IF you are in town for the Sowbug Roundup, prepare for the charge of the fly brigade down 5 South late morning as the Norfork becomes wadeable.
Everywhere was the question of visiting fly fishers, “when will the water come down”. It’s been a couple of years since the Sowbug visitors have been into Mountain Home, and the wade urge is strong.
It won’t be dulled either by the thumper 22″ rainbow plucked from Norfork by angler Dan Slate with guide Luke Coffey. This fish hadn’t missed many meals, and prompted this piece of comedy from Luke after the congrats from the rest of #DallysGuides
While there hasn’t been much caddis type water this week, next week’s warmup and likely lower flows with the lakes dropping out of flood stage over the weekend, could start to see some bugs move. It’s nearly April, and it’s coming.
The White has been bouncing around with some spectacular moments and great fish and some sparse patches as well. We should start to see the shift into true spring pattern shortly, particularly as the water flows ease and the temperatures rise.
Starting to see some fish falling to caddis patterns, Hare’s Ear Jigs and Sunday Specials drifted deep, so it cant be far away.
On the higher flows, twerking Minnows, in Olive/White and BFH Twerking Minnows are working, particularly under overcast skies. There are still some shad eaters on the big water, under the shadow of the Bull Shoals Dam.
Downstream running blobs or cheetos with Tailwater Jigs in Cranberry or Ruby is solid. Super Jig Mops or Girdle Bugs with Tailwater or Rainbow Warrior jigs has been performing.
If the water drops switch into caddis patterns with Princes, Sunday Specials and perhaps smaller Tailwater Jigs.
The big news is the wading window for the Sowbug Crew from late morning through late afternoon. Just don’t bet your life on the timing on the schedule, pay attention to the flows and always have an exit plan.
Sowbug patterns, like the simple and effective Sunday Special or Crusty Ron, run ahead of David Knowles midges like the Ruby or Rootbeer. Tailwater Soft Hackles are also worth a run in the flat water