Fly Fishing Report - Start of October - 2020

Fly Fishing Report - Taneycomo

Last weekend the generation picked up and the wade fishing was limited.  The steady  one unit to low two unit water hung around for around 4-5 days.

The DO levels prior to the release were reported to be as low as 3.0ppm, so wade fishing or not... those fish needed a breather.  

The few days of steady generation still has the browns coming up river and several rainbows have been spotted trying to make redds in the heavily waded gravel around the outlets.  

This week has us looking at more pockets of low wadable water.  Monday they shut the water of around 7 and turned it back on at 3.  Tuesday they turned it off earlier and then started generating around noon.

As I look at the daily releases it looks like we are getting more and more wadable water and less generation to keep those fish happy.  

Hopefully they will go back to the short periods of wadable water. 

Over the last 6 or 7 weeks the times when the generation was off for only 6-8 hours, resulted in the best bite and the fish fought hard, ate regularly, and I was able to see rods bent up and down the river.

Taneycomo - Sept. 28th

Jeremy was out with a young couple on their Honeymoon.

The two were out enjoying a little time in Branson and had the opportunity to get some time on the water.

The generation changed over the weekend, while we ran a couple of trips on the Norfork.

The water level has increased to around 33-55 megawatts around 2400-3600 cfs.

This is very much needed as the amount of dead fish on the bottom of the river had been increasing by the day.

With the poor oxygen levels we have been seeing on the lake.

The Megaworm seemed to loose a bit of it's luster on the low two unit water, so Jeremy shifted to the Miracle Fly in Golden Nugget and worm brown San Juan worms.


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Norfork Fly Fishing - Weekend Report 26th & 27th

Jeremy and I hit the Norfork this past weekend along with many other guides in the area.

Reports from most all of them was that the White was just not fishing well and many of the clients were ready to keep the rods bent the rest of the weekend.

To say the river was packed would be a definite understatement, but what was nice was the Fork was fishing just fine with all the boat traffic.

The generation stayed a consistent 49 megawatts or around 4900 cfs throughout the two days.


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Lanny Norfork bow

Jeremy was out with Jack and his brother in-law from the Memphis area, while I was out with Dwight and Lanny from Kansas City.

We both stayed with tandem rigs.

When comparing notes at the end of the day we ran much of the same thing.

We stayed with bright colored San Juan worms as the attractor in cerise, red, and fluorescent pink.

I threw a few Miracle flies at them dropping off Bloody Mary's and Norfork Specials.

The biggest difference was the choice in droppers.

Jeremy stayed with the rainbow warrior nymph and larger ruby midges.

While I stayed with smaller size 16 super and ruby midges manly because of the lack of larger midges in my fly boxes.

White River Fly Fishing - September 25, 2020

Jeremy ran a short half day on Friday on the White river and was able to pick up several nice rainbows by the dam, but was hoping for a successful hopper bite down river which never seemed to progress.

The typical flies that produced upstream were, Miracle Flies, San Juan worms, ruby midges and dynamite worms.


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