August Fishing Report With a Look Forward.

If you had been prepared for the sulphur hatch that lasted into August then you did well catching. The sulphur hatch was a pretty decent one this year and didn’t get washed away with big flows which actually made the dry fly fishing pretty good on both rivers. If you didn’t fish on top much and had a good version of a PT then you did very well. All along both of our rivers this sulphur hatch provided some great fishing. Thus far 2018 has been a great year for the fly fisher starting with a shad kill and a caddis hatch that began on time and lasted well into the summer followed by the sulphur hatch. Our fish looked great and grew rapidly.
Now that we are approaching the fall midges will continue to work along with egg patterns, san juan worms and perhaps hoppers. So far the hopper action has not been stellar as in years past. Some weak generation usually helps so the afternoon action will be better. I like to fish two hoppers which can be difficult to cast. However it can be done and can be very productive in that it can help in figuring out what color works the best. I will put the bigger and heavier hopper on the very end with the smaller one above it. When casting this stop your back cast just a bit past the noon mark. On the forward cast use a delayed turnover by breaking your wrist on the forward cast at the last minute. It takes a bit of practice but works very well. This same technique is used to “CRASH” a hopper onto the surface of the water if using only one hopper. Give it a try and you will get good at it.
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PT’s Flows, Norfork and Dry Run Creek.

As the lake level approaches the normal pool elevation on Bull Shoals for July the anticipation of some minimum flow and wadeable water is close at hand.
The Norfork River has already began some minimum flow and the caddis hatch is still going on over there as is the sulphur hatch. Reports of some good fish are coning into the shop.


The sulphur hatch has started on the White River. I’ve not seen much in the way of surface takes but with lower flows and over time this should be one heck of a fun way to fish. Pheasant Tails (PT,s) have been working for me with an attractor above the PT and I am sure that two of these flies will begin to work as the hatch picks up steam. Annual cicadas have also made an appearance as have the hoppers. Dragonflies are zooming around as well and the girdle bug is also taking some good fish under an indicator.
Dryrun creek has fish moving back into it after a bunch of water was shout off for the work at the hatchery. The water is now back on and the fish have stared moving back into the creek for cooler water. Lead by rainbows and cutthroats the brown trout will soon follow.

 

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