Despite a lot of wind and cold fronts moving through the past couple of weeks fishing and catching has been steadily improving. This latest moon phase along with cooler water temps should see our fish begin congregate in spawning areas down stream. The Norfork is already in this process. Generation continues to be light with a couple of days a week on the White with no generation and ample wading time. With mild temps I see this pattern continuing with more wadeable water increasing the next few weeks.
Flies such as purple & black buggers along with various soft hackles have been producing very well on wadeable water all along the river as are tungsten beaded midges in various colors such as purple, black, brown, and grey. Planaria is one fly that produces for me consistently for me in faster water areas on a long leader with a number 6 split shot and Maxima CFC tippet. Several brown trout the past two weeks came mostly on this fly along with the Jujubee midge, RS2, trout crack, and Yongs special in olive and brown. CDC looped wing emerges fished this same way in gray produces later in the afternoons when the fishing gets tough.
In the C&R area on weak generation the sow bug has been the ticket trailed behind a pink or orange SJ Worm. From the State park down through the narrows on weak generation caddis patterns such as Clints Hares ear (sunday midge) and the Mike Ross caddis emerger have been life savers on water greater than a unit. On a unit or less all black tungsten bead midges size 18 – 22 under a half palsa indicator have been producing great numbers of smaller bows.
Starting November 1 2012 the first mile of river below Bull Shoals Dam will be closed for the next three months and will re-open Feb 1 2013. This is an annual event and only affects the first one mile of river so there will still be 96 miles of the White River and the entire 4.7 miles of the Norfork river to fish.
As we enter November various types of eggs will become more productive to the fly fisher. Soft hackles, midges and scud fished on a long leader with split shot with or without an indicator in my opinion will be the most productive method for catching brown trout consistently over 20 inches and fluorocarbon tippet will become important with invisibility and it’s higher specific gravity helping the fly to stay on the bottom of the river.
Shop News: We have began carrying a few Renzetti vices and hope to increase this product over the next year. We have been out of 5/64 or 2 mm tungsten beads in silver, copper and nickel which will be back in stock in the next day or two. Our shop hours will change as of this November for the winter and we will be closed on Sundays and Mondays. Our online shop http://theflyfishing-store.com is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We will continue to ship orders on Monday. We know your tying and fishing is important to you and we will continue to ship orders the day we receive them. We will be in the shop Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 am till 4:00 pm through January. These are our WINTER hours. We will return to our normal hours Jan 29th just in time for the re-opening of the C & R Area on Feb 1 2013
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