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Okay Rain! Enough is Enough!

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

Rain most of last night into today and it has almost been non-stop all day.  Good news is that there is no rain in the forecast for Monday or Tuesday, but by Wednesday, we are seeing chances 30-40% again.  Friday through Sunday look great…no rain forecast, but Monday and all next week into the weekend there are chances again!

Generation schedule continues to be up and down.  Projection for tomorrow is no generation until 1:00 p.m.  Would that be nice!  Then 2 units for an hour or so and ramping up to three.  We shall see.

June – 6/17/19

John and June spent half a day on the water with Carolyn last Monday.  They had a very good day on the black copperhead midge under the big ruby and stripping the holographic green crackleback.  If I remember correctly, this was June’s first time pulling streamers and she did well.  Water started out with no flow when we hit the river.  Maybe fished 45 minutes and on came one unit and an hour and it was up to two units.  Of course, in short order it was up to three.  Not a problem, but the trash that goes through with each unit certainly makes keeping your flies clean.

Wednesday, Jim took Dirk and Katie out for half a day.  Dirk has been fly fishing for a while but Katie is pretty new.  So Jim worked with Katie and got her into some fish.  They fished the black midge and stripped the tiger tail.

Gina took Richard from Florida out for half a day on

Richard – 6/20/19

Thursday.  They had three units going, but the good news was that it was a beautiful, sunny, dry day!  Ruby 2 and tiger tail were their best flies.

Our Louisiana regulars, Ron and Kathy fished all day with Carolyn on Friday.  HOT! was the word for that day.  Lots of sunshine and eventually some wind which certainly helped cool things down a little.  Worked hard but had a pretty good day mainly on the black copperhead midge.  This was one for Ron.  He actually out fished Kathy.  That doesn’t happen very often.


Wish We Could Count On The Generation Projection!

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

Beautiful day today.  Lots of sunshine.  Say there are chances for rain tonight.  Wednesday is also showing some chances during the day and into the evening with temperatures in the mid 80s.   Thursday and Friday look dry and Saturday and Sunday are slight chances of rain.  Temperatures are looking more like summer as Friday and Saturday are in the 90s.  Every day next week shows 40% chance for rain!  Guess it’s that time of the year.

The generation schedule has been showing generation coming on by noon or later….NOT.  Today was supposed to be 1:00 p.m. and it came on at 10:00 a.m. followed in an hour with two more units!  This has been the trend for over a week now.  Really can’t count of what the projection schedule says.  Oh well, this too shall pass.

Carolyn on the water today with Danny from Oklahoma.  He is fairly new at fly fishing and is throwing a nice line.  Worked on mending and pulling streamers.  Fun day, despite the water

Danny – 6/18/19

coming on early while we thought we might get in a morning of wade fishing.  Hooking quite a few fish in the Rockin Chair area which came to an end at 10:00 a.m.  Water really dirtied up when they turned on the other two units at 11:00 a.m.  Once it settled down, we pulled several more fish drifting down to the take out.   Ruby 2 only before the generator, then Ruby 2 under the big ruby or pulling a holographic green crackleback after the water settled with the three units.


Lots Of Fun Days On The Water!

Saturday, June 15th, 2019

Weather has been all over the place.  Chances for rain show up and maybe we get a few sprinkles.  Temperatures have been in the 70s many days.  Forecast for today is mid 80s, but I’m not certain we’ll make it.  An unexpected shower is going through right now.  Should be out of here before 1:00 p.m.  Sunday looks like thunderstorms in the morning, and, probably off and on all day!  We’re seeing chances (30-50%) of rain all next week with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s.  Bummer!

Generation was spastic from Monday through Thursday this week.  Projection was one thing and actual was another.  Usually, it was turning on the generators much earlier than the projection.  Yesterday was pretty right on and today it looks like they are going to follow the schedule.

Jim on the water Monday with Ken and Ratree from Iowa.  If I remember correctly, Ratree outfished Ken.  Sounds like that is norm for them.  This was one of the days when the schedule was just wasting paper if you printed it.  Water came on early and trashed up pretty good.  However, once it settled down a little, they were catching on the size 8 tiger tail or bug eyed bugger.

