Dally’s fly fishing report: 9/2/21

Eric Dilts from OKC with his 27.5″ hopper brown from Saturday with Michael Saladin

IT’S HARD not to describe this week as the most epic August for some years with the only question much longer can the hopper bite last.

Great weather, a solid bite, and some huge fish to close out the month

The first week of September might not have the same F90+ temperatures of this week but the mid 80s is going to keep the bite going a while, particularly with overnight temperatures up in the 60s. The first big change to come this fall is probably going to be a big drop in flows with both Norfork and Bull Shoals Lakes a matter of feet into flood stage.

Tucker Johnson enjoying hanging out with Jayson and Karen Dilworth from Texas

The USACE estimate is for both lakes to be into normal power pool conditions on September 12, so we will have to wait and see what flow regime comes into play.

Lance Lincoln and guide Luke Coffey

And now for the rest of this week’s fly fishing report

Michael Riley with sweet hopper specimen


The big flows continue, with the hopper bite solid on the lower overnight water or back up on the cleaner big water.

If you are hearing cicadas, run the fatter profiles like Fat Alberts and the like, particularly in black

Down River along the grassy banks try more hopper profiles likeEvan’s Baby Foam hopper, the Henneberry Hopper or the Klinkhopper

Nymphing run Rubberlegs deep with Dally’s Tailwater Jigs,or Hare’s Ear Jigs.

Cory Mikeska found this Norfork hen with Michael Saladin

NORFORK: The morning water is a touch stained as the water rises so run Blob or Cheeto patterns ahead of Tailwater Jigs, Davy Wotton Midges or flashy midges.

During the afternoon try Girdle Bugs or heavy Hare’s Ears with similar trailing patterns