These Fish Look Great!

August 21st, 2016

Beautiful day today.  Sunshine and only 62 degrees right now.  Forecast is low 80s.  That looks like the forecast for the early part of next week.  By Wednesday it will be upper 80s, then back to the mid 80s into the weekend and early next week.  Chances for rain almost every day although some days it’s only 20% and the most is 60%.  We have stayed dry even on those 80% forecast days as the rain has gone around us.  This past Thursday there was little chance of a downpour we fished in!  That’s weather.  It might rain… might not rain!

Still seeing the generation pattern of low in the morning then ramping up to three or four units.  Over the weekend, we have had a steady low one unit (using two units) all day both days.

Sam's 1st on fly rod - 8/15/16

Sam’s 1st on fly rod – 8/15/16

New fly fishers Carl and his son Sam, on the river with Carolyn last Monday.  They both do a lot of fishing, but had never picked up a fly rod.  I think they are going to change that.  And, both of them are naturals.  They picked up casting quickly.  We were able to throw some sinking leaders and strip the holographic green crackleback.  Caught several fish that way.  Our other pattern of the day was the

Carl - 8/15/16

Carl – 8/15/16

ruby 2 under an roe egg pattern.  Dad managed to finesse in a nice 18 inch bow.

Wednesday, Stan took Winston and Phil out for half a day.  These guys from North Carolina were pleased with our fishery.  They had a good day on the ruby 2 and copper dun under the big ruby.  Wanted to go out another day but it just did not fit into their schedule.  Gina had Wednesday Jim on the water and he had a nice set of

Jim - 8/17/16

Jim and rainbow – 8/17/16

bookends….an 18 inch rainbow and an 18 inch brown.  Happy guy.  It was the ruby 2 under an egg pattern and a black soft hackle.

Jim and brown - 8/17/16

Jim and brown – 8/17/16

Dan and John from Texas fished with Stan on Thursday.  Good day for these two guys on the ruby 2/big ruby combo.  Carolyn had Mike, from Texas on the river.  We caught fish mainly on the ruby 2 under the roe egg pattern.

Friday, Carolyn started out the morning with Mike again.  Somewhere along the way, they picked up a hitchhiker, Malcolm

Mike - 8/8/16

Mike – 8/8/16

from the St. Louis area.  Tough fishing, but they caught fish on the ruby 2/big ruby and the holographic green crackleback.  With these two in the boat, it was a hilarious day!  Stan had Todd from Kansas out for half a day.  Very slow fishing but he brought in a 17-1/2″ rainbow among his catch on the ruby 2 or P&P under the big ruby.

The fish are looking and have been looking great!  They are so healthy and fat, it is hard to get your hands around them.  Their color is beautiful and lots of fight.  Everyone is commenting on how feisty and beautiful they are.




Low Water and 7X

August 16th, 2016

Forecast is for some more rain tonight.  Monday has chances for rain in the a.m. and temperatures in the mid 70s.  Slight chances for rain again Monday evening and again on Tuesday.  Temperatures in the mid 80s.  Wednesday looks great…no rain, but Thursday we see chances for rain popping back into the picture.  We will see.  We have had rain forecast for the past several days and nothing really heavy has materialized.

Generation crazy.  Off every morning last week.  Over the weekend, they ran the equivalent of one unit all weekend.  We are supposed to see that again Monday.  Just watch.  They will probably turn them off again this week.  Go figure!

Scott and his son, Chandler were on the river with Stan Wednesday.  That day it was 7X and the copper dun.  No generation and it was a very hot day.  Takes were soft so there were a lot more misses than hook ups.

Patti - 8/12/16

Patti – 8/12/16

The group from Texas that tripped with us on Tuesday went out again Friday.  This time, Patti and her son, Doug were with Stan.  Dana had Angel and Sam.  Another tough day, but Patti finally hooked her first fish on a fly rod plus several more including this nice 17-1/2 inch rainbow.  I think Tom has a fishing buddy.  It was another 7X and ruby 2 day.

Stan had Scott and his nephew, Tyler on the water Saturday.  Good day for these

Tyler - 8/13/16

Tyler – 8/13/16

guys on the P&P and ruby 2 dropped under the big ruby.  The equivalent of one unit was running almost all day and it fished well.   Carolyn had one of the students out of the last River Run Fly Fishing Clinic on the water.  This was Rebekah’s

Rebekah - 8/13/16

Rebekah – 8/13/16

birthday present from her husband.  What a great birthday.  She caught several nice birthday fish including this beautiful 18 inch rainbow.  Happy birthday Rebekah!

