Lake Taneycomo fishing report, November 10
Water has been off for the of the week this week but running today (Saturday) and that’s been the pattern for several weeks. Why? I have no idea. Water temperature is holding about 48 degrees and water quality seems to be very good for this time of year.
I got out and fished a couple of days below the dam, wading and fishing the rebar area. This is a fast water chute about 800 yards below the cable where the channel changes from the north to south bank. At first appearance, the water in the chute appears to be shallow but if you look closely there are pockets of deeper water which are holding big trout. Plus all through the chute there are trout holding, they’re just hard to see. Drift a bug through this area and you’ll find out what’s there.
I fished several styles of scuds in the faster water and caught quite a few rainbows. I use weighted scuds, #12 in tan, gray and brown mainly. Caught fish on a ultra thin San Juan in red or white too. I try not to use any extra weight except for the weight of the flies. When using a San Juan, I’ll use the scud to weight it down. Making long drifts is the best way to maximize your drifts.
Fished the narrows below rebar too and did well. Smaller scuds and zebra midges. If there’s a wind and chop on the water, I used a #18 light colored soft hackle and caught rainbows and a few small browns stripping lower on the flat.
Got out again a couple of evenings this week, no generation, and fished the east gravel bank above Fall Creek and below the narrows using a rusty or primrose & pearl #16 zebra midge under a palsa 16 inches. The rainbows are really on this bank especially in the evenings feeding on midges. Catching was almost non stop both evenings I went. Most of the rainbows were between 11 and 13 inches but we had several about 15 inches. Lots of fun! Using 6x fluorocarbon tippet.