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My wife, Marsha

Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character 10 [b]A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. Proverbs 31:10-

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

Start of Advent

Wanted to share a few videos, done by a church my daughter and son-in-law go to in NW Arkansas.  Jimmy is the worship leader there.      

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

Taneycomo Report, October 9

While fall colors are emerging on the Taneycomo lakefront, the generation pattern  has stayed the same.  The only variance has been how much water has been kicked on about 3 p.m. every day.  That amount is somewhere between 65 and 150 megawatts or  from just over one unit up to three full units.  Then the water has been back off by dark or 7 p.m. That afternoon boost of water has really messed up fishing.  The current breaks loose gobs of pondweed growing along the banks and sends it down lake.  It also picks up the algae off the bottom of the lake and clouds the water, catching on just about anything you drop in the water that's attached to a line, like a hook or lure. If you know it's coming, you can boat down lake and get ahead of it for a while.  Our guides will run down to the Branson Landing area and fish for an hour or two, then boat back up to either Fall Creek or the dam and fish.  By this time, most of the junk has washed down out of those areas and it's safe to fish. Big fish are starting to show up on Facebook and Instagram -- both rainbows and browns.  Yes there are a good number of brown trout in the first mile of the lake below the dam, but rainbows are also starting to color up for their winter spawning run. Chuck Gries, owner and operator of Angler's Outfitters, has been guiding fly fishers below the dam for many years.  He takes people out in his boat as well as wading in below the dam.  So far his clients have landed a couple of big browns.  He said the hot fly is his light brown chammy worm. Another nice brown caught by a client of Chuck Gries. Bill Beck was guiding a man from Springfield, Missouri, yesterday out of his boat, and he caught this very nice rainbow.  All big trout are released by our fishing guides. David Doty has been fly fishing at night for trout below the dam, wading in off the shore.  Here's a 25-inch brown he caught and released last night. Our water temperature has been hovering around 62 degrees now for over a month.  I am glad to see it not go on up into the mid to upper 60's as I thought it might.  The D.O. (dissolved oxygen) levels haven't been too bad.  Constant generation has helped that. I've been getting out and throwing a jig the last few days.  A couple of weeks ago, I found jig fishing slow, but I'm glad to report it has picked up.  Ginger seems to be the hot color, either throwing a straight ginger or another color mixed in (sculpin or brown).  I also did well throwing white, as did other anglers this past week.  I've been throwing a 3/32nd-ounce jig with this light generation flow, two-pound Vanish line which seems to be the best weight.  I can get the jig to the bottom pretty well and work it slowly -- that's what the trout have seemed to like. Our trout are still taking scuds and midges, too.  Early morning and late evening is best for midge hatches and fishing Zebra Midges under an indicator.  But with the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers running more water in the evenings, it's best to fish early in the morning.  The inside bend below Fall Creek is a great place to start, dropping a #14 black, rusty or red Zebra under an indicator 18 to 24 inches.  Cast to surfacing fish or just make long drifts on that inside bank. From Lookout down, fish a scud/San Juan combination under an indicator six- to nine-feet deep, depending on where you're drifting.  In the channel, fish deeper and on the shallow flat, fish shallower.  Hot pink San Juan has been good and so has Chuck's tan shammy worm. Dry flies are still hot!  Took Marsha out the other evening and she did well, especially since she only fly fishes a couple times a year.  She needs to get out more! Stimulators and hoppers worked close to the banks (not on the banks) from the dam down to Fall Creek is the area -- middle of the day is best, but morning and evenings are also pretty good depending again on generation. Below Fall Creek, drifting using bait has been spotty, but what I'm hearing is that most people are catching trout well in the mornings but only fair in the afternoons.  Drifting with night crawlers is still best, but I think where most anglers make their mistake is with the amount of weight they're using. With the generation pattern we've seen now for a couple of months, even the smallest drift rig bell weight we sell, that weight is too heavy!  I've been showing people how to tie a simple loop knot in the place of that bell weight and pinching on a small split shot instead.  Slide the split to the knot--the knot will keep the shot from sliding all the way off the line.  And if you get it snagged on something, chances are it will pull off and save the rest of your rig.  Plus, the split shots are easy to switch out if the weight is too big or too small. You only want enough to get your bait to the bottom--that's all.  If it's catching every two feet, you're using too much weight. This will make your bait look more natural flowing with the current, plus you'll feel the bite so much better! Pink/white Gulp eggs are also hot colors.  Some of the guides are using our Trout Magnet jig heads and putting one Gulp Egg (sunrise color) on a hook and fishing it under an indicator five- to seven-feet deep from Cooper Creek down to the Landing.

