Dally’s Fly Fishing Report: 1-26-17

Connecticutt fly designer and guide Rich Strolis making his White River introduction.  Using his Olive IcePick fly _Steve Dally image


Well here we are, just two days ‘til “the gathering”, otherwise known as Streamer Lovefest, where some of the most well known streamer tiers in the business gather for Dally’s biggest event of the year.

It’s safe to say that most fly shops (Dally’s included) that cater to streamer junkies who shop in the “big bin” section of the fly department have flies that are either designed, or tied by, one of the guys that will be at the shop come Saturday. On the blog, Steve has written a short bio on each of the tiers that will be at Lovefest.

This is not some boring ‘sit in the audience and listen to a lecture’ event, but instead an eat chili, have a drink, and get right by the vise kind of evening.

For five years, this event has been an attraction for streamer junkies from all over the country. Let’s face it, when you put such an incredible group of tiers in a room together, there is bound to be something amazing happening. It really doesn’t get any better than this!

Lower Rim at minimum flow. The top of the white bands on the trees centre frame was the water level 12 months ago. Steve Dally image

This year the unseasonably dry conditions and warmer temperatures have the flows bouncing around at the lower end of the scale. For our friends coming in who may be unfamiliar with these conditions, remember anything under a unit of water (3200 cfs) is skinny in a lot of places and minimum flow (650 cfs) is downright bony.

With that, let’s talk about what’s been working.

-Michael Jr.

Angler’s Choice Flies maestro Mike Schmidt putting his Olive/Yellow Double Deceiver to work, yesterday Steve Dally image


White River:
Due to the minimalistic amount of precipitation and fairly mild temperatures, flows have, for the most part, remained the same. We’ve seen a lot of wadeable water at or a little above minimum flow (between 700- 1400 cfs), but higher flows between 2,000 and 5,000 cfs.
Wade fisherman can continue to expect to do well with both nymphs and small streamers with the minimum to one unit flows we have been seeing.
Midges (ruby, rootbeer, & diamond in size 18), pheasant tails (in sizes 14, 16, & 18), devil jigs (red and copper in sizes 14 & 16).
Also, try throwing a Strolis Quill Body Jig (size 14) by itself or in combination with a colorful attractor fly such as a Y2K or Keller’s Hot Worm.
Highly productive streamers include CJ’s Mega Minnow and Sluggo, Dally’s Twerkin Minnow, Schmidt’s Viking Midge and Double Deceivers, Galloup’s Flatliner, Strolis’ Icepick and Lynch’s D&D.
Streamer fishermen should also try throwing sculpin imitations such as large olive woolly buggers, FS Bunny Sculpins, and Conrad Sculpins.

During those times when wadeable water is available (which has been more prevalent), nymph fisherman can expect to do well with Garrett’s Purple Death (size 18), Clint’s Sunday Special (sizes 16 and 18), midges (root beer and black & purple zebra in sizes 16 & 18), pheasant tails (size 16 & 18), hunchback scuds (size 16 & 18), and tailwater sowbugs (sizes 16 and 18).
Small sculpin patterns like FS Bunny Sculpins, Slump Busters, and Cone Head Woolies, are also productive when stripped slowly over the bottom. Other effective streamers are Bennett’s Lunch $, Kraft’s Kreelex, and Craven’s Baby Gonga.