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Gates Are Closed!

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Another pretty day.  Mid 80s today and lots of sunshine.   Chances for afternoon showers tomorrow and better chance for rain on Sunday morning.  After that, it looks pretty clear for several days with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s.

Flood gates are closed.  Running four generators in the 9000 cfs range.

Jim on the water yesterday with Ed and Lori.  This was Lori’s first time with a fly rod and she did well.  They had a great day catching fish on the Tiger Tail, the ruby midge and the hot hare’s ear.  Another beautiful, fun day!


Just Hard To Beat The Fishing Right Now!

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Nice, sunny, low 80s day today.  Very slight chances for a stray shower today and again tomorrow.  Expect mostly sunny day again tomorrow.  Our best chances for rain pop up again on Saturday with scattered morning thunderstorms, then cloudy during the afternoon.  Slight chances again Sunday morning.  Temperatures are ranging in the mid to upper 80s throughout this period.

I think I mentioned that they shut back five of the flood gates on Tuesday.  Right now, between the flood gates and the generators, we are seeing less than 9,000 cfs plus on water flow.  This is even less then they run with 4 generators going.  The tailwater level is just a little over 708 feet.  Rumor is that if we don’t get a lot of rain this weekend, they might cut back more or end spillway releases early next week.

Jim – 5/31/17

Gina out with Jim yesterday and they had a great day.  During the morning, they nymphed with the lightning bug under the big ruby.  After that, they finished up the day stripping the floozie or crackleback.  Bob, from Arizona spent all day on the water with Stan.  Great day for him too, with the lightning bug under the big ruby; then it was stripping the tiger tail or crackleback.  Another beautiful, fun day for everyone.

Great Days On The Water!

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Beautiful day today.  Should hit the low 80’s this afternoon.  More of the same for the next two days and then chances for rain shows up again on Saturday.  After that, it looks like dry weather for a few days.  Yeah!!

Table Rock is at 926.8′ as of this morning at 8:00 a.m.  They shut back five flood dates yesterday around noon.  Still lots of water, but a few thousand cfs less than we have had.

Fishing has been very good.  James had Chad on the water again last Thursday.  He had taken Chad and his father-in

Anna – 5/25/17

law out on Wednesday, so Thursday Chad’s wife Anna joined him on his second trip Thursday.  This was Anna’s first time fly fishing and she did great.  Anna definitely caught the largest fish but I think Chad caught the most.  In any event, a good time for them on a shad fly, beadhead cerise San Juan worm, Tiger Tail and holographic

John 5/25/17

green crackleback.   Stan took John from Oklahoma out for half a day.  John had a great time

on the lightning bug and stripping the holographic green crackleback which he really enjoyed doing.

Friday, Carolyn took a couple of newly weds out for half a day.  They had just gotten married last Saturday and what a great way to get started….trying out lots of different things together.  Seth and Lindsey had a great start to

Seth – 5/26/17

fly fishing first with the white grub under the big ruby and finished up stripping the holographic green crackleback.

Lindsey – 5/26/17

They too enjoyed this method.  Congratulations Seth and Lindsey.  Hope you two fish together for many years!

Stan on the water again all day Monday with Grayson from Indiana.  Great day on the crackleback, Tiger Tail and lightning bug.

The Fish Don’t Mind The High Water!

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Beautiful, sunny, warm day today…probably low 80s.  Friday looks nice also with party cloudy and mid 80s.  Possibility of scattered showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon.  Saturday is our best chance for showers and/or thunderstorms.  Some showers in the morning on Sunday, then cloudy most of the day.  By Monday, it looks like low 80s and clear.  Mid-week 50% chances of showers are currently showing up.

No change in the water.  Still have 10 flood gates and 3-4 generators almost 24 hours/day.  Water is clear.

Julie - 5/22/17

Julie – 5/22/17

Joe and his sister, Julie on the water Monday with Gina.  Good day for them on the holographic green crackleback (of course),

Joe – 5/22/17

the JQ and ruby 2 midge.  Joe is pretty new to fly fishing and did great in the extreme conditions of high water.

