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Shut Down Spillways! Yeah!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Some awesome weather for a couple days.  Upper 50s today and lots of sunshine.  Wednesday will hit 75! with sunshine.  Only negative Wednesday might be the wind.  We’ll take it.  Thursday is another bright, warm windy day with temperatures near 80.  Then there’s Friday.  Probably thunderstorms in the morning and maybe into the afternoon.  But temperatures in the upper 60s.  Saturday and Sunday we belly out again with mid 50s Saturday and mid 40s Sunday!.  Back to pretty next week.

Finally shut down the five spillways yesterday.  Instead of 14500 cfs or better, we are now at two units with 6500-7000 cfs running.  What a difference.  Taneycomo dropped from an approximate 711 feet elevation to 706-707′.  We will probably see some level of flow for several more days, but this is certainly better and a little more fisher friendly than with the spillways open.

Stan on the water  last Wednesday with Ethan and Ashley.  Both are fairly new fly fishers and they fished the 8 spillways and 2 units.  Cool, cloudy day with lots of water but both of them caught a few fish on the ruby 2 or lightning bug under the big ruby.

The next day, Thursday, Ethan and Jim fished with Stan.  Only 5 spillways and 3 units going that day.  Wow!  They caught most of their fish on a size larger ruby 2 (16) under the big ruby.  Not a great day, but they got to catch and miss a number of fish.

Only One Gate Running!

Sunday, April 1st, 2018

Cold, dreary Easter Sunday!  Probably see some rain this afternoon.  Monday will be a little warmer….in the 50s…but there is a 60% chance of scattered showers during the day.  Tuesday is warming up into the mid 60s, but again, chances, although less, of showers again.  Wednesday and Thursday look like dry days.  Sunny and 50s Wednesday with 60s and partly sunny Thursday.  Slight chances of showers, at this time, over the weekend.

Still have one gate open and they are running all four generators.  We will probably see at least three to four generators for a while to they can get rid of this last rain fall.

Stan on the water Friday with Terry from Mississippi.  Worked hard for the fish he caught on the lightning bug under the big ruby.  They had 3 generators and five gates opened that day.  Lots of water!  Howard and Richard were out with Carolyn.  Pretty good day on either the ruby 2 or lightning bug under the big ruby.  They found a one place where they were hitting pretty good and fished it till the fish said “uncle”.  Beautiful day on the water, just too much water!!!

Yep! Five Gates Are Open

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Lots of rain yesterday and we have chances for more today and tomorrow, but nothing like we had yesterday.  Mainly occasional showers maybe this afternoon and again tomorrow a.m.  Gorgeous Friday in store for us with lots of sunshine and temperatures in the low 60s.  Unfortunately, showers are in the forecast for the weekend.  At this time, it will not be a significant rainfall….to be continued!

One generator is down at the dam so they opened up five gates low this morning while they repair and get the generator back up.  With all the rain they wanted to run all four generators to keep or get ahead of the inflow.  Anyway, they hope to have the generator fixed to day by 6:00 p.m. when they will shut down the gates and run a full four units.  We might see lots of water for a while…..again, to be continued!

Great Fishing!

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Looks like we are in for a bout of rain tomorrow.  Current forecast is for 2-3 inches tomorrow with temperatures in the low 60s.  Wednesday is upper 50s with possibility of light rain in the afternoon.  Slight chance for rain Thursday, but right now, Friday has some sun peeking out and low 60s.  Right now, the forecast for the weekend is 50/50 as far as rain.

We have seen low generation the past four days!  Tomorrow – and I’ll believe this when I see it – it is supposed to be off until 7:00 p.m.

Dick – 3/21/18

Lots of trips on the water the past few days.  James on the water last Wednesday with Dick from Kansas.  Another good day for Dick on the ruby 2 under with a lightning bug or an apricot pattern.  Kerry, from California, spent the day with Stan.  They too caught on the ruby 2 but under the big ruby.

Thursday, James took Kevin and Fred, out for the day.  Awesome day for these two fly fishers on the ruby 2 under the lightning bug.  Fishing

Kevin – 3/22/18

was so good from the boat ramp up, they never left the area.

Fred – 3/22/18

Carolyn had Jim and his son Andrew in the classroom Thursday for the River Run 2-day fly fishing school.  Worked on all the basic stuff then went to the water and worked on casting.  Friday it was back to the water to work on casting a little then graduation time when you get a fly.  Each of them tied on a ruby 2 and wasn’t long until they were working on landing a fish.  Great introduction to the world of fly fishing.  I warmed Andrew that this is not always the case.  Beginners luck!  One of his first was a nice male bow.

