Becca with a lump of hybrid white/striped bass
ITS BEEN a frenzy really. Rerigging reels, swapping out flyboxes, not to mention tying new flies.
The white bass/hybrid/striper run is upon us and we have been switching between trouty gear and heavier stuff. There’s some bleary eyes what with staying up late, and getting up early. Its like being back in streamer season, just the flies are smaller and the targets pull harder.
There’s a lot to love about these species, the native whites, their anadromous cousins the striped bass and the hybrid of both species. If largemouth bass are the sportfish of the American heartland, trout the fish of the mountains, then the striped bass is the gamefish of the north-east.
But they do pretty dang well in freshwater impoundments, including Norfork + Bull Shoals Lakes as this article attests.
The spring White Bass run was actually my introduction to Ozark fly fishing and I spent several seasons hunting them hard, with my buddies Todd Moncrieff and Mike McLellan, on the runs out of Beaver Lake and Table Rock. But I’d only dabbled on these lake _ until Friday’s outing with our speaker for Saturday’s temperate bass seminar, local guru Bill Butts, and Chad Johnson.
It was a hoot, Bill is great fun, and Johnson and I shared a stick, and I picked up some nice video (coming soon). The hybrids were on, Mississippi scored a good ‘un, Bill kept racking them up and I finally notched y first (quite small) striper, along with hybrids, a gar and a turtle (of all things).
Sunday after close Bill & Sara, Gabe, Tiffany, Becca, Mike, plus Chad and I headed back. The fishing was a little tougher, but a hoot nonetheless. Bill and Becca notched their first hybrids and I broke a fish off on 10lb then the next cast landed one around 6lbs.
If you dig streamer fishing on sink tips, or are looking for something to do on high water days, and want a fish that pulls, drop by the shop and ask us about these runs, which are prolific across the Ozarks in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.
Hope you enjoy the pics as much as we enjoyed getting them ..
Bill Butts and Chad having fun
Bill and his hybrid
Becca was pretty excited about her first hybrid
If it ain’t chartruese ….. one of Johnson’s new baitfish ties got a workout
One of a few doubles
A first …