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Enough Rain!

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

Rain in the forecast the past four days.  Looks like, after today, it might be out of here until next weekend, when we are seeing slight chances both Friday and Saturday.  Otherwise, sunny days, mostly in the 80s.  Nice!  Had a few trips scheduled that we cancelled due to the forecast of thunderstorms on Friday and Saturday.  The forecast kind of fizzled out and it really wasn’t as bad as they were saying.

Generation pattern has remained pretty much the same until this weekend.  Yesterday, they turned on two units at 9:00 a.m. and kept them on until evening.  Today, they turned on a low one around 5:00 a.m. and upped it at 10:00 a.m.  A little more than the equivalent of one full unit.  Tomorrow it is supposed to be back to what they have been doing…nothing until noon or so and they two ramping up to three until evening.

Oxygen level has been less than a desirable for the trout.  We are starting to see more dead fish in the water.  Just a reminder, take a little more time with your fish before you release them.  Make certain they are fully revived before sending them on their way.

Terry – 8/19/19

Terry and Brian from Mississippi, spent last Monday morning on the water with Carolyn.  Pretty new

Brian – 8/19/19

fly fishers and we had a fun day stripping the filoplume and drifting the black copperhead midge.  Several rainbows and one beautiful brown!

Wednesday, it was a full house.  Jim, Dana and Carolyn had a group of six new fly fishers on the water.  Jim had two of the guys, Brent and Joe.  These guys were catching on the rusty midge.  Dana had the sons, Ethan and Caleb in his boat.  The copperhead

Kim – 8/21/19

midge was their pattern.  Of course, Carolyn took the ladies, Kim and Laurie.  Our quote for the day was “what happens on the river stays on the river”.  Good day on a size 20 tan scud

Laurie – 8/21/19

with a red soft hackle trailer, or stripping the JQ on a 1.5 ips sinking leader.  Fun day for these two ladies.

Saturday, Dana and Carolyn back on the water again.  Kevin and his son, Drew, attended our 2-day Orvis school last year.  They came back to catch some fish and brought Eli (who will soon be part of the family) with them.  This was one of those change in the generation pattern days.  Two generators came on at 9:00 a.m. but was and did remain at that flow day.  Thank you.  Dana took Kevin and they were catching on the ruby 2 with a red San Juan dropper.  Carolyn’s guys, Drew and Eli had a good day fishing the big ruby with a ruby 2 dropper or a cerise San Juan worm dropper.  The ruby 2 dried up late in the morning so the San Juan was it.  Also caught on the JQ streamer with a 4 ips sinking leader.  Rained like the devil a couple time this day and the forecast was showing it moving out.   So much for forecast!


Good Days….Tough Days!

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

Warm this morning, but a front came through after lunch and cooled it down.  Lots of lightning and some rain.  Forecast is for more rain possible tomorrow morning but temperatures cooling off into the low 80s.  Nice!  Chances for rain through Saturday.  By Sunday, we are looking at mid 80s, then upper 80s to low 90s for most of next week.

No change in generation pattern.  Off every morning until 11:00 a.m. or noon, then one or two units on for an hour and usually three for the rest of the day.  Today they did not turn the units on until 2:00 p.m.  Off around 8:00 p.m. until the next morning.

Fishing has been up and down.  Noticed the dissolved oxygen went below 4.0 last week so they injected liquid oxygen the next day.  You could certainly tell the difference from the one day to the next as far as the fish and catching were concerned.  It’s that time of the year!

Janell – 8/13/19

Gina on the water last Tuesday with a couple brand new fly fishing ladies, Janell and Joanna.  What a fun day.

Joanna – 8/13/2019

She started them out with casting, mending and worked them up to pulling streamers.  Hooked some, broke off on some and landed some.  Best pattern was the filoplume with no generation and best once the water came on was the red midge.

Thursday, Jim took Bill and Sylka out for half a day.  They worked a small, size 12, JQ streamer all morning and did very well on this pattern.

Friday, it was more of the same for Jim and his client, David.  Jim had him pulling the #12 JQ and they did well despite the rain and fog.

