Rain Chances, Especially Friday!

June 28th, 2017

A little warm today!  Expect to see upper 80s or low 90s.  Tomorrow, more of the same, but by Friday, we might see rain with temperatures in the mid 80s.  By Sunday, it should clear out.  Temperatures will remain in the upper 80s to low 90s and slight chances for showers are around almost every day.

No changes in the generation schedule.  Pretty much non-stop for a while.

Bart – 6/27/17

Glad to say, we continue to have good days on the water.  Gina had Derek and his son, Bart on the water yesterday.  Good day for them on the tiger tail, ruby 2 or lightning bug droppers and a chartreuse egg pattern.  Stripping was the best method, but they caught fish nymphing.   Bob, from Indiana, spent the morning with Stan.  They too, did best stripping.  Their pattern was the holographic green crackleback.  Also caught some on the lightning bug and a bright pink egg pattern.


Another Beautiful Day Today!

June 27th, 2017

We have had some beautiful days!  Temperatures not too hot so it has just been pleasant.  Today should see the mid 80s and tomorrow and Thursday we are looking at upper 80s to low 90s.  Party is over.  By Friday and Saturday, rain seems to be sneaking back into the picture.  Next week looks hot and humid.

No change in the generation pattern.  Normal power pool for this time of the year is 917 feet.  We are just a little under 922 feet.  It’s going to be a while more before we can hope the generators stop.

Three boat group on the water last Friday. Most of them were new fly fishers.   Dana took Rod and his son, Rodney.  They had a good day on the holographic green crackleback and the lightning bug.  Stan took Jeff and Adam and they were fishing the lightning bug or cerise San Juan under the big ruby.  Carolyn’s guys, Denton and Aaron were catching on the cerise San Juan under the big ruby or stripping the tiger tail.  Everyone had fun and learned a lot.  Bad news of the day was a surprise storm that popped up while we were rowing out.  The wind and the force of the rain were unbelievable!!  We thought we had a tornado ripping up the river.  Glad to say everyone got off the river safely….a little wet, better yet, drenched, but safe.

Saturday, Dana took Todd and Matt, from Texas, out all day.  Good day for these guys on the lightning bug or stripping the crackleback.  Stan out with Cary and his father, Sherrod all day.  They had a fun, good day on the crackleback, an egg pattern and the tiger tail.

Bryce and his father, Randy, spent Sunday morning with Dana.  It was the olive filoplume or crackleback that day.




Blue Bird Day Today!

June 24th, 2017

Absolutely gorgeous day today!  Sun is out, very light wind and it is 76 degrees at noon.  It might make 80!  More nice weather for the rest of the week….70s and 80s.  By the weekend, we see some chances for showers.

No change in water flow.  Still 24/7.  Some mornings it has been 50 mwh so there is a little opportunity for wading up near the Hatchery.  However, it doesn’t last all day.  Some time during the morning they will bump it up to 100 mwh and usually 150 later in the day.  ‘

Jeff 6/17/17

Still seeing lots of trips.  Last Saturday, James Albert took Jeff, from Oklahoma, out for half a day.  Good day for Jeff on the big ruby with a beadhead Cerise San Juan worm dropper, or stripping the filoflume.  Jeff caught his first fish stripping on this trip.  Fun!   Doug and Dixie spent the morning on the water with Jim.  They are fairly new, so Jim spent time working with them on skills.  They caught their fish on the pink San Juan worm and stripping the tiger tail.  Dana had Martin on the water.  He was catching on the holographic green crackleback, lightning bug and orange egg pattern.  Not only did he catch trout, but he also caught a couple blue gills!  Gary and Jerry spent the day on the water with Stan.  Good day for these guys on the big ruby with a lightning bug dropper or stripping the crackleback.

Sunday, Jeff and Brett fished late in the morning with Stan.  We had some unexpected rain show up that morning, so they waited until around noon before going out.  First time fly fishers, but they both brought in fish on the Big ruby with a ruby 2 dropper.

Keith – 6/19/17

Keith and Bill from Wisconsin fished all day with Gina on Monday.  Very good day for them on the big ruby, an egg pattern

Bill – 6/19/17

and stripping the crackleback.  These two were here fore the Vietnam Vet reunion.  Thank you guys!!  Jim and Stan had a group of guys, one of whom we know was from Pennsylvania on the water.  Rick and Jason were with Jim.  Jay and his son, Gus were with Stan.  Really good day for all of them on the tiger tail, cerise San Juan worm, big ruby, lightning bug and crackleback.  Jay and Gus became new strippers.  Really liked it.

Gina – 6/21/17

Wednesday, Gina and Bill fish with Carolyn again.  Gina had just retired and was enjoying it.  Good day on the cerise San Juan worm under the big ruby and stripping the tiger tail.

Good day for everyone on Thursday when we took a group of guys here on a corporate gathering.  Dana had Scott and Paul.  Plenty of fish for them on the lightning bug, and beaded

Chris – 6/22/17

cerise San Juan worm.  John fished with Carolyn.  Of course, he got to strip.  We pulled the tiger tail and did well on that.  Also caught several on the big ruby and beaded

cerise San Juan.  James had a couple of new fly fishers, Chris and Kelly.  They did great,

Kelly – 6/22/17

especially for new guys, on the big ruby and beaded cerise San Juan.




Lots Of Fishing Going On!

