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A Stretch Of Dry Days!

Thursday, May 26th, 2022

Rain all day today, but it looks like we might see a stretch of at least five days of dry weather.  Temperatures in the 70s to 80s.  By next Wednesday, slight chances (at least for now) for three to four days.

We are now seeing two to three generators running 24/7.  With the rain we had today, I am certain this pattern, and possibly more, will continue.

Jim on the water Monday with Derrick from Texas.  Tough day.  Threw everything in his fly box and could not find a steady pattern.  Pick a few fish.

Yesterday, Dana took Andy and his father, Russ out for half a day.  Pretty good day on the black copperhead and ruby 2 midges.  Russ’s first time and he managed to bring in a brown trout.

Lots of Water!

Monday, May 23rd, 2022

We continue to see rain and expect some more tomorrow afternoon.  Temperatures took a nose dive a couple days ago so we have been in the 60s for a few days.  Looks like it will warm up to the low 70s tomorrow and hit the low 80s by the weekend.  Plus, no rain over the weekend!

Even with the rain we have been seeing, so far Table Rock continues to slowly go down.  We are presently a little over three feet above power pool.  However, to accomplish this, they have been running all four generators and seven spillways open by a foot.  Lots of water!  Taneycomo is around 713′ elevation.  No wading going on!  Good news is that by 1:00 p.m. today all the spillways will be closed!  Yeah!

Dana on the water a week ago this past Saturday.   He had Travis and his son, Ben out for half a day.  Ben had just finished the River Run one-day fly fishing clinic the day before.  Good day for them on the Ruby two midge.

The following Sunday, Carolyn took Neil and his brother Todd out for half a day.  Really good day for them, but had to call it a short half day as an unexpected storm blew (literally) in with lots of lightening, thunder and wind!  It was a ruby 2 day all the way.

Vicki – 5/17/22

Last Tuesday, Dana and Carolyn took a group out.  Dana had Sam and John, and Carolyn took Vicki.  Good and fun day for everyone.  Of course, another ruby 2 day.

Wednesday, Jim out with one of his long-time fishers, Jim from Minnesota.  They had a good day on the red San Juan worm, and the ruby.

Dee – 5/18/22

Carolyn had some fairly new fishers on the water, Dee and Paula from Kansas.  They both had a fun and great day catching fish on the

Paula – 5/18/22

ruby 2 midge, a white stubby, and a red San Juan worm.  Mixed it up a little this day.

Thursday, Dana had one of his regular,

Jeff – 5/19/22

Rick – 5/19/22

regulars, Jeff and a friend Rick out for half a day.  Very good day for these guys on…..you guessed it, the ruby 2 midge.  Jim, and his son, Jim, fished all day with Carolyn.  Very good and fun day for these guys. Lots of nice fish.

Jim – 5/19/22

Jim on the water Friday with Scotty.  Good day for Scotty on the red San Juan and ruby midge.  Had to look for the fish, but when they found them, it fished solid.  Ted, from Texas, fish with Dana.  They caught several fish on the

Ted – 5/20/22

ruby 2 midge.  A little slower then it has been, but they still had a good day.

 

Hot Weather!

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

We have had three days of 90s!  Tomorrow should see the mid 80s and a chance of rain probably in the afternoon or evening into Saturday morning.  Then it looks like 80s through next week.

Still running four generators and eight spillways at a foot.  Probably continue this for several more days.   Table Rock is currently 10 feet above power pool.

Good news is that fishing is definitely picking up.  Jim on the water last Saturday with Howard from Texas.  Picked up fish on the JQ streamer, a ruby midge and a red San Juan worm.

Tuesday, Dana took Craig and Joe from Indiana out for the day.  They were catching on the cerise San Juan worm and the ruby 2 midge.

Jim out again Wednesday with Roger and Gail from Florida.  Really good day for them on the ruby and baby ruby midge.  Dana out for

Gary – 20-1/2″ Rainbow – 5/11/22

Gary and Barry’s first half day.  Really good day for them too on the ruby 2 midge under the big ruby.

Gary and Barry did it again Thursday and had an

Barry – 5/12/22

even better day.  Same bugs.

Ketchup Time Again!

