Jan. 16 Bret Rader’s deep water fly fishing technique

Editors General Comments: Jan 16 0530 4 Generator on, Taneycomo is at 711.1 and Table Rock is 918.5 With Table Rock about three feet over power pool the percentage bet is that they will continue to run the water heavy. Very little affects the fishing on LakeTaneycomo like the generation of power at the Table Rock Dam. Call 417-336-5083 for up to the moment information on generation and lake levels or click here.

Trophy Trout Area: Special Regulations apply to the Trophy Trout Area running from Table Rock Dam to the mouth of Fall Creek. Click here for an overview of these regulations.

Fly Fishing and Spin Fishing By Chartered Waters Guide Service and Fly Shop Jan. 13Table Rock is rising again due to strong storms and flooding last night. It’s at 917.6 My little buddy has been in a fishing mood lately so we hit it again this evening for another hour or so and once again smoked em on shad and scuds. I have finally fine tuned my straight line nymphing/streamer technique finding just the right combination on line, grain and length of sink tip line where I was hooking up about as well as we do deep drifting with an indicator. What a blast! Like dry fly fishing..there’s something special about catching a trout with nothing on your line but a fly. … Using it today I trailed a black Nitro Scud behind a RealEyeAble Shad and as always…caught more on shad near the cable and more on the scud down stream from there. Marlin tried new shad patterns on the bottom catching back to back fish pushing 20″.

Fly Fishing Only by River Run Outfitters Jan 5 Hate to say it, but you should have been here last week. Water was off last Tuesday morning until Friday. Friday they ran one generator, Saturday ran one generator, then two, same thing on Sunday. Had it off for a couple hours Monday morning, then cranked it up. Other than a few hours early yesterday (midnight to 6:00 a.m.) morning, they have been running 3-4 generators. With all the rain we are getting, expect this will be the trend for a while…..again. We had trips out last week and this past weekend. Fishing was wonderful. Fish were as excited as us about the water being off. They hit almost anything you threw. Folks catching fish on dries…crackle backs and elk hair caddis, tan or gray scuds, and with the water off, dark olive soft hackles. Saturday and Sunday, when they had one or even two generators going, we fished the red tungsten midge or Worm Brown San Juan worms and did well. If we could find some slack water we could get to in our boats, the sulphur or holographic green crackle backs and dark olive soft hackles were the ticket. Weather really cooperated. It was in the upper 60s and low 70s. We saw the Old Year out with a great day on the water fishing with friends as well as the New Year in on the water fishing with friends.

Guide Bob Klein: Jan. 15- Bob Klein, of “Bob’s Guide Service” reported no change. Fishing excellent from the dam to Fall Creek with generation heavy – drifting egg flies or #5 silver flatfish or #5 floating Rapelas. From Fall Creek to Branson – nightcrawlers or bubblegum power eggs on a 1/4 oz. drift rig. From Branson to Rockaway Beach – drifting bubblegum power eggs. Fishing is excellent but a lot of small fish being caught. (Editors note: Bob does all of his fishing from a boat.) As always the following standard default techniques are producing fish:

Water Off Conditions (not generating power from Table Rock Dam) – Air injected night crawlers or Orange and Chartreuse Power Eggs, with the Chartreuse on shank of hook and the Orange on tip. Fish them off the bottom with no heavier than 4 pound leader, size 8 or smaller hooks, and just enough split shot to cast. Place the shot so that the bait floats 12-18 inches off the bottom. Spin-A-Lures and Little Cleos have been working well.

Water On Conditions – Orange and Chartreuse Power eggs with the Chartreuse on shank of hook and the Orange on tip, white Power Eggs, or inflated night crawlers bounced off the bottom using the standard “Lake Taneycomo Drift Rig.” which is readily available at all Marinas and most resorts on the Lake.

Gary’s Comments – Have been out of town and haven’t fished since Jan. 2.

Get Your Lake Taneycomo Questions Answered:Bob, Gary, Brett, and Stan will be monitoring the Outdoor Activities Forum on the Branson.Com Message Board . If you have any fishing questions on LakeTaneycomo just ask.Use the word “Taneycomo” in the Search Function and enter it in all your posts so they’ll show up.

About Gary Groman aka The Ole Seagull

Editor of The Branson Courier
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