Posted by Darin Schildknecht on September 7th, 2012
This past weekend from Saturday through Tuesday the Southwestern Power Administration left the power generators off except just a couple of hours each evening. This was great for all the people who wanted to fly fish. It allows some great wade fishing from the flats across from lookout bluff all the way up to the Table Rock Dam.
Fly Fishing – I use the same patterns 90% of the time up there when the power generators are off. I fish a #16 Rusty Midge, Miracle Fly, and a Big Ugly. All usually produce fish everyday here on Taneycomo. Another great pattern for here is a Soft Hackle. I use a #19 Partridge and Yellow most of the time. These are tied on a #19 103BL Tiemco hook. Fishing these can be a little difficult. You need a 12 foot leader and then about 2 foot of tippet. After casting this allow it to swing along with the current. Most of the takes will be on the swing but most of the time you cannot feel it. You have to watch the end of your fly like for any unusual movement. Scuds are also and everyday fly to use up there. #14 to #18 in tan or gray is usually the best choice.
Down below Fall Creek fishing was great this past weekend. We had many people fishing off of our dock and catching quite a few fish. Most were using air injected worms on an 1/8 ounce drift rig. The last couple of days have been different with the half of a power generator (25 MW) running all day. Fishing from the dock here is still possible you just have to use a little more weight but still you 4lb test line or less. Boat fishing is the best option if you are able too. This allows you to drift with the current and get a long drift allowing you bait or lure to be in the strike zone longer. Powerbait or Gulp has also been working. White and orange or white and pink have been the best colors here in the last few days. These are fished just like the air injected worms on a drift rig.