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Winter is the perfect time for a gathering of fly fishing families to gather.

The Annual Oklahoma Fly Fishers Extravaganza has been an event that Davy and I have enjoyed participating in for three consecutive years.

If you are in the area, come by and see us at our table; we will be tying and have items available for purchase.

Additionally there will be other vendors, tyers and guest speakers scheduled throughout the day.

The information for this can be found on this flyer.

See you there!







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)

Monday was to be a guide fishing day with our friend Jeff Hearn, recently back in the States for a short holiday vacation from his now employment in China teaching English.

For some reason we were also blessed with a period of minimum flow after some weeks of continual high water flows. That gave me the perfect break in lower water levels to fish the Rim Shoals to Buffalo Shoals section of the river, to which l new we would find good fishing after weeks of high water;  flows which to some extent do allow more fish to survive.

More to the point, l wanted to introduce Jeff to the Welsh way of fishing which more or less means fishing teams of traditional wet fly patterns, all be it some of the flies l now use are those of my own innovation.


Lines of choice would either be a dry line or a intermediate, flies included for the 3 fly rigs included muddler daddys, dunkeld, olive dabbler, and red arse caddis, all of which nailed fish, top fly being the muddler daddy. Long 14 foot leaders of 5x.


We motored upstream to Rim Shoals, pulled to shore while l built the rigs.
Started Jeff with the intermediate line while l fished the dry line, as by use of this line l would know how the fish would react to flies fished closer to the surface which is always a issue when we have blue skies and very bright light.
That said, l also chose to fish sections of water that l know the incidence of penetrated light is not so much a issue for the fish to see the flies above them.

From the get go we were into fish at an alarming rate, in no time l had boated 25, most by working my dropper flies in and off the surface.
Enough for me at that time so handed my rod to TBird who had never fished a 3 fly rig before.
Meanwhile Jeff was hooking and loosing more fish than he got to hand, which required me to instruct Jeff that all one needs to do is to watch for the take and not wait till you feel it and then react with a fast hook set, it takes practice to do this, as takes at times are very subtle, very unlike stripping a streamer, that’s not to say all fish that take will do so softly, in some cases particularly for Browns they will hammer you, as Jeff found out when he hooked and landed a fine 18 incher.


Effort and attention to instructions always pay off when learning a new style of fly fishing. Friend, Jeff Hearn with his flawless Brown and Davy. TBird photo.

Meanwhile TBird was starting to get the hang of it, hooking, loosing and landing fish.

First and foremost you must be able to make a direct straight line cast with the 14 foot leader and flies landing in a straight line, second you must have instant direct control of your fly line and connection to the flies, if not you will rarely be able to detect the takes which can come at any time during the recovery of the flies to the point when you work the dropper to and through the surface film, it requires a constant focus, no doubt about that.

We decided around mid day to pull in for a lunch break, while doing so we noticed the water rising, given the time schedule from the dam l knew that once again the generation forecast was wrong, we should not have seen rising water at 12:pm.
Okay lets get going- as l knew new water would kill us with crap.  We shot off downstream a few miles at least to give us a hour or so break with good water.

Decided to hook a few more myself and was satisfied with another 20 fish, before handing my rod back to TBird.


While fishing and demonstrating proper techniques of wet fly fishing to Jeff, Davy is rewarded with one of the biggest Cutthroat that we had seen in a long time. TBird photo

I would say for the next hour or so catching was fast and furious before the trash more or less put the fish down, that worked out okay as it was 3:pm and getting hot, we had more than our fair share of fish for the day.

I know for a fact that between the three of us well over 100 fish were caught.
Fish of the day for me was a fine 16 inche Cutt, hard to find those guys on the White River now days.

All in all for a five hour fishing trip it was as good as you could get, one of which will leave some memories for Jeff fishing the Welsh way !!!


(Posted by Teresa “TBird” VanWinkle August 20, 2015)


No day here at the Wotton farm is ever dull or boring and certainly not the same day in and day out–don’t believe me? Well, just ask about anyone who has spent more than a day with us.

I planned to spend today at the vise, it being Mother’s Day (a holiday) and I figured to get lots done. That’s my thinking.

Davy was sleeping in, 8:45 am house phone rings, a voice that I know well says, “Hello, Teresa- I wanted to give you a heads up that I will be there in about 30 minutes. Can’t wait to see you two. Bye.” Dave Whitlock!!


Left, Dave Whitlock with Davy Wotton and one of the newly hatched little doves. May 10th, 2015

Friends for too many years to count stretching to the days of Davy living in Wales.

If you ever wondered if we all brainstorm and discuss our work when we are together, the answer is absolutely. We discuss it over coffee, over lunch,  


My Mother's Day lunch buds- the two DW's. By the Bluegill pond in the backyard! May 10th, 2015 photo by TBird

while opening Christmas gifts; you get the picture. But as the younger one, sitting on the sidelines- let me just say, “best seat in the house!”
Before me sits a wealth of knowledge and history from around the workd, and it leaves me in awe every time.

Mother Nature with her graces allowed us to also video a bit for YouTube on the subject of fluorescence which I will be posting a link to in the days to come.
Flourescence in tying and fishing is a topic that seems to come up frequently from the public to both Dave and Davy. I took advantage of having them both together to get a demonstration for you all.

To Ms. Em, Davy and I missed you and look forward to the four of us getting together.

Happy Mother’s Day to all our Mother’s and to all our Mr. Mom’s too!!