Tuesday, Mike from Iowa, spent half a day fishing with James.  Good day for Mike on the big ruby with a BH San Juan

Mike – 5/23/17

worm dropper, or stripping the tiger tail.  Stan had a couple of his regular, regulars, Gary and Bob out for their first half day.  They had caught (and missed) a lot of fish on the lightning bug and stripping the holographic green crackleback.

Gary and Bob did not get enough on Tuesday, so they went out again on Wednesday.  More of the same.  Another good day on the lightning bug and holographic green crackleback.  Carolyn took Bob and his friend Bob (two Bobs in one boat was confusing) out for half a day.  Tried to wear then out stripping the holographic green crackleback, tiger tail and finally a 56er on either a 3 ips or 5 ips sinking leader.  Caught a few drifting the cerise worm under the

Chad – 5/24/17

big ruby, but it was the stripping that really produced the most fish.  Fun day!  James had Chad and his father-in-law, Robert on the water

Robert – 5/24/17

all day.  They had a good day on the BH San Juan worm, a peach egg, and stripping the tiger tail.  Gina took Wednesday Jim to a lake in Arkansas where they had an great day catching good size blue gill, Redear, green sunfish and long ear or pumpkinseed.  They used lots of different size 10, 1/100th jigs in various bright colors.   They were ready for some nice, calm water  for a change.



Three Gates And Four Generators!

Friday, May 19th, 2017

More rain in the forecast for tonight.   Everyone just cross your fingers that it is not a lot of rain.  Chances of rain again tomorrow morning then scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon.  Sunday and Monday look dry, but 50% chance of rain shows up again Tuesday.  A few dry days again, but rain showing up over the weekend.  As always, this will change

Still running 3 flood gates and they now have all four generators up and running.   Don’t expect to see much change unless we get a lot more rain.

Good news is that fishing has been good.  Jack had a good time last Saturday so he went out again with Dana on Tuesday.  He had a fun half-day trip catching on the ruby 2 or a size 16 lightning bug.  One of Stan’s regulars, Ken spent Tuesday on the water with him.  Good day on the holographic green crackleback and the lightning bug under the big ruby.

Jim – 5/17/17

Wednesday Jim spent the day fishing with Gina.  Good day for him on the crackleback or wooly bugger and the lightning bug.  The big negative that day was the WIND.  It was relentless.  They were blown off anchor several times and if that wasn’t the problem, they were blowing around in circles.

Dave and his friend Craig spent Thursday on the water with Carolyn.  Fun day for these two guys on the big ruby with the red tunghead midge dropper, or stripping an olive leech, holographic

Crappie – 5/18/17

green crackleback or the floozie.  Lots of nice fish but the one everyone was most impressed with was the nice crappie we hooked stripping the floozie. We were ready to catch supper.  Stan was out all day with Gary and Barry from north of here in Missouri.  They were catching on

Barry – 5/18/7

the lightning bug a stripping a holographic green crackleback.  They had another full day scheduled on Friday but Stan came off early as it was looking mighty dark in the sky.  Didn’t want to get caught on the water in a storm.  All the fish were catching are really nice and fat.

Gary – 5/19/17

Harry and Carl from Carthage spent the day on the water with James.  Good day for these guys too.  Their best patterns were the big ruby, a beadhead red San Juan worm and stripping the tiger tail.

Carl – 5/18/17

Harry – 5/18/17

Stuck Gates

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Weather looks great until we get closer to the weekend…..figures!  Rain chances start popping up Friday.  By Saturday, it’s up to 90% chances and a little less on Sunday, especially in the a.m.  Monday is back to sunshine and temperatures in the upper 70s.  This will be the trend for next week.

Right now we have three flood gates open at approximately 3900 cfs and the generators are running 6000 cfs +/-   Good drop from what we have been fishing.  We understand that one of the sections of head water gates on Powersite has been damaged by the flood.  It is stuck in the down position.  They may need for Bull Shoals to drop to a level where they can safely access the air lines under the dam to repair the problem.   In any event, we do expect to see water flow for awhile.

Stan and Jim on the last Thursday with a group of guys from Virginia and Oklahoma.  Fun day for these guys.  Jim had John and Kim.  They were bringing in fish on the tiger tail and the hot hare’s ear nymph.  Stan’s guys were catching on the lightning bug under the big ruby, or stripping the holographic green crackleback on a 7 ips sinking leader.  The 23,000 cfs flow didn’t slow down these fly fishers.

