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Lots Of Mornings With No Generation!!!

Friday, 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!!!

Sunday, 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!

Really Tough Day!

Sunday, July 18th, 2021

Weather continues to be cooler than normal for this time of the year.  Highs in the 80s, plus lots of rain the past two days.  Hopefully, it is moving out.  Temperatures look like they are creeping into the low 90s by next weekend, and rain chances for the rest of the week are low.

Table Rock is almost at power pool.  However, it will probably come up some over the next two days due to the rains we had yesterday and the day before.  So, not certain what the generation pattern will be for this coming week.

Lisa – 7/12/21

Jeff and Lisa had just finished our fly fishing school so they went fishing with Carolyn on Monday.  Fun day for both of them.  Catching on the ruby 2 midge under the big ruby.

Tuesday was a whole different day.  They had the water off early in the morning then started it up around 7:00 a.m.  Don’t know if the fish were in a feeding frenzy when the water was off so they were full, or just confused when two units came on.  At any rate, you really had to work hard to find a few fish.  Dana had Eric and

Quincy – 7/13/21

his son, Quincy out for the morning.  They landed a few fish on the eggstacy egg pattern.  Carolyn’s couple, Jerry and Cathy beat the water and would catch a couple in one place on the P&P midge, a couple more somewhere else on the cerise San Juan worm.  One or two more on the ruby 2 under the big ruby….and so their morning went.

Wednesday was another day!  Cathy and Jerry were on the water again with Carolyn.  Yes, they were willing to try again.  Much better day and almost everything was on the ruby 2 under the big ruby.  Dana and Jim had a group of guys out on a short afternoon trip.  Good day for them on the ruby 2 midge.  Gary had Ella out for a morning wade trip.  A little difficult, but they found places where they could wade and she caught some fish, all on the holographic green crackleback.

Jim took KT and Lauri from Texas out on Thursday.  Pretty good day on the KQ streamer or the ruby midge.  Dana had John and his father, Ron, from Illinois on

Ron – 7/15/21

the water.   This was Ron’s first fly fishing trip and he caught on quickly.  They were catching on the peach eggstacy egg pattern or a ruby 2 midge.

Friday, Darren took John and his daughter, Lauren, out for half a day.  Somewhat slow, but they did catch some on the big ruby with a scud or ruby 2 dropper.

Jim and Dana had a group from Texas on the water.  Dana took Jim and Luke.  Luke was brand new and caught his first fish.  They were

Luke’s first on fly rod – 7/17/21

 

catching on the black copperhead midge, and a red or cerise San Juan worm.  Jim took Brandon.  He did not catch many fish, but did land a nice 25 inch rainbow on a ruby midge.  He too, is new to fly fishing.  What a way to start!  Carolyn had two students from school

Missi – 7/17/21

out for learning the various presentation techniques, and they caught fish on the black copperhead midge under the big ruby.  Best technique, however, was pulling a JQ streamer on a 4 ips sinking leader.  Missi really liked this technique.

This morning started out great!  Unfortunately, around 11:00 a.m., they turned on three units and fishing went south.  Mark and Phil from Iowa, were out with Jim.  They were catching on the JQ streamer.  When the water came on, it trashed up the river so much you couldn’t keep your fly clean and the fish went south.  Dana and his fisher, Jeremy, had the same experience.  They were catching on the black copperhead and ruby 2 midges.  Worked hard to catch one more fish after the generators came on!

Awesome July Weather!

Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

Can’t believe it is July.  Just a couple days ago, the high was in the upper 70s and overcast.  Yesterday was in the 80s and so far today, 89 is the high with a nice breeze.  Looking at the forecast, I see mid 870s through the weekend and into mid week.  Wow!

Turned the generators off yesterday morning for a few hours then opened up two generators.  This morning, it was one unit until 9:00 a.m. then two for an hour and now they are running three.  We are near power pool, but sure someone somewhere will need power.  Would be nice to see them off during the morning hours for a while so we could wade!!

Dana on the water last Tuesday with Corena and Mason.  Their patterns for the morning were the ruby 2 midge and the eggstacy egg.

Last Wednesday, Darren and Carolyn took out the Allen clan.  Carolyn had John and Levi and Darren took Joel and Brett.  Fun day for everyone.  Darren’s boat was catching on the red San Juan worm, a #14 gray scud

Levi – 7/7/12

and the black copperhead midge.  Carolyn’s boat was catching on the black copperhead midge under the big ruby or a white grub.  Levi had a good day.  Jim was guiding Jim and Wayne from Kansas.  They had a slow day on the ruby midge.