June 18th, 2017

Rain the past two mornings, but it looks like this might be over for the next several days.  Kind of a pleasant change as the last week was a pretty warm week!.  Monday will be mid 80s and then we start to steam again with temperatures in the low 90s until the weekend.

No major change in generation.  Still running 24/7.  However, they have been running it a little lower (50 mwh) in the morning, then jumping up to 100 mwh around 9:00 or 10:00 a.m.  I am pretty sure we will continue to see some type of flow all day for several more days.

Andrew – 6/12/17

Lots of fishing last week.  Carolyn started out the week with Andrew from the St. Louis area.  Good day for him on the ruby 2 under the big ruby or stripping the holographic green crackleback.   Tom, from New Haven, spent half a day with Stan.  They did well on the big ruby with a lightning bug dropper.  He really enjoyed pulling the crackleback on the sinking leader.

Tuesday, Knox and Gabrielle, who were out with Carolyn, hit everything right.  Most fish Knox has caught so far on one outting during his fishing life.

Knox – 6/13/17

Lightning bug or ruby 2 dropper under the big ruby, and you guessed it…..stripping the holographic green crackleback.  This was Gabrielle’s best technique that day.

Wednesday Jim was on the water all day Wednesday with Gina.  A bit tougher that day.  Water was pretty dirty, and the fish were spotty.  But, they had a good day on the

Jim – 6/14/17

crackleback and lightning bug.  Carolyn had a couple new fly fishers on the water, Beth and Frank.  First hook set and I knew Frank was a bass fisher!  Fun day working with them and getting them into a few fish.  So, Frank caught his first fish on a fly rod.  We started with the big ruby and a lightning bug dropper.  As soon as we could find a good seam, we started stripping the crackleback.

Frank – 6/14/17

I loved Beth’s last statement before we started heading in for the day….”just one more cast!”

Beth – 6/14/17

Thursday, James and Stan had a group of geologist who were attending a function in the Branson area.  James had John and Rex and Stan had Jerry and Rich.  They were from all over, Kansas, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and I think the other one was from Missouri….maybe.  Anyway, they all had a fun morning catching on the big ruby, beadhead cerise San Juan worm, and lightning bug.

Rex – 6/15/17

Carolyn had a mother/son pair on the water.  Gina is just learning and her son, Jase, has done some fly fishing.  We had a fairly slow start to the morning, but did catch some on the normal big ruby with a dropper.  Finally decided

Gina – 6/15/17

we needed more action and the water was at a level where we could do some wading, so we hit some good water and started stripping the crackleback.  Finished up the day strong.  Lots of fun

Jase & Gina – 6/15/17

for both of them and Gina was throwing a pretty good line before we were done.

Beth’s (Wednesday trip) uncle, John and her brother Bruce fished with Carolyn on Friday.  Bruce has spent a lot of time fishing the streams in Colorado so he got to do a lot of dry fly fishing.  A little culture shock here fishing

Bruce – 6/16/17

with midges and pulling other critters.  Good day and he had fun with the streamer stripping after he got the hang of it.  John and Bruce did some major

Bruce, Carolyn & John – 6/16/17

damage on the fish that day.

Chances For Rain By Next Thursday

June 11th, 2017

It is feeling a whole lot like summer.  Temperatures have been in the mid to upper 80s the past several days and we see more of the same for next week with some 90s scattered in for good measure.  Best chance for rain shows up next Thursday into Friday.  Little ways off….we’ll see.

No change in generation.  Four units still 24/7.  We are still eight feet above normal power pool for this time of the year.  The tailwater level is +/- 708′.

Trips out last Wednesday.  Jim took a fairly new fly fisher from the Branson area out and gave him lots of good instruction.  They had a very good day stripping the tiger tail and nymphing the red midge and/or hot hare’s ear nymph.  James took Clint from Colorado out for half a day.  Clint fished a lot when he lived in Colorado but never as many as they caught Wednesday.  It was the big ruby with the lightning bug dropper for them.

Friday, Stan was out with Jim, who is also a fairly new fly fisher.  He wanted to expand his knowledge of fly fishing and catch some fish!  Mission accomplished.  Jim had a good day on the big ruby with the lightning bug dropper, and stripping the holographic green crackleback.  Had so much fun he is out again today.  Jim had his regular, regular, David out for half a day.  Very good day for them.  Nice 22″ brown stripping the tiger tail.  Also caught several fish on the ruby midge and the hot hare’s ear nymph.

No Rain In The Forecast!

June 7th, 2017

How about that!  No rain in the forecast for at least seven or eight days!  We won’t know how to act.  We do have some heat.  Looks like upper 80s to low 90s over the weekend.

No change in generation pattern.  9000-10000 cfs 24/7.  Table Rock is now down to 925.9′ so we have about nine feet before we are at summer power pool.

Hanna – 6/2/17

Stan on the water last Friday with Hanna and Brenden from Louisiana.  They learned a lot and caught fish on the big ruby with a lightning bug dropper.

Brenden – 6/2/17

Ted and his son, Chris, spent half a day with Jim Monday.  Good day for these guys  stripping the good old tiger tail.

Gary – 6/6/17

Yesterday, Gary from Texas, spent half a day with Stan.  He had a good day on the big ruby with the lightning bug dropper and stripping the holographic green crackleback.  He thought that was fun.

Gates Are Closed!

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!

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!

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!

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.