I’ve been on the water everyday with guide trips out of the boat. They have been running some water still. I believe right now there is 1 low generator on, up a couple of feet. Yesterday morning they they ran a low 2 and we easily made it up towards the cable, to start our drift. We have been catching lots of fish. On Tuesday, Toni landed a really nice rainbow that had an exceptionally fat belly. Yesterday we caught some very nice fish also. Lots of them too. I have noticed it is much better in the mornings than afternoons lately too.
Weather is straightening out and the lake is at 917.0, winter pool is 915, and summer pool is 917. So we should start experiencing more off water time, for those who enjoy wading below the dam.
We have been using a new scud type pattern, and doing well with it. (haven’t named it yet)
Otherwise regular scuds- in gray or brown
UV scuds in gray
Adams bugs (they have been extra hot the last 2 days)
Red Tungsten beaded midges
San juan worms
gnats (early am)
Just a reminder…. our WADING BOOT Sale ends the end of May. Best prices of the year!
Fishing has been very good from the boat. Bank fishing has been a little tough unless your fishing the outlets.
The Dam has been running 2-3 generators the last few days. The week prior it was off till about 10 am everyday.
We have been definitely catching bigger fish in the mornings. In the afternoon it seems to get a little slower.
The weather forecast sounds very good for the rest of the week, finally warmer. Couldn’t believe we were seeing snow flakes last Friday.
Hot patterns have been Glo-balls, scuds and San juan worms.
We got quite a bit of rain last Thursday. It really changed things, raised Table Rock up a little over a foot over powerpool. They have been running 4 generators since. Tommorrow the schedule is to decrease the flow. As of right now Table Rock is down to 915.7 (915 is pool)
Fishing has been steady out of the boat. We landed some trout up to 19.5″. The numbers have been averaging up to 8 fish per drift. (our drift has been from the dam to the boat ramp at the hatchery, mostly). We’ve been using the same flies, just putting on a little more weight.
If you are looking to do some white bass fishing, now is the prime time. They are hitting really well, and hundreds are up. Just below powersite dam on Bull Shoals and on Beaver Creek its been fantastic. And fly fishers are really doing lots better than the spin fishers. Colors have been: purple, orange, & blue.
Taneycomo is fishing well also. The last 4 days they have been running a low 1 generator at most. They just put in 35,000 trout the other day, so there are plenty of fish. Yesterday it was WD-40’s that were the hottest pick. Chamois’ were also doing good. This past weekend we couldn’t tie enough of the new olive “variated Roxy”.
Weather sure has been great too, upper 70’s.
We kept extremely busy last week with all the bowfishers that were in town for the big bowfishing tournament that took place last Saturday night. It was a great event, and hundreds came just for it. It was very unusual seeing all the big air boats.
Water is scheduled to run pretty much all day today. 2 generators early on, going to 1 at 10am. Still great fishing. We are catching fish on alot of different patterns and techniques. Had a couple of trips out this last week, caught alot of fish from the little stockers up to a 21 incher. The weather is not what we would think of for the 1st days of spring, but some hand warmers and a few more layers, and we can still have a great time on the water.
Table Rock is getting closer to pool. We are at 912.5 today, so only another 2.5 feet to pool. Water has been off alot lately giving us some great wading opportunities.
We are catching fish on woolies, sculpins, midges, soft hackles, cracklebacks, and scuds. Got a couple new patterns in the box, so stop in and get a couple and try them out.
Water generation has been fluctuating this past week. Off one day and 1-2 generators the next. Lots of rainbows are being hooked right now. Even a few browns are in the mix too.
A couple of big rainbows have been caught in the last couple of weeks. From reports, a 27″ & 30″.
Stripping woolies & cracklebacks are some of the top picks. Scud & chamois worm combo has done well also.
We did have a little ice this last week, and we were closed Thursday because of it. But things are back to normal now.
