Ozark Originals

 

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Barry Turner and Gabe Levin enjoying some creek time _Gabe Levin image

The Ozarks have more to offer than just trout. Brothers and regular shop customers Barry and Emil Turner asked me to show them something different during their two days of guided fishing this week, so we sampled our best local warmwater streams, Crooked Creek and Buffalo River. Slowly carving their way through thick forest, boulders, and limestone bluffs, these streams offer a variety of scrappy bass and panfish, unique river scenery, and often a good deal of solitude. Conditions are highly variable and the fish are wild, native, and moody, so it’s best to approach these streams with wonder and humility.

 

 

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Emil Turner fishing under Ozark limestone bluffs. Gabe Levin image

Crooked Creek fished beautifully, giving up 6 species and a lot of laughs. We had to walk the drift boat through several tight turns and drops, but that’s just the kind of place that keeps the crowds away. Usually the path to wild fish is stacked with obstacles. Buffalo River flows were high and dingy, making the fishing challenging, but an easy row through a spectacular limestone canyon cannot possibly go wrong. The boys had never seen the Buffalo before, so the scenery alone made the day. If you’re wanting to experience an Ozark warmwater adventure yourself, our team has the knowledge and the desire to take you there: Gabe Levin

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Emil adding a largemouth to the trip species list

 

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Getting away from the tailwater accesses opens up a different world: Gabe Levin image

 

 

 

 

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Ozark beauty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

SMALLMOUTH WEEKEND _ May 30 and 31

Penny Pabst with a sweet Crooked Creek smallmouth from our 2012 Class

GET set to fly fish the Ozarks in the Natural State and for our native fish, with our Smallmouth Weekend May 30 & 31.

Learn to tie the most effective smallmouth patterns out there from the Ozark Smallmouth Guru himself Duane Hada on Saturday. Sunday back up with our ever popular Smallmouth Class: with a morning classroom session with Duane and Ben Levin. Then head out onto the water to put the theory into practice under the tutelage of our smallmouth guides Duane, Ben Chad Johnson and Gabe Levin.

It promises to be a killer weekend and a great way to prepare for our new Buffalo River drift Boat floats _ either the day trips or the awesome multi-day Lower River wilderness float.

MAY 31 _ DUANE HADA TYING CLASS:

Duane Hada will be tying the “Hada Creek Crawler”, and other effective smallmouth patterns. A demonstration and step by step tying process for making this highly realistic and most effective crawfish pattern. Both a teacher, and an Umpqua fly designer, you will enjoy Duane’s easy going instruction.

Duane is a person whose artistic skills and creative innovation combined with his lifelong fishing knowledge will help you create better looking, fish catching patterns. Bring your own vise, light and tools, Duane will provide the materials. Cost $75. 8am to 4pm

MAY 31 _ DALLY’S SMALLMOUTH CLASS:

The morning class session will be indoors at Dally’s Ozark Flyfisher and will go into smallmouth habitat, techniques, and foods in the Ozarks. Participants will learn about gear, rigging, reading water, and seasons from Duane and Ben, longtime smallmouth experts. Duane and Ben will also demonstrate tying several of their best patterns.

The afternoon will be spent learning correct presentations and fishing techniques while fishing Crooked Creek with Duane, Ben, Chad, and Gabe.

Participants will receive one on one instruction on smallmouth tactics while wade fishing one of Arkansas’ premier bass streams. Pupils should come prepared to wade fish the afternoon (wading boots, warm water clothing). Bring a five or six weight rod if possible, otherwise guides will provide rods if necessary.

Cost $225 per person. 8am to 4pm. Bring your own lunch.

Now That’s A Carp

 

Nice note from Thomas Fletcher and a pic of this hefty Crooked Creek Carp after he and his father spent a day on the water with Duane Hada.

Love that small water fun, thanks guys

 

On July 23, 2014 my Dad and I went with Duane Hada as our guide to some remote spots along Crooked Creek. It was a great day!! We fished all day and caught smallmouth, Ozark bass, bluegill and a GIANT CARP!! I always learn so much and bring in great fish with Mr. Hada! The day with him was certainly one of the highlights of my summer _ Thomas Fletcher

If anyone want a day of fun on the creek with Duane call us on 870 435 6166

Hada’s Craft Fur Clouser_Tying Video Series

Hada’s Craft Fur Clouser, tied by Ben Levin

 

WHEN IT comes to Ozark Smallmouth and our wild rivers and streams, its hard to go past the knowledge of our guides Duane Hada and Ben Levin.

Both of these guys have Ozark waters in their veins and dig smallies with a passion. Duane’s Craft Fur Clouser has been a staple of our summer warmwater fly bin year after year. Together with the Creek Crawler crawdad you just can’t have enough.

The Clouser tie is a dead ringer for our Ozark creek minnows, and the boys have been rocking the smallmouth already this season. Check the evidence here. And don’t forget our Smallmouth Class on June 14.

Once again this was a fine piece of work by Brian and Jenny Wise of Fly Fishing the Ozarks _ each of the finished videos that come my way blow my mind _ and I was there. Thanks guys

Hook: Umpqua U502
Dumbbell Lead Eyes Medium Gold
Belly: Extra Select Craft Fur White
Krystal Flash Copper
Lateral Line Extra Select Craft Fur Black
Back Extra Select Craft Fur Medium Brown or Tan

Hunka Hunka Smallmouth Love

MeKenzie Hada with a hunka Crooked Creek smallmouth

It’s getting to be time _ MeKenzie Hada sent in this pic yesterday after heading out on Crooked Creek with her father smallie guide, guru and artist Duane _ get in early for your Crooked Creek trip.

Steve

Spent the afternoon on Crooked Creek with my dad… we thought you might want to see this beauty of a smallmouth

MeKenzie

Dally’s Smallmouth Class _ June 14

 

JOIN us on June 14 for our ever popular Smallmouth Class, led by Duane Hada and Ben Levin.

This class is heavily booked every year, as one of the best deals going, and a whole bunch of fun to boot.

The morning class session will be indoors at Dally’s Ozark Flyfisher and will consist of a power point presentation detailing smallmouth habitat, techniques, and foods in the Ozarks. Participants will learn about gear, rigging, reading water, and seasons from Duane and Ben, longtime smallmouth experts. Duane and Ben will also demonstrate tying several of their best patterns.

The afternoon will be spent learning correct presentations and fishing techniques while fishing Crooked Creek with Duane, Ben, Chad, and Gabe. Participants will receive one on one instruction on smallmouth tactics while wade fishing one of Arkansas’ premier bass streams. Pupils should come prepared to wade fish the afternoon (wading boots, warm water clothing). Bring a five or six weight rod if possible, otherwise guides will provide rods if necessary.

Class Name: Smallmouth Fishing the Ozarks

Class Date: June 14, 2014

Times: 8:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Morning at the Shop & Afternoon on Crooked Creek

Instructors: Duane Hada & Ben Levin Class Fee: $200