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

August 31 Fishing Report

As Table Rock nears the magic lake level of 918 feet, we all wait with baited breath to see if the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers is going to change its generation patterns.  Will they start running less water?  Shutting it off at night?  We will see very soon. Generation has been constant with two units running in the mornings, increasing to three units mid-afternoon, then back down to two units after dark and through the night.  Today, it did slow down a bit with less than two units generating this morning. Remember, some of the gates at Powersite are down, so the Corps can't keep the water totally off during the dam until Empire repairs the gates.  Bull Shoals is down to 685.17 feet, just a little over five feet short of the mark where Powersite can be worked on.  It's taking about three days for Bull Shoals to drop a foot right now. Trout fishing this past weekend was pretty good for most.  Anglers fishing below Fall Creek did well drifting night crawlers on the bottom from the creek mouth down to Trout Hollow.  Phil Stone, fishing guide, said his clients did well from Cooper Creek down to Monkey Island on crawlers.  Everyone is still catching a few brown trout, but nothing longer than 20 inches was landed. Guide Tony Weldele's clients caught some nice rainbows and browns drifting from Fall Creek down to Short Creek using pink and red San Juan worms.  I've gotten out and drifted #14 gray scuds in the same stretch and caught trout, too. If you didn't see the story, Morgan Wyatt, a young woman who started working for us here at Lilleys' Landing in April, caught this 10.5 pound brown on a #14 gray scud drifting about 500 yards above our dock a week ago Sunday. It's amazing a fish as big as this would take a bug as small as a #14 scud, but it did. The trophy area is still producing good numbers of trout.  For fly fishing, present a dry fly along the banks, close to or under trees, and you might see some great top-water action.  Hoppers in various colors and sizes, beetles, ants, Stimulators, Elk Hair Caddis and a Sofa Pillow are good choices to throw.  Stripping a big streamer along the bluff banks above and below Fall Creek will create some attention, too.  You'll get a lot of chasers with a hookup occasionally. When the water is running about 50 megawatts or about 704-705 feet, fish a bigger beaded fly, like a beaded scud or a Miracle Fly (egg) or even a small jig under a float with a red Zebra Midge dropper, about 12 inches below the first fly.  Fish it from four- to seven-feet deep. We watched some guys fish this rig last week along the bluff across from the resort and they caught fish.  I think you can use it just about anywhere, but the water has to be running fairly slowly.  If the water is running more than two units, you could go further down lake, say, from well below Cooper down through the bridges. Throwing marabou jigs has been slow for me personally but I've seen and heard others doing well.  Travis Smith and friends fished last week and reported doing very well throwing white 1/8th ounce jigs from the cable below the dam down to Trophy Run when the water was running more than 3 units.  They used darker jigs if the water was running less than 3 units. Tom Burckhardt, St Charles, MO., caught this six-pound brown on an 1/8th ounce sculpin marabou jig down lake from the resort (secret location) last Saturday during the Guns & Hoses Trout Tournament.  He and his partner, Bill Freise, won the contest. The September forecast is looking good.  We've had some rains but nothing to affect the area lake levels, so we should see less and less generation through the fall months. As soon as Powersite Dam is fixed, we will start seeing mornings when the water is not running at all, may be a little water in the afternoon or evenings.  But keep in mind, Beaver Lake is still very high and the Corps will at some point start lowering Beaver into Table Rock Lake.  Of course, all that water has to flow through Taneycomo. I believe our dry fly bite will continue well into October, which is exciting to fly fishing enthusiasts.  We are already seeing some big brown staging in the Fall Creek area.  The average size of our browns have increased from last fall, so I think we'll see quite a few brown near or topping the 20-inch mark.  The fall brown spawning run should continue into November, peaking about the last week in October.

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

Starting the blog up again

To start, I deleted most of the blogs here back to 2007.  Most of these blogs were fishing reports--you can see them on the forum.  The ones I left are pretty cool, at least for me, reading about my thoughts and plans back 8+ years ago. I have a blog site http://phillilley.com where I've done a fair to poor job of keeping it current.  Some of it is redundant- the fishing reports and videos--but the devotion part is new and I've tried to add to it when I have time to sit and type what I'm studying.  I'm probably not going to post any original entries here... just not enough time to blog what I want.  This new forum format, blog section, is pretty cool.  It does lack the option to post html-base posts with images which is disappointing.  But we'll see how it goes.

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

Yantarni Bay

Not sure what all to share at this point in time. It is Friday evening. Bill and I are sitting in Anchorage waiting on our first of 3 flights tonight- it's going to be a long night. But at this point, we don't know what the sale of Yantarni is. The owner is entertaining another party- today as a matter of fact- which was a surprise to us. We thought we were the only ones in the hunt. Regardless, we are thinking and planning on moving on this in August and will be recruiting serious anglers to come to this magical place. Here's a few things we have learned about Yantarni Bay. It's been around for quite a while. It was developed as an oil exploration camp, not sure how far back but at least in the 70's. After the oil company left, the permit was sold to the present owner and he developed it as a fishing camp. It has a gravel runway that has been cut in two by the river- 1200 feet on one side and 1400 feet on the other- plenty of room of a 206 or even a Beaver. The camp itself is about a half mile from the beach, which is riddled with driftwood and other treasures, we're told. Beachcombing is a popular activity where things like Japanese glass fishing net balls are found each year. The camp area is protected by the bay with sharp rocky cliffs and islands are visible from the beach on both sides. Pink, Chum and Silver Salmon run these rivers and stack up in the mouth of the river making surf fishing excellent. You were also told hallibut cruise into these shallow waters, espeically on into the spawn when dead salmon carcases start flowing out of the river into the bay to be eaten. So- hallibut on the fly!? We looked at a couple of inflateable boats today to keep at camp with 15 hp motors just to get out and fish the bay for halibut and other fish like rock fish- maybe?! There at the camp, the main river is Yantarni Creek but within a short distance there are 2 other creeks flowing into this creek which offers salmon fishing too. If one creek gets blown out by rains, we just move to another creek where all the salmon crowd into until the muddy water runs out. We talked to one person today that knew alot about the camp and the fishing. He said, simply- our problem will be it's just too easy! There's no challenge which may be a problem with some anglers. 6 days of catching silvers ONE EVERY CAST may get boring to some and that may be true. He said we'll have to figure out ways to make it TOUGHER for clients to find and hook fish. Strangely enough, I understand this. It gets like that on Taneycomo but it's hard to compare our rainbows to 10-15-20-25 pound silver salmon 5 minutes out of the ocean. Other problems are lost flies, lost line and broken gear. Oh yea- sore arms. There are other creeks and rivers that flow into the bay all around us. Some are within the range of our 4-wheelers and others only can be reached by helocopter. Helo-fishing will be included during some peak weeks and offered as an option during other weeks- that's our idea so far. The creeks have sea-run dolly varden also. They reportedly get to be around 20-24 inches, not the 30+ inches we're used to on the Naknek. No rainbows. The dollies should be easy to catch using our bead method. They do color us pretty in September. The camp was blown all over the place when we flew over. They said the camp sees winds over 100-120 mph in the winter. All the inportant parts are stored in the building and it was in good shape. The weather ports each have 3 twin beds, supplied with sheets and pillows, a table and chairs and a small wood burning stove. The shower tent has a nice shower with unlimited hot water and a lav. The camp has one out house. The dining tent has an incredible kitchen setup- all stainless steel tables, sinks and stove/oven, refrig and freezers. Table is set with table cloth and cloth napkins- fancy even for us! The camp has 4, 4-wheelers with personell carts for transportation up and down the creek as well to the beach. That's how everyone gets around. We could be booking 3 weeks this fall for operation - Aug 23-30, Aug 30-Sept 6 and Sept 13-20. We may add Aug 16-23 for primarily pinks and chums but we're not sure. The rate has been $4795 per client from King Salmon in the past but we're not thinking quite that high to start this year. We'll wait and see how we stand before we set the rate. It takes a week to set camp up and a week to tear is down. Can't think of anything else. It's hard to imagine Bill and I have been given the chance to at least look at this place and dream. If we don't get it, it's been a great opportunity and we've made some new friends to boot. We're leaving it in God's hands. We prayed that He would shut the door if it wasn't for us. So far it's been wide open. We both want to honor God is this venture.... in all we do. It's only by His grace and blessings we have gotten to do the things we have- we give Him glory for that.

