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The Sun’s Out!

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

Positive note….the sun is out today!  However, it was 30 degrees when I looked at the temperature earlier this morning!  Looks like today will hit the lower 60s and be sunny all day.  Monday through Wednesday will see 60s, but rain chances are creeping in Wednesday and we will see a cool down to upper 40s Thursday and Friday.  Sunny Friday and Saturday with low to mid 50s with 60 on Sunday.

Still running the equivalent of three units and have five spillways open.  Lots of water puts the tailwater level at 711 feet, or 9 feet above normal no generation level.   I believe the same pattern will hold for Monday.

Carolyn on the water last Monday with Westley, from Texas.  We had the equivalent of 2 units and the 5 spillways that day and fishing was tough.  We managed to find and land several fish with the cerise San Juan worm under the big ruby.  We tried stripping the JQ with no success.

Robert – 10/29/19

Tuesday, Gina took Robert out for half a day.  Not only did they had the 5 spillways and 2 units, but it was overcast and rainy.  Managed to catch a few on the pink San Juan and a ruby 2 midge.

We’ll keep you posted on the generation.

Five Spillways Open!

Monday, October 28th, 2019

Looks like we might be getting a run of pretty cool….or even cold….weather.  Today looks like one of the best days for the next week.  Tomorrow will be cool and rain moving in late in the day.  Wednesday looks like rain.  I even saw some low 30s for early morning temperatures!

The equivalent of a low two units running but they are supplementing it with five spillways (about 5000 cfs) open about a foot.  Understand it is to put some oxygen into the water.  Good idea!  Lots less expensive than injecting liquid oxygen.

Unfortunately, the gates are putting the level at 708-709 feet elevation.  Definitely impossible

Chris – 10/27/19

for wade fishers and a little tough even on the boat fishers.  Jim out most of the day yesterday with Buddy and his wife, Pam.  Tough day for them on no particular pattern.  Gina and Dana took a group of guys from the Heart of America

Pete – 10/27/19

Fly Fishers in the Kansas City area out for half a day.  Dana had Dick and Ron and they caught some fish on the red San Juan worm.  Gina’s guys, Chris and Pete had a pretty good day on the pink San Juan in the morning and a beadhead tan scud in the afternoon.  Fun bunch of guys!

What Happened to Normal October Weather!?

Friday, October 25th, 2019

Cold and wet!  Some rain during October, but these temperatures!!  High in the low to mid 50s.  Rain looks like it will stay with us through most of Saturday.  By Sunday, however, we get a break.  Mid to upper 60s, but then, back to the 50s and even 40s after Monday.  Heard the weatherman say this morning that we might see freezing one of the upcoming nights.

Generation has been a little different over the past few days.   The equivalent of a low two units Wednesday and they turned it off from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Ran a low two yesterday, but again today, they turned it off and it will be off until probably 4:00 p.m.  No idea of what they will do over the weekend!

Lots of trips on the water the past two weeks and lots of nice, quality fish in the 15-18 inch range.  The only down side was the wind.  We had three days of 30 mph plus wind gusts and some days, even 40 mph.  The fish were having to chase the flies!

Meredith and Chester had such a good time on their first day, they had to go out again with Carolyn on the 15th.  An even better day for them that day.  Hopefully, Meredith will send some of the pictures he took of their nice fish and I’ll post them here.  Think the main bite was on either the cerise or red San Juan worms.

Don – 10/16/19

Wednesday, 10/16, Gina took Don out for half a day.  Good day for them on the red and pink San Juan worms, the big ruby and a few on the lightning bug.  Jim had Jim on the water that day and they had a good day too.  It was the lightning bug that made the day for them.

Jan and Mike from Oklahoma spent all day Thursday on the water with Carolyn.  They had a good day fishing the red, pink and even white San Juan worms.

Last Friday, Gina had Jay and his

Staci -10/18/19

wife Staci out for half a day.  This

Jay – 10/18/19

was their first drift boat trip and they

really loved it.  They had a good day of catching on the red or pink San Juan worms under the big ruby, and even a few on the bug ruby.