Saturday was a family from Texas.  Dana had Ross, Mike and Chris.  Some of them wanted to wade, so Dana had them fishing the B-bug and Ruby 2.  Gina’s guys, Whit and his sons Alan, aka “Cinco”, and

Wit – 8/18/19

Billy fished the #12 bugger, a filoplume and the crackleback.  Several to the net and several “rodeoed”.  Whit’s boys, who are 8 and 11, are already great casters.

“Cinco” – 8/18/19

Whit and his boys had such a good time Saturday, they went out again on Sunday with Gina.  Great day!  Lots of fish on the

Billy – 8/18/19

the #12 JQ, copper dun midge and root beer midge.  Seth and his son, Ryan were on the water with Carolyn.  They had a good day catching on a tan scud or an olive filoplume.



Water Still Off During Morning Hours!

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

Beautiful weather.  We had a little rain, but not enough to take note of.  Unfortunately, the weather folks are saying we are headed into some more hot, humid days.  Oh well, we’ll be fishing we had these days around January!

Not much change in generation pattern.  No units running during morning or late evening hours.  Generation during afternoon from three to four units.  Looks like the pattern for a while.

Beebe – 08/12/19

Gina on the water last Monday with Beebe and his son, Jake.  Fun day for these guys on the JQ streamer, black copperhead midge and the holographic green crackleback.

Jake – 8/12/19

Fortunately, the JQ streamer was working while it was foggy as the fog didn’t lift until around 10:30.  Wasn’t too long after that, they blew the first horn.

Wednesday, Gina took Joanna and her sister-in-law, Janell out for an instructional/fishing trip.  She took the ladies through casting, mending and stripping.  Fishing was tough

Joanna – 8/13/19

that day as the dissolved oxygen levels are starting to drop….it’s getting to be that time of the year.  They did hook and bring in fish.  Lots of hits stripping the filoplume and after water rise, it was the red midge.

Sylka and Bill spent Thursday morning on the water with Jim.  Good day for them stripping a #12 JQ streamer.



Maybe 100 Degrees Tomorrow!!!

Sunday, August 11th, 2019

Days have been hot and humid.  One could almost cut it with a knife.  Expecting another hot one today and tomorrow might just hit 100!  By Tuesday, we are looking at low 90s, then upper 80s into the weekend when it will probably be in the low 90s again.

Generation has been off almost every morning until noon.  For several days they have bumped up all four units.  Yesterday an exception, only the equivalent of two.  Much better!  Projection for today is off until noon, then ramping up to a little under the equivalent of four units by 2:00 p.m.  Monday looks like off until 11:00 then a little under the four units again by noon or 1:00 p.m.

Have to say that fishing has definitely slowed down.  Catching fish every day, but some days we certainly work harder than others.  Carolyn had Jack and Mary Kay out last Tuesday.  No generation so we opted to stay high.  Very slow start to the foggy morning.  Finally found some fish on the ruby 2 and JQ streamer.

Will – 8/7/19

Wednesday, Darren took Celeste & her son, Will out for half a day.  It was scheduled to be a trip for Will, but Celeste decided it looked like fun an went along.  Darren worked with her on casting and she was looking great before the morning was over.  They rodeo’d several.  Best patterns were a scud and a little black and white thread midge.

Rebecca – 8/7/19

Carolyn had Rebecca from California out for the morning.  Fun day on the water!  When she wasn’t catching, she was telling jokes!  Think we kept everyone on the river awake.  Best pattern was the black copperhead midge.  Meanwhile, Jim had Bill and James on the river.  James is new to fly fishing so Jim worked with him on all the necessary skills.  Best for them was the JQ streamer.

Friday, David and his son, Zack fish with Jim.  This was one of the days when the water came on earlier than projected.  Everything turned black, then green and fishing went south!  They did bring in a few fish before the water came in.  No best pattern that day.

Jim back on the water Saturday.  This time it was with Charlotte and Ernie from Kansas.  These two are beginners so it was lots of casting work.  They did get to catch some fish on the scud and JQ streamer.

Another Busy Week!

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Days are getting hot again.  Worst yet, lots of humidity the past two days.  Looks like low 90s the rest of the week and slight chances (right now) showing up Thursday through Saturday.

We have actually had four days of no generation during the morning hours.  That was the schedule again today.  Have been turning on two units at noon.

Last Tuesday, Jim took Don and Cindy from Texas out for the morning.  Pretty good day for them stripping the JQ or Tiger Tail streamers.