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

It's been too long...

My life is busy. But it's mostly my fault. My #2 daughter is getting married on the 29th to a wonderful young man, Jimmy. The wedding will be here at the college- lots of people are coming. I haven't had alot to do with planning... just writing checks My parents 50th anniversary is the day before and we're throwing them a surprise party that evening down here on the lake. So we're burning the candle on both ends, so to speak. Caleb has been in Rhwanda this summer finishing his internship in videography. He's working with Feed the Children, videoing kids and conditions there. He has a blog here - http://cobproductions.blogspot.com/ We are trusting he has a life-changing experience there- no doubt he has. Greg is working this summer, entering College of the Ozarks for his 2nd year. He's the only kid still at home, technically anyhow. He's doing well. My trip to Alaska was exhausting. I lost almost 20 pounds but gained alot of strength from working on the cabin. I was pretty burned out before I left which was unfortunate. Not many people get to do what I did and I feel I didn't appreciate it as much as I should have. I'm planning on going back in September to help Jim guide and close down the camp for the winter. I've been fishing here on Taneycomo a few times, going real well at catching rainbows and a few nice browns. It's nice to have running water for an extended time (most of spring and summer)- it really makes our trout bigger and stronger when it runs. I look to have a very good fall season for browns and rainbows. Starting last fall, a couple of guys started a new template for OA for the purpose to improve the look and navigation on the site. They had it ready about the time I left for AK but I didn't have time to work up the files for it. We're now working on it again but I don't think we'll have anything to share till after I get back in October, seeing how things have gone in the past. I have lots of ideas, just hope we can work them all up on the site. Back a few weeks ago, hackers hacked their way onto several servers owned by the company who hosts my sites, including OA and the forum. I don't know for sure what they did or why but Jim and others have to rebuild their servers, starting from scratch basically. The sites were down for a day or two. Some sites are still not up including LilleysTackleStore.Com. They're having trouble with the XCart software people getting the basic back up and running. I'll have to rebuild the data base which is about 100 hours of work. I want to devote some time to the webcams again. The software that drove them now locks up on my computer and whatever I've tried hasn't worked. I'm going to have to buy new video cards for another computer and the software and try to run them off it instead of my main computer- either that or reinstall windows and start over, which I'm not enthused. Best be going...

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

March Business

Boy, has this month flew by. Well it's only the 22nd but it might as well be over. It may give up a few more crappies It's been a good crappie season so far for me. It started early when Vince and I found a good spot on Taney just off the Landing Wall. Then we found them in Roark, which is an annual occurance for us. Been over to Cricket a couple of times and added just a few to my total. But all in all, it's been good. I hope to get into a few whites this spring. The last 2 years haven't been good wb seasons, for alot of people, esp around Forsyth. I'll try to get over to the Spring and fish with my buddy Paul Crews one of these days. Then there's a trip over to Sooner Lake with John Johnson in April, hopefully. Way too many choices and opportunities to do them all. Rain, not temps, will dictate fishing conditions the next week or 10 days. The forecast says 70's and even 80's but rain/thunderstorms will tell the tale. Rivers will be washed out, lakes will rise, tailwaters will see lots of generation- may be. Last year, a heat wave in April brought crappie to the banks and whites up the rivers and onto the shoals. After a few days, it got cold and stayed cold. Some say it really screwed up the spawn. Time will tell. My fear was the same thing may happen again this year but there's no cold spell in sight- yet. But gosh, we still have more than a week of March and all of April... lots of chances for cold weather and even SNOW. Hard to believe right now. Our online store in working, not 100% ready but functional. The home page is still stating it's a demo copy. I'm having a terrible time with the design part of this software. But I should master it in the next couple of days. But until then- go take a look. Even order something if you feel inclined. Send me an email and let me know what you think. http://lilleystacklestore.com Better go- Sara and Josh have landed. They are making a stop here on their way from Denver to Nashville for the weekend. Josh is putting in flying hours towards his commercial pilots license.

