The reason behind this is that I typically check the webcams at Gene’s Resort around 8:15 am to assess the river’s water conditions, particularly at the island upstream. Typically, if they initiate water generation, it commences around 8 am. This provides the water approximately fifteen minutes to travel down to the island, enabling me to confirm if they are running water or not.
Chris, the craftsman responsible for crafting my custom fly bins, visits about four times a year. He made a brief stop before heading to Indiana to conduct woodworking classes. He has a strong fondness for fishing in this area, particularly floating the Norfork River in a drift boat. It’s truly an exceptional fishery, and one can’t fully appreciate it unless they explore the entire river. Chris consistently brings a group of six, and Ned usually joins me in my boat during his visits. I could continue listing that we caught approximately seventy fish, including a few browns, but this has become a customary outcome each time you float this river during low water conditions. Undoubtedly, it’s an extraordinary fishery. While I wish the water quality were slightly better, thankfully, the siphon system contributes enough to maintain a healthy fish population in the river.