Don – 7/31/19

Don and Cindy didn’t get enough fishing in Tuesday, so they spent Wednesday morning on the water again, this time with Carolyn.  Another good, fun day for them.  Water running most of the trip so our best pattern was a cerise San Juan worm under the big ruby.

Thursday, David from Illinois fished half day with Carolyn.    Beautiful day, overcast and fishing was good.  Black copperhead midge was the best pattern that day.

Friday, Jim and Carolyn took a group of brothers out for half a day.  Carolyn took the oldest and youngest brothers, Rick and Dana.  Jim

Rich – 8/3/19

had Norm and Bob.  Fun day for everyone!  If I understand correctly, Jim’s boat had to ‘pop’ for dinner and beers that night!  Jim guys were catching on the JQ, ruby midge and San Juan worm.  Carolyn’s boat was catching on the black copperhead with zero units going and then

Dana – 8/3/19

dropped it under a big ruby to keep catching after the two units fired up.

Darren had a couple guys from Kansas on the water Saturday morning, Hugh and Adam.  Good days for these guys on the black copperhead midge with a thread midge trailer.  Adrian and Larry fished with Dana.  They had a good day mainly on the ruby 2.

Adam – 8/3/19

Sunday, Jim took Jim from here in Missouri out for half a day.  Jim got started fly fishing with us a little over two years ago and he’s still at it!  Good day for Jim on the holographic green crackleback, P&P midge or the JQ streamer.


Low Flow In Morning Then Up By Noon

Monday, July 29th, 2019

Beautiful weather.  Looks like we will have more of this for possibly a week.  Yeah!  No rain in the near forecast.  Temperatures will continue to be pleasant for several days.  No mid to upper 90s!

We will continue to see the low flow during the morning and late evening hours then 2-3 units coming on around noon.  They estimate it will be at least another 10 days before Bulls Shoals gets low enough for them to evaluate the probable at Power Site dam and get the boards back in operation.

Fishing during the low water flow in the mornings is nice.  Lots of fishing trips, schools and the Missouri Trout Fly Fishermen’s Third Expo was this past weekend at the Lion’s Club on 76 East.  Saw lots of faces we had not seen for a while.  Great time.  Now for the fishing.  Needless to say, I’m a little behind on fishing reports.

Jim on the water Saturday, July 20th (that’s how far behind I am!).  One of him long-time regulars, Carmen and his son, who is now 10 years old, Randy.  Good day for them.  Carmen had not fished for a while so it was a refresher course.  Caught fish on the JQ, ruby midge and hit

Tiffany 7/21/19

hare’s ear nymph.  Sunday. Carolyn took Tiffany out for half a day.  Really good day for this young lady who caught most of her fish on the black copperhead midge.  Tiffany is pretty new and she did great hooking and bringing in the fish.   Jeremy, from Oklahoma, was on the water with Dana.  They had a good day on the black copperhead and Ruby 2 midges, and striping the tiger tail.

Monday, Gina took Lisa out for half a day.  Lisa is a very good caster and got several fish

Lisa – 7/23/19

to the boat stripping tiger tails, cracklebacks, or fishing the big ruby.  Mainly it was stripping that day.  John and Lucia spent the morning on the water with Carolyn.  This was a weird morning.  We rowed up toward the ladder area and got started fishing.  Pretty soon, two horns went off.  Oh boy!  More water.  Better re-rig.  Change everything out and two more horns.  What’s up?  Checked with the actual via phone and no more units had really come on.  Back to the original rigging.  Before we left the upper area, at least eight horns had blown

Lucia – 7/23/19

(we only have 4 units).  The water did keep going up and down, but not as much as they horns they blew.  Anyway, a good day for John and Lucia on the ruby 2 or black copperhead midges under the big ruby, including a couple smaller browns.   Wednesday, Darrell and Carrie fished with Carolyn.  Tough day.

Carrie – 7/24/19

All our guides out that day had the same story.  Picked some nice fish, but we worked hard for all the fish we caught.  It was a cerise San Juan worm with a gray scud dropper in

Darrell – 7/24/19

the shallow water for us.  Jim had two Bobs on the water.  They worked the size 8 JQ streamer, a size 12 ruby and a 14 hot hare’s ear.  Ian and Hal from Pennsylvania fish the morning with Darren.  Big ruby with a scud dropper were their bugs.

