Lake Taneycomo

Doty’s night fly fishing report, May 3

Posted by Duane Doty on May 3rd, 2012
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The water on Lake Taneycomo was projected to be off by 10 pm last night. I started calling the current generation hot line at 9 pm. and they were generating one unit with the lake level at 904.8. 9:07 pm, still one unit and 904.8. 9:15 pm….Zero Generation! I was out the door by 9:26 and pulling in the pavilion parking lot just before 10.

There were three other vehicles in the lot and the water appeared to have already dropped all the way out. I headed to the flats between outlets one and two. The moon was bright and fog was just starting to lift off the water. It was a bright night so I started with a white mink sculpin.

For the first drift, I laid 60 feet of line out. Just as soon as the fly hit the water, I felt a tug, and it was “Fish On!”. First fish of the night was a 12 inch silver bullet. I made six or seven more casts and only got one more short strike. I started changing things up and switched to an olive minnow pattern picking up a few more fish, but eventually found that anything black about 1 1/2 inches long whether it was a minnow pattern, pine squirrel sculpin, or mohair leech worked the best.

I had to use small little 2 inch strips just as soon as the fly hit the water, and strip it non stop the whole way back in. Fished till 1 am and ended up bringing 18 fish to hand. Most were in the 12 to 16 inch range with four of them being exceptional fish. I had plenty of LDR’s (Long Distance Releases) last night along with to many to count short strikes. It was a beautiful night to be on the water!

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