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Gin Clear Water!

Tuesday, July 25th, 2023

Looks like some fairly warm days ahead.  Mid to upper 90s through next week.  Might get to 100s by the weekend.  And, lots of sun.

No change in generation.  No generation during the morning and late evening hours.  Coming on from noon  to 2:00 p.m.  Then off around 7:00 or 8:00 p.m.

Dana had Chris and Terry  from Texas on the water last Wednesday.  Fairly new fly fishers.  They caught some fish on the mop fly.   Darren was out on a wade trip with Bruce, Emma, and Jennifer from Illinois.  Brand new to the sport.  They had a fun time and caught fish on the sowbug/scud combo.

Thursday, Darren had Jeremy and Amber out for half a day.  They two were new to the sport.  They worked hard and fished a sculpin and the sowbug/scud combo.

Saturday, Dana took David and Dwight out for half a day.  Another tough day but they caught some fish on the mega worm.  Carolyn had Steven and his friend Kirk (from Colorad0) out for half a day.  This was

Kirk – 7/22/23

Kirk’s first time with a fly rod.  We worked at it and caught fish on a black wooly bugger, but best was a gray scud under the ruby 2 midge.

Mike – 7/23/23

Dana had Mike and Eric from Florida out this morning.  They caught on the black copperhead and ruby 2 midges and a bloodworm.




Ketchup Time Again!

Tuesday, July 18th, 2023

Looks like heat advisory today with the temperature at 100 degrees.  Probably same for tomorrow as it will again be 100 degrees.  By Thursday it will drop to the low 90s followed by mid to upper 80s Friday and Saturday.  Yeah!  Sunday will be low 90s; mid 90s Monday then back up into the upper 90s Tuesday and Wednesday.

No change in generation pattern.   Off during the morning hours.  One unit came on yesterday at 11:00 a.m. and the second at noon.

Dana on the water all day a week ago last Thursday with one of his regulars Billy.  They worked hard and caught fish on the ruby 2, black copper head and P&P midges.

Lee – 7/10/23

Last Monday Carolyn and Dana took a group of guys who have been friends and have gotten together for the past 35 years.  Eric and Arlen fished with Dana and Lee fished with Carolyn.  Lee caught fish on the holographic green crackleback, a sculpin pattern and a ruby 2 under a big ruby.  Dana’s guys were fishing the holographic green crackleback.  Tough day!

Lyndol and Aaron from Oklahoma fished with Jim last Tuesday.  Fished very slow but they brought a few fish to the boat on a small JQ streamer.

Wednesday, Gary took Jay and Mike from Pennsylvania out for a wade trip.  It was a P&P midge and orange egg pattern for them.  Slow bite and the water came on at 11:00 so they were off the river by 11:30.

Gina took Jim and Brett from Texas out last Friday.

Jim – 7/14/23

Brett – 7/14/23

L’il Ruby, tiger tail, black copperhead midge and a #14 wooly bugger were their patterns.  They did get a few hits on a soft hackle.

Gary, Dana and Carolyn were on an eight person wade trip.  We had two families of Mom and Dad and two sons on the river.  What a fun day!  It was one of those special days

Matt – 7/14/23

when the fish God was looking down at the new, young fly fishers and let them catch fish.  One of the better days we have had for weeks.  Christina, Chris and their sons, Noah and Ethan.

Kim – 7/14/23

The other couple, Kim, Matt and their sons, Winston and Sterling.  We had just had a heavy rain that morning so we

Noah & Ethan – 7/14/23

rigged everyone up with a red San Juan worm dropped from a midge and the fish were on the worm.

Sterling – 7/14/23

After a while, this action stopped so we changed to a cream mop fly and the bite was on again.

Christina – 7/14/23


Sunday, Carolyn had a couple who had taken our Orvis fly fishing school back in 2020.  We were back to the slow bite

Pat – 7/16/24

Susan – 7/16/23

days, but brought several to the boat on the cream mop fly.  The action kept us busy enough and we had a fun day.

