High Water vs. Low Water
The use of non-motorized drift boats has grown in popularity amongst the fly fishing ranks on White River Basin trout fisheries over the last five to ten years. These types of vessels can really be effective at accessing hard to reach water during specific flow conditions, and there is something inherently relaxing about being at the whim of the river’s currents while drifting in virtual silence.
My Style of Guiding on Lake Taneycomo
If I have a guide trip booked for Lake Taneycomo, and it looks like the water will likely be running below the two-unit level, I will go ahead and do a full-day trip. When the water is running high on the morning of an excursion, I will now recommend four-hour (half-day) drift boat trips. The White River and Norfork Tailwater in Arkansas are also good options, and I am always willing to head south if conditions are better for fly fishing down there.
There is a lot of red tape involved in using motorized boats on Lake Taneycomo, so I am always looking for ways to enhance the Taneycomo drift boat experience. I love the slower pace of this type of fishing, and a drift boat is the perfect way to beat the crowds during dead-low water. When flows are light to moderate, such vessels are perfect for delicately working my way down the river. Unfortunately, a drift boat loses many of its tactical advantages when flows get heavy, but they are still effective if you are able to keep moving. Beating up the same fish is not my idea of a perfect day, so by adjusting my guide strategy, the clients will get a better value and I will have an easier time performing my job during difficult conditions.