Thursday, Jim took Ed and Ethan out for half a day.  They worked on refining cast, and line

Rick – 7/8/21

management.  Also caught fish on the tiger tail and the ruby midge.  Really good day for Dana’s guys Arlan and Rick.  Their patterns

Arlan – 7/8/21

were the eggstacy egg, a hare’s ear, and the JQ streamer.

Friday, Darren took Chris fishing.  Good catching day for them on the ruby 2 and thread midges.  This was the day they had the water off for a few hours in the morning and fishing was awesome.  Travis and his son, Scott, were fishing with Dana.  Their patterns were the ruby 2 and black copperhead midges.  Carolyn had some students on the water for their day of presentation and they were catching on a ruby 2 midge.  Fun way to start fly fishing.

Saturday, Jim took Roger and Wendy from Wisconsin out for half a day.  Caught several fish on the good old gray scud.

Diego and Jose from Texas fish with Dana on Sunday.  Tough day but they landed some on the eggstacy egg, a gray scud, and the black copperhead midge.

Jim described the fish as “pick damn fish” on Monday.  Phil and Jose fish with him and caught a few on the ruby midge and a scud.  Carolyn had a couple students on the water.  One of them was pretty new to

Mike – 7/12/21

fly fishing.  The other had been fishing for several years.  They had a fun day catching on the cerise San Juan worm under the big ruby.  Darren’s guys, Nick and Mike did not catch many, but they caught nice fish.  Their best combo was the San Juan worm with a scud dropper.

 

More Nice Fish!

Sunday, July 4th, 2021

Can you believe it was 64 degrees this morning when we woke up?  Not 4th of July weather at all.  Mid to upper 80s today and tomorrow.  Low 90s Tuesday with upper 80s again Wednesday and Thursday.  Bad news is that there are chances of rain Wednesday through Saturday.

No change in generation.  At least two units every day and sometimes they bump it up to three in the afternoon for three or four hours.

Cathy – 6/30/21

Dana on the water last Wednesday with Cathy from Nebraska.  Good day for Cathy on the cerise San Juan worm, mega worm or ruby 2 midge.

Friday, Jim and Carolyn took out a family from Oklahoma.  The family was completely new to fly fishing but thought it sounded like a fun thing to do.  Jim had Mike and his son and they were catching on the ruby

Harbor’s first on a fly rod – 7/2/21

2 midge.  Carolyn took the ladies, Kristin and Harbor.  Fun day and

Kristin – 7/2/21

lots of learning, tangling and catching for these gals on the cerise San Juan worm under the big ruby.  Riff from Texas spent half a day on the water with Dana.  They were

Riff – 7/2/21

catching on a hare’s ear, eggstacy egg pattern and the mega worm.

Saturday, Carolyn took Rod and his son, Leland out.  This was Leland’s first time fly fishing and he did well.  Best technique for them was pulling streamers.  Caught half of the fish on JQ

Rod – 7/3/21

streamer and the other half on the trailer, a holographic green crackleback.  Jim had one of his long-time clients, Scott, on the water.  They did their best on the ruby 2 under the ruby.

Nice Fish!

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

Slightly unusual weather for the end of June.  Temperatures have been in the 80s.  Looks like it will stay that way through and week and into next week.  The only bad thing is the occasional shower we might have each day.  We have had enough rain for a while.

Since we continue to have rain, the generation schedule has not changed.  Two to three generators 24/7.  No light in sight right now.

Jim on the water last Saturday with a couple of students who just finished our Orvis two-day school.  They caught fish on the JQ streamer and the ruby with the ruby 2 dropper.

Michael & 20″ rainbow – 6/28/21

Monday, Carolyn took Michael and Stephen out for half a day.  A little slow start, but when they finally hit some fish, it was pretty steady.

Stephen – 6/28/21

Several nice fish!  Best combo of the day was the ruby 2 under the big ruby.  Did catch a couple stripping the holographic green crackleback trailing the JQ streamer.

Shea – 6/29/21

Jacob and Shea spent today on the water with Dana.  Fun day for them as Shea is brand new at fly fishing and today she caught

Jacob – 6/29/21

her first trout on a fly rod.  The mega worm was best pattern for the day, but they also caught some on the black copperhead and ruby 2 midges.  Jim’s couple, Lionel and Susan from Oklahoma were catching on the JQ streamer and a ruby midge.  We have been seeing some very nice fish coming to the boats the past several days.

