River “X” Scouting


With the arrival of warmer days and rising water temps, time comes to start checking our smallmouth waters. Thanks to the recent rains , the flows are looking good and I’ve had a few open days to scout the waters.

The water is still a little cold but during the mid day heat, we managed to catch a few nice smallies. They were fooled by a white mini drunk and disorderly using a slow retrieve.

If the temps stay up, I think we are about 2 weeks out from running our first trips of the year on this awesome fishery.

Call or shoot us a email to schedule your date, as they are filling fast.




Temperate Bass Day

Come out and see us at Plateau Fly Shop this Saturday. We will have the Towee Calusa in tow for you to check out and to answer any questions you have. See ya there!

Plateau Fly Shop’s 2nd Annual

Temperate Bass Day

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Starts @ 10:00 am

Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned angler, set aside Saturday, March 7th for a day at Plateau Fly Shop and Missouri Spirits House for a day to both learn about and celebrate the temperate bass species including the white bass, hybrid striped bass and striped bass.

Seminars Including:

The Striped Bass Fishery on Bull Shoals Lake
Missouri Dept. of Conservation
Andy Turner
The Inland Temperate Bass Seminar
Presented by Bill Butts

Classes Including:

Knot & Leader Essentials
Beginner Fly Casting W/Sinking Leaders
Tying Demonstrations

Competitions Including:

3 Knot Challenge
Fly in the Bucket

Potluck Lunch @ 12:00

Door Prizes, Raffles and Sales

Raffle to Benefit Reel Recovery


 Steve Humphrey from Sage, Redington, RIO
Jeff Trigg from Towee Boats and Ozark Sweetwater Guide Service
Kyle Kosovich from Longboat Outfitters
Ozark Mountain Trading Company


Knot and Leader Essentials @ 10:00 am
Learn every knot you need to know for white bass chasin’!
A FREE class limited to 6 people.
Sign up at the shop, email jims@plateauflyshop.com or call 417-889-6548

Tying Demonstrations Start @ 10:45 am

Tying demonstrations start @ 10:45 and will last throughout the day.
Featured tiers tying flies effective for temperate bass.  Capt. Bryan Yates, Rodney Edwards, and Zac Beussink to name a few of the tiers.

Casting lessons @ 1:00 pm

Beginner Casting Lessons with a special emphasis explaining and casting sink tips.
A FREE class limited to 6 people.  You buy your sink tip for the class.
Sign up at the shop, email jims@plateauflyshop.com or call 417-889-6548


We’re filling a fly box full of temperate bass flies and raffling them off in order to benefit Reel Recovery.  A $5 ticket gets you entered for a box that will have over 100 flies.  You do not have to be present to win.

Potluck Lunch @12:00

We’ll provide the burgers, hot dogs and condiments.
Please bring a side dish, chips or dessert.

                     Door Prize  

We will be giving away a TFO Professional II Series 9’6” 7 Weight.  Pick up the door prize ticket at the fly shop during the day and be present at Missouri Spirits House for the seminars to win.


Steve Humphrey from Sage, Redington, RIO will be bringing the trailer down so you can check out all the latest and greatest.
Jeff Trigg from Towee Boats and Ozark Sweetwater Guide Service.  If you’re not familiar with Towee boats come on down and check it out as Jeff will be bringing one down to display.

Ozark Mountain Trading Company will be bringing up some kayaks and canoes to check out, as well.


3 Knot Challenge @ 11:15 am

Fastest to do a 5 Turn Nail Knot (trimmed), 3 Turn Surgeon’s (trimmed), & Non Slip Uni Knot (trimmed) will win a set of five 12′ Versileaders.

Fly in a Bucket Casting Challenge 2:00

Open to Everyone.  We’re setting the drift boat in the grass and you’ll get a chance to land the fly in the bucket.  One fly rod will be used for all contestants and it will be provided.  Winner gets a RIO fly line.

Seminars @ Missouri Spirits House

507 W. Walnut St, Springfield, MO

Missouri Dept. of Conservation

Andy Turner

4:00 pm

 Andy will be giving a brief presentation and Q&A session in regards to the new Striped Bass fishery on Bull Shoals Lake.

The Inland Temperate Bass Seminar

Presented by Bill Butts

5:00 pm

This in depth seminar will cover techniques and tactics for the fly fisherman when targeting the temperate bass species which include white bass, hybrid striped bass and striped bass.  This is a very informative seminar taught by one of the best temperate bass fisherman in the area.


Troy Pruett will be hosting another Iron Fly Event on Saturday night at Missouri Spirits House after the Temperate Bass Day events.  It’ll be a great time and details are soon to follow!


Starting July 1 we are offering guided trips on River “X.” This is a special extended float in pursuit of trophy smallmouth. It is a stream in Southern Missouri with very few accesses and very little pressure. We would like to keep it that way, hence River”X.” The float is approximately 12 hours with a wide variety of shoals and deeper slower tailouts.

If you are a smallmouth junkie, this is the float for you. We have been putting in a lot of time over the last 2 years or so spending hours and hours figuring out this stream and where the big boys like to hide and what they are willing to eat. It has been producing some real toads this spring and early summer.

Be prepared for a long but exciting day on the water. I cannot guarantee a fish of a lifetime, but it is a real possibility here. The rate for this float is $400.00 for 2 people.

Drop us a line if you would like more info on this trip or to get a day or 2 locked in.

Some pics from our research…


Smallmouth and More Smallmouth

The last 3 weeks have been nothing but trips in pursuit of the bronzebacks. Even with the river being at historical lows, the fishing has been stellar. The low flows have made floating a little more difficult, but the Towee and the Clacka have performed well and they are light enough that dragging them through some skinny shoals isn’t too difficult.

My friend and fellow guide, Ben Levin made the trip across the border and we enjoyed a great day on the water  with the streamer bite being red hot. The streamer bite has stayed pretty consistent but we have had to resort to dredging the bottom with crawfish patterns on occasion. Although not as exciting as seeing a smallie crush a double deceiver, the crawfish patterns have produced some quality fish and saved the day on several occasions.

We are finally seeing some rain in the basin and the flows are creeping up which should have the fishing firing on all cylinders in the near future.


Reading’s 10th Annual Expo

Charlie Reading is having his 10th annual expo on Saturday, May 24 from 9AM-3PM. We will be there with the Towee Rivermaster Calusa and the Clacka LP. There will be reps from Sage,Rio,Redington,Gamakatsu,Echo,Airflo,Scott.Ross,Gray’s and many more. This is your chance to check out all the new gear and try out that new rod or flyline you’ve been thinking about. Come out and say hi!

More info at Reading’s Fly Shop

Last Minute Cancellation


I had a day booked with my buddy from Tennessee. We planned on hitting the water in search of some smalljaws. Well, I received a text late the night before, “I have a major issue at the shop and it’s not looking good.” I knew it was going to be a slim chance that he would make the trip. I received confirmation that Todd was definitely not going to make it. I was disappointed that my friend wasn’t going to make it but the boat and gear were loaded so, I had to make the best of a bad situation.

I had everything ready to go, the boat was loaded,  I just needed a partner willing to spend a 12 hour day on the water in search of some pre-spawn smallies. Zac answered my text with a resounding “HELL YEA!” ( I made it PG for the kiddies) Our plan was set, meet at the boat ramp between 7:00 and 7:30 with the streamer roods ready to go.

We splashed the boat in at 8:00. The water was a little off color and flows were down but we were optimistic. Things started a little slow due to the cool night and morning but as the temp warmed , so did the catching.

I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking. Enjoy!