Sunday, May 1st, 2022

Sorry for the ketchup report!  Had to go catch a few fish in Clark’s Fork River in Missoula.  Great trip!  Lots of fun and fish!  Now back to our local, great fishery!

Past two days have been beautiful!  Upper 70s, sunny….but lots of wind!  Unfortunately, looks like 100% chance of rain all day tomorrow with the possibility of some severe  to strong thunderstorms.  Rainfall might reach one inch.   Much less chance of rain Tuesday with temperatures in the low 60s.  Wednesday and Thursday chances for rain are 55-65% and temperatures in the low 70s.  Friday through Sunday the chances are very low and temperatures in the upper 60s to low 80s!

Still running generators 24/7.  However, they have shut back to three units.  Monday is projected to be two units most of the day but during the middle of the day we will see three and even four (for 2 hours), then back to two in the evening.  With the rain coming in tomorrow, I doubt that we will see anything different for the next few days.

Three Sundays ago, April 17, Dana on the river with Brian from Indiana.  Tough day, but they did catch a few on the mega worm and the black copperhead midge.  With four units going, they did the full run.

Tuesday, April 19, Darren had Brett  out for half

Richard – 4/19/22

a day.  Not a bad day on the mega worm or the P&P under the big Ruby.   Carolyn on the water that day with regulars, Howard and Richard.  Pretty good day for these guys too.  It was the red D-ribbed midge or the short mop fly under the big Ruby.  We had the equivalent of four generators going that day.

Friday, April 22, Darren had Alec and Jim on the river.

Jim – 4/22/22

Really good day for these guys on the mop fly,  big Ruby and black copper head midge.

Dan – 4/25/22

Alec – 4/22/22

Neal – 4/25/22

Dana on the water last Monday with Neal and Dan from Minnesota.  Pretty good day on the Ruby 2 midge.

Ansel and Denny fished with Carolyn last Tuesday.  Fun guys and fun day.  Catching on the ruby 2 midge and black copperhead midges under the big ruby.  A few on the cerise SJ worm.

Last Wednesday, Carolyn had a “girls day out” with friends Dana and Carol.

Dana – 4/27/22

Really good day for these brand new fly fishers on a red D-ribbed midge, cerise San Juan worm, black copperhead midge and stripping a JQ streamer with the holographic green crackleback.

Jim out Wednesday with one of his long-time regulars, Tom.  Been a while since Tom has fished and he moved and caught a good number of fish.  Needs to get back on the water!  It was a ruby with small ruby dropper day.  Dane had one of his regular, regulars, George on the water Wednesday all day and half a day on Thursday.  Very good day Wednesday on the Ruby 2 midge and JQ streamer with a holographic green crackleback trailer.  Thursday it was the black copperhead midge and Ruby 2 midge.  George had a great time!

Carolyn took

Dean – 4/30/22

Dean from Kansas out again.   Another great day for Dean.  Quality fish in the morning and then just catching in the afternoon.  Cerise San Juan worm, then the Mean Dean midge (Dean is tying flies now and we tried one of his) late in the morning into early afternoon.  Broke off a fish on the Mean Dean so we had to go to the Mean Dean 2.  Worked good, but changed to the Ruby 2 midge and finished up the day with good numbers.

Glad to say that catching is definitely improving from what it was 3-4 weeks ago.  Starting to fish like it should!

 

 

 

 

 

Still Lots Of Water!

Sunday, April 17th, 2022

Had some more rain following with cooler days.  Today we are in the upper 40s, Monday a little warmer.  By Tuesday, it will be mid 60s and I think and hope we will hit the 70s Thursday through next Sunday.

Still running 2 generators and currently they have 8 spillways open a foot so we are fishing 14,500 plus cfs every day.  Table Rock is at 917.25 feet.  Desired power pool is 915.  It should increase to 916 May 1.

Mike – 4/14/22

Dana on the water with Bill and Steve from Oklahoma last Thursday.  Pretty good day on the mega worm, black copperhead midge and a red d-ribbed midge.  Robert and Mike fished with Darren.

Robert – 4/14/22

They too have a pretty good day on a gray scud, mop fly and the P&P midge.

Friday, Dana had Zach from Kansas on the water half a day for his birthday.  Tough day, but they did catch a few fish on the mega worm.