This past Friday, Jim had Norman from Indiana out for half a day.  Lots of water and it made for another tough day.  Did catch several fish on the JQ, ruby midge and hot hare’s ear nymph.

Sunday, Jim had Jerry on the water.  Another JQ day with a few on the ruby midge.  Gina’s guys,

Dan – 7/28/19

Dan and Roy from Kentucky were here for the Expo and always try to fish with Gina after the event.  This Sunday was the day and they spent the whole day on the water

Roy – 7/28/19

catching on the JQ and Tiger Tail, crackleback (1st fish and biggest), and pink San Juan worm.  Beautiful, sunny day and the fish were cooperating.


HOT Weather!

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Currently it is 94 degrees here in Branson, which was the high predicted for the day.  Tomorrow and Saturday we will see upper 90s then mid 90s Sunday and 80s on Monday and into the following week.  Year!  Right now, with the humidity, it is HOT!

Still seeing low flows in the a.m. and then ramping up to three around noon or after.  That is the projection again for tomorrow.  Maybe the rut we’re in for a while.  We’ll just have to see.

With the low one unit in the morning, fishing has been good early.  Once they fire up the two then three units, everything trashes up for a while.

Jim has been complaining about this generation pattern as he has been on the water the most here lately.  He was out Sunday with Cr4ooper and Kross.  Pretty new fly fishers so he worked with them and got them some fish mainly on the JQ streamer.  Once the water fired up, he was out of there.

Tuesday, John and Steve from Oklahoma spent the morning on the water with Jim.  Steve is new to fly fishing, so Jim worked with him.  They had stable flows for about four hours, so fishing was pretty good and both the guys landed fish on the size 8 JQ streamer.  Carolyn had a student finishing up her school and her best pattern was the ruby 2 midge.

Jim and Caleb fished with Jim Wednesday.  Good day on the JQ streamer, ruby midge and hot hare’s ear nymph.

We Don’t Need More Rain!

Saturday, July 13th, 2019

Looks like we might get some more rain Monday and Tuesday due to Barry.  Best chances are Monday and temperatures will certainly be nice….in the mid to upper 70s!  Tuesday has less chance for rain and temperatures in the mid to upper 80s.  After that, it low to mid 90 and sunshine through the weekend and into next week!

Still running a low one unit early in the morning.  Then they turn on a full one unit or a low two units.  But, it keeps bumping up each hour so we reach three units by noon or so.

Jim on the water last Sunday with John and his friend.  Pretty good day pulling a #8 JQ streamer.  More misses than landed.

Thursday was a pretty tough day for everyone.  Darren’s guys, Mike and Dean worked hard.  Lots more tangles than fish.  Their best pattern was a scud under the big ruby.  Jim had Garret from Kansas and he landed a few fish pulling the #8 JQ streamer.  Carter fished again with Carolyn.  They did pretty well on the black copperhead early then the ruby 2.  Pulled a few streamers and maybe had 7-8 hits and none to the boat.  It fished good early while there was only a low one unit.  Once they started ramping up the units, fishing went south.

Great Way To Spend The Way…..Fishing!

Sunday, July 7th, 2019

Beautiful, sunny day.  However, if we run true to form, we will see a show sometime this afternoon.  At least that’s been the pattern the past few days.  And, the prediction is 40% (we’ve had rain with 30%) chance around 4:00 p.m.  Temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s through the week with 40% chance of rain each day!

We continue to see no generation late in the day and into the morning.  Two generators on around 8:00 a.m. and run for a couple hours the off for 3-4 hours and back on with one or two and eventually ramping up to a full four units.  However, today and last night, although projected, they did not follow this pattern.  Low all night and then they ramped it up at 7:00 a.m.  Currently it is holding at a low two units which puts it three to four feet higher than normal no generation level.  This can be waded in some places if you’re careful.