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

catching up again

Don't want to bore everybody on the forum about life issues... so I'll vent here. Not really venting, just logging in. Most of you know about my Alaska plans this year. Had a few changes the last couple of days worth noting. Cabin- I was going to get a 'cabin' given to me by Jim's neighbor. It's an old gift shop the previous owner had moved from town to the lot next door. About 24 x 24 and in decent shape. Needed some work and that was my plan in May. But cost to move the building 100 ft to Jim's land went from $2000 to $8000 Monday so we told him to forget it. The movers uped their price, not the neighbor. So we're looking either a cabin kit from Lowes or build from scratch. We'll decide tomorrow- the deadline to have our pre-season orders in for lumber and such. Everything is barged from Seattle, WA and the neighbor, Rob, is the guy who manages the lumber yard in town. He's leaving for the states tomorrow to make purchases. Looking to build a 16 x 24 building or a 12 x 20 cabin kit. Leaning to building from scratch myself. We're building Jim a living quarters too, about the same size. Also another bathroom/shower house. Guide- my plan was to take the unrestricted OUPV test for my coast guard license to guide this June in Alaska. To be taken in St Louis. But I've been told my application, submitted 3 weeks ago, may not be approved in time to take the test before I leave May 19. So I tried to get the app transfered to Anchorage- then take the restricted test there for Alaska inland waters. They said after an app in activated and in process, it can't be transfered and I can't apply in another region. I'm stuck. The only week Jim needs me to guide in June 23-30 so I'll have to slip by that week unnoticed. Phyliss, Jim's wife, will get her license in May so we'll have 2 guides on staff at least. We'll get by. I'll take the test in July or August in time for my return in September. King Salmon's wind chill factor was 60 below this past weekend. That's cold. Where Jim lives in Baldwin MI he's getting -10 at night and they've had 4 feet of new snow this week. He's ready for a break. Here at home, my quest for getting our shopping cart online is moving at a snails pace. It's accepting visa and MC but not Am Exp. The shipping is still coming in too high which I don't know how to fix. I'm having to go back and add weight to all the 800 items I've entered... fun fun. And I still need to add some character to the cart- color and graphics- or I'll bored customers to death while shopping. But it should be good when it's done. Interesting for sure. Doing some crappie fishing on Taney. I may have to really explore MY lake more for warm water species this year. Done very well so far on crappie and finding a few whites already. I still want to get over to the Current this spring for the first time. Hopefully a couple of other new places. Megan's wedding plans are coming along- July 29. They booked their honeymoon today at Cozumel. Better go for now.

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

Hard to keep up

It's hard to keep up every little project I start, including this blog. Sorry about that. I figured you guys get tired of reading my posts on the forum anyhow... Way too much to bore you with tonight. I have to pack for Cancun anyhow. Yes- we are taking the family to Cancun for a week. Leaving tomorrow to St Louis and on to MX Saturday. We've never done anything like this. The closest is driving to Sarasota where Marsha's sis lives with their family. We have stayed at a condo there on the beach but it was still visiting relatives. We'er taking all 4 kids, Sara's bow Josh and Megan's soon-to-be fiancee Jimmy. I say soon to be cause he plans on asking her on the trip. No one is supposed to know so don't say anything. We're going snorkling and beaching and sightseeing... don't know if I'll wet a line or not. Not a priority. Gearing up for winter has kept us busy. Buying a couple of motors, making sure everything's ready for the big fishing season. Remodeled a couple of units. Adding another public bathroom. Not sure what else Curtis has planned. Just had a week's planning session with Jim for the Alaska season coming up. It's alot of fun planning a new venture like this. We've been trying to figure out what we're going to do with the cabins- build new ones, remodle old ones- buy new boats and motors- add a REAL toilet!! Big time! We booked the place almost full while he was here. The price and what we offer is almost a no brainer for those who want to go to Alaska on-the-cheap. Everytime I hear Jim tell someone about the fishing, I find myself just as excited as the potential client gets. did you know Naknek has the largest sockeye migration in the world? 4.5 million salmon run past our camp. And it has the largest resident rainbows in the world- up to 24 pounds. And again, some of the best fishing is in front of our camp. We are trying to decide what we are going to do with the cabin I'm remodeling when I'm gone- basically the months of July and August. Thinking about renting it out by the night and renting my boat out by the day. I mentioned toilets... it's a big thing up there to have real toilets. The tundra doesn't lend itself to septic tanks. Looking to install one that burns the waste or turns it into compost. Not sure about a kitchen... food attracts bears. Christmas- I hope you don't get lost in the past pace of the season. Try to slow down and ponder what is important. God, family, friends, health... most of are blessed beyond belief. Those who are struggling- it's a time to reach out for help and learn from mistakes. God's grace is new every morning for those who believe.