Doris – 6/11/19

Tuesday, Doris and Fred from North Carolina spent the day fishing with Gina.  Another competitive couple.  Doris won with biggest, first and most!  Gorgeous day, but again, the generators came on early.  It was a ruby 2 under the big ruby and tiger tail day for

Fred – 6/10/19

them.  Steve and Ward had fished with us a couple times last year and they decided to come back again and give it a try.  They were on the water Tuesday with Jim.  With the juckie water, Jim when to stripping the tiger tail and JQ streamers.  Carolyn had a new fisher to our area, Holly, on the water all day.  She has been out of the fly fishing world for a quite awhile and decided it was time to get back to it!  Good, fun day to get started again!  Lots of different experiences with the water off, then on and on some more.  Ruby 2

Holly – 6/10/19

under the big ruby, and stripping the JQ streamer with a holographic green trailer were her best patterns.

Wednesday, Carolyn had Warren and Lee from Kansas out again.   The had fished with her earlier this

Lee – 6/12/19

year.  Good day for these guys on the ruby 2 midge.  Caught a few on the Lightning bug.

Thursday, Gina, Jim and Dana had a group of six on the water.  This was another one of those days when the water came on early.

Lee – 6/13/19

Projection was noon and I think it came on at 9:00 or before.  Gina had Lee and Anson.

Anson – 6/13/19

These guys were catching on the ruby 2.   Jim had Albert and Jill in his boat and they were catching on a big ruby with a San Juan dropper.  They also stripped the tiger tail once the water got up to a level.  Both were pretty new so there was some instruction going

Jill & Albert in Jim’s boat – 6/13/19

on.  Last, but certainly not least, Dana had Sam and Mike.  Sam’s very first fish to the boat was a nice 21 inch rainbow.  He caught it on a red San Juan worm.  What a way to

Sam’s 21″ rainbow – 6/13/19

start the day.   Back on the water was Holly.  Spend another whole day with Carolyn, and another fun day.   As I said before, she is just getting back into fly fishing and we

Mike 6/13/19

had some techniques

to work on.  In the fast water, mending was a never ending process, and our saying the day was, “no, your other left!”

Pat spent Friday morning on the water with Carolyn.  No generation when we hit the water so the flow was very slow.  Found a nice rock pile and started catching on the ruby 2 under the black copperhead midge.  This worked great until the first generator came on so it was row up to the fish ladder area and heavy up.  Big ruby

Pat – 6/14/19

Holly – 6/10/19

with the ruby 2 and we hooked several fish until the second unit came on.  The rest of the trip was definitely slower, but managed to hook a few more before coming off the water.




Lots Of Fishing And Catchin’ Going On!

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Great weather!  Today we will see lots of sunshine and temperatures in the upper 70.  More upper 70s through Friday.  Slight chances for showers Wednesday and Friday.  Saturday moves back into the mid 80s and Sunday through early next week will be low 80s.  Chances for showers show up again on Sunday and through the early part of next week.  Boo!  This too will change.

Obviously the SWPA doesn’t know that weekends should be for off water and then run it during the week.  Generators on almost all day both Saturday and Sunday this weekend.  We did have some off water in the mornings a couple days last week.  Wonderful!  Today was supposed to be off until noon or so but that was quickly changed this morning when the horns went off.  Oh well…always say the Monday projections are a crap shoot!

Jared & Preston – 6/6/19

Last Thursday, Darren took Jared and Preston out for a half day of fishing.  Preston new to this sport and

Preston – 6/6/19

he learned to cast and catch fish.  Good day for these guys on the black copperhead midge and the ruby 2.  Jack and Mary Kay, from Texas, were on the water with Carolyn.  Despite the rain, Mary Kay was determined Jack was going to catch a fish or 2…or 3… or…before she finally conceded to come off the water.  Good day for these two on the black copperhead and ruby 2 midges.  Fun

Tim – 6/6/19

morning even though we were all soaked!  Gina had Tim and Beth on the water for half a day.  Their best fly was the ruby 2.

