Can you say ants? Gotta love terrestrials on the surface. It’s just way too much fun to watch a fish take your fly off the surface. Oh! the excitement and anticipation is addicting. June has been an exciting month and July is starting out the same way- ON TOP. Well at least when the flows allow.
Morning generation has been starting out with a unit or two and a few days with some minimum flow. A little generation has been good with terrestrials in the AM before the water levels really kick up. During June once the water reached around 2 units the surface action pretty much was over so we then switched to PT’s or eggs and worms and stayed near the dam. The other option was to stay in front of the water with terrestrials or even sulphur may flies in riffle water. The sulphur bite as of this writing is pretty much gone now.
As we get into July and the hoppers pick up the surface action should work on higher flows. Of course the peak time for hopper action is August and September. Our annual cicadas will also start peaking at that time and crashing or splashing those bugs pretty close to the bank can be very productive. Black seems to be the color so far this year but; as far as foam goes it wouldn’t hurt to carry the following colors: brown or cinnamon, pink, purple, and tan. I often fish two different colors at a time to try and figure out which color and size will draw the most strikes and then just fish with one. Less trouble when it comes time to net the fish and less twist in the line when casting. If you are going to fish a cicada type foam terrestrial a grey or frosty bottom foam fly can produce and draw more strikes. Our annual cicadas have a whitish underside to them and a paint pen can be a good way to transform some of your black foam flies into cicada looking terrestrials with out tying up more of them. As the summer progresses this pattern of hoppers should improve and especially on lower flows.
Lake fishing with terrestrials has also been pretty good with #10 foam ants. Have been taking a buddy and my nephews on the lake in the mornings to get my fix of surface action. The action is great with tons of takes from pumpkin seed, warmouth and an occasional smally or panfish. Pretty much every cast seems to get some action. A 3 or 4 wt would really be a good idea on this type of fishing (catching). Especially if there is a youngster or novice fisherman involved.
Buddy Chris with Pumpkin Seed on an ant..
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FISHING REPORT: MAY — CADDIS HATCH
We are now seeing much lower flows on the White River and have done so for a week now. It’s nice to be able to see the bottom and where the fish are hanging out. It defiantly helps increase the numbers of fish we are netting and allows me to target fish better. After spending 20 years on the White River the fish pretty much still hang out in the same areas they always have. The brown trout are moving back into their summer lies, the bows are also moving into their holding areas. The catching is not real hard at the moment, but that is not to say that a morning or an afternoon isn’t necessarily easy. The afternoons have generally been better fishing as the caddis hatch heats up. These fish then go on a feeding frenzy which of course makes for a fun afternoon.
With these lower flows we are slinging much less weight that with the higher flows we were getting. Drifting from my 20 foot 10 inch Xstream boat is very comfortable for two fisherman and provides lots of room. On these flows I row the boat down stream while you fish and catch. All of your flies are put on for you and your fish are taken off and safely put back into the river as FlyFishArkansas does practice sport fishing by practicing catch and release so our youngsters can enjoy the great outdoors. Got a little tangle? No problem. We have another rod already to go for you so you can get back to catching.
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