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Gates To Stay Open May Be Through This Weekend

Posted by Phil Lilley on August 12th, 2013

Word is they are keeping the gates open at least through the week, may be into the weekend.

We are seeing shad in the lake all the way down to the Branson Landing and trout spitting up shad that far down. This is UNPRECEDENTED in the years I’ve been here – for this many shad to enter the lake from the spill gates. read more…

Lilleys’ Lake Taneycomo fishing report, August 9

Posted by Phil Lilley on August 9th, 2013

What a week can make! In my last report, lake levels were normal and everything was copacetic. Today Table Rock Lake’s level is four feet higher and the dam is running five flood gates to hold down rising water levels. We had countless rain storms move through the area dumping as much as 12 inches of rain in as little as three hours in small areas around this area. But for all the concern, we are in good shape. read more…

Lake Taneycomo – fall forecast 2013

Posted by Phil Lilley on August 9th, 2013

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In considering what our fall fishing season might look like here on Lake Taneycomo, I look at a couple of things.  First is the water levels of the lakes above our lake on Table Rock and Beaver lakes.  With the recent rains and more forecasted, we should expect heavy flows for at least through the first part of September.  But as we know, the clouds can dry up tomorrow and not rain again until Christmas… you never know.<!–more–>

Scuds… freshwater shrimp

Posted by Phil Lilley on August 1st, 2013

By Darin Schildknecht

Scuds are one of the most common food sources for trout here on Taneycomo. They are more abundant in the upper reaches of the lake than anywhere else. They live in and around the bottom of the lake. They range from a size 24 to a size 12 when comparing to a hook. Most of the scuds are a gray color but when they die they turn almost orange. They eat almost anything. They will eat the vegetation along with anything that is dead along the bottom of the lake. read more…

Lilley’s Lake Taneycomo fishing report, July 29

Posted by Phil Lilley on July 29th, 2013

I reported during the week last week that trout fishing was a little tough because of the gin clear water we’re getting from Table Rock. Plus it seemed like the lake was low on rainbows–that was the rumor anyhow. But towards the end of the week, catching trout got much better and this weekend fishing was back to what I’d call normal with good reports coming in. The clouds and gentle rains helped too. read more…

Fly Tying Tips – Episode 1, Dubbing Brushes

Posted by Phil Lilley on July 28th, 2013

The first episode of our Tying Tips brings Dubbing Brushes. Whether you are making the for heads (as in the Granato Tying Series), bodies, or hair extensions…dubbing brushes are a GREAT style to have in your tying arsenal.

Fly Tying: Nick Granato’s Sasquatch

Posted by Phil Lilley on July 27th, 2013

The first fly in the Nick Granato Series…..the Sasquatch. I like to call Nick Granato the “Mad Scientist” of fly designers. Looking at the recipe for this fly you think “How in the WORLD will this stuff make a good looking fly??” and then you get something as sexy as any fly I have ever seen. Crazy-Cool and fishes REALLY well.

Hook – Gamakatsu B10s #1
Eyes – Real Eyes (or Clear Cure Weighted Eyes)
Tail – Bucktail
Tail – Marabou
Tail – Flashabou
Tail – Flash Blend
Tail – Marabou
Tail – Crystal Flash
Tail – Peacock Herl
Tail – Rubber Legs (Spinnerbait Skirt!)
Hackle – Barred Saddle (or Barred Schlappen)
Head – Craft Fur Dubbing Brush colored with markers.

Berry’s White River fishing report, July 25

Posted by Phil Lilley on July 25th, 2013

During the past week, we have had several moderate rain events, very hot temperatures (it hit 99 degrees here in Cotter) and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals fell three tenths of a foot to rest at nine tenths feet below power pool of 661 feet. This is thirty four and nine tenths feet below the top of flood pool.
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