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Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
Weaver's Tackle Store
October 16, 2014

How's Fishing?

The fishing season is winding down. Fewer families are fishing and more folks who have put their time in and now can enjoy what they love to do, when they want to do it.

There continues to be excellent fishing with quite a few fish over two pounds being brought up to our store. The rain brought the spring up a little bit but still was relatively clear. The river caught more of the run off from the storms and it jumped up higher and was muddier. After tonight, the rain should be clearing off. The late week and weekend look very mild and warm.

For those of you who have been asking for them - we finally got our order of blue holographic cracklebacks. We also have a new locally tied fly case item - a golden olive wooly. I am looking forward to seeing how this one does - from the way it looks, it promises to be a winner.

Now a short article about something I wondered about, the X in the tippet size.




The Mystery Of The X In Your Tippet

By Jim Smoragiewicz of the Black Hills Fly Fishers in South Dakota

It was a passing thought that I had many times over the years but never took the time to look into it. What does the "X" on packages of tippet and leaders stand for? This was one of the things that I thought every fly fisher but me knew. As I came to discover, however, most other anglers didn't know the answer to this either, and prompted some research on my part.

A little history on some of our first mass produced tippet material. For some time early in the century, leaders were tied out of a silk strand that came from a caterpillar in Spain. The caterpillars were killed and then processed in chemicals to toughen their silk sacks. The silk sacks or "gut" were then removed from the caterpillar ( usually two caterpillar). This packet of silk was then stretched out, usually reaching a length of 12"-15". Lengths of silk longer than this were scarce, and brought a premium price.

The silk strands were uneven in diameter and needed to be uniform in diameter for use in building a leader. The way this evening process was accomplished was by using diamonds to cut away the excess material. The diamond that had a round hole drilled in it and was polished on one side to form a cutting edge on the hole. The silk strand was then soaked in a solution to soften it, and then drawn through the hole in the diamond with all excess silk being cut away.

This uniform piece of "silk cat gut" (gut from a caterpillar, and not a house cat) was considered to be 1x in size because it had been drawn through a diamond one time or 1x. Next it was drawn through a diamond with a smaller hole to reduce the diameter even further. This piece of silk was now a 2x in diameter, or drawn through diamonds 2 times. This was continued until a 5x tippet size was reached, the smallest most fly fishers felt was usable at the time.

This article was provided by the International Federation of Fly Fishers. Visit their site for more articles and information about fly fishing. The International Federation of Fly Fishers is a unique non-profit organization concerned with sport fishing and fisheries.




What's Working At Bennett?

From the fly box

Blue holographic crackleback has been super
sulfur or original crackleback are also working well
red or black zebra midge
Golden olive wooly is new this week at Weaver's - looks really tasty.
copper weaver


Zone 1 & 2

original or red & white tri color glo ball
brown glitter or brown trout rooster tails
roaches - gray, brown & black
peach fur bug
Marabou - white, gingersnap, and black & yellow
tinsel jig
white floss
bedspread

Zone 3

Zeke's white power bait
salmon peach power bait


Lunker Club

10-8-14
Craig Hibdon from Warrensburg, MO
3 pounds on an orange fur bug in zone 2

10-10-14
Justin Montague from Kansas City, MO
2 pounds 1 ounces on a zebra midge in zone 1

Stefanie Pilkinton from Keokuk, Iowa
2-3/4 pounds on a white & red glo ball

10-11-14
Zach Ziolkowski from Edwardsville IL
3-1/4 pounds on a brown rooster tail in zone 1

Jason Keilholz from Philadelphia, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a gingersnap jig in zone 1

Jim Link from Foristell, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a white jig in zone 1

Jim Link from Foristell, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a white jig in zone 1(two different fish - same size & day)

Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a chamois in zone 1

10-12-14
Lucas Raps from Fulton, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a gingersnap in zone 1

10-13-14
Guy Neiswender from Circleville, KS
2 pounds 14 ounces on yellow power bait in zone 3

10-14-14
Debbie Staton from California, MO
2 lbs, 7 oz, on a bedspread


Water Conditions at Bennett Spring

Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 2.08 feet
October 14, 2014
minimum was in 1977 - 76
25th percentile is 99
today - 113
Median is 114
Mean is 157
75th percentile is 134
Max was 1500 in 1977

Niangua River:
October 14, 2014
Gage House reading is 3.34
minimum was 19 in 1993
25th percentile is 33
Median is 50
Mean is 99
75th percentile is 128
Today's (October 14) reading is 351
Max was 485 in 2010


Weather Forecast

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 70.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 67.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 67.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 66.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.


Quote of the Week
(The cool thing is that for most of you who are reading this,
your 'there' is here at Bennett Spring.)

