No Water Every Morning For More Than A Week!

September 26th, 2020

Nice cool days we have been having for the past several days.  I think mid to high 80s Saturday will be our high for the week.  Then it looks like 70s and even mid to high 60s later in the week.  Not serious chances of rain in the forecast.

We continue to see no generation every morning,  However, tomorrow they plan to run a low run almost all day.  That is still wading water in many places.  Same schedule for Sunday and Monday.  Don’t worry, it will probably go back to no generation during the week.  Think they have this backwards!

Mike – 9/19/20

Fun group on the water last Saturday.  The McCoys were in town.  The guys were in town to have a guys weekend before one of them is getting married.  Gina had

Matt – 9/919/20

Mike and Matt.  They had a good day stripping the mini sculpin, black bugged and a mini bugger.  Kent

Kent – 9/19/20

and Andrew were with Dana and they were fishing a white

John Paul – 9/19/20

grub. ruby midge, or stripping the JQ streamer.  Last, but not least, Jim had John and Luke.  It was a

Luke – 9/19/20

baby ruby or micro scud for them.  Fun bunch of guys!

Sunday, Demitry and his son, Nick, fished with Dana.  They had a fun day on the copperhead black midge and the b-bug.

Another guys day out on Monday.  Jim had Mike and John, and Carolyn took Daniel and

Daniel – 9/21/20

Thomas.  Slow start to the day.  However, late in the morning Jim found a honey hole and got his guys in to a good number of fish stripping a size 14 JQ streamer.

Thomas – 9/21/20

Carolyn’s guys had pulled some fish during the day on the ruby midge, a scud, b-bug.  Caught a few stripping a holographic green crackeback or the JQ streamer.  Dana had Larry and Linda from South Dakota out for the day.  They

One of Larry or Linda’s fish – 9/21/20

had just finished our Orvis 2-day school and wanted to work on what they had just learned.  They

Gary – 9/21/20

caught fish on the ruby 2, b-bug and hare’s ear nymph.  Gary, from Michigan, spend the day with Darren.  Good day for him mainly on the black soft

hackle.  He also caught some on various midges.




Beautiful Weather!

September 17th, 2020

Great weather.  Lots of sunshine, low 80s and no rain.  Although we could use some rain, none is in the forecast for all next week.  Temperatures look like they will be in the 70s through Monday, and then only warm up into the low 80s through the following weekend.

No generation almost during the morning hours since last Friday and through Tuesday.  Yesterday, Wednesday, they decided to run a low one unit 2:00 p.m. when they bumped it up to the equivalent of two units.  Started shutting it back around 7:00 p.m. the off by 8:00 p.m.  Today, it was no generation until 3:00 p.m.  when they turned on the equivalent of one unit.  It will bump up for a couple hours to two units, then off for the rest of the evening.

Dana on the water Tuesday with Frank and Harold from Texas.  Good day for them on the red San Juan worm, the white grub, or a

Clinton – 9/15/20

black zebra midge.  Carolyn had a couple of new fly fishers on the water, Renee and Clinton, also from Texas.  We started out with the basics of learning the roll cast, regular

Renee – 9/15/20

cast and shooting line.  Both caught on quickly and are throwing a nice line.  They also did well on catching fish on a #16 gray scud and the ruby 2 midge.

Wednesday, Dana and Jim had a group of guys from Oklahoma on

Jason – 9/16/20

the water.  Randy and Jaime were with Jim.  One of his guys was new to fly fishing so Jim spent some time working with him on the basic skills.  They really didn’t have a best fly as the fishing was tough for them.  Jason and Steve fished with Dana.  They caught several fish on the red San Juan worm, black zebra midge and the white grub.  Carolyn had

Jamie – 9/16/20

a couple of repeat customers, Jamie and Doug, also from Oklahoma.  They had a good day on the ruby 2 midge, red San Juan worm, big ruby midge and the holographic green crackleback.

Today, Jim took Barry, another Oklahoma guy, out for the morning.  Tough morning.  Caught a few fish on the JQ streamer.

















Great Days, Good Days, Tough Days!

September 13th, 2020

Beautiful weather.  Low 80s and partly cloudy most days.  Light rain a couple days, but not enough to run you off the water.  Expecting low 80s into next weekend.  Great!

Last five days we have had no generation during the morning and early afternoon hours.  They have turned on one unit for 1-2 hours in the afternoon then back off.  Lots of low water time.

Great days, good days, and tough days.  That’s why they call it fishing.  With the no generation days we are having, dissolved oxygen levels in the river have been really low.  They are injection oxygen on various days, but not every day.  Fish are hitting and fighting hard.  You just have to find them.

