White River Brown Trout _ Chris Franzen image
IT’S THE Fly Fishing Festival in Mountain Home this weekend and first the first time in a while we’ll get to see some true fall temperatures this weekend.
You can expect cooler temps, overcast, and possibly some drizzle this Conclave weekend, which feels like brown trout conditions to us. And there have been a whole bunch of people awaiting this sort of weather for a while. Its sure to spark off some fall colors in the Ozarks as well.
Don’t let the weather ruin your fishing. We’ve got Simms Hyalite, Guide, and Contender rain jackets to keep you dry, and Fall Run jackets, vests, and Rivershed sweaters to keep you cozy. And don’t forget the warm socks – we’ve marked down last year’s Simms wading socks to a mere twelve bucks.
And swinging along to the Fly Fishing Festival, checking out the vendors, tyers and more is a nice way to warm up for a while
And make sure you stop by our booth at the show and check out our Monster Sale in the shop in Cotter.
On to the fly fishing report for the White River and Norfork Tailwater this week.
The White has been offering some good wading opportunities with lower flows until mid afternoon. You can stay on the low water by heading downriver in the afternoons when the flows are usually bumped up. Fish are biting a little bit of everything it seems.
Wotton midges and sow bugs, Zebra midges, and Hunchback scuds are all consistent producers, and best fished under an attractor such as an egg, Y2K, or San Juan worm.
Smaller terrestrials in black, pink, or tan are also still raising the occasional good brown if you want to work for them.
Similarly mid-sized streamers like Dungeons, Zoo Cougars and Home Invaders or the Voodoo Squatch are worth pitching on the higher afternoon flows.
On the lower flows fish heavier sculpin patterns on floating lines like the Fish-Skull Sculpins or Slumpbusters through the faster shoals to look for trophy fish..
Norfork is fishing very well on low and high water. Ruby midges and Hunchback scuds fished alone on low water or under an egg on high water are hard to beat.
Scattered fall caddis and various mayflies are stirring a few fish. If you find yourself amongst these bugs, try generalist subsurface patterns like Clint’s Sunday Special or small Hare’s Ears, or swing a soft hackle like our Tailwater Soft Hackles .
Some big brown trout on both rivers are already starting to stage a bit, preparing for the fall spawn, and as temperatures start to drop they will be moving more and more. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to try swinging some cone head buggers and small streamers in deeper runs for a shot at a biggun.