Andrew – 3/22/18


Jim – 3/24/18

They hadn’t had enough so we went out on a full day guide trip Saturday.  More fish this day, but certainly not as many quality fish as we caught on Friday.  Almost everything was on the ruby 2 under a lightning bug.  Jim also caught a few stripping the holographic green crackleback.  Wonderful day for both of them.

Stan and James had a group out both Saturday and Sunday from Oklahoma.  Stan Rob & Steve the first day and James took Mike and Curt.  They swapped boats the second day.  Two great days for all of them on….you got it…..the ruby 2!  They also caught some on the black copperhead.  Mike and Curt were new fly fishers, but they caught on pretty quickly.  Nice day Saturday, but a bit nippy the second day.  Didn’t stop them, they all had a fun time.


Spey/Switch Rod Clinic

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Just wanted to remind everyone that we are holding a spey/switch rod clinic March 31.  You still have time to sign up if you want to.  All equipment will be provided.  Give us a call if interested  417-332-0460

Also!  Ladies don’t forget our celebration on April 21.  Lots of activities including drift boat rowing 101.  Please give us a call if you are interested in doing this.  We need to have a head count on the number of women wanted to work on this.

Today will be the coolest day of the week.  Tomorrow in the upper 50s, Thursday the upper 60s and then three days of 70s.  Spring has sprung!

Generation good again today.  Cranked it this morning for 3-4 hours, then back down to around 2000 +/- cfs.  This gives you some more wading places.

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

Looks like moisture in the air for this evening and early into tomorrow.  Tomorrow’s showers looks like them might be our of here by 8:00-9:00 a.m.  By noon or so, it should be partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the upper 50s.  Tuesday will be the coolest day of the week in the low 50s.  Upper 50s Wednesday and then upper 60s to low 70s into the weekend.  The following week has showers popping up again.  That’s a ways away!

Non-stop generation.  However, it has slowed down some since Thursday afternoon.  Not quite as much flow, but still more in the mornings that is good wading water.  If the projection is correct for Monday, we will see the 35 mwh level which only takes the water up a couple feet or less and this provides several areas where one can wade.

Brian – 3/15/18

Gina on the water Thursday with Brian from Iowa.  After catching some fish on the ruby 2 under a peach egg and stripping the tiger tail, Brian wanted to work on improving his casting.  Gina took him through the program all the way from the roll cast to throwing the sinking line.

Thursday, Stan took Larry, from Kansas out for a half day trip.  Larry had so much fun, he went out again with Stan on Friday.  Most of the fish were on the ruby 2 under the big ruby.  Two nice, warm days.  Only negative was a little bit of extra wind!

Fishing Up and Down……Just Like the Water

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Just a reminder – April 21!!  Check out our women’s event at:

Beautiful weather today.  Lots of sunshine and temperatures on the 50s.  Looking at low 60s tomorrow with lots of sunshine, followed by another sunny days and temperatures in the low 70s.  Friday we are seeing a good chance for showers and low 60s.  Back to sunny over the weekend and 60s.  Monday has showers in the forecast but that’s it until the weekend.  Temperatures in the 50s and 60s.

Still running lots of water.  We are back at power pool level on Table Rock….915 feet.  Not sure if they will shut down the generation or not.  We’ll just have to wait a few days to see what they do.

Stan on the water last Thursday with a couple of his regulars from Illinois, Don and Steve.  Slow start to the trip.  Makes for a long day.  Finally started catching on the ruby 2 under the big ruby

Joe and Tom from Minnesota fish with Stan on Saturday for half a day.  Pretty good day on the ruby 2 under the big ruby or the lightning bug under an orange egg pattern.  Cloudy, but it was a fairly nice day even with the four generators going!  Dana had a couple new fly fishers, Chris and Hector.  I think they were in town for a meeting and wanted to give fly fishing a try.  They had success.  Caught fish on the ruby 2 under the orange egg pattern and the red San Juan worm.

Alaina – 3/11/18

Stan and James both out Sunday.  James had Brent and Alaina.  Ruby 2 was still the pattern for this day.  It was windy and high water, but they caught several fish.  Rob from Kansas was fishing with Stan.  Caught some fish, also on the ruby 2, but it was a pretty slow day.



Might See Some Rain Today or Tomorrow!

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

We are still seeing nice temperatures.  Even with the threat of rain today and tomorrow, temperatures will be in the 50s.  Coolest day over the next seven days looks like Wednesday when it is forecast to be in the mid 40s with a mix of sunshine and clouds.  Then back into the mid 50s Thursday and the beat goes on!

