WE get plenty of calls in the shop about water flows, what have they been doing, and what are they going to do at our two dams.
The first is easy with our White River Fly Fisher App the latter is fraught with danger. I’ve walked myself out on a limb too many times, only to have the schedules turn around. No, there’s two ways to approach the vagaries of the USACE/SWPA operations.
Take advantage of the conditions when they happen, which necessitates either living here or dropping everything to visit. If you are trying to plan a trip a month of so out, pick your time and fish the conditions you will get: be flexible.
These thoughts come as we are in a state of flux. Right now, we are seeing low water in the mornings on both the White and Norfork. Neither patterns are likely to last long with temperatures rising as summer approaches.
Take advantage of the conditions now or take your chances on what weather/generation patterns will unfold in a couple of weeks.
The White is fishing well on the low flows, Norfork is producing fish, and mid-week Chad Johnson, Jason Lloyd and myself ducked out early to go play on the higher flows. Hoppers didn’t work but I think we were all jonesing to see if we could turn some fish on streamers.
Even if we hadn’t popped a couple of fish and missed a couple more, it would have been a highly entertaining evening. This is an awesome time of the year, it would be a shame to miss it.
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WHITE RIVER: There are still all day wading windows, or floats, but there is some heavier generation in the afternoons as the air conditioners start getting fired up.
The low water is clear and cold, with midges maintaining their dominance:Ruby Midges and Redneck Midges are lethal. You can also fish silver Super Midges, Rainbow Warriors and grey WD40s.
Fishing these behind Sunday Special, heavuier size 14 midges, Copper Johns or Pheasant Tails is highly productive.
The mayfly profile nymphs, Hare’s Ears, Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns and Micro Mayflies are generating some activity particularly upstream of Wildcat. Be in the right place at the right time you might see some dry fly action on Sulphurs:Hackle Stacker Cripples, true Cripples, Comparaduns/Sparkle Duns are all worth carrying to make the most of this hatch. Tailwater Soft Hackles make a great drifted emerger pattern.
Buggers and sparkle minnows are doing well on lower flows.
On the big water CJ’s Sluggo, the Twerking Minnow, Double Deceiver and Lap Dancers will produce.
NORFORK: There’s been plenty of talk over sulphurs on the ‘Fork, particularly in the middle part of the river.
The mayfly profile nymphs, Hare’s Ears, Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns and Micro Mayflies are must haves. Be in the right place at the right time you might see some dry fly action on Sulphurs: Hackle Stacker Cripples, true Cripples, Comparaduns/Sparkle Duns are all worth carrying to make the most of this hatch. Tailwater Soft Hackles make a great drifted emerger pattern.
Smaller streamers like CJs 5″ Sluggos, Drunk and Disorderlies and Sexc Dungeon’s are great bets