One of the remarkable things about the Ozarks is that we truly experience the pinnacle of all four seasons. From swimming and skiing in the summer, building snowmen in the winter, watching flowers bloom in the spring, and everything pumpkin spice in the fall. Perhaps the trees changing colors would be more applicable, but I certainly will not fault someone for their seasonal latte.
Regardless, each passing week shows signs that our summer season will soon be relinquishing its hold and fall will slide into place. Halloween displays and stores are climbing out of the woodwork, temperatures seem to be dropping a degree or two every week, and the occasional leaf falls from the trees.
Fall continues to be one of my favorite times of the year. Perhaps it stems from childhood memories of sitting around the campfire on chilly nights after a long day scouting for deer season or maybe, like my wife, I too like “sweater weather” and pumpkin spice lattes. Regardless of our thoughts or feelings, seasons will change like they always have and I for one wouldn’t have it any other way.
Hopper season on the White continues to thrive. A hopper dropper combo in the lower water remains a fantastic way for beginners and experts alike to wrangle in plenty of fish and the occasional stud. If you are really trying to fish for the finicky larger trout, it is starting to become time to downsize. Going back to size 12 Fat Alberts and beetle patterns seem to be more likely to coerce the trout that have seen one too many hoppers this year.
from Atlanta Patterns like Chubby Chernobles, Psycho Ants, and Western Ladies have been fishing well both as part of a hopper dropper combo and as a solo fly when sized down a bit. Midges that seem to be working this week are ruby midges, zebra midges, tailwater jigs, and CrossFit midges.
Norfork continues to create opportunities for wade fishing with the water not being turned on until the afternoon. As would be imagined, boat traffic seems to be held to a minimum, and fishing has been good as a result.
Sunday specials, ruby midges, soft hackles, and tailwater jigs seem to be the tickets. These can be run in tandem or under an attractor. Egg patterns and mega worms serve as great attractors, but often times things like hair’s ears and smaller stonefly imitations work just as well without being too flashy for picky trout.