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Fishing is Good (June 1st) - Most reports coming in from our guys is that the fishing is very good right now. Most people thought the flooding would shut the fishing down but it seems like the opposite has happened. Reports from Montauk, Bennett, Meramac Parks are coming in with good fishing reports. Also outside the parks like Meramec river and the Current river are fishing well also. Stay away from Lake Taneycomo if you want to wade - they are running a lot of water through the generators now. Below are pictures from a recent trip that Jim Craig took with me (Kenny Klimes) to check out the Meramec river. Only rainbows were caught throughout the day - no browns. Not sure where the browns took off to but I'll write the MDC to find out what they think. We fished from the bend all the way to Dry creek (which wasn't very dry by the way). Most rainbows were caught using bigger flies - woolybuggers, Tiger tails, rubber-legged stonefly, and leech patterns. Jim caught the big fish of the day - a 17" rainbow. The water was fast and slightly higher than normal but very fishable. Make sure you check the water levels and speeds on our web site before you head out fishing. The floods have changed most of the rivers. Trees are gone where they once were and new trees are down were there weren't trees before. Also new holes have been created so if you can't see the bottom very well don't think that the stream bottom is like it once was - be careful!! If you have a staff then I recommend wearing it and using it until the water level goes down and we can see the bottom. Be Safe out there!
There's Trout in Indiana!! (June 10-11): Here is a trip report to us from Connor Peters, who was sent to Indiana in his job with Kelloggs. Connor may be back home soon. I had the pleasure of hosting Matt McClure this past weekend in Lafayette IN. Saturday morning, we took off for East Fork White River near Brookville In. Brookville is roughly two hours away from Lafayette. It is one of the few fly fishing for trout areas Indiana has to offer. No trout parks here. The area is stocked with Browns and Rainbows. When we first got there we found a pack of browns. They were small and only small flys were working. Midges worked best for the Browns and Rainbows seemed to like San Juan worm and Cerise worm. We started about the middle and worked down until we reached the private land. As we were fishing we noticed fish seemed to be lurking more in the shaded areas near the banks rather then in the beating down sun. Once we hit private land, we walked back to the car ate lunch and headed to the top. On our way up, another fisherman asked if we could help him. He had a gar on his line and had been fighting it for about 10 minutes. We finished our hike to the top and worked back to the car. After a nice day of fishing we headed back to Lafayette, but not without stopping at Indiana Grand Casino for their buffet and slots. Altogether, Matt and I shared an awesome day and weekend of fellowship together.
Fishing's Good - Montauk, Below the Cable and Beyond.... (Jun 14). Sid Aslin led a group fishing on Wednesday that included Jeff Layton, Tim Klotz, Jim Craig and Kenny Klimes to Montauk State park area. The morning started out with fishing below the cable outside the park on the Current river. The trout are loaded in this area and the guys had no trouble getting on to fish immediately. Many fish were coming up to the surface so guys were swinging soft hackles, pheasant tail nymphs, woolly buggers (with legs), mohair leeches and more. So if you get down to Montauk you may want to start in the morning just below the cable (which by the way is no longer there - use the park sign to know when you are out of the park). At noon we all met for lunch and decided on the afternoon tactics. Jim and Kenny decided to hit Baptist Camp which Jim had never fished before and the other three stayed in the park but started behind the lodge. Kenny and Jim caught fish at Baptist - the area was hit hard by the floods. Just looks different and new holes to be conquered. Tim, Jeff and Sid did great behind the Montauk lodge and said it was one of the best fishing days they have had in a long time. We feel that many hatchery fish escaped during the flood and are camping out in this area. The latest reports say that the fish are loaded up in the park in the campground area and further downstream - I'd have to agree. It will get more crowded in the parks as the summer moves along so get out there now. We ended the day at Hick's BBQ in Cuba. It was Jeff's first time there so we talked him into getting the Chernobyl spud - I mean Ory's Spud. Not sure why he fell for it but he did eat the whole thing AND HAD DESSERT (see picture below)!!!