Billy from Illinois fished with Gina on Sunday.  Looked like they might

Billy - 8/14/16

Billy – 8/14/16

get rained out, but the fish Gods were kind to them and held off.  Another tough day but they certainly managed to have fun and catch fish.  Ruby 2, black copper midge and some small soft hackles!


Finally! Two Mornings With No Generation!

August 10th, 2016

Temperatures in the mid 90s through Friday with chances for rain each day.  Right now, Saturday has the best chance for rain with temperatures in the low 80s.  Sunday and Monday, more chances for rain with temperatures in the upper 70s.  (That would feel nice for a change.)  Tuesday looks nice…low 80 and very slight chances.  So with Wednesday into next weekend.

Finally!  The past two days, Tuesday and today, Wednesday, we have had no generation until noon.  Then they started up with two units for one hours and four units an hour later.  Unfortunately, generation all day this past weekend.  We are certainly hoping this no generation in the morning continues!

Scheryl - 8/6/16

Scheryl – 8/6/16

Happy birthday Scheryl!  What a great birthday surprise her husband, Matt, gave her for her birthday.  A fishing trip.  Scheryl and Matt, from Lee’s Summit spent this past Saturday on the water with Carolyn.  Rained most of the morning so we were all

Scheryl - 8/6/16

Scheryl – 8/6/16

soaked to the bone….even with rain gear.  Scheryl’s birthday presents were a couple of nice rainbows she caught on the ruby 2 midge.

Noel - 8/6/16

Noel – 8/6/16

Stan had Noel and his friend Richard out for half a day.  They both had a good day on the ruby 2 midge.  Fishing was actually pretty darn good in the rain and what a pleasant day after all the hot weather we have been having.

Richard - 8/6/16

Richard – 8/6/16

Sunday, Dana had Dan and his twelve years old son, Tate out for the morning.  This was another day of rain, but it really got bad just before noon.  Not to worry, they

Dan - 8/7/16

Dan – 8/7/16

did land some fish before the rain out on the ruby 2 under the big ruby.

Tate-s Fish 8/7/16

Tate-s Fish 8/7/16

Stan had Lance and his wife Diana out in the rain.  This was Dana’s first experience fishing!  What a trouper.  She stayed with it and caught her first fish ever plus more.  Yes, they were fishing the

Diana - 8/7/16

Diana – 8/7/16

ruby 2 under the big ruby.  We even think she likes it!

Monday, Stan took Rob from California out for half a day.  Pretty good downpour for most of the morning.  They had a good day and caught some quality fish on the ruby 2.  Gina and Carolyn had Dina, Kim and Kim’s nephew, Ben on the water.  Ben spent the morning with Carolyn and Gina took Dina and Kim.  Tough day!  Due to the heavy rain, we opted to wait it out.  Probably should

Ben - 8/8/16

Ben – 8/8/16

have gone out as we hit the water around 10:30 and it was no time before we noticed the water was already increasing.  By 1:00 p.m. it was really running and between the garbage in the water and the heavy water, the fishing was poor.  We did manage to catch a few fish on an egg pattern and the big

Dina - 8/8/16

Dina – 8/8/16


This group went out gain on Friday and this time Ben was with Dana and the ladies fished again with Gina.  Another tough day, but everyone did manage to catch a few fish.  Friday it was the Ruby 2, P&P, copper dun and black copperhead midge.  Best part, everyone had a good time.  Stan and Carolyn had a group from Texas on the water.  Stan took Mark and Bryan.  Carolyn had Tom and his wife, Patti.  Everyone is pretty new to the sport.  Tom has been a couple time and fell in love with the sport.  He is trying to get everyone he knows, especially all his family members interested in fly fishing.  We all managed to hook and or bring in some fish on the copper dun, a black WD40, red San Juan worm and the P&P.




Good Days On The Water & More New Fly Fishers!

August 5th, 2016

Hot!  Under a heat advisory again today.  Tomorrow will be cooler, but it looks like we might have some rain.   At a matter of face, chances for rain are in the forecast for the next five days.  Good news is the temperatures will be in the upper 80s or low 90s.

