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  1. Fishing in the rain with Uncle Brother Dave

    I knew it'd be a good fishing day...
  2. White Bass Size limit

    So I'd love to get over and play a round with you guys before winter sets in...
  3. NEW WORLD RECORD!!!!!!

    But do they (Europeans) have the same incredible fishing opportunities we do here in the states? I agree, this is foreign to me but I'm not going to knock it because the fish or technique is different. Congrats to the guy... Now they probably release this fish, right? Wish we had the ability to declare a record without killing the fish. It's possible, just not practical.
  4. Not sure how to title this one. Went out this morning to get a baseline for a fishing report - try some things. They are running one unit of water, lake level 705.3 feet. I didn't get out till about 9 a.m. - boated up to just above the Narrows in the trophy area. I threw some jigs -- black, sculpin and olive -- with only a couple of bites. The midges were hatching in clouds and rainbows were taking them along the current edges close to the bluff bank. I didn't have my fly rod in the boat or I would have been throwing a small dry. I wanted to try one more thing before heading back -- a bead. We use beads in Alaska to catch big rainbows during the salmon spawning season and I'd been experiment with them here. You peg the bead, which comes in various sizes and colors, to your line about 2 inches above a small hook. Then you pinch a small split shot above the bead about 2 feet. I was using 4 pound line. Throw it out and drift it like you would any fly or bait. Bump it on the bottom. I picked up 2 small rainbows and had 3 more good strikes. Both rainbows had the hook in its mouth, not outside of it. Then I thought, let's do a comparison. So I boated back up to the top of the Narrows and drifted a #12 grey scud (200R hook) using the same split shot. Caught one small rainbow right off the bat. Then got a good strike, then another. I thought it would be about the same result. But towards the end of the faster water, I hooked something that surprised me. Why surprise? Well, I wasn't ready for something to pull hard enough to break my line, plus my drag wasn't set for it either. Nor did I have my anti-reel switched so I couldn't reel backwards like I usually do. Luckily, my line held up as the drag started to slip a little. Then I was able to flip the switch and reel backwards. It was a good fish but the hard fast run fooled me. I didn't think it was as big as it was. It stayed deep for almost the entire fight, making 3 long runs and fought hard close to the boat to stay down. I grabbed the Gopro, turned it on and set it up on the bar. The video shows the fight towards the middle to the end, not the long runs. I netted the fish but kept it in the water. I called Duane at the resort and asked him to come up with the camera to take some pics. He was on a room repair mission so it took a while for him to boat up to where I was. I drifted down to a spot on the bank where I could get out with the fish. It's way too hard to get good, SAFE pics of a trophy trout while in a boat. I say safe for the fish, not me. I didn't want to raise the rainbow out of the water unless it was for a few quick pictures. The color of this big sow were incredible! I was blessed to have landed and released. I did get a measurement, marking my spinning rod against her length while in the net. I set it on a measuring board and was surprised to see it was 28.25 inches long. It didn't seem that long in the water. The release..... View full article
  5. Poaching Story

    http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/2017/10/20/taney-county-mdc-agent-knew-something-fishy-their-story/784744001/
  6. 28-inch Spawning Colors Rainbow

    That might be it. He said if you can find it, it's very expensive to buy. Of course it's discontinued - a long time ago.
  7. Poaching Story

    It's 4... Note the fish in the bags are not cleaned.
  8. 28-inch Spawning Colors Rainbow

    I've tried beads before and haven't had as much luck as I'm having now. Do you know about the nail polish they used to put on them? Duane was telling me about it.
  9. 28-inch Spawning Colors Rainbow

    She was more colorful for sure. The one in 2012 was silver and much heavier. Yesterday's rainbow was average weight I'd say. But the one in '12 was thick, solid, a brute. And a bit longer. They both put up a good fight, although this one fought in less than ideal water conditions. I was glad Duane was busy -- it let her rest almost 45 minutes in the water before being released.
  10. 28-inch Spawning Colors Rainbow

