The past few nights been a lot of rain here on the White River but Bull Shoals Dam has been running minimum flows at night. Low night time flows is the time to get and swing those mouse patterns. Had a good bite going Saturday and put a couple nice brown trout in the net. Covering shallow water drop offs is the key at night. Many of the big browns are around the shallow gravel hunting for food at night. On the White River where covering lots of water is the key I love the Airflo Streamer Switch fly line on a good fast action 9' 8wt. This line has a 18' heavy head and can cast a mouse pattern a mile. Today water is scheduled to be low again but with all the recent rains high night time water is coming soon.
Typically most winter's its a dry time of the year here on the White River in Northern Arkansas but not this year! Heavy rains early in the week and now it's back again for the next couple days. This weekend flows were cut to around 6,000 cfs and minimum flow at night. Made for good fishing and streamer bite remains good. Nymphing has also been very productive and along with lots of small egg patterns. Fishing a weighted shad pattern or bugger with a dropper egg under a strike indicator has been very productive. With all of today's rain and more coming probably going back to high water very soon.
Conditions remain excellent here in Arkansas on the White River for streamer fishing and Big Brown Trout! Weather sure has made a change this weekend from winter to summer and temps in the 70's now. Calling for warm and wet this week - ideal streamer fishing. Currently water is running steady at 11,500 cfs around the clock and same is forecasted for tomorrow. In these levels it makes for so much water on the White River that is ideal to fish. Our Great Lakes Deceivers in 6" and 8" have been our top producers of late - glow white, cotton candy and rainbow. If water spikes up and gets dirty again chartreuse and yellow/olive are ideal. The Norfork River is running 2 generators at 6,000 cfs and is also fishing well. We missed a few giants a couple days ago and still landed some good trout like this one below.
Kelly with a beautiful White River brown trout from yesterday's float with guide Matt Millner! The Streamer fishing has been pretty good of late and conditions are ideal. Water levels are over power pool on all the lakes in White River system now and good streamer water is going around the clock 7 days a week. The past weeks flows been staying from 14,000 to 18,000 cfs. With these high flows its time to go big on the streamers and 5-8" streamer are top producers now. Great Lakes Decievers in cotton candy, glow white, rainbow and brown trout colors are all working in 6" and 8" size. Other good patterns have been our Slop Mop, Conrad Sculpin and Game Changers. Nymphing is also still working but going to need long leaders and little extra weight. Top nymphs now are San Juan worms, Sunday Special and zebra midges. We do have guides available now for float trips and we do have a few time frames open for our lodging/guided floats/meal package 3 days of float trips and 4 nights lodging with meals for groups of 1-10 anglers. Jan 31-Feb 4 and Feb 13-17 is still open and also we have extend…