Phil Lilley

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  1. Leaving tomorrow for about 3 weeks. Naknek River Camp. Will have some friends each week including my daughter Megan and her husband Jimmy the last 5 days. Sounds like there's a good sockeye run underway. Will post pics when I get to good WiFi.
  2. I was given 2! copies of this book within a couple of days which was an omen may be... What an incredible book, especailly when I identify with at least some of the hardships Rock has endured in the bush. Except for the close call with bears, moose, plane crashes, boat crashes and fires. His internet site is Buy the book here Amazon has them for $10. Buy yourself a Christmas present and order one. You won't be sorry.
  3. In Anchorage for a 7 hour layover. Nice here... 65 degrees and sunny. Report from the river - they caught limits of sockeye everyday this week but the big numbers are yet to come in to the river.
  4. First leg is done. Played golf here in Denver with a childhood friend. A few good shots but not many. I never could catch fish or play golf in Colorado... not sure why. May be it's the think air. Long day tomorrow... be in Anchorage by noon (AK time) but have a 7 hour layover there. Fishing report - most places in AK are reporting good a good sockeye run. Naknek River is in good shape.
  5. Looks like fun...
  6. You didn't include a fish...
  7. But you can't really have a length restriction without a bait restriction, like the trophy area. Too many trout would be caught/released/killed on bait. The stat is 25% die when caught on bait.
  8. My server guy has asked the following questions from those members who are having trouble uploading images - getting the 200 error code. What type of file (jpg, png etc) How big the file is. When did it happen? Date and time and time zone What page url it was being upload to. IP of the user. If you have trouble, remember to write these things down and post them. He can look at the logs to see what happened.
  9. With the heat of summer upon us, the generators are kicking in. We've only seen low 90's so far, but during the week the dam operators are wasting no time bringing the power up to max on the hot days. This morning they were up to four units, bringing the lake up to 708.5 feet before 7 a.m.. We've been trying to figure out in what ways the lake's bottom has changed. It's hard because we can't see down very far into the water. But it seems from the Narrows up lake, there's not much change. The Narrows usually change during these high water events. There are some big trees lodged in the channel now, big ones! And when the water is running, you have to be extra careful when drifting through. As far as the bottom, it's too early to tell. On down lake, it seems like there's not much of a change. Fall Creek area may have changed some, but we'll see. Lake temperature is holding at 56 degrees. Our water is still off color with visibility at about four feet. There's quite a bit of green algae flowing through the turbines from Table Rock, which is nothing more than a pain. The trout actually will eat the algae and, I've been told, get some nutrition out of it. The flood gates were open at Table Rock Dam for 30 days, and all that time, warmwater fish were spilling over into our coldwater fishery. We've been catching smallmouth, largemouth and spotted bass, blue gill, red ear blue gill, crappie, white bass and walleye from the cable below the dam all the way to Fall Creek. Duane took some friends out Saturday and they caught nine species of fish. They were fishing with 1/8th-ounce white/gray jigs, four-pound line and working the banks. In the mix was a 23.5-inch brown caught close to the Missouri Department of Conservation boat ramp. The warmwater fish were kept for a fish fry along with a few rainbows. The brown was released at the dock. I've been fishing a white 1/8th ounce jig against the banks, working the slack or eddy water, and catching a lot of fish, all kinds. But I wouldn't hesitate to try another color -- sculpin, black, black/olive, ginger and sculpin/ginger. If you get out when they're not running as much water, say one unit at 705 feet, I'd throw the same colors but drop to a 3/32nd-ounce jig. If you're using two-pound line, you could throw a 1/16th-ounce jig. The fish seem like they want to chase, so I'd think working a small- to medium-sized stick bait should work. I just haven't tried it myself. Drifting with a variety of flies in the trophy area has been good, including shad flies, scuds (#12 - #16 gray), San Juan Worms (cerise, pink), egg flies (peach, red) and leaches (#12 purple, brown). I've seen some people pounding the banks with big streamers but have not received any specific reports. Starting at Fall Creek, drifting with bait has been very good. Actually drifting from there clear down past the Landing has been stellar, according to most of our guests who have been coming and fishing in June for years. I've heard more say "this has been the best fishing trip ever" this summer than ever before. A guy just this morning said they drifted using Powerbait down towards that Landing and pulled them in "right and left." We're selling a lot of Power Eggs, not the Gulp, in all colors. The Gulp Eggs slide off so easily while the regular eggs are more rubbery and stay on much better. Now if the water isn't running or running slowly, I'd say go with Gulp because of the scent, but since the water is cranking now, go with the regular eggs. Night crawlers are luring the fish very well, too, and they will usually catch bigger fish, but as good as Power Eggs are working, why mess with the mess of worms?
  10. Not surprising - expected. And from the sound of it, the reduction will be ongoing. The creel study being conducted on our lake right now is showing anglers want to catch bigger trout even if it means sacrificing numbers. Bigger, less. It's the same findings they saw in the last study, and the results was reducing numbers and increasing the average size to 11.5 inches. What I find amazing (pleasantly amazing) is that even though Taney's seen adverse conditions for 2 straight years now, our fishery is at its best right now, numbers and quality. Then, throw a few bass in and it's perfect! But it won't last... it all cycles. We'll see a decrease at some point. Looking to this fall, we're in for some poor water quality like we had in 2015.
  11. Tons... and they're eating something to make them fat. Probably sculpins.
  12. We've had some troubles since changing to a new server. If anyone has issues (and has time to mess with this), read this and give us details of exactly what's happening. See questions on the first post. Thanks
  13. 2 so far and I'm seeing a pattern. Both are uploading using data. I wonder if that's it.
  14. Where are you? Mars?
  16. Sounds interesting... and exciting if you get any takers.
  17. Had a chance to travel the Wisconsin and tour the Bending Branches factory. Of course I took my kayak and spent a week camping. Saw lots of different water and caught a ton of fish. It was a great trip. Huge thanks to Branches and the guys that helped me while I was in town. If you want to see more pictures from the trip, the link to the blog post is in the comments.
  18. We've marked a couple of bad spots just below Fall Creek in the lake. One is the truck that's mid lake in front of Fall Creek's dock. The other is a big root wad down from Fall Creek's dock on the opposite side in front of the big log house. It's an old stump, and was just off the dock that was there, but now that their dock is gone, the stump is out away from the bank far enough to be in a traffic lane. There's another root wad down lake a little further and mid lake. It can be a hazard when the lake is below 705 feet which is more than one unit. We will mark this one tomorrow. We're marking these hazards with round, red buoys.
  19. Ryan said it's a mini van. It's Fall Creek, not Cooper.
  20. No I don't know.
  21. It's ok. Very little wading still. Could be more early in the mornings with only 1 unit running.
  22. Not sure exactly what they're called but the air filled structure that stretches across the top of Powersite. This shows 2/3's are stuck down, not inflated. They'll need to be fixed soon. Will have to drop Taney way down to do so, for a day or less. This low level at Powersite causes our level to run lower - till it's fixed.
  23. Anyone having trouble uploading images? Error code 200