June 28th, 2004|
I recently had an opportunity to fish with the
"new guy" on Lake Taneycomo, Brett Rader of
Chartered Waters guide service and fly shop.
Just a day or two prior, Brett had an article
published on a fly-fishing website about stalking
trophy trout on upper Taneycomo. I wanted to put
his strategy to the test. When Brett asked me how
I wanted to fish I said, "Treat me just like a
client who called and said he wanted to catch a
real trophy." And that is how we proceeded.
When the dam generators lay dormant, Rader takes his clients wading below the dam and introduces them to his own version of sight fishing. Preferring the still water along the banks, Rader employs an unusual presentation technique that requires some very delicate roll casting and a good pair of polarized glasses. He teaches clients to focus their attention on moving trout. When they spot their prey, he has them cast along the line of the fish's approach about 10' to 15' ahead of the fish. It is important not to false cast and to be as accurate as possible, laying the flies out fully extended below the indicator. Casting distances are very short. The fly(s) is allowed to sink under its own weight in the hopes that the approaching fish will scoop it up as he passes. Once the fly hits bottom, the odds of a take dramatically decrease.
Brett Rader is a very personable and knowledgeable fishing guide. He guides fly, spin, and bait fishing trips for trout on Lake Taneycomo daily. His company, Chartered Waters also runs a pro shop and on-line fly shop in Hollister, MO, that is located on the South shore of Lake Taneycomo. Chartered Waters also operates a Lowe 180 fishing boat for drift fishing the lower lake, or the upper tailwater on generation.
About Ken:Ken graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1988, and spent the next several years serving in the United States Navy as an intelligence analyst and Russian Language translator. He is a veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Leaving the nation's service in 1993.
Ken is also a published outdoor writer and historian, having penned articles and stories that have appeared in several national hunting publications like North American Hunter magazine, on GunMuse.com, in regional and local newspapers, and historical and literary journals. He also provides hunting and dog training seminars for Bass Pro Shops and other sporting goods retailers nationwide and works with other outdoors businesses and conservation organizations in the fields of public relations, promotional marketing, fund-raising, and advertising. He also is a partner in Silver Mallard Properties, LLC. He currently resides with his wife, Wilma, their Weimaraner, Smoky Joe, and their Labrador Retriever, Jake, in Branson, Missouri, where he founded the Branson/Tri-Lakes Chapter of Ducks Unlimited in 1998.
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