Strong wind from the North on Monday, then calm Tuesday, then strong wind from the South Wednesday, but that’s normal for October in the Ozarks. Dress for all kinds of weather and enjoy the variety – it’s often chilly in the morning and hot in the afternoon. Along with the changing weather, it appears we will soon have some changing water conditions, as both Bull Shoals and Norfork Lakes have dropped nearly within power pool. Expect some intermittent drop in flow over the next few days. Who knows, perhaps we’ll even see low flow and wadable conditions soon. The change in season is usually accompanied by changing flows, and a whole new bag of fly fishing tricks to try keeps things interesting.
White River has been fishing well with large San Juan worms in pink and red, egg patterns, and Girdle Bugs and other such large rubberleg nymphs. As a tag along to these flies, try Super Midges in silver or pearl, Rainbow Warriors, Hare’s Ear nymphs, and don’t forget Tailwater Sowbugs and Wotton Sowbugs. Small streamers and sculpin patterns like Rubberleg Buggers, Mini Dungeons, Mike’s Pec, Sculpito are all producing. As we start to see reduction in flow in the near future, some fun topwater action will likely come back especially on warm afternoons. Be prepared with downsized summer terrestrials: Fat Alberts #10-12, Bionic Ants, Chernobyl Ants #10, Evan’s Baby Foam, More-or-Less Hopper.
Norfork is fishing quite well on most days with a variety of flies. Egg patterns are a standard attractor for autumn fishing, combined with Sunday Specials, Crusty Rons, Hunchback Scuds, Wotton Sowbugs, Whitetail Midges and Tailwater Jigs. If we get low water soon, be prepared with Root Beer Midges, Hunchback Scuds, Wotton Sowbugs, Cracklebacks, small Buggers, and Tailwater Soft Hackles.