Spillways Off Then On Again!

Tuesday, April 12th, 2022

Weather is all over the board.  Had a couple really cool days, then it warmed up yesterday and today.  Expecting some severe storms tomorrow.  Thursday looks partly sunny and in the mid 60s.  Friday upper 60s and then a slight cool down on the weekend into early next week.  Low 60s and upper 50s.  Next week looks like low 60s.

The 8 spillways closed last Thursday.  In the meantime, we had some more rain, so yesterday, around 1:00 p.m. they opened up 5 spillways about a foot.  Back to 11-12000 cfs.  And, more rain on the way.

Jeff – 4/7/22

Dana on the water with one of his regulars, Jeff, and his friend Ray.  This was Ray’s first time fly fishing and he caught his first trout on a fly rod!  When they hit the water,

Ray’s first trout – 4/7/22

 

they were running the 8 spillways.  Around 11:00 a.m. they turned them off and they were able to get some fish to the boat.  Had some hits before the shut down, but it was definitely better after the flow shut down a little.  It was a ruby 2 or red d-rib midge day.

Saturday, Darren was out with one of his regulars, Chris from Kansas.  They had a good day on the P&P midge, the big ruby and a scud/egg rig.

Spillways Opened!

Tuesday, April 5th, 2022

Beautiful weather the past few days.  Had some rain overnight, but 70s today and low 60s tomorrow.  Thursday and Friday are cooling off.  Mid 50s Thursday and upper 40s Friday.  Good news is that Saturday will go back to low 60s and Sunday and Monday are both mid 70s.

Yesterday, they opened up a total of 8 spillways due to hydropower unit outages.  Not certain how long they will be open, but it puts the river at the same level as 4 generators would.

Fishing has finally started picking up.  We had been catching a few on most of the outings, but we were really having to work at it.  In the past few days, we have started seeing more fish and definitely getting more hits and fish to the boats.

Jerry – 3/31/22

Dana on the water all day last Thursday with William and Will from Brookfield.  They had a good day on the black copperhead midge.  One of our regulars, Jerry from Kansas, spent all day on the water with Darren.  They too had a good day.  Black copperhead midge, scud and the San Juan worm were their patterns.

Friday, it was William and Will out for half a day with Dana.  Another good day.  This time it was a ruby 2 midge.

Sunday, Dana and Carolyn

Sarah – 4/3/22

had a family from Kentucky on the water.

Johnmark – 4/3/22

Carolyn took Mark and the son, Johnmark.  Dana had Sarah.  All brand new to fly fishing, but everyone learned a lot and caught fish.  Sarah’s patterns were the black copperhead midge and a JQ streamer.  Mark and Johnmark

Mark – 4/3/22

were catching on the ruby 2 and P&P midges.  Had a few hooked on the holographic green crackleback but they didn’t make it to the boat.  Fun day for everyone!

Looks A Bit Rainy Tomorrow

Tuesday, March 29th, 2022

Beautiful, sunny day today, but it looks like 100% chance of rain tomorrow.   Temperatures will be nice….in the upper 60s, but possibly heavy rain.  Cooler Thursday but back into the 60s by Friday and through the weekend.

Two generators 24/7 are the current trend, and the projection for tomorrow.

Dana on the water last Tuesday with one of his regulars, George from Kansas City.  They landed a few fish on the cerise San Juan worm and the ruby 2 midge.

Thursday, Dana took Jim and Matt, his son, who were from Wisconsin, out for half a day.  Black copperhead and ruby 2 midges.

Carolyn had Margie and Pam out for an instructional trip Saturday.  They did not fish very long, but as part of their presentation learning, they hooked some fish on a #18 gray scud and a ruby 2 midge.

 

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Sunday, March 20th, 2022

Mid 60s yesterday with lots of sunshine and expecting mid 70s today.  Unfortunately, rain in the forecast for Monday through Wednesday.  But, temperatures not too bad.  50s & 60s.

No change in generation.  Still running anywhere from two to four units.  However, this weekend is was three all day for both days.  Monday is projecting two units all day.

Wyatt – 3/14/22

Dana on the river last Monday with Kerry

Kerry – 3/14/22

and Wyatt from Illinois.  New fly fishers got some fish to the boat on the ruby 2 midge.

