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Meramec River trip: (May 1st): Jason (Stull) Edwards and Nathan Gross got together and fly fished the Meramec river - looks like they had a great day. Here is there report and pictures:
On Thursday May 1st, Jason Edwards and Nathan Gross left for the Meremace River to see if all the fishing reports are true. We both were in the car at 7:00 am and trading fishing stories. We soon were
on the river and were surprised at how low the water levels were considering how much rain we have gotten. When we got to the river their were no rises so we started fishing midges. We both though the fish would be holding on the bottom due to the bad weather that had been moving through the area. I started with a P&P #18 with a bright green midge from a fellow Durango fly fisher. This was a great producer and landed 3 fish pretty fast one was a nice fat rainbow. Nathan had luck with the Emerald and Pearl and prince nymph. You had to fish deep and be fast on the draw to land fish. We also both were able to land one of the tattooed brown. In all it was a great day and a break from are busy lives.
Meramec River - Twice in One Week!! (May 7th & 9th) Here is a Trip report from Bruce Sheffield - lucky guy!! Kenny, I had an unusual week last week in that I was able to go fishing twice first on Wednesday, 7 May and then Friday, 9 May 2014. Both days I fished the Meramec from just outside the park to the "Gar" hole and back.On Wednesday I happened onto the Tenkara Ambassador, Dave Beerbower and his fishing companions. On Friday I met up with Bob Chott. Fishing seems to have slowed a bit from earlier in the spring but it was still good. My go to fly was the Pat's Rubber leg (a.k.a. Girdle Bug). I tried a number of other flies but always ended up with the Pat's Rubber leg. The weather forecast was foreboding but turned out not to be an issue. A late morning thunderstorm chased us out of the water for about 30 minutes while we let the lightening pass but other than that no other issues with the weather. The river was rising all day, from the rain the night before but that wasn't an issue either other than a place or two we decided to walk around rather than trying to wade through some fast current. The fish seemed to stop biting mid afternoon and didn't start up again until early evening when a sizable hatch occurred. I tied on a dry fly and had some nice top water action until we just had to get off the water. We did see the three eaglets in the Bald Eagles nest and at one point I saw one of the adult eagles bring a fish to the nest.-- All the Best, Bruce Sheffield
Don't Always Believe the Weather Forecast (May 13th): Ok, you should definitely look at the forecast and know where you should go to fish depending on the situation but sometimes the weather guy gets it wrong. So with our eyes on the weather, Dave Beerbower, Steve McDaniel, Tom Kelly and Kenny Klimes decided to take the chance and hit the river. Checking the water level and flow graphs on the drive down they decided to fish the Meramec River. All day the clouds were thick but only a few sprinkles of rain and the temperatures were on the chilly side - perfect day for fishing. The guys fished from the Meramec River bend all the way down to the Gar Hole. We all used an eclectic group of flies as no one fly could be called the best. The trout would hit a certain type of fly for about 30 minutes and then shut down so we would work another fly. Now, very important, we didn't just switch to any old flies to see what would work. We adjusted to the situation, the hatches, the rises, etc.. and this paid off each time. When the mayfly hatch started we switched to mayfly nymphs and drys, when the caddis hatch started we switched to caddis larva, pupa and dry type flies. When no rises we went deep with midge larva and nymphs, when we hit some deep holes we pulled out a rubber legged stonefly with much success. Lessons learned - don't just pick a fly "willy-nilly" always think it through and you will have greater success. And remember that the difference between a good nymph fly fisher and a great nymph fly fisher is just one split shot!! So here is a small list of the top flies throughout the day: midge larva, Caddis larva and pupa ( caught several Browns on the green 'encased caddis larva pattern), elk hair caddis, mayfly nymphs and parachute type dry mayflies, soft hackles, black rubber legged stonefly - just to name a few. Also if you fish down to the gar hole we found a way back that is a much easier walk than walking down the south side of the river. Go to the location that is about two hundred yards before the gar hole, some trees make a small riffle there and I think it might have been a bridge or crossing there many years ago. It's about the same location that we normally start getting out of the water to walk south of the river. This time exit the river to the north and work your way west and you will run into a dirt road that will take you all the way back to the Conservation cabin. Enter the water just downstream from the bend. So plenty fish were caught by all four guys. Check out the Chestnut Lamprey that was attached to a trout - had it happen twice. These Lamprey are in many Missouri rivers. The river is getting warmer (was 60 degrees) I would guess that the great fishing will slow because of this as the trout go deep for the summer (but could be wrong). Tom Kelly had never been to Hicks BBQ in Cuba so we all had fellowship dinner there - awesome food.,
