A happy fly fisher with guide Ben Levin (left) and a trophy White River Brown
WHAT a week its been, good weather and phenomenal springtime fly fishing and some seriously great fish.
Ben Levin put one of his fly fishers last week onto this 23″ brown on a guide trip as the first fish of the day. The fish ate a sowbug, a reliable choice between the spring hatches. The same day we also had an excited phone call from good friend and regular customer Chris Hepple, from Memphis, who stuck a measured 25″ brown on a Tailwater Soft Hackle dead drifted under an Elk Hair Caddis. This is Chris’ second serious trophy of the year after a 30+” fish in February.
The guide team have been reporting in on some classic days. Marc Poulos and Ben Levin worked a group this week, who all came back with big grins. One happy tired fly fisher from the group pulled off his wading boots at the shop talking about “almost as many browns as rainbows”.
There has been a buzz around over the last week over the coming periodic cicada hatch, a once every 13 year event, which stokes the imagination of fly fishers everywhere these things occur across the country. These are not the same gree/black/white bugs we see every summer, look for the orange eyes/wings to tell the difference. The blizzard of big hunks of protein raining down on the water, whetting the appetites, of big browns and rainbows, is something to be seen to be believed.
Some reports have the hatch starting in early May, but even so it can take a few weeks for the fish to start recognising the bounty rarely available. We have some killer patterns coming, honed on periodic cicada emergences in other parts of the country. This is something we have been awaiting ever since we landed in Arkansas.
This weekend should be another good one, read on