Monday, Carolyn had Hanna and Makayla on the water learning the basic casts and presentation techniques.  We rigged up with some flies to try and catch a fish.  Unfortunately, it was a tough day and we only brought one brown trout to the net.  Good news is that these ladies are going to be great casters……especially if they practice a little!

Hannah and Makayla -04/17/23

We’re Getting A Cool Down!

Thursday, July 6th, 2023

Mid 80s through the weekend.  Then Upper 80 and low 90s for the following week.  Slight chances for showers showing up almost every day.  Wish some of them would materialize!  We to need some rain.

No change in generation pattern yet.  Still off during the evening hours and next morning until noon or later.

Matt – 7/3/23

Mike – 7/3/23

Gina on the water Monday with Mike and his sons, Matt and Kent.  Good day for them on an olive wooly bugger,

Kent – 7/3/23

Blake – 7/3/23

P&P and red midge, and a cream colored mega worm.  They had a wade trip so she had them lined up across from the boat ramp catching fish.  Barbara and her grandson, Blake were fishing with Carolyn.  Both are brand new so we worked a little on getting the fly into the water.  Blake caught his first trout on a fly rod.  Caught it on the P&P midge.

Fourth of July, Darren took Chris and Cooper out for half a day wade trip.  Some more new fly fishers got instruction on getting the fly into the water.  They caught fish on a sowbug/scud combo.

Wednesday, Dana and Darren on the water with a group from Texas.  Dana had Matt and Blakely.  Darren had grandfather Dave, grandson, Kamden and Kevin.  They were fishing a micro midge.



Still Lots of Wading Opportunities!

Tuesday, July 4th, 2023

Still pretty warm around here.  Upper 90s today but it looks like we might cool down a little….low 90s and mid 80s by Thursday into the weekend.  Back into the low 90s next week.  Slight chances for rain tomorrow afternoon.

Water continues to be off until at least noon each day.  Today it was off until 2:00 p.m.  Looks like it will come on at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow.

Darren on the water last Saturday with Phil and Dave from Texas.  Pretty good day on the sowbug/scud combo and a double midge rig.  Fished mainly around boat ramp.  Dana was on the water with Phillip and Aiden.  They caught some fish on the Ruby 2 midge.

Last Monday, Dana and Carolyn had two families on the water.   Grandfather Jim was in the boat with Carolyn and Eva and Stacey.  Dana had Casey and Andy in the boat with him.  We put the two fathers in the water wading.  Both of the kids brought in at least one fish.  We were fishing the Ruby 2 midge and stripping a holographic green crackleback.  Tough but fun day!

Darren had Nick from Michigan, on the water Wednesday.  Tough day for them, but streamers saved the day.  Stripping a sculpin was the ticket that day.

Another family day Thursday.  Don brought his daughter and her two sons.  They wanted to learn how to fly fish, so we worked with them on casting and finally let them put on a bug to see how they did on presentation.  It was the holographic green crackleback and another Ruby 2 day for this group.  Think we have some more new fly fishers!  Know that is what Don is hoping.

Hot Days On The Water!

Thursday, June 29th, 2023

Guess it’s that time of the year.  We have see 100 degrees the past three days and we will see 102 degrees today.  According to the forecast, 90s and upper 80s will be the trend over the coming week after tomorrow.  Slight chance for some rain Tuesday and Thursday next week.

Generation schedule continues to be off from late evening into the next day.  On around 1:00-2:00 p.m. for five to six hours with two then four generators going.

Darren on the water Saturday with Phil and Dave from Texas.  Pretty good day for these guys on the

Aiden – 6/24/23

sowbug/scud combo and a double midge rig.  No generation so they stayed around the boat ramp area.  Dana had Philip

Philip – 6/24/23

an Aiden out for half a day.  They were catching on the ruby 2.

Wednesday, Nick from Michigan fish with Dana.  Streamer bite saved the day.  It was a sculpin streamer day.

Getting Hot! Better Go Stand In The Water!

