on the water despite the on with three units, drop to one unit, they back up to three again AND the wind!  They fished the mega worm, chartreuse egg, pink/cerise San Juan worm and a tan filoplume.   Stan took Larry, from Iowa, out for half a day.  Larry fished with Stan a couple years ago and was ready to try it again.  Good day for them on shad patterns.  Darrell had Kent and his friend John out in the wind.  They too had a good day; pretty much the same patterns, big ruby and shads.  What a day to try teach new fly fishers!  Carolyn had Brett and his son, Leighton, from Georga on the water.  They really wanted to learn as much as catch.  We worked on casting into the wind…..of course, roll casting,

Leighton - 4/5/16

Leighton – 4/5/16

and definitely hooked and played a few fish.  Both did very well despite the conditions.  I do think we have a couple new fly fishers in the works.  They just won’t know how to act on a calm day.  What a fun day!

Gina and I are heading for Missoula, Montana to attend the Orvis Guide Rendezvous.  We will be fishing one of the many river out there on Friday, and hopefully again on Sunday.  Time for us to let someone row us around in a drift boat!   Back to the real world Monday.




Spring Time In the Ozarks!

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Another beautiful, sunny day with temperatures in the upper 70s.  Best thing about today is that the wind is laying a little lower than it has been.  Looks like another nice day tomorrow, then chances of showers early Wednesday with mainly sunny skies later in the day and temperatures in the upper 60s.  Thursday, mostly sunny with wind….again!  Sun and 60s back on Friday through Saturday with rain sneaking in gain by Sunday.  Not a big chance right now, but it’s there.

Two units running the past two days with it off late at night and early in the morning.  I think they fired up the units this morning at 7:00 a.m.  It is off right now (a little before 2:00 p.m.) but the schedule shows turning two back on at 2:00.  Why bother?

Marvin from Indiana on the water with Darrell Thursday.  He caught a nice 17-1/2″ rainbow but they worked hard for fish.  The big ruby was their best pattern.  Stan had Terry from Oklahoma on the water again.  It was the big ruby for them too.

Friday, Jim took David out for half a day.  Pretty good day for then on the JQ streamer or a shad pattern.  Nothing big, but good numbers and a great day.

Sheryl & Matthew - 4/2/16

Sheryl & Matthew – 4/2/16

Sheryl and Matthew from the Kansas City area spent Saturday morning on the water with Carolyn.  We worked hard for fish, but caught several nice 17 inchers and 16-1/2 inches on the big ruby, cerise worm or shad pattern.  The “funnest” catch of the day was their double browns!  Of course, her’s was the larger of the two!  Good day with some nice fish.  Dana and Stan had Gordon and his son’s John and Gordon on the river.  Dana’s guys, John and Gordon were fishing a white grub or shad pattern.  Stan had Gordon senior and they were catching mainly on a shad pattern.  Another wonderful, windy day!!

What A Day!

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Lots of rain in the area over night.  Storms woke me up several times.  But, it turned out to be a beautiful day.  Temperatures in the low 70s, sunny and a light breeze.  Looks like nice days pretty much through the weekend into most of next week.  Slight chance for showers showing up next Saturday.  But, that’s more than a week away.  Temperatures are mid 60 up mid 70s.

Today’s generation actual was a surprise.  Guess it should not have been since we got lots of rain over night.  The schedule called for no generation until early this morning, then one unit for an hour, then three for an hour, back to one unit for three hours then off!  NOT!  Instead of turning it off, then kept it as three units all day.  5:00 p.m. and we still have three units going.  I know the projection for all day tomorrow is two units.  We are just a tad above power pool (915.18) so maybe they will get it back to power pool and shut it down for us again.

We actually had a few hours of wadeable water each day this week except today.  Stan and I had two couples we have fish before out Tuesday.  When we got on the water, they were doing their morning one,

Dawn - 3/29/16

Dawn – 3/29/16

two, then three units before shutting it down for the morning and part of the afternoon.  I hit one of my favorite high water spots with the big ruby and a shad pattern dropper and Dawn and Bill started catching fish.   We picked a couple nice fish right off, 17-18″.  After catching several fish in here I started noticing that we were hanging up on the bottom a little more.   Water was dropping out real fast.  Better get out of here.  Not soon enough as we actually had to drag the boat over a little hump to get back out onto the main part of the river.  Stan and his couple, Coop and Claire, were hugging the bank on the opposite site of the river.  We went over and joined them and managed to get a little drift downstream but the wind was blowing so hard upstream, you would row three feet and get blown back five feet!.  I actually had my anchor down several times and the wind just blew us upstream or to the opposite bank.

Finally made it down to the Lookout Island where we tried to hide from the wind and have lunch.  Big decision, go on down stream or go back to the put in upstream.  Good decision, go back upstream!  After fishing around Lookout Island for a little while, we picked up our anchors and blew upstream almost trolling our flies, AND, catching fish all the way back up!  Guess there is a first time for everything.  Other than the wind, it was a great day catching.  Lots of fish and definitely some nice fish mixed in with the “dinks”.



What Healthy fish!

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Winter wants to hang on.  We have a frost advisory for tonight into early tomorrow morning.  But, tomorrow looks like it will be a nice day.  Sunny with a high in the upper 60s.  Tuesday and Wednesday will see 70 degrees and a chance for showers Wednesday.  Back to sunny and mid 60s for Thursday and Friday.  Upper 60s to low 70s Saturday and Sunday with sun!

Two to three units all weekend, but the projection is for no units until 6:00 a.m. when one unit will come on.  Then two units for one hour; three units for three hours, down to two, then one and off by 1:00.  No units for three hours ……we will see.  However, Table Rock is currently at power pool.

We continue to see very nice, healthy 16-18 inch fish on all our trips.  They are just stuffed with food so they are round as butter balls!  They put up a nice fight too.  Darrell on the water Thursday with Damon from Lee’s Summit.  White mega worm and big ruby were his patterns.  Very good day for him and definitely includes at least one of those bigger guys.

Stan had Jerry from Kansas out on Friday.  They had a very good day mainly on an egg pattern.

Saturday afternoon, Carolyn took Larry and his son, Andrew out for half a day. Hot start with some nice fish, but it definitely slowed down later in the afternoon when they fired up a unit.  For a while early on though it was pretty steady with several doubles on.  We were testing a new shad pattern on Andrew and Larry was drifting an egg.  Stan had Stephan from Montana and his friend David out for the morning.  They had a good day mainly on the egg pattern.