Yes, generation still 24/7.  However, they have started reducing the flow rate.  We are now down to 100 mwh instead of the 200.  Doesn’t help wading much, but boating will be a little easier.   Table Rock is now at 915.84.  Just a little ways from power pool, and will still take several days to get there based on the discharge rate.  No problem……that’s just life in a tailwater.

REMINDERS – Spey/switch rod clinic March 31, 2018.  Give us a call if you wish to register for this clinic.  Rods will be provided, but if you want to apply what you learn with the two-handed rods to your normal fly casting rod, bring wither a 5 or 6 weight, 8-1/2 to 9′ rod and Jim will hold a special session after the clinic to work with you on this technique.  $60/person – 417-332-0460

RIVER RUNNERS WOMEN’S FLY FISHING CLUB CELEBRATIONAPRIL 21, 2018.  Start collecting here at the shop around 8:30 a.m.  Welcome everyone at 9:00 a.m. and start the celebration.  Clinics to start the day with the following subjects:

Fly tying – Demonstrations and help for those just getting started, or those who want to learn a little more

Knots – Most commonly used knots on the water.

Rigging – Dry/dropper, wet dropper, streamer droppers, sinking lines & leaders……whys and hows

Casting – Need some help with your casting?  Help for all levels.

Recycle that old fly line.  Let’s make bracelets out of old fly line.

Camping out on your fishing trips?  Dutch oven ladies will prepare dessert for lunch and explain the process along the way.

Silent and live auctions

Drift boat 101 – basic rowing instruction.  (this will depend on water and weather conditions).  Limited amount of time for this so it is on a sign up basis.  If you would like to try your hand at rowing a drift boat, please call and register before the event.  Carolyn Parker – 417-332-0460

Lunch will be provided.

Rain or shine – we have a tent!!!

Of course there will be getting together with other women and sharing your fishing stories, or just hitting the water and going fishing.

Many of the club ladies will meet at the shop Friday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. to meet and greet.  If you would like to join us then, BYOC (bring your own chair) and BYOB (bring your own bottle).  Light snacks will be provided as well as water and soft drinks.

Almost forgot!!!  We have a few games planned for anyone who wants to join in.  They will be organized with skill levels in mind and prizes for the winners!


High Water!

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Beautiful day today.  Yesterday wasn’t bad either, except for the wind.  60s today and little wind.  Saturday and Sunday are both supposed to be in the 60s.  Sunshine tomorrow but clouds moving in on Sunday to make way for the showers on Monday.   50s Monday and Tuesday.  Tuesday could also have some strong winds!  Looks like Wednesday will be the coolest day of the week, upper 40s, but sunny.  Thursday 50s and Friday low 60s.

Lots of water right now.  Running all four generators 24/7 since early Monday.  We did make the turn late last night and are now seeing a slow drop in the level.  At the current rate, it will probably be 5-6 days before we are back to power pool.  Will they shut down then?  Who knows?  However, I would bet that they will continue to run something at least part of the days to be prepared for another big rain.

Jim – 2/28/18

Gina on the water Wednesday with Jim.  Good day for him with the high water!  Peach egg pattern and the big ruby were the bugs to drift.  Also stripped the tiger tail some.  Best part of the day was the quality of the fish.  They look like they are being well fed.

Yep! The Drought Is Over!

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Yesterday was the first time we have seen the sun for several days!  It was absolutely beautiful.  Today we are having more of the same.  Right now it is 66 degrees and sunny!  Tomorrow is supposed to be partly cloudy and chances of rain later tomorrow into tomorrow night.  Wednesday we might see scattered showers, especially early in the day.  Thursday might be cloudy in the a.m. but sunshine in the afternoon.  Friday and Saturday look nice with sunshine and upper 50s or low 60s.  Glad to say not too great a chance for more rain.  We don’t need it!

Table Rock lake went up 8 feet in 7 days.  Right now, they are running everything they have and keeping it from rising any more.  Projection for tomorrow is more of the same….all four units going as maximum flow.

Carol – 2/25/18

Andy and Carol managed to get on the water yesterday with Carolyn.  Thank goodness as they would have seen lots of water today.  Great fun and catching day for these two who are celebrating their anniversary today.  Happy Anniversary and many more!  Beautiful, sunny day so the primrose & pearl midge dropped from a Lightning Bug was the combo for them most of the day.  The upper part of the river definitely fished the best, but it was such a beautiful day, we couldn’t come off early so we floated

Andy – 2/25/18

the full run.  Picked a few fish from Trophy Run, down to Lookout Island, and on with the ruby 2 under either an egg pattern or the red tunghead size 16 midge.