Friday, December 24, 2010

Night Before Caddis??

Here is a short Christmas blurb from a club member Steve Jenkins (only fly fisherman could read this):


Twas the night before Christmas when down by the stream
The full moon looked out on a chill winter scene.
A lone trout was sipping a midge in his brook,
Untroubled by worries of fishers with hooks.

Then from above a small sleigh did appear
Pulled by a brace of eight tiny reindeer.
It swerved of a sudden and down it did glide,
Settling its runners along the streamside.

The fat, jolly driver dove into his sled
And emerged with his three weight held high over head.
“Thank you my elves for this wand smooth as silk.
This break will be better than cookies and milk.”

So saying, he jumped from his sleigh with a chuckle,
Hiked up his boots and cinched up his belt buckle.
Santa meant business that cold winter’s eve.
A fish he would catch – that you’d better believe.

Looking upstream and down, he spotted that trout,
Then he open his flybox and took something out – “Size 32 midges are only for faddists
I’ll go with my favorite tan reindeer caddis.”

So he cast out his line with a magical ease
And his fly floated down just as light as you please.
And it drifted drag free down the trout’s feeding lane,
But the fish merely wiggled a fin of distain.

“Oh Adams, oh Cahill, oh Sulphur, oh Pupa,
Oh Hopper, oh Coachman, oh Olive Matuka!
I’ve seen every fly in the book and the box.
I’m old and I’m wary and sly as a fox.

To catch me you’ll need an unusual gift,
For a present this common no fin will I lift.”
Old Nick scratched his head for his time it grew short
The reindeer behind him did shuffle and snort.

He looked once again in his box for a fly
When a pattern compelling attracted his eye.
“The Rudolph!” he muttered and grinned ear to ear
“Far better to give than receive, so I hear.”

So he cast once again and his magic was true,
And the trout it looked up and knew not what to do.
“This fly has a body of bells don’t you know,
And if that’s not enough there’s a shining red nose!

I know it’s fraud and I know it’s a fake,
But I can’t help myself. It’s I gift I must take!”
So he rose in swirl and captured that thing,
Flew off down the stream. Santa’s reel it did sing.

“Ho!” shouted Santa, “You’re making my day.
If the heavens were water, you’d be pulling my sleigh.”
So, Santa prevailed and released his great rival
First taking great care to ensure its survival.

He then mounted his sled and he flew out of sight
Shouting, “Merry Caddis to trout and to all a good night!”

Hat tip to Wilmer Price.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Bennett Spring Club Fly Fish Outing & Banquet

Dan, Rocky, and I enjoyed another great fly fishing trip to Bennett Spring for the annual winter banquet and fishing event. This is sponsored by the local Heart of America Fly Fishers (HOAFF) club. We stayed at Sand Spring Resort just outside the park. The fishing was really good and we managed to catch quite a lot of fish. Many fish were on the smaller side but a good number had really great color. This time of year is all catch-n-release. Weather was dropping off as the highs were 50’s Friday, 40’s Saturday, 30’s Sunday with some decent wind chill but at least no precipitation. Sunday morning was icing up of guides and also our nets. For the most part, it wasn’t very crowded and we could pretty much fish where we wanted. We’re guessing it was pretty bare later Sunday and into Monday (a great time to be there). We had a good meal downtown Lebanon at The Grill, but then had some car trouble as Rocky’s jeep wouldn’t start. Luckily, a restaurant employee had some cables and other club members helped us jump to limp over to the Wal-Mart to get a replacement battery; got there literally as they were locking up. We had good hot dog, chili, chips, and cookies for lunch on Saturday by the spring, and the usual buffet over at Ollie’s that night with the whole club. They gave away a large fly rod courtesy of K & K. I believe there were about 40 members of the club there. Best flies on the trip for the 3 of us were: small dries & parachute Adams (saw some good hatches), black zebra midge, bed spread and glo ball. We fished mostly the island, below the bridge & dam, the spring, and below Holland dam. Check out some pictures as well as a short video.

Terry Robbins

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The acutal spring at Bennett Spring

Holland Dam

Dan & Terry

Pretty Rainbow Trout

Dan & Rocky

Hot lunch on the cold stream

Whistle Bridge

HOAFF Club Banquet at Ollie's

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Fall, Winter fishing spots close to KC

Here were some suggestions I received and put together for fall and winter fishing close to town. These lakes are stocked with trout - Shawnee Mission Park, Heritage Park, Wyandotte County Lake Park, and James A. Reed (Alex George won't be stocked this year). A couple of possible year round warm water places might be LaCygne as well as Coffee County Lake (formerly Wolk Creek). Othere suggestions were
Amerugia, Hoag strip pits, Longview Lake, Alex George Lake, Harmony Mission Lake, Kill Creek Lake, Lenexa Lake, Leavenworth Lake, Louisburg Lake, Gardner Lake, Baldwin City Lake, Olathe Lake, Middle Creek Lake, Lone Jack Lake, Clinton Lake, Cedar Creek Lake. Please comment on any other suggestions.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

