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Fishing Report 8/8/16

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Business has been good lately as the anglers are finally getting some low water after what seems like an eternity. The fishing has been stellar on both rivers. Both the White and the Norfork have been seeing low water in the morning, with a few hours of generation in the afternoons and early evenings. Ruby Midges, Purple Holographic Midges, and regular old brown and copper Zebra Midges run below an apricot egg has been the setup for me on both rivers. The ant and hopper bite has started to take off on the Upper White as well. The afternoon generation has offered up some good streamer fishing opportunites and the night bite has been stellar, with several huge fish being caught on mouse patterns as well as articulated streamers at night. In fact, our resident night fishing guru, Barry Annalora, has stuck a couple of hogs recently at night. Call us and book a trip now! See you on the river. 

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Fishing Report 1/1/16

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It just doesn't seem to ever stop. As soon as the lakes get down and we see low water, here comes another gully washer to put them right back into flood pool. While generation on both rivers has decreased, they're both still running around the clock. Norfork is currently running one generator, and Bull Shoals is fluctuating between 2 and 4 generators. That being said, the bite has been pretty steady. Standard high water setups like the traditional Spaghetti and Meatballs (eggs and worms) have been working great. Bull Shoals has seen some shad action recently, so anything white is not a bad idea on the Upper White right now. The Norfork seems to have cleared up finally and a good ol' Ruby Midge under an Apricot Egg has been producing well on this one generator water. Hopefully this last rain event won't bring the lakes up too much and we'll see low water again soon. Also, we've had lots of luck on a size 16 Caddis Pupa lately too. Cheers, and see y'all on the river! 


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Fishing Report 1/04/16

As I'm sure you most of you are already aware, we were pounded with rainfall yet again. There goes the low-water spring I was hoping for. With more than 10" of rain in less than 24 hours combined with flood gate releases from our sister reservoirs, Bull Shoals Lake rose 10 feet in less than two hours the other morning. Lakes are still rising and aren't expected to crest until sometime next week. Meanwhile, we can't release until the guage at Newport gets down to 24 feet if I'm not mistaken. As soon as that happens, you can expect flood gate releases here, too. That being said, we are currently experiencing low water on the Norfork and lower flows on the Upper White. Both rivers have been fishing well, with the standard midges, scuds, eggs, and worms catching fish. The good news, for you streamer guys anyway, is high flows can be expected throughout "streamer season" and should continue well into spring. Happy New Year to you all, and see you on the river! 


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Fishing Report 12/15/15

       Personally, I'm tired of 12 foot leaders and spilt shot. It's been all year long other than a few brief periods of low water. This past weekend was no different. Two of my best clients from Iowa came down and fished two days with me. The first day it rained all day long, but the bite was pretty fair. Then yesterday, the rain had cleared off, but the wind blew like the dickens all day but the bite was slow. Then right after lunch I saw a lone sea gull swoop down and come up with what appeared to be a shad. I remembered that friend and fellow guide, Brad Smith, told me that he had been catching a few fish up by Norfork Dam on shad patterns. We had pretty much fished everything that usually works with little results, but when I tied on those white puffy things we instantly got action. We were fishing 10 foot deep with 1.2 grams of lead to get it down, and they liked it twitched, oddly enough. And they were hammering it! There has been no evidence of a full blown shad kill, but obviously some shad have come through the dam and gotten their attention. The lake seems to have finshed turning over and hopefully we will see low water in a week or so. The White River has been a tad dingy lately as the lake there is turning over. The bite has been decent, though. 10-12 feet deep with a big nasty egg and either a large Ruby Midge dropper or a good old fashioned San Juan worm has been the ticket. 


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