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Still Running Three Units

Sunday, March 24th, 2019

Temperatures have warmed up but we keep getting chances for rain in the area.  Tomorrow and Wednesday will look like 58 and 68 respectively.  No rain in the forecast until Friday but temperatures in the mid 60s.  Next week is all mid to upper 60s but 30% and 40% chances for showers show up here and there during the week.

No change in generation pattern.  The equivalent of three units which is 9700 cfs +/- every day.  With rain in the forecast here and there, we’ll probably no see a change for a while.

Been busy on the water the past week.  Jim out all day last Tuesday with  Malcolm from the St. Louis area.  Good day for this streamer puller mainly on the tiger tail.

Wednesday, Carolyn took Rick and his grandson Oliver out for the afternoon.  Pretty day even with the three units going.  It was neck to neck for a

Oliver – 3/20/19

while between Rick and Oliver, but Rick eventually pulled away.  However, Oliver had the best fish of the day.  He is going to make quite a fishing partner for his grandfather.  Patterns of the day were the big ruby with either a cerise or red San Juan worm dropper.

Chad, from Wyoming, spent half a day Wednesday on the water with Jim.  Fish were not taking much nymphing so they put on the tiger tail and pulled quite a few fish.

Thursday, Hale took his father, Dan, out for the day with Jim.  Hale likes pulling streamers and Dan is fairly new so they stripped the tiger tail and drifter the ruby midge and caught fish.

Susan – 3/23/19

Saturday was a girls day out for Gina and her guests Jeannie and Susan.  Jeannie and Susan are friends from high school.  Jeannie has been fishing for a while and decided she needed to introduce Susan to this wonderful sport.  Fun day for

Jeannie – 3/23/19

the ladies learning and catching fish on the big ruby with either a tunghead red midge dropper or a pink worm.   Carolyn had Matt and his son, Matthew on the water for the day.  Really good day for them on the red tunghead midge or red San Juan worm under the big ruby nymphing.  Neither had done any stripping, so they stopped for a while and pulled the

Matthew – 20″ rainbow – 3/23/19

holographic green crackleback to experience this technique.  Both like that method for catching! Great day for Matthew as he caught a nice 20 inch rainbow.   Really fun day even though we came off the water a little wet from the rain that started pouring around 3:30.



Generators Are Back!

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

Beautiful day today we’re having.  Sunshine, very little wind, and temperatures will be in the upper 50!  Looks like more on the horizon.  Even looking at 60s all next week.  Slight chances for rain…..we’ll see.

Sorry, they must have finished the work on the generators as the generators came back on this morning.  Called and they are using three units to run the equivalent of two units so the tailwater is back up 5 feet with about 7000 cfs going.  Table Rock is currently just about a foot above power pool.

Boats on the water Friday.  Tough day mainly due to the wind.  Thought we had had all the wind we were going to get Wednesday and Thursday but it stuck around again on Friday!  Probably missed more fish than we hooked as the waves were so high in places you couldn’t see a take unless they took it to the bottom!  We had a bit higher water level too.  Ran a good three units that day.  Anyway, Jim had Rob out for half a day and they did pretty good early in the day stripping the tiger tail.  Around noon that shut down so they went to the ruby midge and caught a few more.  Carolyn had Carter out for a day.  This young man is

Carter – 3/15/19

getting started in the fly fishing world so we worked on technique and presentation.  He’s going to be a good fly fisher, quick learner as well as eager to learn.  Fun day mainly on the cerise worm under the big ruby.  Forgot to mention, it was a bit nippy that day due to the extreme wind.

