Fishing Is Great! Catching Can Be A Little Off!

November 1st, 2017

Just finished up several days of WINDY conditions on the river.  Wow!  30-40 mph wind gusts.  It flat blows those drift boats off anchor.  Overcast today with the high forecast to be 63 degrees.  Going to have to go a little to make that.  Thursday is looking great.  High in the low 80s and lots of sunshine and light wind.  Friday has a high in the 70s, maybe a shower in the morning, but light winds and cloudy.  Weekend looks great.  Upper 70s to low 80s and sunshine.  Next week is looking like normal weather for this time of the year.  mid 60s to upper 50s later in the week.  Chance for showers is showing up on Tuesday.

One or two generators running pretty low for two to three hours in the morning if they run anything in the morning.  Then off most of the day and one or two units back on in the late afternoon for a couple hours and back off through the night.  This has been the norm for the past several days.

Dana on the water last Monday for the first of two days with Charles.  Pretty good day for him stripping the pumpkin or blonde cracklebacks on a 1.5 ips sinking leader, and also caught a few stripping the tiger tail.  Fish were hanging mainly in the shallower water.  Marvin and Richard fished with Carolyn and they caught a few fish on the P&P midge or stripping a pumpkin crackleback.  Stan’s guy, Gordon, from Alabama, was also stripping the pumpkin crackleback.   This was one of those windy days and they were blown off anchor at least twice.

Gordon enjoyed the windy day so much, he spent Tuesday back out on the water with Stan again.  This day was even more WINDY!  It was one of those 35-40 mph days.  Hard to detect a strike due to the white caps on the water!  Friday was a tiger tail day…..didn’t touch the crackleback.  Wednesday, Charles spent another half day on the water with Dana.  Not as good as Monday, but they caught fish again on the pumpkin crackleback.  Stan and Carolyn had a group on the water for half a day.  Carolyn took the ladies, Dawn and Ashley, and Stan took the guys, John and Richard.  Understand whichever boat caught the most fish did not have to wash dishes while they were here.  The ladies outfished the guys on the black copperhead midge.  The guys were catching on the pumpkin crackleback.  It was another one of those WINDY days and tough to stay in one place very long.  Wednesday Jim spent a full day on the water with Gina.  They stripped the tiger tail or JQ streamer and also caught some on the ruby 2.

Thursday, Marvin and Richard spent another half day with Carolyn.  It didn’t fish great, but as Richard said “I caught more fish today than I have over the past three”.  It was the black copperhead

Dennis – 10/26/17

midge or ruby 2.  Gina had Dennis and Randy out for the morning.  They were catching on the tiger tail or an olive bugger early in the day.  Later it was a ruby 2 or P&P midge.  Dennis likes dries and caught the best fish of the day on a size 14 Adams.  Made his day.

Randy – 10/26/17

Randy likes stripping so he was fishing the tiger tail and bugger.

Terry, from Oklahoma, fished with Stan on Saturday.   They did not start until noon and it was one of the more difficult days Stan has had on the water.  Not every very many opportunities to catch any as they were not biting that well.  Fortunately, he did not get skunked.

Up and Down!

October 22nd, 2017

Looks like we might get some rain starting tonight.  Some might be severe with the rain continuing into tomorrow morning.  Temperatures are going to take a dive into the upper 50s or low 60s for a high tomorrow.  Back to sunshine late tomorrow.  Monday through the rest of the week looks pretty good with temperatures in the 60s and 70s for highs.  By next weekend, we are seeing 50s again and a chance for rain on Saturday.  Otherwise, the following week looks great with lots of sunshine and mid 60s for highs.

Water has been up and down this past week.  Mostly down, especially in the morning and early afternoon.  Then up for 1 to 3 hours and back off again.

Well, just like the water, fishing has been up and down.  Some days really tough and other days good fishing….especially for this time of the year.  Seeing and hearing of a few really nice browns being caught, especially up around the outlets.

Jim – 10/11/17

Now, let’s get caught up again.  Last Wednesday, Jim was on the river with Gina.  Fun day, not lots of fish, but enough to keep one happy and interested.  Best pattern was the ruby 2 under and indicator.  Catch of the day was on a Fat Albert with a midge dropper.  Dana was on the water with Eric and Hope from Forsyth.  They are new fly fishers and wanted to learn a little more about fly fishing.  Had some hits, lost a few fish, and caught a few on the lightning bug.