Friday, Eddie and Gail spent most of the morning with Jim learning how to cast.  He did let them fish and they were catching on the ruby 2, micro scud and stripping the tiger tail!  Carolyn had Don and Greg, both from Texas, on the water all day!  What a pair.

Don – 6/7/19

The most unique thing of the day was their 10 to 12 doubles!

Greg – 6/7/19

Really good day on the ruby 2 and black copperhead midges.  Pulled a few stripping, but midging was the name of the game!

Shawn and Doc spent Saturday morning on the water with Jim.  Good day for these fairly new fly fishing on the tiger tail and bug eyed bugger.  Dana had Brian and his friend Dave out all day.  These guys had a great time on the

Dave – 6/8/19

tiger tail, JQ streamer and ruby 2 midge.  So much fun, they went out again on Sunday for half a day.  Another good day on the tiger tail and JQ streamer!  Darren was on the water Sunday with Joe and Kelly from Kansas.  New fly fishers and they got the job done.  It was a bead head scud, ruby 2 midge under the big ruby.






Water Off….Water On….Water Off!

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

The weather seems to be a little like the water right now.  Chances for rain…well maybe later.  Must say, the chances for rain next week have increased from the 40-50% to 80-90%, so it looks like we might get some rain.  Temperatures will continue to be quite warm.  90s tomorrow, then 80s to high 70s through the balance of the week and into the weekend.  Sunday and Monday are, right now, looking dry.

Last Thursday, we did not see generation until around 2:00 p.m.  On Friday, they kept it off until 11:00 a.m.  However, for the weekend, they cranked up the generators by 7:00 a.m.  Same thing for Monday.  Today, no generation until 1:00 p.m.  How sweet!

Dana on the water last Thursday when the generators were off.  Great day for Rick and his father, Rick.  The fish were hitting just about everything they threw which included the P&P, copperhead, rusty and ruby 2 midges.  Carolyn had Gary and Berry on the water.  Same thing for this group.  Found a pod of fish and just kept hauling them in on the black midge, ruby 2, P&P and stripping a tiger tail.  One dreams of days like this!

Friday, Gary and Berry spent another half day on the water with Carolyn.  Another great day but they turned on 2 units at 11:00 a.m. and another one an hour later.  It was another unbelievable day on the ruby 2 and mini sculpin.  Fish just seemed to be podded up in most, if not all, the places we stopped.

Felicia – 6/2/19

Sunday, a couple of students from our Saturday clinic, had booked a half day trip to try out what they learned in the clinic.  Felicia and her brother Clay were on the water

Clay – 6/2/19

with Carolyn.  A really good day for these two catching fish on the ruby 2, and stripping either a tiger tail or holographic green crackleback.  Both were throwing a good line and catching of fish.

Jerry – 6/4/19

Monday and Tuesday, Jerry and his wife, Cathy spent the mornings fishing with Carolyn.  Fun couple of days.  Lots of fish to the boat.  Jerry took the lead early the first day, but Cathy came back with a vengeance on the second day.  Ruby 2 (of course) was the midge of the day.  Stripping it was mainly the JQ streamer.  Jerry caught this nice bow on the JQ.

Change In The Generation Pattern!

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

Nice, warm day today with a little wind starting up around noon.  According to the weather, we might see some heavy rain later today.  Definitely will see some tomorrow.  After that, looks like upper 70s and low to mid 80s into the weekend.  Sunday, 50% chance for rain showing up again and continues as this chance through most of the next week.  Boo!!!

Spillway gates closed today around 1:00 p.m.  Dropped Taneycomo level by 2 feet, so our tailwater level is now at 709 feet.  Tomorrow’s generation projection shows no generation from midnight to 8:00 a.m. when one unit will come on for 7 hours, then ramped up to three units for 5 hours, back down to two units for two hours, then one the rest of the day.  Fish won’t know what to do with all this fluctuation.  Neither will we!!!  Of course, with the rain projection, this may all change………….