The generation pattern has not changed.  The equivalent of a low one unit in the morning.  Both Saturday and Sunday, they will keep it at this level until 2:00 or 3:00 p.m……we’ll see.  And then they will run two units for two hours on Saturday and three hours on Sunday.  Then back to the one for the balance of each day.  Monday they will turn on two units at noon for six hours then back down.

Maitland - 8/3/16

Maitland – 8/3/16

Stan was out with a nice fisher from Georgia on Wednesday, Maitland.  Maitland needed a good day on the water and they certainly accomplished this.   Most of Maitland’s fish were caught on the ruby 2 under the big ruby, but he also had the opportunity to throw a size 20 black soft hackle at some fish taking emergers.  What fun.  Doug, from Texas, recently took the Orvis 101 clinic and was not ready to try his hand at catching a fish.  He spent the morning on the river with Gina and had a wonderful time.

Doug - 8/3/16

Doug – 8/3/16

He too had the opportunity to throw a black soft hackle.  Otherwise, it was the black copperhead midge.  Next time, Doug’s wife, Angie gets to go!

Mike, from Kansas, spent Thursday morning on the river with Carolyn.  Wonderful day for him as his first fish to the net was a beautiful 19″ rainbow.  All the fish of any size were beautiful!

Michael - 8/4/16

Michael – 8/4/16

Everything was on either the ruby 2 under the big ruby or the lightning bug.

Stan had a couple of new fly fishers out today.  Bob and his son Easton,  Good start for these two as they had fairly low water this morning.  Quite a few fish to the boat on the ruby ruby and ruby 2 dropper.  Dana’s couple, Michelle and Kevin from Texas were also catching on the ruby 2 dropper.  Good day for them.

Still Seeing Low Generation In A.M.

August 3rd, 2016

Pretty nice day today.  Cooler temperatures and a little overcast.  Ever once in a while it feels like a heavy dew, but no rain to speak of.  It did look threatening this morning, but I think we will dodge the bullet today.  Slight chances of rain through Saturday with Sunday a bit higher chance at 60% as of today’s forecast.  Temperatures will remain pretty much in the mid 90s.

Not much change in the generation pattern.  The equivalent of one or lower every morning then kicking it up by at least the equivalent of two and usually three generators.

Stan on the water last Wednesday with Russ and Jeff from Pennsylvania.  I think they were pleasantly surprised with the fly fishing here in Missouri.  This was Jeff’s first time and he picked it up quickly.  Not only did they fish the ruby 2 and the copper dun midges, but they had the opportunity to fish a size 20 black soft hackle.  What fun!

Friday, Jim took on of his regulars, Carmen out for half a day.  They introduced Carmen’s seven year old son, Rudy, to fly fishing.  Rudy did not get one into the boat, but he certainly did a good job of tricking the fish into taking his fly so he had one on that god away!

Carolyn had Matt and Mindy out again.  Mindy started her fly fishing passion with us last August,  Lucky her.  After she got her first exposure to fly fishing and it did not take Matt long to figure out that she liked it, he surprised her with a trip to Montana.  That finished her off.  We had a good day on the water with the ruby 2 under the big ruby and the lightning bug.  Got both of them stripping the holographic crackleback under the 3 ips sinking leader and catching fish on that.  We had a perfect day as far as water flow goes as it stayed at a low 1100 cfs all day.  Mindy’s cast it looking very good.

Yesterday, Jim took Rich and his son Josh out for the morning.  These guys mainly fish for bass so Jim put them to stripping the JQ and tiger tail streamers.  First time stripping and they said they learned a lot.  Fun way to fish.

Nice Cool Down!

July 30th, 2016

A little cooler temperatures the past few days.  Some isolated rain mixed in with the cooler temperatures, but that’s okay!  Seems to be the trend through this coming weekend into next week.  As long as there is no thunder and lightening, I can certainly fish in the rain.

No change in generation pattern.  Low generation in the a.m. then ramping up some time after 11:00 a.m., usually noon or after.

The water is so much clearer than it was a month or so ago so when they turn on some more water, fishing doesn’t go totally south until they hit four units.

Jim on the water Sunday with Ken from Tennessee.  Ken had a good day on the P&P with a blood worm dropper and stripping the JQ streamer.

