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Bill Babler

Fishing Report 1-5-06

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Great weather the first week of the new year for taney fishing. River is really full of fish, but they seem to be the wrong size. Couple of wading trips earlier this week fishing the conservation ramp and down abit. Caught fish on a size 10 stimi. Dropped a 18 ginger scud under the stimiulator but fish liked the dry. Boy that's a switch! They quit on it after a while but were still midging, went to a crackleback size 16 and caught about 14 total. Nothing on the bottom sucker. All were extremely small, I mean tiny.

Fished the lower section of the restricted area from Andy's house to short creek in the bait area using the stimulator as an indicator and swinging a 18 blood midge under it. fish after fish at both the midge and the dry thru the restricted area and all were again extremely small. Lots of silver bullets. Went ahead and drifted the dock side from fall to short creek with the same patterns and the fish size really improved with several nice fish in the 17 inch class. Had at least 15 fish on the stimulator. Boys on 1 generator or less, if you aren't using a dry as an indicator you are missing alot of quality topwater bites. Try it.

To make the presentation with a tandem fly rig all you need to do is to increase the size of your casting loop, to prevent the hooks catching each other. To do this just pull down on the rod handle on your forward cast. By forcing the rod butt down it will open your loop and keep the flies seperated. Just before the line hits the water give a slight tug or haul and this will present your flies in a perfect seperated manner. Lots of fun with the dry on top. Humpies, Stimulators, and Irrestiable Caddis are great drys for this. See ya on the River.

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Bill, I'll be heading down Wednesday night and was wandering if you were going to be around the river anytime there thru Sunday. I use my fly rod with small maribou jigs and a strike ind. but I have never fished with flies the way you are talking about. I was wandering if I could catch up with ya for a minute or two and just see exactly what you are talking about. I'll have a cold'in waiting for ya if that will inspire ya any at all?

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Bill, I'll be heading down Wednesday night and was wandering if you were going to be around the river anytime there thru Sunday. I use my fly rod with small maribou jigs and a strike ind. but I have never fished with flies the way you are talking about. I was wandering if I could catch up with ya for a minute or two and just see exactly what you are talking about. I'll have a cold'in waiting for ya if that will inspire ya any at all?

Duckman, Sorry I missed ya. Haven't been on the forum for a few days due to obligations with some sponsors. Would be glad to set you up if I'm around at the same time you are. Phil and I will be in st. louie this week giving a presentation at queenie park if your in that neck of the woods. Again sorry I wasn't around. Bill

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Bill,

What size & color humpies are you using? I have several in my fly box that I have never even thought of using here on Taneycomo. I always used them in Colorado and Montana

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With the low water and all, I wonder why all the Silver Bullets? I would think this time of year they would have lots of places to put them.

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