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More Browns This Morning On Taneycomo


Phil Lilley

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Tim Homesley, owner of Tim's Fly Shop in Cassville, Missouri, sent me these fish pics and reported having a great morning of fly fishing on Taneycomo this morning.

He said he waded in and fished between outlets #2 and #3 and threw a cream leach to catch these beauties. The biggest brown was 22 inches.

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Homesley isn't a stranger to Taneycomo. He's fished it since he was a kid and gets over and fishes the tailwater many days out of the year.

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New brown trout stock are introduced to Taneycomo in the spring. Any browns in raceways right now are the ones who have come up the ladder from the lake. Clint, hatchery manager, replied to my question about these browns and he said the browns being held, about 100, are not ready for spawning yet. Typically, browns really don't start dropping eggs till mid October.

Browns are given a mild an anesthesia so when they're handled they aren't harmed. This is why they are held in the hatchery for 21 days before being put back in Taneycomo. But Clint said they are using a new anesthesia this fall and the waiting period will be shorter. But these browns probably won't be put back in the lake before November (my guess).

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So it sounds like the fish in the hatchery are just ones who have made an early spawning run, ready or not? Then the hatchery people will hold them and strip them when there ready to spawn to generate new stock for spring and after that release them back into the lake. Is that right?

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