Friday the 13th, Stan took John and Tiffany from Texas out for half a day.  Bite was slow again and he decided to go to 7X and they did catch some fish on the ruby 2 midge after this change.  Easy on that hook set!  Mike and Jan spent half a day with Carolyn.  We found some fish, mainly in one place below the boat ramp, and stayed with it until time to come off the water.  Jan was catching on the ruby 2 midge in shallow water against the bank.  Mike caught several on the holographic green crackleback stripping it cross current in the fast water at the narrows.

Saturday was a little better.  Stan had Glen and Monica from Texas out on the water.  They caught fish on the P&P.  However, they was a period when nothing was hitting anywhere.  Jerry and Kenny from Kansas spent all day on the water with Dana.  Best pattern for them was the P&P with a blood worm dropper.

Sunday seemed to fish even better than Saturday.  Dana had Jeff and Nancy from Colorado out all day.  They had recently fished in Mongolia and wanted to see our fishery.  What a difference I bet!  Good day for them on the P&P or lightning bug with the blood worm dropper.  George and Wilma spent the morning on the water with Carolyn.  This was Wilma’s birthday present even though

Wilma – 10/15/17

her birthday was much earlier this year.  It was actually George’s birthday the next day if I remember correctly.  Anyway, it was Wilma’s day and she caught a beautiful 18 inch rainbow among her many others.  Good day on the black copperhead midge early then the P&P.   Both are fairly new fly fishers, so we mixed things up a bit.  We even caught a fish or two stripping the holographic green crackleback.  This was George’s favorite way to fish.

Good day for Donald and Patricia who fished with Stan Monday.  It was ruby 2 early then the P&P.

Brad and Terry fished with Dana on Tuesday.  Another tough day, but they caught fish on the dark olive soft hackle or the P&P midge with the size 22 blood worm dropper.

Another day and better fishing.  Wednesday, Carolyn took one of the students from the Orvis 2-day school out to

Tres – 10/18/17

apply his knowledge.  Good day for him on the lightning bug.  We tried a soft hackle, crackleback and a dry, but this was the pattern for us that day.  He had caught a couple the previous day during the school on a hopper pattern.  Love it!  Yes it’s Wednesday and Gina and Jim were on the water.  Good day for him on the ruby 2, P&P and crackleback.  They had a multi-fish day as they caught

Jim – 10/18/17

a trout, bluegill, shad and even landed one rock!

Paul and Nancy from Iowa fished with Gina on Thursday.  Very good day for them on mainly the ruby 2 under the big ruby.  This was Nancy’s birthday and Paul got her the trip for her birthday.  What a nice guy!  Dana was also on the water Thursday.  He had Dave and Jim from Kansas fishing.  They were catching on the lightning bug, red beaded

Nancy – 10/19/17

San Juan worm and the red d-rib midge.  Both Gina and Dana fished the areas from the boat ramp up.  Last, but not least, Carolyn had Patrick on the water.  Patrick had just finished the Orvis school too and wanted to get in some application experience.  Good day for Patrick on the lightning bug under the big ruby.  Gary and Bob who have been fishing with Stan off and on since 2010

Paul – 10/19/17

had a good half day on the P&P and ruby 2.

Again, what a difference a day makes.  Friday, Gary and Bob were again fishing with Stan and Carolyn had Bob’s son, Darrin, and grandson, Colby out for half a day.  Tough!  Can’t say there was any good fly.  We caught a few fish, but it was here and there not very many on any one pattern.  Dana had Dan from St. Peters out and they caught fish on the pumpkin crackleback, ruby 2 and P&P midges.

Melissa – 10/22/17

Sunday fishing was still pretty tough.  Dwan and Robert fished with Stan and caught mainly on the ruby 2.  Dana took a fairly new fly fishing lady, Melissa,out for the morning.  She had fun catching on the black copperhead midge.






Doesn’t Feel Like Fall!

October 14th, 2017

It certainly felt good to get out of the boat and stand in the cool water yesterday.  Another hot one today….upper 80s.  Due to some rain coming through tonight and into early tomorrow morning, it will be cool tomorrow, but back into the 70s Monday which will continue through the next week with a few 80s scattered throughout the week.

