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Tan Vat - Cable Fishing Well (Nov 13th): Kenny Klimes, Jim Franke, and Dave Beerbower braved the cold (11 degrees) to fish Tan Vat and the Cable this past Wednesday. The Park was closed but the Current river was empty. The guys started at Tan Vat early and did very good. Jim and Kenny pulled in five trout within the first 20 minutes of the day. A couple of Browns were caught but the rest Rainbows. The guys stopped fishing Tan Vat around noon to have a hot lunch (out of the Thermos) and fished below the cable until around 4pm. A nice mayfly hatch was happening most ot he morning and into the early afternoon. Many fish were caught on dry flys this trip - that was a lot of fun! Successful flies used - midges (zebra, red zebra, rusty dun, and P&P), White mayfly adult (size 18). Rubber leg stonefly, Caddis Sparkle pupa, and soft hackle. Jim had one of his best days ever and got to see Tan Vat and below the cable for the first time. The weather was sunny and the temperatures warmed as the day progressed. It got up to a balmy 40 degrees. They had dinner at the Bread Co. in Rolla (and they even had pesto).
Lake Taneycomo (LT) - Fishing fair to good, Weather Warm, Fellowship Awesome!! (Nov 15th - 17th) Our Fall LT trip was a huge success as five FATC guys headed down for some fall fishing. Tom Kelly and Tim Trog, who were new to our LT trips, Terry Seaton, John Bloss and Kenny Klimes made the trek down to Branson this past weekend. Being a three day trip Kenny sent out many emails to make sure the guys brought all the right gear. Even his last email reiterated the importance of doing your gear check before hitting the road. Well, when we arrived at the condo and started to unpack there was one guy that forgot a very important piece of his equipment. You know there is always one guy - and this time it was ME! I forgot my vest with all my flies, tools, tippet, etc... I was floored. Curled in a little ball and crying profusely in the corner of the room, Terry picked me up and the guys all agreed to pitch in a little bit of everything so I could fish. A lanyard, some tools, some weights, some tippet and THREE flies! They were convinced that they could now catch more fish than me! Just kidding. Everyone was gracious in their giving. The reason I tell you all of this is because we all made a pact that what happens at LT stays at LT - yeah, right, like they were not going tell everyone!
Ok, let's get down to fishing. The weather was warm the entire weekend - too warm. The fishing was fair to good for LT which usually produces many fish for everyone.Terry did well with his new bamboo rod with a Big Ugly indicator and a midge larva below (yes, Kevin we did talk about you then). We mostly used midges and Tim fooled a few fish on a scud. We really had to keep moving to find fish. Once we did catch a few in a spot then we had to move on. The winds kicked up over the weekend and the guys headed to the "Barrel" which was protected. In the Barrel the guys caught some nice fish on the midge and cerise worm. Kenny threw a Wooly 'Booger' in the downed trees and stumps to pull out a couple of nice rainbows. Tom and John did well also throughout the trip. We even had a visit from Tom's brother, John, who came down from Springfield to fish with us on Sunday. The best flies of the trip were the P&P midge, black zebra midge, red midge, copper john, big ugly, olive wooly bugger, cerise worm, glo-bug, soft hackle, scud, and crackleback. Check out the pictures below!
I have to say the Fellowship was awesome this weekend. New friendships were made and old stories were retold. Terry did most of the cooking (which was fantastic) and the rest helped in all kinds of ways. We even played a game of "Go Fish" with the famous fly identification cards that Terry brings on these trips. Of course Terry won but we couldn't get Tom to fall for the "sitting by the mirror trick". Everyone had a great time, even Kenny, despite leaving all his gear at home. Next trip to LT should be in March 2014.
North Fork of the White (ROLF) Trip - Cold but Enjoyable! ( Nov. 22nd - 25th): This four day trip was planned to one of the tougher rivers to fish in Missouri. Why so tough? The rainbow trout here are wild and reproduce on their own. This is known because they haven't stocked it since 1964. It is also one of the top 100 streams to fish for trout in the U.S. Oh, yeah, did I say it was one of the slipperiest rivers in the U.S.? Two groups of flyfishers headed down to River of Life Farm (ROLF) to fish this beautiful river. Mike Basaga, Dave Komor, Bob Chott and Andrew Holderby travelled down on Thursday night to camp and fish until Sunday. The frigid temperatures chased them out of their tents and into a cabin for the weekend. Good thing too because it was COLD! The second group chose a cabin months earlier and stayed from Friday until Monday. That group consisted of Pete Drochelman, Al Blair, John Walker, Mike Mikulin, Stan Patton and Kenny Klimes. Everyone was prepared for the forecasted freezing temperatures so now we just had to concentrate on catching fish and NOT falling in the river. The four "campers" decided to fish the entire river both days and canoed the upper and lower portion of the North Fork. They caught a few fish each and found out how tough the North Fork river can be. The "cabin" six stayed in the one mile stretch along the ROLF and fished for their rainbows there.
