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Written by Phil on May 9th, 2013Print This Post
All of our staff and family here at Lilleys’ Landing are amazed by God’s faithfulness as we approach our 30th anniversary in business May15! We are so grateful for all of our guests through the decades, whether you were here once for a honeymoon or have vacationed here repeatedly on your annual (or bi-monthly) trek to Branson. Many of you have kept coming despite our early adventures with leaky v-bottom boats and nightly patrols of skunk families. You have proved you heartiness, “weathering” ice, droughts — a flood two years ago — and even a May snow shower this morning — all for some great memory–making moments! Saying thank you doesn’t seem enough, so we have planned some special giveaways for each of the next 12 months.
Beginning Jun 15, we will have drawings for three special items:
- A free full-day pontoon rental
- A half-day fishing trip with one of our guys
- A commemorative fishing rod made just for our 30th
Everyone who stays with us the previous 30 days will automatically be entered in the drawings, but even when you can’t lodge with us, you can enter once monthly for your household by dropping a card in our store fishbowl!
Don’t forget to send us your old photos and stories of those special Lilleys’ Landing memories, too! email@example.com
Fly Casting Competition
Lilleys’ Landing and the Branson Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host the first area “Rio Gold Long Distance Challenge”casting contest June 8 at the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. In the Long Distance contest, there will be one division for professionals and one for amateurs. Prizes will be awarded for first place through third place. In the distance contest, each entrant will cast five times within two minutes with the longest cast recorded. Competitors can enter as many times as they like. The accuracy contest consists of casting into five different-sized rings placed at different distances and at different angles. The shortest time to finish wins. Competitors will be allowed to compete twice (two rounds.) There will be only one division for accuracy. Prizes will be given to the top five place finishers. No one can win more than one prize.
What: Fly Fishing Casting Competition
Rio Gold Long Distance Challenge Rules
Casting Competition Prizes:
Pro Division Distance:
Amateur Division Distance:
Accuracy Contest Prizes:
Written by Phil on April 30th, 2013Print This Post
Lilleys’ Fly Shop May Product Review:
There are many different spinning reels to choose from these days. Almost every reel manufacturer makes spinning reels in a wide range of sizes and prices. In the case of spinning reels, you get what you pay for, most of the time. If it is a cheap reel, then it was cheaply made and probably won’t be a very good reel. For those who fish only once or twice a year, these reels are fine, but if you fish much more than that, they won’t work well. Good reels are worth the extra investment.
Here on Lake Taneycomo, the Pflueger President 6925x, which holds 110 yards of four-pound test line or 220 yards of two-pound line, is best for what we do. This reel has nine ball bearings, which make the reel extremely smooth. The bail wire is made out of heavy aluminum, and it has a multi-disc front drag system. It can easily be switched from left to right hand in about a minute.
I personally use this reel for most of my fishing. I have two set up on my ultra light rods, which I use for trout and panfish. I also have a larger one set up on a medium action rod with six-pound line for bass. This larger one has worked great when I have caught bass and also a few channel catfish — even fighting a 10-pound channel cat.
We have the 6925x reel available here at Lilleys’, but we can also get the larger ones for you bass fisherman. The one we carry in stock retails for $68.85.
Written by Phil on March 27th, 2013Print This Post
White River Outfitters – Bill Babler
Rapala’s X-Rap is not quite the newest kid on the block, but it is one bait that most people have not tried. Rapala calls this bait a Slashbait. It is built on the order of a suspending stickbait or jerkbait — the most popular, of course, being the Husky Jerk. The X-Rap is a bit shorter and wider and comes equipped with a feathered tail on the rear triple hook. Its hooks are Razor sharp VMC and do not need to be exchanged like some stickbait hooks.
This bait comes in 23 fish catching colors and four sizes. My clients’ biggest brown trout was hooked on one this last year. It was a brown trout pattern.
The bait is a pause-and-snap presentation bait, and most of the time it will be taken after the twitch while it is suspended stationary in the water. The bait suspends in the five-foot range on 50-degree water and that is just about on par with most brands. It, of course, can be modified for greater depth.
This bait is a favorite for White River impoundments for coldwater bass and walleye fishing and is very popular for custom painting. I have seen them colored from chartreuse to pink. I prefer the natural colors for trout, the best being the rainbow and the brown trout patterns.
As I mentioned, the X-Rap is a very good trout bait – another quality weapon to add to your fish catching arsenal. It works!
Bill Babler – White River Outfitters fishing guide service - firstname.lastname@example.org - 417-332-7016
Lilleys’ Landing Fly Shop – Darin Schildkneht
Rapala has been around since 1936. There have been many attempts at copies, but, in my opinion, nothing is the same. Over the years Rapala has come out with new and productive lures that work for a variety of fish. For us here on Lake Taneycomo, that has been amazing. Here we have trout, bass, a few walleye — and a Rapala will catch them all!
Here at Lilleys’ Landing we have carried Rapala lures for decades since they have worked so well on our lake. In the last couple of years Rapala has come out with a new stick bait called the X-Rap. It is completely different from any other they have made before. The colors are more eye-catching and flashy, but it still has the same Rapala wobble.
Fishing the X-Rap here on Taneycomo is very easy. The first thing to address would be rod and line choice. I use a 6’6” medium-action spinning rod with six-pound test line. The line I use is Seaguar Invis-X because I also use that same rod for bass fishing up on Table Rock. After that is all rigged, it’s time to go fishing.
For the X-Rap to be effective there needs to be at least half a generator running on Lake Taneycomo. Cast right up close to the bank and start reeling and jerking. The fish seem to like the bait moving fast. I have tried to use a slower retrieve, but the fish just look and don’t eat it. The strikes are hard and quick, and they don’t hook themselves most of the time. There will be a lot of fish that follow without biting, but don’t get discouraged –there will be fish that come from nowhere and smack it!