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First FATC Stream Team Trip (May 16th) - 7 FATC Stream Team members headed out on our teams first official Stream Team activity on Friday 5/16. Mike Bisaga, Tim Graham, John Palmer, John Walker, Mike Chambers, Pete Drochelman and Brian Talbot gathered at our usual gathering spot at the YMCA, and started our trek to Calvey Creek in Robertsville State Park. We arrived at the park around 2:30, gathered all our gear, and started on our brief hike through the woods to our monitoring location. We started by assessing the stream and identifying the best locations to take our samples. Per the ST guidelines, to get the best variety of sampling, we want to pull macroinvertebrate samples from 3 different types of habitat(come with us on our next trip to see what I mean) Our locations were identified, and we began our sampling. We pulled our first net, and began our search for insects. Those that had not done this before quickly realized that this is not always as easy as it may seem. Some of these things are REALLY small. Mike Chambers with his inspectors eagle eye, gets the prize for the most critters found. Although we did not find large quantities of any one organism, the creek turned out to be relatively healthy based on the wide variety of insects found, including several that are considered environmentally sensitive. Mayflies, stoneflies, midges, fishflies, and damselflies are just a few of the insects we found. Once we completed our three net samples, we did our stream discharge calculations to get the cubic feet per second discharge. Before we headed back we walked our section of stream, collected any litter we found including extracting 3 1/2 tires from the stream bed. Keep a lookout for future events, and try to attend one if you can. I think everyone found it very interesting, and a great way to learn a little more about the streams that support the fish that we spend our time and effort chasing.
There are a lot of guys fishing this Summer! Here is a report from Sid Aslin (June 12 - 15): I spent the Thursday to Sunday morning of Father's Day weekend at Montauk camping by myself as nobody else was game!....When I got there at about 10 AM Bruce Morton and "Gabby" were checking out of the campground and said that they had left me a lot of fish! I caught about 35 trout each on Thursday and Friday, 25 on Saturday and 10 on Sunday morning when I headed home. On Sunday morning I saw a big one in the stream and threw a soft hackle to it and and it took it upstream fast! It got going and even though I kept tension on it when it got out far it got off. I would have traded the other fish for him! I released all fish! Nothing was consistently catching and I tried about every fly that I had!
I finally got the knack of tippet to tippet knot and am not using the tippet rings any more! I also figured out that I was not putting split shots on right.
Jim, Gary and I are going to Meramec Springs on Thursday. We are meeting at the Y at 7 AM (they are not early risers) so if you want to put out an FYI that would be OK to have others meet us at the Y!
Great Job, Sid. The more you go out, the more you learn!!
Scott Drooger enjoys time with his Dad on the water! (June 9th);
Fished the Pine River in Northern Michigan on June 9th. The Pine is one of Michigan's blue ribbon trout streams. The river has not been stocked since 1973, so all trout are wild. It is one of the coldest rivers and the one with the steepest gradient. We were between the Hendricks hatch and the fabled Hex hatch, so not much action on the surface. Nymphs, worms and streamers were the weapons of choice. Difficult fishing conditions, as early spring record breaking flooding had left a lot of debris in the river. Moved a decent number of fish. All in all a difficult day, but successful. Here's a nice Brown! Best part of the trip was fishing with my father!
Any Fish On The Fly (Canada June 27th - July 3rd) I just returned from a trip to Canada for smallmouth bass, pike and muskie. It was a great trip with brothers, uncles, cousins and nephews. As I have told you in class before, you can catch any fish on the fly. So I added a few pictures of some Pike that I had the opportunity to catch in Ontario, Canada, Get out there and enjoy some fishing with family and friends.
