I’d been giving the boys, Chad Johnson and Ben Levin, a hard time over the past week or so for a report on their 3 day float of the lower Buffalo River.
It wasn’t total jealousy that I’d been stuck in the shop for this trip, nope a goodly part was the sheer entertainment of watching them duck and dive for excuses, but then again sharing some of this trip, one of the great floats in the US, is pretty cool too.
You might say this trip has it all the serenity of being away from the day floaters, the scenery and wildlife and some quality Ozark smallmouth fishing _ don’t take my word for it check out Ben’s report and enjoy the pics _ Steve
Floated the last 24.5 miles of the Buffalo River during the first week of May with good friends Chad and Sammy. We put in at Rush access and took out at Buffalo City, spending two nights and three days on the river. It was an awesome trip, with beautiful weather, long remote stretches of smallmouth water, and cool nights camping on the gravel bars. Our drift boat was loaded perfectly so that maneuvering through the shoals was easy, and we didn’t drag bottom much at all on the 3.2 water level as measured at the highway 14 bridge.
Tags: "fly shop", arkansas, ben levin, buffalo, Chad Johnson, Craft Fur Clouser, Creek Crawler, Dally's Ozark Fly Fisher, drift boat, Ozarks, Smallmouth
Last month we featured Alan McClure fishing with Duane Hada this week, we feature Duane tying his killer Creek Crawler crawdad pattern. It isn’t exactly step by step but its a good guide to making these great flies
Smallmouth Days Are Here Again
2009 looks very promising for smallmouth fishing. Lots of high water last year made food abundant, and there should be a strong population of bigger, healthy smallmouths. Look for the fishing to pick up over the next two weeks as the warmer weather comes in.
THE Journal is a babe in the woods when it comes to our native Ozark smallmouth fishery. So we hauled in our good mate and smallmouth guru Ben Levin, strapped him down to a keyboard and dragged out the thumbscrews. “Tell us about the smallie fishing to come, and make it snappy, sunshine.”
Ben Levin and a Crooked Creek pal
Actually since Ben is one of the nicest guys around we asked and he delivered the following piece even ahead of deadline.
Sounds like things are about to fire. Hopefully we will be seeing more of Ben this year. He’s going to join our roster of custom fly tiers bringing his mentor Duane Hada’s Craft Fur Clouser. This fly disappears down smallie gullets about the same rate as box of fresh Krispy Kreme’s around the store. The Clouser joins Duane’s Creek Crawler, now in commercial production by Umpqua in our fly bins.
Ben and Duane will continue to take our smallmouth floats and there is non better than this pair. Read on and get yourself set for smallie season