One Spillway Opened!

November 29th, 2020

Cold weather is coming our way.  Monday’s high will be 40.  Tuesday a little better with 50, but after that it will be back into the 40 for most of the week.  Burrrr!  Not certain I’m ready for this.

Pretty much two units running for the past five to six days.  Friday afternoon, they opened up one spillway with an extra 1000 cfs release.  Not sure why.  Still running today.

Tracy – 11/23/20

Carolyn on the river last Monday with Jeff and Tracy from Kansas.  Fun day for these two.  Lots of nice fish on a red San Juan worm.

Jeff – 11/23/20




Tuesday, Dana took Tony and his nephew Dylan out for half a day.  They were catching on a red or cerise San Juan worm and probably did best on the red one.

Friday, Denise and Jill fished with Carolyn.  Best pattern this day was the cerise San Juan.  Did hook a few on the ruby 2, but it was a worm day.  Ladies and fairly new to fly fishing and wanted to learn more.  We worked some on casting and had a great time!  Jim had Bryant and Chuck out that morning.  They caught a few fish on a tiger tail, egg pattern and ruby midge.

Kelly had a good day Saturday on the water with Carolyn.  Cerise San Juan worm under the big ruby was the ticket.  With one spillway open, we found a few other places to fish.  Nice!  Joe and Owen fished with Dana.  They started early due to later commitments.  Tough day for them but they did catch some fish.


Over An Inch Of Rain The Past Two Days!

November 22nd, 2020

We received over an inch of rain the past two days.  There were times when it was really pouring!  Today looks like mostly cloudy and only in the low 50s.  Monday is supposed to be mid 50s and party sunny.  Tuesday looks like more rain and mid to upper 50s.  The rest of the week is mid 50s and very low chances for rain…..we’ll see.

Continue  to see a full unit or the equivalent of a very low two units running all day, every day.  Tomorrow’s projection is one unit until 7:00 a.m. when they will shut it down until 1:00 p.m. when it will go back to the equivalent of one unit for the rest of the day.

Jim had one of his regulars, Ralph from Texas, out last Tuesday and Wednesday.  Tuesday was not good.  The water was high and really dirty.  Wednesday was better and they caught fish on the JQ streamer, ruby midge and a small scud.

Mike and John were on the water with Carolyn on Wednesday.  Good day for these two fishers either on the ruby 2 or an egg pattern under the big ruby.  Even caught a few stripping the holographic green crackleback.   Dana had Larry out for half a day.  They worked hard and Larry was pulling a black wooly bugger.

Lewis – 11/19/20

Thursday, Lewis from Oklahoma fished with Carolyn.  Fun day for him on the ruby 2 midge or the egg pattern.  The midge was the best pattern for the day.

Darren took James and his two children, Reeves and Cyblee over to Roaring River Friday.  This was Cyblee’s first time with a fly rod and Reeves had very little experience.  Great day for everyone, including Dad!  Caught fish on the white or cream mop flies and zebra midges.

Lots of rain for Gina’s guest, Dale, yesterday.  It was his birthday so his wife Lisa and their dog Miley rode along.  Caught a few fish on a cerise worm with the ruby 2 dropper.  Everyone had a fun day, despite the rain, but they were ready to get off when it was time.

Good Days! Tough Days!

November 15th, 2020

Looks like a week of sunny days ahead of us.  Temperatures starting in the 60s and hitting the low 70s by the end of the week and into Saturday.

Don’t expect to see much change in the generation pattern.  Low one most of the day but running all day.  We can hope they might start shutting it down for a little while, but Monday will be more of the same.  We’ll just have to see.

Jim on the water last Wednesday with Gary from Kansas.  Gary pretty new to fly fishing so Jim worked with him.  Had some hits, misses and break offs, but not many fish to the boat.  No best fly.

Gary – 11/11/20

Gary and his brother Ansel, fished with Carolyn.  Tough day for them too.  They handed did land some fish on the ruby 2 midge.  Best fish of the day was for Ansel.  He caught a beautiful 20 inch rainbow.

Ansel – 20″ Rainbow – 11/11/20

Thursday was another day.  John and Jack fished with Carolyn and had a good day on the ruby 2 under the big ruby.  This was Jack’s first time and he started out with the biggest fish of the day.  Fun day for Jack and I think he’ll try this again.

Friday the 13th.  Dana had Javier from Kansas out for the morning.  Pretty good day on an orange egg pattern, the copperhead black

Karen – 11/13/20

midge and a ruby 2.  Carolyn’s two ladies, Cathy and Karen had a fun day catching on the ruby 2 midge.  Several nice fish to the boat.

Cathy – 11/13/20

Some Rain Here and There!