More and more days with no generation in the morning.  This has been the trend for past seven days.  Yesterday, they opened the equivalent of three units at 1:00 p.m. and ran something for seven hours.  Off again this morning as well as tomorrow.  We’ll see a little generation for an hour or two later in the afternoon.

Fishing is still tough.  We bring more fish to the boats on some days but are really working for them.  Still, and will continue, seeing lots of dead fish in the water.  Back to my “soap box” take a little more time to revive your fish when you release them.

Bob & Mark from Florida on the water with Dana last Sunday.  Not a bad day for them on the P&P or copper dun midges, a #16 brown San Juan worm, or the B-Bug.  They fished from the root wad down to the boat ramp.

Monday, Dana took Ken out for the day.  They worked for the fish they caught that day on the orange egg, ruby 2 and olive soft hackle.

Jim and his father, Tony, fished with Carolyn Tuesday.  Cold, windy, rainy day.  Windy enough we were blown off anchor at least three times.  Did manage to find a few fish on the JQ streamer stripping on a 4 ips sinking leader or drifting a

Richie – 10/10/17

chartreuse egg pattern.   Nasty as it was, we did have a fun day.  Dana was blowing by us with Richie from Texas.  This was Rickie’s first experience with a fly rod.  What a way to start.  He did well and landed a few fish on the copper dun midge in the Rockin Chair area.  Even Stan was out on a day like this.  He had Jim and his friend, Dave out for the morning.  They too did their best on the copper dun midge.




A Few No Generation Mornings

October 8th, 2017

Mid 80s again today and uppers 80s forecast for tomorrow.  Slight possibility of rain Tuesday with upper 60s (that would be nice), but back into the 70s then 80s Thursday.  80s through the weekend and maybe low to mid 70s for the early part of the following week.  I’m ready for some cooler temperatures!

No generation the past two mornings.  That is also the projection for tomorrow morning.  Nothing until around 1:00 p.m. when it will be a low two units then up to three.  Who knows what the week will bring, but I would guess at least a low flow in the mornings with increases in the early afternoon.  We’ll see….

Saw lots of dead fish in the water yesterday.  Back to my reminder. PLEASE take time to make certain your fish is fully revived before you release it.  Don’t play it any longer than you have to and GET IT BACK INTO THE WATER as quickly as you can after bringing it in.  Best of all, don’t take it out of the water if you can help it.  These fish will continue to be stressed until the lake turns and we get some oxygen back into the lower levels of Table Rock Lake.

Lots of tough days and pretty good days this past week.  James on the river last Tuesday with Bob and Ray.  Pretty good day for these guys on the

Donna – 10/3/17

ruby 2 and a pink lady egg pattern.  Gina was out that day with Donna and Rock from Illinois.  Donna is getting started fishing and wanted to work on casting and technique as this was her first time to land a trout on a fly rod.  Rick is taking her to Montana in May and she wants to be ready.

Rick – 10/3/17

They were catching on the ruby 2 under the big ruby, mainly in the area above the boat ramp.  It was one of those low generation mornings, so they stayed in the upper area.

Wednesday, Carolyn took Howard and Richard out for half a day.  It was one of those tough days and the guys pulled a few fish on the ruby 2 and stripping a scuplin pattern.  These good fly fishers worked hard for what few fish they got.  Larry just finished our 2-day Orvis school and wanted to hone his skills, so he took half a day trip with Stan.  Slow day, but the most fish he has ever caught at one time.  Ruby 2 under the big ruby and they floated the full run.

Donna – 10/5/17

Donna still working on her skills so she and Rick spent another half a day on the water Thursday.  This time it was with Carolyn.  Although this time Rick caught the most fish, Donna pulled the largest fish stripping a holographic green crackleback on a sinking leader.  We turned her into a stripper!  Think she is ready for Montana.  Cindy and Craig fished with Stan most of the day.  Ruby 2 and P&P were their best patterns.  Bite was a little slow so they went through on their trip.

Friday, Stan took Patty and Kevin out for half a day.  These fairly new fly fishers had one of the better days on the water, and it was the ruby 2 all day.  Water was on when they put in, but turned off at 9:00 a.m., so Stan kept them in the area above the boat ramp.