Jim on the water Friday with Billy.  Pretty good day stripping the tiger tail and later in the morning they caught some fishing a red ass soft hackle.  Fun!  Eugene and his friend, RM were on the water with Darren.  They fished the ruby 2, scuds and sowbugs and even did a little stripping.  Jim spent the morning with Carolyn.  He does some salt water and streamer fishing

Jim – 7/5/19

but had never fished midges.  So, we introduced him to the wonderful world of midges.  Fished the ruby 2 under the big ruby while they were running two units.  After a couple hours, they shut down the generators so it was a #16 ruby 2 on top and the #18 ruby 2 on bottom for a slow drift.  Good, fun day!  Finished up with the last fish on a holographic green crackleback on a sinking leader.

Saturday, Jim had Linsey and her friend, Clark on the water.  Both are beginners so Jim did lots of instruction before he let them catch fish stripping the JQ streamer!



Lots Of Fun Days On The Water!

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Upper 80s to l0w 90s almost every day plus slight chances for rain almost every day, especially in the afternoon.  That seems to be the pattern right now.

Weird generation pattern right now also.  Past two or three days we have no generation until 8:00 a.m. then they turn on two units for two hours.  Off for three hours or so then ramp back up with first one unit then two or three and eventually four.  Off by 8:00-9:00 p.m.  Understand this is due to the boards being down at Powersite.  They need to get Bull Shoals down a couple feet before they can fix them.  In the meantime, Taneycomo just flows straight through and they are running water a little spastically to keep a desirable level of water in Taneycomo.

Bogan – 6/30/19

John and Bogan from Florida fished with Darren this past Sunday.  John does quite a bit of fishing in Florida, but this was only

John – 6/30/19

Bogan’s second time with a fly rod.  The guys got some fish to the boat on the ruby 2 fishing mainly in the upper part of the river.  Dana had Mike from Oklahoma out for the day.  They had a good day on the ruby 2 under the big ruby and stripping a tiger tail.

Steve – 7/1/19

Moday, Carolyn took Matt and Steve out for half a day.  Zero generation when we hit the water.  It was good day for these two.  Best patterns were the black copperhead or ruby 2 midge.  Did catch a few stripping the holographic green crackleback.   When they fired up the first generation at noon, rowed up toward the fish ladder and heavied up with the big

Michael – 7/1/19

ruby.  Fished good until they upped it to three units and everything dirtied up.  Gina and Dana had the Sichter family out.  Gina had  Michael, and he was

Wayne – 7/1/19

catching fish on the black copperhead and ruby 2 midges.  Dad, Jim, and his other son, Wayne fished with Darren.  Their best area was up near the fish ladder on a #14 trans scud, black copperhead midge and the thread midge.  A fun time was had by all!

Tuesday, long-time customers, Rick and Kristi needed a fix so they spent the morning on the water with Carolyn.  Slow start with no generators.  Then they turned on two units at 9:00 a.m. so it was upstream toward the ladders.  Fished this area until they

Jackson – 7/2/19

turned the two off after maybe an hour of running.  Drifted down and through the narrows catching fish on the #18 ruby 2 under a #16 ruby 2 midge.  Travis and his 10 year old son, Jackson were out with Gina.  She worked with both of then on casting as this was Jackson’s first fly fishing experience and Dad

Travis – 7/2/19

had not been fly fishing for several years.  Jackson hooked some fish but did not get one to the boat.  He had a great time, especially getting to wear waders and stand in the water without getting wet!  Ruby 2 and black copperhead under big ruby were their patterns.  Darren and Dana had Mark and his two sons, Patrick and Sean on the water.  The first day, Mark and Pat

Pat – 7/3/19

fished with Dana.  All are new to fly fishing, so it was a learning curve this day.  Mark and Pat landed fish on the red San Juan worm.  Darren had Sean and they were fishing a #14 scud.

The guys didn’t get enough fishing on Tuesday, so they went out with Dana and Darren again on Wednesday.

Sean – 7/3/19

This time, Dana took Pat and they fished and caught on the rusty midge and the red San Juan worm.  Mark and Shawn were with Darren and they were catching on a #14 scud , the ruby 2 and black copperhead midges.  Wiley, from Oklahoma, was on the water with Carolyn for half a day.  This was another two generators on at 8:00 a.m. for a couple hours.  Rowed up to the ladder area and drifted the big ruby with

Wiley – 7/3/19

the ruby 2 midge.  Picked a few here.  When the water shut down, drifted down through the Rockin Chair area where we picked up several more, then through the narrows.  Fished good until they turned the generators back on again!