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Lake Taneycomo - Branson, Missouri

By Brian Shaffer

Lake Taneycomo can offer a variety of fly fishing scenarios - from fishing #24 midges to rising rainbows to, in the same day, #4 heavily weighted sculpins for hungry big browns. Taneycomo is a tailwater fishery below Table Rock Dam in the White River chain of lakes in Southwest Missouri.

Nice Brown

One of the lakes main food base is the freshwater shrimp, providing anglers excellent nymphing as well as huge midge hatches that come off 365 days of the year. My favorite technique is swinging soft hackles to pods of feeding rainbows and browns, most of which now are averaging 14 to 16 inches, with the occasional 20-inch-plus trophy.

After moving to the Ozarks from the big city of Houston, Texas I found that I fit in with the slower pace Branson offers. Fly fishing Lake Taneycomo fits that mold, too. I view my service to my clients two-fold: To instruct and educate plus provide a relaxed but successful fishing adventure. I can't imagine a greater pleasure for me than to share my experience to help others learn the sport of fly fishing ~ Brian Schaffer

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