Saturday, Jack and Brian, from Connecticut, spent the day on the water with Stan.  They had just finished the 2-day Orvis school and both were ready to catch fish!  Mission accomplished.  Wonderful day for these guys on the lightning bug (so they worked on nymph style fishing) and stripping the holographic green crackleback.  Still a lot of water moving, but no problem.  Dana had Jack out for half a day.  It was the lightning bug or steelhead orange egg for them.  Pam and Tiffany from Oklahoma spent half a day with James.  Despite a rough start, they finished up with a good day on a white jig, brown San Juan worm, and the little ruby midge.

Joni – 5/14/17

John and Joni from North Carolina spent the whole day on the water with Carolyn Sunday.  Joni started out on a roll.  After all, it was Mother’s Day.  John did catch up and we had an awesome day, especially

John – 5/14/17

stripping the holographic green crackleback.  I think they took some cracklebacks home with them to try in some of their fisheries.




Still Running Flood Gates

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Chances for some rain tomorrow morning and again on Friday morning.  Let’s hope it is not a gully washer.  Good news is that I have not heard it will be a gully washer, but could have some heavy hail in places.  After that, we’re in for sunny skies for a few days… least into next week.

Still have ten flood gates open a little and three generators for a total of about 23,600 cfs.  We are a little over one food below flood pool, but still over 13 feet above desired power pool for this time of year.  We’ll definitely see all the generators for a while.  Not certain when they will shut down the flood gates.

Boats on the water Monday and yesterday.  Monday, James took his parents, Albert and Dawn out for a test run.  Got a call from them mid-way through their trip and they were catching fish!  Nice, fat fish.  Fun day for them on the worm brown San Juan worm and the white grub.

Jim out with John from Florida yesterday.  Good day for them on the hot hare’s ear nymph and stripping a size 8 tiger tail.  They did experience from dirty water in places they wanted to fish, but once they found clean water, the catching was on.

If you can get on the river in a boat, you will probably catch some fish.  They are still there and definitely feeding!

I promised a fly tying schedule this past weekend.  Some other issues have popped up, but we still plan to hold a few fly tying clinics.  Right now we are trying to adjust to a schedule of fly fishing schools we will be having over the next few months.

Water Report

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Cloudy and light drizzle this morning.  According to the weather forecast, we should see clearing later on today and wind.  Clear skies through the weekend and well into next week.  Yeah!  It will be nice to see things drying up.

They reduced the flow out of the gates slightly at 8:00 a.m. yesterday.  We are now just a little over flood pool (flood pool is 931′ and at 7:00 a.m. we were at 931.45′).  I would expect to see them drop the gates a  little more when we hit the 931′ level.  Yep!  Just got word they dropped it another 3200 cfs at 8:00 this morning.  All the roads in the area are open, and believe it or not, things are pretty much normal except the level of Taneycomo.  This is going to take a while.

When Taneycomo gets a little lower, we will go out and make certain conditions are safe to us and our guests, and that the fish are settled into fishable areas for fishers to catch.  May be as early as this weekend.

In the meantime, we plan to start up some fly tying clinics so everyone has something to do while we’re waiting to go fishing!  As always, clinics are free and we’ll hold them on Saturday mornings.  If another day of the week works out, we’re not opposed to have a couple sessions each week.  The clinics will be posted on our site this weekend…….stay tuned.

All Ten Gates Open Again!

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Ten Gates – 4/30/17

We had down pours Friday night into Saturday and it rained almost all day Saturday.  There were times Saturday when you could not see anything in front of you as the rain was so hard.  We did see a little more rain through Saturday night into Sunday morning, and I am seeing a little more rain on radar but no where the intensity we have had.  This also appears to be the last of it for a while.  At least until  Wednesday and Thursday when chances for rain pop up again.  We will need a long dry spell to dry out!

Generation/flood gate pattern had been at 15000+ cfs 24/7.  Friday morning they increased it to 20,000 cfs and today the Corp said releases would range from 40,000 to 60,000 cfs.  I’m sure this will be a moving target as we have not yet seen all the runoff that will come into the system.  Much of the flooding in the area yesterday was due to the runoff hitting the creeks and not the flow from the dam.

