February 29th, 2016

Checked on Stan yesterday while he was out on a guide trip and he said his guest had been blown out of the boat and was floating down the river.  It was blowing yesterday!  I tried to go out the back door of the shop and had a hard time getting it open as the wind was holding it.  Glad that’s over.  Beautiful day today.  Not quite 10:00 a.m. and the temperatures is already 51 degrees and full sunshine AND no wind!  Let’s get through the next few days and we’ll be back to sunshine.  Good chance of rain starting late tonight and staying around until late morning or early afternoon on Tuesday.  Wednesday looks like partly cloudy with very late showers carrying through to Thursday.  After Thursday it’s back into sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s, and even 70s by Sunday and into next week.  Oops!  What is the saying?  “March in like a lamb…out like a lion”.

We still have the equivalent of a good two units running every day, all day.  However, I believe this will change in 2-3 more days.  At that time, Beaver will reach their goal of 1121.43.  At this point, they say they will cut back on releases to about one-fourth of a foot a day until it reaches the top of its conservation pool .  Their projection is that they will reach conservation pool by March 5.  In the meantime, when they cut back on the current flow rate Table Rock will probably follow suite and cut back on what they have been flowing, unless, of courses, there are power needs or we get a lot of rain.

Billy's brown - 2/27/16

Billy’s brown – 2/27/16

Billy, from Illinois, spent yesterday on the river with Stan.  Quite a ride with all the wind.  Good day for Billy on the big ruby and the cerise San Juan worm.  And he is still talking about the one that got away.  It took off up stream and snapped hit 4X in a heartbeat.  He did get a good look at it as it was going by and I bet he didn’t sleep well last night!  He has fished with us several time and this was his first brown.

More Great Weather On The Way!

February 25th, 2016

Like I said in the last report, a little reality check for a few days.  However!  We are looking at upper 60s and even low 70s again for this weekend into Monday.  Tuesday is still warm, in the upper 60s, but there is a pretty good chance for scattered thunderstorms both Tuesday and Wednesday next week.  Temperatures will still remain in te mid 50s or 60s for the balance of next week.

Dumping Beaver at a rate of about 1/2 a day.  Fortunately, or unfortunately, at this rate it will take another 7–8 days before Beaver gets back to power pool.  Not sure what this means for Table Rock, but I expect to see some type of generation continue until that time.

Jim - 2/24/16

Jim – 2/24/16

Good news is that Taneycomo is fishing good.  Wednesday Jim out with Gina yesterday.  They had a windy day of catching on an egg with a midge dropper and a small bugger.  As you can see from the picture, it was a little blustery out there but it did not affect the catching!


Reality Check

February 23rd, 2016

Reality had to set in on this wonderful weather we have been having.  However looks like it won’t last long.  Today through Thursday, temperatures are predicted to be in the upper 40s…..more normal.  Some chance for rain, but that sounds like a long shot.  The worse thing I am seeing in the weather forecasts is the wind.  20-30 mph tomorrow and 15-25 mph on Thursday.  Throw a line in that!

Generation was bumped up today to a low two units.  They are using three units to run the equivalent of two.  Beaver is running both their generators, and I imagine Table Rock will keep pace with this input to keep us at or below power pool.

Orin - 2/21/16

Orin – 2/21/16

A couple more good days on the water.  Sunday, Stan took Dennis and his son Orin out for the afternoon.  Looked line rain Sunday morning so they thought an afternoon trip would be drier.  Good move.  Maybe a few sprinkles in the a.m. but it was definitely warmer and the sun even came out for the afternoon.  Orin had a new fly rod that he needed to christen.  Mission accomplished.  Among the several fish he landed, was a nice 18-1/2″ rainbow.  All in all, a very good day.

Monday, David, from Oklahoma had a late

David - 2/22/16

David – 2/22/16

morning trip with Stan.  Good day for them on the cerise or white San Juan worms.  A little cool in the morning, but it warmed up pretty good.


Did We Steal A Couple Great Days!?

February 21st, 2016

80 degrees in February?  It feels like we stole a couple beautiful days.  Got up the Friday morning and the temperature was in the 60s….same thing today.  I think yesterday was a little cooler, but we managed to hit the 80s yesterday afternoon.  Upper 60s today; low 60s tomorrow and then a cool down into the mid to upper 40s for a few days then back into the 50s.  Right now it looks like 60 by next weekend!  Biggest chance for rain looks like Tuesday and Wednesday this coming week.

Pretty steady generation pattern the past four days.  Today is projected to be more of the same.  Somewhere around 2400 t0 3000 cfs which puts the tail water in the 704.2 to 705 foot range.  However, be aware, they can always bump it a little more than that so make certain you know how deep the water is when you walk out and keep and eye on some reference point to know that the levels has not changed.  Monday is projected to continue this trend, but they are showing a little more release from Beaver.  This could have an affect on our water release here.  We will just have to see what they do tomorrow.

