The catching this week has picked up for sure on both rivers. The White River water temp coming from the dam as risen from 38f to 40f. The previous week on the white river has been pretty tough but as of this weekend we’ve began seeing more caddis and yesterday the hatch was pretty prolific from the BS dam down to Gastons hole with the fish finally keying in on both nymphs as well as drys. Using 4X Maxima on nymphs and 5X Maxima tippet with the dries works well in swifter water. If you are in town to fish drop in and we will show you what we are using and how to rig it up. Look for water less than 2 units for the dries otherwise stick with the nymphs. The Norfork was also fishing well when it was generating using a San Juan Worm (red) with a caddis dropper. This river looks like it is coming back to it’s former glory. Minimum flow on that river is a plus unlike those flows on the White River which has only lead to more didymo covering more areas of the river whereas before when the water was shut off for extended periods of time the didymo died out on the dry areas. That does not happen now.
Tungsten beads are now back in stock so order yours today by phone or via our web shop at http://theflyfishing-store.com We have brought on some large tungsten cones in Silver, Gold and Black. Call the shop for more details.
80K of tungsten beads and cones.
The Bull Shoals Tailwaters has become a tailwaters legacy. Say the name or White River almost anywhere in the country and you get an immediate buzz. Everyone seems to know about the place or sure would like to.
Down river from the dam just a few miles is a place called three chutes which has been a hot spot for waders. This past weekend black Woolly Buggers were doing well in the early a.m., then as the sun got higher olive kicked in. In the softer water area Zebra midges (copper bead and camel thread) was the fly to have. Later in the afternoon the caddis hatch livened up the action and if you got caught without any caddis flies I found soft hackle hares ear did just as well.
Also this past weekend, a few miles below three chutes is the Narrows. This area was providing a lot of action. Cross over to the river, turn right and walk up river, you will see riffles, pools, everything a fly angler is looking for. For two or three hundred yards you will be fishing some great water that holds a lot of big browns. 5X tippet, Woolly Buggers, stoneflies, egg patterns, soft hackles, heavy Zebra (copper and black) and Pheasant Tail midges in the slower water should produce some trophy trout.
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Photo Courtesy Davy Wotton
Caddis have began to hatch further down stream on sunny warmer days. this hatch will move upstream as the days go by. Fishing the area between Cotter and the Narrows should be productive at this time. T-bead caddis on heaver flows and on the Minimum flow of 650-750 CFS a dry or two in swifter water should do the trick
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