Here We Go Again!

March 25th, 2023

We just finished up with a couple days of RAIN!  Beautiful, sunny day today with temperatures in the 50s.  Mid 60s tomorrow, upper 50s Monday, then back into the 60s Tuesday and Wednesday.  Chances for rain show up again Thursday and into the weekend.

Needless to say, with all the rain we got the past two days, Table Rock has come up 4-1/2 to 5 feet!  And, of course, that means we are way over power pool so they are running three generators and have five gates opened.  We are back to the 15,000 cfs total flow again on Taneycomo.  Just like earlier in the month.  Think we received a little more this time for it will take a little longer to get back to power pool.

Thursday, before the big rain, Dana took Steve and Jeff from Oklahoma out for a half day float.  Really good day for them stripping some black leech patterns.


Good News……Gates Closed!

March 16th, 2023

A couple of pretty nice days yesterday and today.  However, a front is moving in and we will see some rain (yikes!) and cooler weather later today.  Hopefully, we won’t get a lot of rain.   The weekend looks like mid 40s then low to mid 50s Monday and Tuesday.  Wednesday and into next weekend are showing mid 60 with a possibility of some rain on Thursday.

Table Rock is just barely one foot over pool.  Until we get back to pool, we will probably continue to see at least the two generators they are running today continue.  At least we are not seeing 15000 cfs, instead, just a little over 6500 cfs.

Dana was on the water Wednesday with one of his regulars, Brian from Minnesota.  Brian had fished with Dana the week before.  This was a tough day as it was the day they fired up five flood gates.  Brian did get to expand his fishing techniques as what fish they caught was stripping the JQ streamers.

Tuesday, Dana took Ty and his 10 year old son, Tildin out for half a day.  This was Tildin’s first time with a fly rod.  Tildin had several on.  They were catching on the mega form.

Eric from Illinois spent half a day on the water with Jim yesterday.  Good day for them on the big ruby and mop fly.  Eric did well bringing in a nice 24 inch rainbow.


Nice Weather Ahead

March 12th, 2023

Looks like we are going to have some nice weather for a while.  Monday through Wednesday are sunny and temperatures in the mid 40s Monday and up to low 60s by Wednesday.  Unfortunately, Thursday shows rain but temperatures still in low 60s.  Friday through next Monday are upper 40s to low 50s.  No more rain chances until a week from Tuesday.

No change in generation.  Looks like all the lakes are now running some water.  We are still a couple feet above power pool for they continue to run 4 generators and 2 gates 24/7.

Dana and Darren on the water this past Friday.  Dana had one of his repeat customers, Brian from Minnesota, out for half a day.  They caught fish on the mop fly.  Darren’s couple, John and Patty from Oklahoma, also caught fish on the mop fly under the big ruby.  They too were out for half a day.

All Four Generators and Two Gates Open

March 8th, 2023

Beautiful day yesterday (you should have been here yesterday).  Sunny with temperatures were in the upper 70s.  Today, however we will hit the upper 40s with overcast skies.  Chances of showers later today, but increasing overnight and into tomorrow.  Friday looks like party sunny and low 50s.  Through the weekend it is mid to upper 40s and chances of rain.  Next week is sneaking backing into the 50s and rain moving out.

Three feet above power pool and slowing dropping.  With more rain coming in, it will climb back up a little.  Depends on how much rain we get.  Probably going to see four generators for a while.

Carolyn on the water Monday with Don and Steve from Illinois.  These guys have been fishing with us since 2010.  We hit the water

Steve – 3/7/223

and that was the day they added two flood gates to the water flow.  Needless to say, this help stir up lots of debris.  Tough day, but we did catch some fish on the cream colored mop fly under the big ruby midge.  Fun, and beautiful day with lots of sun shine and temperatures in the upper 70s.

Lots of Rain – Lots of Water

March 5th, 2023

Beautiful day today.  Expecting another one tomorrow with the highs in the 70s.  Tuesday, the forecast is for rain to move in again and stay with us at least through Thursday.  Temperatures will drop into the 40s and 50s.

With all the rain we had, four units are the rule right now.  Table Rock is 3-1/2 feet above power pool.  With four units running, it is looking like it might hold there and possibly start dropping.  However, we are expecting more rain Tuesday so it will come up some more.


Selina – 2/23/23

Darren on the water a week ago this past Friday with Selina and Marty from Iowa.  Good day for these two

Marty – 2/23/23

on the double rig midge, black copperhead midge and the white mop fly.

Last Sunday, Brad and Mason fished with Darren.  Very tough day, but they caught some fish on the black copperhead midge and the cerise San Juan Worm.

Another challenging day yesterday, but again, they caught fish.  It was the mop fly of the black zebra midge under the big ruby.

Some Nice Days On The Water

February 23rd, 2023

Little rain came through yesterday, but today it is sunny and a tad on the nippy side.  However, after tomorrow, back into the 50s and 60s we are going.  Slight chances of rain over the weekend.  Next week looks warm and dry until we get near the weekend.  Then we are looking at rain chances for Friday.

Since that big rain we have a few weeks ago, it has been generation almost 24/7.  One to two units every day.  Probably not going to see much of a change in the near future.

Carolyn and Daren on the water last Saturday.  Darren had Jason and his friend Terry on the water for half a day.  They had a good day on a midge combo.  Think we had three generators going that day.  Tom from Kansas spend half a day fishing with Carolyn.  Good day for him on the cerise San Juan worm dropped from a Big Ruby.  Also caught a few on the ruby 2 and an orange egg pattern.

Sunday Darren took Natalie out for half a day.  Another good day on his midge combo rig.

Tuesday, Dana had John and Rod on the water.  Tougher day, but they did catch some on the red San Juan worm and a ruby 2 midge.