    You can't match our trout eggs... but then you don't have to. I've been catching them on 10mm beads. They're huge!
  11. Not sure how to title this one. Went out this morning to get a baseline for a fishing report - try some things. They are running one unit of water, lake level 705.3 feet. I didn't get out till about 9 a.m. - boated up to just above the Narrows in the trophy area. I threw some jigs -- black, sculpin and olive -- with only a couple of bites. The midges were hatching in clouds and rainbows were taking them along the current edges close to the bluff bank. I didn't have my fly rod in the boat or I would have been throwing a small dry. I wanted to try one more thing before heading back -- a bead. We use beads in Alaska to catch big rainbows during the salmon spawning season and I'd been experiment with them here. You peg the bead, which comes in various sizes and colors, to your line about 2 inches above a small hook. Then you pinch a small split shot above the bead about 2 feet. I was using 4 pound line. Throw it out and drift it like you would any fly or bait. Bump it on the bottom. I picked up 2 small rainbows and had 3 more good strikes. Both rainbows had the hook in its mouth, not outside of it. Then I thought, let's do a comparison. So I boated back up to the top of the Narrows and drifted a #12 grey scud (200R hook) using the same split shot. Caught one small rainbow right off the bat. Then got a good strike, then another. I thought it would be about the same result. But towards the end of the faster water, I hooked something that surprised me. Why surprise? Well, I wasn't ready for something to pull hard enough to break my line, plus my drag wasn't set for it either. Nor did I have my anti-reel switched so I couldn't reel backwards like I usually do. Luckily, my line held up as the drag started to slip a little. Then I was able to flip the switch and reel backwards. It was a good fish but the hard fast run fooled me. I didn't think it was as big as it was. It stayed deep for almost the entire fight, making 3 long runs and fought hard close to the boat to stay down. I grabbed the Gopro, turned it on and set it up on the bar. The video shows the fight towards the middle to the end, not the long runs. I netted the fish but kept it in the water. I called Duane at the resort and asked him to come up with the camera to take some pics. He was on a room repair mission so it took a while for him to boat up to where I was. I drifted down to a spot on the bank where I could get out with the fish. It's way too hard to get good, SAFE pics of a trophy trout while in a boat. I say safe for the fish, not me. I didn't want to raise the rainbow out of the water unless it was for a few quick pictures. The color of this big sow were incredible! I was blessed to have landed and released. I did get a measurement, marking my spinning rod against her length while in the net. I set it on a measuring board and was surprised to see it was 28.25 inches long. It didn't seem that long in the water. The release.....
  12. Water levels are running at 270cfs (350cfs avg) and water clarity has been clear. The river is low and clear and still tough fishing on sunny days and easy catching on overcast days. On the sunny days a Y2k down deep produces well and a Brownie can be really hot some days. There have been a lot of crawfish moving around. And a big nymph in olive or brown can be really good. Stripping the woolly or nymph upstream is the ticket. For spin fishers on tough days or even on a fly rod a hot pink trout magnet can be really hard to beat. On a windy day use a indicator to get down below the leaves floating in the water. Tight lines and good luck, Mark Crawford springriverfliesandguides.com
  13. Black jigs are working again

    Boated to the red house above the Narrows last evening and started fishing a black 1/16th oz jig, this time under a float 4-5 feet deep. They were running one unit worth of water, about the same as Saturday evening. Drifted down to Fall Creek - nothing... I ended up throwing the jig straight below Fall Creek but still no bites. I quit before the water dropped out - that's when the fishing has gotten better the last few times out. Lots of leaves in the lake from the winds all day yesterday. Hopefully they sank last night and won't be a factor today.
  14. Last summer black jigs were the color. This summer we caught more trout on sculpin/ginger and white more than any color. But lately it's been black or black/olive. I've been getting out mainly in the evenings and doing very well on black jigs. The best catching has been as the water is dropping out. Got out last evening when they were running the most water of the day - lake level was 705.12, 3852 cfs, 56 megawatts which is equivalent to one unit. Kelly and I boated to the dam and started throwing jigs, mainly 3/32nd ounce black, white or sculpin color. One rainbow right off the bat then nothing up there. Dropped down to Lookout and caught one more. Very slow. Then we boated down close to the top of the Narrows and started catching, all on black 1/16th ounce. The water had started dropping out too which seemed like to trigger the feed. We caught rainbows above the Narrows but not in the Narrows. Then started catching them again below. The second drift, we started further above the Narrows and had the same results. We sent ahead and drifted down past Fall Creek, catching rainbows the whole way down. They stopped about 100 yards below the mouth of the creek. We had to get back in so we headed back to the dock. Rainbows were fat for the most part. Had a couple in the 15 inch range but most were 12-13 inches.
  15. Music Creek BSL