Keep a hook in the vise-



Bob Irish with a 21.5 inch fish. Guided by Davy Wotton May 2015

After spending a wet fly fly fishing school in Connecticut at the Housatonic Outfitters Fly Shop, both Brian and Bob traveled from NY to spend two days fishing with the wet fly master.


Brian Walencik with his first 20 incher at Bull Shoals Dam, guided by Davy Wotton

High water generations are generally not conducive to ideal conditions for wet fly fishing, high water speeds do tend to force the fish either tight to the river bed or very close to the shorelines.
Either way experience prevails at the end of the day.

Fishing combinations of dry or intermediate lines with various combinations of flies resulted in many fine fish to the net, including these three 20 inch fine fat Bows at Bull Shoals Dam, all took a fly named the Dunkeld, it being a very old fly pattern of Scottish origin.


The Dunkeld proves itself on high water at Bull Shoals Dam and in high water flows.

(Posted by Teresa “TBird” VanWinkle May 9th, 2015)

By the time this idea had come about, Dave Whitlock, a master at everything, (just ask Emily) had already completed his artwork called, North Country Spider Collection.

For a couple of weeks now I have been working on tying a North Country Spider Collection of Flies, at the request of Dave and Emily; a companion set for Dave’s latest art print.
I couldn’t have achieved this without the collaborative effort and support of Davy Wotton and his infinite fly tying knowledge.

Once Davy had a chance to see the print he set to identify the art imitating flies. After that, it was my turn to get schooled on some new fly tying techniques.
It was while tying this collection of flies that the phrase, “less is more” was most evident.

Davy naturally was quality control, but a true gem if ever a mentor could be. After each fly dropped from the vise came a hand under the lamp…I watched his face as he inspected each fly, turning them over, pulling and adjusting the hackles, with sober face. With a pause and one last long look, turning toward me, finally there it was the “Davy nod”. (For many of those who fish with him, you know the nod.)

Photographing the fly.
The macro setting will drive you nuts! Although, not photo perfect to start with, I kept re-tying as all great tyers do and photographing until they could all be tied in repetition to satisfaction.

For more on these flies search the Internet for W. C. Stewart and T. E. Pritt.
I took a look through the online text from W. C. Stewart’s book, Practical Angler, circa early to mid 1800’s.
I laughed out loud while reading one of the phrases from the book.
It read something like this, “most fly tyers should apply the sparcest of materials to these flies, once finished, take them to the river and catch fish with it all day, then the sparse appearance will be more correct.” Although paraphrased here, you get the idea.
I would encourage you to have a look at the history of the Spider patterns.
Below is one of the nine patterns featured in the collection.


Spanish Needle Tied by TBird April 2015

Once the flies patterns were decided, the flies tied; another first for me, my own personal logo on the fly boxes.


My very own personalized logo!!

Truly the most nail biting wait was the final approval from the Whitlocks. Three days after mailing which seemed an eternity. (I refer to it as “fly tyers purgatory” suspended between, “yes”, “I nailed it!” and “burn it”, to begin again.)
Then a text from Emily- it simply read, Beautiful!

Now that the approval process is completed the North Country Spiders Fly Collection will be available from myself- you can contact me at flyfishingdiva@yahoo.com for more information…
Or Emily is also placing them on their website. The art is also on their website at http://www.davewhitlock.com


Art by Dave Whitlock- North Country Spiders

For those who attended the Sowbug Roundup and who came by my table to inquire when the flies could be purchased as a companion to your art print – the time has come!

What a fun experience teaming with Dave and Emily Whitlock and Davy.


This photo from the meeting than began the joint project. The Collaborative Team, TBird, Dave Whitlock and Davy Wotton, photo from Sowbug Roundup 2015 (Emily was holding down the fort at their booth) photo by Mike Morphew

I am blessed to be surrounded by such talent and fly fishing knowledge.

Keep a hook in the vise-


Please share with anyone that you believe to be of interest in this event.

For as long as I have been aware this event has been held in March, but has had to be changed for the 2016 venue.
April can be quite busy with tourism accommodation so start getting your reservation made if you plan to attend.


TBird tying a Spider st Sowbug Roundup 2015. Photo by Kevin Piper, Baxter Bulletin newspaper.



From Sowbug Roundup Committee:

Bad news / good news.
The only available dates for 2016 for Sowbug were in either February or April.
We chose the April date.
While we were making those changes, we confirmed the next five years! 

Please pass the word to anyone who might not catch this message. A lot of people made reservations at motels and campgrounds based on the dates we had given them. 

The new dates are:
2016 – April 14,15,16
2017 – March 23, 24, 25     
2018 – March 22, 23, 24.    
2019 – March 28, 29, 30
2020 – March 26, 27, 28

If anyone needs local help in changing reservations, would be happy to help.

To contact: E-mail: sowbug@northarkansasflyfisher.org


Davy and I are counting down the days to the Annual Sowbug Roundup.
Yes, we will have a booth.
Yes, we will have Dvd’s,and flies also.
Davy will be giving a program on Saturday.
We looking forward to seeing everyone there.

2015 Sowbug Roundup will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 26th to the 28th at the Baxter County Fairgrounds in Mountain Home, Arkansas. The show opens at 9:00 am and the admission is $5.00 for everything, for all three days. For up to date information check out the Sowbug Roundup web site.
Location – Baxter County Fairgrounds Mountain Home, Arkansas
Hours- 9 am to 4 pm Thusday, Friday, & Saturday
Admission – Adults $5.00 All 3 Days  Children under 12 free with parent

For more information on program presenters and fly tyers list go to:

Travel safe and we will see you in a few days.

Keep a hook in the vise,


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—


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.


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.


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