To say the fishing was "tough and technical" would be an understatement. The wild rainbows were smart and spooked easily. A few fish were caught by all with the most by one flyfisher for the weekend tallied at six. The best two flies seemed to be the combo of a rubber legged stonefly on the top and a black zebra midge as the trailer fly. Most other flies didn't hack it. This river is loaded with stoneflies which is a good thing for the river. A river that has many stoneflies indicates a very clean and healthly river. See pictures below.
Since the sun went down so early each day the guys spent a lot of time in the cabin in fellowship. No TV to distrack us we had the opportunity to really get to know one another, learn a little about trout and fly fishing from some videos that were brought down, listen to Mizzou's win on the radio and teach Al how to really use his IPhone. His highness fell in love with Siri Sunday night - you will have to ask Al all about it. The food was awesome except for Saturday night - disaster! And we even had one night where all ten of us swapped fish tales. We also learned what "cleats" to use fly fishing and maybe, which ones not to use! We saw the rare phenomenon of "frost flowers" on Sunday morning (see pictures below). To learn more about frost flowers click on this link "Frost Flowers". We even found a great little cafe in Cabool, MO that some guys may just drive down to for lunch or breakfast in the future.
All in all it was a great trip. You don't have to catch loads of fish to enjoy God's awesomeness on the river. New friendships were made and we are still can't wait to get back on the water again.
.Meramec Spring brings FATC another Graduate! November 29, 2013 – Jim Deckert and Terry Seaton headed to Meramec Spring Park for a little post-Thanksgiving graduation trip. Jim took Kenny’s class last year and was finally able to fit in commencement into his busy schedule. The park held a few dozen of fishermen for winter fishing and it was a brisk but beautiful sunny day. While swinging a #16 red soft hackle, Jim had several fish on within the first half hour. After learning how to play a fish, he eventually landed his first-ever rainbow on a fly rod! Fish are in good numbers throughout the park. That allowed Jim to catch fish while learning a few additional techniques – stripping a #14 olive crackleback in slack water and dead-drifting a #16 Copper John below an indicator. His casting improved throughout the day. Near the closing whistle, Terry and Jim even had a “double” while fishing a #20 red midge below a large Elk Hair Caddis – what a great experience for the first time out! Unfortunately, Jim buried that EHC into his finger – is there a doctor in the house? – and had to take a brief timeout to stop the bleeding… Those darn barbed hooks!!! Jim recovered and proceeded to fish some very technical riffles around some boulders and caught a beauty in a very difficult spot! The Professor couldn’t be more proud of his student after just one day! The boys ate their “lunch” for “dinner” on the car ride home because Jim was having too much fun to stop midday… Congratulations Jim – you are now official in the FATC – and Terry’s streak remains intact at 3 for 3! Thanks Terry for helping graduate another new FATC member BUT are you trying to chase my record???
First Graduate - From New Class Meramec Spring (Dec 16th) - Terry Seaton said that Meramec Spring was fishing good so we headed on down Monday. Steve McDaniel just finished casting class Sunday morning and heard about the trip. So Kenny Klimes, Steve McDaniel and Dave Beerbower braved the cold and fished Meramec Spring. The day started out cold but warmed up nicely as the trio caught fish throughout the day. Steve graduated early catching a rainbow on the P&P midge. We fished near the beginning of the park (around the island) in the morning and the rest of the park in the afternoon. Many fish were caught as the park fished well all day long. Most of the day we had a huge midge hatch going on. Hot flies were the P&P midge, Rusty midge, wooly bugger, several nymph patterns and Dave's new fly the Olive Pheasant tail upright nymph! Most fish seemed to be in the 11 - 14 inch range and very feisty. Congratulations to Steve on his graduation. He didn't waste any time getting to the water as he is officially the first in his class to graduate. The weather was awesome as the temperatures hit in the low 40's with the sun out in the afternoon. Even saw four bald eagles at the park. Dinner at Hick's BBQ and then the drive home. Great day!