Dominic – 3/15/22

Karen and her grandson, Dominic fished with Dana on Tuesday.  Dominic caught his first trout on a fly rod and it was on a ruby 2 midge.  Mike and his friend Marcus were

Marcus – 3/14/22

fishing with Carolyn.  They had a pretty good day on a #18 gray scud and a black copperhead midge.  Think we also hooked

Mike – 3/14/22

a few on the holographic green midge.

Wednesday, Dana and Carolyn took a family from Texas that had never fly fished.  Wanted to learn a little about it, so out we went!  Carolyn book Brandy and Dana had the guys, Nathan and Dalton.  Brandy had a

Brandy – 3/16/22

fun day on the red d-ribbed and black copper head midges.  The guys missed some but really had no best flies.

Jennifer – 3/19/22

Saturday, Matt and Jennifer from Higginsville, fished with Carolyn.  They started out the morning with a double.  This was Jennifer’s first trout on a fly rod.  Although she fishes the Parks for trout quite a bit, she didn’t use a fly rod.  Think that has changed.  They had a good day on the ruby 2 midge,

Matt – 3/19/22

lightning bug, black copperhead midge and a #18 gray scud.  Matt had the best fish of the day slipped through his fingers while we were trying to take a picture!

With Spring breaks going on everywhere, we have been seeing lots of new, young, getting started fly fishers.  Nice to see!  Carolyn spent several hours with 10 year old Bradley from Oklahoma on Thursday.  He is a natural.  Picked up casting and shooting line in no time.  Has a natural instinct for where to look for fish.  Keep it up Bradley!

We’re Ready For Spring!!

Sunday, March 13th, 2022

Crazy weather!  20 degrees and snow one day and 70 the next!  Let’s hope Spring gets here pretty soon.  Anyway, all the snow we received Friday has just about disappeared.  We are expecting low 60s today then upper 50s Monday and Tuesday.  Wednesday and Thursday are looking like low 70s with rain coming in on Friday and upper 50s.  Back to nice and 60s or 70s for the weekend.

No change in generation.  Couple units early, then four around 7:00 a.m. for four to five hours, then back to two or three units for the rest of the day.  We are at power pool so we could see a change somewhere in the future.

Julie – 3/3/22

Darren on the river a week ago this past Thursday with Tim and Julie from St. Louis.  Tough day, but they caught

Tim – 3/5/22

some fish on the black copperhead midge and stripping a tiger tail with a crackleback trailer.  They had enough fun that they did it again on Saturday.  Dana had Dick  from Texas on the water Saturday.  They too had a tough trip, but caught a few on a cerise San Juan worm, and the white mega worm.

Billy – 3/8/22

Tuesday and Wednesday, Dana was on the water with Billy from Illinois.  Had a fun time and caught some fish on the mega worm, a ruby 2, the black copperhead midge and stripping a JQ streamer.   Carolyn was on the water Wednesday with Dean.  They went out to see if any of the bugs he learned how to tie on Tuesday would catch fish.

Dean – 3/9/22

Unfortunately, they were being real picky and wanted something else.  He caught on a few fish on an egg pattern and black copperhead midge.   Jim and Darren had a family of

Maggie – 3/9/22

four from Texas on the water.  Beau and his daughter, Maggie, were fishing with Darren and Maggie brought in a nice fish on a worm brown San Juan worm.  Their other pattern for the outing was a P&P midge.   Jim had Jennifer and and their other daughter, Lilly.  No best pattern but they did bring a few fish to the boat.

Lilly – 3/10/22

The family was back on the water Thursday.  Jim had Beau and Maggie.  Beau hooked a few on a streamer.  Carolyn had Jennifer and Lilly this day.  Lilly caught her first fish ever on a gray scud.  This was the magic pattern for them as Jennifer landed a 21 inch and

20-1/2″ rainbow on a size 18 scud.  Other best pattern was stripping a holographic green crackleback behind a JQ streamer.  Nice sunny day and they took the crackleback.

Overall, fishing has been slow.  Not even seeing very many fish in the river.  Thursday was the most fish we have seen for a while and they were very spotty and not very many.  Hopefully, things will pick up.

 

 

 


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