What A Start To The New Year!

February 13th, 2024

Terrible weather in January!  Super cold days and lots of them.  Normally February is our coldest month but this year has been different…….so far.  We did get 2-3 inches of beautiful snow yesterday with temperatures in the low 30s (no as bad a January temps).  Today we will see upper 50s and tomorrow low 60s!!  50s until Saturday when the high will be 38!   But, Sunday and Monday return to the 50s.  We’ll take it.

We had been seeing lots of no generation time during the late morning into late afternoon.  However, since last Thursday they have been running non-stop all day.  Have seen some cooler weather and moisture during that time frame.  We are getting some low generation time during the day.  By low generation I mean one unit or less.  This level is wadeable in several places.  Today we will see low generation from 11:00 a.m. until about 5:00 p.m.  I would expect this trend to change soon.

Gary on the water last Tuesday with Jack from here in Missouri.  It was the Ruby 2 midge for them that day.  Worked a lot of different water so Jack can learn all the different places to fish this water.


Good Start To The New Year!

January 7th, 2024

Weather has been great for this time of the year.  However, it looks like we might be in the some winter weather starting tomorrow afternoon.  They are forecasting rain most of tomorrow.  Tuesday, it will be windy with snow off and on most of the day.  Good news is that earlier there were forecasting a significant amount of snow.  Now, it looks like we might see an inch or better.  Temperatures will drop to a low in the upper 20s.   Wednesday and Thursday are looking good with temperatures in the mid 40s.  Colder next Friday with the possibility of snow and temperatures in the low 30s.  Saturday through the early part of the following week are the hummers!  Temperatures in the upper teens Friday, 20s Saturday through Monday.  That’s line freezing weather!

Water off all day yesterday and again all day today except for an hour late this afternoon.  Monday we are back to running for several hours during the morning, off around noon and back on for a couple hours around 6:00 p.m.

Mayo and his wife, Alex started the New Year off right.  They spend half a day on the water with Dana last Tuesday.  Fun day catching on the black copperhead midge.

Don’t forget we have free fly tying clinics going on right now.  These are every Saturday morning and run through the first weekend in March.  You need to give us a call if you are interested in attending any of them as class sizes are limited.


Happy New Fly Fishing Year!!!

January 2nd, 2024

We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  Also hope you have a healthy and great New Year!!!

Weather right now….in a word is “burr”.  Highs the past few days have been in the mid 30s, maybe one day in low 40s.  Looking at low to mid 40s this week into the weekend.  Chances of snow showers this coming Friday and again next Tuesday.  That’s a ways off and will probably change.

Other than Sunday when they had the water off all day, we continue to see 2-3 units on in the morning for four hours then off until late afternoon when they turn them back on for four to five hours.

Adlee – 12/27/23

Several folks finished up the end of the year fishing.  Last Wednesday, a family

Cameron – 12/27/23

from Texas, Adam, Brittany, Adlee and Cameron took a wade trip with Gary and Carolyn.  Fun day and everyone caught at least one fish, (except Mom.  She stayed bundled up in

Adam – 12/27/23

the boat).  It was a cream mop fly day.

Thursday, Tim and Shawn fished with Carolyn.

Shawn – 12/28/23

Worked hard for them that day, but landed several on the black copperhead midge.  Gina was out with a couple of her regular guys, Dale and Glen.  They also

Tim – 12/28/23


Dale – 12/28/23

with her on Friday.  A couple of good days for these guys on a black holographic midge and black bugger.

Glen – 12/28/23

Saturday and Sunday, Carolyn had her regular New Year’s Eve fisher, Dean, on the water.  Worked hard Saturday for fish, but Sunday ended the year on a good note!  Lots of beautiful fish and finally, he caught a brown!

Dean – 12/31/23








It’s December? Where Did The Year Go?!

November 30th, 2023

Cloudy, rainy day today with temperature in the l0w 50s.  With the rain, there is a chill in the air.  Feels much cooler than it is.  Looks like low to mid 50s until Thursday next week.  Then, back onto the 60s for a few days.