Fishing is Awesome Now - Tan Vat-Baptist Camp (Jun 6th): All the talk about the flood has messed up the fishing is "False News". Fishing has been good in almost all locations. Kenny Klimes, Mike Oldani and Bill Byington made a trip to check out Tan vat and Baptist Camp this past Tuesday. What they found was a different river due the flood but also great fishing as new holes and runs were formed. It's amazing the force of water! The water level is slightly higher than normal and the flow is faster than normal but very fishable. Everyone we met were catching fish and and did the same. We fished Tan Vat in the morning hours and then Baptist Camp after lunch. Met a gentleman, mark Wagner, on the river at Tan Vat who caught an over 20 inch Brown on 8x tippet using size 20-22 size RS2s (tandem rig). It was awesome to watch as he gingerly maneuvered the brown for several minutes until he was able to land it.- Beautiful Fish! All flies were catching fish. We used rubberlegged stoneflies, North Fork Special stoneflies, cerise worm, P&P midges, red midges, RS2s and more. Now is the time to get out there before the weather gets too hot.
Quick Trip to Meramec River (Jun16): Terry Seaton sends us this report. Fished outside the park at Maramec Spring Park very early this morning. Had some very good luck and everything caught was very deep while swinging sink-tip line downstream. All trout were caught on a #14 crackleback. Also caught a smallie and a sunfish on an olive egg-sucking leech. Was home by noon!
More Success! (June 17): Three FATC enjoyed the day on the water (Meramec River) with much success. Bill Lowry, Miles Meyer and Craig Dull fished the Meramec byn the bend and further downstream and said they caught some big trout. They sent just a few pictures because they were having to much fun catching! Get out there!!!
Fishing is Awesome - Montauk-Below the Cable (Jun 22): Fishing has been very good the past couple of weeks in most areas that we fish. A group of four FATC members made it out to the Montauk/Current river area this past Thursday. Pete Drochelman, John Walker, Al Blair and Kenny Klimes fished below the cable in the morning and the fly fishing only area in the park in the afternoon. First, below the cable - it was on fire. Lately the morning fishing has seemed to be the best so get out there early - wherever you go. We started just below the cable and fished to the "boulder garden" by noon. Although the trout have been of smaller size (8-11 inches) they have been hitting the flies with much "ferocity". If you want to fish dry flies, you can. If you want to swing your flies, you can. If you want to dead drift, you can. The trout are ready! The flies of the morning were the RS2, Barr's emerger, Prince nymph, Pheasant tail nymph, small soft hackles,and cracklebacks. Start at the end of the park and work your way down stream "slowly". The fish are loaded in this section. After the flood many trout escaped the hatchery and are now in the river. If you are fishing the park behind the lodge and the campground area have been good also. Overall it seems like the morning hours have been best (this includes other locations like the Meramec river). In the afternoon we fished the fly only area of the park. I have to say I was truly amazed how much damage and change there was after this year's "epic" flooding. Huge trees are down all over in the fly only area BUT there are new holes to learn and fish to be caught. We also found out that Dave Beerbower, Gary Elliott, and Sid Aslin were there at the same time we were - at several times just 50 yards away and we never knew it!!! They reported that they too had an awesome day of fishing. I (Kenny) had my third double ever - caught two trout at once (double fly rig). It's hot and it's summer but get out there before the trout decide to leave town.
The Word is Out - Below the Cable (Jun 27): Well, we are finding out that the word is out on fishing below the cable on the Current river. Five FATC members headed down to Salem, MO to test all the rumors. Mike Oldani set up the trip and Barry Dunnegan, Martin Jones, Bill Byington and Kenny Klimes joined him. Funny, we met up with several other flyfishers that said they knew the fishing was hot because of our web site!! (maybe we should restrict access?? - naw!). The trout were taking whatever fly you threw at them. We started at the cable in the morning and after lunch worked our way to the "boulder garden". Big fish and small fish most of the day. Martin who is new to the sport said it was his best day ever (so we took a few pictures of him and his catches). The flies ranged from tiny (RS2 - Barr Emergers - soft hackles) to nymph imitations (pheasant tails - copper johns - hares ears) to large (crane fly larva - mop - cerise worms) to dry flies (parachutes - beetles - ants). The fish ranged from 9" to 15". One fly fisher there pulled out a 20" brown in the morning. We dead drifted and swung flies. Basically it was an awesome day. We even saw a family of six otters (hopefully they won't eat all the trout!!). Don't miss this opportunity to catch fish - a lot of fish. We capped off the day with mexican food (and yes, a margarita).
