What does a frog, an ant, and a grasshopper all have in common? Biologically speaking, not a whole lot. But in the world of flies and fly tying, they often incorporate a key fly tying material- foam! One of the unique aspects of this material is how easy it is to be creative with. Closed cell foam comes in a multitude of colors and thicknesses. Sheets, blocks and cylinders as well as custom formed bodies and heads are readily available.
While craft foam and fly tying foam are both closed cell (except Rainy’s Evazote, which is slightly open cell), tying foam is typically of higher quality, meaning that it will perform better as far as float-ability.
So whether you’re looking to chase sunfish with a spider, bass with a popper or a trophy brown with a hopper, come by or call the shop and let us help you pick out the right flies and material to make your fishing trip as successful as we can.
With that, lets talk about what’s been working.
Since hoppers are continuing to grab the attention of some really nice browns, keep throwing 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), Morrish Hoppers (pink or black), and Gas Bag Chernobyls as well. To appease those fish that might not quite be willing to come to the surface, try dropping a Rubber Legs pattern under a hopper/indicator and hold on tight!
The San Juan/egg combo is still a good option, but also mix or match devil jigs, prince nymphs, pheasant tails, and midges (root beer and ruby) when nymphing under an indicator.
Also, continue to fish McLellan’s Hunchback scuds in dark grey, tan, rainbow, and orange. Wotton’s Whitetail Super Midges are still a great 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. Olive/Yellow & Olive/White in deceiver-style patterns are still consistent performer right now.
For the exception of the minimum flow we saw Tuesday and Wednesday til 10 a.m., we have still been consistently seeing 1 to 2 unit flows, and fishing is still primarily limited to boat fishing.
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):
Both Crooked Creek and the Buffalo are at optimal wading levels, and floating (kayak/canoe) on most sections is great as well (getting a little skinny is some sections of Crooked). 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 Hoppers). For sunfish including longear and green try throwing: Boogle Amnesia Bugs, Rubber Legs, and small Fat Albert’s.