We continue to see generation during the morning hours, then off for a few hours and back on in the afternoon or evening.

Darren on a wade trip last Saturday with Jennifer, Jason and their two children.  Fun day for everyone.  They caught fish on midges and scuds.

Thursday, Darren and Dana took a group from Iowa out.  This was really one of those tough days.  It was cold, windy and tough fishing.  There was really no best fly.

Tom – 11/28/23

Tuesday, Tom from Iowa with with Darren.  Very good day on the back zebra midge under a big ruby.


Cold Is The Word For Today!

November 26th, 2023

11:00 a.m. and the temperature is 33 degrees and cloudy.  Have a some wind which makes it even colder.  After tomorrow, we will get back into the 50s for a high during the day.  No more 40s for at least a week.  Right now they are forecasting rain next Friday……to be seen.

Strange generation.  Yesterday they ran one then two generators for a few hours during the morning.  Today they are generating nothing until late this afternoon and then it will only be for one hour.  Monday they are scheduled to run around one unit most of the day.

Last Tuesday Darren took Jacque and Steve out for half a day.  Generators running so they went through to the normal take out.  Good day for them on  Sir Camelot and P&P midges.  Matt and Jeff were out with Dana.  Caught a few on the holographic green crackleback.

Friday, Mike from Oak Grove fished with Darren.  Good day for him on a midge larvae, micro scud and zebra midge.  Fished the Rockin Chair area and down .  Dana had Tim out for half a day.  Caught fish on a Ruby 2 midge.  Gina had one of her regulars, Dale, on the water Friday and again on Saturday.  They

Dale – 11/25/23

fished all day Friday and had a good day on the black copperhead midge, Ruby 2 and a few on a gray scud.  Friday they fished from Root Wad to boat ramp area.

Saturday, Dale and Gina fished from the boat ramp to Lookout area.  Another good day and basically the same flies.   Carolyn had a group on the water for a wade trip.  Father, daughters, and son-in-law.  Calvin, Holly, Amanda and JJ.  Good day for this bunch on the P&P

Calvin – 11/25/23

midge.  Everyone stayed active until the sun went in around 2:00 p.m.  Slowed down but they continued catching on the Ruby 2 midge and a cream mop fly.  Really good and fun day for everyone!

A Few Nippy Days!

November 22nd, 2023

Day before yesterday was cold and rainy.  Yesterday was cold and windy!  Today it’s sunny and a tad warmer – low 50s.  Thanksgiving day looks to be our warmest day for a while – 62 degrees.  Saturday through next Wednesday looks like 40s for the high and 20s for the lows.  Burr!  Not ready for this.

Generators were supposed to be on yesterday…NOT!  They finally came on around 4:00 p.m.  They are running some water today but so far, it is not looking like the projection.  We’ll see.

Ron with 22″ rainbow – 11/16/23

Lots of fishing going on.  Dana on the water last Thursday with Ron and Sammi.  Not a lot of numbers but nice fish.  Ron caught a beautiful 22 inch rainbow.  It was Ruby 2 and the black copperhead midges.

Friday, Gary took Ella out for a half-day wade trip.  Good day for Ella on the black copperhead and Ruby 2 midges.

Ella – 11/17/23

Martin and Art spent the Saturday on the water

Art – 11/18/23

with Dana.  Full run for them as the water was running.  Good day on the P&P midge and cream mop fly.  Art actually caught a brown and rainbow at the same

Martin – 11/18/23

time on his dropper rig.  Carolyn had Terry and his daughter, Kylie on the water for half a day.

Kylie with 22″ rainbow – 11/18/23

Good day for them on the red San Juan worm under the big ruby when the water was running.  When it shut down, they switched to the Ruby 2 and P&P midges.  This was Kylie’s trip as she landed and most fish plus a 22 inch rainbow.

Tuesday, Ed from West Virginia spent the late morning with Carolyn.  Water was supposed to be on, but they ran nothing until late in the afternoon.  Worked hard for fish on the ruby 2 midge, mop fly and a JQ streamer trailing the Tiger Tail.