Don – 9/9/20

Carolyn on the water Wednesday with Don and Steve from Illinois.  They have been fishing with us for over ten years now.  Anyway, it was a really good day for them.  Don’s said it was probably his best day.

Steve – 9/9/20

Lots of quality fish on a #16 or 18 gray scud under the UV salmon egg, or stripping the JQ streamer on a 1.5 ips sinking leader.

Thursday was a good day.  Dana had Ed from Louisiana out for half a day.  They fished the ruby 2

Robert – 9/10/20

midge and the white grub.  Meanwhile, Carolyn had her guy, Robert, from Kansas City, catching on the red soft hackle trailing a black wooly bugger, or a ruby 2 midge.

Friday, we had to look several places to find fish.  Carolyn had John and Dwight on the water again.  Worked several places and picked up a few fish just about everywhere we looked but there was no place to pick up very many fish.  So we rowed a lot and caught fish on the JQ streamer and a black copperhead midge.  Dana had Al and Chandra out for the morning.  They were catching on the black copperhead midge or the white grub.

Susan – 9/12/20

Susan and Deb fished Saturday with Carolyn.  Off to a slow start, but finished good.  It was the B-bug under a #16 gray scud or stripping a #16 red soft hackle behind the JQ streamer.

I know I keep repeating myself, but yesterday we spotted 6 dead trout in a very small area.  Please take a little extra time when releasing your fish.  I know they are fighting hard….wouldn’t you?, so they seem strong….but   Just take time to hold them upstream a little longer and really get their wind back.  They are operating in very low dissolved oxygen levels.

Fun Day!

September 8th, 2020

More nice weather.  Today it will be upper 80s….mid 80s tomorrow, then low 80s into the weekend.  Slight chances for rain.

Another day of the equivalent of a low one generator.  Wish I had a crystal ball and could look into the future, but I think we will see more days with a low one.  Let’s hope.

Jacob – 9/6/20

Fun day on the water Sunday.  Dana and Darren took a group of guys, two from Colorado and the other from Missouri.  Johnathan, Nicholas, and Jacob were all pretty new to fly fishing, but caught on quickly and caught some fish. They pretty much fished the Rockin Chair to narrows area and fished the ruby 2 midge, a crackleback, white mega worm and gray scuds.

Low Flow All Weekend!

September 6th, 2020

High today is projected to be in low 90s.  Same for Monday.  Tuesday we have a 30% chance for rain and upper 80s.  Wednesday, about the same.  Thursday a little cooler, in the low 80s, and slight chances for rain.  This will be the trend through the weekend.

We have had the equivalent of a low one unit running almost all weekend.  The good news with this is that there are places where one can wade.  AND, the dissolved oxygen has been running an average of 5.9 ppm.  Not perfect, but much better than when nothing is running.

David – 9/4/20

David and his friend Mike spent Friday morning on the water with Carolyn.  Picked a few fish above the boat ramp, but fished much better

Mike – 9/4/20

from the boat ramp down.  Had a good day on the ruby 2 midge under a red San Juan worm.  They were running a low one unit at put in and bumped it up just a little at 1:00.  Made for a great

Ralph – 9/4/20

drift out.  Dana had one of our regulars, Ralph, out for the morning.  They did well on the red San Juan worm, ruby 2 and copperhead black midge.

Yesterday, Dana had Tim, from Kearney out for the morning.  Little slower than the day before, but they caught several on the ruby 2 midge, and a red or cerise San Juan worm.  Jim has come back to guiding now that it is cooling off.  He spend the day on the water with Dan from Wildwood.  They pulled the JQ streamer, and drifted the ruby midge and red San Juan worm for their fish.

Good News…Bad News!

September 3rd, 2020

Great weather right now.  It did rain some yesterday afternoon, but temperatures were in the low 80s and, of course, it was overcast.  Today we have a little sunshine with temperatures again in the low 80s.  Looks like Friday and Saturday will be in the mid to upper 80s and then back in the low 90s for Sunday through Monday.  Tuesday, the rain chances will cool us down again to the low 80s.

Good news is that they are running low flows during the morning hours.  This is giving the fish much needed oxygen and fishing has been better with this low flow.  The low flow is around 2500 cfs which elevates the wadeable area by about 2-1/2 feet.  So….the bad news is that there is not as much wadeable area as when the water if off.  According to the schedule, they will be doing that again tomorrow.

Ron – 9/2/20

Ron and his friend, Kendall, were on the water with Darren yesterday.  Tough, but they caught several on a #16 scud.  Carolyn had

Gwen – 9/3/20

Gwen and her husband, Rex, out for the morning.  Pretty good day for them on the ruby 2 midge under the big

Rex – 9/3/20

ruby.  For a while it looked like Gwen was going to outdo Rex, but he finally buckled down and caught up!  Fun day!

