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As I write this, the rivers and lakes have are nearing full capacity which can make fishing a little more challenging. Tail waters are all running high and fast. This can limit wade fishing on a number of rivers. Best way to know how much water you will be dealing with is to use one of the apps available on your smart phone. The “Tailwaters” app is an easy to use and a fairly reliable site to see what is happening currently and the forecasted flows for the next day.  This app can be used on Bull Shoals, Norfork and Table Rock dams. You should take time out to learn how to use the app if you are going to fish the White, Norfork or Taney.
 
The old system of calling the recorded message for the waters you want to fish just doesn’t work.
 
It will only tell you how many generators are running and when they started. This can be misleading at best. You need to know how many cfs (cubic feet per second) the dam is flowing at. One generator equals about 3200 cfs, if they have it running wide open.  Trouble is, they very seldom run it at 100%. If you call, the recording may say two generators are on line, but in fact, it is running less than one unit, at 3000 cfs. This can save you a lot of aggravation and lost time. Forecast for the next day is usually posted by 5:00pm daily. Another good App is Dally’s Ozark Fly Fisher.
 
Using the river cam sites is helpful also. The camera at Bennett Springs can tell you what is happening right now with both flow and weather conditions. You can find this by searching the Bennett Springs website and clicking on to the “live river cam”. Always consider keeping your phone with you while fishing. This can save your life or someone else’s. There are cases that are water tight and be used without removing the phone. They cost about $15.00 and can be worn around your neck. I can hear the scoffs about not wanting to be disturbed with phone calls while being outdoors and fishing. Get over it.
 
If you want to know more about tailwater flows, let me know.  Get out and fish, I have a feeling, spring will last for about a week and then we will have 90 degree days and looking for cooler weather.





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Greensfelder Recreation Complex
Queeny Park
525 Weidman Road, Ballwin MO 63011
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Capt. David Edens

Spending his early years in the mountains of North Carolina, Capt. Dave has been fly fishing and tying flies for over 50 years.  When he began tying, he would “pluck” the family dog and cat for fur for streamers and rob his Mom’s sewing box for thread. 
 
His first fly caught fish was a wild rainbow trout, caught on a variant of a Mickey Finn he had tied with fur from the family pets.  He caught it from a stream near Brevard, NC to which he had ridden his bike. 
Ala Opey, in the “Andy Griffith Show.”
 
Since those early years, Capt. Dave has fly fished for trout, Steelhead, Stripers, Salmon, False Albacore, Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Red Fish, Triple Tail, Sea Trout, Bream, Carp, Bass and anything else that would take a fly from Alaska to the Bahamas, from Vermont to California and many of the states in between.
 
After being “downsized” during the Great Recession, he realized one of the few things he did well was fly fishing and teaching fly fishing.  He and his wife were married in St. Simons over 40 years before, and they have owned a condo there since 2000. 
 
After getting over the initial shock of being laid off, he told his wife he was spending the summer at the beach.  He hooked his HPX-V to his truck, and went to SSI.  His family followed that Fall, and the rest is history.  
 
He has been guiding there since late 2009.  He is an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide. He is a Fly Fishers International Certified Casting Instructor and a member of the FFI Professional Guides Association.  He has been building custom fly, spinning and casting rods for over twenty years under Blue Ridge Rods and has been certified by the Rod Guild as a Professional Rod Builder.
 
Capt. David Edens is the owner of Fly Cast Charters and Outfitters, LLC in St. Simons, GA.  The tag line of the charter service is “Hunting Fish in the Marshes of Glynn.” He specializes is sight fishing for red fish, and is available for fly and light tackle charters for all of the other species and around St. Simons Island, Sapelo Island, Sea Island, Cumberland Island and Jekyll Island, Ga.





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