November 10th, 2020

Rainy this afternoon but is pretty much out of here now.  A little cool off with this rain.  60s the rest of the week and chances for rain very late Friday night and possibly into Saturday morning.  Then just more 60s through the following week.

Not much change in generation.  Low one unit for a while, then a full one unit going up sometimes to a low two units.

Tom and Jeff from North Dakota fish with Darren on Sunday.  Water was pretty murky and lots of wind.  They hung in there and caught some fish on a size 14 ruby 2, the white mega worm, a size 14 scud and the cerise worm.  Dana’s guys, Bill and his grandson, Brant caught all their fish on the cerise San Juan worm.

Monday, Jeff and Bill fished with Darren.  They wanted a little experience pulling streamers, so Darren set them up with an extra fast sinking leader and they stripped a bead eye black & chartreuse zonker.

Still Seeing Low Generation

November 8th, 2020

Another beautiful day today.  Tomorrow looks pretty nice too.  Slight chance for rain, but temperatures in the mid 70s.  Tuesday has a better chance for rain with temperatures in the upper 60s.  Then we start cooling down a little.  Temperatures in the low 60s into the weekend.  Right now, Saturday looks like a 50% chance for rain.

Not much change in the generation pattern.  They have been holding it at a little over 50 mwh for the past three days.  Projection for tomorrow is more of the same.

The morning after they opened up the eight spillways, Darren took Henry and his son Randy out.  They had one hit and saw absolutely no fish anywhere.  They decided to call it a day early and came on in to fish again some other day.

Jim out Thursday with Bill from Oklahoma.  Water was still pretty dirty and the fish were spotty.  Catch a few here then nothing.  Had a pretty good day though on the JQ streamer, a ruby midge or a scud.

Friday, Dana took Ann and Steve out for half a day.  Everything they caught was on the ruby 2 midge.

Newly weds Christian and Madison spent Saturday on the water with Jim.  Brand new fly fishers, so he worked with them on casting.  Lots of strikes, misses, breakoffs and lost fish on the JQ streamer.

Weird Water!

November 5th, 2020

Looks like a few more days of beautiful weather.  Had lots of rain last week, but this week has been in the 70s with lots of sunshine.  That trend is holding through the weekend.  Monday looks like 70s again with a slight chance for rain.  By Tuesday, it’s mid 60s and 60% chance for rain.  Then the rain chances lessen, but temperatures will be 50s and 60s into the following weekend.

Weird water.  Monday the projection was a very low two units all day.  However, around 4:00 p.m. they opened up eight spillways and kept them open until Tuesday evening.  They went back to the very low two units which is what they are currently running.

Jim out this past Saturday with Roger from Florida.  They were catching on a JQ streamer, a large scud and a ruby midge.

Zac – 11/2/20

Mike and Zac from Oklahoma, fish on Monday with Dana.  Slow day for them but they did pull some to the boat on a ruby 2 midge.  Meredith and Chester from Indiana fished with Carolyn.  Fun day for them.  They

Meredith & Chester – 11/2/20

actually had three doubles and should have had four.  They were fishing a big ruby with a ruby 2 dropper.

Normally, Meredith & Chester fish two days in a row.  Fortunately this year, it was scheduled a day apart.  As I mentioned above, Monday afternoon they opened up eight spillways.  This put the river up to 711 feet with over 14000 cfs running.  One of the guides took a couple guys out for a few hours

Meredith – 11/4/20

and they only had one hit and saw no fish.  Major changes in water level like this usually result in the fish scattering for a few days until there is a level of stability to the level.  Wednesday Meredith and Chester were on the water again with Carolyn.  Due to the the ups and downs, Wednesday did not fish as well, but we did bring a good number of fish to the boat….again, it was the big ruby with a ruby 2 dropper.  Another fun day!  Beautiful fish!



Getting Much Needed Rain!

October 27th, 2020

Yes, we are getting some much needed rain.  From the Corp chart, it looks like we have received over 2 inches the past couple days.  Forecast calls for more today going through tomorrow morning.  The bad part is that it’s cold!  Rain should be out of here by Friday and then a warming trend…..50-60s!

Generation schedule has been a little here and there.  Most of the days they leave it off during the morning hours and start up one or two units for four to five hours in the afternoon.  On a few other days, they have started up two units around 7:00 a.m. and run them for four to five hours then off for a couple hours and then back on for another four hours or so.  Not always certain what to plan for.  Today, they turned it on at 7:00 and it ran for four hours.  According to the schedule, it will be off two hours then back on.

Mike 0 10/21/20

Dana on the water last Wednesday with Mike and Ralph.  Slow day, but they caught a few fish on the ruby 2 and black copperhead midges.  Even caught a bluegill!

