Post by flyfishermann1955 on Apr 16, 2015 7:00:18 GMT -6
We made a 1-day trip to the Lower Illinois and fished below the dam by the 1st horseshoe-shaped row of rocks. Water release was 200 cfs, so higher than "normal", but safe and very fishable. Fished both above and below the rocks. It was nice to actually have some movement to the water, instead of it being almost lake-like.
The following flies caught fish: olive jig, peach egg, #20 red vinyl midge with silver bead.
Disappointingly, these flies didn't cauch any fish: #20 Dorsey's top secret midge, #16 Starling & Purple soft hackle.
My friend Scott caught 8 on a black jig and a Zebra midge and he caught 26 more with his spinning rod. I didn't take the water temperature, but I know it was cold. It was cloudy all day with 1 5-minute light rain shower.
A bus from Tulsa Union school arrived. The students released their fish from the Trout in the Classroom project at the Watt's property and then sampled insects in the area we fished. Some were casting fly rods in the parking lot too. It's great to see teenagers interested in fishing.
Great report. I like really like that row of horseshoe shaped rocks and the runs immediately below it. I know what you mean about that river becoming lake like at times with lack of flow. It seems like when the water get slow and clear the fishing gets a lot tougher.