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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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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