It appears we are about to experience some big swings in daily water level on the White, from minimum flow to 20,000cfs and back again. That will present both its challenges and its opportunities. Today’s projection calls for high water decreasing to minimum by 2pm. High flows on the White have been giving up a big brown here and there on streamers (Dungeons, White River Deceivers, Twerking Minnows, Big Johnsons) worms (Mega Worm, Dynamite Worm) and baitfish patterns (Meat Whistle, Sparkle Minnow, Lunch Money). Hard falling water is usually tough. Minimum flow we haven’t seen in a bit, so it’s hard to say what might happen. Ideally we’ll see a strong caddis hatch that gets the fish fired up and ready to play – be ready with Fat Cadass, Graphic Caddis, Caddistrophic Pupae, Tailwater Soft Hackle in green, E/C and E/Z Caddis dry flies.
Norfork tailwater is giving up some nice consistent action on rainbows with the occasional brown or cutthroat. Blobs, Mega Worms, Dynamite Worms are all good for getting noticed, but subtle nymphs are working great too: Hare’s Ear, Frenchie, Sunday Special, Crusty Ron, Tailwater Jig, Lightning Bug are all taking fish. Small streamers like Mini Duneon, Micro Changer, Mini Bangtail are all viable options.
Warmwater pursuits are also heating up around the Ozarks in the forms of smallmouth bass fishing and temperate bass (whites, hybrids) fishing. It’s a great time to carry a box of Clouser Minnows of various sizes and colors, including Hada’s Craft Fur Clouser.