Fly Fishing February Monthly Report /White River Streamer Fishing

Reports From The Field - Flys

February 12, 2015

Fly Fishing February Monthly Report /What’s in store for White River Streamer Fishing – Lake Level Pool – 653.64 = 5 feet below power pool

Taneycomo Fly Fishing Report 2-12-2015/ Lake Level Pool – 908.17 = 6.5 feet below power pool


The gang - NorforkHope everyone is enjoying this mild winter we are having. I sure don’t miss the snowfall so I hope we luck out and get through the winter with ease. As far as the fishing goes. I’ve been hitting a little bit on Taneycomo and  the Norfork tailwaters. I haven’t been writing because I’ve been tying and building the brand up. I’m very happy with all the progress we have done over the winter months. I should have a newsletter coming out next month with all the goodies that we have been getting done for the business. We have stickers, hats, shirts, fly boxes and whole bunch of new fly kits that I can’t wait to share with you. Hopefully you will like some of it and help support Fly’s and Guides!! I know we are excited to see our brand the business and it’s proof that Fly’s and Guides is here to stay.


Taneycomo – 

Paul's Norfork BrownSince our lakes are way down below power pool we should be in good shape going into spring with low water levels. I think if you see generation it’s because of selling power only. It’s  definitely not for anything else then that. Taney has been a hit or miss finding low water depending on the day you are going fishing, but for the most part Taney has seen a lot of low water. I’ve had some trips, but nothing to write home about. Like I said, it’s just fishing for the most part, but the trout are happy to eat midges if you got ’em. It’s winter so midges are key to playing numbers. If you are after bigger fish, then you will have to fish up top and share all that water with the rest of the gang. I don’t fish up there so it’s hard to say what all is being caught in that direction.  There are also a ton of small fish so expect to weave through a ton of these before you get something over 16 inches. It’s that time of the year when the cookie cutters show up, but they have to eat to and they are still fun to have on the end of your fly rod.

Norfork –

Paul's Norfork RainbowThis river is still holding lots of fish and especially browns. They are a little harder to get, but if you work at it you can catch them. You have to be patient and not get in a hurry and pass up the runs and seams that you may have overlooked. These browns are spooky in this river right now, but you should be good for a couple each day if you spend time in certain areas. I had a trip on Sunday and we only had to share the water with a few boats. Once we got pass Long Hole we didn’t see another soul. Everyone is over on the White chucking big streamers for those browns that haven’t ate. The browns are now off their redds and its fair game on trying to hook one up . The only problem with that is, the water isn’t cooperating with those die hard streamer fisherman. If you don’t get moving water, especially enough to get those big boys to the bank, then you can bet it’s going to be a slow day. Couple that with sunny skies and you might has well resort to nymph fishing in hopes of having a better day.

TK Norfork BrownThe only areas that would produce some of these bigger trout are in the shoal areas that have some disturbance in the water and faster runs to get these fish to come out and jump. What I do in these situations is fish more at night instead of during the day. If you can be flexible like that, then you you can increase your chances of getting that big boy. I’ll tell you this too, if you do have low water on both rivers during the day then I would gamble with Norfork if you are in search of brown’s. There’s just more browns that will eat nymphs and midges then the browns on the White. The White River can hand you a tall glass of humiliation if you don’t know what your doing.  It’s all about making the right calls. We all know streamers can’t be good everyday so you have to resort to other ways of fishing to have a successful one.I start fishing down on the White on Monday so hopefully I will have a better report for you. As of right now, if they keep the generation the way it is then I won’t be throwing streamers unless it’s cloudy and I can concentrate more of my time in the shoals areas that have faster runs. I plan on trying some mouse patterns a bunch at night if the water is off, we’ll just have to see what’s in store.  So if the water off, but you get some sort of light surge stay in it and run those big streamers. Those browns are looking and will definitely be in a feeding freenzy.
Flies for Taneycomo

Dave Paul and Paul (1)The black and copper midge is working great as well as the “trusty rusty“. Of course the new craze is the mega worm and I’m telling you it’s no joke anywhere you go. It’s a sight fishing fly too because it’s so loud.  These trout are gobbling this thing up. I don’t think them locals down in Arkansas have been educating these trout yet. I know I’ve caught some nice brown’s throwing this down there and you should too. Good luck out there and reports should start trickling in a little more often.

Don’t forget to check out this newsletter from the Stream Team. I had the opportunity on taking a few of these girls who are in charge of it. They were great and I had a lot of fun with them. Of course it’s charity so that always makes me feel good about giving back to the sport and the MDC.

If you would like to know more about fishing on Lake Taneycomo or Norfork in Arkansas and how they work well during certain times of the year you can send me a email directly to [email protected] if you are interested in booking a guide trip. Feel free to visit us on Facebook, If you really liked this article, +1 above – check us out at +flysandguides (Google+) or send us a tweet with a question or just to say hi. Check out the Fly of the Month!

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