Nothing Like A Fall Morning!

October 1st, 2017

Sun rise over Mount Branson

Coming to work this morning was beautiful.  This picture doesn’t even do it justice!  However, it was gorgeous and what a shot in the arm to see such a beautiful sun rise.  Nice crisp morning with the temperature in the mid 50s.  Nice weather today and tomorrow.  Tuesday we are looking at slight chances for thunderstorms in the morning with temperature in the mid 80s.  More chances for rain on Wednesday with temperatures staying in the low 80s into the weekend.  Drop in temperatures for next week.  Actually seeing upper 60s and low 70s in that forecast.  Lows will be in the low 50s.

Generation schedule has been spastic over the past seven days.  On most of the morning, then a big spike early afternoon, or off for the morning, then a spike for the afternoon, then off again, or off, up, then down….it’s been interesting.  Life in a tailwater!

Bonnie – 9/25/17

Really tough day last Monday.  Jan, from Oklahoma who has fished with me many times over the years and is an excellent fisher, brought her sister to learn how to fly fish and catch

Jan – 9/25/17

some fish.  We managed to catch some fish, but the ladies worked hard for every one of them.  Glad to say, Bonnie caught a nice 17 inch rainbow for her introduction to fly fishing.  It was a ruby 2 all morning.  May have been a tough day, but as you can see, the fish were beautiful.

Carol from Texas had taken one of our fly fishing clinics several years ago and decided to come back with her husband Andy and try our fishery.   They spent the morning on the river with

Carol – 9/26/17

Gina.  They caught several fish on the ruby 2 either under a big ruby or chartreuse egg pattern.

Andy – 9/26/17

Jim was on the water Wednesday with Gina.  Not bad fishing until the water started up.  Fished the tan filoplume, ruby 2 midge and red soft hackle.  Pretty slow bite on the midge.

Thursday, Stan took Don and his wife Cindy out for half a day.  It was a good day for them.  Cindy caught several fish (said she also caught several other things…trees, rocks, etc.).  Bottom line though, she caught more fish than other things!  P&P was their fly all morning.  No generation but a little windy that day.  Carolyn had three ladies taking the first day of our River Run 2-day fly fishing school.  One of then, Laura, had taken the course with her husband a year ago.  She talked her friend, Alicia and Alicia’s daughter,

Alicia’s 1st on fly rod – 9/29/17

Hannah into taking the course and she joined them for a refresher.  They spent the morning in classroom learning about gear, leaders, tippet, bugs, tying knots, and other related stuff.  Afternoon was spent working on various casting techniques.  Quick learners, they were ready for the water!

So Friday, it was to the water.  As luck would have it, first thing in

Laura – 9/29/17

the morning the water was off so Gina joined us to take Laura fishing, and Carolyn worked with Hannah and Alicia.   We were able to get the group into the water wading so they would get the experience of wade fishing like they would be doing on their own.  We did manage to catch some fish just below the rebar area on the P&P and black copperhead midges before they decided to turn on the water.  Four generators on the start up which dirtied up the water and made it a little more difficult.  After an hour or so, it was shut back to the equivalent of two units, so fishing was a little easier.  Caught a few fish on a cerise San Juan worm after the water came on.  After it settled down, it was a P&P or ruby 2.  Fun day!  Stan on the water with Kevin from Kansas.  As with the group of ladies, it

Hannah’s 1st on fly rod – 9/29/17

was a tough day with the erratic water flow.  He did catch several fish on the ruby 2 and had a great time.

Linda and Dwight fished with Dana Saturday.  Good day for them on the ruby 2 under an orange egg.  Dwight caught his first trout on a fly rod.

Dwight’s Rainbow – 9/30/17


A Little Cooler Weather Ahead!

September 26th, 2017

Hot out there this past week.  We do have some cooler days ahead.  Lows will be in the mid 50s and highs look like low to mid 80s.  Yeah!  Think the fish will appreciate this.  I know the fishermen will.

Pretty much same old, same old as far as water flow.  Low or no generation early then up to the equivalent of two units around 1:00 p.m. for several hours, then back to low or no generation through the night and into the next day.