Yesterday, Stan took Mike and his son, Aaron out for half a day.  Good day for these guys on the copper dun midge under the big ruby.  They had a full day scheduled, but, as I said, when that fourth unit comes

Kayla & Christopher - 7/26/16

Kayla & Christopher – 7/26/16

on, fishing goes south.  So they wound up with a half day trip and a good lunch!   Carolyn had a fairly new fisher, Christopher and his girlfriend Kayla, who is totally new to fishing, out for half a day.  Fun day with these two.   After going though the basics of casting, mending, etc., we hit the water with a Ruby 2 on Kayla and a copperhead black midge on Christopher.  First hook up was a double.  You can well imagine, Kayla did not let Christopher forget that her fish was larger than his.

Christopher - 7/26/17

Christopher – 7/26/17

Fortunately for Christopher, he caught one a little larger later in the trip.  Last part of the float, water had increased and we switched out to the lightning bug dropper and continued catching on the drift out.  Fun day.  Keep it up Kayla!

Shade Break!

July 24th, 2016

One more scorcher today then it looks like we might get a break from the high temperatures.  Lower 90s and possibly some upper 80s in the forecast over the next week into the weekend.   The down side of that, if there is one, is that there are chances of rain scattered throughout the week also.  No thunder and lightning….I can handle that!

Pretty much the same generation pattern this past week as the week before.  Low generation in the morning until 11:00 a.m. or later, then they ramp up to the equivalent of two units and usually an hour or two later, up to three.  It is back down to a low one unit by 9:00 p.m. or so.

Jim - 7/20/16

Jim – 7/20/16

Wednesday Jim back on the water with Gina this week.   How about this pretty brown?  They worked for their fish, but had a fun day on the ruby 2 dropped from a chartreuse egg pattern.  He was ready for a full day, but once out there for a while, they both decided half a day was enough.  Time for another shade break!  Jim was on the water with Carl and his son Paul.  Carl comes from Ohio and visits us once a year so every year is a new start.  But he has fun every year learning how to fly fish again.  Best patterns were the CQ streamer and the white grub.

Carolyn had a brand new fly fisher, Jerry from Kansas, on the water

Jerry - 7/21/16

Jerry – 7/21/16

Thursday.  His objectives were to learn and then catch some fish, learn and catch some fish…so, that’s what we did.  Had a pretty good day on the ruby two under the big ruby and he even caught several stripping the Tiger Tail on a 3 ips sinking trip.  Right now, the nymph-style fishing is his favorite.  We were already drinking water at 9:00 a.m.  Good day and he picked up casting quickly although he went home hearing my voice in the background saying “don’t bend your wrist!”

Jacque spent the morning on the water with Dana this past Friday.  Tough day for them.  Worked hard and caught some fish on the copperhead black midge under the big ruby.

Saturday, Stan had Bryan and Jack on the water.  Bryan used to fly fish a lot but has been out of it for several years.  He decided it was time to get back to it.  He was glad he did as they had a good day with the ruby 2 or P&P under the big ruby.

Drink Lots of Water!

July 20th, 2016

Days have been hot and forecast is for more of the same so we have been having had advisories almost every day.  Hottest days are forecast for Friday and Saturday in the upper 90s.  Chances for rain start popping up by Saturday.  Might not be so bad if it would rain.  Next week looks like a cool down to the low 90s.  With that comes increased chances for rain.

Generation has been pretty much the same every day this week.  Low generation in the a.m. then kicking it up to the equivalent of three units by 11:00 a.m. or noon.  Running the higher level for 5-7 hours, then back down to the equivalent of one or less for the night.

Roger - 7/15/16

Roger – 7/15/16

Sitting out in the middle of the river with the sun beating down really takes its toll.  Especially if one does not keep hydrated, so take lots of water with you when you go out.

Fun day on the water for Stan last Friday when he had Dave and Roger out for half a day.   Good fishing for these guys on the

David - 7/15/16

David – 7/15/16

Ruby 2 under the big Ruby.

Saturday, Dana took JJ and his eleven year old son, Keaton, out for half a day.  Good day for these two fishers on the Ruby 2 and the copperhead black midge.

Due to the heat and funky generation patterns, Stan turned the full day trip he had scheduled on Monday with Tom and his son, Michael into a half day trip.  Hot day and fishing went south when they turned on two more units a couple hours earlier than scheduled.  It is not unusual for the Monday schedule to be a little off the wall.  Sure it’s hard to predict what they will need to do on Friday when they put out the schedule.  Anyway, they had a good half a day and were happy campers!  You guessed it….big ruby with the Ruby 2 dropper.

