What’s New at Westover Farms? – September Newsletter

We’ve had a great month with the viewing of the Eclipse and Labor Day Weekend. Above are a couple of pictures that were taken before, during, and after totality of the eclipse. It was such an amazing experience. Watching the steam come off the water because of the temperature dropping and seeing what looked like a sunset was awesome. Everyone wanted to know if the fish did anything crazy, and the answer is no. We did not notice them jumping or swimming erratically. The waters remained calm. We also had a great Labor Day Weekend and met a lot of new fisherman and families. Thanks for trying us out and spending the weekend with us.

Lodging Availability

We have a couple of houses available next weekend (September 22 – 23). There are several events going on in Steelville that weekend too. Jimmy Mesina from” Pocco” and “Loggins & Messina” is performing on Saturday, September 30 at Wildwood Springs Lodge. There is also a photography exhibit at the Gallery Zeke in downtown Steelville. We’ve had a couple of cancellations for lodging in October, so take another look at our calendar and see if your favorite house is available. We look forward to seeing you soon!



Fly Fishing 101 Class 9/16/17

There are only a couple of spots left for the all-day Fly Fishing 101 class this Saturday. Call us today if you would like to attend. If Saturday doesn’t work for you just let us know and we can schedule a private lesson for you.


Water Conditions & What They Are Biting On

Water levels are low and clear. Fishing has been tough because the fish can see your every move. No need to get here at the crack of dawn. The fish don’t seem to be waking up until late morning.

There hasn’t been just one magical fly and you can’t just stand in one spot. Moving around and changing up the patterns has proven to be the most successful.

The best time of day right now is afternoon to early evening. That’s when the fish are feeding off the top and are a little livelier. Soft hackle, crackle backs, tan San Juan’s, white midges or jigs, and tiny caddis are what we’ve been hearing works best. Let us know what works best for you!

Recipe of the Month

George Middendorf is September’s recipe of the month winner. He has a unique recipe that uses a combination of PENZY spices and Maple syrup. Even if you don’t typically like trout, you have to try this. It’s really great.

George is also the winner of a “Free Day” of fishing at Westover Farms. To enter the contest, just send us your favorite recipe or picture of your fun filled day at Westover Farms. We look forward to trying your recipes and seeing your pictures soon!

Middendorf’s Applewood Grilled Trout
1-1.5lb Trout fillet with skin on one side
Penzy’s 3001 BBQ Spice
Penzy’s Smoke Paprika
Penzy’s Lemon Pepper
Shake on Penzy’s Mural of Flavor
1-2 T Organic Maple Syrup
Drizzle Olive Oil (not virgin)
Northwoods Fire
Hardwood Chips & Applewood Chips for the Grill
Rub the outside skin with olive oil. Turn the trout over to the meat side and shake each dry spice on the meat to your liking (3001 bbq spice/smoked paprika/lemon pepper/mural of flavor). Rub the spices into the meat. Then drizzle the maple syrup on top of the spices and rub into the meat. Let stand for 20 minutes. Let the grill heat to 300° and then throw the Applewood chips on top of the hardwood chips and cover. Once the flame is down, rub the grill with olive oil to keep the fish from sticking to the grill. Place the trout skin down on the grill and cover with the vents open. Cook for 5 minutes (6 minutes if the fish is over 1.5lbs).