Alaska Grayling and Pinks!!!- Awesome (Jul 10) Here is a report from Jim Craig fishing on one of his days off from his two week cruise in Alaska. Looks like he had an awesome time fishing for Grayling. Check out the dorsal fin on the Grayling. Here is what Jim had to say: Wow, what a day! Just the guide and me. We started nymphing with an indicator, then dry fly, then hammered them with white WBs. It was a 20+ fish day. We saw a moose on our hike out. I could never have made this trip without your teaching! Jim also went on a second trip for Pink Salmon or Humpies as they are known. What a way to enjoy an Alaskan cruise with a few side trips for fly fishing. I hope you let your better half do the Spa thing all day while you were gone. Thanks for the nice comment. Everyone that takes our class and gets on the water with the FATC should have the knowledge to help them fish anywhere in the world. Way to go Jim!!
Canada on the Fly (Jul 3-10). Here's a report from Kenny Klimes. Well, I just completed our annual Father-Son-Brother-Uncle-Nephew trip to Canada. As always it was an awesome time for all. As we say "we are making memories!". We fished mainly for three different species of fish; the smallmouth bass, the Northern Pike and the ever, elusive Musky. We fished our fly rods on several days of the trip as my two nephews brought their fly rods with them along with me. It was the first time using a fly rod for one of my nephews and he did a great job. We caught Pike and Bass on the fly rods as the weather cooperated with us the entire week. We fished for Musky with the fly but none would take. We did get 3 musky for the week. I got two of the three :) Some pictures below of just a few of the catches on the fly. We used 8,9,and 10 weight rods. A little heavier than we use here for trout. If you get the chance to fish up North please don't forget your fly rods. Just a blast.
Private Waters in Colorado (Jul 10-14): Here is a trip report from Dave Beebower as He and Bruce Morton did their annual trek to Colorado for the Bamboo Rod makers Reunion. Bruce and I are in Colorado for the Colorado Rodmakers Reunion. We met up with Bruce's brother Mike to help him christen the bamboo rod that Bruce made for him. We fished private water outside Carbondale, CO and we caught more big trout today than anyplace else I have ever been. There are three spring creeks and two ponds on this property and the lake fishing was awesome. We all caught several rainbows in the 18-20" range as well as some smaller browns. Check out the rainbow Bruce caught on his Tenkara rod. Beautiful day fishing in the Colorado mountains.
Sid Made Me Do It (Jul 19): Who in their right mind would go fishing on a day that the temperatures were going to be over 100 degrees?? Sid Aslin! And who is probably the only guy that could convince me to go with him? Sid Aslin! Not sure why I did it. Maybe because I was worried that Sid would dry up and blow away if I weren't there to keep an eye on him. Anyway, I (Kenny) joined Sid this day down on the Current River. We fished below the cable (which is there but laying on the ground) in the morning and the park in the afternoon. Even though the weather in St Louis was to be over 100 degrees this day it was rather nice on the cool water. We did well below the cable in the morning. Unfortunately mostly smaller fish but I did land a 14 inch rainbow. It will take a year for these little guys that were released in the flood to grow a little larger. In the afternoon Sid wanted to take me to his secret spot in the park (see picture). The largest trout there was 3 inches!! and right outside the hatchery. Come on, Sid, I taught you better than this!!! So, we soon left and fished the fly fishing only area. The afternoon sun put the fish down but towards the end of the day the fishing picked up. Sid got the biggest fish of the day a 16 inch rainbow on a dry fly - a black parachute Baetis fly. He was so excited - couldn't stop talking about it. Unfortunately, I wasn't near him to take a photo. Just hold it in your memory Sid. It was a fun day and the temperatures were rather nice. A hot meal at Cracker Barrel and home by 9pm.
No time for lunch! Jim Craig and Bill Byington enjoyed a hot day on the Current River below Montauk State Park on Monday, July 24, 2017. It wasn't just the temperatures that were hot. From the minute we stepped into the stream below the cable, we found the trout active and hungry. Our plans to eventually move on to Tan Vat or Baptist Camp never materialized, nor did lunch. As we begun, #18 green soft hackles and black beetles were the clear winners. As the day went on, yellow Joe's foam hoppers, prince Chernobyl ants (down right ugly), and a house fly imitator carried the afternoon. It was great to watch the fish rise to surface flies, even when they gave us a last second refusal. The fish had us so engaged that we never thought to stop for lunch. While it was nice to catch a few large fish, the rest were also good size. Seems those little escapees are starting to grow up. The fish and the temps got the best of us about 4 PM so we called it. Our hunger led us to quick meal at Hardees’ in Rolla. Although we had the “close” company of several spin fisherman and a couple bow fishermen on the hunt for suckers, it was another great day to be on the river. Summer is hot!