Saturday, June 24th, 2023

I think summer is here.  Temperatures in the 90s through Wednesday, and then it looks like 100s.  Slight chances for rain today and tomorrow and again toward next weekend.

Generation continues to be off during the morning hours and late (8:00 p.m and after) evening.  Not certain how much longer we will luck out this this schedule, especially with the temperatures starting to climb.  We are going to get demands pretty soon for air conditioners!

Gary on a wade trip with Bob  from Arkansas Wednesday.  Bob’s primary objective was to work on his casting.  They accomplished that and also caught some fish on the G-bug and a black wooly bugger.  Carolyn has Jeanne and Greg out for half a day.  Good day for them, including a couple of brown trout, on the holographic green Crackleback,  the 56er, and the bug ruby with an egg dropper (4 generators).  Pam spent the morning with Dana.  They had a good day on the JQ streamer and red San Juan worm.

Friday, Joe from Oklahoma fished all day with Dana.  Good day for them on the ruby 2 and black copperhead midge.



Ketchup Time!

Tuesday, June 20th, 2023

Looks like we are in for a stretch of warm weather.  Upper 80s and low 90s are predicted.  Slight chances of rain show up Friday and run through Monday.  (of course, over the weekend!)

We continue to see no generation during the morning hours.  Water coming on around 2:00 p.m. five or six hours then back off again.

Carolyn on the water last Monday with Bill and Mike.  Fun day with these guys catching on the ruby 2 midge, cerise San Juan worm and the holographic green crackleback.

Kyle – 6/13/23

Dana had Kyle and Scott from Oklahoma on the water Tuesday.  Good day for them on the ruby 2 and P&P midges.

Thursday, Carolyn had Marilyn and Ken out for half a day.  Good day on gray scuds, apricot egg pattern, ruby 2 and a San Juan worm.

Gary and his friend Jimmy fished with Carolyn on Saturday.  Probably the best pattern that day was the holographic green crackleback.  This was Jimmy’s first time with a fly rod and he caught both nymphing and pulling a streamer.

Sunday, Ron and Debbie fished with Carolyn.  They were catching on the gray scud and cerise San Juan worm.  Slow start to the day, but it finally picked up and we were catching fish!  The grand finale was a rain storm that came in just about the end of the trip!

Darren had John and Patty out on Monday.  Fun day catching for them on the sow bug scud combo and a midge larvae. Jim’s trip with Jerry was catching on a bull head streamer and very small midge.

Several Mornings of Wadeable Water!

Sunday, June 11th, 2023

We have been getting rain off and on the past few days.  So far, the heaviest has been during the evening hours.  Projections are for more rain this afternoon.  Monday looks clear with slight chances (20%) Tuesday and Wednesday.  Nothing Thursday but slight, again, chances Friday and through the weekend.

The past six days have had no generation during the morning hours and generators coming on from noon to 1:00 p.m.  May have had one day in there when it was 2:00 p.m.  Bottom line, we have been able to wade in the mornings!  Same projection for tomorrow morning.

Dana and Darren on the water last Wednesday with a group from Oklahoma.  Dana’s couple, Keith and Brandi, were catching on the ruby 2 and black copperhead.   Darren’s couple, Karsen and Bailee are new to fly fishing but got some fish to the boat on the copper dun and black and silver midges and a midge larvae.

Thursday, Dana and Darren had a group of brand new guys out for a wade trip….Kody, Daryle, Anakyn, Jeremy and Hunter.  Sow bug/ scud  combo, midge emerger and a cerise San Juan worm were the patterns they used.  Kody wad the lead fly fisher and caught several.  Everyone worked on their casting and hook sets!

Carolyn took Robert and Owen out Friday.  Slow start early, but we finally found a honey hole and pulled several fish our on the ruby 2 midge or stripping the

Owen & Robert with double – 6/9/23

holographic green crackleback.  Fun day.  Owen caught his first trout on a fly rod.

Darren was out all day with Galen from Virginia.  Galen is an experienced fly fished and had a very good day on the sowbug/scud combo and stripping the Tiger

Galen – 6/9/23

Tail with a holographic green crackleback trailer.