Vinny – 5/25/19

Gina on the water Saturday with Beebe and his grandson Vinny.  Fun day for both of them catching fish on the

Beebe – 5/25/19

ruby 2 midge under the big ruby or an egg pattern.  Vinny caught the biggest fish and grandpa caught the first one.  Fortunately, the total number were a tie.  Second time for Vinny with a fly rod and he handled it well.

Sunday, Jim, Dana and Carolyn had a group of three brothers.  Two of them brought their  wives.  The other brother brought his daughter.

Mary Key – 5/26/19

Carolyn had Mary Kay and Mike.  Mike had fly fished many, many years ago and this was Mary Kay’s first time with a fly rod.  Fun day of catching and learning for these two on the ruby 2 and a holographic green crackleback.  Mary Kay said their have found their new pass time together.   Dana took Jim and Kim.  They did well and caught fish on the ruby 2 or an orange egg pattern.  Mark and Amy were with Jim.  They fished a hot hare’s ear under the big ruby.

Jim had Cathy from Nebraska on the water Monday.  She had a very good day on the bug eyed bugged or nymphing the baby ruby under the big ruby.  Cathy has been fly fishing a while so she enjoyed learning the stripping technique.

Today, Carolyn took Rod from Kansas out for half a day.  He’s fished with us several time over the past ten years.   Good day for Rod on the ruby 2, Alvin and stripping the JQ streamer.

Anxious to see what is going to happen with the water!


The Fish Don’t Mind This High Water!

Friday, May 24th, 2019

Can’t believe it….three days in a row with now rain!  Slight chances for rain on Sunday, then again on Wednesday.  Temperatures remain in the high 70s or low 80s through this time.  Next weekend, we are seeing slight chances for rain again.  Boo hiss!

No change in generation pattern.

Despite all the rain and water, fishing has been good.  Dana on the water Wednesday with Pat and his friend John.  Started off a little slow, but they finally started hitting them mainly on the

Allen – 5/23/19

ruby 2 under the big ruby.  Also pulled some on the orange egg pattern under the big ruby.  This was John’s first trip and we think he’s “hooked”.  Jim and Gina had a

Gary – 5/23/19

group of guys from Oklahoma.  A couple of them have been fishing with us since 2010.  Gary and Allen fished with Jim this day and they

were catching on the hot hare’s ear under the big ruby.  Gina had Bob and they had a great day mainly on the ruby 2 with a ruby 2 dropper.  Fish were where they should be in this otherwise fast water.

Bob – 5/22/19

Thursday, the guys swapped around and Gary and Allen fished with Gina and Bob went with Jim.  Gina’s guys were catching on the ruby 2 or stripping a wooly bugger.  Jim had Bob throwing the hot hare’s ear.  Carolyn had a couple from Oklahoma, Crystal and Cory on the water.  Crystal fished with Carolyn last August.  She was just getting

Crystal – 5/23/19

started then, and fortunately, it was low water.  This was a little more challenging water but both managed it well and caught a good number of fish on the ruby 2 under the big ruby and stripping a JQ streamer on a 4 or 5 ips

Cory – 5/23/19

sinking leader.  Both really liked this technique.  Nice, fat fish most of the trip.


Lots Of Boats On The Water This Weekend!

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Other than strong winds, the weekend was great.  Lots of sunshine, dry weather, really warm temperatures but lots of WIND!  Forecast calls for heavy rain later today, tonight and into tomorrow morning.  We are crossing our fingers it goes further north.

No chance in the generation pattern.  We are so close to power pool on Table Rock, but the rain forecast will certainly change that.  We’ll just have to see how much we get and then figure out how much longer we will see the flow we are currently experiencing, or maybe even more!