Yesterday, Stan took Terry and Yasuto, from Oklahoma, out for half a day.  Really good day for these two guys on the ruby/ruby combo.

Knox - 7/19/16

Knox – 7/19/16

Carolyn was fishing Knox and Gabrielle with the same pattern combo and they, too were having a really good day.  Knox had the opportunity to fish the North Platte in Wyoming with some of his friends

Gabrielle - 7/19/16

Gabrielle – 7/19/16

last fall and he would say “these fish look like those on the Platte”.  We did catch some quality fish.   Gabrielle and Knox took our two-day fly fishing school last year.


Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer

July 14th, 2016

Driving across the dam a couple nights ago, you could see the Branson Showboat on Table Rock and everything had that hazy look to it.  I can see why it is called “lazy” as it was very hot that day and one did not feel like doing much of anything, especially outside.  Fortunately and unfortunately, we had a lot of rain today.  We might still get some more tonight.  There is a chance for scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day tomorrow and maybe some more after midnight and into Saturday a.m.  Sunday looks pretty good, even some sunshine possible and much less chances for rain.  Monday and Tuesday are sunny, temperatures in the mid 90s and no chances for rain.

This week has seen a pattern of the equivalent of one unit or less all morning.  Then, by noon or 1:00 p.m. they turn it up to the equivalent of two units and then three, more or less.  This runs for maybe six hours then they back it down to the equivalent of one unit for the rest of the night into the next morning.

Susan - 7/10/16

Susan – 7/10/16

Stan on the water Sunday with a couple of our regular, regulars, Susan and Lionel from Oklahoma.  They had a very good day on the bug

Lionel - 7/10/16

Lionel – 7/10/16

ruby with the ruby 2 dropper.

Monday Stan had Cleo nd Diane out for half a day.  This was Diane’s first fly fishing trip and she caught some fish on the ruby 2.  However, it was a completely different day than the day before.  The fish were not nearly as hungry

Wednesday Kevin and Brendan spent half a day with Stan.  This was

Brendan - 7/13/16

Brendan – 7/13/16

their first drift boat trip.  They have been fishing one of the parks so this was a new experience for them.   Their best patterns were the big ruby with a ruby 2 dropper.


Kevin - - 7/13/16

Kevin – – 7/13/16

Some Tough Days On The Water

July 10th, 2016

That time of the year when we have slight chances of rain almost every day.  Some days we get it, some days, especially when we don’t expect it….we get it.  Temperatures pretty much in the upper 80s to low 90s into the next weekend.  The following week now looks like mid to upper 90 and chances for rain continue (20-40% chances)

Water has been up and down since the 4th.  Today is the lowest it has been for at least four days when they had it off for a short time in the morning.  We expect the same generation pattern tomorrow that we had today.

Gina on the water 4th of July with Dale and his wife Lisa rode along.  Worked hard for their fish, but they did catch

Dale - 7/4/16

Dale – 7/4/16

some on the copperhead black midge.   Stan Phil and his son, Chris out for half a day.  Chris is on a mission to catch a fish in all 50 states on a fly rod before he goes to college.  He is now 15 years old and is in the

Chris - 7/4/16

Chris – 7/4/16

double digits on states in which he has succeeded so far.  He was really excited to catch this nice fish on a size 20 soft hackle

Tuesday, Stan was out with John and Jon.  They both caught fish on the P&P midge and worked hard for them.  Jim had Sean and his son Zane on the water.  They also were catching on the P&P as well as a blood worm dropper.

A couple new, young fishers on the water Thursday.  Gina had Stacy and his son Devin out for the morning.  Tough day, but everyone caught some fish.  Devin did a good job of hooking and

Devin - 7/7/16

Devin – 7/7/16

landing a nice rainbow.  They were fishing the SJ worm,

Stacy - 7/7/16

Stacy – 7/7/16

big ruby and the black copperhead midge under a chartreuse egg.  James Albert had Steve and his son, Case, on the water.  This was Case’s first time fly fishing and he got his first fish on a fly rod.  Looks like

Cast & Steve - 7/7/16

Cast & Steve – 7/7/16

another new fly fisher in the works.  Best patterns were the red San Juan worm under the big ruby.