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    JestersHK reacted to snagged in outlet 3 in Spillway releases   
    Let me know what you experience.  I’ll be there June 6 for the week.  
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    JestersHK reacted to MNtransplant in Spillway releases   
    Does all this talk about spillway releases mean floodgates opening? Or is a spillway release something totally different?
    Will all of the trophy area be closed to the public?
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    JestersHK reacted to Phil Lilley in Spillway releases   
    I keep getting calls from friends wanting to know if I need help evacuating...
    I told them I don't think it's that bad.  Actually, I'm not sure if it's bad at all.
    This "event" is so different than the other "floods" we've had.  And this isn't a flood, not yet.  Not even close.  Flash floods, yes.  We've had 2 in 2 days locally - north of town.  Almost the exact some spot.  Crazy.
    But most of this rain has fallen, again, east of Table Rock although some fell around Beaver and some in Table Rock.  But more local rain and not widespread.  I've been looking at the Kings, James, the White above Beaver and none are rising that much.
    I just don't see anything changing at Beaver or Table Rock.  But the Corps may surprise us all.
    If they run, they don't have to spill over the top at Table Rock.  They can run 15,000 through the turbines and that could be enough to keep up with the inflow.  Beaver may move some water... but I don't see it rising.
    But there's plenty of rain in the forecast... one of the storms will put someone over - either Beaver or Table Rock.  Then they will release.
    Flood gates, fishing wise, would be much better than 4 full units.  It would bring shad in and warmer water.  Trout will go nuts.  But there will be heavy flows - no dock fishing or very little fishing off the banks.  The flow won't be dangerous... I would consider anything over 25,000 cfs too high to send our rental boats out.  I would go though.  Over 30k - hummm may be not.  But I'm not going to say for sure.
    Unless the rain just stops, we're going to see something soon.  Full generation and/or spill gates.  There's just too much water in the system.  But flooding... where our guests would be asked to leave... I don't see that at all.  The storms are moving through too fast.
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    JestersHK reacted to Travis Swift in Spillway releases   
    I think the flooding down stream will have them release less than other events. Even if they open the gates I don't think we will see super high amounts? Maybe something along the lines of what they ran a couple months ago, 5 gates like they did before and maybe just run it for a long time bringing it down slowly? Just my thoughts.  Hopes too cause I'm headed down Friday for a week so I would love some flood gates with a fishable amount of water for a week. 
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    JestersHK reacted to fshndoug in Rainbows Feeding on Scuds... Video   
    wouldn't want to be a scud
     
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    JestersHK reacted to Phil Lilley in Lilley's Lake Taneycomo fishing report, May 20   
    What a week makes in time.  This week on Lake Taneycomo, the water is off, no generation.  And even my good friends and fishing guides are asking, "why???".  It's pretty simple really.  Everything downstream is flooded and there's no place to move the water to without adding to the flood waters.
    There are 2 reasons why the dam operators would start moving serious water through the White River System:
    Rainfall runoff would take all 3 lakes to their flood pool levels or The flood waters on the White River at Newport, Arkansas drop to safe levels. Here's some links to sites that are worth watching:
    https://www.swl-wc.usace.army.mil/pages/data/tabular/htm/bulsdam.htm
    https://www.swl-wc.usace.army.mil/pages/data/tabular/htm/newport.htm
    https://www.swl-wc.usace.army.mil/pages/reports/remote/white.htm
    This one shows, among other things, the percentage of storage for each lake.  We normally go by lake level (feet) but when managing the lakes, the Corps goes by percentages.
    Beaver - 86% Table Rock - 56% Bull Shoals - 88% As you can see, Table Rock Lake has the most room for runoff.  Of course, Taneycomo is just a pass-through lake.
    At the Newport (Ar) gage, you can see it is at 24 and flood stage is 26 feet.  Regulating stage is 12 and the 5-year average is 19 feet.  As this drops, Bull Shoals will be allowed to release water from its dam and thus starting the chain reaction at the other days... moving water through the system.  But this won't happen until the White drops out through the Mississippi River.
    We're hoping for a dry spell all through the White River Basin.
    For now, we're seeing either no generation or just a little generation during the afternoon this week.  This is a nice change of pace for those who like to fish slower water, or those of us who live to fly fish, we can get out and wade.  And yes, fly fishing has been excellent.
    I've been boating up to the Narrows and Lookout Island, getting out of the boat and wading those areas and fishing a scud, namely a Perfect Scud we carry in the shop made by Jeremy Hunt.

