Fly Fishing Report October 16th-25th, 2020

White River & Norfork

It’s been a wet week regardless if you have been in Southern Missouri or Northern Arkansas.   Hopefully everyone has been able to get out and witness the peak fall colors in between the patches of dense fog, rain, and wind throughout the week. 

There is still time to get out and enjoy the color, but the leaves are falling and at a rapid pace.  Alongside the leaves the temps are starting to drop and so were the lake levels up until the latest wet weather pattern that has set in.

As of Monday the 26th all of the lakes in the area had received over an inch of rain and as I write the report it continues fall from the sky.

Table Rock is at 914.17 we had been seeing little to no generation in the mornings with generation for a few hours in the late afternoon early evening hours throughout the week.  The dissolved oxygen levels are still very low and unfortunately the fish are piling up on the bottom of Taneycomo.  The generation schedule will be changing starting today the 27th with more than likely 60-90 mw water throughout the day. 

Bull Shoals is at 657.78, the week showed itself to be a tough one on the water for many.  The generation was up and down.  Almost every day that I checked the flows it was different than the day before.  Today they will have increased generation but it looks to be a bit more stable as far as the fluctuations are concerned. 

Norfork Lake is at 553.36, earlier in the week the water was off for a few hours and hopefully everyone was able to get out and enjoy that little pocket of time as they are back to the steady 30 megawatts in the daylight hours.

Reports from the Field

Jeremy was out several times throughout the week. 

He was able to hit the Norfork and the White with several repeat clients only to be stuck in the yo-yo water alongside everyone else.  

The end of last week he was able to still get in on the last bit of steady generation on the Norfork with Tom and Dwight and really hit home with numbers using tandem rigged San Juan worms with midge droppers when the sun was out. 

The cloud cover seemed to shut the bite down and possibly the stained water is making that bite difficult without the sun.

Jeremy finished the week out with Jack and his brother in-law Jimmy in the colder than expected weekend.

No pics from any of these trips as these boys were either too busy catching fish or too cold to hold them


Monday October 19th

My week was filled with numerous first time fly fishing anglers. 

Monday the 19th was spent on the White River with Kimberly as she took a break from her busy mom life to learn a little bit about the sport. 

Unfortunately, she picked a day of steady precipitation taking a bit away from the big day but in the end we got a few to the boat.  

Kimberly first fish on the fly white river

Saturday October 24th

Saturday I was out for a short 4hour trip with Erica and her father Olan, up from Little Rock. 

The two took a guided bait trip in June on the White River and decided they wanted to give Fly fishing a try.

Equipped with the knowledge of one YouTube video and one go at a River Run’s Though It, they were anxious to learn. 

Erica on the fly white river

After several missed opportunities to set the hook Erica made it count with a nice 19-inch male.

Later  shehit the 19-inch mark again before hooking up for a double with Dad.

father daughter fun white river

Sunday October 25th

Sunday I was back on Taney as Nate and Eric were staying in Branson, but willing to drive to the White. 

After looking at the generation schedule I packed my bags and kids and headed home. 

We hit the water around 11.  We stayed away from the zoo upstream and down by KOA. 

The mega worm bite was much slower than in previous trips on Taney, but it still managed to land the largest trout of the trip. 

We fished midges 18-20 inches below the indicator in deeper water that produced a few fish, but in the end the best bite was fishing midges along the banks. 

Nate first fish on the fly Tanaycomo
eric taneycomo first fish on the fly

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