Beautiful Weekend!

November 15th, 2023

This weather has been absolutely gorgeous!  Can’t last much longer.  It is in the 70s today and we will be upper 60s tomorrow.  Friday and Saturday are low 60s, then upper 50s for Sunday.  Right now it looks like we will see rain Monday and Tuesday with temperatures in the low 50s Monday and mid 40s Tuesday.  Mid 50s for the rest of that week.

Generators on for a couple hours Saturday morning and again late Sunday afternoon.  Monday we had generators in the morning and they shut down early afternoon.  Tuesday they came on for four hours in the morning.  Generators on this morning and shut down around 1:00 p.m.  Projection for tomorrow is no generation all day with an exception of one unit for one hour around 7:00 p.m.

What a weekend!  Over 30 ladies with River Runners Women’s Fly Fishing Club showed up at the shop Friday night.  We all sat around and caught up on what everyone has been doing since we last got together.  Saturday morning, after they turned the generators off, we headed to the river.  Great day on the water for everyone.  With the little generation we had that morning, fishing was wonderful!  Lots of nice fish for the ladies.  Saturday night it was dinner at the Pour House.  Sunday, more fishing and catching!

Monday, Dana had Brian from Oklahoma on the water.  Caught some fish on the Ruby 2 and black copperhead midges.

Lewis with 21-1/2″ rainbow – 11/14/23

Tuesday, Carolyn took Lewis, also from Oklahoma, out for half a day.  Started out with a couple units running.  Worked the drift and caught several fish on the red San Juan worm dropped under the big ruby.  Once it dropped out, we found a good spot and had a really good day catching on the Ruby 2 midge dropped under the Rusty midge.  When they slowed down on that combo, it was the P&P under the Rusty midge.  Several nice fish, but the best fish of the day was a 21-1/2″ rainbow.


We’re Still Getting Great Weather!

November 13th, 2023

Low 70s today!  The weekend was nice with lots of sunshine.  Looking forward to temperatures in the upper 60s until Friday, but in the low 60s through Saturday.  Chances for rain Sunday and Monday with temperatures dropping into the 50s.

Little generation over the weekend.  Today is another story.  Generators on at 6:00 and scheduled to run most of today.  There is about a four hour period this afternoon when they will be off.  The good news is that with the generators on, the dissolved oxygen is good.

Carolyn on the water last Monday with Mindy and Dale from Reeds Spring.  Water was off so we were able to wade.  This was good as they both needed a little refresher in casting and presentation.  Fishing was tough but we managed to land some fish, mainly on the ruby 2 midge.

Dana out Wednesday with one of his regulars, Ralph from Kansas.  Good day for them on the ruby 2 midge and and holographic green crackleback.

Friday, Darren and Dana had a group out.  Darren was with Chris and David.  They had a good day catching on zebra midges.  They were generating water that day, so everyone went through.  Dana’s guys were catching on the ruby 2, P&P and an orange egg pattern.

Saturday, Dana had Don and his grand daughter, Lanie out for half a day.  Fun day on the black copperhead and ruby 2 midges under the big ruby.  You should have been here Saturday!  Around 30 women from the River Runners Women’s Fly Fishing Club were fishing from directly across from the boat ramp all the way down through the Narrows.  Lots of catching, laughing, cheering and just having a great time fishing and being together!  Several of them were back on the water Sunday with more fun and yelling.  It is 15 years for the RRWFFC!!

Busy Week and Great Weather!

November 7th, 2023

For this time of the year, the weather has been great!  It’s almost too hot.  (Not really)  Low 80s today with mid 80s tomorrow.  Thursday has a 60% chance for shows possible in the afternoon and evening and temperature in the upper 50s.  Friday through the weekend and into early next week will be in the low 60s.

We continue to see lots of off time on the generators.  The past two days they have projected generating during the morning hours and we have seen nothing until the afternoon.

Darren on the water last Monday with Bob.  P&P under the big ruby was the ticket that day.

