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18, 000 cfs generation is not every bodies cup of tea.
When it comes to fishing the White River, granted fishing high, fast water is not quite the same as the lower flows. We fish for risers taking caddis, mayfly and midges.
Nevertheless it’s what you have to deal with when the dates are booked, which was the case when my regulars- Ed, Jim, Bob, Ted and Saxon arriving for their regular fall fishing trips with me.

That is not to say the fishing is worthless, far from it.
What it requires is intimate knowledge of the river so far as where the fish will likely be found and given the zone you are fishing; what is going to be your best option.

Some days it may be a large dry that induces a trophy Brown to show up, maybe a streamer at times, or deep water nymph tactics, not to mention traditional style wet fly, which for myself is always a good bet.

Contrary to belief neither is fishing rigs with large gaudy flies or heavy weight the only game in town. 
Each section of the river may require a different approach. 
Granted a good choice is to fish close to banks, but not always. Mid-stream shallows over gravel bars and rock structure will likely hold fish, as will slow water run offs from fast water seams.
Fishing over grass and moss beds may also be productive at times.
Fact is fish will tend to move around during high water flows.
Even better, high water flows are good for the Rainbows to add some weight.

Generally at this time of the year the Browns have packed on weight in readiness for the spawn season and may not be as aggressive as they were earlier in the year.
Often as not the females are heavy with eggs and are less likely to have interest in larger food sources. It is at such times that smaller flies will better the larger patterns, which was certainly the case for my fisherman.
Racking up between them some impressive numbers of Bows, Browns and Cutthroats, some of which are included in the pictures shown.






By the way two of the larger Browns were caught fishing DW style wet fly tactics, size 12 hook flies !!!


(Posted by Teresa “TBird” VanWinkle)

nice Cutt

Malcom Royce, President of Ozark Fly Fishers, St. Louis, MO with a great Cutt at Bull Shoals Dam. July 21, 2010- Davy Wotton, Guide Photo

This past two days l had the pleasure to guide one of my regular customers, Malcolm Royce, President of the Ozark Fly Fishers of  St Louis, Missouri.
A interesting two days as we fished many different zones on the river from the Cotter area to Bull Shoals Dam, and from Rim to Ranchette. Well over 100 fish were hooked up.

Methods varied from fishing very small midges, traditional style DW Wet Fly techniques and general type dead drift nymph techniques all subject to the variables in water conditions and the different zones we fished.

Aside from the Browns and many fat Bows the fish of the trip was the Cutt caught at BSD, not so much for its 18 ins size, mainly for the reason that large Cutts are hard to find nowadays out there on the White.
I could not believe today that there were no wade fisherman at Rim, in all the many years  l have fished that area l cannot remember a time when l saw no waders fishing the upper end shoals. As a matter of interest l decided to make a hourly check on water temps during the day. At 8 am at upper Rim it was 54 f as we moved downstream so the temps rose, by the time we took out at Ranchette it was 73f.
To say the least l was not surprised to see that given the increasing temperature rise during the day, nigh on 100f. I saw many small minnows dead and dying in trapped pools, not surprising as those pools must have had water in the high 80s or more.

Either way a great two days on the water. And a good advert for Padrone cigars.

Davy Wotton

Posted by TBird

July 22, 2012

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