Dally’s Fly Fishing Report: 5-26-16


Part of Gavin Gross’s 9th birthday celebration included some water time with guide Ben Levin on the Norfork’s famous Dry Run Creek. I must say I’m a little jealous, as I remember some epic days spent trudging up and down the creek with Ben when I was 9 and helplessly tugging at his sleeve with every tangle and breakoff.

Having a guide to help you on a small creek full of big trout produces unforgettable memories. Gavin couldn’t stop grinning about his day with Ben – I’m guessing he’ll be back every birthday until the “sweet 16,” or in the young angler’s case, the “bitter 16,” when he must graduate to the adult waters.

Memorial Weekend is booked solid already, but if you have a youngster or teenager who has not been introduced to Dry Run Creek, call us to book a guide after the holiday weekend.

-Gabe Levin


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White River:
Minimum flow still dominates the release schedule, extending this wonderful period of wadable water on the White. With recent rains and more on the way, I would expect the Corps to continue to hold back water to protect flooding downstream. Sooner or later they will ramp up the releases though, so keep checking the projection closely.

Wade fishermen are having great success swinging soft hackles and small Woolies through the riffles and runs. The slow pools are best fished with a suspended midge – think small Wotton Whitetails, Rubies, Root Beers, and Rednecks. The good old Zebra midge is perfect as well.

Norfork River:
One unit continues round the clock, and a stable consistent flow schedule like this makes the fish happy. Some very fat rainbows, browns, and cutties are falling to drifted Super Midges, Sunday Specials, Hunchback Scuds, and Hare’s Ear Nymphs. Reports are that water clarity has finally returned, though heavy rainstorms may temporarily dirty the river again.