Dally’s Fly Fishing Report 11/3/22

USA masters fly fishing team manager Jerry Arnold nailed a good one on top with guide Mike Sexton

Last week’s rain really did a good job of bringing out the bright fall colors creating some stunning views of the river. If the weatherman guesses right this week, we should probably thank our lucky stars. With limited chances of rain,  highs in the 60s and 70s, and some breathtaking scenery, it would be hard to complain.

Seeing as how the lake levels are at “pool” and the weather appears to be mild, one could assume that we will continue to see low water. Having low water for this long of a period creates a perfect opportunity to go out and investigate what the bottom of the river looks like.

Lance Lincoln enjoying some low flowfishing

Paying close attention to structures and banks that fish could use during higher water now can really up your game later this year. As we progress further into winter the power need will increase and we will begin to see higher water. Soon the entire fishing dynamic will change and those that have an idea of what lies beneath the water will have a distinct advantage.   

Guide Brian Kick showing off Brian Clark’s brown trout

The White continues to fish fairly well, though in some portions of the river the fish are wising up to our usual tactics. Downriver, think Rim and down, fish continue to eat girdle bugs, egg patterns, and blobs as attractors. On the upper portion, roughly above Cotter, girdle bugs and blobs seem to fall off the menu a bit. Egg patterns still seem to be an option, but some days a more delicate approach consisting of a double midge combo seems to be a bit more effective.

Midge-wise; lightning bug jigs, Sunday specials, soft hackles, and tailwater jigs will definitely get you started. Streamers continue to work decently, but haven’t truly taken off yet as they should in the coming weeks.

Smaller patterns like sparkle minnows, El Sculpedos, clousers, and mini Johnsons would be decent choices in the lower water. 

Aaron Marshall with a bright Norfork rainbow with guide Brian Kick

The Norfork continues its pattern of small sessions of boatable water surrounded by minimum flow. Many guides have started taking advantage of these smaller bumps by fishing the confluence area and running up the Norfork for short stints as the water allows. This creates a neat experience for anglers not accustomed to the area because they essentially get to fish both rivers in a single day. Egg patterns, girdle bugs, and large tailwater jigs seem to be good choices as a point fly. Team these up with ruby midges, lightning bug jigs, Sunday specials, and pheasant tails and you should be pointed in the right direction.