It showed up on time. Yep! Caddis. What a phenomenal hatch this has been. This hatch has been producing lots of brown trout along with some big numbers of rainbow trout. This hatch has offered the opportunity for both dry fly fishing as well as nymph fishing. But I must say the nymph fishing is a ton better than the dry fly catching. I’ve watched this hatch grow over the past 23 years of working this river. When I started guiding in 1995 there was not much of a caddis from the dam down to White Hole. Especially so with the sulphur hatch but 24 years later both of these hatches occur all along the river.
Usually starting downstream these hatches work their way upstream and our trout really key in on them. The caddis hatch in particular can get so heavy that the fisherman must must find another area where the hatch is not so heavy so that he can continue to catch fish. The best part of this hatch is that lots of different types of caddis flies will work under the surface. Fishing two tungsten bead flies on no or weak generation is very productive. The top fly with a 3/32 tungsten bead size 14 with another below it size 16 with a 5/64 bead is the way most fish this hatch from a boat. Swinging various flies while wading can also be very productive. I have had several report of wade fisherman doing very well with soft hackles weighted and unweighted. Generally a type of green body made with either wire or wire and dubbing. Some with a tungsten bead and some without a tungsten bead depending on the depth one is fishing.
As of this writing the caddis hatch is still going on but will soon begin to wane and give way to the sulphur hatch. PT’s and drys can be pretty good during this hatch so be ready for it when it starts. Usually towards the end of may and into June we should start seeing this bug. Hopefully the water will cooperate for this hatch as it generally has done during the caddis hatch.
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Earlier in the month some shad came through the dam then quit. Last week shad started coming through again. Mostly in short burst and not always floating to the surface but from time to time they did. This event sure makes for some great fishing as you can see below. The fish on the upper end of the river are getting fat like footballs. The downside to a shad kill is that too many shad will come through and the fish will gorge themselves and stop feeding. In this case we simply move further down stream. For more information read this article Shad Kill Article
Sean from Little Rock has one big smile on his face after he hooked and landed this 27 1/4 inch brown trout. His buddy Eric below hooked and landed this fish shortly after.
On Wednesday Mike “maddog” Davis hooked and landed this fish. 26 3/4 inches. Mike has been fishing with me for a decade.
Below is James Albert of Monroe La with the fish he caught on Thursday. James is an exceptional fisherman and can cast anything one puts on the end of a fly line including some pretty big streamers.
This short video below shows the gulls looking and diving for thread fin shad to eat.
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On Thursday the spillway or flood gates were shut down and the Conduit gates were open. These gates are underneath the settling pool. I’m not sure but I think there are 4 of them and it looked like there was one on and to the left it looks as though there is another one on but not open very much. A total of 30,000 CFS or roughly 9 to 9 1/2 full generators. Some boat ramps at this time are not very boat launching friendly such as the ones at the State Park and the ones at Wildcat Shoals and White Hole.
This image below is of a thread fin shad I netted out of the river on Wednesday. Fish fattening food for our trout. On the previous post you will find an image of some of the shad patterns we use.