A Few Good Days Mixed In With The Tough Ones!

September 26th, 2021

Beautiful weather!  Clear skies and light winds.  Little cool in the morning (upper 40s), but it warms up to the mid 80s.  Looking at a couple days in the upper 80s, but then back into the mid to low 80s after Tuesday.  Also slight chance for rain showing up Wednesday.

No change in the generation pattern.  Off most of the day with a couple units coming for 2-3 hours on around 2:00 to 3:00 pm.  Monday is scheduled to come on at 1:00 and run for eight hours.

Tough day Monday for Dana.  He took Melaine and Dennis from Texas out for half a day.  Had a few on but nothing to the the boat.  Carolyn had a school on the water learning presentation.  Hooked and brought in a couple.

Tuesday wasn’t much better.  Bob from New Jersey fished with Dana.  Did get a few to the boat on a mega worm or the cerise San Juan.

Mary with 20″ rainbow – 9/22/21

Mary and Bob fished with Carolyn on Wednesday.  It was on of those good days!  Several nice fish in the 17 to 20 inch range to the boat.  Few on the P&P midge, but most of them were on the holographic green crackleback trailing a size 14 black wooly bugger.

Thursday was another day.  Mary and Bob fished with Carolyn again and it was tough.  Few fish to the boat on the P&P and black copperhead midges.  Dana had Jim from North Carolina on the water.  They too caught a few fish, mainly on the mega worm.

Eric – 9/24/21

Friday, Dana and Carolyn took out a family of four.  Dana had Kevin and Eric and Carolyn took Haley

Haley – 9/24/21

and Drew.  Fun day for everyone.  It was another one of those good

Kevin – 9/24/21

days.  This was Haley’s first fly fishing experience and she did well.  Mainly it was the black copperhead midge during the early morning, then the P&P later in the morning.

Drew – 9/24/21

Holographic green or pumpkin cracklebacks were the ticket if you wanted to strip.  (This is Drew’s favorite way to fish).

Saturday, Abby and Cooper fished with Carolyn.  Good day for them on the holographic green crackleback trailing a black wooly bugger.  Brian and Bryson fished with Dana.  They were catching on an orange egg pattern and the P&P midge.  Jim’s guys, Andy and John caught some fish on a small JQ streamer or a scud under a midge.

Coming off the water yesterday, saw several dead fish on the bottom.  Take that extra time to make certain your fish are healthy before releasing them.

 

Rain and Cooler Weather In The Forecast!

September 20th, 2021

Forecasting some rain in the area late tonight and into tomorrow morning.  Also, cooler temperatures (70s) for the next three days.  Then, looks like a bunch of 80s days for a while.

Generation continues to be off during the morning hours and on some time in the afternoon.  Lately it has been around 2:00 p.m.

Forgot a couple trips taken out over a week ago.  September 10, Dana had Christina and Grey out for the morning.  Not a lot of fish, a lot of fun on the rusty midge and the white mega worm.   Carolyn had Dean out for most of the day.  Had a pretty decent day on a gray scud and the cerise worm when the generators came on.

Keith – 9/14/21

Last Tuesday, Jim took Norm and Bill out for half a day.  Very slow day.  No best fly.  Carolyn had a couple new fly fishers, Clayton and his

Clayton – 9/14/21

brother Keith on the water.  They brought in some fish on the P&P midge.

Dale – 9/15/21

Dale and Tom spend last Wednesday on the water with Dana.  Nice fish on a ruby 2 or crackleback.

Dale didn’t get enough on Wednesday, so he came back and fish again with Dana on Friday.  Another quality fish day on the ruby 2 midge and crackleback.

Saturday, Dana took Al from Illinois out for half a day.  Really slow day.  B-bug managed to pull a fish out of the river.

Few Good Days, But Still Lots of Tough Days!!

September 16th, 2021

Looks like some nice weather over the next few days.  Upper 80s and sunny skies.  Next chance for rain is Tuesday.

We continue to see no generation during the morning hours.  Ramp up time has been around 2:00 p.m.

Dana on the water last Wednesday with a couple from Wisconsin, Lou and Kathy.  Had a good time and caught a few fish on the copper dun and copperhead black midges.

Thursday, Dana took Tony from Illinois out for the morning.  Tony is new to fly fishing so he wanted to learn.  They worked on presentation and caught a couple fish on the rusty midge.  Darren had Mike and Ralph on the water.  They had a few hooks-up on tiny scuds and midges but never got them to the boat.  Ralph went out with Darren again on Friday.  He again had a few hook-ups but not to the boat.  Tough!