It was a DRY Day!!! (Aug 2nd): A last minute trip brought three FATC members together to fish. Sid Aslin was the leader, along with Gary Elliott and Kenny Klimes, and decided to fish the Current river outside of Montauk park. It was a good decision as the fishing, especially in the morning, was pretty good. The boys started below the cable first. Because of past reports, Kenny and Sid started out with dry flies. Kenny used a beetle pattern and Sid used his new found fly a black parachute baetis fly. The trout loved them. It's a blast when the trout rise to a dry fly. Gary used a soft hackle and crackleback and did well to those trout that didn't want to rise. As we worked our way downstream we changed to several other dry flies with all the same results - FISH. The best flies were the parachute Baetis, Beetle, stimulator, elk hair caddis and hoppers. We even employed the hopper - dropper (a green caddis larva). What was the most fun was not catching trout but watching Sid slay one trout after another - he was on fire in the morning. After fishing all the way to the boulder garden (below the cable) we headed back for a lunch break and to talk about the day. The afternoon was spent at Tan Vat working downstream. To our surprise Tan Vat was a little more crowded than normal but workable. Not as many fish were caught in the afternoon but some were slightly larger. Big fish of the day was a 15" rainbow. We also met up with another FATC member who was fishing the Current - Adam Hayes. He caught two very nice browns. He also fished several days in a row down there since school will be starting soon (he is a school teacher). If you want to fish dries, now is the time. The summer months are terrestrial months - hoppers, ants, beetles and don't forget the adult mayflies and caddis.
Also received this report from Bill Byington: Just read your report for the 2nd. Great report. I was down there the same day at Tan Vat. I arrived early and fished downstream I had that area to myself. I fished a beetle But liked the hopper more. I had some fish 13 inches on up including a fish 17 inches on a red Humpy that has been in my fly box since the early eighties, I bought it in Jackson Hole. There are ants everywhere, that might be why they are hitting Sid's black parachute fly. I left around 1:00, that's probably why we didn't meet up. I didn't catch as many as upstream but they were larger average size. Bill
Our Virginia Fellowship Takes a Little Trip (Aug 5th): Some of our Virginia fellowship took a vacation to the Flats off Mount Pleasant, S.C. Tyler Pierce and his buddy,Tanner, drove down to Charleston and Mt. Pleasant to fish the flats. Fishing was cut short by a storm but Tyler did land a redfish and flounder before they had to come in. Tyler said that the dolphins were stalking the redfish and because of that they were super spooky. Great job Tyler and thanks for the pictures.
Husband/Wife Team Slay Them (July 29 and Aug 5th) Msgt Patrick Gallagher sent us this report from two different Saturdays on the water. My wife and I decided to go to Tan Van Access after receiving advice from Kenny. At first, I was skeptical considering my wife landed 6 in the first half hour and I still had zip. She was using a hare’s ear nymph (size 14). So, I decided to change my set up to something a little different. I switched to a dry dropper rig, using an elk hair caddis (size 12) with a black zebra midge (size 18), and that worked 33 times. Over all, it was a huge success. My wife was even able to land her first trout with a dry fly (a bumblebee), then another, and another—well, lets just say she killed it!
We went back to the same area today to see if it was just a fluke. Long story short, we slayed some trout. Using the same technique, we were able to land 71 total today, on both dry flies and the dry dropper rig. I guess what I’m saying guys—if you want to have a great time with non-stop action get down to Tan Vat.