New Graduate and Plenty of Fish at Montauk (July 7th): The FATC has a new graduate from our latest class!! No less than eight showed up to fish this past Monday at Montauk. The forecast called for afternoon storms but they never came giving us a mostly sunny day. Dave Beerbower, Mike Bisaga, Dave Komor, John Walker, Kenny Klimes, Matt McClure and his son Sam and our latest graduate Dave Inman headed to Montauk for what turned out to be a good day of fishing. There was plenty of room on the river to fish as the "crowds" were low. The catching was a little better in the morning than the afternoon but all caught plenty of rainbows. Dave Inman graduated right away and did very well the rest of the day. Our best flies were P&P and red midges, San Juan and Cerise worms, Stimulators, egg pattern, CQ streamer, and soft hackles. The water was very clear and the flow was very slow which made it a little tougher for dead drifting. Most fished in the park above the dam while two decided to give below the dam a try in the afternoon. One lesson learned - set a definite time for lunch before everyone heads out to fish. Or someone may never get to eat lunch??!!! Oh yea, and make sure you know how to get back to the car at the end of the day - Dave Inman almost had to take the course all over again as he got lost on his way back to the cars (or was he Kenny's responsibilty??). A trip to Hicks BBQ ended the day. Congratulations goes out to Dave Inman our latest Flyfisher at The Crossing!!
The Famous Ausable River (June 24th) A Trip report from Kevin Suttner fishes the Ausable I recently got an opportunity to fish the Au Sable River outside Grayling Michigan with my brother in law who lives about 1.5 hours south of the area. Randy grew up fishing the Meramec (Cardiac Hill) and other streams we fish. He also lived in Oregon fishing as many of those stream as possible.
We waded the Big Creek the first evening and I caught my first wild Brookie. The following afternoon we floated the main branch of the Au sable with a guide. Our last day Randy and I took his canoe and floated the South Branch of the Au Sable. It was a awesome trip.
We were a couple days early on the Hex hatch and didn't get into any big browns on our guided trip. This is such a big deal when it happens that the locals wait along the stream after dark for it to start.We floated from 3 pm to midnight and saw a good hatch but the spinners were not falling in the river to start the frenzy. Our schedule kept us from going back the next night. It was a great time floating and fishing. I learned a lot from Randy and our guide. I was able to catch the hat trick. Brook, Brown, Rainbow and saw the cabin were Trout Unlimited was formed by 9 local fisherman. The area is rich in beauty and trout history.The pic is a brown caught about 10 days earlier in the day light. Nice fish. If your get a chance to fish the Au Sable don't pass it up.
Another Graduate at Montauk (July 14th) We are in the process of building our FATC Instructor cadre this summer. Dave Beerbower is our first "Instructor" to hit the waters with a newcomer from our Spring fly fishing class. Sounds like they had a great time under tough fishing conditions. Here's Dave's report and congratualtions to Darryl (and Dave!!). Dave Beerbower and Darryl Weinrich headed out to Montauk this past Monday. Darryl was in Kenny’s last class and wanted to graduate. Kenny could not go, so Dave got the pleasure (and pressure) of taking Darryl out to catch some fish. It was a day of firsts! Dave’s first day as a “certified” instructor, Darryl’s first trout ever caught on a fly rod and his first stop at Hick’s barbeque. Darryl took the pressure off of me faster than any graduate I can remember. He had a very nice qualifier in the net within the first 10 minutes on the water. The park was very crowded and the fish were very tentative. It was one of the slowest fishing days I have ever had at Montauk, but that did not stop Darryl from catching 5 nice rainbows. He also had several on the line but they got off before getting to the net. Wolly buggers, soft hackles and cracklebacks fished deep had the best results. All in all a great day, and the Hicks was good as always to finish it off. Kenny’s record of 100% is still safe. Phew!
A Day at Montauk (July 17th) Bruce Sheffield found time to hit the waters returning from a "work" trip. He had a great day and even met another FATC brother on the river! Here's his report: Kenny, I had some personal business to take care of in Iron County on Thursday so I packed my fishing gear so I could head to Montauk after I having taken care of business :-) It was noon before I arrived at Montauk but with the weather so nice it was a great day to spend on the water. My first cast was with a soft hackle and it yielded a strike and I thought this might be a good day but that was the only strike I got on a soft hackle all day. Fishing was slow and that was verified by other fly fishers I spoke with. Every now and then I'd come across someone in the right spot with the right fly and they were catching fish. The water is crystal clear so it is easy to see the trout rejecting the flies. The trout were mostly lookers and not takers. At times a trout would look at a fly two or three times before swimming off. I did catch a few, mostly using an olive mohair leach, but the P&P midge and a brown crackle back tricked a fish or two. There were plenty of folks on the river but they seemed to congregate close to the areas that had parking close to the river access. In between those areas other fishers were sparse. I did run across Sid Aslin as I was walking out. So we talked and fished together for about an hour and I almost doubled my catch rate for the day while fishing with Sid. So I've decided Sid is a good guy to have around when I'm fishing:-) The picture is one of the rainbows I caught while fishing with Sid. All the Best, Bruce Sheffield Yes, I have been out lately too and the super clear water creates a challenge - a good challenge. With slower moving, clear water this summer concentrate on using smaller diameter tippet (6X, maybe even 7X) for your dead drifting flies or think about adding movement to those flies as they drift. Stripping flies may also help provoke an attack.
