John Kind with a fat caddis fed cutthroat
Its spring, the dogwoods are pink on the banks, and we have blue skies, caddis on the wing and the White River trout are up and eating.
And what is more we have some low water back in the cycle with Bull Shoals down both shut down for 6 hours last night and from 10am today.
The caddis have been prolific and the Journal found some serious dry fly activity at Rim Shoals Saturday afternoon on a guide trip. A size 14 olive elk hair caddis was about all, and a half decent drift, was about all you needed. Oh and some dry shake to keep the fly up and floating after all the fish hooked. Yup it was that good.
As per normal the dinky little riverborn rainbows and browns were up first but as the frenzy continued some everyday 12″-15″ fish jumped on the bite, and sporadically a few fish 2″-3″ bigger joined the party. But as the activity continues some browns 20″ and better are sure to come out to play.
And the Journal wasn’t the only one of our guides enjoyed the warm up in conditions, with just about everyone on the water over the past week. Clint Wilkinson and Davy Wotton smacked the fish subsurface Sunday despite some seriously gusty conditions, Ben Levin and Marc Poulos have been bringing in good reports and Chad on the water today.
The spring caddis is a phenomenal hatch, that ranks up there with the famed Arkansas River Mothers’ Day Caddis event in Colorado. This is a hatch not to be missed, and our guide team can negotiate the up and down water conditions to get you into the hatch.
Call the shop on 870 435 6166, talk to Steve, Chad or Faye and we will get you lined out