Howard and Richard fished with Carolyn on Thursday.  Did not catch a lot of fish, but the fish we caught were very nice.  Fished the ruby 2 midge, gray scud, red soft hackle,

Debbie – 10/22/20

black wooly bugger and holographic green crackleback.  George and Debbie from Texas were fishing with Darren.  They were catching on a

George – 10/22/20

jujubee midge, the blood worm, and #20 soft hackle.   Jim had Jerry out for the morning and they caught fish on the hot hare’s ear and a micro scud.

Friday, Roy fished with Darren.  Fishing started out great and then the front came through and they flat shut down.  While they were hitting, it was on the scud with a soft hackle trailer.

Saturday, Darren and Dana had a group of guys out.  Steve and Matt fished with Darren and Forest was with Dana.  That was one of those days when they turned on water in the morning, then off for a couple hours, and then back on later.  Darren’s guys caught on a

Forrest – 10/24/20

scud with soft hackle trailer, especially after the water dropped out.  Dana guy was catching on the ruby 2 or black copperhead midge.

Eric – 10/24/20

Gina had Eric and Todd from Texas on the water.  They were catching on a ruby 2.  This was the guy’s 40th

Todd -10/24/20

birthday celebration!  Happy Birthday guys!  Carolyn had Katie and Josh out.  It was the ruby

Katie – 10/24/20

2 for them also.  Josh likes to pull streamers, so we tried several of those later during the trip with

Josh – 10/24/20

no success.  It was either the ruby 2 midge or a gray scud with a soft hackle trailer.

Monday, Carolyn took Katie and her father, Virgil out.  This was Katie’s first time with a fly rod so we spent some time working on casting.  She wants to learn how to fly fish since the rest of her family is getting into it.  Didn’t take her long to get a good cast

Katie – 10/25/20

going, which she quickly forgot when she started fishing!….normal.  Caught her first fish (trout) on a fly rod with a gray scud and soft hackle dropper.  Tough day if you weren’t in the right spot.

Lots of fish coming up for spawn despite the low dissolved oxygen.



And More Ketchup Time!

October 20th, 2020

Definitely have some weather today.  It has been raining all morning off and on and sometimes very hard.  Looks like it will be out of here today by 3:00 p.m.  Temperature might reach the mid 60s.  Chance for more rain tomorrow with temperatures in the mid 70s.  Thursday will be warmer and little chances for rain.  However, by Friday, chances for rain go up and continues through the weekend.  Temperature will be the warmest Friday in the mid 60s and then 50 through Monday and even upper 40s for Tuesday!

We continue to see off generation during the morning hours, EXCEPT this morning.  They turned on two units for an hour at 9:00 a.m. and now it is off until 3:00 p.m. Then they plan to run it for six hours.  Not certain what the pattern is going to be.

Okay.  Let’s try to get caught up on fishing trips.  Lots of trips out the past couple weeks.  Darren took Bert and Spike, and Dana took Dan out a week ago this past Monday.  They had all just finished our Orvis 2-day fly fishing school.  Wanted to get some more time on the water.  Not a bad day.

Dan – 10/12/20

They all caught fish.  Darren’s guys were fishing a size 18 or 20 scud with s soft hackle dropper.  Dana’s guy fished a gray scud, a size 20 hare’s ear or the mega worm.

Last Tuesday, Dana took Wilma and George out for the morning.

Michelle – 10/13/20

They were catching on a red San Juan worm, a ruby 2, or a big ruby with a grey scud dropper.  Michelle and Kevin,

Kevin – 10/13/20

two new fly fishers, spent the day on the water with Darren.  Tough day as the generation was going up and down most of the day.  They did make the best of it and caught some fish on a size 16 or 18 gray scud with a size 19 soft hackle dropper.

Harry – 10/14/20

Harry and his friend, Paul, fish with Dana on Wednesday.  They had a pretty good day on the gray scud or a ruby 2 midge.

Thursday, Carolyn had a couple of her regulars, Arlan and Rick on the water.  We got out and waded the area below the boat ramp and managed to

Arlan and Rick – 10/15/20

get in some fish.  They were fishing a gray scud, ruby 2 midge and a holographic green crackleback trailing a black wooly bugger.  One double for the day.  They are always fun to fish with!  New fly fishers, Renee and Brett were on the water with Jim.  They had a tough day fishing and as Jim said, no best fly.

Friday, Carolyn introduced another couple to the world of fly fishing.  Neil and his wife, Michelle, wanted an instructional trip to learn the ropes and maybe catch a fish or two.  They live here in

Neil – 10/16/20

Branson, so they have lots of opportunity to fish Taneycomo!  We fished a gray scud, P&P midge, ruby 2 midge and the black wooly bugger with a holographic green crackleback.  That was the killer fly for Neil.  Darren had Tim out for half a day.  Tim’s wife arranged a fly fishing trip for him for his birthday.  Nice gift!  Tim caught fish mainly on a size 21 red ass soft hackle.