Saturday Jim had a couple of new fly fishers on the water, Glenn and Barb.  Did some instructional work and had them catching fish on the ruby midge and tiger tail.  Dana and Carolyn had a group of guys out for half a day.  Dana had Grady and his grandson, Brett, in his boat and Carolyn had Gerald, Grady’s nephew.  Brett and Gerald are out of California and Grady has a place in Branson.  Fun day for this group of guys who decided they were going fishing

Gerald – 3/16/19

when they all got here.  Dana’s boat was catching on the red San Juan worm, or a Cerise SJ, each dropped under a big ruby 2.  Carolyn’s guy, was catching mainly on the cerise San Juan.  He hadn’t tried stripping, so we rigged up the tiger tail with a holographic green crackleback and caught several stripping this.  Gerald like this!  Much better water and weather than the day before…


Spillway Gates Open Again!

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

FYI.  The Corps will be opening up two spillways today around 3:00 p.m.  Should be around 3900 cfs (what they did the last time).  They need to shut down the generators again for repair work.  Plan right now is to have them off through tonight and into most if not all of tomorrow.  Also know that the road over the dam, highways 165 and 265 will be closed from 8:00 p.m. tonight until 6:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Spring Is One Week Away!!!

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Other than strong winds today and tomorrow and some rain tonight, the weather is really starting to look like March!  It’s about time!  Temperatures through the weekend and into early next week will be in the 50s.  Once we hit mid week, it looks like 60s for at least the rest of the week and into next weekend!  Yeah!  Just in time for Spring!

They continue to run at least 2 generators all day.  They had spillways going for a few days last week and into the weekend while they worked on the generators.  Generators came back on line Monday morning.

Carolyn had Len on the water this past Monday celebrating his 80th birthday.  Glad to say, the fish helped make it a wonderful birthday for him.  He starting hooking fish on the cerise worm as we drifted down toward Lookout Island.

Len – 3/11/19

Stopped there to have a piece of birthday cake, but he was then too busy catching fish on the holographic green crackleback trailing the Tiger Tail.  Even caught a few on the Tiger Tail, but it was crackleback hands down.  Fun day for both of us!  Happy Birthday Len and many more!

Even with the two units, folks fishing the outfalls and edges between 5 and 6 are having good days catching fish.  The fish are just ready!



Heads Up!

Monday, March 4th, 2019

Cold!  That’s the only way one can describe the weather the past two days.  Sounds like we are going to start warming up though.  Tomorrow will be in the upper 30s.  We won’t know how to act!  Wednesday looks sunny and mid 40s.  By Friday, it’s 50s but chances for rain that increase in probability by Saturday. But Saturday is looking like upper 50s, maybe low 60s.  Next several days look more like March…..temperatures somewhere in the 50s.

Heads Up!   If everything goes as planned, the Corps will be shutting down the generators and opening up two of the gates (9 and 10) tomorrow morning.  Looks like they will run roughly the same amount of water this way as we have been seeing with the two generators, maybe less.  They need to do some repair work on the generators, so I’m not certainly how long this will take.  They did not say, but plan on at least one day this way and possibly more.


Pretty Day On The Water!

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Boy!  A couple nice days then back into the dumpster!  Mid 30s will be the high today and lots of overcast sky.  Friday has low 50s with Saturday in the mid to upper 40s, but showers moving in for the afternoon and evening.  Temps will take a nose dive then and we’ll see low 30s Sunday and low 20s! Monday.  Shiver!

We are still seeing them use four units to run the equivalent of two units.  Release rate is usually 6700 to 6900 cfs range.  Table Rock Lake is still sitting at 915.5 and Taneycomo is around 707.5 with this flow.

Jim with 19″ rainbow – 2/26/19

Gina had Wednesday Jim on the water this past Tuesday.  Beautiful day!  Flow was at 6900 cfs, sun was shining and temperatures got into the mid or better 60s.  Fish weren’t consistent with what they took, but they tried enough flies to pull quite a few nice fish out, including this beauty!

WOW! New State Record Brown….out of Taneycomo!

Monday, February 25th, 2019

Another beautiful day today.  Should be in the upper mid 50s today with lots of sunshine.  60S tomorrow, back to the mid 50s Wednesday then rain possibly on Thursday and temps into the 40s.  Unfortunately, right now, the weekend looks pretty cool.

