Great Fishing!

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

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.

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

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!

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!

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!

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.

The Drought Might Soon Be Over!

February 20th, 2018

Today will be an interesting day.  Right now, it is 65 degrees.  Supposed to hit close to 70 by noon then down to the low 50s by the time I leave the shop today.  Chances for rain most of the day and especially by early afternoon.  Tomorrow we are looking at the high in the upper 30s.  Chance for more rain on Thursday but temperatures will be in the upper 60s.  Friday will be a little cooler….upper 50s, but rain.  Good news by Sunday when it will be in the lower 60s and mainly sunny.

Generation schedule this weekend did pretty much what they projected for a change.  The 35 mwh actually happened.  They did not turn it off as they had done all last week but ran water all day both days.  We’ll see what they do today.

Gary on the water Saturday with Monica and Tom from Texas.  These two attended our two-day Orvis school last October and wanted to get back with it.   They fished the low one unit (35 mwh) and had a very good half day on the ruby 2 and black copperhead midges.  Now they are really hooked on fly fishing!

Ray, from Oklahoma, spent the afternoon on the water with Stan Sunday.  Other than 30 mph wind gusts, and the water changing up and down, it was a really good day on the ruby 2 and lightning bug.  They did pull a few on the holographic green crackleback.  Fun day.


February 15th, 2018

Got into my car this morning to come to work (shortly after 7:00 a.m.) and the outside temperature gauge in my car said 68 degrees.  As I sit here writing, it is up to 70!  Then, tomorrow, the high is supposed to be 45?!?  Right now, we are looking at rain very late Friday night and going into Saturday morning.  Saturday’s high will be in the low 50s.  Sunday there are slighter chances for rain with a high in the upper 50s.  Then, a mixed bag next week with  60s, upper 50s and by Wednesday, maybe back into the mid 40.  Right now, next weekend looks good….mid to upper 50s.

Same generation pattern so far this past weekend and into this week. Three to four units in the morning from 6:00 or 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.  Then, the 35 mwh which has been actually 0, and the units are shut down until around 5:00 p.m.

Stan on the water yesterday with Doc from Oklahoma.  Doc celebrated his 85th birthday last month.  He set up a half day trip but they came off early after Doc had caught more than enough and was ready to kick back and relax before his drive back to Oklahoma.  Really good day for him, mainly on the ruby 2 midge.


Ladies! Mark Your Calendars!

February 12th, 2018

Great weather this week.  After a nasty weekend of freezing rain and temperatures in the 20s during the day and teens at night and early morning, I’m glad to say we might see 70s on Thursday.  The down side of that is there also might be some moisture.  We will see.  We have had moisture forecast several times over the past two weeks and very little, if anything has happened.  Fortunately for the Branson area, the freezing rain was no where as nasty as a little north (Springfield) of us.  Next weekend will not be as warm as it will be during this week, but still pretty good for February.  Saturday should be in the upper 40s and Sunday looks like 50s.

As I mentioned in last report, 30 mwh seems to be the new norm for “0” generation.  If I remember correctly, they did this same thing last year about this time for the projection schedule.  Anyway, we have had 3-4 units running in the early morning for 3-4 hours then it has be shut down around 10:00 or 11:00 a.m.  Yesterday they turned on a unit at 5:00 p.m.

Fished with a friend Friday and we had a great, fun time.  Most of the fish were caught on the Ruby 2 until later in the day when they flat shut down on this one.  Dawn fished a size 16 gray scud for a while and did well on this.  Stripping was not great, but we didn’t fish this way very long.

The River Runner Women’s Fly Fishing Club will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary on April 21, 2018 here at the fly shop.  We started with 12 ladies are now well over 100 members.  “Fishing is our Mission” and we have certainly accomplished that over the past ten years.  It has been a great group to fish with, learn new things, fish new places and just support each other while enjoying our love for fly fishing.  We are hoping for an exciting celebration with lots of activities and definitely lots of fishing.  We would welcome any of you ladies who are not certain fly fishing is for you, or those of you just getting started and/or have been doing it forever to join us with this celebration.  Come help us with our “Mission”.

Our Agenda is a work in progress, but we will gather at the fly shop Friday evening for a “Meet and Great” gathering.  Saturday will be filled with activities and lots of fishing.  Mark your calendars.  We will keep you updated.