It’s been a heck of a week for fly fishermen on the White River. Caddis hatches have been regular and often, and the effect is evident in the many smiles and fist bumps going around the boat ramp, the parking lot, the fly shop, gas station etc. The White River is simply a blast when the caddis are all over the place and the fish are feeding with abandon.
2,500-4,000cs has been standard for a bit, with some late afternoon bumps up to 10 or 12,000cfs. #14-16 caddis pupae imitations like Mercer’s Jiggy Caddis, Nick’s Fat Caddis, Graphic Caddis, are kicking butt. Midges like Ruby and Root Beer and Whitetail are also strong, especially early in the day before the caddis really get going. Caddis dries are also getting chances to catch nice fish; some of the favorite floaters are E/C and E/Z caddis, as well as the Razor caddis and the old fashioned Elk Hair.
The weather looks good heading into the weekend – a chance for some light rain here and there with partly cloudy skies and highs in the seventies. With the way the fish have been biting come rain or shine, a little cloud and light rain won’t be scaring many anglers off the water. Expect high traffic on the water and be courteous and friendly to all.
Norfork has been shut off most days until mid afternoon, offering up some prime wading opportunities around Quarry Park and Ackerman Access points. Sunday Specials, Whitetail Midges, Hunchback Scuds, and Tailwater Soft Hackles are all producers. Elkhair or Razor Caddis dries are a blast to float through the riffles.