JUST when you least expect it the White River and Norfork Tailwater will deliver a real surprise. So how does minimum flow on the ‘Fork tomorrow until after lunch and under a unit on the White till 2pm.
But Bull Shoals is only 7’ from the top, “they should be running wide open”, I hear you say. Well it’s all about controlling water levels in the farming flatlands close to the Mississippi.
You don’t have to understand just take advantage, “Smile, and Enjoy It” while it lasts.
I’d definitely be looking at the SWPA schedules as they come available for the weekend tomorrow afternoon. It promises to be one heck of a fun weekend
With that, let’s talk about what’s been working.
Water levels start out in the mornings around 1 units, and have been ramped up to around 3+ units in the afternoon over the past few days. They was plenty of runoff from Monday and Tuesday’s deluge that needs to clear out the system
While the San Juan/egg combo is still a good option, flies such as devil jigs, prince nymphs, pheasant tails, and midges (root beer and ruby), have proven themselves, especially in the lower flows.
Also, continue to fish McLellan’s Hunchback scuds in dark grey, tan, rainbow, and orange. Wotton’s Whitetail Super Midges are still a wise choice as well.
The streamer bite will continue to be strong in those flows exceeding 2 units. Try throwing: BFH Double Deceivers, Modern Deceivers, CJ’s Sluggos, Drunk & Disorderlies, and Dally’s Twerkin Minnows (now available with Flymen Baitfish Heads). Olive/Yellow & Olive/White in deceiver-style patterns are a consistent performer right now.
Hoppers too are grabbing the attention of some really nice browns, so try Western Lady’s (pink or tan), Evan’s Baby Foam Hopper (purple), Willy’s Ant (black/purple), Fat Albert’s (black or pink), Jake’s Trigger Belly (lavender or black), and Morrish Hoppers (green or black). To appease those fish unwilling to come to the surface, try throwing a McKee Rubber Legs under an indicator, and hold on tight!
We’re continuing to see a short window of wadeable water through the mornings. While these opportunities are limited, wade fisherman are catching their share of some exceptional fish!
Fish Norfork until they turn it on and then jump to Rim Shoals or Roundhouse which will still have only a unit of water through the afternoon
Mayfly style patterns include: Real Meal Nymphs, Mercer’s Micro Mayflies, and Tactical Hare’s Ear Jigs, have been doing great. It’s also essential to have some Ruby and Rootbeer Midges, Olive Woolly Buggers, and McLellan’s UV Scuds in your fly box as well.
During those times of generation, streamer choices include: Twerkin Minnows, Sluggo’s, Drunk & Disorderlies, and Double Deceivers.
Warmwater (Crooked Creek & Buffalo River):
Due to the rain we received on Tuesday, Crooked Creek and the Buffalo both came up, making water levels optimal for floating (kayak/canoe). Crooked Creek should be down low enough in the next few days to have some great wade fishing. Smallies and Ozark Bass continue to hit crayfish patterns (Hada’s Creek Crawler & Whitlock’s Near Nuff Crayfish), baitfish patterns (Hada’s Craft Fur Clouser & standard Clouser Minnows), and topwater patterns (Boogle Bugs, Fat Albert’s, & Morrish Hopper). For sunfish including longear and green try throwing: Boogle Amnesia Bugs, McGee Rubber Legs, and size 12 Fat Albert’s.