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

Another year... 48 now

A month passes so fast... each time I check the blogs another month has passed since my last entry. I try to keep everyone up to date on site plans... it's hard doing everything I want to do without full control of the site. The trouble is knowledge. I don't have the know how to do the things I want to do. Jim, my partner and computer geek, is the brains behind the scene and he's busy building internet sites and making commercials to help. He does what he can, when he can, and we are grateful! OzarkHunters.Com is going to happen very soon. I'm publishing a full colored newsletter that will be ready for the FFF Conclave. It will be like last years but a little bigger in size. It will announce the new forum addition. We are working on logos for both sites and hopefully will create hats, shirts and stickers for each. More to come.... Alaska was a hit for me... may be more than a hit. I fell in love with the area, so much so I want to spend more time up there. The best way is to buy some land, build a couple of cabins and offer to take people fishing. Well, my friend Jim Johnson is already doing that so I think I'll help him. More definate plans to come soon... along with booking information. On problem now is that he only has room for 6 people at a time and he's already filled up next season. My cabins will allow more people to go. As I mentioned, another year has past in my life and of course I don't feel any different. Approaching 50 is alittle unnerving but I'm trying to think of it as a wake up call. Seeing my kids grow up so fast is another reminder of how short life is. Fishing-wise... I wish I could say fishing on Taneycomo was great- I can't. This has been the worse trout fishing year since I've been here- this summer anyhow. Low water flow is the only one-thing I can point to for it, plus the fact MDC dropped their stocking numbers by 10% this year. 10% isn't that much though- not enough to make this big a difference in 'catching'. The brown spawning run will help but only up by the dam. Just hoping for RAIN this fall and winter.

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

Position

I'm reading a book by a friend of mine, Joe Norvell. He lives just south of here in Arkansas and helps with a ministry to young men in trouble. It's a basic book about faith in Christ. I found in the first chapter a section that talks about 'position in life' and how we identify with position as part of the basis of who we are, of think we are. What caught my eye and lead me to think of some of the posts lately is the mention of what Jesus said about seeking the "high place". Here He was at a Pharasee's house observing how different people were being treated. Luke 14:7-11 - 7 When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: 8 "When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. 9 If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, 'Give this man your seat.' Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, 'Friend, move up to a better place.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." Don't boast of your 'credintials' and name-drop. Those reading will only think of you as pompous and will not give you the credit you may deserve as really knowing something about what your posting. The best thing is to have others testify of your accomplishments with honestly and admiration. But if you don't have people around that will do that, then you really have lived wrongly.

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

Confrontation

There's an element that's cropped up on the forum with has the possibility of becoming contagious. In my daily reading, I found something that may help. Care Enough to Confront Many people avoid confrontation. Some fear being disliked and rejected. Others are afraid confrontation will make things worse by creating anger and resentment in the person they confront. But avoiding confrontation always worsens the situation. Confrontation can be a win-win situation, a chance to help and develop your people--if you do it with respect and with the other person's best interests at heart. Here are 10 guidelines to help you confront positively: 1. Confront ASAP 2. Address the wrong action, not the person. 3. Confront only what the person can change. 4. Give the person the benefit of the doubt. 5. Be specific. 6. Avoid sarcasm. 7. Avoid words like "always" and "never". 8. If appropriate, tell the person how you feel about what was done wrong. 9. Give the person a game plan to fix the problem. 10 Affirm him or her as a person and a friend. Positive confrontation is a sure sign that you care for a person and have their best interests at heart. Each time you build up your people and identify their problems, you have them an opportunity to grow. Think about some of these things when you post, esp on issues that are divisive.

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

July update

Summer is a flying. Resort stuff- we've hired a full time dock manager to fill the big shoes of Jerry Newcomb. His name is Lincoln Hunt. He has stayed with us with his parents for the past 10 years or so. He is a school teacher from Dallas, retired for now. Not married, 36 today? Loves to fly fish and talk about it... you should see him on the forum shortly. He will be in the office alot doing double duty. We are going to start selling online within 6-8 weeks or so. I'm looking at shopping cart programs. We will offer a variety of fishing stuff- fly tying material, flies, some rods and reels, jigs of course and lures, fish related gifts and apparel. Hopefully it won't be your run-of-the-mill offerings. Linc will be a big part of the management of the online store. We'll see how it goes. Dock project - stalls are finished. Can't add anymore cause we're out of room. Next is adding another gas tank and feed to the upper end of the dock, then the building/dock shop/club- whatever you call it. Fishing has been nominal at best this summer. Blame it on low stock numbers, drought, hard generation, clear water... whatever. You might say we've been so spoiled to have good to great trout fishing ALL the time for so long that we forgot what it's like to work for them. But that's hard on the novices and disappointing to those who counted on catching fish on their vacations. The white bass run at Moonshine on Table Rock was a saving grace for alot of the guides for most of the summer. Buster, Bill, Tim, Bill and Tim started most mornings at 5:30 and jigged a spoon for 'em. Kentuc's have been fair till now- now they're tough. Dry fly fishing on Taney has been good most of the summer but we're close to getting into the meat of the season... dries will rule this fall on Taney! We are looking forward to that! Babler and I just booked a flight to King Salmon, AK for 10 days in August. We're going up to help a friend of mine, Jim Johnson, who bought a place on the Naknek River. He's hosts clients for week stays and needs help for a week guiding. We will try. The forum is going well. I'm still amazed at the numbers. The prayer request forum is a big step for me. It's extremely intimidating to me to post here cause it's not like giving fishing advice... if I'm wrong- oh well. This is people's lives. We take it very seriously. I had not given Chuck proper permission to reply on it but he has it now. For now, only the three of us are allowed to reply to requests. I've had some emails asking. The last thing I want is for any part of OAF to become a religious battering field. Newletter to come out in September. Want to have one printed and in hand for the FFF conclave in October.