Still using four units to run the equivalent of two units.  Table Rock is only a half a foot above power pool and they are keeping Taneycomo about 5-6 feet above no generation level.

2/23/19 – Big Brown caught by Paul Crews

Taneycomo holds the new state record brown trout.  It was caught by Paul Crews from Neosho, Missouri this past Saturday.  This beauty was 38 inches long with a 27 inch girth and weighed 34.6 pounds.  Paul caught it on a 1/8 ounce sculpin colored marabou jig.  This brown is part of the triploid Brown Trout the Missouri Department of Conservation started stocking in 2013.  The original plan was to stock a total of 15,000 fish into Taneycomo over a three-year period of 2013, 2014 and 2015.  This picture indicates this was a great addition to our fishery!



Sunday, February 24th, 2019

Yesterday was a beautiful day, but WINDY!  If you didn’t have it nailed down, it would have blown away.  Sunny and highs in the mid 60s but I can imagine it being quite difficult to get ones fly into the water!  Today is also beautiful, and, not much wind.  Not going to be as warm as yesterday, but I think it’s a day to keep.  Looking for a slight cool off this week and chances for rain Wednesday and possibly Thursday.

Still running generators 24/7.  However, the flow has cut back considerable from what it was this time last week.  They are using four units to generate the equivalent of two units.  Good news about the current generation pattern is that it is a little more consistent in level.  Before, you could look at the charts and it was up and down.  Fish like the stead flows just as much as we do.

Fishers on the water this past week and, for the most part, catching quite a few fish and some of then pretty nice.  Larger gray scuds (14-12) were working better for a change.  One couple that came in did very well from their boat in the upper area egg patterns.

As I Said Last Week….Come On Spring!

Friday, February 15th, 2019

Had a couple nice days this week, but today is a whole different day!  How do you go from upper 60s one day to low 30s the next!?!?  Right now it is 30 degrees with light rain falling.  Freezing on windows but not yet icy on the roads.  I’m certain that will come as the day goes on.  The moisture should be out of here this evening, but the cold temperatures will stay.  Sunday looks like low 40s with Monday about the same.  Then, Tuesday and Wednesday we might see chances of moisture again, but temperatures a little warmer.

Four generators running 24/7 a Table Rock.  Certain we will see that for a few more days.  When a change does come about, it will probably be cutting back on the current a little as they want to get the level at or below 915 feet.  We currently are almost a foot above that.

Pat from Illinois wanted to take advantage of the great weather we had earlier this week, so hee spent all day Wednesday on the river with Gina.  With the sunny, warm day, it even made the four generators a little more bearable.  They

Pat – 2/13/18

pulled off a pretty good day using lots of different techniques and patterns.  The fish didn’t seem to want to see any pattern more than one.  A fish on the ruby 2, then one on a black copperhead.  How about the pink San Juan or an egg pattern?  Show them a JQ streamer, or tiger tail.  They worked hard, but did catch several fish and what a great day to be on the water!


I’m Ready For Spring!

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

Those nice days we had this past weekend and into early this week just make what’s coming harder to take!  Good news is that we are into February which is followed by March and then we will start seeing some nicer days!  Yeah!  I’m ready!

Still running the equivalent of two units 24/7.  With all this rain, we will probably see this trend or even more current continue for a few more weeks.

Jim on the water Monday with one of his regulars, Tom, from Kansas City.  They had a good day on the ruby midge, a red San Juan worm and stripping a size 8 tiger tail.  Fish were a bit more picky than the day before, but they caught some nice quality fish!  Carolyn took Doc and Stan out for half a day to celebrate Doc’s 86th birthday.  Happy Birthday Doc!  Started out slow for us in the morning, but finally Doc hooked one and got us started.  Several fish, mostly on the cerise San Juan worm with a 1/8″ tungsten bead on it.  Had to get it down to the fish!  Fun day and we hope we get to celebrate many more birthdays with Doc.  Oh!  Stan even caught a few fish!  LOL!