James A. Reed trout report by Jim

Made a quick trip up to James A Reed for trout fishing.  I was coming down with a cold so I did not stay but 2 hours.  There were other fishermen there all were using bait but me and one other guy.  Weather was a little cold but bearable.  I started off by using a glow ball but no takers.  I then put on a gray scud with an indicator of which I have caught them there before.  I managed to catch 2 rainbows, 5 bluegill and 1 crappie.  I caught then on the brushy side of the pond. 
Jim B.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Best Winter Fishing in KC

QUESTION:  Where is the best fly fishing during the cold months in the Kansas City area?? Either comment on here or email me your response. As an example, Jim and Ray indicated that they will be stocking the trout pond at James A. Reed this Saturday.
Terry R.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Bennett Winter Opener

Three of us had an enjoyable trip down to Bennett Spring this weekend (Rocky, Ray, and Terry). The weather was pretty good on Friday, in the 50's in the morning and 60's in the afternoon. There were a few times we caught a few sprinkles. There was no crowd at the whistle although it got more crowded during the day. The Ozark Fly Fishers from St. Louis had taken over the Sand Spring motel as it was their winter outing. Anyway, the fishing was good and we all caught a lot of fish. It was particularly good on Friday morning. Everyone seemed to notice a lot of small fish, along with a good mix of sizes and colors. The best flies seemed to be the black midge, bed spread, glo ball, crackle backs, and also a few dries by Rocky. Saturday's weather was a little cooler at about 40 with some wind chill. This trip we noticed they continued to work on the new hatchery stuff, as they were pouring concrete for the 2 runs that will go under the new building. It is supposed to be a more efficient operation. While down there, we ran into Mike Rueck as well as a couple of other nice fisherman. I spoke quite a while with Rick from the Northland fly fishing club. He tends to fish the same spots we do. I got a couple of photos of a guy who caught a very nice brown at the main outlet hole. Here are a couple of shots from the trip.

Fish On

Another One

Nice Brown Trout by fellow fisherman

Laying new concrete hatchery run

The actual spring at Sand Spring

Niangua River at Sand Spring

Now there's a happy group

Rocky & Ray

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Terry R.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

HOAFF Auction & James A. Reed

A reminder that the HOAFF club auction is this coming Monday night at the regular 79th and Mission location. See for more details.

Also, Ray mentioned that they will be stocking trout at James A. Reed in late November. The stocking hot line is 816-655-6255.

Terry R.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Shawnee Mis. Park stop 11/02/2010 by Ray

Went to shawnee mission park for awhile today. I couldn't find the trout, but I did catch a few small bass.

Ray Z.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Taneycomo Trip by Jim B. 10/31/2010

Good news and bad news!  My trip to Taney Sunday was brought about by the Southwest Power Association webb site for genernation releases at Table Rock Dam.  The forecasts in the past have been very reliable and many good trips resulted from this information.  The site forecasted no generation for Sunday, this happens very rarely at Taney Therefore Satan temptempted me to run down early Sunday morning.  Visions of lunker brown trout in the C&R area danced in my head.  I left town about 6:30am Sunday, got down there and in the stream by 10:30.  No water was running and there were few fishermen around.  I walked in at the rocking chair hole, no strikes for 10 minutes, so I moved down a little and really got into them.  Yes the peach glow ball was working its magic.  They were very good size with the largest going 16 inches, with good coloring.  This went on till around noon, when I heard a sound that sent schivers down my spine, surely it was a mistake and that could not be the siren? 

I had been fooled by the generation report after only fishing for 1-1/2 hours.  I was still catching fish as the water was cutting off my escape route.  I drove around to the outlet looked around and heard that they planed on running water till 8:00pm.  I did not want to chance it another day of high water, so I packed up my rods and headed home.  But it was a great short time at Taney!

Jim B.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bennett Spring Trip 10-28-2010

Ray and Terry had another short but great trip down to Bennett Spring, Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Weather was great, although Friday morning at 24 degrees did separate the men from the boys (er, I mean crazy from the not-so-crazy). There was a hard freeze overnight. I could only take about 30 minutes before needing to warm up (showing my age). And the rod eyelets freezing up made casting a bit of a challenge. You know it's cold outside when the 50 degree water feels warm to the hands. Neither of us caught any big lunkers, but we both caught a decent number of fish. Best flies were soft hackle, dries (mayfly & caddis), zebra midge, and good old bedspread, glo ball, and even pink jig. It was interesting to watch the new hatchery facility going up as we were there (see pictures). We stayed at Sand Spring Resort.

CCC bridge

Can you stand to fish??

Gauge House

New Hatchery Building

Building more hatchery "runs"

Now that's a cast!

Watch your step!

