Dally’s head guide Chad Johnson put Barry Annalora onto this 30″ White River brown trout, last month
Three tips from our head guide Chad “Mississippi” Johnson to make you a better streamer fisher over on the RIO Products blog. Chad is a RIO guide and our streamer guides predominately use RIO sinking lines.
Chad’s article will take your streamer fishing from being a person who just casts 8″ streamers to one who really fishes big streamers for trophies
You know the Norfork is fishing well when every fly guide in the area is jamming up the river with jet boats and drifters. Yet despite the steady pounding from guide boats, rentals, and personal watercraft, the ‘Fork has produced quality and quantity nearly every day for the past couple weeks. Fat colored-up browns, hot rod-bending ‘bows, bloodthirsty cutthroats, the slam completing black toothed brookie, and even the odd Bonneville have all been showing up often enough to make a grumpy man chuckle.
It is simply amazing that such a short tailwater, so heavily pressured, could consistently yield sizable trout to seasoned return anglers and inexperienced newcomers alike. However, those who have paid their dues on the oars and the throttle stick know that this river can be fickle and moody, and it’s only a matter of time before conditions change, fishing returns to a more normal rate of success, and the guide boats will once again spread themselves out over the more lengthy White River tailwater. In the meantime, long live the ‘Fork, “Princess of Tailwaters,” and may her trout continue to take flies with reckless abandon.
The Buffalo is a holdout of wilderness, a reminder that we don’t have as much control as we like to pretend.” Miles Nolte, Drake Magazine Fall 2015 issue.
We have been awaiting this one for a while. My brother from another mother, the guide of letters, ink slinger, guide, walking beard Miles Nolte’s piece on our Buffalo River multi-day trips is in the new issue of The Drake, accompanied by Tosh Brown’s sumptuous photos.
There’s few people I’d rather spend a day in a drift boat with than Miles, and I get the same feeling from his writing.
I think you might enjoy this piece as much as I did, an extremely well travelled fly fisher’s view of that gorgeous stretch of river etched into Ozark limestone. The mag landed today, swing by to pick up a copy _ and if you like Miles’ style we also carry copies of his seminal book on guide life “The Alaska Chronicles”.
If you want to discover more on how you can join our multi-day Buffalo River float trips click here
Jake and his brown caught with head guide Chad Johnson in June
Another awesome report landed in my Inbox over the weekend from Jake Ruthstrom from Kansas after a couple of trips with us recently.
We love hearing back things like this and particularly those fishy photos. I’ll let Jake tell the tale but thanks guys, and see you back soon.
Just wanted to drop a line to the shop to thank you all for two great fishing trips this year. The first one was back in June, where my old man and I spent a day on the water with Chad Johnson.
Had a great time, caught a ton of fish including the 22” brown that I’ve attached in the picture. The second trip was this past Tuesday when my brother-in-law and I went out with Gabe Levin. We had decided to do a last minute guide trip as we were not used to the high water conditions that the rivers are currently providing.
Again, we had a great time, caught a ton of fish, and learned a thing or two about the craft as well. I’ve attached another picture of the 18” brown that my brother-in-law Matt caught with Gabe. I appreciate everything from everyone I have talked to in the flyshop.
Everybody is always friendly and willing to give good advice on bug selection, techniques, places to go, etc. The advice alone has made several white river trips a success for us. Looking forward to coming down again very soon.
Matt and guide Gabe Levin with a Norfork brown last week
Brian Googins with a thick White River brown trout with Gabe
Anglers familiar and unfamiliar with the White River system often plan a fishing trip here in the fall. Brothers Barry and Emil Turner have fished with Dally’s guides countless times, and enjoyed a solid day on the Norfork with Ben Levin, landing plenty of quality rainbows and a couple of hefty browns. Bryan Googins made his inaugural trip to the White River from Florida, learned to throw streamers with Gabe Levin, and was rewarded with his biggest brown trout to date.
It’s a beautiful time of year with the turning of the leaves and the mild, pleasant weather, rivaled in scenery and comfort only by the vibrant spring months. The autumn brown trout spawn is also an exciting event to witness, and more and more anglers are showing their love for wild fish by leaving these precious trout unmolested during their reproductive phase. The high flows that will likely continue into November may reduce the amount of ideal spawning habitat, but will in turn offer better protection from excessive angling pressure. When the flows return to their normal fluctuations later in the fall, expect to see a large population of fat, healthy trout well conditioned from months of high water and abundant food.
IT’S been a frenzy around here as normal the week before the FFF Southern Council Fly Fishing Fair, racking, stacking and marking down our end of season sales _ and have we got some goodies for y’all.
The high water has left us heavier in inventory in a number of categories, mostly to do with wading, and you get the benefits. We have stacks of Redington wader and wading boots, Fishpond waist packs and sling packs, Umpqua packs and bags, Simms accessories.
We are also closing out clothing from Simms, Howler Bros, Redington, and Orvis, we have restocked the $1 fly bins with flies which weren’t getting the attention they deserved. The boss has said its gotta go.
And while you are making your way through the sales items, and all the new fall/winter season product we have been amassing don’t forget to sign up for your shot at winning a new SAGE BOLT rod.
Big smiles for Gabe and JR French _ all images David French
I received a great email from David French after he and his father JR’s visit last week, and what a hoot it was. Gabe and I enjoyed it immensely and thanks for the kind words.
Just wanted to send out a huge thank you to Gabe Levin and Steve Dally and all of the crew at Dally’s.
I don’t even know where to start, ya’ll made Dad and I feel welcome from the moment we walked through the door until we left a week later. The time spent on the water with Gabe and Mr. Steve was an absolute blast and a heck of an education.
Caught more fish than we could keep track of and some nice ones. More importantly we were able to spend 4 days fishing with men that have a passion for and knowledge of fly fishing the likes of which I had never seen.
It’s not all about the fish, great company and incredible scenery alone are worth the trip. Can’t wait for our next trip, hope to see ya’ll in February. David French