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

I'm waiting for the evening

It's the first of June and already in the upper 90's. Not dwelling there but will say I'm not looking forward to the dog days of July and August. I don't really like the heat. Our dock project continues. I just stepped out and snapped a pic of what we've done so far. We linked the 2 docks and now are adding 2 double stalls for pontoons. The roof will be higher so they can get into the dock with their tops up. We need them. That will just about expend our lakefront space for expansion unless we buy our neighbors out. But are content to stay as we are... for now. The area between this expansion and the bank is plenty of room for a building. This is the dream club house I've always wanted-- fly tying, fly fishing, fishing, hunting library of books, magazines and videos, a big screen TV, fly tying benches, lockers for those who frequent the place and want to leave some tools and material there, a meeting room for local fishing clubs... I'm open for more ideas. We will start on it as soon as the stalls are finished- may be in a couple of weeks. We lost our 6 year veteran dockhand, Jerry Newcomb. He decided to break out on his own and enter the construction market again. He will be missed. Linc Hunt, a young guy from Dallas will be filling in for the month of July. A school teacher from Dallas, he worked for us last summer and will be moving to Seattle this fall to teach up there. Jimmy Cummins, a young man from the St Louis area, is also working part time for us on the dock and office. He is dating our #2 daughter, Megan, and is a junior at College of the Ozarks. He is also working with our #1 son, Caleb, at Camp Lookout at the college for the summer. Jim and I are close to purchasing our new server to handle the trout cam and other cams yet to be invented. It will also be able to handle more capture cards for more cameras. We are waiting for the cards to come in- next week hopefully. We are also looking to getting our own T1 line to host video streaming including clips for OA on fishing. This should be super cool! My 30 year reunion is in 2 weeks in Parsons, KS. and I'm looking forward to seeing alot of old friends. When we think of these people- even now- in our minds eye we still see the young face and voice. It's a real shock to see them as OLD people and then think... 'they are the same age as me!!!'. Forum is going good. I'm deturmoned not to micro manage it and not answer or comment on every topic. I'm wanting it to stand on it's own... there's plenty of people out there that have made the forum their own- that's the way it's supposed to be. It's neat to see how it has evolved. Would like to see the slow areas on the forum pick up- hopefully in the near future. Still trying to decide the best way to promote it. Word of mouth has done well though.

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

Once a month... not good but something

The month of May proved to be one of the most jam-packed months of my life so far. With 2 graduating- Greg from HS and Megan from college- the parties, receptions, friends visiting- add all the things we do here at the resort getting ready for the "season" like painting, repair, landscape (huge) and a dock remodel that's still not done; Megan leaving for K-Colorado to work... add my 30-year high school reunion I'm in charge of and that about the end of the list- kind of. Oh yea- the newsletter... way over due. It wasn't the best I've done but wanted to get something out. We just got back from KC- our last scheduled duty for the month and it feels good- strange- to be out of things to do for a short time. I really want to go floating! I hope to go at least to Bull Creek this week. I'm excited about our dock forum. Jerry has been on vacation for 2 weeks so it should be setup and going by the weekend. I hope to have him taking pics and reporting daily from our dock. Really excited about google ads and generating money for more toys on OA. First thing is to upgrade our computer that handles the troutcam to get better service to more viewers AND to add a new streaming camera. I have an awesome idea- trout fishers will love it and I'm sure others will too. Not going to share it quite yet... hopefully well have something going by the end of the month. And no it's not fish! I did talk to the guys at State Park Marina about getting a cam and streaming it on their site. When they get it going, I'll put a link up for us to see it. They have a ton of BIG carp at their dock. I'm also brain-storming on a couple of contests for the forum- to generate interest for those who have become bored. I'm willing to give some items away or even cash- just want to do something with some quality- not something hap-hazzard. Any ideas- I'm open. Until then- keep those fishing reports coming! And thanks for making the forum what it is- a fun, informable place to visit.

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

This is hard

With all I do at the computer- this forum and OA's website- it's been hard to sit and type on my blog. But I'm watching the office and it's quiet- accept for the Card's game on TV. Been working to finish Table Rock's maps- the west side of the lake. In all I think there's 12 maps on the west side. I'm waiting on Babler and Loving to mark them for us. What's next? Not sure. I've done the James River- might do the Kings next- neither can you find maps for anyplace. The Buffalo could be on my short list. I'd like others on the forum to have a chance to mark up the maps but it would be hard to do so. Can you believe this drought? My My---- this will be a very interesting summer for all these lakes in SW Missouri- boating and marinas will be really hurting. I fished close to State Park today and they don't have much room around their back docks now- if the water drops 5-7 feet more they will have a hard time getting boats out. Taneycomo- I'm asking for a meeting with MDC to discuss our situation. No flow and hot temps will mean high temps for our trout. At what time will they consider emergency generation? Will the Corp work with us? They have in the past. But if you're coming this summer, don't expect much generation. The streams- canoe outfitters will have a tough time. North Fork will see alot of business will the springs run low. Elevenpoint and Current too. But the others will have a slow season I'm afraid. Crappie fishing- I've only caught a fraction of what I caught last year but last year was a banner year for most of us. And I didn't get out as much and at the right times. White bass- I caught some early over at the Spring River in NE OK but not many here. Again- didn't get out to fish for them. Trout- its' been great everytime I've been out. Traffic on the website has leveled off in April- even dropped a bit. But I've been in this for 9 years- I'm in it for the long run- keep adding information and hopefully recruit others to help and it will do fine. Word of mouth is still the best advertising. I want to do a contest of some sort (for the forum members). Still trying to think of something. I'm open to suggestions. Cams- I still want to add lake cams. I'm going to have to buy another computer to do that. I have the cameras ready to go. I found out it's not a matter of bandwidth- it's my old computer I'm using for a server.