Darren on the water Saturday with Eric from Texas.  Lots of nice, quality fish for them on a #16

Eric – 10/19/19

pink San Juan worm or the #12 red tungsten San Juan.   Dana took Bryan and his wife, Roseann out for half a day.  He is wanting to get her started fly fishing.  They were catching on the red or cerise beaded San Juan worms, and the big ruby.

Sunday, Dana took Charlie out for half a day.  Charlie is not living in the Springfield area and wanted to learn the river.  So, they spent the day catching on the red or cerise beaded San Juan worms and learning the river.  Carolyn had a couple regulars from the Kansas City area, Gary and Barry, on the water for half a day.  Yep!  Good day for these guys on the red and cerise San Juan worms.

Jan – 10/21/19

Monday was the start of the high winds!  Carolyn had Mike and Jan on the water

Mike – 10/21/19

all day again and they had a really good day on the red and cerise San Juans.   Gotta tell you the cool thing about these two.  Mike lost his sight a little over ten years ago and they are both still very active.  Mike, of course, prefers to pull streamers as he can feel the take.  He had a great cast before, so casting is no problem for him.  Unfortunately, when the fish are mainly hitting nymph-style presentation, he gets yelled at a lot….”Mike, set!”  Fun day!  Darren had John out, also for a full day.  We all must be nuts to spent all day on the water in the wind!!!  They had a good day on a #14 scud, the big tungsten beaded red San Juan and a size 16 pink San Juan.  Jim blew down the river with Ken   Unfortunately, Ken is fairly new so there was some instruction going on.  They were catching on the big ruby and red San Juan.  We were all looking for a finding a few places where we could get out of the wind.  And when we did, good fishing.

Jim – 10/22/19

On Tuesday, Gina took Jim out for the day.  Another wonder, WINDY day.  When the fish could catch them they were hitting on the red San Juan under the big ruby and even caught a few stripping the tiger tail and the crackleback.  Jim has been out with us several other time and has fished with both Jim and Stan in the past.  Jerry and Kenny were on the water Tuesday with Jim.  Jim’s comment “Ungodly wind”.  They were catching on the ruby with a lightning bug dropper.  Chip and Richard were out all day with Carolyn.  Chip’s third trip with her and Richard’s first time fly fishing.  What a way to get started.  They both did pretty good the first day on the red and cerise San Juans.

Chip – 10/23/19

Wednesday was the last day of wind and the first day for a while where they turned the water off in the morning and kept it off until 3:00 p.m.  None of us really knew what to expect, but it was good!  Carolyn had Chip and Richard out for their

Richard – 10/23/19

second full day.  Had the nerve to complain their arms were tired!  Really good day on the red San Juan.  Caught a few on a #16 gray scud under the lightning bug, but the red worm reigned

Scottie – 10/23/19

King.  Darren had Scottie out for half a day and they were catching mainly on a #18 scud.  Nice fish!  Last, but

Bob – 10/23/19

not least, Dale and Bob spent half a day with Gina.  Good day for these guys on the ruby 2.  Water was off!  Nice to see midges back into the picture.  They wanted to do it again, but cancelled due to the rainy

Dale – 10/23/19


Beautiful Bow!







Good Days…..Bad Days!

Saturday, October 19th, 2019

Weather is looking pretty normal….finally!  Mid 70s and sunny tomorrow then a mix of 60s and some low 70s through next week.  Slight chance for showers next Thursday and Friday, but right now, nice over next weekend.

Generation schedule for the past several days has been no generation late at night until around 6:00 a.m. the next morning, then the equivalent of a low two units all day.

Had a couple of really tough days on the water last weekend.  Everyone struggled to get some fish to the

Erin – 10/12/19

boat.  Carolyn on the water with Tom and his daughter, Erin.  Brand new fly fishers and they were both doing well with casting and line management. Caught a few fish on either a red or Cerise San Juan worm under the big ruby.   Jim had Jim and John from Colorado on the water.  They had a little better day fishing the red San Juan.  Ray and William were with Dana.  The same patterns caught them a few fish.  Gina’s couple from Kansas City.

