Dally’s Fly Fishing Report _ 5/3/15

David’s biggest trout, a 21″ bow, caught with Gabe Levin
Zac Ferguson landed this nice smallie near Kelly’s Access on Crooked Creek
Michael Saladin with a nice Norfork rainbow
Mark Saladin with a chunky Norfork cutthroat

White River: Water releases were allowing for at least a half day’s fishing on relatively low flows anywhere from 2-4,000cfs, but it looks like the pattern is switching to more of a steady thumping 9-10,000cfs. That means bring your boat if you got one. Drifting is good with long leaders, heavy flies or split shot. Tungsten beaded nymphs are a wise choice for maximum sink rate. Princes, Copper Johns, Flashbacks, and Sunday Specials are all good. Try trailing your nymph behind a pink or red San Juan worm, or an egg pattern to help the fish find your flies. For those streamer die-hards out there, this is great water for chunking something meaty, and the browns haven’t seen very many big flies since February. Norfork River: Water releases have been pretty steady at 3,000cfs, and stability is key for the fish to get into a comfortable feeding rhythm. A size 14 Whitetail midge behind an egg or a worm is a solid choice, just make sure your total length and weight is great enough to touch the bottom now and then. Sunday Specials, Ruby midges, and Root Beer midges are great droppers too. Crooked Creek: The creek is in fine shape for a canoe/kayak or wade fishing. Flows are sufficient to navigate most shoals, and the water is clear and warming by the day. Smallmouth are taking Clouser minnows presented deep on the swing or the twitch. Panfish are willing players on light rods with small poppers or stimulaters.