Meramec Spring is Fishing Great Right Now!! (Dec 20th) Larry Farrar fished Meramec Spring a half day this past Friday and had a great day. Meramec Spring is only an hour drive from STL so get down there for catch and release season. I made a solo trip to Meramec Springs on Friday December 20th. It was a spontaneous trip, made the decision to leave at 11:45AM and was on the stream at 1:20PM. When I left St. Louis it was 70F and had dropped to 51F by the time I made it to the park. I started with a San Juan worm and white midge with a black head. Even with the drop in temperature the fish were hot. I caught two dozen below the island at the top of the park. Moved up stream to the bride and worked my way down a caught several nice fish on the same pattern. I ended up down near the end of the park fishing fast water and continuing to catch fish. I saw 5-6 other fisherman during the 2 1/2 hours I fished. All in all it was a great afternoon and the bite was on. Go fishing and have yourself a Merry Christmas!
Meramec Spring Continues to Fish Well (Dec. 27th) Dave Beerbower, Terry Seaton, Mike Walton, Johan Gerber and Larry Farrar made a trip to Meramec Springs on Friday Dec 27th for a morning of fishing. The morning temp was brisk but the sky was clear and the high temp reached the high 40's by mid afternoon. Terry and Mike headed outside the park while Dave, Johan, and Larry stayed in the park. The hot flies were the white midge, red midge, San Juan worm, wooly bugger, and the Miracle Fly. The fish ranged from 11-15" in length and put good fights when hooked. Lunch at Subway and then a drive home filled with great fishing tails. Just a quick half day of fishing and loads of fish and fun! Now is the time to get out there!
Montauk - Two New Graduates/Cold but Catchy! ( Dec 30th): Several of you said that we were going to freeze our #@@& off this Monday if we went fishing but it wasn't bad. Kenny took Matt McClure and Jim Minor out for their graduation test and Craig Dull joined them on this below freezing day. Everyone was prepared cold weather gear wise but the new guys had never ventured out in weather like this. We saw a couple fly fishermen in the park but never saw anyone on the water. The whole river to ourselves! The morning was cold but by noon it warmed up into the low 30's and was down right nice. BTW don't buy these handwarmer package things - we discovered they don't work. Trout were caught earlier as Matt and Jim graduated early in the day. We fished below the boulder/above the dam in the morning, had an early lunch so as to take advantage of the "predicted" warmer temps in the afternoon. It was a good move. So we all marched to the beginnng of the river near the spring and worked our way down to the boulder until closing. The best flies were again the midges. The P&P (did the best), black zebra, white with black head, green midges and soft hackles did the best. This turned out to be a great learning trip as the two graduates and Craig (who is fairly new) discovered new areas were they need to get better. Many fish were caught and Montauk is also fishing well right now. I realize it is too cold for some but this weekend the temps ranged from low 50's to sub freezing. We had over 12 flyfishers out this weekend and all did very good. Get out there and hit the waters before the catch and release season is over. If you are able to fish, email me and I will hook you up with others,
.Montauk Fishing is Still Awesome! (Jan 11th): Here is a report on Montauk Park from Joe Walker - sounds like they had an awesome day! On Saturday, January 11th, Larry Farrar, Mike Walton and Joe Walker met early at the Wildwood Y to depart for a day of fishing at Montauk. On the ride down the concern was about high and stained water conditions that they might be faced with at Montauk.
When they arrived all concerns were off as the water level and clarity was just great. They were blessed with a fantastic day of outstanding fishing. Larry fish count was around 75, Mike was in the mid to late 40s and they both coached/cheered on Joe to his personal best day of 28 trout. They fished inside the park (which was not too crowded) using the top flies of the San Juan worm, 3 of 3 Gray Scud and a Red Midge.
This was just wonderful day of fishing and fellowship!