Lauren – 10/12/19

Tom and Lauren went out during

the afternoon and fishing wasn’t much better.  Did catch some on the big ruby.  Lauren is pretty new so Gina was able to spend time working with her on mending and stripping.

Sunday was not any better.  Jim took Phil out for the morning and they worked hard for a few fish which was caught on the

Martha – 10/13/19

red San Juan worm.  Gina had Julian and his wife, Martha out for the entire day.  Big ruby with a pink San Juan worm dropper was their pattern.   Bruce decided to introduce his friend, Brian to fly fishing so they spent the morning

Brian – 10/13/19

on the water with Carolyn.  Wish the fishing had been better, but we did get Brian a nice fish on the cerise San Juan worm.

Monday was the beginning of a new week.  Meredith and Chester spent all day on the water with Carolyn.  I had called them the day before and warned them of the bad fishing.  When they showed up on Monday, they said they had talked to the fish Gods.  Must have as it was a very good day for these two guys on the red and cerise San Juan worms and a size 16 Lightning Bug.  Jim was on the water with Grey and his son Tyler.  They had a good day on the ruby midge and Lightning Bug.

Cool Weather The Past Few Days!

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

Woke up to 33 degrees Saturday morning!  Whoa!  Once it warms up, it has been very nice the past two days.  Much better than the 90+ temperature we have been having.  With all the rain we received this past week, Table Rock Lake came up two feet.  It is currently a little over 917 feet.  They opened up three spillways day before yesterday at a foot each.  This is in addition to the equivalent of three generators they are running.  Scheduled to be the same tomorrow.  We’ll just have to wait and see what the rest of this coming week will hold.

Last Tuesday, Carolyn took Rick and Vic out for half a day.  Good day for these two good fly fishers on the Red or Cerise San Juan worms.  Gina took Roger and Millie out for half a day and they too were catching on the Red and Cerise San Juan worms.

Wednesday, Carolyn had one of our long-time fishers, Terry from Oklahoma on the water.  Very good day for Terry mainly on the Cerise San Juan and a dark roe egg pattern.  Darren had Joe  out of California out for half a day.  They were catching on a size 16 scud and a pink San Juan worm.  Jim’s guy, Rod, was catching on a scud and a red San Juan worm.  They were out for a full day and when four units came on around 2:00, the water trashed up and fishing went south.  Fish caught were nice, solid ones!

Millie – 10/10/19

Roger and Millie didn’t have enough fun Tuesday, so they went out with Gina again

Roger – 10/10/19

on Thursday.  Another good time for them on the pink San Juan worm, various red midges and did a little stripping of the JQ at Lookout Island.  Mike from Texas, spent a full day on the water with Darren.  They were catching on an orange egg pattern, a scud, and the Cerise worm.  They best the rain….by and inch!  Doug wanted to get Carol started fly fishing, so they spent half a day with Carolyn.  She got her roll cast down, mending, getting a good drift and even set the hook on a few fish but we never got them to the

Doug – 10/10/19

net!  Think she likes it as she said, “I’ll do this again!”  It was then up to Doug to get the fish to the net for the rest of the trip.  Best pattern was the dark roe egg pattern.

Lots of Fishing!

Friday, October 11th, 2019

When summer stopped, it stopped!!  Woke up this morning to 40 degrees.  Lots of rain all last night in through early morning.  Looked at the lake total and so far, they are recording 3 inches.  Have heard reports of up to 8 inches in some areas.  Nice and sunny now with the temperature at 46 degrees.  Might hit low 50s today.  Saturday should be mid 60s and Sunday through Tuesday, low 70s.  Low to mid 70s into next weekend.  See some rain by next Sunday.

Not certain what we are going to see in generation flow.  Hear they are cracking two gates by one foot, but they should not exceed typical power generation releases.  Typical?

Lots of fishing the past several days.  A week ago Thursday. Darren took Ron and Marlene out for half a day.  This was Marlene’s first try at fly fishing and she did well.  They landed fish on the pink San Juan worm under the red tungsten bead San Juan.  Carolyn had Gary and Jim out for half a day.  They were catching on the red San Juan worm.

