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$10 ticket for this Drift Boat

14’ 6” Drift Boat Raffle,

$10 per ticket

All proceeds go to Project Healing Waters Leavenworth Kansas and Springfield Missouri Chapters. This boat was built by veterans from Leavenworth Project Healing Waters.

This boat comes with a commercially built Haul Rite trailer (tires are ST175/80D13). Boat and trailer are 26’ long. The oars are 9’ long. Center chair controls the anchor. A 1/4 “ rhino lining is wrapped around the outside and belly of the boat.

The winning ticket will be drawn during Springfield Project Healing Waters fishing outing Monday, August 24, 2015 at Lilly’s Landing, Branson, Missouri.

Tickets Available at Dally’s Ozark Fly Fisher.

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Hada Fish Portrait Painting Workshop _ August 1

Our most popular and long running class with artist and guide Duane Hada.

You will create a beautiful original painting of a fish of your choice in the time honored classical sporting art style. Turn that “special catch” into a memorable piece of fine art! This will be a fun filled “can’t fail” workshop that you will definitely want to attend. Learn to paint with watercolor or choose acrylic, a more forgiving opaque medium, to achieve brilliant colors through a technique called “glazing” which Duane will demonstrate and teach, to capture the full spectrum of the trout palette!

You will be so proud and impressed with your piece!!!!


Class Name: Fish Portrait Painting Workshop

Class Date: August 1, 2015

Times: 9:00am-4:00pm with a break for lunch

Instructor: Duane Hada Class Fee: $150

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Dally’s Fly Fishing Report 7/2/15

Cary White with a slim and trim 23″ streamer brown caught while fishing with Gabe Levin.

I’ll be honest. When my alarm went off this morning, and I awoke in the dark with rain battering my window and thunder rattling the glass, I was not enthused about having to get up and head to the river. I was certain I would spend the whole day rowing in the rain, hunched over my solemn soggy seat like a shaggy dog reluctantly accepting a bath. The rain stopped just before I launched the boat, and I was relieved for a brief moment before realizing that the river would soon be muddy from runoff. “Just great” I thought to myself as I floated past Tool Creek, which was dumping cappuccino into the river. “I’ve picked the wrong float, and now I’m stuck with chocolate milk the rest of the day, should’ve gone to the damn dam.” Determined to make the best of it, I put on a large yellow streamer and instructed my client, Cary, to fish the seam where the clear water and muddy water combined. Three casts and one fat 20″ brown later, my confidence improved dramatically, and the rest of the float produced steady action from browns in the form of follows, swipes, misses, and hookups. Cary’s skills with a streamer rod improved over the course of the day too, culminating in the long slender fish pictured above. You just never know what’s in store when you put in on the White and start throwing giant flies, but two things to take away from today’s float are 1) keep the faith even when your day starts with a thunderstorm, and 2) don’t fear the mud.

Confidence builder.

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FREESTONE Z _ A Zipper for $399.95


THE vagaries of trans-oceanic shipping and west coast labor relations weren’t kind to the new Simms Freestone Z wader.

Supplies of the wader were left sitting on the LA docks by a transport dispute which has meant this wader hasn’t received the kudos it probably deserves. The chassis of the wader is the highly rated 4-layer QuadraLam that is a staple of the Freestone wader range.

The addition of the (highly expensive) YKK Aquaseal waterproof front zipper is the magic touch, delivering  that fast entry and exit from your Simms waders you have only been able to get for $800 up to now.

The nearest comparison I can draw is the genius of Waterwork’s Lamson’s Konic which took the magic of the company’s conical drag from the $400 models and stuck it in an affordable body. So now you get Simms design, manufacturing and backup in a zippered wader at half the price of the bells and whistles “McLaren” version

We are now stocked up across the size range (and in the redesigned better looking regular Freestone as well). Swing by the shop to check them out


Here is what Simms has to say:

Waders feature a rugged Toray® QuadraLam™ perimeter that breathes easy, repels water, and bushwhacks with aplomb. Guide-oriented architecture includes an easy-access YKK® Aquaseal waterproof front zipper for quick relief on the river.


Seek the sanctuary of fly box compatible fleece-lined handwarmer pockets secured with stormflap closures. Dual retractor docking stations on chest pockets keep tools intuitively in check via internal magnetic retainers.

And harness the range-maximizing benefits of patented front and back leg seam engineering for a comfortable, articulated fit. Simms’ best warranty in wading comes standard.