    I'm fishing a #14 gray using 4x tippet and a small hard foam indicator about 2 to 4 feet deep.  The fly is weights and I really don't need a split shot, especially if the water isn't running.  There are lots of great quality rainbows at the Narrows right now, as you can see in this video I shot the other day.
    Watching this on your phone won't give you the full value of this video.  The best way to get the most out of it is to go home and watch it on a big screen TV and turn off all the lights.  You'll see rainbows beating the gravel for scuds and sow bugs, you'll see them pick them off as they drift down... you'll even see one fish chomp on some rocks and when he spits them out, a small scud comes out of its mouth too.
    Yes I did run my scud in front of the camera... that was the point of the video.  And I did catch a couple in the first 3 minutes.  But I got so much more out of just filming the actions of the rainbows as they went about their business rooting out bugs from the moss and gravel.
    I did catch a lot of rainbows, no browns, on the #14 Perfect Scud both Monday and Tuesday.  But I think any other scud pattern will work.
    In this video, I shot scuds that were trapped in a pool of water.  Note the orange in the body.  I think it wouldn't hurt to tie a little orange in the body of your fly.
    I also caught rainbows on a #14 root beer Zebra Midge under an indicator fished any where from 3 to 5 feet deep, 6x tippet.  But I had fun stripping a yellow #14 soft hackle on Monday.  it was pretty windy and the chop on the water was perfect for stripping anything.  I bet a wooly would have worked too.
    The slow water has put the kabosh on the big brown trout party.  Blake has been going out and throwing a jerk bait but it isn't as hot as it has been.  Duane's client have been throwing it early with a little success but most of the brown they're seeing are chasing and not hitting and the ones that are hitting and hooked are lost.  The best bite is the first and last 60 minutes of daylight.
    The brown jig with an orange head is reportedly one of the best colors this week, along with the black jig.  The trophy area is doing pretty good and so is the Short Creek area.  If the water is off, throw a 1/16th-ounce using either 2- or 4-pound or throw a 1/32nd-ounce jig with 2-pound line.
    Night crawlers has been good for some and poo for others.  I personally have a love-hate relationship with them.  They bite them but I can't get a good hook set of them.  But there's been nice trout caught this week so far on them.  Tubby Johnson from Oklahoma caught this nice 22-inch brown on a worm one evening this week fishing with his grandson, Hunter.

    Power Eggs are working when the water is running.  An orange/white combination did well for those drifting from Cooper Creek down to Monkey Island.
    The Berkley Pink PowerWorm on a small jig head fished under a float 5 to 6 feet deep down around the bridges and the Branson Landing has been "gold" for most of the fishing guides.  Duane's clients the other day landed 22 "doubles".  That's when both clients have fish on at the same time.  Use 2-pound line for best results but 4-pound is probably ok.

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    JestersHK got a reaction from MNtransplant in What Dreams Are Made Of   
    Fantastic man, glad you got into them again!
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    JestersHK reacted to MNtransplant in What Dreams Are Made Of   
    Fished from 5:45 to 8:30 and flat out slayed..
    12-14 white bass, 7-8 smallies, 3 rainbows, 1 walleye....easily my best outing since moving to Missouri, maybe ever....quality was amazing too including my personal best white bass at 19" and personal best rainbow at 20"
    I might need to start selling my custom bucktail jigs cuz that's all they wanted to hit tonight and it had to be the right color combo or I got nada.
    What a blast, I might never beat a day like today!

