Benefit Rod from Groenenboom Custom Rods


A little over a month ago a good buddy of ours got diagnosed with lymphoma, he's 35 years old and has 4 young kids. This Saturday at the American Legion in Smithville, MO they are having a benefit/fund raiser to keep cover some of the expenses. Landon is donating his time and $350 towards a custom rod build of the winners choice. You get to pick the blank, line weight, colors, finishings, etc..... It's you chance to get a custom built rod and to help a family out. If you are unable to make the event you can text me I'll need full name and max amount (816)509-0760 I'll take bids up to 8 pm on Saturday 9/16/17. Thanks for checking it out and someone is going to win a pretty rad rod. 


Late Summer Fishing

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Now that summer is winding down, school has started back up,  and temps have started to get a little more comfortable it's time to start hitting it hard again. It's usually a mad dash to catch as many fish as possible before winter gets here. The next few months are definitely some of my favorite of the year, April is my favorite by far but September, October, and November are right up there. The whites are on the flats if you can find the shad which hasn't been too difficult to find since they're everywhere and some humps you'll find the whites. They never get too far from the food. I think the best are the ones around old river channels or close to deep water. We typically find them there from now until it starts getting really cold. They've eating anything that resembles a shad especially if they're busting. The bass are still eating on top, we went out the other night and threw frogs and mice, the bite was really good but shut off once it got completely dark. I would say early and late are still the best bet, but you can probably find fish in deeper water or in the shad in the late morning and afternoon. Times been flying seems like summer went by in a blink, if you blink again it'll be Christmas get out there while the weathers nice. 


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Summer Photo Drop

I've been really slacking on the website/blog, and wish it was because I've been really busy fishing. Which I have fished some, not near as much as normal. I've ran several trips and filled several fly orders but actually fun fishing with friends not too much. I think when everyone tells you the older your kids get the more obligations you have, is true. It's been hard to find time to get out whether it's an obligation I've got to take care of or one a buddy does. Hopefully once school starts back up we'll find a little more free time to fish and take care of the blog.  

I've been solo carp fishing a few times and in the low light they're up shallow feeding pretty heavily. I've caught a couple of a generic carp nymph and a handful a Montana hybrid. The bass and blue gill are fishing pretty good early and late, mostly top water stuff, in order to avoid all the vegetation. We found some whites running little like 1.5 inch minnows up to the surface, also found them on the points of the main lake. Imagine they be up there for awhile longer, early and late they busting bait. 

Couple events in the area Plateau is putting there Carpaplooza tournament on currently it runs until August 19th. This weekend in Springfield Pig Farm Ink is putting on an Iron Fly and a Get Trashed stream clean up event, details on Plateau's Facebook page.



Topwater bite is getting pretty solid! Everything was chasing poppers this weekend including other frogs, not  sure if they wanted to eat them or love on 'em. Early is the best and early I mean like on the water at 6. After the sun got up we were still sticking a few on top but the streamer bite was a little more productive. Gar are starting to get up in the spillways we caught a handful on small carp still nymphs. Fishing is really good early and late, get out if you can.


Spring Catch Up

I've been terrible about keeping the blog update, but I'll get you caught up to date. A few weeks ago the hybrids were up on the dams and we were catching them with a just about any baitfish pattern. I was throwing a little bit bigger articulated streamer then most the other guys, but guys were catching them on clousers and wooly buggers too. With the rain and cool weather I imagine the dam game is over for the spring but who knows if your close to one of the hybrids lakes it still might be worth a shot cause sticking them on a fly is pretty awesome. 

For the last couple weeks the bass in the ponds and small lakes have been guarding beds, not really leaving about a 5 foot circle making fishing pretty tough. We were still picking up some smaller fish, my guess is ones that weren't participating in the spawn. The end of last week before we started getting all the rain I noticed the fish have pushed off their beds which made fishing definitely a lot better. The rain and cold weather has definitely slowed the bite, but looking at the extended forecast things should start picking back up. 

Southern Missouri absolutely got pounded some areas received 10+ inches of rain in just a couple days. Guys were sending me video and pics of the James and Elk rivers and I saw a few pics of the NFOW, it's a disaster . It's gonna be awhile before stuff is floatable let alone fishable, thoughts go out to all the people effected. Hopefully they get the relief they need. Once things settle down from the change in weather fishing should be pretty good, if your in the KC area once stuff stabilizes get out there and hang a few. 


Early Season

We haven't moved any donks yet this season, but also really haven't been putting in the time. We got the rain we needed and looking at the forecast we should get the warm weather we need to. Fish have still been moving fairly slow but they're starting to wake up. We've still been throwing sink tips and doing a lot of dredging. It should start going off real soon, being boatless we've mostly been targeting the shallower ponds they're the first to warm up but they're also the first to shut down when we get a little cold snap. I'd say get out when you can cause you don't want to miss the big girls moving up the banks.