With this great weather, everyone is having a major case of “cabin fever”.  Allen spent most of Thursday afternoon on the water with Jim working on streamer fishing.  They has a very good day stripping the JQ and the bug eye streamers, but probably did best on the white bead nymph.  Allen is definitely better prepared for streamer work.

Friday, Dave from Oklahoma, fish with Jim Great day on the black JQ, tiger tail and white bead nymph.  For the streamers, the tiger tail did best, but again, the white bead nymph was best.

Kristi - 2/20/16

Kristi – 2/20/16

Glad to see Rick and Kristi back again.  They too could not believe the weather for this weekend so they called hopping they could sneak in a float trip.  Great day for then with Stan.  Cerise or white bead San Juan worms were their best patterns.




Get In The River And Enjoy!

February 18th, 2016

I’m shop-bound right now with the sun shining and the temperature is 63 degrees at 11:30!!!  Something wrong with this picture.  The only negative we are expecting today will be the wind.  Looks like the high will hit 70 today and continue in the 70 through the weekend.  And next week’s forecast shows mid 50 all week.  We are now into March with these temperatures.  The only negative, and it’s not that bad, is that next a week from this Sunday currently shows a 50% chance for showers.  Could use SOME rain but, hopefully, not the gully washers we experienced this past year.

They are still running the equivalent of one unit most of the day.  Some days they have increase the flow in the morning from 7:00 a.m. through 10:00 a.m. to as much as three units while they are running Beaver.  When Beaver is shut down, Table Rock goes back to one unit.  This was not been the case the past two days.  They have just run the equivalent of one unit all day.  However be aware this could happen.

Stan on the river Monday with David from Oklahoma.  Bad wind gusts over 40 mph.  Certainly tough casting and even more difficult getting a good drift.  However, they did catch fish and nice quality fish on the cerise San Juan worm.

Jim 2/17/16

Jim 2/17/16

Wednesday Jim spent yesterday, and what a gorgeous day it was, on the river with Carolyn.   It did not take long to see that not only was the day going to be great, but so was fishing.  First four casts resulted in fish.  Lots of nice, fat (16-18 inches) fish on either the cerise San Juan worm, or the white grub.  We did catch a few on a JQ streamer but nothing like the worm or grub.

Gary was on the water Tuesday pulling the JQ streamer with a red soft hackle trailer and caught a bunch of fish in a couple hours.  We both agreed that fishing the past couple days has seemed like the good old days.  The fish are there and definitely eating.


Great Valentine’s Day!

February 15th, 2016

Other than Valentine’s Day, the weather has been great.  It is difficult to believe that this is early February!  The forecast for Tuesday is low 50s.  Wednesday will be in the low 60s and Thursday through Saturday will be near or in the 70s!  Sunday should be in the 60s and next week looks like mid to upper 50s.  As a matter of fact, the rest of February looke like nothing less than 50s and 60s for the highs the rest of the month!

So far, the generation schedule the past 3-4 days has been less than a full generator for most of the day.  Usually in the morning around 7:00, they fire up a low two units then three, then back to two for three hours while they are dumping Beaver.  Once that is done, back to the less than one unit.  Over the weekend, it was 30 mw  Today it was all over the board… unit, a low two units, then back to a full one.  Tuesday is projected to be the normal ramp up around 7:00 a.m for three hours then down to not quite a full unit the balance of the day.  We will see….

Great Valentine’s Day.  Ed and Susan from here in Missouri decided to take the two-day fly fishing school.  First day was not too bad temperature wise.  We did the morning classroom session on learning about gear, bugs, knots, reading water, stream etiquette, etc.; then went to the water and worked casting.  Sunday it

Ed with his 1st on fly rod - 2/14/16

Ed with his 1st on fly rod – 2/14/16

was to the water for application. Must say, it was definitely the coldest day of the week.  It took us a while to get everything tied together!  Fortunately, within eight minutes from where we put in the boat, both hooked up with their first fish.  This certainly was an aid in warming up the day and an indication of the way the day would go.  What a great start for two new fly fishers.  Hope they don’t think every day on the water will be like this.   Great couple and both did very well with the rods.

Susan - 2/14/16

Susan – 2/14/16

They shared the glory as they had at least three doubles (both hooked and had fish at the same time).  Best pattern was the cerise San Juan worm.  Overall, fishing has been good.  The water is still off-colored, but that does not seem to hurt the fishing.  Talked to some of our customer from Louisiana who fished all day Saturday and they had a great day on egg patterns and the San Juan worm.



60s Next Week!

February 11th, 2016

Should not complain about the weather.  So far (knock on wood) we have had a very mild winter.  We are going to get a little weather this coming weekend.  Low 40s Saturday and a chance, 70%, of moisture Sunday with temperatures in the mid 30s.  Right now, the moisture is snow showers in the a.m. transitioning to light rain.  But on Monday, after some early morning showers, it will hit the mid 50s and keep on going during the week.  We COULD even see 70 by Friday.  I’ll take it!

