Fishing Report 9/25/2019

How's Fishing?
Fishing has been good.  The weather has cooled off and is feeling a little more like Fall.  The stream is low, clear, and full of trout.  The hopper/dropper set-up, various dry fly patterns such as the Elk Hair Caddis, and the ever popular Renegade work well. Larger hook sizes in 10's and 12's of these patterns have been productive for me.  There are still a couple events coming up before the season ends. Ladies Free Fishing Saturday September 28 and The Fly Fishing Film Tour Saturday October 5th at Hidden Valley Outfitters.  See you on the stream!

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

September 25, 2019
Gage house level is 2.07 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 70.0 in 1937
25th percentile is 96
Current level is 137
Median is 108
Mean is 162
75th percentile is 141
Max was 2190 in 1993

Niangua River

September 25, 2019
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.07  feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 31.0 in 1995
25th percentile is 37
Median is 54
Today's reading is 96.2
75th percentile is 163
Mean is 1820
record high max was 31000 in 1993

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Pale Morning Dun
Peacock Caddis
Copper Johns
San Juan Worms
Wooly Buggers-olive, black, and brown
Zebra Midges
Ginger and olive woolies
Pale Yellow Cracklebacks
Gold Cracklebacks
Bennett Blue Cracklebacks
Copper Hot Shot
RGN's-light olive, brown, gray

Zone 1 or 2

Mopflies- cream, pink, brown, olive, white, orange, chartreuse
Megaworms- red, white, orange, pink, tan, chartreuse
Bedspread jig
Brown Roaches
Bumblebee mini jigs

Gray John Deere

Yellowtail John Deere
John Deere
White mini jigs
White, brown, orange, red thread jigs
Apricot Supreme with red dot Glo-balls
Chartreuse with red dot Glo-balls

Original Tricolor Glo-balls
White with cerise dot Glo-balls
Easter Egg Glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix Glo-balls
Peach Fur Bugs
Rebel Crawdads
Marabou - black and yellow, olive and black, ginger, gingersnap, orange and black, pink, orange and white, Crawdad tricolor-(orange, brown, and green), Tequila Sunrise, orange, black and white, cerise and black
Rooster Tails - Yellow Spot, Skunk, Copper Tinsel Brown Trout, Tinsel Shad, Orange Tiger, Tinsel Leech

Zone 3

Lucky Lady worms-pink, white, orange and white, mint, red and white, black and yellow
Orange Peel Powerbait Worms
Hatchery Pellet PowerbaitOrange Powerbait
Marshmallow White Powerbait
Pink Powerbait
Rainbow Powerbait
White Powerbait
Salmon Peach Powerbait
Powerbait Power Eggs pink, yellow, or white
White or Gold Trout Magnets
Salmon Eggs

Fishing Times


7:30 A.M.
7:15 P.M.

7:30 A.M.
6:30 P.M.

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Northeast wind 6 to 10 mph becoming east in the afternoon.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 87. South wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

Saturday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Windyville MO
 37.72°N 92.92°W (Elev. 1024 ft)

Lunker Club


Sue Sciuto from St. Louis, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a Tinsel Shad Roostertail

JoAnn Frazier  from Jennings, MO 2 1/8 pounds in zone 3 on Salmon Peach Powerbait


Curtis Smith from Albany, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a white jig

Alex Primm from Macon, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a white thread jig


Steve Brockgreitens from Wentzville, MO 2 pounds in zone 2 on an old gray John Deere

Paul Lane from Albany, MO 2 1/8 pounds in zone 2 on an original tricolor glo-ball

Jan Mitchell from Warrenton, MO 2 pounds in zone 2 on a John Deere jig

Shawn O'Connor from Camdenton, MO 3 pounds in zone 3 on a gold trout magnet


Taryn Thomas from Chillacothe, MO 2 pounds in zone 3 on orange powerbait

Nolan Beal from Lebanon, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a Beal Nymph

Lynn Hoover from Liberal, MO 3 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a Rebel Crawdad


Don Brockgreitens from Webster Groves, MO 2 1/4 pounds zone 2 on a black and white marabou

Patty Bloomer from Holt's Summit, MO 2 pounds and 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a Kastmaster

Andy Fairchild from Detroit,MI 2 3/4 pounds in zone 1 on a ginger marabou



Richard "Rat" Holland from Louisiana, MO 2.2 pounds in zone 3 on cheese

Calendar of Events

Women's Free Fishing Day - September 28, 2019

The Fly Fishing Film Tour presented at Hidden Valley Outfitters on the Niangua River~ Saturday October 5, 2019 at 7:00 P.M.

There is a list at that gives all the details of other activities, such as hikes that are going on at Bennett Spring State Park through out the year.

Quote of the Week
A trip to the river is a series of actions and choices. Which fly? Where to cast - how best to reach the spot I am aiming for? Some days I don't catch a thing, some days quite a few. Flyfishing takes a mulish patience, a recognition of limits, a willingness to put up with mistakes, take them in, learn from them. On the river the world is neither perfect nor broken, but always fixable, adjustable, always ripe for restoration.


Frank Soos


Bamboo Fly Rod Suite

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