Great Weather!

February 6th, 2023

February and we have had a couple days in the 60s.  Yesterday was beautiful and today should be a repeat.  After that, looks like some rain moving in, but temperatures will be pretty good for this time of the year  40-50s.  Friday is the coldest day over the next ten days.  High will be upper 30s and chances for some moisture.  After that, back into the 40s and 50s gain.

Generators off most of the weekend.  They turned them on for three hours yesterday morning, but they were off for the best part of the day.  Today we are seeing generation this morning, but it will be off for the afternoon.   That’s the warmest part of the day!

No trips on the water lately, but lots of fishers getting to get out and wade thanks to the mostly off generation schedule.  And, the best news is that they are catching fish and some nice rainbows!  Of course it’s scuds and the ruby 2 midge or pulling black or olive wooly buggers and the JQ streamer depending on where you are fishing.  Better get out there while you can!


Hope Your New Year Is Off To A Great Start!

February 6th, 2023

Just noticed that I failed to post this last month.  A little late!  Hope my New Year gets off to a better start!  LOL!

For the new year we have had a mix of weather.  Overall, it has been good.  A few wet, windy days, but several days in the 50s up to the low 70s.  January?  I’ll take it.  We have a few cooler days ahead.  Definitely in the 40s and might even see some upper 30s.

They continue to have the water off most of the day.  One unit on this morning for three hours then off until 5:00 p.m. when they will run 2-4 units over a 5 hour span.  Then, off again until early tomorrow morning.

Only one trip out so far this year.  Carolyn took Tim and Teresa from North Carolina out for half a day on one of our low 70s days.  Fun day!  Teresa had never thrown a fly rod and thought she wanted to learn.  Think she is now hooked!  We worked on roll cast and the pick up and lay down cast.  She’s looking good so she earned a fly.  First fish was on the ruby 2 midge!  Tim hooked his first fish stripping the tiger tail.  After Teresa had a few more hits we changed Tim out to the ruby 2 midge and he started keeping up with her.

With the low water, lots of folks are fishing.  We have been getting good reports on catching.  A few days mixed in where it not great, but over all, catching is very good.

Great End To 2022 and Great Start To 2023!

January 3rd, 2023

Got through that cold spell and have been having some wonderful weather.  Days in the 50s and 60s…think s couple sneaked into the low 70s.  Lots of sunshine.  Got a good drenching yesterday and last night, but forecasts look clear for the coming week and into the weekend.  Slight chances 20% showing up here and there, but they usually fade.  Right now it is 60 degrees outside with lots of sunshine and NO wind!

Seeing lots of no generation time.  Over the New Year, I think we had no generation Saturday and Sunday.  There was no generation yesterday and that is the projection again for today.  Lots of wading time!!

Carolyn on the water last Tuesday with Sara and Joe.  Fun and good day fishing the black copperhead and ruby 2 midges.  Joe’s first cast caught him a nice 19 inch rainbow.

Joe – 12/27/22

After that, it was nothing.  Sara was in front catching all the fish on exactly the same flies that Joe was fishing.    Joe was not even getting much in the way of hits.  So I changed him to the white mega worm and he finally started catching some fish.

Charles and Tom fished with Dana Wednesday.  With no generation, they fished mainly from the root wad down to the boat ramp.  Had a good day fishing the ruby 2 midge.

Parker – 12/29/22

Brian – 12/29/22

Thursday, Brian and his son, Parker with with Dana.  They mainly fished the Rockin’ Chair and boat ramp areas with the ruby 2 and black copperhead midges.

Rhonda – 12/30/22

Rhonda and Stewart fished with Carolyn Friday.  This was Rhonda’s first time with a fly rod so we did a little basic practicing before going after fish.  Fun day!  Always good to see a new fly fisher on the water.  Had them drifting the ruby 2 and black copperhead midges.  Rhonda hooked into the biggest fish of the day, amongst several others, and did a great job of playing the fish and getting it to the net!

Both Thursday and Saturday, Dean from Kansas fished with Carolyn.  This is his second New Year’s eve day fly fishing with us.  Two fun and catching days.  Both days, we found the fish to be spotty.

Dean – 12/31/22

Drift and catch several fish in an area, then nothing so you moved until you found another pod.  Just kept doing this and finished up with a couple of pretty good days!  Several nice fish but nothing over 20 inches.  Maybe next New Year’s eve.

That was the end of 2022.  Now for a great start to 2023!  A tradition of the River Runners Women’s Fly Fishing group has been to start the New Year standing in the water.  This tradition continues and about 10 ladies were standing in the water this year having a great time.  Everyone brought at least one fish to the net.  Weather was wonderful and it was a very good fishing/catching day.  Most of the fish were caught on either a Tiger Tail or the JQ streamer using an intermediate sinking leader.

RRWFF – 1/1/2023

A couple of the gals are pretty new to fly fishing and had never pulled streamers before so this was certainly a great learning process for them.




Merry Christmas!

December 20th, 2022

Currently having some nice days.  Temperatures in the 40s.  However!  Thursday we are expecting snow and temperatures will drop down to possibly zero degrees!  Friday is not much better.  No snow but temperatures around 7 degrees for the high and minus 4 degrees for for low.  Good news is that Saturday we should make it into the teens and mid 20s by Saturday.  Gonna be a little nippy out there.

We continue to see generators for a few hours in the morning, off for five to six hours then back on around 5:00 p.m.  With this cold weather coming in, it will probably change as there will be an increased need for power to keep all of us warm.

Have not had boats on the water for about a week now.   However, on those days that are tolerable and with the off generator time, several fishers on the water.  Most reports are of good days to really good days.  Of course, scuds, but still midges, ruby 2 and black copperhead.  Streamers, including black or olive wooly buggers.

We wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!