Bennett Spring

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Terry R.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Gardner Lake fishing

After showing some houses late Friday in South Olathe, I stopped by Gardner lake and fished the dam area for about an hour. The weather was actually pretty nice, and a small breeze and interesting clouds. Water was a little dark but wasn't really too gunky there. I caught about 15 small blue gill, biggest being around 8 inches long, all on a prince nymph. A very enjoyable time. Only saw 2 other fisherman.Towards the end, I heard loud drumming in the distance, which I assume was preamble to the big nationally televised high school football game between Gardner and Aquinas.
Terry R.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Trout Stocking Shawnee Mission Park

The fall stocking of trout by Johnson County is happening Wednesday, October 27th, at 3:45 at the Shawnee Mission Park boat ramp. Fishing will be closed and then reopen on Saturday, October 30th at 5:00 a.m. They will also be stocking Heritage Park on October 27th at 2:30.
Check this link for more details:

Terry R.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Lake Lenexa

I fished Lake Lenexa last evening. I caught three small ones (2 bluegill one largemouth) all on a popper. The water was a dark almost black color but pretty clear. There were a lot of bait fish on the surface of the water but I didn't see any bass chasing them. Pleasant evening on the lake and nice to see the leaves changing. Lots of people were in the park and about a dozen people fishing from shore and a few in boats.

Kyle N.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fly fish Bennett?

Anyone want to fly fish at Bennett Spring before the season closes?

Terry R.

HOAFF Club Meeting

Don't forget the Heart Of America Fly Fishers (HOAFF) meeting is tomorrow night at 7:00 (see for details). Terry R.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fly order

I received some flies I ordered over the internet today from Blue Fly Cafe that looked pretty decent. Check them out at .

Cedar Lake

Ran by Cedar Lake in Olathe today for a few minutes. Great weather and pretty quiet. Water was murky. Fished for a while with poppers and prince nymph. Only one bump on prince.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Mountain Home Report by Dan Z.

GUEST TRIP REPORT BY Dan Zimmerman of 8/26/2010 Mountain Home Arkansas.

Bevan, Terry and I fished the tailwaters last week Thursday through Saturday.  The weather was great and the fishing even better.  We kept our eye on the generation projection report and was pretty much able to fish as much as we wanted.  On Thursday afternoon we fished Wildcat Shoals on the White and nearly had the place to ourselves.  Fishing was outstanding.  Most fish were caught with scud patterns and globalls and I believe Terry also caught some with his trusty bedspread pattern.

On Friday we had a full day to work with.  We found an outfitter that will put canoes on the Norfork tailwater.  With a lot of persuasion we were able to get a reluctant Bevan to go along with a float trip,  Terry and Bevan took a canoe and I took a kayak.  There was a mix of riffles and slow water.  We got out to fish the riffles and fished a lot of the slow water from the boats.  Fishing was excellent again.  Most fish were caught on scuds with  some caught on glo-balls.  It was great to fish at McClellens for the first time since they closed the access. Terry and I landed some real nice cutthroats in addition to the rainbows.  At the end of the float Bevan and Terry  caught quite a few browns on the last section of the river.  We all agreed it was a great adventure and any of us would jump at the chance to do it again.  If any of you think about doing a float on Norfork I think any of us could give some helpful information on how to go about it.

On the last day we got up early to go to Taneycomo so we ended up fishing three tailwaters in three days.  Fishing was a little slower (especially for me) but still very good.  We used scuds, globalls, bedspreads, woolies and and midges.  I was near Terry when he hooked a big fish and we spent quite a long time trying to land it with Terry trying to wear it out while I tried several time to net it.  The net was too small which made things more difficult.  We finally got it subdued.  It was about a 21 inch rainbow caught on a 22 midge with 6x tippet.  Quite a feat!  We did get pictures.  Hopefully they will turn out.  It took a very long time to revive the fish , but Terry finally did.

Now is a really excellent time on the tailwaters.  Get out there if you can.


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Dan & Terry

Fly Fishing Montauk State Park 10/07/2010

Well, I’ll have to say we had another great fly fishing trip this weekend down to Montauk State Park. Jim and I stayed in a park Motel unit, which was nothing special but was sure convenient. The weather couldn’t have been better, and the foliage was starting to change as well. I did a fair amount of hiking and took some pictures. We met about 6 other members of our fly club, who were all down for a scheduled club outing. I wouldn’t say we slayed them but we caught quite a few fish. We both brought some home. We heard many fisherman complain of how slow it was. It wasn’t really too crowded until our last day on Saturday. Many flies did well, including the old Glo ball, wooley bugger, dries/surface flies, bead spread, sow bug, prince nymph, and even zebra midge. We had enough fun in the park that we didn’t go to the river. I even fished the bait area some (you can also fly fish there) and caught a few when it wasn’t crowded. I had an unusual coincidence happen when I was catching fish by myself in the catch-n-release pond when a high school buddy happened along that I hadn’t seen in a long time – and guess what, he’s a  professional photographer, Mark Raynes. He took a number of shots and I think some of them will come out with me casting.

Catch & Release pond


Old Mill

Terry & Jim

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