Meramec Stocked with Rainbows (Jan 13th): The warm weather brought out many fly fishermen this day including our own. Ten flyfishers headed to Meramec Spring to take advantage of the warm winter day. Stan Patton, Sid Aslin, Steve McDaniel, John Guyer, Kevin Suttner (New Grad), Kenny Klimes, Jim Minor, Jim Franke and two of his friends Gary Elliott and Ron Peasley. The guys fished mostly around the island area in the beginning of the park. Most of the park was full of fly fishermen because of the awesome weather. The best fishing locations seemed to be the riffles around and after the island. The slower "ponds" next to the island did well also. Top flies were the P&P midges, Black zebra midge, white midge (Trout Crack) type fly, and soft hackles. Kevin Suttner came out to graduate this day and did a fine job as he caught on fast with his dead drift and pulled in several nice rainbows. Congratulations Kevin and welcome to the FATC!! Because of the large crowds of fishers we didn't get a chance to fish most of the park like we wanted to and outside the park had too high water to even try. We also celebrated Sid's birthday with a fantastic tasting German Chocolate cake that Sid so gracouisly brought for everyone to try. Everyone had a great day and fellowship dinner at Hicks BBQ was the finishing touch. Remember Meramec Spring park is open 7 days a week not like the other State parks are in the winter season. Get out there!!
Middle of Week Trip to Meramec Spring (Jan 16th): Jerry and I decided Wednesday evening to fish Meramec Springs the next day. We both needed a day out of the house and I needed to refresh and recharge after just losing my Dad. We decided not to be concerned about being the first guys on the stream, we like to think that we have learned a few things over these many years of fishing and chasing rainbows. Weather forecast was for snow early with warming temperatures by lunch time. My wife chided me a bit on my leaving just prior to her going to work and asked me what kind of fisherman am I sleeping in and leaving after daybreak. When we departed Wildwood it was cold and there was 1/2" of snow and ice on streets and drives. We had a nice drive down to the park and managed to figure out the solution to a few of the world's problems on our drive down. We got in the stream about 10:00 am and started catching fish pretty quickly. Jerry fished a zebra midge, size 18 and I fished a primrose and pearl midge (same size). We mostly fished around the island. I think the only difference was that I was using size 6x (fluorocarbon - seaguar) and Jerry was using size 5X. I may have had a few more hook ups early but Jerry switched to a P&P and I think that he also changed to a 6X. We both caught what I consider to be a quite a few fish. It seemed that the fishing was best when the sun was shining, but it moved into the clouds quite a bit and we still managed to catch fish. At times, particularly early, it seemed that most casts yielded fish, but since Jerry and I are sporting gentlemen we will not discuss numbers except to say that we were glad we went and that we caught a goodly number of fish, despite being a bit rusty. We had a nice lunch on a picnic bench overlooking the stream and visited with a couple of other fisherman and tried to share some things that were working and direct them to the FATC website for instruction on how to tie the legendary P&P. After lunch we fished the island, riffles, far bank and deeper holes downstream. Most fish seemed to be schooled up around the island (before the small rock dam). I lost about 1/2 dozen fish that seemed like good fish on the hookup after lunch despite using shock gum between my leader and fly line. They broke me off at the leader so I suspect that I had too small tippet. I seldom lose fish this way. It could be the new tippet material but I don't think so. I switched to size 5x and did not lose any more fish but I seemed to have fewer hookups. Overall it was a very good day to go fish and spend time with one of my brothers. We only have a couple pictures, we were kind of busy fishing and catching, but one of two is a double if that tells you anything.
Big Fish, No Camera!! Montauk (Jan 20th): John Walker, Kenny Klimes, and newbie all star flyfisher Matt McClure headed to Montauk on what turned out to be a spring like day - 50 degrees. It was a national holiday (MLK) so Montauk had a few flyfishers crowding the waters but there was enough room for all. We started the day at the beginning of the river (near the spring) and worked our way down to the boulder for lunch. The fishing was great with large fish caught - but no camera. Yes, Kenny didn't forget his vest but did forget the camera. P&P midges, pheasant tail nymphs and RS2s worked great in the morning. A small white mayfly hatch put the trout in a feeding mood. The crew had lunch around noon and then worked the lower part of the park all the way to the handicap bridge. Again flies in the afternoon were the P&P, white midge, elk hair caddis (when a big caddis hatch happened). But most of the afternoon the hatches belonged to the midges - prolific hatches all afternoon. It was a great day with many BIG trout caught in the 16 inch range. Find the deeper runs and you have a hefty rainbow. It was nice to fish with John since we have only fished once since Yellowstone - hearing his woo-hoo's made me smile. And, Matt is slowing becoming a rookie of the year candidate as he caught fish all day. A nice dinner on the way home added to the awesome fellowship. Ok, funny story time!! As we reached Walter's stretch there was a gentleman fishing with a Tenkara rod. As Kenny got closer to him he couldn't hold back. He said, "I see you are fishing Tenkara." The man said, "yes, are you familiar with it". Kenny said," Yes,, but do you know what Tenkara means in Japanese". "No" he said. "Well, it means too cheap to buy reel" Kenny said with the smile. The gentleman laughed and they both talked a bit. Then the man gave Kenny his card. It read "Tenkara Ambassador, bringing Tenkara to the World!!! " They both bust out laughing - joke was on Kenny!!