Now for more pleasant information.

Jim on the water Tuesday with Karen and her sister, Linda.  This was Linda’s first time and what conditions in which to learn to fly fish!  They had a good day on the ruby midge, hot hare’s ear and the tiger tail.  Bob and his brother Bill, from Texas, fish with Dana.  They were catching well on the holographic green crackleback, the white jig and a ruby 2 midge.   Stan and Carolyn had a group of guys from Illinois.  Rick and Rick fished with Carolyn.  Rick is fairly new, but he held his own.  They were catching on the holographic green crackleback trailing the Tiger Tail.  Also caught some on the cerise worm and lightening bug under the big ruby.  Stan’s guys, Steve and his son, Andi were hitting them good on the holographic green crackleback and the ruby 2 under the big ruby.  Fun day!

Thursday, Stan took Cory and his mother Gina out for the day.  They had a great day  on the holographic green crackleback and Lightening Bug.  I understand Gina caught the most fish, but Cory caught the largest.  Leroy from Texas spent a late afternoon drift

Leroy – 4/27/17

on the water with Gina.  Fish would not bite on a nymph, but did take some streamers, the crackleback, wooly bugger and tiger tail.

Jim had Michael and Mike, from Texas, on the water Friday.  Pretty slow day for everyone.  They are pretty new to fly fishing so Jim used some of the time to work on their skills.  They really could not find any best pattern.  Carolyn had Keith on the water.  He is fairly new also, and worked a bit on casting.  Using the sinking leaders, he was throwing a pretty good line most of the time with a black wooly bugger and picking a few fish.



Here We Go Again!

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Lots of rain over the last several days AND we are in for more.  According to our local predictions, we will see thunderstorms developing late in the day on Friday and continue into Saturday where the predictions is for 100% chance of heavy thunderstorms…..probably all day and into the night.  Sunday had backed off a little with showers predicted in the morning and cloudy in the afternoon into evening.  Monday I see sunshine!  After that, chances for rain decrease so maybe we can dry out.

Needless to say, with all this rain, Taneycomo is running three generators (one is down for maintenance) and have five of the flood gates open at one foot.  Last time I checked, they were running a bit over 15000 cfs.  We will probably see lots of water for a while, especially with the rain coming in this weekend.

Before flood gates, Gina had Jim out last Wednesday.  They started out fishing good, but around 11:00 a.m. they turned on two generators, and the fish decided to get lockjaw.  Before generation, it was a tan filoplume or ruby 2 midge.   A few hits on a crackleback and wooly bugger after generators.  Mike from Iowa was out with Stan for a half day.  They had a pretty good day on the ruby 2 and the holographic green crackleback.  Stan’s biggest grunch was the wind!!

Thursday was almost a repeat of Wednesday.  Two units came on at noon and the fish got lock jaw.  Stan had Colby and Cory on the water and they landed a few fish on the black copperhead midge.

Last Sunday morning it was baptism by fire.  First thing that morning, they started releasing more water.  When we got to the river, it was probably around 10,000 cfs.  Before the day was over, we had 12,000 cfs going.  No great expectations, but it really turned out better than we expected for the first day of high water.  Dana and James Albert had a group of guys from Minnesota on the river for a couple days.  Bill went with Dana and their first day produced fish on the crackleback, big ruby and the JQ streamer.  James Albert had two new to fly fishing guys, Bud and Gary.  Gary caught his first fish on a fly rod using the big ruby with a ruby 2 dropper.  Jim and Stan had a group from Kentucky.  Buddy and Pam spent the day with Jim.  Good day for them on the tiger tail, ruby and the hot hare’s ear midge.  Stan’s couple, Mike and Brenda were catching on the ruby 2 midge.

Dwan – 4/23/17

Carolyn had Dwan and his brother-in-law Robert, both

Robert – 4/23/17

from Kansas, out all day.  We had a great day on the big ruby under the cerise worm, and stripping the holographic green crackleback behind a tiger tail on a 4 ips sinking leader.

Dana and James Albert’s guys hit the water again on Monday.  Another good day for Dana’s guys on the crackleback, bug ruby and a size 14 miracle scud.  James Albert’s guys were catching on the big ruby with a little ruby dropper or the beadhead red San Juan worm.