Today, Dana had Frank from Florida on the water.  They had a good day on a red San Juan worm under

Frank – 9/3/20

the bug ruby midge.  Mainly fished the area from the root wad down to the boat ramp.

Pretty Good Soaking Last Night!

September 1st, 2020

We received some much needed rain throughout last night.  Perfect night for sleeping!  Looks like the rest of the day will be pretty dry with temperatures in the upper 70s.  50% chance for rain tomorrow with tempertures in the low 80s.  Temperatures look to be in the low 80s into next weekend.

No change in generation pattern.  Off during the morning, one for a while in the afternoon then off again in the evening.

Dana on the water Sunday with Richard and Andy.  Pretty good day for these guys on the black copperhead or ruby 2 midges.

lARRY – 8/31//20

Yesterday, Darren took Larry and his friend LT out for the morning.  They hooked several fish on a black soft hackle

LT – 8/31/20

dropped from an 18 or 20 scud and when some water came on early, stripping the mini sculpin.  This was LT’s first time with a fly rod and he did well.

Rain In The Forecast For The Next Few Days!

August 30th, 2020

Beautiful weather the past few days.  Not as hot as it was for a while.  We also have rain in the forecast through Wednesday.  We certainly could stand a little rain.  Trees are turning brown as are the yards.  And, the temperatures are nice.  The warmest day next week looks like Monday with upper 80s.  Otherwise, it is low to mid 80s all week!

Water continued to be off during the morning hours.  Came on one day this past week at 11:00 a.m. but most other days were noon or 1:00 p.m.

Will & Drew – 8/22/20

A week ago this past Saturday, Darren on the water with Will and Drew from Wildwood.  Fun day for these

Will – 8/22/20

guys on lots of patterns.  Size 20 scuds, red ass soft hackle trailing the crackleback and a black soft hackle.

Last Sunday, Carolyn took Tim and his son-in-law, Donghun out for the morning.  Both were pretty new to fly fishing, so we worked a bit on casting, line management, hooking and playing a fish, and then proceeded to catch some fish on the black #14 wooly bugger, a B-bug under a ruby 1, and when the water came on a red San Juan worm under the big ruby.  Fun day!

Dana on the water with Phil from Oklahoma last Tuesday.  They had a good day up near the root wad on the ruby 2 midge.

Wednesday, Billie and Dolph fished with Carolyn.  Slow morning with a few on a black soft hackle.  When the generators fired up things picked up and we fished the rise using the red San Juan worm under the big ruby.  Caught fish on both!

Gregg wanted his with Janell to learn how to fly fish, so they spent Friday morning in the water with Carolyn.  Janell got a good handle on the roll cast and regular pick up and lay down cast.  However, it was not a good day for landing fish.  One fish to the boat after the rise on a JQ streamer.  Had a few hits on other patterns, but just  TOUGH DAY!

Dana took Ken from Texas out for an instructional trip Saturday.  They got rained out at 11:00 a.m. and called it a day.  Carolyn had two new fly fishers on the water also…..Jim and John.  Worked on casting and headed up to the root wad.  Had a couple hits and break offs and the sky started turning black.  When the wind picked up and almost blew Carolyn into the river, it was get off the water time.  Waited out the storm in the car and headed back out just before the generators came on.  Fished and rise and located some fish on the ruby 2 under the big ruby.  They are both planning on getting fly fishing gear and heading to the water when they get home.

We continue to see low dissolved oxygen levels in Taneycomo and slow fishing.  Just another reminder, please take extra time to revive you fish when releasing.  I am starting to see dead fish on the bottom of the river.

Water Still Off Every Morning!

August 23rd, 2020

Beautiful weather and beautiful water.  Temperatures mostly in the upper 80s the past few days.  Looks like a warm up and we will see mid 90s for a few days then upper 80s to low 90s from Wednesday through the weekend.  Slight chances for rain by mid week.  Think it is probably that hurricane heading for Louisiana early next week.

Generators continue to be off every morning.  Most days it has been coming on at noon.  There have been a few days where it was as early as 11:00 a.m. or as late as 1:00 p.m.  They eventually bump it up to all four units for three to four hours during the afternoon.

Just a note as to the condition of the river.  The oxygen levels in Taneycomo during the morning hours while the water is off is extremely low.  Our levels are actually lower for this time of the year than last year.  The fish are still healthy looking and giving us a good fight.  However, if you don’t take a little extra time and make certain they are in good shape before you release them, they just might swim away and roll over!  Please take a little more time in releasing your fish.

