Fishing Report

Copper 5/64 or 2.0 mm beads are back in stock.  Hardy and Greys was acquired earlier this year by Pure Fishing and Greys will no longer be sold in the US.  I acquired the very last 4wt 10 foot Streamflex rod that they had.  I also managed to get 2 10 foot 3wts as well.  They are $299.00 and I will ship them for free to anywhere in the lower 48 at no charge.  Give the shop a call 870-445-3848 and get yours today.

Generation as of late is a unit or two in the AM and by noon or 1:00 pm is amped up to six to eight units.  The water lately has also been getting a bit dirty with moss kicked up off the bottom of the river.  Terrestrials are working before this water kicks up in a big way as James from Monroe La proved this past week fishing various types of foam bugs.  An ant along with a frosted bottom cicada drew some pretty good attention.

A San Juan worm & grey or tan sow bug on bigger cleaner water also garnered some nice bows.  James also flung a 5 1/2 inch streamer which brought some nips and hits but no hook ups.

And now for Henrys first time out of the boat report:

This past week I did a very rare thing, I did a drift trip in one of those western row boats on the White river. The reason, my cousin asked me to go with him and he is not able to wade due to a leg injury.

So Saturday three of us (the guide made 3) crammed ourselves into a rowboat and drifted from Wildcat to Cotter. The guide asked me what I might suggest for a fly. That would be your call for my cousin I told him but as for me I was putting on #16 Hares ear midge. I did and never took it off the whole trip. Before we had drifted 200 yds. the Hares ear midge had me landing fish after fish so the guide changed his client (my cousin) over to a Hares ear midge also. Of course he had to borrow one from me.

The past 5 days wading the Norfork Tailwaters the Hares ear midge has been by far the top producing fly if you are fishing down from Ackerman’s. When going up river from Ackerman then my most productive flies have been Woolly Buggers, Rainbow Warriors and the P T midge. Make a note however when getting into fast water on the Norfork that the Rim Shoals Sowscud has been a big producer, so far this week I have landed two browns over 19″ both on #14 RS Sowscud.

Starting to see more activity after 10:00 A.M. than have in quite awhile also on the Norfork. Good news, after the local T.U. club has planted Bonneville Cutthroats on both the Norfork and Bull Shoals Tailwaters, reports are coming in of several landings of 9 – 10 inch cutthroats in recent weeks. We are hoping they catch on and become self sustaining. Looks like they are off to a good start and hope you will put them back when you land one.

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The fall is the busiest time on the White River.  Book your fishing trip today by calling 870-445-3848.  Sept through November is a great time to be in the Ozarks.

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Fishing Report:

Tommy and Mike from Houston.

Kyle from Florida came with his grandfather and really wanted to learn how to fly fish. He was a fast learner and did pretty good with ants and a dropper.

Some bigger water in the afternoons and some wadeable lower almost minimum flows in the mornings. That has pretty much been the generation schedule the past few weeks.
I would look for this pattern to continue through the month of August. In the mornings I am throwing a black ant with a blood midge or red midge dropper at the dam on the lower flows and switching over to a hopper in black orange or tan on bigger flows. Fish structure such as shelf drop offs shallow gravel areas and areas that have lots of grass. On rough banks look for velocity or flow breaks behind rocks or little inlets that may hold a brown trout. To be honest days with a bit more wind generally seem to work better than really calm days. The rising water we have had lately is pretty clean compared to earlier in the year when it got pretty nasty with even a small 6 inch rise. The water is fishable without catching a ton of didy or other types of moss. If you are fishing the dam area and the water kicks on head down stream to Cotter or Rim Shoals and continue fishing for another 4 to 6 hours depending on how much water is actually turned on. Myself along with several other guides who have been on this river for 20 years are pretty sure the water travels a little faster than before the 2010 flood. Holes such as Stetsons and White Hole are narrower due to deposits of gravel which we are pretty sure have increased the speed at which the initial push travels so be careful and pay attention by watching upstream. A giveaway is a bunch of boats in a hurry traveling downstream to stay in front of the water. As we all know the fish bite pretty well on rising water which is what gets wade fishers in trouble on this river.  Be safe and pay attention while wading.

Surface action is getting good and in years past the last half of August and the first two or three weeks of September have traditionally been the sweet spot for hopper fishing. Although this action has been slowed a bit by the various cold fronts that have come through the action is getting better everyday.

Call 870-404-8906 and book today.
Jimmy T.

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