Dwan and Robert fished with Jim on Saturday.  They have been fishing with us for almost 15 years now.  The wind gave them some challenges but they managed to catch some fish on a dark gray scud.  A couple new fishers, Brian and his son Bryson went out with Dana.  He got them fish on a pink egg pattern, the white grub and a ruby 2 midge.

Sunday, it was Brett and Deb fishing with Darren.  A couple of very nice male rainbows stripping the crackleback.  Otherwise, they were catching on a double scud rig.  Dana’s guy, Richard, from Kansas had a slow day.  They were fishing a ruby 2 midge.

Seeing lots of dead fish on the bottom.  I keep harping on it, but pleased make certain you fish is completely revived before releasing.  They do fight hard, but it takes a lot out of them since they are living in such low dissolved levels.

Ketchup Time Again!

October 16th, 2020

Weather has been awesome.  A little cool this morning…31 degrees but the day turned out great!  Lots of wind forecast for tomorrow, with a chance of rain for Sunday and a pretty good chance for rain again on Monday.  Otherwise, looks like upper 60s to l91 70s for most of the following wee.

Weird generation patterns the past few days.  No water most of the mornings.  However, this morning they turned on two units at 7:00 a.m. and kept them on until 11:00.  Tomorrow it supposed to be off until noon when they will turn on a low one unit for an hour and they keep it off the balance of the day.  Sunday, it will be off all morning and not come on until 4:00 p.m. and only be on for three hours.  Monday, it will come on at 6:00 a.m. and be on most of the day!

Carolyn on the water for half a day both Thursday and Friday with Gary and Barry.  Either Stan or Carolyn have been fishing with them for several year.   Not a great day, but this time of the the year a respectable day on the black wooly bugger with a holographic green crackleback.  Dana on the water Thursday and Friday with Justin, Ruth and Hunter.  They caught fish on the Ruby 2 midge, light gray scud, a crackleback, and tan b-bug.

Last Saturday, Dana and Gina took a group from Illinois out for half day.  Gina had Gaik and Son, Aiden.  Pretty good day on the black wooly bugger, or a #14 olive wooly bugger/  Dana’s boat was catching on a gray scud  Tough day!  Jim had Dave and Andy from Fenton on the water.  Really trough day for them.  A few hits on the JW streamer and a #18 gray scud but nothing to the boat.

Starting To See Some Color On The Hills!

October 9th, 2020

A little color showing up in the trees on the hills around the river.  Not sure if it will be a really pretty Fall as we are so dry.  But, it is still looking nice!  Some beautiful weather the past few days.  Sunny days, some with a little cloud cover, but temperatures in the upper 70s or low 80s.  Looks like low 80s through the weekend.  Next week will see upper 70s and no rain.  Mostly sunny all week!

No generation during the morning hours.  Earliest they turned it on the past few days was 11:00 a.m.  Every other day has been 1:00 p.m. or later.  Lots of wading time.

Busy, busy for us on the water.  Darren on the water a week ago Wednesday (yes, I’m a little behind again!).  He had Lynn from Texas on the water for half a day.  Took him up to the island across from outflow 2.  Pretty good day for Lynn on a double scud rig or the Ray Charles sow bug.

Last Thursday, Dana took Bill from Florida out for half a day.  Another pretty good day for them on a size 10 gray scud or a red San Juan worm.

Dana had Jeff and Jim out Saturday.  Pretty slow day but they did catch some on the black copperhead midge, a gray scud or the red San Juan worm.  Jim took Keith and his son-in-law, Paul out for half a day.  They caught fish on the size 8 JQ streamer.

Mike – 10/4/20

Sunday, Darren and Dana took a group on the water.  John and Vicki fished with Darren.

Josh – 10/4/20

Fairly new fly fishers, but the guys gave them a little casting session before hitting the water.  Darren’s folks were fishing a double scud rig.  Dana’s guys, Josh and Mike fished the ruby 2, a grey scud, or cerise worm.  Carolyn was on the water with another Mike and Josh.  These folks were from Oklahoma.  They too, were new fly fishers.  A few sessions on the roll cast, they regular cast and they caught fish on the ruby 2 midge.

Jason and Adam fished with Darren on Monday.

Jason – 10/5/20

Good day at the narrows on the red ass soft hackle and a #18 gray scud.

Adam – 10/5/20

Jim on the water Tuesday with Mark and Mike.  They had a pretty good day on the JQ streamer and a copper midge.