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- Yellowstone - Our Great National Treasure (Aug 10th - 17th) Six flyfishers were able to make our big trip of the year to Yellowstone National Park; John Walker, Dave Beerbower, Bob Chott, Al Blair, Jerry Lybarger, and Kenny Klimes. John was the leader and planner of the trip and did an awesome job! The guys prepared for several weeks prior tying flies used in the summer at Yellowstone - hoppers, beetles, and ants. Later in this report you will learn that flies that imitate the natural aquatic flies work any where! On August 10th, the Yellowstone six boarded Southwest airlines and headed for Salt Lake City, picked up their rental car (which was an ordeal in itself) and took off for West Yellowstone which would be their home base for the trip. John had an awesome cabin rented. We picked our roommates and settled in for the week.
- August 11th: We decided that we would fish Soda Butte and Lamar rivers the first day. This entailed a two hour car ride but was for many of us our first look at Yellowstone. This area of the park had more American Bison than you could count and we had to stop several times on the road to allow them to cross. The smell of sulpher filled the air at times because of all the small geysers that covered the park. We fished Soda Butte first and were rewarded with a great day of catching Yellowstone Cutthroats. Everyone had a good day and I think Bob Chott lead the day with the most fish. The rivers were a little lower than normal but find a nice deep run and the fishing turned on. Kenny had a 18 inch Cutthroat his largest ever. In the afternoon the gang fished the Lamar river (Soda Butte runs into the Lamar so we didn't have far to travel). After a full day of fishing we headed back to base camp.
- August 12th: After a full day of fishing Soda Butte and Lamar on Sunday, we hit the Gallatin river on Monday which was much closer. The Gallatin was a meandering river with grass shorelines, ideal for hoppers, beetles or ants but none were seen by us. In the Gallatin we caught some rainbows, browns, cutthroats, and the mighty mountain whitefish. It was our first time encountering the Whitefish which is part of the trout family and only found in the Northwest part of North America. Hard fighters, they loved our midges that we presented to them. It was a good day of fishing despite the afternoon rain shower. The big fish of the day was a 19 inch Brown trout. That evening we discovered Huckleberry shakes and ice cream. We were hooked for the rest of the trip!
- August 13th: This was the BIG day as we were going to hike to Slough Creek. A two hour drive and a two hour hike to just get to our fishing spot. It was a tough hike - as Jerry said "It was up hill both ways". This was Bear country (no not the Chicago Bears) so we carried bear spray, horns, whistles, and did a lot of loud talking. It must have worked since we didn't "see" any bears. Slough creek was awesome. We missed three times as many Cutthroats than we caught but it was fun. The cutthroats were big and the area was beautiful. The long hike out left us hurting and in want of massages but no one in the group would offer their services. We met up with Lew Smith who just had climbed the Tetons and he stayed with us for the night. One of the highlights of the trip happened this day as we had three wolves cross the road several times in front of our vehicle early in the morning. This is a rare site in itself but to have them so close was awesome.
- August 14th: The next morning we slept in (except for Jerry) and decided on an easy day of fishing and headed back to the Gallatin river area, The plan was to fish Fawn pass area until we met two guys that looked like they saw a ghost. They asked us if we were hiking in or had we just come out. We told them we were headed in. They then hastily explained that they had been chased out of the area by a Grizzly bear which made our decision to hike in all the easier - not going was the vote. So we returned to the scene of the crime on the Gallatin were we caught fish on Monday. We stayed later than before and caught more whitefish, cutthroats, rainbows, and browns. The whitefish catching became so prolific that we couldn't stop laughing as we caught one after another so we named the spot "whitefish bend" of course! At dusk we headed back to West yellowstone in search for huckleberry shakes - they were addicting!
- August 15th: Our last day of fishing we opted to hit Soda Butte one more time. John, Bob, and Dave decided to hike in two miles to fish a remote area of Soda Butte and Kenny, Al, and Jerry (tired of the long hikes) fished the section closer to the road. We all had an awesome day of catching cutthroats. It turned into a late night again but it was our last day of fishing and we didn't want to leave.
- August 16th: We left our cabin around 9am and decided we would see the sites of Yellowstone including Old Faithful. What a beautiful place that God put on this earth for our enjoyment. If you have never been before please get out there and visit this great national park. Our stay this night was in Pocatello, Idaho.
