Lake Taneycomo, Missouri Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Lake Taneycomo, Missouri Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Add some weight to your patterns. We have seen two to four units running every day since last Monday. Fishing is good, but wade access is very limited. If there is any kind of wade access it is near the outflows, so scuds are the ticket. If you have a boat, the black copperhead and ruby 2 midges will still work, but you will need to drop them from a heavier pattern or use some weight. Definitely try that egg pattern. Best streamers are the JQ streamer or a sculpin pattern. Of course, you'll have to pick the place where you can find some soft water along the heavy current. Tail end of the spawn but lots of nice fish hang around for a while. Special notice, if you plan to come to Taneycomo or any cold water state managed trout stream in Missouri.....LEAVE YOUR FELT SOLE WADING BOOTS AT HOME, or go to the Missouri Department of Conservation web site and see how to make your wading boots non-porous. Missouri has banned porous sole boots effective March 1, 2012.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
1 / 14 / 2019
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Lake Taneycomo is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
River Run Outfitters

Water flow: 20 -7000 cfs

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 51 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Mid morning and afternoons or night when generation is low or constant. Night fishing good now.

Best stretch: From the base of Table Rock Dam to Fall Creek.

Best access point: Several good access points are available at the Shepherd of the Hill Hatchery in the State Park for wading. A river trail parallels the bank on the the northern side of the river. Public access boat ramps are available at the hatchery and Cooper Creek.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Midges size 18-24. Our midges hatch sporadically throughout the day throughout the entire year, but we frequently see hatches in the late morning and afternoon.

Fish species: Rainbow and Brown Trout

Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: April 1 - November 30)

Nearest airport: Springfield-Branson National Airport

Lake Taneycomo Description

Lake Taneycomo is a year round tailwater fishery stocked with rainbow and brown trout. A three mile section from the dam to Fall Creek is a designated Special Management Area; this area is the favorite for fly fishing and has public access. Large numbers of fish hold near the dam because of the flows from the outlets at the trout hatchery, and with zero or low generation, wading is easy on the gravel bottom ...

Techniques & Tips

With streamer patterns, use intermediate sink leaders or sinking tip lines with 4X tippet and cast across the stream and allow the fly to sink and swing with the current. In high water indicator rigs with heavy shot and dropper rigs with San Juan worms fish deep are a good way to go. With no generation look for moving water, drop offs and deeper water. Use 6x tippet and the lightest indicator possible, good choices are big dry flies and palsas. Zebra midges are a food staple at Taneycomo, but plan to change colors and depths to keep the fish hooking up. These fish turn on and off to color depending on where you are fishing the river. Scuds work well in the outlet area near the dam and hatchery.

7-Day Forecast

By Friday our weather forecast is saying some type of moisture. This could be anything from rain, to sleet, to snow. Temperatures will be in the mid to upper 30s through the weekend with moisture predicted for both Friday and Saturday. Next week it is back into the 50s with sunshine. We will probably see some generation at least part of each day for another week due to the desire to get Table Rock Lake back to power pool. Fishing will continue to be good and just get better, but conditions may be challenging for a few days. . 40s move of the following week with slight chances of showers popping up here and there. Not certain what the generation schedule will be but would bet on either no units in the morning or the low we are currently seeing. This low flow has been awesome! Still lots of nice fish to be caught. Folks are fishing in and around the outlets where scuds are the ticket. Other areas will fish well with the black copperhead midge, ruby 2, or apricot egg pattern. Did very well stripping the Tiger Tail streamer the other day. Now that the lake has turned, fishing should just continue to get better. You can always call us for an update or keep checking the schedules and real time for generation. A link to that information and phone numbers is available on our website. (Click on River Run Outfitters at the top of the page and the link to "Visit our Website" for current trip reports and pictures an generation schedules.)

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