Dally’s Fly Fishing Report: 12/16/22

Dally’s crew day off. Some pre Christmas streamer action for Logan Huff out with Morgan Guss.

As the late great Bing Crosby once sang, “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas”.

According to some weather predictions, this may not be simply a dream. They claim that we will get a short break in rainfall just in time for it to get cold and show some true winter temperatures. Then as it reaches the pinnacle, a chance of moisture starts to roll back in leaving us with the potential of a winter wonderland.

Cody and Jesse double up on browns with guide Brian Kick

With this being said, there is one thing for sure; 🎵 if the weather outside is frightful, you can bet I’ll be inside where the fire is so delightful, praying I’ve got nowhere to go. So I say, let it snow.🎵

This time of year always makes me feel a bit festive and you’ll likely find me in a Christmas sweater, spreading joy, and caroling around my neighborhood. Ok, that may be a bit of an exaggeration. I do own a Christmas sweater though and with enough spiked eggnog, I could be someone’s version of jolly.  

Now, on to the serious stuff. Christmas is just days away, which means most people will be out buying late-minute Christmas gifts or prepping for family gatherings and whatnot. So, if you are one of the special few that have all of their ducks in a row then you could potentially have the water all to yourself.

Parker Tankersley our with Morgan Guss

With this being said, the White has been giving us a tad bit of water, which is probably a relief to most boat owners. One can now actually run around without having to worry about running aground. The fish seem to appreciate the extra bit of room as well. Egg patterns continue to be among the better point flys, followed by a pink mega worm and a girdle bug.

There have been a few instances where a double midge setup does seem to be a bit more effective. Super midges, tailwater jigs, ruby midges, and Sunday specials seem to be the midges of choice. 

Brian Clark witha buttery brown fishing with guide Brian Kick

The Norfork seems to be giving us some stable/boatable water for now. It would be worth a try if you had the time. According to the recent fish numbers by the game and fish, there may not be as many brown trout, but there are plenty of very healthy rainbows. Egg patterns and mega worms seem to be of high importance on the fork as well. Team these up with ruby midges, Sunday specials, lightning bug jigs, and tailwater jigs. 

PS: Don’t forget the shop will be closed for Christmas Day but will reopen on December 26.

By Adrian Hubbard