Steve – 20 inch rainbow – 10/31/23

Tuesday, Steve from here in Missouri was on the water with Darren.  Good day for Steve.  He landed a 20 incher.  It was a #24 midge emerger.

Wednesday, Ansel and Dennis from Indiana, fished with Darren.  Good day on the

Ron – 23 inch rainbow – 11/1/23

P&P and chicken midge.  Carolyn had a couple of our long-time fly fishers, Kathy and Ron from Louisiana out for a long half day.  This as Ron’s day as he caught a 23 inch rainbow.

Larry, from Kansas, spent Thursday on the water with Carolyn.  He had a good day on the cream mop fly and ruby 2 midge.

Darren on the water Saturday with Chris and Kyle from Oklahoma.  They had a good day on a micro scud, chicken midge, and the P&P midge.  Fished the boat ram and above areas.

Saturday, Dana took Cameron out for half a day.  Fished the Rockin Chair area with the black copperhead midge and holographic green crackleback.

FYI – Fly tying schedule is out.  Check this site and give us a call if you see anything you want to learn how to tie.

Feels Like Winter Has Arrived!

October 30th, 2023

Wow!  32 degrees this morning and weather said it feels like 25!  High today is 43.  Tomorrow and Wednesday the highs will be in the 40s and the lows in the 20s.  Fortunately, Thursday starts toward what is normal for this time of the year, 60s.  Then things start getting better and we will see mid 60s over the weekend with no rain….at least at this time that is the forecast.

Today is a big change in the water flow.  Probably due to the cold weather coming in everywhere.  They are running units at 6:00 a.m. and are now running four units.  The projection is that they will run four units for four hours then back off to two for a couple hours.  It then says off for two hours and back on with two units and back up to four.

Dissolved oxygen it still low and fishing continue to tough on most days with a few good days thrown in.  Carolyn on the water for a half day on the 17th with one of our long-timers, Don from Illinois.  Always a fun day with Don.  Caught a few fish and shared stories.  Best pattern was the ruby 2 midge.  Since the water was running this day, Gary took Kristi from Wisconsin, over the Roaring River.  They worked on presentation and other skills while they caught fish on the peach egg, black wooly and the holographic green crackleback.

On the 18th, Jim and Dana had a group of four on the water.  Debbie and George were with Dana.  They had a good day on the JQ streamer and P&P midge.  Jim’s couple, Blaine and Pat were catching on the P&P midge and a tan scud.

Gerri – 10/20/23

Carolyn had more long-time fishers on the water on the 19th, Rob and Gerrie.  Good day on the ruby 2.  Kristi did not get enough fishing so she took another trip, this time it was with Jim.  They fished Taney and she caught fish on a tan scud, red San Juan worm, and baby ruby midge.   Dana had one of his regulars, George, out for the day.  P&P, Ruby 2 and cerise San Juan worm.

Gerri and Rob out again with Carolyn on the 20th.   This was one or those very good days we have had scattered in the the tough ones.  It was Ruby 2 all the way.  Dana also on the water again with George.  Another good day with the P&P, Ruby 2, and cerise San Juan worm.

Morgan – 10/21/23

This must be regulars month.  On the 21st Gina on the water with Dale, one of her regulars.  He brought along a friend, Morgan to fish with them.  They had a good day on the ruby midges and black midges.   Chris and Dana from Tennessee spent half a day on the water with Darren.  Good day for them on the P&P midge.

Last Monday, Darren had Dale and Larry from Arkansas on a wade trip.  It was another midge day.

Mike – 10/24/23

Tuesday, Fritz did a half day wade trip with Darren.  They worked scuds in the shallow, skinny water up high.    Dana had John and Mark out, also on a wade trip.  Very slow day for them.

Dennis and Wes fish with Darren last Friday.  Zebra midges caught them several fish.,,,,,including a could suckers!  Gary’s guys. Tom and Daniel caught some fish on a gray scud or peach egg pattern.

Let’s hope Table Rock cools down pretty soon and the lake flips.  We certainly need some oxygenated water down where it comes through the generators.  In the meantime, they are injecting liquid oxygen into Taney to help the fishery.