Lots of fishing this past week.  Dana on the water last Tuesday with Doug and Karen from Minnesota.  These two are very active with an organization called Wildlife Forever.  Kind of slow day for them on the ruby 2, red San Juan worm and peach egg.  Stan and his guys,

Joe – 9/21/17

Noel and Gian had a good day on the ruby 2.  This was Gian’s first time with a fly rod and he really enjoyed it.  James started the first day of three days on the water with Joe.  Joe recently moved to Missouri and wanted to become familiar with fishing Taneycomo.  I think they accomplished this.  First day was a little slow on the ruby 2, big ruby and a peach

Jim – 9/20/17

egg.  Things picked up Wednesday and Thursday.  It was the P&P and ruby 2 on Wednesday, and ruby 2 and white mega worm on Thursday.

Wednesday Jim on the water with Carolyn Wednesday.  We worked hard but had a decent day on  the ruby 2 and apricot egg pattern.   Tom was on the water with Dana that morning and they were catching on an orange egg pattern, ruby 2 and peach egg pattern.

Two long-time friends, Adam and Mark spent Friday on the water with Carolyn.  They lucked into one of the better days.  Mark pulled a beautiful 19 inch rainbow out on a ruby 2 midge.

Mark – 9/22/17

A couple of Dana’s regular fishers, Ed and Rick fished with him Saturday.  Another better day on the ruby 2 and an orange egg.  Allen and Lisa, from South Dakota spent all day Saturday

Adam – 9/22/17

on the water with James.

Lisa – 9/23/17

Tough day, but they did catch some fish on the peach egg and ruby 2 midge.  Also out on Saturday were Terry and Kevin from Kansas.  The spent half a day on the water with Stan.  It was a “slow bite” for them but they brought in some nice fish on the ruby 2 and lightning bug.

Allen – 9/23/17

Sunday, Dana had Maria and Jordan fishing with him.  P&P, lightning bug and ruby 2 were working for them that day.   Gene  from Kansas was on the water with Stan Sunday.  Another “slow

Maria – 9/24/17

bite” day.  Really no best fly that day.

Jordan – 9/24/17






Ketchup Time Again!

September 21st, 2017

Weather has been hot, especially for this time of the year, out there the past few days.  Upper 90s through the weekend, upper 80s Monday, mid 80s Tuesday.  Then, we go into the mid to upper 70s through Saturday with slight chances for rain early in the week.  By next weekend and into the following week, it will be low to mid 70s and lots of sunshine.  Sounds like a great way to start Fall.

Water generation the past three days plus today has been non-stop all day.  However, for the early part of the day, usually until noon or even 1:00 p.m., generation has been low (30-50 MWH).  At this level, there are wading opportunities up by the Hatchery or down below the boat ramp.

Just want to remind everyone again about the low dissolved oxygen levels.  Try not to over-play your fish to bring it in and make certain it is well revived before releasing into the water.  Keep it in you net in the water as much as you can.

Mike – 9/10/17

Okay, now to get caught up.  James on the water a week ago this past Sunday with Mike from Kansas.  This was one of those slower than normal days, but Mike did bring in a beautiful 18 inch rainbow on a ruby 2 midge.  He also caught several on the tiger tail.

A week ago this past Tuesday, Gina took a couple of the ladies from the RRWFF Club out for the day.  Good day for them Tuesday on the ruby 2, P&P, lightning bug and Tiger Tail.

Valley – 9/12/17

Fun day and belated birthday celebration for Valley, AND the fish cooperated to help her celebrate.  Wednesday, Valley had to go back to the real world…  So, it was just Paula who fish with Gina.  Wednesday was tough.  Caught fish mainly on the ruby 2.  Carolyn had Jerry on the water that day.  His wife Margaret rode along to enjoy the day and it was a beautiful day.  It was pretty much a ruby 2 day for us too.

Spanky – 9/13/17

Wednesday, Stan’s oldest (in years fishing with him) fisher, Doc, and his friend Terry, were on the water with him for half a day.  Another slow bite day, but they managed to have a fair day…..again, on the ruby 2.  These two always have a fun day no matter what they are doing.

Mitch from Indiana, spent half a day on the water with James last Thursday.   This was Mitch’s first experience catching fish on a fly rod.  Pretty good start using the ruby 2.

