Its been too long since I went down to Taney, so when I saw the water was scheduled to be off Monday, I was up at the crack of dawn and headed down the road. In reality it was a little before dawn and I should have taken the time to check on the water release. No, probably best that I did not or I would have stayed home.
Arrived at the access, took the customary visit to the restroom before donning my waders. On my way back to the truck, I noticed the water was moving rather quickly. Yes, they were running water. That was not scheduled until 2. Instead of putting on my waders, I walked down to outlet #3 and watched the water. It was slowly receding. They either shut it down or reduced the flow. So it was back to the truck and get ready for some fishing.
When I reached the water, the gravel bar I like to fish off of was still submerged; I entered the water and slowly fished my way toward where it should have been. Timing was either good or lucky because I reached where I liked to fish just about the time the gravel bar appeared. It was cloudy so I started fishing my favorite spot with a purple and starling soft hackle and a tan g-bug tied on as a point fly. The fish liked this combination. When the sun poked through and the skies cleared, I replaced the purple and starling with a caddis green soft hackle. The fish liked this combo even better.
I fished about two and a half to three hours, that's about how much I can take at a time. Caught and released a few more than a dozen fish. Most were very brightly colored, only one or two of the "silver" bows. The fish were healthy and had several that wanted to jump. Lots of fun! All but one of the fish were in the slot limit and had to be released. I had one time when I made three casts and released three fish. The only "keeper" and I released him too, was a beautiful rainbow and was about 21 or 22 inches. I got him on the reel and had a great time before bringing him to hand.
Great day at Taney topped off with lunch at Danna's.