Ryan & Robert – 8/17/20

Last Monday, Robert and his son, Ryan spent the morning on the water with Carolyn.  Good day for these guys on the ruby 2, #18 gray scud, red San Juan worm, and a black wooly bugger.  Gina was on the water with one of her regulars, Billy.  Monday was a tiger tail or charcoal sculpin, or a black copperhead midge.  Billy fished

Bill – 8/17/20

again on Tuesday and this was it was only a Wendell wooly, size 14.  Fun couple of days both catching and the weather.

Thursday, Darren took Tom and his wife, Kimmy out.  Tom wanted to get Kimmy hooked on fly

Kimmy & Tom – 8/20/20

fishing and hopefully, they succeeded.  She caught fish on a #20 scud and the white mega worm.  Fun day for both!  Dana

Justin – 8/21/20

was on the water with Justin from Texas.  They caught fish Thursday on the b-bug.  Justin had such as good time, he decided to hit it again on Friday.  Friday was even a better day catching on

Tommy – 8/21/20

cracklebacks.  Tommy and his son, Will, fished with Gina on Friday.  They had a good day on

Will – 8/21/20

the black wooly, pine equirrel sculpin and Wendell’s wooly.  Peter and his friend, Charlie, fished with Carolyn.  They got off to a slow start, but finally started picking up fish on a #20 gray scud, a tan B-bug, or stripping the black wooly bugger.

Saturday, Dana took Brian and Anita from Oklahoma out for half a

Jeanne – 8/23/20

day.  They had a slow day but caught some on the copper dun midge.  It was a slow day for scudding or midging.  The only thing

Chris – 8/212/20

the fish were really good on were various streamers.  Gina had Jeanne and her son Chris out.  They started early and had a good day stripping the mini sculpin or Wendell’s woolie.  Meanwhile, Carolyn took Rich and his sons, Eli and Kaylor out for the morning.  Rich and Eli took a one-day clinic with us a couple of weeks ago and they have already fished

Rich – 8/23/20

with us a couple times since.  This was Kaylor’s, who is seven, first time with a fly rod.  He is getting his fly into the water where he needs to and getting a good drift.

Eli & Kaylor – 8/22/20

Unfortunately, the fish were pretty picky on what they wanted.  Rich and Eli were both stripping the mini sculpin and catching.  Kaylor took on the position of “official netter”.  He was netting their fish and going a good job!


We’re Seeing Off Water In The Mornings!

August 16th, 2020

Pretty nice weather the past several days.  Lots of sunshine and not as hot as it had been a couple weeks ago.  Looks like this will continue into next weekend.  Temperatures mostly in the upper 80s.  Sure beats the upper 90s we had been having.  Very slight chances for rain by next Sunday.

Generators have been off every morning since last Monday.  Some days they turn on one or two units around 11:00 a.m. then ramp it up to a low four units with a couple hours.  Off in the evening by 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Table Rock is now below power pool so we will probably see this trend continue.

Darren on the water last Tuesday.  Tough day for his guy Vernon.  They caught a few fish on the thread midge or the egg/scud combo.

Thursday, Carolyn took Sharon and Penny out for the morning.  Fun ladies day out catching on the ruby 2 or a red San Juan worm.

Friday, Dana was on the river with Al from Parkville.  Tough day for them but they did catch a few on the ruby 2 midge.

Sam, Rich and Eli took a one day clinic with Carolyn on Friday, so she had them on the river fishing Saturday.

Eli – 8/15/20

Good day for these guys on a #16 scud or a copper dun midge.  They loved fly fishing enough that they booked

Terry – 8/15/20

another day for Sunday.  Terry and his nephew, Doug were fishing with Darren.  Pretty good day for them on the ruby 2 midge or the egg/scud combo.   Dana fished

Derek – 8/15/20

Derek and Kevin from Kansas.  Good day for them on the black copperhead midge.  These were some of the off generation days during the morning hours, so we are all staying

Kevin – 8/15/20

up around the boat ramp and not going all the way through.  When the water comes on, it trashes up the water so bad you cannot keep you fly clean and the fishing goes south.

Sam – 8/16/20

Sunday, Sam, Rich and Eli fished with Darren.  Good day for them again.  Casting is looking better and hooking up

Rich – 8/16/20

with fish was even better.  Their best patterns were a size 18 or 20 gray scud, white mega worm, and the copper dun midge.  Dana and Carolyn had the Curry family on the river.  Dana had the guys, Ryan and Jack, and Carolyn took the ladies, Julie and Scout.  Good day for everyone!  The ladies started off the morning with a double.  Both Julie and Scout had a fish on at the same time.  And, it was pretty steady action all morning.  Lots of patterns were working.  Ruby 2, B-bug, P&P, #20 gray scud and the copper dun midge were probably the most productive.   Dropped my camera in the water Saturday so I’m waiting on pictures from Ryan of their nice fish they caught.