Northern Colorado and Rare Trout (Jul 30 - Aug 5) John Walker has just returned from an awesome trip to Northern Colorado with Mark Smalley. They even had to chance to visit and fish with Tim Graham (You remember Tim? That guy that left us here in Missouri for the beauty and fishing of Colorado!!). Mark Smalley and I traveled to Colorado for a week of fishing. We traveled to Fort Collins and spent two days fishing the Cache La Poudre with an old friend, Tim Graham. The Poudre is a famous fishery that extends some 50 miles through the Poudre canyon. The flies of choice were RS2's, hare's ear, pheasant tails, and soft hackles with dry flies such as tricos, parachute Adams and x-caddis. The tricos were good in the mornings and the caddis were good in the evening with the nymphs being good throughout. The best action was our third evening where we fished near the state hatchery. We managed to get into a caddis hatch and we managed to catch some nice brown trout rising.
After this we drove to Steamboat, Colorado and fished on the Yampa and Elk rivers. The Yampa can be fished in town but in my opinion this isn't that good. If you do fish the Yampa you want to try up at the tail water area from the reservoir. Here we fished in the evening and we crushed it. The RS2 was the fly. I was able to land 4-5 fish over 15 inches including one near 20 inches and Mark managed to get a couple as well. The pheasant tail also worked very well. The Elk river is a beautiful but technical river to fish. We went into the national forest where there is public access. The Elk has lots of boulders and decent flow so you have to pick your spots. The fishing is hard but it is worth it, athough Mark has a less favorable opinion than I. I managed to catch a beautiful 7-8 inch brookie and a white fish while Mark got a nice rainbow.
Our last day we fished the Joe Wright reservoir. This is one of the few places where you can fish for Arctic Grayling and it is only accessible a few months of the year. I highly recommend it. The Grayling were taking dries and the fishing was steady all day. It was a great experience. The Grayling have small mouths so the flies need to be small but they don't fight too hard once hooked. If you want to get a Grayling this is the place to go. The flies were small x-caddis, Elk hair caddis and Adams. As we were leaving, I walked into a moose just peacefully grazing. We stared at each other for a bit but he was more interested in eating. As we were getting ready to leave we ran into some hikers going up to Lake Zimmerman which you can also access from the same parking lot. They told us that Colorado is trying to save the greenback trout and this little mountain lake is where they are raising them. So we hiked the mile or so up to this lake and Mark caught a beautiful greenback trout. The first I had ever seen. If you are in the Fort Collins-Poudre canyon area I highly recommend stopping there and chasing these rare fish.
Canada Re-visited (Aug 2017): Here is a report from Connor Peters on his trip with Matt McClure to Canada. Kenny, I had the opportunity to travel again to Canada with Matt McClure and his family for their annual Father-Son Trip. The lake is more know for walleye fishing, however it does hold pike, bass and musky. I will have to say this year pike were a little harder to come by, however I was able to ride a day with Matt, and he took me to an area to fly fish. With Matt steering the boat, I was able to land my first pike on a fly rod. Nothing compared to Matt's Monster 38" last year, but I was excited none the less. The wind was pretty strong everyday we were there making it rather difficult to fly fish. Huge thanks to the McClure family for allowing me to tag along on their annual trip. I had a nice and relaxing time with great company.
Call It Women's Intuition (Aug 11-14): (Kenny Klimes report) Last weekend we took a family vacation to Branson. My wife surprised me by getting a condo right on the waters of Lake Taneycomo (LT) so I could have some time fishing. I told her that it was a very nice thought but in the summer there is no way the water will be "slow" enough to fish LT. But then again what do I know!! The cool temperatures as of late and Table Rock lake being a normal levels now the authorities that be decided to keep the water off most of the morning and afternoon. Fish on!! I had the opportunity to fish three days - mostly in the morning while the rest of my gang slept. I have to say the fishing was good. Fish averaged between 15 - 11 inches and fought pretty hard. Smaller flies worked the best. When the water was moving very slow I used soft hackles and when the flow kicked in a little bit more I dead drifted midges. All flies were successful. I even had the opportunity to fish dry flies with much success. When the water flow was pushed up to around 2000 cfs I fished near "Andy's" house. A "scum" layer was forming between the fast water and slow water and the trout were sipping tiny white midges from the surface. Soft hackles didn't work so I switched to a Griffith's Gnat on top. Eureka! The trout sipped it right in - must have caught 10 on the dry fly in an hour's time. It was an enjoyable trip with golf, food, boating and yes, fly fishing. Remember that LT can be tricky this time of year. You might only get in morning fishing before they turn on the generators but it's worth it. October is when the browns move up to near the dam - don't miss it. I added a few pictures just to prove I was there!!!