Off Water Again During The Morning!

Tuesday, June 6th, 2023

Beautiful weather!  Sunny and a slight wind the past three days.  We did get about 20 minutes of heavy rain yesterday afternoon but that was it.  Looks like more sunny days in the mid 80s with slight chances of rain Thursday and Friday.  Up to 50% chance Saturday…..that that’s aways off.  We’ll see.

Ran water all way every day over the weekend and Monday.  Today, however, is a new day and the water is off this morning.  Looks like it will be off until noon or 1:00 p.m.  We think this trend might continue through the week.  Table Rock is just a tad above power pool and Beaver is over power pool by a little over a foot.  We’ll get a better feel when we see tomorrow’s generation schedule.

Kevin – 6/2/23

Lots of trips the past several day.  Dana on the water last Friday with Mike and Kevin.  They had a good day

Mike – 6/2/23

on the ruby 2 and black copperhead midges.  Water running then so they did the full run.   Dana had a fun day.  Jeff and Nicki brought their son Jay to catch a fish on a fly rod.  Jay did great and landed two fish on a fly rod all by himself!  They were fishing the Ruby 2 and Lil’ Rusty midges and the mop fly.  Don’t know which was bigger….the fish or his smile!

Jay – 6/2/23


Friday it was chaos!  Bachelor party for Tyler.  He’s the last one in this group to get married!  The pretty much all grew up together in Pennsylvania.  Of course, they are now scattered around, but they all gathered here in Branson for the party.

Kevin – 6/3/23

Amongst the many things they had on their agenda of stuff to do was go fly fishing!  Fun half day!  Gina hade Allen and Kevin.

Allen – 6/3/23

They were brand new to fly fishing but fast learners and landed fish on the ruby 2 and black copperhead midges under the big ruby.  We had a little over two generators going so we did the full run.  Darren had Tyler and Ryan.  They were catching on the Ruby 2 and Lil’ Rusty midges and the mop fly.  Chris and Tim fished with Dana.  Dana had Tim stripping a JQ streamer and they were catching on the Ruby

2.  Carolyn’s guys, Corey and Mango were stripping the Tiger Tail, and nymphing a Ruby 2, Cerise San Juan worm, or Lightning Bug.  All working great!

Sunday, Carolyn took Jim out for half a day.

Jim – 6/4/23

Good day for Jim on the Tiger Tail and drifting the Ruby 2 or Lightning Bug.

Monday, Darren and Carolyn took Fred , his son and his son’s girlfriend out for half a day.  Darren had Troy and Anice.  Anice is pretty new to fly fishing so Darren worked with her and got her to getting the fly into the water.  Hook set still needs some work but she is certainly getting there.  They were catching on the Ruby 2 under the

Fred – 6/5/23

Big Ruby and the White Mop Fly.  Fred was fishing with Carolyn.  He had a good day on the Ruby 2 under the Cerise San Juan worm.


A Few Tough Days!

Thursday, June 1st, 2023

Beautiful weather!!  Sunny, not much wind and temperatures in the 80s.  Had a brief shower yesterday and they are forecasting 30% chances through Saturday.  Sunday through Tuesday, 10% chances with temperatures staying in the mid to high 80s.

Off water every morning except yesterday.  Coming on around 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon.  With the warmer weather coming in, we might start seeing more generation earlier in the day.  We will just have to see.  Hope so, makes for better wading.

Jim on the water  Sunday with Andrew and his son Tate from Tennessee.  Slow day for them.  Small streamer was the only thing they brought in a few fish.

Monday, Darren had Dennis on the water.  Few misses and six rodeos but nothing to the boat.

Mark – 5/30/23

Mark from Alabama fished with Dana Tuesday.  Another toughie.  Tan b-bug and the black copperhead midge were their best patterns.

Water on yesterday and that seemed to change the trend.  Dana took one of his regulars, George, out for the day.  Much better on the ruby and P&P midges.  Even caught a brown trout.