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.