There: the angler's noun. There, every fisherman has one. Someplace on a river or stream. There, is seldom a generality, but a precise footing on a bend somewhere, a place where every riffle, every willow, every cloud is in place. You can be near there or around there, or by there, but there is no place like there. Easily dreamed, there. You can get there from an easy chair, or on a downtown bus. There is an exact passage from a fisherman's back pages, virtual reality without the helmet. There is the reason for being here.

Author: Scott Waldie
Published: Travers Corners: The Final chapters


Thank you for reading!
Lucy




Contact Information for Bennett Spring Area http://mostateparks.com/content/trout-cam  - trout camera
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?06923500  - real time water levels and cubic feet per second as well as historical data
http://www.mo.gov/Recreation/Outdoors/Fishing/  - official Spring site
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Weavers-Tackle-Store/371940309303 - Weaver's Tackle Store Facebook Page

Phone numbers for Park Agents:

Dallas County: Matt Hitchings 417-733-3876 or Jarrad Jewell 417-733-0286
Laclede County: Walt Hutton 417-718-1111 or Jarad Millican 417-288-8744

OUR PREVIOUS REPORT:

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
Weaver's Tackle Store
October 9, 2014

How's Fishing?

Just a couple more weekends for this year's regular season. It's been a good year at Bennett Spring. There wasn't one time when the Spring rose significantly. It's been low, clear and slow for the entire Season. (Note that today is a new all time low). Superb for those that like to sight fish.

Tag sales have been up for the year by 4.74%. This month was a little down from last year (-6.62%). There were 13220 adult and 1071 kid tags sold during September. There were 29806 fish released for a fish to tag ratio of 2.09. This is one of the lowest Septembers for tag sales in the last 10 years. Considering the improved fish size and the excellent weather, this surprised me.

The end of season meeting will be Friday at 6pm in the Nature Center at Bennett Spring. A good time to voice your opinions and to find out what will be the plan for next year at Bennett Spring.

What's Working at Bennett Spring

From the fly box

Ginger crackleback - weighted or unweighted, both are effective
chartreuse crackleback, gold crackleback
red or black zebra midge
RGN's, olive or brown

Zone 1 & 2

Hot pink, baby pink, jimi hendrix, peach, and white & cerise glo balls
original tri color glo ball
black glitter, orange or pink rooster tails
black wooly
roaches - gray, brown & black
john deere
peach fur bug
Marabou - pink & white, shell, white, gingersnap, and black & yellow

Zone 3

Zeke's white power bait
salmon peach power bait




Lunker Club

10-4-14
Kevin Bean from Wentzville, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

10-5-14
Harold Griffin from Centralia, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Zack Ellison from Bowling Green, MO
2 pounds on a red & white marabou in zone 1

Kevin Bean from Wentzville, MO
2 pounds on a shell colored marbou in zone 1

10-6-14
Joe Barkwell III from Fulton, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a pink & white glo ball in zone 2



Water Conditions at Bennett Spring

Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.80 feet
October 8, 2014
minimum is today - 75
previous minimum was in 1933 - 81
25th percentile is 97
Median is 113
Mean is 135
75th percentile is 133
Max was 466 in 1987

Niangua River:
October 8, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.47
minimum was 19 in 1993
25th percentile is 33
Today's (October 8) reading is 39
Median is 55
Mean is 230
75th percentile is 219
Max was 1610 in 1995

Weather Forecast

Friday: Showers. High near 64. Northeast wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Saturday: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 59. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.

Columbus Day: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.

Tuesday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 69.



Quote of the Week

“In my opinion, fishing then becomes a mirror which reflects all of our being and our values in life – and in return our values determine how we fish. One goes into the other and the boundaries merge… Doing becomes being and being becomes doing; a magic circle with no beginning or end and our hearts always standing where they belong – directly in the centre.” Lani Waller

Thanks for reading. Lucy




Contact Information for Bennett Spring Area http://mostateparks.com/content/trout-cam  - trout camera
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?06923500  - real time water levels and cubic feet per second as well as historical data
http://www.mo.gov/Recreation/Outdoors/Fishing/  - official Spring site
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Weavers-Tackle-Store/371940309303 - Weaver's Tackle Store Facebook Page

Phone numbers for Park Agents:

Dallas County: Matt Hitchings 417-733-3876 or Jarrad Jewell 417-733-0286
Laclede County: Walt Hutton 417-718-1111 or Jarad Millican 417-288-8744

 


Noted fly fisherman, Lefty Kreh was once asked by a non-fisherman what was the sense of catching fish only to let them go. He responded, "Do you burn your golf balls after a game?"

 
   

 

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