    Hope you stay inn touch and share your experiences on the mid lake... I'd like to know more about spear fishing.
  16. Cooler weather has brought less generation to Taneycomo. The water has been running for an hour or two in the evenings and that's about all. That makes fishing off the docks and wading below the dam more enjoyable for sure. Below Fall Creek, we're catching trout in many ways actually. Fishing has been pretty good. The pink Berkley's Powerworm has been the go to bait for most of the guides... still! We've demonstrated that on One Cast a couple times this week and caught fish on both occasions off the dock. Night crawlers are catching fish too but so is Gulp and Powereggs and traditional salmon eggs. Still using 4-pound line for most bait applications but 2-pound when using anything under a float like the pink worm and small jigs. Look for the chop! Preached it many times and will continue to do so. The wind has been blowing fairly well this week but still, if you're in an area where there's no wind, go find it if it's around. Fish bite much better when there's a chop on the surface. I found out black is the color, at least it was the other evening. Black or black/olive marabou jig. This was late in the day into the evening and there was a little water running at the time. It's not that they won't change at any time -- you just have to keep trying colors until the right one is found. This isn't a trophy area only thing... it's lake wide. And colors will change with the time of day, brightness of the sun and even wind and current conditions. I mentioned in the video about line size and using small jigs. I don't think there's any question that lighter line like 2-pound will catch more fish than bigger line like 4-pound but it's more about the lure you're using. You can't throw a 1/16th ounce jig very far when using 4-pound line. I absolutely hammered them using a #16 red Zebra Midge the other day. I tied on a black and a red about 12 inches apart, 6x tippet about 3 feet deep and was fishing the flat below Fall Creek on the east back above the boat ramp. Never caught one on the black. It was towards evening with no water running. View full article
  17. Cooler weather has brought less generation to Taneycomo. The water has been running for an hour or two in the evenings and that's about all. That makes fishing off the docks and wading below the dam more enjoyable for sure. Below Fall Creek, we're catching trout in many ways actually. Fishing has been pretty good. The pink Berkley's Powerworm has been the go to bait for most of the guides... still! We've demonstrated that on One Cast a couple times this week and caught fish on both occasions off the dock. Night crawlers are catching fish too but so is Gulp and Powereggs and traditional salmon eggs. Still using 4-pound line for most bait applications but 2-pound when using anything under a float like the pink worm and small jigs. Look for the chop! Preached it many times and will continue to do so. The wind has been blowing fairly well this week but still, if you're in an area where there's no wind, go find it if it's around. Fish bite much better when there's a chop on the surface. I found out black is the color, at least it was the other evening. Black or black/olive marabou jig. This was late in the day into the evening and there was a little water running at the time. It's not that they won't change at any time -- you just have to keep trying colors until the right one is found. This isn't a trophy area only thing... it's lake wide. And colors will change with the time of day, brightness of the sun and even wind and current conditions. I mentioned in the video about line size and using small jigs. I don't think there's any question that lighter line like 2-pound will catch more fish than bigger line like 4-pound but it's more about the lure you're using. You can't throw a 1/16th ounce jig very far when using 4-pound line. I absolutely hammered them using a #16 red Zebra Midge the other day. I tied on a black and a red about 12 inches apart, 6x tippet about 3 feet deep and was fishing the flat below Fall Creek on the east back above the boat ramp. Never caught one on the black. It was towards evening with no water running.
  18. Coincidences?

    I sent an email to Trout Unlimited, Membership today: I sent out an email a few days ago through the TU leadership tool app. I was announcing a chapter meeting and in the email I put my cell number for anyone who had any questions. Later that day, I got a call from an unknown number. The gentleman asked me why Trout Unlimited was spamming him. He went on to: Ask what TU was... Why they insist on spamming him over and over after he "unsubscribed" to the previous emails. He said he saw my number and thought it was worth the long distance a call to find out. He had a strong British accent. He said he lives in Northern France. I explained who I was and what TU was all about. He told me he didn't eat fish. He didn't think fishing was right... abusing wildlife... I told him what I did, own and operate a family friendly fishing lodge. He actually thought that was cool, minus the fishing part. He was kind of huffy at first but I took no offense. I laughed and said this was an interesting phone call and I was glad he did call. We talked about traveling a bit... I'd been to Israel and Austria and may be going to Iceland next year. That was a place he wanted to go someday. So we parted new friends, and I said I'd look into the email thing. Then I looked at his address after he emailed me back - it was jerryjester@gmail.com. I thought - I know a Jerry Jester!!! Jerry Jester is a guy who lives 40 miles north of me in Springfield and is part of a trout group there. Iv'e spoke at their meetings several times - he's stayed and fished with us. So I emailed Jerry Badford back and told him I bet I knew what has happened and explained why. He thought that was a hoot! He even wanted to get in contact with Jerry Jester. I called Jerry Jester and asked him if he was a TU member. He said yes. Then I explained what happened. We laughed. Pretty crazy. I've given the gentlemen each other's contact info. I hope they correspond.
  19. Lake Taneycomo, October, 11, 2017

    Good evening jig fishing. Conditions were perfect.
  20. Wanted Lure Duplicator

    This has run its course. I'm not deleting it, I'm locking it. Let me put a warning out there: Posting about anyone's personal record, no matter what it is, will not be tolerated here, nor should it be on any social forum. We all are sinners in the sight of a righteous and holy God, and we all will have to answer for the choices we have made. We all have been deceived, thinking that we are good enough in our own merits and don't need God, and we get to determine what is right and wrong. But the Lord's heart is to restore us all, covering our sin and shame with the blood of Christ as we humble ourselves before Him and acknowledge Him as Creator, Lord, Almighty, I Am, the Eternal One, all in all. God is the only One who should be feared, and how we stand in His sight is all that matters. To condemn anyone else for their sin is ultimate hypocrisy. And, thus, it will not be tolerated here. God is the Redeemer. He takes the most egregious sinner and cleanses them whiter than snow, if only we yield our minds and our wills to Him.
  21. Jigfest lodging thread

    I'm sure we're (Duane and I) are coming down Thursday night. In the past, we've had to go back Saturday but I'm not sure at this point. Right now we're good for all 3 nights.
  22. Official Jigfest #4 thread

    Nothing on my calendar. Both weekends before and after are busy so that's a good one for me.
  23. Fair Warning

    Speaking of... better be setting a date soon.
  24. Lets talk bass fishing on Taney

    Stinkin's Bass... Buzz baits seem to be a favorite on the lower lake. Around docks.
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