  • Featuring a YKK® Aquaseal waterproof center front zipper that offers easy access and quick relief on the river
  • 2 large fleece lined handwarmer pockets secured with stormflap closures, large enough to store fly boxes
  • Patented front and back leg seam design offers an articulated fit for maximum mobility and comfort
  • Adjustable 1.5” elastic suspenders with opposing YKK® buckles to create a waist high conversion on the river
  • Dual retractor docking stations on the chest pockets feature internal magnetic retainers for tool retention
  • Imported

FABRIC TECH: 4-layer Toray® QuadraLam™ Waterproof/Breathable Wader Laminate

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VIEW FROM HERE: Macro Terrestrial Fly Shots


MESSING around with a macro lens and some of the new terrestrial patterns we have been stocking into the fly bins for the summer ahead. Don’t let the talk of high water fool you this is going to be an all time terrestrial summer. Bring your boat or book a float with our guide team.



Grillos’ Sideshow Bob 6 10: No excuses for not seeing this one. Going to be a favorite for hopper-dropper rigs or those foggy evenings.


Wily’s Ant Purple #12-10-8: Purple was the “shhhhh” color last summer, till the secret got out. Trim the wing on this fly

Ramsey’s Goofball Green #6: Great profile, easy to see wing. Green is good before the hopper get ripe. Fish it now.

Grillos’ Canteria Beetle #1: A big bug for big fish. Could be an annual cicada, could be a mouse, could be food. Smack it down and hold on.

Trixie The Hooker Hopper #6: Pink works.

The Roach #8: Late season addition to our line up last year and it just works.

Morrish Hopper Green #6: Great fly with a killer profile in a new color. Fish it now.

GASBAG #6: This fly looks like a fine indicator but it became a favorite for a couple of our guides last season, because it was getting eaten. Floats all day.

The Juicy Bug: Not new but new sizes and a favorite of the majority of the guide crew here.

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Good Permit Karma _ Lee Johnson Report



The good mojo of the Dally’s shirt is a real deal. First two permit to hand while fishing in South Central Belize. I tried to get a good shot of your logo with a permit but the wind made things difficult. Looking forward to keeping the good mojo going on the river soon. Cheers. Lee Johnson


Some fine work there man, thanks a bunch


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Crooked Creek Surprise

“Nana’s big surprise  fishing on Crooked Creek _ Bill Pickens”

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Hada On The Creeks

Mekenzie Hada getting all kissy lips _ Duane Hada

RECEIVED a batch of nice pics fro our Ozark Creeks, from Duane Hada. The creeks are coming into awesome shape right now after the rains of May.

Book a trip with Duane or any of our smallie guides, Ben & Gabe Levin and Chad “Mississippi Johnson, for wade trips canoe or Buffalo drift boat trips.

Katelyn Barton with a sweet smallie on a trip with Duane

Katelyn’s brother Kyle also got some smallie love

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SUMMER time is long days, cold water releases, good friends, dogs, drift boats and river jons, fishing hoppers and streamers and White River brown trout.

Stealing moments of awesomeness whenever you can: before work or after, share the fun bring a friend, remember the river is always cooler.

Book your awesome moments now.

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Happy Hour For Flies FRIDAY


OUR impromptu SAGE, RIO & REDINGTON demo day is gathering some serious momentum, so we have decided to throw open another cool deal for all those coming along.

From 4pm to 5pm we will be having a 15% off HAPPY HOUR on all flies, from our monster streamers to the tiniest of midge pupa. Don’t be late. We also have some very cool new closeout sales on Redington waders and boots for men and women, plus deep discounts on Sage Click Reels technical bags and packs; caps and limited rods.

The Sage, Rio and Redington crew, Darin and Steve will be setting up their awesome trailer so you can cast any rod, check out lines and discuss the new offerings for 2016

We will also be having snacks and drinks available. A great way to kick off your weekend

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JUMP on these great deals on these discontinued Sage reels, rods, boat bags and Redington waders and boots.

The sale on Click Reels, TXL-F rods, technical waist packs and Redington mens Palix wader and boots and women’s Willow wader and boots kicks off with our Demo Day Friday afternoon when we will have the Sage, Rio and Redington team in town. We will have snacks and drinks available and get to cast, pat or checkout the range.

Darin and Steve will also be talking about the new additions to the Sage Range which are coming in the secod half of the year, plus the existing models. The guys will be setting up their trailer and tent out the front of the store on Friday around 2pm and staying through 6pm.

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