Dally’s Fly Fishing Report: 8/11/22

Dennis Immekus with a bright brown caught with guide Luke Coffey

As many have already noticed that our lakes are almost at “normal” level again. Boat docks are no longer in the trees, parking lots are usable, and swimming areas are moving back into place. This means that we are encroaching to power pool. According to the USACE Lakes Forecast this could occur sometime in the next couple of weeks.

For those who have not studied the mix of guesswork, calculus, and questionably black magic that they use to decide the water levels, this is a fancy term that means they would then run water based more on power necessity than flood management.

Danny May found this female with guide Steve Dally

In theory, we tend to see more of a “bump” during times of higher power needs, such as in the afternoons, and lower water in the mornings when the weather is a little cooler. We have already seen some evidence of this process this week and in theory we could continue to see more of these trends as we get closer to pool. 

The White has been fishing fairly well and has provided anglers with an array of different fishing opportunities. Fishing the lower water early in the morning has proven to be the easiest way to catch numbers. A hopper dropper rig or a double nymph setup seems to be quite productive. Try a Fat Albert in pink or black, a Morrish Hopper, or even a larger Chernoble Ant while the dragonflies are out. As for the nymphs; try Ruby Midges, Lightning Bug Jigs, Tailwater Jigs, Sunday Specials, and Wotton’s Sowbugs. If you are looking for more of a trophy trout experience, try fishing right on the edge of the bump. Throwing a hopper similar to those mentioned or a girdle bug seems to be producing nice fish, especially in the transitory water. 

Big hopper ‘rain for Perter Kumpe with Luke Coffey

The Norfork has been waiting to turn on the water until mid-mornings. This has slowed the traffic as far as guide boats are concerned. For those capable of throwing them, hoppers have been surprisingly effective on the Princess Of Tailwaters.

As for the rest of us, nymphing like usual seems to be the answer. In the lower water, stick with the smaller sizes. Things like Sunday Specials, Wotton’s Sowbugs, Hunchback Scuds, Rubly Midges, and Softhackles seem to leading the pack.

As the water rises, size up on your midges and add an attractor like a Blob, egg pattern, or Mega Worm. Not to be forgotten, the shop just received a pretty decent shipment of Wotton bugs, so grab them while you can!