Carter’s Cutthroat on Dry Run
A LITTLE LOVE for Dry Run Creek this week, since I’d spent a few hours there this week with regulars Noble Gulledge and his grandson Carter.
I have a photo of Carter two years ago holding a 25”+ brown on Dry Run, and apart from the grin you probably wouldn’t think it was the same kid as the strapping 15-year-old who lined up with me yesterday. Trying to beat that fish was the goal, we finished a couple of inches short, but since it was a big cutthroat with a deep girth and humped back it made up for it.
Dry Run Creek, for those of you who don’t know this little jewel in the White River system is special regulation catch and release creek which takes the outflow from the Norfork Federal Fish Hatchery. Its open the kids under 16 and mobility impaired adults.
The abundance of food & cold water makes this a haven for rainbows, cutties and browns, which grow fat and happy. It’s a phenomenal place to start kids off with a fly rod, a simple roll cast can cover much of the creek, and as they grow it’s a cool place to teach sight fishing techniques, reading water and line management.
And it’s a heck of a lot of fun whether you are of the age to fish it, get to take in one of your own kids, or be like our crew around the shop and get to take in other people’s kids. Heck I took 2 hardened well travelled fly fishing professionals to Dry Run back in February and they were entranced, and spent a good morning working on taking photographs of trout up close.
If your kids attention wanders _ it happens _ go poking around under the rocks for trout food, or take a walk through the hatchery. Keep them entertained and enjoying the trip.
Fishing Dry Run is an experience _ basically most of the flies you’ll use on our tailwaters work well midges, scuds, sowbugs and aquatic worms. Don’t be afraid though of stepping up in tippet size and fly size _ the bigger tippet and hooks will give kids a better shot at landing some of the torpedoes in the tight confines.
Foam terrestrials can be a lot of fun too. And its just another part of the experience in the Ozarks.
And now onto the rest of this week’s fly fishing report for the White and Norfork from Dally’s Ozark Fly Fisher.