Saturday, Dana and Carolyn took a group from Texas out.  Carolyn had Steve and Chris and Dana took Dean.  Dean landed a bluegill on the copper dun midge.  Carolyn’s guys caught a few on a gray scud.

Rick – 9/12/21

Sunday was one of those few better days.  Carolyn’s guys, Rick and Vic caught several fish.  We had one low unit running all day and the ruby 2 under the big ruby was the ticket.  Dana was on the river with Charles and his son Sam.  They are new to fly fishing and had a good time.  Caught a few fish on the ruby 2 and gray scud.

Monday, one of Carolyn’s regulars, JP, brought

JP – 9/13/21

his nephew Matt to try his hand at fly fishing.  After a few basics on casting Matt caught his first trout on a fly rod.  Not a fast and furious day, but they landed several on the P&P

Matt – 9/13/21

midge and had a good time.

We are experiencing very low DO (dissolved oxygen), especially when the water is off.  After it has been running for a few hours, the level definitely improves, but still not to the levels the fish really like.  Please take time to make certain your fish are in good condition when you release them back into the river after catching them.

Beautiful Labor Day!

September 7th, 2021

One could not have asked for a much better day that Labor Day.  Sunny, but not too hot and just a little wind.  Today is in the low 90s with light wind.  Slight chances for a show tonight, but that’s it.  It is bringing in a short cool front.  We’ll be in the lower 80s tomorrow and Thursday.  However, Friday and through the weekend and into early next week will see low 90s.  Mid to upper 80s for the rest of the week.

We continue to see no generation during the morning hours.  On by noon or 1:00 p.m. and running 4-5 hours then off again.

Ron – 9/1/21

Carolyn on the water last Wednesday with Ron.  Landed a few fish on a gray scud and a light pink egg pattern.

Thursday, Carolyn had a one-day school for a group from Monett.  Mother, father, daughter and future son-in-law.  During their presentation practice, they landed some fish on the Y2K and a light pink egg pattern.

Saturday

Dan – 9/5/21

and Sunday, Dana took Dan from Ballwin out for a couple half days.  Ruby 2, thread jig and the B-bug were their patterns.

Titus – 9/5/21

Darren on the river Sunday with J.T. and his son Titus.  Fun day for them.  They were swinging a soft hackle under

J.T. & Titus – 9/5/21

a scud.  Titus, with his young, quick reflexes outfished Dad!  And he’s just getting started!

Cooling Down A Little!

August 31st, 2021

Temperatures look like upper 80s through the weekend.  Slight chances for rain Saturday and Sunday.

For the most part, they have had the generators off during the morning hours then firing up two units around noon and four an hour later.  However, this past Sunday, they ran two units all day despite the projection for no generation most of the day!

Brenda – 8/24/21

Carolyn on the water last Tuesday with Brenda and Tom from Arizona.  Tom hooked up quickly with a size 18 scud but not to the net.  Brenda landed one on a rusty midge, then another stripping the holographic green midge.  Moved on down river and they both caught a few more on the rusty midge with a scud dropper.  Two units came on so it was head on down stream.  The cerise San Juan worm under the big ruby caught a few with only two units on the drift out.

Friday, Carolyn had Jim and Luke out for half a day.  No generation so it was to the Rockin Chair area to wade.  Tried several different scud/midge combinations with no luck.  Finally put on the natural mini sculpin and they started getting hits.  Several on then off but did bring a few to the net on the sculpin.

Darren out Saturday with Dean from Kansas.  No generation so they headed across from the boat ramp.  Managed to get a few in on a size 24 midge and an 18 scud.

Carolyn had Chris and Susan out Sunday for the second day of their two-day fly fishing school.  Susan landed her first fish on a fly rod on a size 14 gray scud under the big ruby!  Think she’s hooked!

 

Wading Time Most Every Day

August 22nd, 2021

Bright, sunny day today and looks like lots more.  Temperatures in the 90s through the next weekend.  Might start cooling down the middle of the following week.

Generators continue to be off every late afternoon into the next morning so there is lots of wading time.  Bad news is, when they are off, the dissolved oxygen in generally below 5 ppm and lower.

