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Malcolm Royse had a golden day at Bull Shoals Dam on Valentine’s weekend.

30,000 cfs of water running, temps in the 20’s and a shad kill, l guess a good combination so far as the fishing and catching.

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Aside from the numerous rainbows 6 trophy Browns came to the net, who could ask for more.

Who said that the 13th is a unlucky day?

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Killer fly, no less the DW dying shad, fished with 10ft – 5wt at varying depths.

Way to go Malcolm!

DW

(Posted by Teresa “TBird” VanWinkle February 2016)

 

https://ozarkflyfisherjournal.wordpress.com/2015/11/24/loneliest-mayfly-_-davy-wotton/

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John displays his rainbow from the Bull Shoals Dam Trophy Zone from Monday. Davy Wotton Photo.

Who says Mondays are a bad way to begin the week…a few casts later and John pulled in this beautiful trophy brown also Guided by Davy Wotton.

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Photo courtesy of Davy Wotton

Grow baby grow!! TBird

The Ozark Fly Fisher Journal

Gorgeous Bonneville Cutthroat caught at Rim Shoals by one of Davy Wotton’s fly fishers.

It took a traditional wet fly fished DW style and most likely a fish from the 1st egg planting by Trout Unlimited in in 2013. This one measured at 10.5”

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A Change of Pace

Most of you have probably been know to have said at one time or another these words; “I am going to do something different, I just need a change in pace.”

That was the case yesterday for Jon Lindemann.  Jon was all to happy to accompany Davy for a day in the sport that Davy is most passionate about- bird hunting!! 

For the rest, read on—

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Davy with Jon. Jon bagged his first pheasant. Rick Hamby photo. February 19, 2015

I had invited Jon to join me for a hunt with Rick at Ozark Wings in Missouri.

After fitting one of my guns for Jon, we moved on to Rick and Bev Hambys’ Sporting Clay Range for some practice before the bird hunt, needed to get Jon used to the gun and at least have some idea of how to address a moving target which for Jon was a little demanding of skills.
No matter at least the gun and shot was pointed in the right direction.

Off to the fields just a short distance from the clays range for the hunt.
First bird to be flushed was a fast moving Chucker, Jon raised the gun, fired and to his amazement the bird fell dead, great shot.
After which we killed a good number of quail before the dogs pointed a fine rooster pheasant. 
Guns at the ready for the bird to flush, which it did in the typical way a pheasant will. 
Now, l was well ready to back up Jon if he missed. No need, a good 30 yard shot as the bird flew to Jon’s right; sent it dead to the ground.

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Proof positive! Nicely done. (Davy, Jon Lindemann, Rick Hamby) February 19, 2015

Despite the bitter cold we ended the day with a fine bag of pheasants, quail and chuckers, thanks to Rick, and the dogs, and some good shooting.

Back to the Ozark Sporting Clays club house, which was now closed for the day, where we introduced Rick and Bev to the fine taste of Talisker Scotch. Hopefully, now new converts to the golden syrup, nothing better than a find Scotch an a good cigar after a great hunt.

Davy

A recent post on facebook raised the question,, that we should see further regulations to protect trophy Rainbow trout.

In answer to that my first question would be, what is considered a trophy Bow for the White River system ?

 

Historically the rivers did produce many bows in excess of 5 to 10lbs and a good number over that, that begs the question as to why. The answer is very simple, long term survival, which is not the casetoday for many reasons such as.

Bear also in mind back then there were no trophy zones.

 

1. In days past fishing pressure was not what it is now. The local population was not what is now, increasing fishing pressure.

2. Access.. Once again way more boat ramps compared to the past .

3. Today compared to the past, more or less personal boat craft can access easily any part of the river. In the past there was not the number of trout docks now present, which also allow for increased rent and guide activity.

4. Stocking, compared to what is stocked now not even close, which also begs the question that potentially there was more food sources available for a less number of fish with less fishing pressure.

5. Management policy at this time offers little advantage for Rainbow trout to survive other than designated trophy zones, assuming that there is no illegal fishing activity, which we know there is.

6. Mortality..By percentage of angling activity mortality for rainbow trout is high. Stock fish have little chance for long term survival at best, harvested or otherwise such as predation from other species.

7. Water.. Low water levels are generally not conducive to long term rainbow trout survival. We know that during high-water years rainbow trout growth is enhanced mainly due to higher percentages of long-term

   survival. Downside is once lower levels are the lower norm those fish are caught, the gains are lost.