 

Nice Cool Down!

Saturday, June 26th, 2021

Looks like some nice, cool weather, 80s, through the weekend and into most of next week.  Bad part is that there are chances of rain almost every day.  We do not need any more rain!  Lake is still high along with the rest of them in the White River System.

We continue to have at least two unit running every day.  Many days, they are bumping it up to three for four hours or so in the afternoon, then back to two.

Daren on the water Tuesday with Allen and Chase from Texas.  Fun,

Daniel – 6/22/21

Father’s Day trip.  They caught fish on a #16 scud or the ruby 2 midge.  Carolyn was out with Daniel and Bill from Florida.  They had a good day on the ruby 2 or black copperhead midges, or cerise San Juan worm.  All under the big ruby.  Claude, from

Virginia – 6/22/21

Texas, spent half a day on the water with Jim.  No best flies for them, but Claude did land and

Mark – 6/22/21

miss a few fish.  Dana had Mark and his wife, Virginia on the water.  They had a fun and fishy day on the coperhead black and ruby 2 midges.

Wednesday,

Bill – 6/23/21

Darren had Bill and Craig on the water all day.  Good day for these

Craig – 6/23/21

guys on the black copperhead and ruby 2 midges under the big ruby.  Also caught some on a red San Juan worm.  Carolyn had Jana and her sister, Sheri on the water.  This was Sheri’s first time with a fly rod so we spent a lot of time working on skills.  The ladies did catch some fish on the ruby 2 midge under the big ruby, but the best pattern was a holographic green crackleback trailing the JQ streamer.

Melaine – 6/24/21

Darren and Dana on the water Thursday with a family from Oklahoma.   Melanie and their son, Kline, fished with Darren.  Dana took Blake.  Good day for everyone.

Kline – 6/24/21

Darren’s boat was catching on a scud San Juan worm combo or the big ruby and black copperhead midge.  Dana had Blake fishing a copperhead black midge, but he enjoyed stripping the JQ streamer.

Rob – 6/25/21

Friday, Darren took Jim and his friend Bob out for half day.  Good day for them on the red San

Jim – 6/25/21

Juan/scud combo or the big ruby/ruby 2 combo.

Relief! Cool Day Today…….High 70!

Monday, June 21st, 2021

It has been hot, hot, hot!  However, today we got some relief.  It started raining early this morning (not that we need that), but the result was a cold front and resulting cool down.  Our high today should be 70 degrees.  Tomorrow will be upper 70s!  Wednesday looks like mid 80s.  Low 90s for Thursday and Friday.  And the best goes on…low to mid 80s over the weekend!

We have seen two generators going most of the time the past few days.  They have kicked it up to three for four to five hours on a couple afternoons.  With this additional rain, we will probably see more of the same.

Dana on the water a week ago this past Sunday with Harold from here in Missouri.  They had a good day on the ruby 2 and black copperhead midges.

Dana turned right around and hit the water again the next day with Keith and Risa.  These two had just finished a one-day fly fishing school and wanted to try it out.   They had a good day catching on the ruby 2 and a small white grub pattern.  Another couple from the school, Peggy and Dan fished with Jim.  They were catching on the ruby midge and JQ streamer.

Wendy with 20″ rainbow – 6/14/21

Wendy and Melody spend all day last Monday with Carolyn.  Great day for these two fly fishers on the ruby 2 or a cerise San Juan worm.

Tuesday, Jacob and Adam fish with Dana.  These pretty new fly fishers had a pretty good day on the black copperhead midge and the small white grub pattern.  Dana also let them try they hand at stripping!

A couple regular, regulars, Ed and Jim from the St. Louis area fished with Carolyn on Tuesday and Dana on Wednesday.  Lots of fun and fish for them.  Ruby 2, cerise San Juan worm and black copperhead midge.  A few stripping the JQ streamer.

Thursday, Bill from Virginia, fished with Dana.  Little slower day, but still good on the black copperhead and ruby 2 midges, and red San Juan worm.

Jeff from Oklahoma fished with Darren on Friday.  Size 14 UV scud and the ruby 2 midge were their tickets.

Saturday, Jim had a new fly fisher, Johnny from Arkansas.  They worked on casting, and other necessary skills.   Dana took Guy and Reverend Rucker out for half a day.  They had a fun day on the white grub, ruby  and black copperhead midges.

Seeing Some Lower Flows And Fishing Is Very Good!