Low flows for the most part on Taneycomo this week.  They are still working at dumping Beaver, so in each morning and late afternoon, they open up Beaver and increase the flow on Taney for two to three hours.  Then back to our low flow.  Today we are supposed to see 30 mw which will mean flows in the 2000 to 2500 cfs range and levels probably in the low 704 foot range.

Quite a few fishers in and out this week.  Hearing good days to slow days.  Noting in particular, but white still seems to be a player.  Gina on the water yesterday

Jim - 2/10/16

Jim – 2/10/16

with Wednesday Jim.  Not a barn burner day, but good quality fish and what a great day!  They both enjoyed the day and fishing.  Their patterns were an egg, the red tunghead midge and the big ruby.

This Is February?

February 7th, 2016

Can you believe the weather we have had so far this winter?  Even if we get a few day of colder weather, we can’t complain……well, we shouldn’t complain.  We are expecting a couple cooler days Monday and Tuesday.  But, by Thursday it looks like 50s into the next weekend and 60s the following week.  Won’t be long and we’ll be into March!

Fairly low flow all weekend.  An average of 50 mw hours which means levels in the 704 to 705 feet levels on Taneycomo.  The same is projected for Monday and probably during the coming week.  We’ll see.

Stan on the river yesterday, and what a pretty day it was, with Roger from Kansas.  Late morning start so they could hit the warmest part of the day.  Good day for Roger on the cerise worm.  They experienced flows around 2900 cfs while they were out.  Talked with several other fishers who were wading the various areas and most of them were having good success.

Unleashed several more new fly tyers this weekend.  We had a basic clinic Saturday and eventually turned out some good looking scuds and wooly buggers.  Next weekend will be the Picket Pin.

Just a reminder of the spey/switch rod clinic coming up March 26.  We will again have Jim Haech from Michigan come and teach this clinic.  This is a very good technique for dealing with the high water conditions we frequently experience here on Taneycomo.  Rods will be provided for your use.  Clinic size is limited so give us a call if you are interested.  417-332-0460.  Cost for clinic is $60.00.



Another Good Day On The Water!

February 2nd, 2016

Biggest problem for today will be the WIND!  Almost blew me off the porch this morning…..well it seemed like that.  We will experience lots of wind today along with mid 60s.  Still 40s for Wednesday and Thursday but the flurries seemed to have left the picture.  And, the weekend is looking good…mid to upper 50s is certainly good for February.  No rain.  Plus, Punxsutawney Phil has forecast an “Early Spring!”

Table Rock Lake is now at power pool.  However, I think the plan is to now lower Beaver Lake and maintain a flow through Table Rock dam to keep up with the input from Beaver.  Bottom line, we will continue to see flows in Taneycomo.  The good news is that it should not be much more, if any, than we have been experiencing,   As a matter of fact, the flow rate for Wednesday is 50 MW almost all day.  This is the equivalent of one unit and the levels in Taneycomo could hover around 704 to 705 feet.

Janice - 2/1/16

Janice – 2/1/16

Beautiful rainbow!

Beautiful rainbow!

Good day for Janice and John from Oklahoma who spent yesterday afternoon on the water blowing around with Stan.  Water still off colored so they found the cerise San Juan worm to be the ticket.  First time we have had alpaca ranchers on the water!  Had to put this rainbow on the site.  It is gorgeous.   John caught this one.



Another fun fly tying session this past weekend.  Everyone learn to tie a pretty simple wool head sculpin!  I can even tie it.  They we did some small barbell head pine squirrel sculpins.  They’ll be ready for this pattern this coming fishing season.  Basic fly tying this coming weekend.


Can’t Get Much Better…Well Maybe

January 31st, 2016

Great weather!  70s yesterday and probably close to that again today.  And, we’re looking at 60s tomorrow and Tuesday.  Might see some rain Tuesday, but it’s supposed to clear up in the afternoon.  40s Wednesday (sight chance for flurries on Wednesday) and Thursday, and another nice weekend coming up.  The weekend looks like it might be pretty nice.  Not as nice as this one, but still warmer than normal.

Yes, we are still seeing generation.  They have pretty much stuck with three units running the equivalent of two.  Tailwater is 915.31 at 10:00 a.m. today and the Taneycomo level has been around 706.5 to 707.4.  so, five to six feel over no generation wading levels.

As I said, what great weather.  Had boats on the water the past two days and it was wonderful.  Warm, sunny days and the fish were hitting.  Both Jim and Stan out Friday.  Jim took Tom from the Kansas City area out for the day.  Good day for them on the ruby midge, pink egg or white grub.  Stan and his guys, Gary and Gary, mainly caught on the cerise San Juan worm and a multi-colored egg pattern.

Yesterday Jim had Tom again and they caught fish on a black bug-eyed bugger, black wooly bugger and the pink egg.  Stan had Doc and Terry from Oklahoma out.  It was the cerise San Juan worm or multi-colored egg.  Everyone was happy to get a good day on the water in great weather this time of the year.