8. Min flow has many advantages,  also negatives. Min flow now allows more or less boat access for the entire river. In the days of zero generations boat navigation was somewhat limited, that to some extent allowing fish to survive in low fishing pressure zones, such as Bull Shoals dam, Rim Shoals and the Norfork river in the designated catch and release zones.

9. Brown trout.. We know that the 24in size limited has potentially increased the number of larger browns, could same apply for Rainbow trout. Under current regulations l doubt it for many reasons.Outside of designated trophy zones.

 

Survival is the key, no argument about that. There are only 3 effective measures that can be introduced.

1. Catch and release with restricted methods of fishing such as we have in trophy zones.

2. Slot limits in restricted zones, with restricted methods of fishing,,no bait and barbless hooks.

3. Use only of barbless hooks in restricted zones. Interesting is the some States do not enforce this regulation, it considered not practical to enforce. In the case of fly fisherman a high percentage do use barbless hooks. (Studies show that there is no significant increase in mortality by fly fishing activity.)

 

That said all the above requires angler compliance and law enforcement.

Further under current stocking policy for Rainbow trout we might see a situation that fish numbers will exceed available food sources in new designated no kill or slot limit zones.

 

As of now other than Bull Shoals Dam trophy zone,Norfork river and Dry Run creek,  the odds of catching Rainbow trout in excess of 16ins are very low indeed, unless they were fish stocked above that weight, which at times they are when the hatcheries need to reduce the numbers larger fish.

 

By today’s standards a 20 ins Brown is not that special for the White River system, by far a 20 ins Rainbow is a much more worth while trophy in my opinion as are 20 ins Cutthroat trout, both of which are few and far between.

Odds are if you catch 20 browns, 1 will be 20 in, you might catch a 1000 bows to catch one above 20 inches.

 

Do l have a answer,,, I doubt we will see further catch and release zones for the White river,  would slot limits work, possibly, but where would that be possible ?  My only thought here is the section below Rim Shoals to the confluence of Crooked creek or the lower section of Shoestring shoals.

Either way it is not a easy situation to address.

High water generations are a short term answer, long term that’s not going to happen.

 

 

 

Davy Wotton
Feb 2015

Posted by Teresa “TBird” VanWinkle

Save This Date

It is finally here, and we are heading to Oklahoma in a few days…meet us there!

TBird

Davy and TBirds' Fly Fishing Journal

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We had a wonderful time at this event last year and are pleased to be making a return this year also.

Chairs were packed and standing room only. A terrific turn out indeed, with terrific food to boot!!!

See you in January!

Davy and TBird

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Paul Arden, of Sexyloops, fly fishing for Snakehead. Photo provided by Davy Wotton.

Fly Fishing for Snakeheads, you better believe it.

This is my friend Paul Arden of (Sexyloops ) fishing for the Snakeheads in Malaya, may be they are not so worthless as we might assume.

This would be a awesome trip if you ask me.

 

Davy.

(Posted by Teresa “TBird” Van Winkle- December 30, 2014)

In conjunction with Steve Dally of Dally’s Ozark Fly Fishers and Fly Fishing the Ozarks, Brian Wise we (Davy and myself) put together a collection totalling 5 videos earlier this year.

Last in the series:
Davy Wotton’s Catchall Caddis: http://youtu.be/H5aE7Qd1JR8

Introducing a new fly pattern to compliment the series of Whitetail Midge Fly patterns from the Davy Wotton stable.

For some time l have been using this pattern with great results, it well compliments a 2 fly nymph rig in conjunction with another Whitetail Midge variation.

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David Murray happily displays his 22 inch Brown as a testimonial for the new pattern.

This fly being known as the Red-head Whitetail Hare’s Ear.

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Davy's Red-head Whitetail Hare's Ear tied by TBird - Photo courtesy of TBird

Additionally we now offer the standard Black Whitetail with a red head. ( shown below)

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Davy's Red-head Whitetail size 14-tied by TBird

 

Whitetail Midges are currently available in these variations and sizes  14/16/18. Tungsten bead heads.

 

Black Whitetail

Red Whitetail

Black and Pearl Whitetail

Black and Silver Whitetail

Crystal Whitetail

Red-head black Whitetail

Red-head Whitetail Hare’s Ear

 
Super Midge Patterns also available in a wide range of color combinations.

 

Davy

posted August 21st, 2014- by Teresa “TBird” Van Winkle

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