The Caddis are coming the caddis are coming. Caddis have been around awhile as this photo from the Florissant formation in Colorado shows. When I began guiding on the White River in 1995 we did not see the caddis hatches that we frequently get now. The past decade has seen an explosion of caddis hatches in the spring usually starting in March and going through April and into early May. The term reverse snow storm has been used to describe the number of caddis that we have seen on the White River in Arkansas. So many of these white caddis can hatch at times that the term reverse snow storm sure applies. This hatch normally starts down stream and work its way upstream with crescendos of hatches on rock piles in the slower pools. Lower water generation is better to fish this hatch in rather than heavier generation as this seems to put down the hatch. Dry flies as well as nymphs fished suspended or on the bottom can produce some amazing numbers of brown trout as well as rainbows at times.
If this fishing this hatch sounds interesting and fun then give us a call at the shop 870-445-3848 or 870-404-8906 to book your fishing trip with a highly qualified well experienced guide.
Pictures by NPS
Emerging Caddis Fly
Some shad continue to come through the dam and saw a few swimmers (live shad) yesterday. These fish are fat like footballs. It’s my believe that most of the shad that are coming through are doing so with generation spikes or perhaps during the evening or night as the takes aren’t quite what they were last week. However one day is spectacular ant then the next day is only so-so or poor. This past thursday as you well know the wind kicked up pretty good and created some big swells at the river cliff boat ramp at the golf course. Needless to say fishing was not so good with only 7 or 8 fish caught all morning long. We quit when it became about impossible to maintain a drift and very tough to cast. Yesterday the fish came up on top for shad pretty well. Tuesday a few came up and my friend Mike D. hooked this bow above. The fishing wasn’t too bad but was not spectacular like it was on Monday.
Took this picture this past fall on the way to the river. This past week we have been seeing eagles pretty much every day. It’s quite the treat for those who don’t live in areas such as this and is a reminder of how blessed we are in the Ozarks to have such wonderful wild life both in the water, sky and woods. When you come fishing don’t forget to bring your camera with you. Gentleman learn how to use it ’cause your wife is going to out fish you when you book your fishing adventure with Wishes & Fishes Fly Shop.
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Debbie & Jim Traylor