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

I have 30 minutes

... but I'm in the office and not sure how much time I really have to type. Been working on several things of interest. I'm speaking at a FFF chapter in KC next week and have been putting a midge fishing piece together. Lots of studing on the internet- it's been fun and informative. I'll post it on OA as soon as I'm done in KC. The troutcam has been down- not sure where the problem is but it does seem like it's in the wiring. But the visibility is poor so there's not much to see. Spring fishing is just around the corner- can't wait till everything blossums out and the fish head to the banks. The weather has given us a preview of spring already- 2 tornados and hail. Not complaining about the rain though! Am thinking about changing the name of my newsletter from the White River Journal to something more appropriate to the present site. It started out being Taneycomo, then added Table Rock and Bull Shoals, then more and more and now it's the Ozarks-plus. So I'm trying to come up with the name. If anybody has any ideas- shoot them my way. The only problem is writing enough to cover some/all of the waters we cover now. Part of my problem my ideas get too big and I can't keep up with them. I have to fish sometime!!! I have a daughter graduating from College of the Ozarks and a son graduating from high school (my last kid). Man- it's all going so fasts. May will be here and gone and so will our kids... almost. They are still close and of course they will be for the summer working. But gosh- it's gone quick. C of O won the boys basketball national championship naia2 yesterday. Dad and I watch all 5 games. It's such a blessing to have mom and dad here and get to do things with him. He's 70 and in excellent health- probably better than me. We don't really know anyone of the boys team but do know one of the girls that plays for C of O - Becca Howard - who's team lost in the final game of the championships. She's good friends with my oldest son Caleb. My 30 year HS reunion is this summer... I'm in charge of getting it together. Go figure- I'm from Parsons, KS and I'm in charge? But I was told no one in Parsons wanted to do it and I wanted to see some friends so- I'm doing it. It's not really that hard. I'm heading to Parsons tomorrow for a dinner/meeting with some of the guys to talk about plans. Gonna hit the Spring River on the way over! We're having a "wild game feast" at church on Sunday night. If anyone is interested in deer, pheasant, fish and whatever else we can find between now and then, feel free to come. Covenant Life Church behind Empire Electric on Main in old downtown Branson. Around 6 pm I think.

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

Long time....

since my last entry- sorry. It's been a hectic winter, believe me. But my intentions are to keep this up at least a couple of times a week. In saying that... I'm going to make this entry short because I have many things to do and the evening is going fast. We've had several entries and new blogs but no first-posts. It's alittle tricky getting your entry to post for the first time so I'm going to send an email to those who are having trouble. Later I'm going to catch up by blog.

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

Start a gallery here....

Some of you have been asking about a gallery... you can post pics here and use this as a gallery. If you have pics you want to post and need them on a server, you can email them to me or use several on-line services (I'll have to research and list them). Examples - This blog has an extra step to post your entry if you start one. After writing and hitting done- or whatever- it will appear in a window box like it's done. There's still one more step--- At the bottom left below the window there's a buttom that says "entry options". Hit it and then hit "publish". Then you're done.

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

Catching up

The "off season" for most isn't really an off season for us... if anything it seems busier than the "season" but I'm not sure what that is anymore. With all the projects here at the resort, the nice weather and great business we're having, it's been hecktic. Still working frantically on webcams and other internet goodies... the streaming underwater video has been a challenge. We've got it on a url address at http://ozarkanglers.com/troutcam.php but as of right now it's only letting 5 people view at it at a time. Not sure if it's a router issue or something else. But it's a process... We are going to have to sell advertising on the page to help pay for expenses. Working on rack cards for ozarkanglers.com. Want to get them out to the trout parks by opening weekend as well as other key places. I want to build up alot of traffic on different waters on the forum. Rack cards seem to be the easiest and cheapest way to do it. As long as we're talking business, those that know we had spinning rods made a few years back - special made for jig fishing. They were one piece 6 and 7 foot rods. Well, I'm picking up the new version spin rods next Friday. I've had 4 sizes made this time and asked that they'd be alittle more softer in the tip as well as a better grade guides. They are 5-6", 6-0", 6-6" and 7-0". I expect they will sell for about $60. They will have the Lilleys' logo. Cool! For those who know him, Jeremy Hunt is moving back to Branson. Didn't know he left you say? Well he moved down to Rim Shoals on the White River with his dad but decided he was spending all his time here (staying at the resort actually) so he's making the move back. He's getting his guides lisense and buying a boat for guiding on Taneycomo. He's still doing a fly tying class on Wednesdays at a fly shop in Cotter and still has his class here on Tuesdays. Got out permit from the corp to add to the dock. With the permit, we can add a 24x36 building to the dock for meetings and such. We're getting estimates on materials right now. May have to wait a bit to start but it'll be a cool place to hang out. Lots of ideas for it but mainly want to resurect the TU club here as well as holding the fly tying class down there. Church is doing well. We're kicking around the idea of having a Saturday night worship gathering. My son is a senior at College of the Ozarks and leads worship at BSU and other gatherings. There are several worship "bands" at the school so we have plenty of possibilites. Caleb's praying about starting a coffee house (a 70's throwback concept) and our church building is a perfect place for it. We're not using it except on Sundays and we're open to do whatever if it's what we should do. Master is coming up next weekend... no not golf. I named it the masters cause I wanted it to be THE top tournament for the lake and I think that's what it is. There's some great jig fishers as well as fly fisher who fish it. It's quite a challenge to beat these guys that fish it every year. It's a ton of fun. I can't believe how far down the lakes are. And when is it going to start raining!?!? Table Rock is going to be an interesting place for boaters and skiers this summer if it continues. Haven't been to Bull Shoals yet but it must be down around where it was a few years back when we fly fished below the dam about a mile where the lake actually riffled in places. Taney isn't going to see much in the way of generation this winter at all so flyfishers are happy and boaters- beware!! It's shallow!!! That's caught you up for now.