Saturday, Jim and Carolyn took a group from Arkansas out.  Jim had Richard and his son, Grayson.  Carolyn took Felicia and her brother, Clay.  Jim’s boat was fishing a ruby and red San

Felicia – 10/5/19

Clay – 10/5/19

Juan worm.  Carolyn’s boat had a very good day on the red San Juan worm under the bug ruby.  Also landed some on the holographic green crackleback.

Jim and Darren a family from Oklahoma on the water this past Monday.  Jim took Todd and they were catching on the ruby midge and red San Juan worm.  Lots of instruction and they are all new to the sport.  Darren work with Brett and Steph.  Lots of fun and caught some fish on the pink San Juan worm and Cream mega worm.  Joe from Texas fished again this year with Carolyn.  He was

Joe – 10/7/19

catching on a red San Juan worm.  Not a whole lot of fish but definitely some good quality.

And More Ketchup!

Saturday, October 5th, 2019

Looks like we are in a cooling pattern.  However, it did turn out a lot warmer today than the forecast.  Tomorrow is supposed to be in the low 60s and a 90% chance of rain.  After that, low to mid 70s almost all week.  By Friday, another cold front so temps might hit upper 50s to low 60s through the weekend.   Chances of rain both Thursday and Friday.

This weekend, the flow has been a low one unit (35 mw).  This give us 2100-2600 cfs and about three feet elevation.  Definitely wadeable in some areas and a nice, slow drift for the boats.

Carolyn on the water last Friday with Mike from Iowa.  Mike has been fishing with River Run for over 13 years.  Good fisher and enjoys relaxing and catching fish on Taneycomo.  Really good day for Mike on the Red San Juan worm and the holographic green crackleback.

Saturday, Dana took James and his son, Stewart out for a full day.  They had a good day on the orange egg pattern and the red d-rib midge.  They had so much fun, they booked a second day on Sunday.  Jim was out with Gary and Drew from Texas.  Pretty new to fly fishing so they worked on casting techniques, but definitely had a good day catching on the size 8 JQ streamer.

James – 9/29/19

Sunday was another great day for James and Stewart.  They spent half a day with Carolyn catching mainly

Stewart & James – 9/29/19

on the red San Juan Worm.

This past Tuesday, Susan from here in Missouri spent a full day on the water with Carolyn.  She had taken the Orvis school but has not had a lot of time on the water.  We certainly spent a good day of refreshing her school while she was catching fish all day on the red San Juan worm and stripping the holographic green crackleback.  Several nice fish over 17 inches.

Sue – 10/1/19







Ketchup Time!

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

Looks like the hot weather is moving on.  90s is too warm for September and today looks like the last one we will have.  Upper 70s tomorrow and then 70s for the next two weeks!  Yeah!  Slight chances for rain over the weekend and again next weekend and throughout the week.

They seem to be back to the low flow during the morning hours and then kicking it up to the equivalent of two to three units by 1:00 or 2:00 p.m.

Lots of nice quality fish being caught.  Almost every trip is bringing in at least one fish 17 inches or better!  And, they are fat!

Rick – 9/20/19

Carolyn on the water  the 19th and 20th with a couple of fishers who took the Orvis school last year.  Good refresher time for Arlan and Rick!  First day was a little slow but they caught fish on the tan scud, an apricot egg pattern and stripping the holographic green crackleback.  The second day was cut short due to the threat of rain but they caught a lot more fish.  Almost all of them were on a cerise San Juan Worm.  Jim was out on the 20th with a couple

Porter – 9/22/19

of guys from Wisconsin, Bill and Kurt.  The JQ streamer or scud were their patterns.

Tyler – 9/22/19

The 22nd, Carolyn took Tyler, Darcey and their six year old son, Porter,  out for half a day.  We had hoped the water would be off so we could wade, but no such luck.  Fun, learning day catching on the cerise San Juan worm and

Darcey – 9/22/19

stripping a crackleback.   Happy Birthday Fred!  For his birthday, his son Jake got him a fly fishing trip.  They spent the morning on the water with Gina.  Good day for them on the pink or red San Juan worms and a peach egg pattern.