Sunday, June 13th, 2021

Weather in a word is “hot!”.  Plus the slight chances for rain almost every day means it’s humid and that doesn’t help a bit!  Expecting upper 80s and low 90s into the weekend.  Slight chances for rain every day.

We have been seeing at least one unit on some days then ramping up to a low two and finally a full two or three units by early afternoon.

Jim – 6/6/21

Darren on the water last Sunday with Jim from the St. Louis area.  Good day for them on the ruby 2 under a tungsten surveyor.

Monday, Gary had a group from Topeka, Kansas who wanted to learn how to cast.  He worked with them on casting, then let them try their new-learned skill to hook a few fish.  Jim and his sons, Chris and Zach caught a few fish on the mop fly and a gray scud.

Chris from Texas, fished with Jim last Tuesday.  They were catching on a size 8 JQ streamer until the water came on a noon and trashed up everything.

Stephanie – 6/9/21

Wednesday, Carolyn took Bill and Stephanie out for half a day.  Picked fish steadily all morning.  They did well on the cerise San Juan worm under the big ruby and had

Bill – 6/9/21

lots of fun strippping the JQ streamer with a holographic green crackleback.   Darren had a fisher from Oklahoma, Nim, who wanted to do a little something different, so Darren took him to Crane Creek.  Fished a bead head pheasant tail nymph and caught several, wonderful McCloud trout and Nim was ready to call it a day.

Thursday was a fun day for John from St. Louis.  He fished half a day with Carolyn.  She had him catching on the cerise San Juan worm or the ruby 2 midge under the big ruby.  Also got to catch some on the JQ streamer with the crackleback trailer.  Jim was out

Nelson – 6/10/21

with one of his regulars, Chris.  Haven’t seen him for a while so this was nice.  Jim had Chris catching fish pulling the JQ streamer all morning.  A fly fisher from Colorado, Nelson, fished with Dana.  They had a good day on the black copperhead or ruby 2 midges under the Cerise San Juan.

Friday, it was Jim on the water with Nick from Kansas.  Good day for them on the JQ streamer.  Carolyn had Dean and his daughter Jamie on the water.  Dean had finished the Orvis 2-day fly fishing school in April,

Dean – 6/11/21

fell in love with fly fishing and wanted to share this with his daughter.  Worked a little with Jamie on roll casting and the regular cast.  Short session on line

Jamie – 6/11/21

management and mending and Jamie was off!  They both had a great and fun day on the water.  Cerise San Juan worm or ruby 2 midge under the big ruby.  Several doubles!

Great day for Darren Saturday.  Wayne and Diana from Forsyth were having fun and catching on  ruby 2 or P&P midges.  They had a couples double for their last casts of the day!

 

Lots Of Good Days On The Water!

Monday, June 7th, 2021

Still getting rain here and there.  Looks like 50% chance both Monday and Tuesday.  Down to 40% Wednesday and Thursday.  Hopefully, it will not be gully washers so the lakes and rivers go crazy.  Otherwise, warm temperatures in the 80s.

Today, they ran the equivalent of one unit more or less most of the day.  Tomorrow’s schedule is for less than one unit to run until 2:00 p.m. when they will crank it up to the equivalent of two units.  We will see…..

Fishing has been good, despite the fluctuations in water levels.  Jim on the river last Monday with Kevin and Benny from Mississippi.  Pretty good day on the ruby midge.

Thursday, three of us were on the water.  Dana had a fisher from Colorado, Brian, on the river.  Very good day for them on the ruby 2 midge or the cerise San Juan Worm.  Jim was out with one of his regulars, Tom, from Kansas City and his friend, Gary.  They had a

John – 6/3/21

very good day on the ruby midge and stripping a JQ streamer.  John and Linda fished with Carolyn.  Very good and fun day for them too!  It was the cerise San Juan worm under the big ruby and John had a great time stripping the tiger tail streamer.  Plus it was a beautiful day!

Saturday we had a group that took our school this past April.  They want to learn more and catch fish.  That they did.  Natalie and Dave fished with Dana.  They were catching on the ruby 2

Andrea – 6/5/21

and cerise San Juan worm.  Mandi and Chris fished with Jim.  They were catching on the ruby midge and JQ streamer.  Carolyn  had Andrea and Steve and they both had a good day on the

Steve – 6/5/21

cerise San Juan worm under the big ruby or the ruby 2 midge.  Even caught a few stripping the tiger tail.  Fun day for everyone!


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