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    JestersHK got a reaction from Johnsfolly in TR for upcoming weekend 5/13 to 5/17   
    Hopefully I'll get to fish with you at some point buddy.  Been too long...
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    JestersHK got a reaction from Johnsfolly in We were Social distancing...How did we Catch Crabs?   
    Deer should happen this year for sure if we can get out...
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    JestersHK got a reaction from Bushbeater in COVID-19 - Coronavirus 2019-nCoV   
    I think the question is should we trust the goevernment?  I for one do not.  Not that I believe all the tin foil conspiracy stuff,  but my lack of trust comes from first hand experience of them being incompetent failures over and over again... the older I get the less trust I have.  
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    JestersHK reacted to Johnsfolly in TR for upcoming weekend 5/13 to 5/17   
    Thanks @JestersHK for taking us along through your posts! Wish that I could have been there in person, maybe next year !
     
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    JestersHK got a reaction from BilletHead in TR for upcoming weekend 5/13 to 5/17   
    Hope your cam got it too...
    Made it back home after an amazing trip.  I fished my crew pretty hard but they all survived.  I know I  personally spent over 50 hours on or in the water in a 72hr timespan and that's with some storm and lightning delays...  
    No big fish this trip, but lots of chunky fat rainbows. I finally caught a small brown after the blow up Seth saw. One of only 2 browns brought in.
    Overall a really great time.  Never seen healthier fish.  The weather  cooperated better than expected, and generation was exceptionally kind to us as well.
    Few last pics.
     
     








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    JestersHK got a reaction from Johnsfolly in We were Social distancing...How did we Catch Crabs?   
    Awesome my friend. Tell Liv nice job.
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    JestersHK got a reaction from Johnsfolly in TR for upcoming weekend 5/13 to 5/17   
    Hope your cam got it too...
    Made it back home after an amazing trip.  I fished my crew pretty hard but they all survived.  I know I  personally spent over 50 hours on or in the water in a 72hr timespan and that's with some storm and lightning delays...  
    No big fish this trip, but lots of chunky fat rainbows. I finally caught a small brown after the blow up Seth saw. One of only 2 browns brought in.
    Overall a really great time.  Never seen healthier fish.  The weather  cooperated better than expected, and generation was exceptionally kind to us as well.
    Few last pics.
     
     








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    JestersHK got a reaction from laker67 in TR for upcoming weekend 5/13 to 5/17   
    Hope your cam got it too...
    Made it back home after an amazing trip.  I fished my crew pretty hard but they all survived.  I know I  personally spent over 50 hours on or in the water in a 72hr timespan and that's with some storm and lightning delays...  
    No big fish this trip, but lots of chunky fat rainbows. I finally caught a small brown after the blow up Seth saw. One of only 2 browns brought in.
    Overall a really great time.  Never seen healthier fish.  The weather  cooperated better than expected, and generation was exceptionally kind to us as well.
    Few last pics.
     
     








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    JestersHK got a reaction from Quillback in TR for upcoming weekend 5/13 to 5/17   
    Hope your cam got it too...
    Made it back home after an amazing trip.  I fished my crew pretty hard but they all survived.  I know I  personally spent over 50 hours on or in the water in a 72hr timespan and that's with some storm and lightning delays...  
    No big fish this trip, but lots of chunky fat rainbows. I finally caught a small brown after the blow up Seth saw. One of only 2 browns brought in.
    Overall a really great time.  Never seen healthier fish.  The weather  cooperated better than expected, and generation was exceptionally kind to us as well.
    Few last pics.
     
     








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    JestersHK got a reaction from Seth in TR for upcoming weekend 5/13 to 5/17   
    Hope your cam got it too...
    Made it back home after an amazing trip.  I fished my crew pretty hard but they all survived.  I know I  personally spent over 50 hours on or in the water in a 72hr timespan and that's with some storm and lightning delays...  
    No big fish this trip, but lots of chunky fat rainbows. I finally caught a small brown after the blow up Seth saw. One of only 2 browns brought in.
    Overall a really great time.  Never seen healthier fish.  The weather  cooperated better than expected, and generation was exceptionally kind to us as well.
    Few last pics.
     