- August 17th: We arrived early into Salt Lake City to catch our flight back home to end this fantastic trip
- Just a recap: Of course so much "stuff" happened on the trip that I could write a book (or as Bob did a journal) but to understand it all you "just had to be there". I think some new and deeper friendships were formed this week. Oh yea, the flies used on the trip. Well, the number one fly just happened to be our very own P&P midge. Yes, the flies that we were told would be the best turned out to be not so good. While our normal flies that we use here in Missouri turned the fish on - go figure!!?? We did catch fish on all kinds of flies as the guys did an excellent job of observing the river and selecting the best flies for the situation. Even Jerry, who tried to hide from Kenny that he was using an egg pattern, caught fish with his now famous "egg-droppa-hopper" combo. If you are wondering why we didn't fish the Madison, Yellowstone or Fire Hole rivers it was because they are too warm this time of year and at times were closed to fishing. This was the second year for this trip so I am pretty sure it will be back next year - try to get on it and fish this national park.
Colorado River Trip: (Sept) Stan Patton headed to Colorado for a vacation and found some time to fly fish the Colorado River. He even taught one of his Brothers - in - Law (BIL) how to do it.
We went on a family vacation with my 3 sisters and brother in laws. one BIL could not make it. While I was there I had to go fishing. One BIL wanted to try fly fishing. We rented some equipment for him and we went into the grassy area to practice, (just like Kenny taught us). He picked up the concept really well. So next morning we went to Hot Sulfur Springs on the Colorado River. Water was very swift with the rain they were having but I managed to catch a nice brown trout. We only got to fish about 3 1/2 hours. I caught brownie on an olive wooly bugger. I had 4 nice hits but was unsuccessful bringing them to net.
Next day was to be the Big Thompson by Estes Park. We were not aware of the devastation going on with respect to the rain and flooding. We did not get out again but would be a great place to go back fishing without the other non fishermen so can put in some long days on the water. God's beauty in the outdoors is breathtaking. My one BIL was pretty excited and enjoyed the fly fishing adventure.
Montauk (Oct 11th - 13th) Sid Aslin spent the weekend at Montauk and had his best fishing trip ever - Great Job Sid!! - I just sent you (Kenny) a picture to your phone that I hope that you can use. I just had my best trip ever! The one that I sent was caught on Sunday on pink San Juan worm. I used my net to estimate the size and when I got home I figured it was 17 or 18 inches. I got down there about noon and should have immediately gotten a campsite, but thought "they will not fill up", but I was wrong! I ended up staying at the private campground about 6 miles away on Friday night and then got a site in the park on Saturday night. I caught about 15 trout on Friday mostly on zebra midges. Saturday morning was rainy and I had the "spring hole" mostly to myself and caught about 25 trout again using mostly zebra midges. Sunday I decided to try a pink sanjuan worm and caught a few, but then about 10AM I hooked into a big one! When I saw his profile I knew it was my best chance to land a big fish! I got him in and a nice guy took a few pictures on his phone camera and sent them to me. Two things are finally helping me catch more fish....not letting slack in the line when fighting a fish and concentrating on good drifts! I know you (Kenny) have gotten onto me before about leaving the line dangling after it has gone as far as it could before, but for some reason it is now making sense! I ended up catching about 25 trout on Sunday before heading home about 2PM. Except for a couple of times going to my "cheating hole" where the hatchery waters dumps into the Current River I just fished the spring hole and to about 100 yards around the bend. No fish were killed or hurt! The fish are bigger than they were a few weeks ago with most being 10-12 inches. I am looking forward to Monday! My plan is to start at the spring hole and will be at the pavilion for lunch or if anybody is going to fish outside the park I may try to join them! My surgeon knot and fisherman knot are still too slow, but with my bad index finger it is probably as good as it will ever get! The drag on my reel was slipping (it was the one Bruce set up for me and sold me) I went back to Cabella's yesterday and Trevor swapped it for a new one!
Lake Taneycomo Trip - It's Fishing Good! ( Oct 5-6th) Stan Patton sends us this report on his trip to Lake Taneycomo with Larry Linneman and Mike Mikulin ----- .Mike, Larry and I decided to run down to Branson to fish Lake Taneycomo. We went to lunch and decided to go since when we went with the wives in July, we could not get away to fish. We caught several brown and rainbow. We fished by the dam and used gray scuds. I then uses a gray scud with a brown San Juan worm trailer. Fish were all nice size. That was about all they were taking the scud and the worms. You need to watch the water level. I didn't have as much luck when the water was not running and very shallow. My best luck was when the water level was about 704.5 ft. We used the Power website to find out the times for generation. They were not following the schedule they put out the day before?
We had a great time!