Sun in the smoke

Stan and I just got home from Montana this past Thursday.  Wonderful but long trip.  Over 3600 miles but it was worth it.  Lots of smoke out there and they too have been having hot weather.  It was in the 90s the entire time we were there.  Many of the

Stan & guide, Dave

rivers were on “hoot owl” hours.  No fishing after 2:00 p.m.   Now you see why the fishing report is not up to date!

Darren on the water a week ago last Sunday.  He took Tom and his son, Grant, out for half a day.  Grant was brand new.  They landed fish mainly on scuds.  Craig from Indiana did a wade trip with Dana.  Red San Juan worm, grey scud and light scud were their patterns.

Monday, Dana had Fred and Sherry from Alabama on the water.  Black copperhead and ruby 2 midges were their best patterns.

Bill and Steve fished with Darren on Tusday. They did pretty well on scuds and the crackleback.

Wednesday, Darren took out Bill.  Bill has fished with us a few times over the years and he still comes back!  They were fishing scuds and more scuds.  Had a really nice one on for a while but just couldn’t get it to the net.  Well, maybe next time!

Hiedi and her son, Brock fish with Dana a week ago last Thursday.  Tough day but landed some on a red San Juan worm or gray scud.

Another tough day Friday the 13th for Darren’s guys Rich and Norm.  What they caught were on scuds.

Finally a good day on Saturday.  Darren took David and Jim out for half a day.  Water came on a little and scuds fished well.  After the water went down, they were still hitting in the shallows on scuds.

Last Tuesday, Dana had Tim on the water.  It was the copper dun midge all morning.

Carolyn out today with Ed and Rhonda from West Virginia.  Tough morning.  Had a few pick and rolls on a P&P and copper dun midges, but nothing to the net.  Late in the morning we went to stripping the holographic green crackleback and managed to get a few fish to the net.

Overall, fishing has certainly been slower then just a month ago.  But, it is that time of the year.  Just have to stay with it, and enjoy the day.  And, if you are lucky, you’ll catch a few fish!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Days….Tough Days!

August 8th, 2021

Looks like the weather is warming up a bit for a few days.  Low to mid 90s through Friday, then into the mid to upper 80s.  Slight chances for rain every day (20%).

Off water still every morning then on around noon.  They had projected no start up today until 2:00 p.m. but they turned it on around 9:30 a.m.  Low one to start then ramped up to a full one for a while.  Looks like it is heading up to two units as I write.

Jim and Carolyn on the water last Monday with with a group of fly fishing guys.  Jim had Adam and Alex.  They all fished with us last year and plan to come back next year.  Fun day.  Jim’s guys were catching on the JQ streamer.  Carolyn has Joel and Zach.  Started

Zach – 8/2/21

out with the black copperhead midge on one and the ruby 2 on the other.  Hooked from

Joel – 8/2/21

fish on this and then zip!  Nothing.  Switched to the holographic green crackleback and started beating the shallow water bank at the Rockin Chair area and finished up with a great day!

Tuesday, Dana took Ryan and Jacob out for half a day.  They were catching on the ruby 2 midge, black copperhead midge, and peach

Mike – 8/3/21

egg.  Water off, so they fished from the root wad to the boat ramp.  Gary and his friend Mike fished with Carolyn.  Black copperhead and ruby 2 midges were their patterns.

Wednesday, Jeff and Tony were fishing with Dana.  Jeff caught his biggest trout ever.

Jeff – 22 inch Rainbow – 8/4/21

Nice 22 inch rainbow.  Fishing the black copperhead and ruby 2 midges or a grey scud.

Thursday Dana took Josh and his son Camden out for half a day.  Tough day but they did land some fish on the white thread jig and a grey scud.

Jim out with a long time fisher of his, Scotty.  Tough day for them

Chris & Mary – 8/6/21

but they didn’t get skunked!  Darren had Chris and his daughter, Mary out.  Ting scuds were their ticket.

 

Still Getting Wade Time On Taneycomo

August 1st, 2021

Had quite a bit of rain come through this morning.  Definitely cooled things down!  Looks like it will be dry through next week with temperatures in the mid 80s until we get to the weekend.  Friday will bump up to upper 80s and low to mid 90s through the weekend into early next week.  Very slight chances of rain from Friday into the following week.

Yes, they continue to have the water off during the morning hours.  Today, the schedule was to turn on a low one unit around 4:00 p.m.   Otherwise, it was off all day.  Tomorrow it will be back to no units until noon or 1:00 p.m.