Despite the heavy flow, fishing has been pretty darn good!  Jim on the water last Wednesday with Mark from Iowa.  Mark is an excellent fly flinger and hooked up with lots of fish on the big size 12 ruby with a size 14 hot hare’s ear nymph.  Carolyn had a brand new to fly fishing couple out for the second day of their two-day school and they caught lots of fish on the ruby 2 under the big ruby and even pulled in a couple stripping the holographic green crackleback.  (Had to introduce them to streamer presentation!).

Thursday, Gina took Wednesday Jim out for a while.  Not quite a good this day, but Jim brought in enough to keep him happy on the ruby 2.  Carolyn had a brand new to fly fishing couple out for the second day of their two-day school and they a fun day of learning presentation, playing and catching fish on the ruby 2 under the big ruby and even pulled in a couple stripping the holographic green crackleback.  (Had to introduce them to streamer presentation!).

Grey from Columbia spent half a day Saturday on the water with Jim.  Another good day for him also on the big ruby with the size 14 hot hare’s ear dropper.

Sunday, Dana took one of his regular regulars, Jeff out for half a day.  After the rain we had late Saturday, the fish were a little more picky.  They still had a fun day, and caught several on an orange egg pattern, lightning bug or a white minor jig.  Carolyn had another student working on his second day of school so they hit the water and caught fish on the ruby 2 under the big ruby nymph-style presentation.  This was a bit slower than previous days.  However, when it was time for him to work on streamer presentation, first cast was a fish.  Yesterday was certain a better streamer day than midges.  He was throwing a 5 ips sinking leader with the JQ streamer trailed with a holographic green crackleback.  He definitely likes this technique.  Caught fish on either fly.



Monday, May 13th, 2019

Wow!  Two days of sunshine!  Don’t know how to act.  Slight chances for more rain tomorrow and Wednesday, but by Thursday it looks like more sunshine and temperatures in the 80s for both Thursday and Friday.  Saturday looks s little like rain, but back to sunshine Sunday.  We just need a couple weeks of no rain!

Still running around 20,000 cfs of water at Table Rock Dam.  Three generators and five spillways open about a foot.  I think we will see this for at least another week…..of course, depending on whether we get more rain.

Jim on the water Friday with Steve out of Texas.  They had a good day stripping a size 6 tiger tail.  Otherwise, it was the ruby, hot hare’s ear or a red San Juan.  Carolyn had a pretty new couple on the water, Brian and Michal.  They had not yet broken in their fly rods.  We fixed that!  They both caught fish on either a peachy or clown egg pattern under the big ruby, or a red San Juan worm.  I think Michal caught one stripping a holographic green crackleback.  Fun day learning and catching!

Janice – 5/12/19

Sunday, the Mother’s Day Gods were smiling down on Janice.  Jerry wanted his friend Janice to get started fishing, so he booked a half a day with Carolyn.  This was Janice’s first time with a fly rod and we were not real excited about the 20,000 cfs of water.  However, like I said, the Mother’s Day Gods were with her.  She caught her first fish on a ruby 2 under the big ruby, plus several others, and even caught some stripping a tiger tail.  Another fun day of learning and catching!  Plus, it was a gorgeous day.  Lots of sunshine!

Only Five Spillways Now Going

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

We have had a few really nice days, but today looks WET!  Like we need that  There are slight chances for rain tomorrow with temperatures in the mid 60s.  Friday looks great.  Upper 60s and dry but overcast.  Saturday more chances of rain, but Sunday through Wednesday….at least for right now…..all look dry and 70s.  Cross your fingers.  We need to dry out.

Well, when Table Rock hit 920 feet, on came some more spillways.  Once it got below 920, they were shut down, but we still have five open at a foot each to compensate for the down generator.

Due to rain chances earlier this week, we cancelled a few trips, but Jim was able to squeak in a trip Sunday with Mike from Lee’s Summit.  Hadn’t seen him for a while so it was good to get him back on the water.  Good day for him on a size 6 Tiger Tail, the hot hare’s ear and a big ruby.  Fish were laid up in their normal high water places.

Started a fly of the week program.  This week’s pattern is the big ruby.  Come on in and get you free fly of the week!