Montauk Proves Challenging (July 30th): A bunch of flyfishers headed to Montauk this past Wednesday and here is a report from Dave Beerbower. A rather large group of fly fishers decided to give it a go this past Wednesday. Dave Beerbower, Jim Franke, his brother Dave, Gary Elliot, his neighbor Ron, Sid Aslin, and Tim Fleisher met up with Bruce Morton and his pal Mike. We were joined by several hundred other fishermen at Montauk on a day when the fish were amazed at how many feet were hitting the water all around them. As a result, the fishing was fairly difficult. Bruce and Dave had brought their recently finished bamboo rods to christen them, and found success early in the day. Both liked how the rods performed and were happy to finally get them out on the water. Gary and Jim had good success around the boulder with soft hackles and dry flies. Dave Franke and Tim headed to the spinning rod area and caught some nice fish with trout worms. Sid planted himself in the catch and release area, but later felt guilty for catching too many fish so he retreated to the river. Late in the day, the trout started to hit Griffiths gnats on the surface, and this salvaged some of the fishermen’s egos (mine included). All had a good time and we finished it off with Hick's BBQ. It would be a good idea to stay away from the state parks until the kids are back in school!
Roaring River (July 28th) : Jerry Lybarger got to the far west end of the state and fished the Roaring River. The FATC hasn't fished there in a long time. Here's his report. Had a chance to fish Roaring River with my wonderful mate who feels her skills are unworthy for the trout streams. Started late morning about 1/2 way up from the famed DryFly/Mike Meadows memorial bridge and fished to bridge in the catch and release. Knowing the Roaring River clientele, not expect many in that area. Tried the MDC recommended lures and fly shop recommended ants w/ light indicators, which I thought good as my pool at home has had a lot of ants in the filters. As some would say - the fishing was very technical. Very low clear water with little flow w/ fidgety fish in the shadows. Fish would suck in and spit out a fly without even moving my wife's indictor or before I could yell for her to raise. I obviously am not as good a teacher as our master. Did poorly on recommended stuff so went to my schooling from our master teacher. Used a barely visible orange dotted yellowstone beetle as indicator with 7X soft hackle dropper. Landed at least 12 in the next two hours (mostly the soft hackle) loosing almost as many. Fish under bridge in the DryFly/Meadows hole were stacked. Caught first three casts. While calling for wife, two bozos seeing my catch (no one else was catching) raced to the other side of my hole. Wife said she did not want to fish by them with her skills. I pointed out that the two red necks only came over because they saw me catch and the way they were fishing, would be gone shortly. All materialized and now my wife thinks I know what I am doing.
Bennett Crowded but Fishable! (July 31st and Aug 1st): Here is a trip report from Tom Kelly who had a chance to fish with his brother and pass some of his knowledge to a young fly fisher. Wanted to give you a fishing report from last week. Sorry, no photos. My brother John & I hit Bennett Springs on Thursday 7/31 & Friday, 8/1. The water was at normal levels, normal flow & very clear. We had beautiful sunny weather both days with highs in the upper 70's to low 80's. Park was pretty crowded both days from morning whistle to evening whistle. Many stretches had fishermen lined maybe 30 feet apart for much of the day. Busy but still very fishable & enjoyable. We had a wonderful time, pulling in a total of 85 rainbows between the two of us over the two day period. The P&P was the go to fly accounting for
probably 60% of all fish taken. Also took a few on the Renegade Dry, Big Ugly, Copper Head Midge & one of John's creations called the Ruby Glitz (red midge w/ green wire wrap). Most fish were around 12" with a couple in the 14" range. Not real big but good fighters. While fishing I met a young man who had just graduated from high school. We were fishing next to one another for a while. His uncle had recently given him a fly rod and he was whipping it back & forth using a big dry fly with no luck. I had caught a few fish while next to him so he was asking me a couple of questions. I shared with him some of the education that you had imparted on me about where fish mostly feed. I also hooked him up with a strike indicator & a couple of P&P's and gave him a 30 second lesson on dead drifting & mending. Checked back with him a little while later and he had caught his first trout on his fly rod. Thanks to you Kenny for all that you have taught me. Felt good to spread a little FATC love.