Michael spend a full day on the water with Gina on the 23rd.  Good

Jake – 9/22/19

day for him on the red San Juan, a red devil jig and pulled one on a size 14 wooly bugger.

Bob from Arizona, spent the day of the 25th on the water with Gina.  Very good day for Bop on both the pink and red San Juan

Fred – 9/22/19

worms.  Low one unit on for almost of the trip.

Linda and Tim from Kansas  were on the water again with Gina on the 26th.  Third year

Michael – 9/23/19

since they started fishing with her.  Low one unit running all morning and it was the red San Juan worm under the big ruby that pulled all their

Linda – 9/26/19

fish.  Good day!  Carolyn had Dale and his dog Miley on the water for the morning.  Got a late start, but the earlier

Tim – 9/26/19

part of the morning fished great on the red San Juan under the big ruby.  As the morning ticked by, fishing slowed down.

Dale & Miley 9/26/19






Break In The Weather!

Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

Looks like rain tonight that should be out of here by tomorrow.  Good news is the temperatures are moving into the upper 70s to low 80s.  Yeah!  No more 90 degree days.  Chances for rain Tuesday through Thursday and then again over the weekend.

We continue to see low one unit running 24/7 through Monday.  Let’s hope that is the pattern, or better yet, no generation.  We shall see.  Good news is that at this level, several folks were standing in the water this morning.

Jim – 9/16/18

Carolyn on the water last Monday with Jim out of Wisconsin.  Jim had a good day fishing the apricot egg pattern.   We started the morning with a low one unit.  By noon, they fired up a low two.  About an hour later, almost a full three units came on  so it was time to break for lunch.  Managed to pull a few more fish out after the water rise, but it certainly was better before the three units.

Tuesday, Rick and Donna spent the morning with Carolyn.  Very good day for these two on the apricot egg or a UV gray scud.  This was another one of the low one unit days at put in.  We beat the heavy

Jane – 9/17/19

water down to the take out and it fished steadily all the way down.  Gina had Don and his wife Jane on the water.  This was

Don – 9/17/19

Jane’s first time and she did well.  They had a good day on the red San Juan worm, or a root beer midge.

Brian and his wife, Michal spent all day Wednesday fishing with Carolyn.  Good day for them on the cerise San Juan worm or the apricot egg pattern.

Brian – 9/18/19

Jim took Frank from West Virginia out for half a day Thursday.  Streamers were their best pattern, especially the JQ.  Caught a few on the egg pattern.


Water On? Water Off?

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Great weather!  70s and 80s the past few days.  Looks like low 90s through most of the coming week, and maybe into the 80s through the weekend.  Right now, slight chances of rain next Sunday and Monday.

Schedule for this weekend showed no generation Saturday.  NOT!  Ran a little less than a full unit almost all day.  Ramped it up to a low two late in the day.  Today, however, they are following their schedule!  No generation going… least for right now.  Projection for tomorrow is zero units until noon, then a low two units ramping up to three units within one hour.  Running three units for five hours.

Nyla – 9/12/19

More fun days on the water.  Thursday, Carolyn took Nyla and Dan out for half a day.  Nyla started fly fishing with us last year.  She has come a long ways in

Dan – 9/12/19

one year.  Keep up the fishing Nyla!   They had a good day on the apricot egg under the big ruby.  A low one unit was running for the entire drift.  Nice quality fish.  Dan, from California, spent the morning on the water with Darren.  They had a quality fish day.  Hooked a couple big browns, probably over 20″ each but didn’t get them to the net.  They were fishing sizes 14 or 16 gray scuds under the apricot egg pattern.

Mica’s first – 9/14/19

Satuday, Carolyn took Mike and his daughter, Mica, out for half a day.  Mike has done some fly fishing, but this was brand new for Mica.  After we worked out a few “kinks” on casting and line management, it was off to catching.  Mica played her first

Mike – 9/14/19

fish on a fly rod like she had been doing it for a long time.  We started the morning with lots of hits and fish on the apricot egg.  Around 10:30 a.m. they decided no more eggs and we switched to a gray or UV gray scud under the big ruby and started catching again.