Our website is back up and running again. A few of the reports disappeared but here is the latest……
Been out guiding a couple days this week on wading trips on Taneycomo. Today the water is off, but the last 2 days they ran all day. Fishing has been really good, a lot of fish are biting. A 12 lb rainbow was caught the other day. If you are going to use a boat a lot of bigger rainbows are hanging out between Cooper Creek and Fall Creek right now, I imagine starting to stage to come up for their spring spawn.
On Tuesday I had out James from New Orleans, he just got done working the superbowl and came in to go fishing. I believe it was his second time fly fishing. He was catching a fish about every cast, in fact he only broke off 1 time. He really did great. We fished for 4 hours with the water running at about a 1.5 -2 level when we started and dropping around 10 am. He even managed to catch 3 crappies on the fly rod!
We used small scuds, tungsten midge, and our “new experimental” woolly bugger.
They just released a bunch of fish Tuesday, so the little ones have been hard to keep off!
Nice weather has been a plus! 60’s. This afternoon it did start to rain as predicted, and we have had a nice steady rain. Looks as if its about over at least for now.
We are also thinking about starting back up with our original fly fishing club “Branson Fly Fishers”, Let us know if you are interest and maybe we can get going with it again. It really was a lot of fun.
****No Felt boots— they are going to start ticketing
***Fishing License and Trout Permits Expire February 28th.
***We always have free fly tying classes going on. Come join in, or just tell some tales!
Fishing has been extremely good lately. No fishing pressure at all either. Generation has been off for the most part except for today and yesterday, they have been running a fluctuating 1 unit. There has not been any exceptional changes the last month. Table Rock is sitting at 905.1. We have had some cold days where ice off paste and hand warmers were a must! But the trout don’t seem to mind it a bit.
I went out yesterday and did some wading on my own with a friend. I caught them on midges and super small scuds under an indicator and did some streamer stripping. I manage to catch a 9″ crappie while stripping a woolly too. “never know what you’ll catch”. My friend that was with me was breaking in his Christmas present, a new Echo Rod, and on his first cast he hooked and landed a nice brown…. doesn’t get any better than that!
The Echo rods have been a huge hit and are a fantastic casting rod. Several people who have bought 1 have come back and purchased more, they are so happy with their performance.
The water has cleared up immensely since the lake has finished turning over.
It’s time to start gearing up for the white bass soon, it should be just around the corner. We have been tying up some new and improved patterns, just waiting to try them out!
We also have new in stock—–a great selection of Korker wading boots. They have been selling very well. Still a few folks showing up not realizing that you can not have felt any more.
If you have a chance hope you can check out the website for St. Croix Rods. We are featured on it with the extremely great Bank Robber Rod by St. Croix. This Rod has truly become one of my top favorites. It delivers everything it promises and then some. Stop by and check it out. www.stcroixrods.com/product/bankrobber
Today is probably the coldest day we have had so far this season, glad it isn’t going to last. Our record highs have kept quite a few people fishing. This time of year is great, you can find yourself fishing without the crowds, providing absolutely no pressure. Which translates that you can use several different patterns, and fish several different ways.
If you choose to dry fly fish, top picks are griffiths gnats, big ugly, and adam’s midge.
Stripping: Cracklebacks or softhackles
Streamers: large Rabbit sculpins, or woolybuggers(black or olive, weighted)
Indicator fishing: Scuds- gray or tan
rusty dun or flash zebra
WD-40’s- black or gray
Or for a limited time while supplies last, we have some of Adam’s Ice shrimp in stock that he tied.
We have gift certificates available for christmas. For guide trips or store merchandise
Just got back from another great wading trip today with the 3 guys I took out. Several times we had doubles and triples on. There sure were a lot more browns too. Bob caught the largest fish today, a big male brown, 27″ on 6x tippet with a size 20 WD-40 midge. It took about 15 minutes to land it. They were catching so many fish, we had people coming up all day long asking what we were using. We stuck to the same patterns all day long, WD-40’s and Adam’s Bug. Even the other people we saw catching fish, it was mostly browns.
They did run water all day today. This morning it was really high with 4 generators going, then down to 2 in the afternoon.