More Rain!

September 25th, 2023

Seems like we are getting rain almost every night.  Good news is that it is gone by morning.  Temperatures running in the low to mid 80s this coming week.  Rain predicted for early tis evening.

Lots of wading time.  Generators still off during the morning hours.  Coming on usually around 2:00 for four to six hours.

Scottie – 9/21/23

Fishing is definitely getting better.  Darren had one of his regulars, Scottie on the water last Thursday.  Good day for them on a soft hackle, midge emerger and tan scuds.  They fished the areas above and below the re-bar hole.

Gary had Jacque and Aaron on a wade trip Friday.  They had a good morning.  Jacque was getting some instruction and also managed to hook several fish on the cerise worm and ruby 2 midge.

Saturday, Jim took Kirk and Ed out for a half day.  Tan scud and P&P midge were their patterns.  John was on a wade trip with Dana.

John – 9/23/23

Good day on the P&P and red San Juan worm.  Carolyn had Neil and Todd catching fish on the cream mope fly, cerise worm, Ruby 2 midge and last, but not least, the holographic green crackleback stripped behind a black or olive bugger.  Fun day!

Fishing Is Getting Better!

September 19th, 2023

Looks like we are in for a batch of rain over the next few days.  80% chances for rain today and tomorrow.  20% Thursday and 30% Friday.  Weekend looks like 40% Saturday and 30% Sunday.  This too will change.  But, we certainly could use the rain.

No major change in the generation pattern.  Water coming on anywhere from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. and staying on for four to five hours, then off for the rest of the evening.

Dana on the water last Wednesday with a group of four from Illinois.  John and Maleca, and Terry and Gina.  They wanted to wade so he book them across from the boat ramp.  Not a barn burner day, but they landed some on the P&P and Ruby 2 midges.  Broke off more than they brought in.  John and his son, Joseph, fished with Jim.  They had a fun day stripping the sculpin.  Also caught some on a tan scud.

Jackson – 9/14/23

Jamie and his son, Jackson, fished with Gary on Thursday.

Jamie – 9/14/23

Good day for them on the Ruby 2 midge and when it stopped catching, the mop fly.   Mike from Osage Beach spent half a day on the water with Dana.  He had a good day stripping the tiger tail.  Carolyn was on the water with friends from Kansas, Bob and Linda.  Good day for them on the Ruby 2 and P&P midges.  Caught several browns and they were all caught on the P&P.  The rainbows were only taking the Ruby 2.  Bob landed a nice 20 inch rainbow.

Bob with 20″ rainbow – 9/17/23

Roy – 9/17/23

Sunday, Gina had a couple of her regulars, Dan and Roy out for the day.  They had a good day stripping the crackleback and tiger tail.

Dan – 9/17/23




Got A Little Rain This Morning!

September 12th, 2023

Definitely have had a cool down in temperatures.  Had rain early this morning and the high might be 75.  Looks like mid to upper 70s through Friday.  Then it will be low to mid 80s through the middle of next week.  Nice!

Little change in generation today.  They are scheduled to turn on a low one unit at 10:00 a.m. for two hours, bump it up to a low two units for one hour, then back to a low one unit until 4:00 p.m. when it will go to a full two units for an hour then four units for a couple hours.

Listening to some of the fishers coming into the shop, sound like fishing is starting to pick up.  The oxygen is still low, but they have been injecting liquid oxygen into the river to help things.

Bert – 9/8/23

Evan – 9/8/23

Carolyn on the water with Evan and his father-in-law, Bert, last Friday.  Fun day!  Bert was new with a fly rod and with a little more coaching (Evan had been working with him) he was throwing a nice line.  Had a good day for browns.  Best pattern early was the P&P midge.  Later in the morning it was a rusty midge

under the ruby 2.

Beautiful Weather!

September 7th, 2023

What great days we have been having the past three.  Sunshine with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s.  Looks like this will run through Monday.  However, Monday is showing a slight (30%) chance for rain as is Tuesday (40%).  After that, it will be temperatures in the mid to upper 70s!

Still no change in generation.  Off from about 8:00 p.m. through the night and into the next day.  Two units coming on around 1:00-2:00 p.m.


Dale – 9/5/23

Catching has been getting better.  Darren on the water Tuesday with Ansel and Steven.  They had a good day on a biot midge.  Dale, from Texas, fished with Carolyn.  Their best pattern was the P&P midge.

Dale out again on Wednesday with Dana.  Another good day on the P&P and ruby 2 midges!

Lots Of Fishers This Weekend!

