Lake Taneycomo Fly Fishing Report
Yes, it’s that time of the year when I get excited to fish Taneycomo. This Lake Taneycomo fly fishing report will get you just as excited as I am about fishing these waters again! Our browns have shown up by the numbers any. I’m seeing a few and one 7 pound plus fish has already made her way into the ladder. I’ve heard of a few 5-6 pounders caught in the outlet, but that’s about it as of right now.
Fly fishing for browns on Lake Taneycomo in October is a lot of great fun. We are seeing a lot of smaller browns and that will be what we see for the most part until our browns we stocked two years ago start getting some size to them. I keep saying that we lost about 80 percent of our big browns during the 2011 flood. So don’t get too excited to come fish our run unless your thing is just hooking browns in general. I’m hoping this year has something better to offer in the way of seeing some bigger browns that are above the five pound range, but the last two years has been a disappointment to say the least.
Overall fishing is fair. Some days are better than others, but as of right now our trout don’t get going until 10 am. That’s when I’m seeing the bite pick up. The sun has a big part in that and I feel once it gets a little more over our heads then fishing picks up.
There is one bite in particular that is working like a dream and it’s a good time of year to be throwing it, but it is heavy and you will need to a six weight to really fish it effectively. The sculpin is hooking one on every cast and I’m not joking. It’s a little harder to cast, so if you have shoulder issues this fly isn’t for you. I usually start out with this pattern if I have the right guy to cast it. In the mornings, we are seeing fog and low light conditions and this is when this fly shines. It’s more of a visual presentation because you have to see the fish tee up on it.
They bite it from the head and the hook set has to be dead on. Once you get the hang of it, you can catch them by feel, but I’m throwing you in the fire right off the gate and it’s all by feel until the sun starts shining over the water. You want to fish this fly because the browns love it and this time of year it is key.
Fly Fishing Report Lake Taneycomo and Other Flies that are Working
One of the best tips in this fly fishing report Lake Taneycomo is that I’m not having much luck on soft hackles or cracklebacks, but small flies — a thread midge, trout crack or baby scuds on 7x– are all doing the trick. I’m mostly fishing these flies in real skinny water and 6x will have you going to the car with only a few trout in hand.
The 7x has been the trick big time. If I’m fishing 6x, I’m usually fishing at least 3 feet deep—maybe more. Of course the miracle flies are working and this time of year they should. We are catching lots of spawning rainbows, but we are not seeing any redds. If you do see redds, please fish somewhere else or something else other than egg patterns. Remember these browns relate to two major patterns, scuds and sculpins. During the rise, they like natural brown San Juan worms.
Zebra midges are always effective, so make sure you have some of these in your fly box. We are a tailwater and midges make up a major portion of the trout diet. Good luck out there and I’ll see you on the water. if you need flies and I’m on the water never hesitate to come up and get some. I have a tons of flies in my boat.
If you need some of these patterns, you can email directly at [email protected]. I can get some in the mail for you. Make sure you have some sculpins in your box when fishing the brown run! The Lake Taneycomo fly fishing report is full of information you can use the next time you decide to go fly fishing on Lake Taneycomo. Contact Jeremy if you are interested in booking a guide trip. Feel free to visit us on Facebook, If you really liked this article, +1 above – check us out at +flysandguides (Google+) or send us a tweet with a question or just to say hi. Check out the Fly of the Month!