When you enjoy the outdoors and all it has to offer, you have a connection to something that provides moments, places, and opportunities that others don’t necessarily understand- and therefore won’t necessarily be thankful for. For example, for most of you reading this report, fishing is something we know and love. But for others, it is an activity that they may never participate in- which is a shame. Because it is not until you feel the anticipation that comes when waiting for a bobber to go under, or the thrill of a fish pulling on the end of your line and then bringing that fish to your hand, can you begin to realize how special this sport truly is.
Just catching fish alone is wonderful, but it’s not until you see the true colors of what you have caught that you can begin to appreciate it’s beauty. Time on the water can also provide us with a sense of solitude. Focusing on the water, our cast, and what may happen next can quickly take our minds off all the other things we may have been thinking about before we stepped in the water!
With that, let’s talk about what’s been working.
Minimum flow is finally here, so take advantage of it while it lasts. The last couple of days have been primarily minimum flow, and hopefully we will continue to see this wadeable water in the coming weeks. During minimum flow, all of the walk-in accesses that were previously hard to fish are much easier to fish now. I have heard great reports from every major access point from Three Chutes down to Rim Shoals, and boat fishing continues to be highly productive as well.
Currently, nymphing is still the go to method on the White. With flows ranging from minimum flow to two units, fishing Rootbeer and Ruby midges, pheasant tails, and a variety of jigs including Devil Jigs, Hare’s Ear Jigs, and Steve’s Tailwater Jigs have accounted for the most success.
The Norfork continues to be off color due to all the organic matter that ended up in the lake this past April. In addition to its stained appearance there is a slight sulfur odor due to the lake’s Fall turnover. Low dissolved oxygen levels are at least partially to blame for the lower catch rates that we’re currently seeing, but based on recent reports, the catch rates seem to be improving.
With that said, there’s still good numbers of fish to be caught. When nymph fishing, be sure to run bright colors under an indicator. The best combo’s are either egg patterns or San Juan Worms ahead of a scud or sowbug pattern. Also, don’t rule out a Ruby or Rootbeer midge as well as a Tailwater Jig.