September 3rd, 2023

Slight chances (20-30%) for rain every day this week through next Saturday.  Temperatures in the upper 80s and l0w 90%.  Sounds pretty nice to me.

No change in generation pattern except they have started the generators a little later in the day…..around 2:00 p.m. for 4-5 hours then off for the evening.

Grand central station this Labor Day weekend.  Can’t blame them though as the weather was great.  No 100 degree days!  Darren had Gary from Oklahoma on the water Friday.  Good day for them on a midge larvae or pupa and a scud.

Saturday we emptied the store.  Gary was on the water with a one-day Orvis school.  Darren had a family from Florida out, Joe, Richard, Christie and Olivia.  They were catching on small scuds.  Everyone except Joe had never seen a fly rod.  Olivia, the nine year old, caught her first fish on a fly rod!  Jim, Dana and Carolyn had a group of six guys out.  Jim had Brayden and Black,  They caught fish on the P&P midge.  Dana’s guys, Stephen and Michael were catching on the P&P midge and a micro red San Juan worm.  Carolyn had Caden and Kirk fishing a ruby 2 midge with and without a small tan or gray scud.  Fun day for everyone

Todd and Chase fished with Dana Sunday.  The micro red San Juan worm was still working but the P&P gave way to a gray scud.  Darren had three of the family from Florida out again.  Joe, Richard and Margaret.  Scuds were the ticket.  Another fun day for this family.

Relief By Sunday!

August 24th, 2023

Looks like a couple more days in the upper 90s.  Saturday will be in the low 90s and Sunday will see mid 80s!  Then, low to mid 80s through Thursday.  Friday climbs back up into the low 80s and Saturday looks like low 90s.  Slight chances for rain Sunday and Monday.

The only change we have seen the past two days in the generation pattern is that they are coming on around 11:00 a.m. instead of noon or 1:00 p.m.  The bad news there is that around 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. is when we start to see the dissolved oxygen come up.  According to the Corp of Engineers report, they have 82.4 tons of LOx on hand for whenever they decide to start injecting.

Gary on the water last Friday with Nick and Hayden from Arkansas.  Instructional trip with them also catching fish on the Ruby 2 midge.

Saturday, Darren had Derek from up in St. Joseph.  They worked on and a few fish on the sowbug/scud combo.

Randy and Bob from Oklahoma fished with Carolyn Tuesday.  Another tough day.  This was Bob’s first time with a fly rod, they worked a little on the roll cast then the pick up and lay down cast. He had it down pretty good by the time the trip was over.  Best pattern was the P&P midge.


The Perfect Morning!

August 15th, 2023

Drove to work this morning and the sun was shining brightly over a clear blue sky with no wind.  Temperature was around 64 degrees!  What a difference from waking up to lots of thunder and lightning which we have had the past four mornings!  Unfortunately, looks like the warm weather is moving back in.  Low 80s tomorrow, low 90s Thursday and Friday, but back into the mid to upper 90s from there.  And, it will be dry well into next week.

Generation pattern has not changed much.  No generation during the morning hours.  Around Noon or as late as 2:00 p.m.  one or two units come on then three.  Stay on for 5-6 hours then off for the night and into the next day.

Gary on a wade trip last Thursday with Billy from Indiana.  Wonderful day.  Billy was catching on the cream mop fly and a ruby 2.

Friday was back to normal.  Fishing, or catching was tough.  Carolyn had Diane and Randy out this day.  Diane is brand new to fly fishing, so we worked a little on the roll cast, regular cast and other techniques.  Best pattern was a P&P midge.  When the water came on, it was a cerise San Juan worm.

Randy – 8/11/23

Saturday, Carolyn took Randy and Andrew out for half a day.  Little better day, and mainly on the mop fly and Cerise San Juan worm.  Darren had Bill on a wade trip and they worked hard, got drenched and caught on the scud/sowbug combo and soft hackle.



Check The DO Before You Go!

August 8th, 2023

Other than the chances for rain every day, the weather is great!  At least compared to the hot days we have been having.  Highs this week will be low 90s.  Tomorrow will be the best chance for rain at 70%.  After that, 20-30% chance each day through the weekend and into next week.  But, a continuation of the low 90s for temperatures!

No change in generation.  Starting up around noon or later.

Wondering why the fishing patterns have been the way they have for the past several weeks, we finally took a look at the DO (dissolved oxygen) patterns.  We have noticed that early morning fishing has been slow and then started picking up around 10:00-10:30 a.m..  Unfortunately, 10:30 only gave us a couple hours before they fired up the generators and chased us off the river.  Looking at the DO numbers, the oxygen was low (below 4.0 ppm) early.  Around 10:00 a.m. or a little later it was going up.  Trout prefer 4.0 ppm and better.