Mitch – 9/14/17

Aaron and his father, Joe, spent last Friday morning fishing with Dana.  Dana had them fishing a beaded red San Juan worm, orange egg pattern and the ruby 2 midge.  A group of

Jeff – 9/15/17

guys from the Ozark Fly Fishing Club out of St. Louis, MO. were in town last weekend and a few of them fish with us on Friday and Saturday.  Friday, James had Jeff and Alan.  Pretty good day for them on a lightning bug, ruby 2 and peach egg pattern.  Carolyn had Edward and John out that day.  They had a good day on the ruby 2 midge under a lightning bug.  Edward caught his best fish that day stripping a holographic green crackleback.

John – 9/15/17

Saturday was another good day for everyone.  This day, Mel and Alan were on the water with James and they fished pretty much the same

Alan – 9/16/17

patterns.   Edward was

Mel – 9/16/17

on the water again with Carolyn and this day Jim filled the second spot in the boat.  Another ruby 2 under the lightning bug.  This was Edward’s day as he landed a nice 20-1/2″ rainbow.

Sunday, John and Bob

Edward – 9/16/17 – 20-1/2″ rainbow

spent the day on the water with Carolyn.  Worked hard for fish but managed for have a respectable

John – 9/17/17

day on the ruby 2 midge.

Newly weds (about one year now), Ramona and Bryan spent Monday on the water with Carolyn.  They had a good day on the ruby 2 under an apricot egg pattern, or stripping the tiger tail or holographic green crackleback on 5 or 7 ips sinking leaders.  It was a beautiful day weather wise and the fishing just made it the perfect day.  Bryan has created a monster.

Ramona – 9/18/17




Lots of Wading Water!

September 8th, 2017

Weather has been beautiful.  Sunny days, no rain and temperatures in the low 80s.  Looks like more in store for us all the way into next weekend.

As I said, lots of wading water.  Generation has been off the past few mornings.  It is off today except for one hour this afternoon.

Good news, bad news.  Fishing has been good….good news!  Dissolved oxygen levels are very low….bad news!  With this in mind, we are reminding everyone to take try and get your fish in a little more quickly and get them back into the water as soon as you can.  We are seeing lots of dead fish laying on the bottom of the river.  If you have to take a picture, keep the fish in the water until you are absolutely ready to pick up the fish, snap the picture and put it back into the water.  Also, make certain the fish doesn’t swim off 10 feet or so and roll over.  They are fighting hard when hooked…normal response, but are beat up after this battle.  Let’s take some extra time right now and help our fishery get through this annual, low oxygen event!!!

John – 8/29/17

James on the river a week ago this past Thursday with John from Oklahoma.  Good day for John on the ruby 2 and P&P midges, and a gray scud.  Gene, from Kansas, was on the river with Carolyn.  He had a good day on the Ruby 2, lightning bug and the black copperhead midges.

Sunday, Carolyn had Dolph and Billie out for half a day.  This was a new experience for Billie.  We had a slow start to the morning, but finally figured out what they wanted.  Carolyn worked with Billie for quite a while on the roll cast and the regular cast.  She is a quick learner and, as predicted, after hooking

Billie – 8/31/17

her first fish, her casting went south.  Fun day for all of us.  They just recently got married and I think Dolph has a fly fishing partner too.  Tiger tail on a 3 ips sinking leader for Dolph and a Ruby 2, or P&P midge for Billie.

Dana out last Saturday with Jeff and Matt.  These guys had a good day on the red thread pattern, the ruby 2 and a ruby midge tied with silver head and silver wire.

Sunday started out slow for Susan and Lionel who were on the water with Carolyn.  But, we also observed that no one was catching fish.  Don’t know if it was just that things improved as we got further into the day or we finally figured out what to throw.  Anyway, it turned out to be a very good day on the Tiger Tail, mini sculpin in natural and the white mega worm.  Dana was out with Phil from Kansas.  They too had a tough start to the day.  Caught some on an olive soft hackle.

Lots of folks coming into the shop yesterday purchasing anything white.  Also doing well on the gray scuds.




That Time Of The Year….Good Days and Tough Days!

