Dally’s Fly Fishing Report 9/17/20

26″ of hopper eating brown trout for Charlie Cash with Michael Saladin. Ted Penick over the shoulder

You couldn’t ask for more beautiful weather to fish in. Sunshine and a high of eighty is the forecast every day for the next week, and the northeast breeze over the cold water is cool and refreshing. There’s a chill in the air in the early morning that reminds us it’s not long now till autumn. Pawpaw fruits are ripening in the river bottoms while cicadas fill the airwaves with their insect roars. Soon the sights will be colorful hillsides and the sounds will be the cackling of courting eagles.

Jonathan Scott enjoying time on the White with Marc Poulos

Right before the changing of season is usually when folks are gearing up for the next one. In fall on the White you need a good rain jacket for those all day drizzles and an insulating layer for warmth on those frosty mornings. You’ll want waders and boots that are in functioning form (not leaky or shedding a sole) when the flows taper off like they usually do in fall, offering prime wade fishing opportunities.

Dale Sullivan enjoyed a great hopper outing with Michael Saladin. Look at the tail on this fish

As for right now, it’s still high water tactics on the White. The water is shut off briefly at night but in the day it’s running between 13,000-18,000cfs, good water for throwing hoppers (#8 Fat Albert, Evan’s Baby Foam, Morish Hopper), big nymphs (Girdle Bug, #14 Hare’s Ear Jig, #14 Tailwater Jig), worm patterns with split shot, or streamers (Mini Dungeon, Rubber Leg Wooly Bugger, Mike’s Pec).

Matt Katz from Georgia picked up a nice PB brown. Steve Dally mage

Norfork is flowing a little over 4,000cfs in daylight hours. The water is a little off color but fishing is pretty dependable with egg patterns, worm patterns, FM’s the Blob, Hunchback Scuds, Hare’s Ear nymphs, and DW Super midges #14.