     








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    JestersHK reacted to Johnsfolly in We were Social distancing...How did we Catch Crabs?   
    Maryland has been in a state of lockdown and that only sustenance fishing was allowed while using the necessary social distancing guidelines. After this trip the stated allowed recreational fishing and this Friday will open up more things like barber shops, stores, some restaurants, etc..
    Anyway back during the full lockdown we took out a few of my wife's crab traps, brandishing our face masks, armed with hand sanitizer, and went to a spot that we have had good luck in the past. Usually Livie and I usually fish while my wife tends the traps. No different on this trip. We were bottom fishing with bloodworms on high/low rigs hoping for some white or silver perch that we could take home for dinner. We caught quite a few silver perch last fall, but I suspect that in late summer through fall that there is a higher salinity in this creek than in the spring and that there may not be too many silver perch around. White perch seem to be common enough to suspect that we might catch a meal's worth. BUT that was not the case. We have had one of the coldest springs from April through the first part of May. So I blame the poor water temp on us not being able to secure any legal fish for dinner.  We did catch some sublegal stripers, which was nice after not being able to fish for over 4 weeks .


    Though we both caught three stripers, but missed out on any keeper fish. I did land a keeper blue crab and my wife scored on five others.

    So can't complain too much. The crabs were delicious!
    We did get in a little microfishing the next day. Livie caught her first breeding male sheepshead minnow. Photo doesn't do its coloration much justice.

     
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    JestersHK reacted to moguy1973 in Love pond fishing   
    Went back this weekend and caught this beauty at 4.27lbs.  Smashed a white 4.7" rage swimmer.  Also found that the fish in this pond are hungry.  My niece caught a nice 3.5lb bass yesterday and my mother in law caught the same one today.  Knew it was the same fish because it's lower jaw was jacked weird.  I also caught the same fish again that I caught last week that had the gouge on the side of it in the picture above.  It had healed up a lot in just a week.
     
     


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    JestersHK reacted to snagged in outlet 3 in 2020 Garden Thread.   
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_fly
    I looked but couldn't find the pictures @JestersHK posted last year of his bites.  He won't be happy they are back again this year.  They tore me up...
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    JestersHK reacted to jdmidwest in 2020 Garden Thread.   
    The Buffalo gnat is my new scurge.  This rain forest that has been created has spawned them again.
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    JestersHK reacted to Seth in TR for upcoming weekend 5/13 to 5/17   
    We were surprised to see the water off this morning. After we got packed up, we decided to go fish till 1pm up in the trophy area. The jerkbait action was a bit slow in the lower flow, but the jig bite was hot. The best stretch for us was about halfway  between the Narrows and Lookout. Most of what we caught were 12-14” rainbows but a few in the 17-18” were landed. Sculpin/orange jigs did most of the damage.  a few came on pink/white too. Just to mix things up, I broke out the long rod and fished an olive micro jig under an indicator and caught several.
    For whatever reason, that same stretch was very slow for us when the generators were cranking the previous couple of days.
     
    I’m hoping the Gopro caught the brown trout busting shad yesterday. That fish was coming completely out of the water. I fired up the big motor to get within casting distance and got bit on a white jig on my first throw, but I rolled whatever bit and didn’t get hooked up. The fish we saw busting shad looked like it was in the 20-22” range.
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    JestersHK got a reaction from trythisonemv in TR for upcoming weekend 5/13 to 5/17   
    On a brighter note I may actually sleep tonight lol.  Oh and shout out to Blake as I used one of his SS jerkbaits and it got it done today!
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    JestersHK got a reaction from trythisonemv in TR for upcoming weekend 5/13 to 5/17   
    We hit it hard today. I threw jerks almost the entire time with nothing big to show for it.  I broke my phone screen too so limited posting and I'll have to get pics from the others.  Maybe @Seth  can fill you in on our close encounter with a big brownie.  I'll let him tell that story lol.
    Boated a bunch of fish in both boats, no big ones though.  Rain got ugly, got a good soaking a few times as well.  Ray did take my pic the other day which came out nice.

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