.Bennett Spring Windy but Good Fishing: (Jan 25 -26): As promised the WWF (Mike Walton, Joe Walker and Larry Farrar) made a two day appearance at Bennett Springs this past weekend. Fortunately for the three the weather turned out favorable, warmer temps but 15mph winds. The stream was in great shape and held a lot of fish willing to take the right fly. Most fish were taken on San Juan worms, white midges, and crackle backs. Unfortunately the winds created enough chop on the water that dry fly fishing was nearly impossible. The winter catch and release season is almost over. Take a day and go fishing, you deserve it.
FINALLY Warmer Days and Another Graduate (March 5th): With the opening day for trout now past us, we decided to head to the river on a Wednesday. Unusual but we did have four willing to fish the first day of what we would call warmer temperatures - finally. The temps were to hit in the low 40s for the day and they did. It made for an awesome day of fishing. Kenny Klimes took new guy, Tim Klotz, out for graduation and was joined by Matt McClure and Tim McCoy. The park was quiet with a few spin fishermen still hanging around from opening day. Fishing was very good as the trout were very fiesty. A nice midge hatch happened throughout the day so the guys went to midges and soft hackles first. Best flies of the day were the P&P. Red , Black, and bluish zebra midges, Soft hackles in red and black, white Midge adults, the smoke jumper midge, light colored RS2s and san juan worms. Tim Klotz graduated early in the day and learned several techniques. He also learned the standard new guy stuff that you can only learn when on the water. Congratulations Tim!! We fished the entire length of the fly fishing only area - good spots were at the top of the spring, Walter's stretch (especially the deep hole just below the riffles), and the riffles in front and around the boulder. With warmer weather finally here, let's get out there and wet a line!
"One Toke Over The Line Sweet Jesus" - Montauk/Current (Mar 7th) - It was an unusual day fishing this Friday. The Fly Fishing Film Tour was Thursday night and I guess it inspired me to get back on the water ASAP. Lew Smith hadn't fished in over 9 months so it was time to get him back on the water to get his "Groove" back on. So Lew and Kenny (and no I am not retired, I do have a job!) headed down to Salem to fish the Current river. When we arrived the park was packed to the "gills' so to say. We checked Tan Vat and below the cable and decided to at least start the day below the cable. It was pretty clear of fishermen except for two guys that we saw in the distance (more on that later). Lew was throwing a Woolybugger Fly Company wooly bugger and hit on the first trout of the day. Fishing, I mean catching, was tough below the cable. The water is low and the trout are hiding some place - didn't 'see' many in the water like we normally do. As we walked near the 90 degree bend we saw two fly fishers working it hard. Low and behold one of them was our FATC Steve McDaniel. Awesome. We talked and asked if he would like to join us the rest of the day. The other fly fisher was Tom Shipley, from the 70's folk rock group, Brewer and Shipley. Their hit was "One Toke Over the Line". Ok, you guys under 50 just Google it!! We talked awhile and then completed our fishing experience below the cable by noon. A quick lunch and Steve, Lew and I decided to go to the Park. We needed to get Lew's "Groove on" remember. We caught lots of trout in the park but it was a ZOO. Several times we had other Hoosiers (no, offense Dr. Montauk) just throw over our lines. Of course we 'bit our tongues' and just moved on. Best flies were the Midges, Cracklebacks, wooly bugger, and soft hackles. Lesson learned - the park is open again so I think a Monday would be less crowded than a Friday - just saying. Fun day though - lots of laughs and fish. Great to meet up with Steve on the river. We all met at Bread Co for dinner - and yes, they had Pesto!