Dally’s Fly Fishing Report 6/3/22

Guide Brian Kick with a gorgeous slender brown from some downtime adventures: Steve Dally image

Off with the caddis and in with the sulfurs, that’s the beauty of fishing in the Ozarks. For those that have not experienced our sulfur hatch, it has continued to improve every year and when caught in the right conditions it can easily compete with our caddis hatch.

We have started seeing spontaneous bursts of the little golden critters and rest assured it will only get better. The water this week has been quite enjoyable, with enough flow to not bump every rock imaginable, but not enough to consider “high water”. 

David French and a late caddis feeder with guide Steve Dally

I look for this trend to hold throughout the weekend, however with rain forecasted for next week and our lake height the way it is, what will happen with next week’s water is anything but predictable. 

As mentioned, the sulfur hatch is gearing up, so things like Newbury’s Alt-Rocker PMD, Rootbeer Midges, Frenchies, and other subsurface sulfur imitations have started to have some success. I look for this to grow as the week progresses.

Morgan Guss introduced Miles French to his first White River brown trout

In the meantime, it has been a midge-based game. Try Rubys, Zebra Midges, Rootbeers, and of course Tailwater jigs either double stacked or with an egg pattern as an attractor. 

Even the boss got to play after the F3T Under The Bridge last weekend, Kyra Kick holding the fish, Brian Kick image

The Norfork has yet again thrown a curveball to the guides and is having longer periods of minimum flow. This means a safe haven for wade fisherman and drift boat owners. Rubys, Zebra Midges, Rootbeers, and Tailwater Jigs would be a solid choice there as well. I would not be afraid to try some Yellow Sparkle Duns or Half and Half Sulfur drys alongside soft hackles either.

Patsy Williams with guide Mike Sexton

Crooked Creek and Buffalo are fishing well. Smallmouth seem to be in a chasing mood and if catching bass on streamers is your jam, go get ’em. White and chartreuse clousers, standard colored clousers, and Circus Peanuts are all solid flys right now in deeper pools. Try drifting Hada’s Crawfish through faster shoals and do not forget your Boogle Bugs.