Dally’s Fly Fishing Report: July 1, 2022

Big rainbow for Troy Thomasson (right) with guide Luke Coffey

Hopper season is on its way. Judging by the remnants that have been occasionally left in my boat, the fish have already begun to start partaking in the consumption of tasty little terrestrials. Just think, it will only get better.

Sulphurs are still on the menu, but the quantity is undoubtedly beginning to dissipate. Sulphur drys are still catching nice fish, specifically in the evenings, but it won’t last much longer. As for the water, maybe it is a good time to invest in some split-shot stocks. It’s probably safe to say our current high water pattern isn’t changing any time soon.  

Steve Felts scored this great brown with Mike Sexton

Depending on who you ask, fishing on the White has been either stellar or a struggle. What can be the deciding factor is legitimately getting it in their face. 

You have to place it deep and heavy or put it on the bank. This week has favored a slightly more natural approach over the mega worms and bright egg attractors.

Top flys like tailwater jigs, smaller girdle bugs, slumpbusters, and pheasant tails have been solid choices. Pair those with frenchies, crossfit midges, ruby midges, and Mercer’s Jiggy PMDs. If you are looking to catch what is left of the Sulphur dry action, try Parachute sulphurs and Quigleys Film Critics. 

A grin almost as wide as the fish. Jake Moby enjoying Dry Run Creek with Adrian Hubbard

The Norfork has been seeing a decent number of guides this week and that pattern might be set in for a bit. Unlike the White, mega worms, egg patterns, and cheetos are an excellent way to get your goodies noticed. Try pairing them with ruby midges, softhackles, tailwater jigs, and trusty ol’ sunday specials.