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

Looking to a New Year

Eph 1:3-14; 3 How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He's the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. 4 Long before he laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. 5 Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) 6 He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son. 7 Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we're a free people - free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! 8 He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, 9 letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, 10 a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth. 11 It's in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, 12 part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. 13 It's in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free - signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. 14 This signet from God is the first installment on what's coming, a reminder that we'll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life. The promises of God are Yea and Amen. Have an excellent year- Phil

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

What do we do with this - Jesus?

Being raised in a Christian home all of my young life (Presby, Assembly of God), you could say I've been "brain-washed" in my present beliefs, a subject of my environment. If so, I am blessed. But you know I see lots of people who were raised the same way who are as far from God as I am close to Him so I guess you might say- it comes down to choices... little ones... throughout this journey. I have made good choices and poor ones. I have made very good choices and very bad ones... unlike anyone I know of. Some of those choices have been reactions to experiences and circumstances I had nothing to do with... how I reacted to death, sickness, tragedy, betrayals, offenses-- all shape character. But as a Christian, several foundational truths remain constant deep in my belief system: My position, who I am, will never change- never. It cannot. I am a child of the Most High God, adopted into His family through the sacrifice of Jesus death and His resurrection has given me life and victory over sin and death, eternal death and separation from God. My name has been written in the Lamb's Book of Life, never to be erased. How did I get there? I was confronted with a choice, deep within my heart, and I chose to accept the urgings of the Holy Spirit who was drawing me to that place of decision. I acknowledged Jesus as the Son of God and His death and resurrection. I confessed I was in a sinner and didn't have a relationship with the One true God and my Creator... and I wanted it. I accepted Jesus as my Savior and confessed Him as my new Lord of my life. So what do we do with Jesus? Some put Him on a shelf and only pull Him down when we need Him. Some have formed our own opinions about Him, not researching Him out truly, honestly and with an open heart. We have formed our own "theology of life" taking bits and pieces from the Bibles and from lessons learned. We have justified the way we live by examples of other people, even some "Christians" who live sinful lives while spouting "Jesus is Lord" when their life doesn't the evidence at all. All these things don't change God, who He is, His character, what He requires. He is the "I Am". He is love. He is almighty and all powerful and He alone is worthy of our praise and admiration... there is no other. Search Him out- He is faithful to reveal Himself to those who truly seek Him with all their heart. But if you don't make the effort, life will pass, like a vapor, and it will be too late. So what do you do with Jesus?

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

A very busy December

This is supposed to be the "offseason" for us being in a tourist town... but it's been anything but. Internet - trying to go wireless. I have a friend who claimed he could install routers and repeaters and cover the resort with wireless internet for us and our guests. Three weeks later, we've dropped DSL and am now on wireless only by our fingernails. It seems we have some interference or something. We might have found the problem tonight- a bad router. We're using a Linksys WRV54G router and a couple of WAP54GP access point routers (we ditched the repeaters). We've ordered a new WRV and another WAP so hoepfully this will close the gap. But it's been very trying... you don't reallize how dependant you are on something until you don't have it. WebCams- am still looking for the perfect webcam software and video capture card to host the cams. The underwater cam is doing great- if you're in the cleaning shack looking at the monitor. Problem is... I'm dependant on someone else for the expertise. They are friends and won't take any $$$ for the work which honestly I'd rather pay and get it DONE!! Capture cards... routers... they're all way over my head and it's frustrating. Newletter- I'm finally going to get the White River Journal out next week. Been trying to work on in between everything going on. Brochure and other things- we've been trying to design/print a resort brochure for several months now... our last brochure is 12 years old. Also designing a logo for ozarkanglers, the resort and new catch-n-release pins for trout unlimited's c/r program. I'm not doing much of the designing but the guys who are seemed to be as busy as me. Friends in town- the last 10 days have been hospitality time for us. Not complaining too much- they all have been dear friends and we've had a blast... but fitting it all in with Christmas programs at church, YMCA, resort dinner and fishing with everyone, it's been interesting. I see the light at the end of the tunnel- I think it will be Monday next week. My daughter and son-in-law are coming in Friday before Christmas. Am looking forward to kicking back and sending time with the kids. Meg and Cob move back home tomorrow from C of O so all will be here for the holidays.

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

Work

Correction on the preaching Sunday... I have to be here for the dock for most of the morning Sunday so Tom Johnson is doing the honors. I'll have to go ahead and post at least the notes on this blog as soon as I get them done. You know, this is supposed to be our off season- they say. December is the slowest month but my calendar doesn't say that. I've been messing with the images on the forum... I'm sure you've noticed. It will get better I promise. I'm going to have some real professionals look at it- I want to do alot with the forum. I just need alot of help. I see conservationcafe is changing. My vision for this forum is to keep it geared to fishing only and to keep it clean. It's not that I'm judging anyone... I've learned to appreciate alot of the guys and gals on cc over the years but there is alot of sarcasm that gets out of hand at times. My number one thing is - to respect others on the board. Respect people as people and not to use they key board to bash and bite. At best, this kind of communication is impersonal and because it is, sometimes people think what they type doesn't mean anything. It does- much more than we realize. So I'm going to try to keep this forum focused on fishing... positive enjoyment of an activity we all have in common and love.

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

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