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Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
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September 11, 2014

How's Fishing?

Last week's report mentioned a ginger crackleback that was really a wooly. I got enough questions and grilling on this one that I went to the source and am reprinting a blog by the late Ed Story, legendary angler and creator of the crackleback, where he tells how to tie a 'real' crackleback. Ed Story was the original owner of the St. Louis based fly shop, Feather-Craft.

This was from the Ozark Fly Fishers web site. I found it very interesting and (for me) educational.
I also approached one of our local tiers to make some for us to see (and sell) in our store.



CrackleBack

Origin;

Without question, the CRACKLEBACK is the most popular fly from my personally developed collection of trout fly patterns. I have been tying the pattern since the late 1950's. Itís a take-off from a popular wet-woolly of the time, tied with a chenille body and a natural raffia pulled over the back, full length of the hook-shank. In the early 1960's I named the fly after a bass plug made by Bill Walters of Jasonville, Ind. It too had a pale olive body with a crinkly-green back."

Ed StoryÖFeather-Craft Corp.


Original Materials:

Hook: Mustad 94840 (size #10 - original) or TMC 5210
Thread: Danville 6/0 pre-waxed, color #100 black
Hackle: India Furnace saddle hackle, or Furnace neck hackle for the small sizes
Crackle Back: Two strands of Peacock Herl
Body: SPECTRUM #20 pale olive
[Note: Now tied with various shades of yellow-olive dubbing or goose quill]

Original Tying Instructions:

1. Tie the thread in and run it to the end of the hook-shank.
2. Select a long narrow India "furnace saddle hackle. Size and prepare it, then tie it in at the end of the end (sic) of the hook-shank, dull-side facing you.
3. Tie in 2-strands of peacock herl at the end of the hook-shank...and tie them in so they are on-top of the end of the hook-shank.
4. The thread is still at the end of the hook shank and we are now going to dub with SPECTRUM. You will see that SPECTRUM is a continuous synthetic, very soft fiber. Other body materials can be used with the latest being turkey quill.
5. Tease off from the hank a sparse continuous piece (strand). You now should have a sparse strand of SPECTRUM a little over two inches long.
6. Lay the SPECTRUM piece under the thread close to the hook-shank and with moistened fingers roll the end close to the hook shank onto the thread. Roll it in one direction only. The balance of the strand is hanging loose.
7. Where itís now rolled on the thread.. push it up to the hook shank, and using your bobbin, make two thread wraps around the hook shank.. locking the SPECTRUM to the end of the hook-shank.
8. With your E-Z MINI Hackle PLIER, grab the other end of the SPECTRUM-STRAND and the thread AT THE SAME TIME.
Firmly hold the bobbin out to your chest, making a shaft of the thread.
9. Spin the E-Z MINI-HACKLE PLIER COUNTER-CLOCKWISE (like a propeller) around the thread. Instantly you have a fly body spin-dubbed on the thread.
10. Now pinch the SPECTRUM and thread with your left hand fingers, while you remove the hackle-plier and shift the "pinched" thread and new fly body to your right (tying-hand).
11. Wrap the now dubbed fly body on the hook shank and up to just behind the hook-eye. Tye it in with a few thread wraps. Cut away waste.
12. Lay the two strands of peacock herl over the top of the fly body and tye in behind the hook eye. Do not pull the peacock strands to (sic) tight as we are going to wrap the hackle over them. Leave a tiny amount of slack in the herl.
13. Palmer-wrap the furnace saddle hackle forward in wide-wraps so plenty of fly body color shows thru the wraps. And notice because we used a furnace hackle, the fly body automatically has a black rib. Tye the hackle in just behind the hook-eye, finish the fly head and whip-finish.

Variations:

Club member Joseph Aimonette says that any Crackleback not tied using the original or similar materials and colors is not really a Crackleback. This look-a-like fly is really a dry woolly. Whether it is called a Crackleback or a dry woolly, a good variation of the Crackle back is tied with a green holographic body and a palmered grizzly hackle. It is tied similar to the Crackleback and fished in the same manner. Joe calls this variation the Green Ghost.

Fishing techniques:

Fishing the Fly - "...Dress the fly with silicone-gel and fished as a "dry" as intended. If the fly sinks in fast water, itís simply "skipped" under the surface with the rod tip. On the next cast, it'll float again. Frankly, this is the method used by most fly fishers.

Fish it as a dry, if you don't get a hit jerk the fly under and skip it along with your rod tip."













What's Working?