That's the report. Hope all is well. Thanks Kenny!
Deep Summer - Terrestrials are HOT (Aug 13th): Here is a report from Dave Beerbower! He says the catching is picking up - better get out there! Dave Beerbower, Sid Aslin and Tim Klotz headed down to Montauk to see if the crowds had receded since many schools are now back in session. Though there were plenty of fly fishers, it was much better than a few weeks ago. The fishing has been tough for several weeks, but that changed on this day. We started out near the boulder and caught fish right away on soft hackles and dry flies. There was a terrific mayfly hatch going on as we hit the river and it lasted for over an hour. Fish were rising all over the place and we hit them hard. Later in the morning, I decided to try a hopper pattern, casting against the far bank. Wow! They started hitting it almost as soon as it hit the water. It was great fun to see them attack the hopper with such gusto. After lunch, we went further upstream and continued to do well with hoppers, ants and soft hackles. Wooly buggers and cracklebacks also did well, especially in olive and black. On this day, the fish were hitting anything on the swing and long, slow strips seemed to work best. Tim had plenty of fish to take home to his son, who loves to eat fresh trout even though he is a vegan. Sid decided to stop fishing the catch and release area and spent the whole day on the river with great results. In fact, he caught the largest fish of the day with a very nice 16 incher. It was so much fun that I had to call us off the water at 5:30. It got to be too late for Hicks BBQ, so we stopped in Rolla at the Panera for a quick bite before heading home. Terrestrial season is now officially on. Get out there and be prepared for some great fishing.
More Head To Current River Outside the Park - Fishing is Good (Aug): Jim Minor sends us this report from Montauk. Just wanted to let you know that I met up with Steve McDaniel last week and went down to the current river at Montauk. The fishing overall was really good and I broke in my new rod/reel. We fished outside the park and there were a lot of fish but most did not even look at my flies. But I did catch about double my limit which is good for me. I used a fly to simulate the mayfly early in the day and did quite well. Later I used the P&P and had some success and ended with catching a nice trout on an Elk hair Caddis I tied. It was a very ugly tie job (my first) but it did land a nice size trout.
Steve was a blessing to me and he helped me out quite a bit plus he can tie a very good fly. Anyway sorry for not emailing you sooner...just wanted you to know we had gone out and had a really good day of fishing.
Need More Rain - But Another is Added to the Fellowship (Aug 18th): Four of us headed out to fish the Current river this past Monday. With some of the rain that we had we thought that finally the river levels would have risen and the clarity less clear but not true. Kenny Klimes, Dave Inman, Jim Franke and newcomer Dennis Puryear fished both Tan Vat and below the cable (Montauk). The water is still crystal clear and the levels are still low. The morning fishing at Tan Vat went well with cloudy skies and cool temperatures but after lunch the sun and the heat came out and the fish honkered down low below the cable. The best flies were the midges (P&P, Red and black zebra midges), mohair leech, soft hackles, copper johns, and renegades. Yes, we need rain to fill the rivers - it will come. As always a lot of techniques were learned to catch the tough fish. Big fish of the day was a 16 inch Brown caught on a "dead drifted" mohair leech by Jim Franke. We want to welcome our newcomer Dennis Puryear. Dennis is an experienced fly fisher who lives in the House Springs area and comes to us with many years of fly fishing experience. Dennis found The Crossing because of the FATC ministry - thats cool. After a great day of fishing and fellowship we all headed home to find a new place to have fellowship dinner. Well, because of Jim Franke's suggestion, we found a new awesome place to chow down. El Nopal (see I got the name right, Jim) which is a mexican restaurant in Sullivan.