Tan Vat - On a beautiful Saturday (10/19) - John Walker, Kenny Klimes and Jason Edwards (the new owner and President of Woolly Bugger Fly Co.) headed to Tan Vat on this Saturday. The area did have a few flyfishers there but the guys headed downstream quickly and saw no one until they returned to the parking lot for lunch. The morning started out with a bang as the guys were on to fish right away. The P&P midge, Pheasant tail nymph, soft hackle, and the Orange Asher seemed to be the best flies of the day. A few browns were caught along with some big rainbows. The guys found a few "holes' that offered several trout to the nets. John and Jason are two of the original flyfishers and it was fun to talk of old times and of course Jason's new business. I am positive that Jason will provide the same quality flies and support that Brian Yost did as President of WB Fly Co. After a nice lunch the three decide to go upstream from the parking lot. The afternoon fishing was slow and they saw many others leaving the water. The guys decided to be adventuresome and decide to try Parkers Ford area. This area is downstream from Baptist camp. Several fish were caught here too. All in all it was an awesome day of fishing and fellowship.
Bennett Spring Park - Awesome Fishing Day (Oct 21st): Terry Seaton sent us this report on his quick trip to Bennett Spring I fished Bennett Spring yesterday afternoon – stopped for a few hours after giving a presentation in Springfield in the morning. I have never had much luck there in the past so had low expectations… But it turned out to be a very fun day! Fished below the dam and downstream from the bridge near the restaurant and hatchery. Never fished there before. Nice patch of riffles – albeit loaded with other fishermen. But stocked well with small fish but they seemed to be hungry. Overall, probably fooled a few dozen little guys and gals in just 5 hours! Most fun was fishing a new pattern – an orange body CDC emerger (see photo) dropper trailing a stimulator. Lights out! It is a simple pattern to tie. Two-thirds caught on the dropper and 1/3 caught on the dry fly. Nearly every cast as the sun was setting below the trees – SO MUCH fun! Earlier in the day, red #18 soft hackles – either drifted or swung – were also effective. Fish also caught on P&P and Copper John.
Montauk State Park– Largest Group Ever and New Graduate on an Awesome Day (Oct 21st): The largest FATC group ever to fish at one time went to Montauk this Monday. Three cars loaded with guys and equipment made the 2 hour plus drive down past Salem, MO to chase the Rainbows and browns. Kenny Klimes, Brent McClane, Craig Dull, Brian Yost, Stan Patton, Sid Aslin, Jim Anzer, Jim Franke, Dave Beebower, Mike Bisaga, Tim Trog, and Mike Chambers. Craig Dull who finished the Spring 2013 class was ready to test his new skills on the Current river with Kenny watching him closely. Craig hit on fish early in the day, dead drifting midges. The rest of the gang went in several directions. Most fished the park until lunch time with some staying close to the dam and boulder while others started up at the spring and worked their way down for lunch. Lots of fish were caught in the morning hours. Craig “graduated” before 10:30am and kept Kenny's seven year record alive and well. The afternoon found the guys spread out once again as some headed to the spring and others raced outside the park – below the cable. Most rainbows caught were in the 10 – 14 range. Big fish of the day was a nice Brown caught by Brent McClane below the cable. Catch of the day honors went to Kenny when he caught two fish at once as he dead drifted two midges (see picture). The top flies of the day went to the P&P midge, Elk Hair caddis, Zebra midge, Glo-bug, Cerise worm, Pheasant tail nymph, green thread jig and soft hackle. Several hatches happened throughout the day and guys took advantage of the hatch. It was an awesome day of fellowship that ended at Hicks BBQ restaurant in Cuba, MO. Lots of trips happening each week so don't miss out on the fishing and fellowship
Two Buddies Fish Montauk: On Friday, October 25th, Tom Bailey and Terry Seaton fished Montauk before season’s end – it was a very good day of catching. Knowing they wanted to fish until the evening whistle, they let it warm up a little in the morning (all the way to 37 degrees) and began fishing around 10:30 a.m. The park was crowded and Tom was eager to get the first fish on his brand new rod and reel/line. He had mixed success swinging a soft hackle but really lit them up with a #14 Renegade. Terry did well with a #16 EHC and a #18 orange CDC emerger as a dropper. Right before lunch, the Professor hooked a big fish in a deep pool on a #12 Crane Fly larvae that took him 50 yards downstream before shaking off… Argh! After lunch, they fished more crowded water downstream from the bridge (boy, winter fishing can’t get here too soon!). T&T had good very good luck on a stimulator with either a #18 P&P or a #18 Copper John (almost all caught on the dropper, until 15 minutes before the whistle). None of the fish were big but they sure were fun to catch! One particularly fun hook-up was on the 3rd cast into a challenging and deep reverse eddy behind a boulder with a Cerise worm – very satisfying indeed…! The evening ended with the dinner buffet at the Montauk restaurant before heading back home. We’ll head back down again after November 8th!
I would clarify that my first fish was on a soft hackle, caught accidentally as I dragged it behind me walking to the first casting spot. So, the first fish was on no casts. I would also clarify that although we are both Professors, Terry is the Professor who had the big fish that carried him downstream. It was a great day, and Terry is a great guide (the dinner buffet though, was not so great.
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???