Well, caddis continue to be the big talk on the river. But as the saying goes, all good things must eventually come to an end. So if you want to experience some outstanding dry fly action, you better come and get it while it’s still hot.
In spite of the occasional thunder storms that have moved through the area recently, water clarity is excellent, and continues to improve below the confluence of Crooked Creek and the Buffalo River. In this clearer water, being mindful of tippet size and leader length can be helpful in bringing more fish to the net.
For those of you hungry to hook into an Ozark Smallie, the time is near. Steve has added some awesome new flies to our already outstanding assortment of crayfish and baitfish patterns!
With that, lets talk about what’s been working.
- Featured image this week Greg Reed with another caddis brown out with guide Steve Dally
Releases, for the most part, have continued to be for 4 hours or less, still allowing for a considerable amount of wadeable water at or a little above minimum flow (between 700- 1400 cfs).
Caddis patterns such as Dally’s Tailwater Soft Hackles, Prince Nymphs, and Pupae Delectae are working well.
Caddis dries such as Elk Hair Caddis, E-Z Caddis, E-C Caddis, and CDC Caddis have been highly productive.
Midges (ruby, rootbeer, & redneck in size 18), pheasant tails (in sizes 14, 16, & 18), devil jigs (red and copper in sizes 14 & 16).
Also, try throwing a Strollis Quill Body Jig (size 14), or Devil Jigs (size 14) either by itself or in combination with a colorful attractor, such as a Y2K or Keller’s Hot Worm. The jigs also make a great lead fly ahead of midge pupa.
Highly productive big water streamers include CJ’s Sluggo, Dally’s Twerkin Minnow, Schmidt’s Double Deceiver, Lafkas’ Super Cougar and Lovechild Sculpin, and Lynch’s D&D.
On the lower flows, large olive woolly buggers, Sparkle minnows, FS Bunny Sculpins, Kreelex flies, and Lunch $ are all producing.
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), prince nymphs (size 14 & 16), 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.