Dana, Gary and Carolyn on the water last Wednesday with another group.  Steve, Sara and Tim were mainly with Dana.  Sarah and Theo with Carolyn and Gary had Bill and Chad.  Tough morning but everyone caught at least one fish.  Several were new to fly fishing.

Thursday, Darren took Louis from Arkansas out for half a day.  Midge emerger and the ruby 2 were his patterns.  Dana had Josh, Cam and Carter on a wade trip.  Red San Juan worm was their pattern.  Jim had Gavin and Kristy out on an instructional trip.  They had some strikes and break offs, but nothing to the boat.

Kylie – 8/4/23

Kylie and her father, Terry, fished with Carolyn Friday.  This was Kylie’s first for trout on a fly rod.  We worked hard and she landed a couple fish on a ruby 2 and red San Juan worm.  Had several hits but missed them as she was having fun watching all the fish around her feet!  Dana, Jim and Darren were on the water with another group.

Jackson – 8/4/23

Dana had Brayden and Jackson and they were catching on the red San Juan worm and orange egg pattern.  Jim had Doc and Ashley fishing a micro San Juan worm and a root beer midge.  Darren’s guys, Grayson and Alex,  fished a soft hackle, scud and ruby 2 midge.



Cool Down Coming!

August 3rd, 2023

We hit 103 yesterday and the projection is for 100 today.  Probably will be warmer.  Upper 90s tomorrow, then it will start to drop.  Mid 80s for early next week, then low 90s to finish out the week.  Yeah!

No change in generation pattern.  Off during the morning hours.  Coming on anywhere from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Running for six hours or so then off for the evening and into the next morning.  The dissolved oxygen is running as low as 3.5 ppm during the morning hours and picking up to 5-6.5 ppm around 10:30-11:00 a.m.  Yesterday, when they opened up the generators, it dropped back to 4.4 ppm

Andy – 7/31/23

Darren out Monday with Billy and Carol from Georgia.  Long waits between activity, but they did catch some fish on the double midge rig and a midge emerger.  Andy and Drew

Drew – 7/31/23

from Iowa spend the morning with Dana.  They caught some on the holographic green crackleback.  Jim had one of his regular, regulars, Scotty, on the water.  Tough day!

Tuesday, Jim and Carolyn on the water with the guy’s outing.  Jim had Adam and Alex.  Carolyn was with Joel and Zach.  Tried lots of different things,

Zach – 8/1/23

and finally pulled out some fish on the small white mop fly.  Guys

Joel – 8/1/23

day out, they had fun!


Hot Days and Not So Hot Fishing!

July 30th, 2023

Looks like another week of hot weather.  Upper 90s to 100s through Friday.  Slight chances of rain most days this coming week which means high humidity.  Ugh!  Seeing upper 80s possibly by the middle of next week, but that’s over a week away.  This will probably change.

Not much change in generation.  Off during the morning then on around noon.  However, the past couple of days they have turned it on about an hour earlier than the projection.

Darren on the water all day last Monday with Matt and Grant from Texas.  They caught fish but they worked for them.  No place in particular was best on the river.  Patterns were a rusty midge and the sowbug/scud combo.

Tuesday, Gary took Parker out for a half day wade trip.  They had several hits and rodeoed several fish.  Did bring some to the net on the G-bug and a peach egg pattern.   Jim was on the water with Mike from Mississippi.  No best flies but they did bring in a few fish.

Wednesday, Jim was on the water again.  This time he had Robert out for half a day.  Another no best pattern day.  Darren had Randy and Tim from Illinois on a wade trip.  They caught some fish on a double zebra midge combo.  Had a battle with a nice one, but it broke off right at the boat.

Gary out with Randy, Isaac, and Joel on a wade trip Thursday.  They finally brought some on a black soft hackle.  They had a few hits on a black wooly bugger but did not get them in.  AND, this was one of those days when the water came on earlier than projected so they did not get their full half day in.  Dana had Jamie and Trevor.  Because the water is so clear, we have been using 7X tippet.  They had some hits but broke everything off before getting to the net.

Friday, Darren took Rene on a half day wade.  New fly fisher dealing with 7X and small bugs….midge

Bruce – 7/28/23

emerger and zebra midge.  He did get land a few.  Dana had a couple who had taken our fly fishing school in 2021, Bruce and Kelly from Iowa.  They brought in some fish on the holographic green crackleback.

This is the longest siege of tough fishing we have experienced.  Good news is that it will get better.