“Don’t knock the weather, nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.” -Kin Hubbard
Funny thing about that quote is, the same holds true to fly fisherman and tail-water release schedules. So if it’s lower water (and even a reasonable dose of wadeable water) that you’ve been waiting for, then you’ve got something to talk about!
I think it’s a safe bet that most of us weren’t anticipating cfs levels being as low as 5,000 cfs on the White, and down to minimum flow on the Norfork. But here we are, so go out and take advantage of it!
With that, let’s talk about what’s been working.
While water levels have started out in the mornings around 5,000 cfs, they have consistently been ramped up to around 14,000 cfs in the afternoon, leaving the door wide open for those wanting to nymph fish as well as those wanting to throw streamers.
If you want some easy style nymphing stay on that big window of 2 unit water, or be closer to Bull Shoals Dam around lunchtime if you are looking for higher flows
While the ever productive San Juan/egg combo is still a viable option, but don’t disregard flies such as devil jigs, prince nymphs, and pheasant tails that have proven themselves, especially in those 1-3 unit flows.
Also, continuing to fish McLellan’s Hunchback scuds in dark grey, tan, rainbow, and orange, with Wotton’s Whitetail Super Midges being a wise choice as well.
The streamer bite should continue to be strong in those flows exceeding 2 units. Try throwing: BFH Double Deceivers, Modern Deceivers, Dally’s Twerkin Minnows, CJ’s Sluggo’s, and Drunk & Disorderlies.
We’ve finally been seeing some wadeable water on the Norfork over the past few mornings. Will it last? Your guess is good as mine, but go fish it while we have it.
On Sunday, several of us from the shop had the privilege of participating in the Annual Casting for Recovery women’s retreat that was held on the Norfork this year. The ladies we guided had some great success nymphing fishing a variety of flies, including: real meal nymph, micro mayfly, hot-spot scud, and hare’s ear jigs.
During those times of generation, streamer choices include: Twerkin Minnows, Sluggo’s, and Drunk & Disorderlies.
Crooked Creek continues to fall (being slightly above normal summer level), but certainly is at a completely wadeable level. Smallmouth fishing has been fantastic, with continued reports of big smallies being caught. Craft fur clousers, Creek Crawlers, and Boogle Bugs have been working phenomenally in the creek.