Friday, Darren had Mark and his son, Logan on the water.  Tough day for them.  Pretty new fly fishers and the bite was a bit slow.

Rich and friend Nick fished with Dana Saturday.  Caught several fish on the black copperhead, ruby 2 and rusty midges.  No generation so they fished from the root wad down to the boat ramp.

Rich and Nick didn’t get enough on Saturday, so they fished with Darren on Sunday.  Mainly fished the boat ramp area and caught fish on tiny scuds and tiny midges.

Today, Gary and Erika fished with Darren.  Another day of tiny scuds and midges.

 

Lots Of Mornings With No Generation!!!

July 30th, 2021

Weather has been hot!  But, guess that is normal for July.  A few more upper 90s days and they we are seeing a cool down to low 90s and upper 80s.  Possibility of some rain Sunday and Monday.  We can handle that.

Yes, we have seen a whole week of no generation during the morning hours.  Earliest it has come on it 11:00 a.m., and the latest has been 1:00 p.m.  Yesterday it was 11:30 a.m.

Dana on the water last Sunday with Andy and his soon to be son-in-law, Clint.  Good day for these guys on the ruby 2.  With the water off, they stayed high and fished from the root wad down to the boat ramp.

Barrett – 7/27/21

Tuesday, Dana took Cory and Barrett out for half a day.  Again, the water was off so they

Cory – 7/27/21

stayed above the boat ramp.  Ruby 2 and black copperhead midges were the patterns for the trip.

Shayla fish with Dana on Wednesday.  She caught some fish on a peach eggstacy egg pattern and a black copperhead midge.  Carolyn had a couple students out learning presentation, Brad and his son, Steve.  They caught several fish on the ruby 2 midge.  Had a hard time getting them to try other techniques.  LOL

Tyler 7/29/21

Friday, Tyler and his friend Fred fished with Carolyn.  Started out with Tyler catching a nice rainbow on the ruby 2 midge.  Fred landed several on the black copperhead midge.  Dried up pretty quick, so tried several other patterns and the winner was…..the holographic green crackleback.  Finished up the morning landing several stripping the crackleback.  Fun day!

 

A Couple Mornings With No Generation!!!

July 25th, 2021

Weather is starting to warm up.  Low to mid 90s predicted for all next week into the weekend.  Slight chances for rain all week.

We finally had a couple mornings with no generation!!! Friday and Saturday!  Today they are only running 40 mwh until 2:00 p.m. when they will ramp it up to 130-140 for four hours, then back to 40.  The projection for Monday is no generation until noon.  Then, two units for one hour and four units for six hours; back to two for an hour and back off.

Dana on the water last Monday.  He has a couple of brand new fly fishers on the water, Steve and Marcey from Arkansas.  It was a tough day but they caught a few fish on the ruby 2 and black copperhead midges.

Jim had a new fly fisher on the water Tuesday.  A friend gave Tracey,  from New York, a guide trip.  Nice friend.  She learned a lot, and had some fish on but none to the net.

Ryan – 7/21/21

Wednesday, the tables turned.  Dana took Warren and his son Ryan out for a full day float.  They had a great day on the ruby 2 and black

Warren – 7/21/21

copperhead midges.   Carolyn was out for half a day with John

Bob – 7/21/21

and his friend Bob.  They also had a great day on the ruby 2 midge under the big ruby.   Matt and Braden from Texas.  They had a good day catching on the JQ streamer mainly and a few on the ruby midge.

Friday, Dana took Jim from Florida out for half a day.  Another really good day on the water with the normal two midges….ruby 2 and black copperhead.  Darren had Mary and Travis on the water.  Fun day for them on the #20 thread midge and a black copperhead midge.  Carolyn was finishing the second day of the two-day school so her guys , Aaron and Braden, were standing in the water (yeah! water was off!), catching on a size 16 gray scud or a ruby 2 midge.  When they learned streamer work, it was a holographic green crackleback behind the JQ streamer.

Yesterday, Jim took Mike and Nick out.  Good day drifting the ruby 2 or P&P midges, and a #18 gray scud.  Carolyn had Ann and Margie

Ann – 7/24/21

out.  It was a ruby 2 midge mainly.  Did catch a few on a #16 gray scud.  Margie started out catching her first fish of the day on

Margie – 7/24/21

a red soft hackle.  Fun way to start the day, but that was the only one!


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