Zones 1 & 2

Brassies, assorted colors, red or olive green are especially good.
possum fur roach
black zebra midge
copper weaver, black
blue holographic, ginger, orange with brown hackle crackleback
white or brown san juan worm - fished deep
pheasant tail nymph
marabou, pink & white, white, red & white
tinsel jig

Zone 3
Balls of Fire salmon eggs
rainbow power bait
trout magnet light orange mini worms


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

Color continues to be clear. Water running slowly.
Gage house level is 1.84 feet
September 10, 2014
minimum 66 in 1937
Current level is 80
25th percentile is 96
Median is 121
Mean is 124
75th percentile is 140
Max was 246 in 1994

Niangua River:

September 10, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.55
minimum was 17 in 1996
25th percentile is 35
Today's (September 10) reading is 44
Median is 56
Mean is 122
75th percentile is 115
Max was 570 in 2007


Lunker Board

9-4-14

Jeanine Beach from Nevada, MO
2-1/2 pounds on yellow power bait in the river


9-6-14

Ralph Chrismer from Imperal MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white grub in zone 1

Austin Wiekhorst from Scottsbluff NE
2 pounds, 2 ounces on a tinsel jig in zone 1


9-7-14

Jake Schaefer from ST. Louis, MO
4.5 pounds on a yellow & black marabou



Calendar of Events

September 16-17 moss cutting

October 11 - Holland Derby

October 14-15 moss cutting

October 31 - last day of regular trout season

November 14 first day of Catch & Release Season

February 9, 2015 - Catch and Release season ends


Weather Forecast

Thursday: A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 72. North wind 7 to 9 mph.

Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. North wind 6 to 10 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 66.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 72.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 75.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.


Quote of the Week

I get all the truth I need in the newspaper every morning, and every chance I get I go fishing, or swap stories with fishermen to get the taste of it out of my mouth.

Author: Ed Zern

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

OUR PREVIOUS REPORT:

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
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September 4, 2014

How's Fishing?

This morning, and all weekend long, the fishing has been super. Not a bunch of lunkers brought in, but reasonably sized fish and plenty of them. At this time it seems that zones one and two are better places to be than zone three. That could all change, as you well know, by the time you get here.
The winner in the lures department for this week has been the ginger crackleback. Technically this fly is a wooly, but the size and shape have most anglers describing it as a crackleback. I'm not going to argue at this point, the thing is working! Another super lure this week is the San Juan worm. The best is a white or ginger worm fished deep with a shot just about a foot above it. We have also been getting good reports from the copper weaver. It's a black body and hackle wet fly with a bit of copper flash. Very good for these conditions.

My prediction for next week - black ants.

Mike Mitchell, the hatchery manager at Bennett Spring, shared with us the tag sales for August. This year there was a 20.24% increase in total tag sales for August.

Last year there were 13,635 adult and 2,740 kids' tags sold in August. In 2014 there were 16,304 adult and 3,386 kids' tags sold. The number of fish stocked was 44,300 this year and 38,165 last year. That comes to 2.25 fish per tag in 2014 and 2.33 fish per tag in 2013. The total tag sales for the year are 98,207 for 2013 compared to 104,598 for 2014. 2013 was the lowest tag sale year of the last 15 and 1999 was the highest with 27,762. If you would like more information about this or if you have any other questions pertaining to hatchery operations, contact Mike Mitchell. His phone is 417 532 4418. His email is Michael.Mitchell@mdc.mo.gov.


What's Working?

ginger crackleback
black zebra midge
copper weaver, black
blue holographic crackleback
crane fly
white or ginger san juan worm - fished deep

Zones 1 & 2

Brassies, assorted colors, red or olive green are especially good.
Marabou -black & yellow, ginger (also tied as a wooly with a gold head), gingersnap
Ginger grub, bedspread
possum fur roach
glo- balls - easter egg, jimi hendrix
Kapok

Zone 3
Gulp salmon eggs, florescent orange or white
Balls of Fire salmon eggs
yellow glitter power bait


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

Color is slightly elevated but still running clear despite the nearly five inches of rain we got on Monday night
Gage house level is 2.01 feet
September 3, 2014
minimum 77 in 1936
25th percentile is 101
current level is 101
Median is 123
Mean is 144
75th percentile is 144
Max was 938 in 1931


Niangua River:

September 3, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.77
minimum was 22 in 1996
25th percentile is 31
Today's (September 3) reading is 62
Median is 39
Mean is 201
75th percentile is 145
Max was 1740 in 2010


Lunker Board

8-25-14
Sheri Seabaugh from Gays, IL
3-1/2 pounds on a worm in the Niangua River

8-30-14
Bill Sullivan from Silex, MO
3-1/2 pounds on a yellow fur bug in zone 1


Calendar of Events

September 16-17 moss cutting

October 11 - Holland Derby

October 14-15 moss cutting

October 31 - last day of regular trout season

November 14 first day of Catch & Release Season

February 9, 2015 - Catch and Release season ends



Weather Forecast

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89.

Friday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84.


Quote of the Week

Fishing consists of a series of misadventures interspersed by occasional moments of glory.

Author:
Howard Marshall

Published:
Reflections on a River 1967

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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