August 30th, 2017

Weather could not be nicer.  Temperatures in the upper 70s and low to mid 80s.  And, it looks like we are in store for more through this week and into next week.

Generation has been a bit spastic, or I should say, generation schedule and actual generation has been a bit spastic the past few days.  Not sure what is happening until you get to the water.  Overall, low or no water at some time during the morning then ramping up with the equivalent of one unit, then two before the day is over.

Monday before this past one, Jim was on the water with Marge and Price.  Good day for them on the tiger tail, ruby midge and the Hot Hare’s ear nymph.  It was another one of those up and down days on generation.

Miriam – 8/24/17

Thursday, Tom and Miriam spent the morning on the water with Carolyn.  This was Miriam’s first time with a fly rod.  It was one of those slow days.  One unit on at put-in and three by the time we came off.  We would find a small pod of fish and get several hits and land a fish or two, then nothing for a while.  And, we did get Miriam her first trout on a fly rod!!  Best patterns were the P&P or ruby 2 under a lightning bug.  Paula was on the water with Gina.  She had been out with Gina several time over the past several years.  They started their morning with the tiger tail.

Paula – 8/24/17

Nothing steady but they were getting hits.  Caught a few on the ruby 2, but the highlight of the trip was the last fish of the days caught on a purple hopper pattern!  What a way to finish the day!

Peter spent Friday morning on the water with Carolyn.  Started out a little slow, but then it took off.  Great day on the black copper head and ruby 2 midges.

Dana had Gary from Oklahoma on the water last Saturday.  Tough day, but they caught fish on the JQ streamer and a #12 cerise San Juan worm.  Mike and John had a good day on the water with James.  Best combo was a ruby 2 under a peach egg pattern.

Ketchup Time Again !

August 22nd, 2017

Some rain in here today but it should be cleared out by this afternoon.  Through the weekend and into next week the weather looks great.  Low 80s and maybe some upper 70s with little chance for rain.  Sounds good to me.

Pretty stable pattern on the generation.  Off or low in the a.m. then increasing around 10:00 a.m.  Today we have low flow (30-40 mwh) and it should bump up around 1:00 p.m.

Mindy 8/12/17

Last weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Carolyn and Dana had Mindy, Matt, and Matt’s father, Gale on the water all day Saturday and half a day Sunday.  Mindy and Matt have fished with us before and this was Gale’s introduction to our water.  Saturday we had no generation until 2:00 when they turned on one unit then a second came on about 30 minutes later.  We all had a good day on the ruby 2, red San Juan worm, black copperhead midge and the Tiger Tail.  Pretty much the same patterns and generation flow again on Sunday.

Paul and his daughter, Katy spent the morning on the water

Katy – 8/14/17

with James a week ago this past Monday.  Tough day, but they brought some fish to the boat on the ruby 2 midge.

Tuesday, Caleb from Oklahoma, spent the morning on the water with Carolyn.  He wanted to catch fish and work on his skills a little.  He had a fun, learning day and caught fish mainly on the ruby 2 midge.  Also caught a few

Caleb – 8/15/17

stripping the holographic green crackleback.  This was one of those days where the water went up and then came down.  Hate it when they do that!

Thursday, James and Carolyn took a family from Texas out.  James had Katrianna and her brother, Jaden in his boat.  Carolyn took the father, Robert.  Water was off when we started but came on not too long after we hit the water.  Fished some on the rise, but really fished better after it settled down a little.  Everyone caught some nice fish, especially on the ruby 2 midge.  We also fished a big ugly with a P&P dropper and had fun with that.  Last, but not least, the holographic green

Jaden – 8/17/17

crackleback.  Not hot and heavy but enough to pull in a few stripping.

Katrianna -08/17/17

James took Chad from Iowa out on Friday.  This was Chad’s first time stripping and they caught fish on the tiger tail as well as midging with the ruby 2 and P&P midges.

Chad 0 8/18/17

First time fly fishers to our area, Mike and Dylan spent Saturday on the water with James.   Think they were pretty happy with our fishery.  It was the big ruby with a ruby 2 or P&P dropper for these guys.

Mike – 8/19/17

Dylan – 8/19/17


Sunday, Hank and his son Julius spent the morning on the water with Dana.  Red beaded San Juan worm and the copperhead black midge were their patterns for the trip.