Mark Clemishire found this tough fish with Steve Dally

JUST WHEN you thought you had the flows patterned, the weather and the releases flip flop around.

The cold temps, including freeze warnings, have been a rude shock to the system, necessitating an extra layer of clothing and adding gloves and winter buffs. And after weeks of lower morning flows and an afternoon push, we drifted into a winter pattern this week.

Flows from Bull Shoals was kicking around dawn and running until lunchtime before backing down hard during the warmest part of the day.

Former Dally’s fly tyer and buddy Justin Cowley found his way back to the White and this friend

Since we are scheduled to warm up considerably this weekend, and into next week, how that will affect flows is yet to be seen.

Jeff Crook out with Mike Sexton

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

Jeff found this one with Mike Sexton. Bill Armon pic


This week’s cold snap is going to light up the colors lining the banks, making this one of the special times of the year.

Mild temperatures over the weekend might deliver some some mild flows for the weekend fishing.

Searching out the nymphing setup is easing without dealing with big water flow swings. Hot colors and flies seems to bounce around from one day to the next.

The Rubber Legs/Tailwater Jig combo continues to fish well, as do Super Midges. Flashy patterns like the Rainbow Warrior are also solid behind a heavy fly.

Smaller conehead streamers can be fishing to good effect along the weedbeds.


The wade friendly flows over recent weeks has flipped with low flows from midnight to dawn and relatively low flows of around 1600 cfs, which is tough to boat even in a jet.

Pattern up midge patterns with heavy flies, like a girdle bug or tailwater jigs, or perhaps a weighted egg pattern.